Automotive

Reviews of products for scale automotive models, including motorcycles and motorized vehicles.

Dawn of Justice Batmobile

Published: March 14th, 2017     
Dawn of Justice Batmobile
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/25
Company: Moebius Models

There have been many incarnations of the Batmobile from the 1940’s until the latest entry, the Dawn of Justice Batmobile. All of them are cool but this latest is sleeker, armed to the teeth and looks the part. Moebius has replicated this with this kit so let’s jump in and get it built.

Looking through the instructions (gasp!), there are four major parts to the assembly- the chassis and wheels, the upper body, the cockpit and the spoilers/wings.

Starting with the bottom, the motor and transmission housing are built and require a little putty. Make sure the seams are good on the transmission as once built, it is very visible. The rest of the suspension and side build really well and fit great. The two inner panels (parts 17 & 18) are painted black with silver details so these were left off until later. Since the fenders wrap around the wheels, they were partially assembled and set aside for paint later. The inner fenders and drive housings were added to the chassis also. The parts were set aside and construction resumed on the interior (cockpit)

Lamborghini Countach 5000 Quattrovalvole

Published: February 12th, 2017     
Lamborghini Countach 5000 Quattrovalvole
Reviewed by: Doug Cole, IPMS# 46605
Scale: 1/24
Company: Italeri

After ten years of Countach production, the 1985 four valve per cylinder “Quattrovalvole“ V-12 coupled with a new fuel injection system was a significant upgrade. If that wasn’t enough for auto enthusiast they only made 610 of them which sold out immediately.

This review covers the skill level 5 (ages 14 years and older) 2016 release of the Lamborghini Countach 5000 Quattrovalvole 1:24 Scale Italeri Model Kit #3683. This kit is molded in white, grey, black, chrome, and clear with vinyl tires. Decals are made for the detailed interior and the chassis is made in multiple parts for enhanced finishing. The motor is highly detailed and can be viewed through the open engine cover. The body is also a multi-part unit crisply molded and proportionally correct. Finished dimensions are Length 7-¼”, Width 3”, Height 2”.

Construction and Detailing

The body is molded in color (white) but there are some knit lines that are visible so primer and paint are recommended for an even color finish.

1977 AMC Pacer Wagon

Published: January 18th, 2017     
1977 AMC Pacer Wagon
Reviewed by: Doug Cole, IPMS# 46605
Scale: 1/25
Company: Round 2 Models

Back in ’77 the AMC Pacer was arguably ahead of its time. The expanded windows were a definite safety feature allowing greater visibility, and the sub-compact (now the same size as some mid-size cars) had great fuel consumption. Unfortunately, it was “too far ahead” and people described its odd look as an upside-down fishbowl.

Construction and Detailing

This 2016 release #AMT1008 is a Retro-Deluxe re-pop for this kit which has seen several box arts over the years. It needs glue and paint, so it would be recommended for modeler 12 and older. The overall model is simplistic as many of the detail work is molded in. As an example, the block on 14 piece motor has a molded-in exhaust manifold and fuel pump. The gas tank and frame rails are molded into the floor pan and the door panels are molded into the interior bucket. For the experienced modeler this would be a “weekender” but it would also make a great “step-up” kit for a novice builder. It’s what I would call a “tweener” and most appropriate for that age group.

Blazing Bison Puller Tractor

Published: January 9th, 2017     
Blazing Bison Puller Tractor
Reviewed by: Doug Cole, IPMS# 46605
Scale: 1/25
Company: Round 2 Models

Talk about a blast from the past – this kit hasn’t been seen since its 1986 release. The secondary market prices were approaching $100 and here it is again for our enjoyment at reasonable prices. This kit features some of the largest tires available for a 1:25 scale kit, and not one, but three fully blown Hemi drag motors and a wagon full of accessories.

This review covers the skill level 3 (ages 12 years and older) 2016 re-release of the Blazing Bison Puller Tractor 1:25 Scale AMT Model Kit #1006. There are 150+ pieces molded in yellow, black, and chrome, with metal axles, gigantic soft vinyl tires and waterslide decals. Finished dimensions are; ~ L-8”, W-5”, H-3”.

Construction and Detailing

To reduce color variations I recommend that you spray all the yellow pieces with a medium-tone primer.