Automotive

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

Jaguar XJR-9 IMSA (Daytona Type) Limited Edition

Published: February 3rd, 2018     
Jaguar XJR-9 IMSA (Daytona Type) Limited Edition
Reviewed by: Ben Morton, IPMS# 47301
Scale: 1/24
Company: Hasegawa

From Hasegawa's website: Designed specifically for taking the racing world by storm, the XJR-9 was the eighties Jaguar that finally cracked the iron grip Porsche had on the 24 Hours of Le Mans and brought Jaguar its first Le Mans win since 1957. In America, the type also brought home the win at the 24 Hours of Daytona and took third in the overall Constructor's Championship. This limited edition kit features markings for three IMSA-GTP class Daytona Sunbank 24 hours racers: Car No. 60 (the winner), Car No. 61, and Car No. 66 (third place).

Hasegawa originally released this kit in 1989, shortly after Jaguar had won at Daytona the previous year. This limited edition version is the same kit with new box art. (Limited Edition usually means that this will be the last release of these molds.) What is under that new box art are sixty seven parts molded in white plastic, clear parts for the windscreen and headlamp covers, four rubber tires as well as decals for all three cars (#60, #61, #66) that entered the 24 Hours of Daytona in 1988.

1976 Ford Gran Torino 2 Door Hardtop

Published: February 3rd, 2018     
1976 Ford Gran Torino 2 Door Hardtop
Reviewed by: Alan Wickham, IPMS# 49022
Scale: 1/25
Company: Revell, Inc

A very nice new kit from Revell, this is the stock version, issued after the "Starsky and Hutch" version. The kit is a very simple build that almost harkens back to the old screw bottom kits. It was a pleasure to build, as there was basically no flash, and fit and finish were fantastic. Chrome is excellent quality, and the glass are all seperate pieces that fit very nicely. A welcome attribute.

I built my kit mostly box stock, except for the following: I added a distributor and wires and I also added the factory optional quarter "opera" windows and vinyl top, simply to break up the large expanse of roof and quarter panel on these cars. I also used vintage Uniroyal white walls, as the kit supplied white wall tires seem to have too low of a profile. A wonderful kit that I would recommend to anyone, advanced or not. The only problem I found with the entire kit, are the relatively low profile tires, that if used, would look too small on the car.

Thanks to Revell for a great new kit, and thanks to IPMS for allowing me to review it. (The colors I used are Ford Light Green, and Ford Dark Yellow Green)

Sauber Mercedes C9

Published: January 10th, 2018     
Sauber Mercedes C9
Reviewed by: Doug Cole, IPMS# 46605
Scale: 1:24
Company: Hasegawa

The Sauber Mercedes C9 made quite a splash in 1989, winning the World Sports Car Prototype Championship with both the #61 and #62 racers. In this curbside kit you have the option of building either vehicle with the decals provided.

Although this is a simple model it is rated a skill level three kit for modelers aged 14 and over by the manufacturer due to the large decals involved in finishing. It has 79 pieces molded in gray, clear and black styrene. The decals are very nice with a great register and minimal carrier film. There are no drivetrain parts and the underside is a plain floorpan with a few molded in details. When finished the dimensions are approximately: Length: 8", Width: 3", Height: 2."

Construction

The best way to describe the kit is to say; "wait for it!" By that I mean even though you don't fell like your putting as much together as traditional car kits with drivetrain parts, it turns out to be quite a great looking shelf display when you're finished.

1992 Mazda Miata

Published: January 10th, 2018     
1992 Mazda Miata
Reviewed by: Gregory Hansel, IPMS# 46474
Scale: 1:25
Company: Revell, Inc.

Introduction

I remember when the Mazda Miata was introduced. I actually went to the dealership to check them out and I was a big fan of them. The Miata blended the style of a 60's British sports car with the reliability of a modern Japanese import. The kit was first introduced in 1993, molded in red, and this is the first reissue of it, so it had not been available for nearly 25 years!

1964 Ford Fairlane Thunderbolt 2 'n 1

Published: January 6th, 2018     
1964 Ford Fairlane Thunderbolt 2 'n 1
Reviewed by: Steve Zajac, IPMS# 34937
Scale: 1/25
Company: Revell, Inc.

Revell has re-released the ever popular 1964 Ford Fairlane, originally issued in 1990. It is a 2 'n 1 kit so you can build the street version or the classic Super Stock Thunderbolt drag version with a 427 c. i. engine, featuring Dick Brannan's (head of Ford's Drag Racing division) Romy Hammes car. Only 100 for the race version were built. The kit features three wheel style choices, two hood style choices, 4-speed or automatic transmission, and stock and drag tires (8 total). I built the race car version, of course.