Automotive

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

Detail-up Parts: McLaren MP4/2C ’86 Portuguese GP

Published: July 23rd, 2021     
Detail-up Parts: McLaren MP4/2C ’86 Portuguese GP
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette - IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/20
Company: Platz

An available set for the Platz/NuNu McLaren MP4/2C is part Ne00001 and is made for kit PN20000. Included in the set are:

  • Four decal sheets covering carbon fiber additions
  • One decal sheet with lettering
  • One decal sheet for additional coloring for the car in orange and yellow
  • Two photoetch sheets with many extra parts
  • One stencil and metal sticky sheet for replicating heat shields
  • One chrome sprue of connectors

 

Also included are multipage instructions and these were done perfectly. Each step in the aftermarket package matches the steps in the kit instructions so as you go along, check both sheets.

McLaren MP4/2C ’86 Portuguese GP

Published: July 23rd, 2021     
McLaren MP4/2C ’86 Portuguese GP
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette - IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/20
Company: Platz

A little background about the car the kit represents:

It was the MP4/2C that McLaren introduced to the 1986 F1 Grand Prix. The McLaren MP4/2 was designed by John Barnard for the 1984 season. The McLaren MP4/2C was the updated version powered by a TAG-Porsche 1.5 litre V6 twin turbo engine with carbon monocoque chassis. A. Prost and K. Rosberg were the drivers. Rosberg ran a one-off livery in yellow/white, different from the common red/white livery, and was successful in attracting the attention of the fans and had a huge promotion effect.

The kit gives you markings to make the car driven by either driver. Looking at the kit, there are 80% new tooled parts to produce the car as in the 1986 Portuguese Gran Prix and includes details such as the suspension and cockpit, as well as the TAG-Porsche V6 twin turbo engine.

Volvo 240 Turbo 1986 ETCC Hockenheim Winner - Detail Up Parts

Published: July 23rd, 2021     
Volvo 240 Turbo 1986 ETCC Hockenheim Winner - Detail Up Parts
Reviewed by: Chris Smith - IPMS# 39182
Scale: 1/24
Company: Platz

In 1982 the Federation International de 'L'Automobile (FIA) developed Group A requirements to allow manufactures and individuals to race production model cars. In order to qualify, a process called "homologation", the manufactures had to build 2500 or 5000 cars or under "evolution" rules 500 cars which after inspection and approval qualified the cars to race. The subject of this review qualified under the Evolution, Group A rules by building 500 Volvo 240Ts. An interesting note is that 477 of those cars were stripped of competition equipment and sold as standard Volvo 240 turbos. In order to requalify, Volvo had to identify those 500 owners! Drama aside, the Volvo 240T turned out be a winning platform. Powered by a 340hp, 2.1-liter, intercooled turbo with water injection and weighing in at 2200lbs, these cars were real competitors against BMWs and Austins in its class. This kit replicates the two winning Volvo 240Ts run at the Hockenheim racetrack (about an hour and a half northwest of Stuttgart) in 1986. Volvo won the European Touring Car Championship (ETCC) that same year.

Scania R730 Streamline

Published: July 18th, 2021     
Scania R730 Streamline
Reviewed by: Jarrod Booth - IPMS# 44739
Scale: 1/24
Company: Italeri

Having previously built Italeri's Iveco Hi-Way 40th Anniversary and the Mercedes-Benz Actros MP4 Giga Space, I had a pretty good idea of what was in front of me building this truck.

All the parts sprues were presented in the same organized fashion, and like the Iveco Hi-Way, the Scania R730 included a fantastic chrome adhesive sticker sheet on top of the gorgeous decal sheet. Italeri mentioned that the chrome plastic sprues were newly tooled, but they were identical to those found in the Iveco kit mentioned above, except for the addition of the sun visor and exhaust pipe panel.

Construction could be broken down into four distinct modules - the chassis (including the wheels), the engine, the cab interior, and the cab exterior. Tamiya Extra Thin Cement was my glue of choice for most of the build along with super glue. The kit plastic reacted very well to the Tamiya cement, melting where needed to form a strong bond.

Audi R8 LMS GT3 2 in 1

Published: July 7th, 2021     
Audi R8 LMS GT3 2 in 1
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette - IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/24
Company: Platz

Platz and NuNu have partnered to release a series of automotive subjects and accessory packs to build up some neat cars. In this case, it is the Audi R8 LMS GT3 which is a beautiful vehicle. It is a mid-mounted V10 engine sports car, and the GT3 version has been delivered to many racing teams around the world and is very active in endurance races and GT races. This model, in 1/24th scale, reproduces the AUDI R8 LMS GT3 in the Macau race of 2015. Inside the box are 8 sprues of white and black parts and one clear sprue plus rubber tires, decals (lots of them) and a small sprue of poly caps. There are two sets of markings included as several cars were entered in this race- one silver and one red representing two different drivers.

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