Automotive

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

Staff Cars in Germany WW2 Vol.2

Published: April 1st, 2021     
Staff Cars in Germany WW2 Vol.2
Reviewed by: Phillip Cavender - IPMS# 50085
Company: MMP Books

Staff Cars in Germany WW2 Vol. 2, is number 23 in the "Camera On" series published by MMPBooks/Stratus. The author, Alan Ranger, has written over 20 books in the Camera On Series dealing with German and Japanese armour specializing in soft skin and armoured vehicles. With Volume 1 Staff Cars in Germany WW2 # 9 published in 2019, the author presented photographs of passenger cars used by the German armed forces namely the line of Opel vehicles including the Admiral, Kadett, Kapitan and others. A lengthy article on the history of the Opel was presented in his first volume.

1955 Chevy Stake Truck

Published: March 21st, 2021     
1955 Chevy Stake Truck
Reviewed by: Keith Gervasi - IPMS# 44177
Scale: 1/48

History

From the kit instructions: Combining passenger car styling with rugged, versatile and dependable truck performance, the Chevrolet Two-ton Stake Model represented the ultimate in commercial vehicle design. One of the most popular models in the famous "task Force" series of 1955, it was seen on the highways and byways across America, hauling loads of all descriptions with the greatest ease and efficiency. Whether it was a load of grain from the local feed store, lumber for the new house down the street, or a gang of kids headed for summer camp, the model 6409 was equal to the task.

It was normally powered by a 123-horsepower loadmaster engine, but could on request have the super powerful Jobmaster engine installed, which delivered 140 HP. Both of those engines were 6 cylinder. Other standard equipment included power brakes, a 12-volt ignition system, concealed safety steps, and a Sweep-Sight windshield. Many other advanced features were available as optional equipment.

1941 Packard Clipper (U.S. Army)

Published: March 19th, 2021     
1941 Packard Clipper (U.S. Army)
Reviewed by: Steve Zajac - IPMS# 34937
Scale: 1/35
Company: Roden

Background from the website: "In 1941, Packard introduced a new model of car - the Packard Clipper. It was created by the talented designer Howard Darrin, who had previously collaborated with this company and significantly influenced the appearance of all Packards in the second half of the 1930s. The new car had a powerful 125 hp engine with a displacement of 4.7 liters, was wider than its predecessors, and had an extremely elegant design. By the end of the year, Packard had produced 16,000 such cars, but the US entry into World War II completely changed subsequent plans. The military high command issued extraordinary production orders for its requirements, and many purely civilian manufacturers, including Packard, were repurposed to produce military equipment.

Packard won a special role in this big game - to produce one of the best engines of its time, the British Rolls Royce Merlin. After receiving all the documentation, it was named the Packard Merlin and was produced in the following years in extremely large quantities and installed in various types of aircraft, including one of the best fighters of its time, the P-51 Mustang.

Mercedes-Benz 600S

Published: March 7th, 2021     
Mercedes-Benz 600S
Reviewed by: Chris Smith - IPMS# 39182
Scale: 1:24
Company: Italeri

The S class cars from Mercedes have always been the luxury flagships of the company's line and the 600S is the king among them. Although not particularly appealing, at least to my eye, these cars feature state of the art technology including self-driving capability and absolute luxury in every interior detail. Near as I can tell this model represents the 2000 model year but Mercedes have released a completely revised 600S for 2021. Oh, and don't be fooled by the mundane appearance, these cars have very respectable performance with powerplants ranging up to a twin turbo V-8. In an age taken over by SUVs, the Mercedes S series reputation as the luxury sedan standard will maintain a steady customer base for the foreseeable future.

1995 Mitsubishi Eclipse

Published: March 4th, 2021     
1995 Mitsubishi Eclipse
Reviewed by: Chris Smith - IPMS# 39182
Scale: 1/25
Company: Round 2 Models

Named after an 18th century winning racehorse, the Mitsubishi Eclipse was a compact two door car with a design meant to appeal to younger buyers. When coupled with a four-cylinder engine capable of up to 210 hp, the car found success and its production ran from 1990 to 2014. During that time, over 900,000 units were produced and the power maxed out at 265hp. This history alone would justify the car's success, but in 2001 the first Fast and Furious movie was released. In it, Brian O'Conner (played by Paul Walker) drove a lime green modified 1995 Eclipse. That car and a few others in the subsequent movies because icons of the street car world. AMT first released this kit to capitalize on the success of the movies and now Round 2 Models has reissued the kit with a new decal sheet that allows the modeler to create variations on the original theme. Note that you will have to find some instrument decals for the dash as there are none in the kit.

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