Reviews of products for scale automotive models, including motorcycles and motorized vehicles.
Review Author
Bill O'Malley
Published on
March 15, 2019
Company
Pen and Sword Books Ltd
MSRP
$33.00

Steam Traction on the Road is a historical description of the development of steam power and the engineers and manufacturers that created steam vehicles. The book includes a nice description of the people that designed steam vehicles in addition to the steam engines themselves. The book’s focus is on steam engines in England, but also includes some mentions of steam vehicles in America and other countries.

Book Author(s)
Matt Cook
Review Author
Chris Smith
Published on
March 13, 2019
Company
Veloce Publishing
MSRP
$25.00

It’s nice when a product delivers what it promises as this book does. As the title implies this is a buyer’s roadmap to purchasing a fifth generation (2005 to 2014) Ford Mustang also known as the S-197 bodied cars. Mustang fans were thrilled when this body style was reveled in 2004 because it harkened back to the sharp angular lines of 1965-67 Mustangs that established the “Ponycar” paradigm. The 2011 model year was especially anticipated as it marked the return of the 5.0 liter V8. As the proud owner of a 2013 Mustang GT as well as a lifelong fan of this iconic car, I was intrigued by what this book offers.

Book Author(s)
Richard Copping
Review Author
Allan Murrell
Published on
March 3, 2019
Company
Veloce Publishing
MSRP
$52.18

The book goes into great detail of the development, service, variants and full history of a classic car which is one of the world’s most popular cars ever produced. I have always loved this little car, with great memories of traveling in one when I was a child in the Sixties. The book is a wonderful treasure trove of pictures that I have ever seen before and even though I thought I knew a lot about this car it has so much more history and facts I never heard before.

Also, it is written by a very professional and knowledgeable author of lots of articles I have read and enjoyed before. The car's history goes back to Wartime Germany in the late 1930s and goes on till today! The car was the brainchild of the great car designer Ferdinand Porsche and was to be the Peoples car of the Third Reich under Hitler, hence Volkswagen (Peoples Car).

Review Author
Rob Benson
Published on
January 27, 2019
Company
Eduard
Scale
1/32
MSRP
$10.95

Thank you to the Eduard Company for sending this masking set for review, it is always a pleasure to see what your new products bring to the scale-modeling world. Thank you also to the IPMS Reviewer Corps staff members who do the hard work in getting us modeling products to review, the reviews posted, and the news spread to the world.

Review Author
Bill O'Malley
Published on
December 12, 2018
Company
Round 2 Models
Scale
1/25
MSRP
$25.99

Background

From KustomRama:

The Car Craft Dream Rod was designed by the staff of Car Craft Magazine in 1961 and built in 1963. The car was completely custom made and got its power from a 289 Ford engine. In 1966 the Dream Rod was sold to the International Show Car Association, which commissioned a substantial revision to the car's styling, called the Tiger Shark. New alterations on the car included a hood scoop, the side roof scoops were closed, the trunk lid was eliminated, the rear was stretched 6 inches, the rear window, grille opening, and front fenders were also modified, and the roof clad in vinyl. The fenders followed the nose's shape and enclosed the Dream Rod's wheel wells. The redesign specified a new interior, including high-backed buckets, clad in a combination of wood-grained vinyl and orange and brown brocade. In place of the antiquated wires and skinny whitewalls were Cragar GT "mags" and plump Firestones. The new car was named Tiger Shark.

Review Author
Gregory Hansel
Published on
December 4, 2018
Company
Hasegawa
Scale
1/24
MSRP
$47.95

Introduction

This kit was initially issued in 1983. I first bought a copy from the BX at Sheppard AFB, TX in 1988, mine was the TWR Sports edition and is still in my stash!! I was always a bit nervous about the chrome trim on the body and getting it right, but it turns out I didn’t need to worry, Hasegawa did a great job molding this kit and it was not difficult to get a good result. This kit has held up exceptionally well for being 35 years old. The plastic is crisp and flash free and the fit is what you would expect from this company…..excellent!

Review Author
Gregory Hansel
Published on
November 27, 2018
Company
Hasegawa
Scale
1/12
MSRP
$51.99

Introduction

The Suzuki GT380 B went on sale in 1972. It had a 3-cylinder motor and exceptional handling. The kit was initially released in 2017 and is a new mold. It looks like it’s the first of a series of 1970s bike kits and that is great news because these kits are very well detailed and a lot of fun to build.

Construction

The kit comes on five sprues and has rubber tires and vinyl hoses. The chrome is super bright and even though the exhaust is made up of two pieces, the seam will not be an issue because of a raised lip on one half. The overall level of detail is amazing and the model looks great out of the box.

Review Author
Ben Morton
Published on
November 26, 2018
Company
Italeri
Scale
1/24
MSRP
$86.50

From Italeri's assembly instructions: The 20' Tecnokar Tank trailer is designed to ensure the highest level of efficiency in the liquid and fluid transport. The sturdy steel frame, on a three-axle system, made by the Italian Company, is able to load a 20' tank ideal to be used in the container intermodal logistic. It can well satisfy the need of complex and integrated logistic companies that adopting intermodal transport solution of liquid goods. That’s more and more important taking in consideration that, in the recent years, the intermodal transport solution of liquids, especially the liquids destined to the food industry, is a “must have” to guarantee reliability and respect of the delivery time.

Wait! What?

Book Author(s)
Donald Stevens
Review Author
Frank Landrus
Published on
November 13, 2018
Company
Veloce Publishing
MSRP
$50.00

This is a reprint of the original edition first published in 2010 in Veloce’s Classic Reprint Series. The author’s biography is available on the Veloce website above and is as follows: “Donald Stevens was born in the East End of London, but grew up in Haywards Heath, the Sussex market town to which he was evacuated in 1939. In his early teenage years he became fascinated by aeroplanes and other machines, and on leaving school began training as a mechanical engineer. At 19, he joined the newly-formed design consultancy Norris Brothers Ltd as its first employee and became a member of the design team for Donald Campbell’s Bluebird hydroplane (K7). Following National Service in the RAF, Donald became project coordinator for the design and construction of the Bluebird car. This is his first book.” I was unable to locate if Donald Stevens has written any subsequent books, but you can see Donald on youtube.com discussing this book.

Book Author(s)
Norm Mort
Review Author
Pablo Bauleo
Published on
September 15, 2018
Company
Veloce Publishing
MSRP
$29.95

Veloce Publishing continues expanding its line “Those were the days…” this time with a book devoted to the American Woodies. While the book title says “1928-1953”, it does provide some history prior to those years, going all the way back to 1886.

The first chapter describes the origin of the woodies or “station wagon”, a sort of railway station shuttle to your vacation hotel. The second chapter describes how Ford led the way on making the Woodies popular and the last two chapters covers the immediate pre-WWII years and the immediate post-WWII years.

The book is not meant to be a detailed recount of every “Woodie” out there, nor a source of detailed information for a restorer. It is more of a gallery of pictures, some details and stories leading to how the Woodies became an icon of the ’40 and’50s. You will find Fords, Hudson, Chryslers, Studebaker, Crosley and more.