Automotive

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

Jaguar XJS-V12

Published: December 4th, 2018     
Jaguar XJS-V12
Reviewed by: Gregory Hansel, IPMS# 46474
Scale: 1/24
Company: Hasegawa

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!

Suzuki GT380 B

Published: November 27th, 2018     
Suzuki GT380 B
Reviewed by: Gregory Hansel, IPMS# 46474
Scale: 1/12
Company: Hasegawa

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.

The first two stages are for the engine and it has a lot of great detail. The three carburetors are made up of three parts each and have three to four lines coming off of them. The engine builds up very quickly and looks great once painted. There is a lot of cables to really dress the motor up. After the motor is the wheels and they went together with no issue.

Tecnokar Trailer with 20' Tank

Published: November 26th, 2018     
Tecnokar Trailer with 20' Tank
Reviewed by: Ben Morton, IPMS# 47301
Scale: 1:24
Company: Italeri

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.

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CN7: The Inside Story of Donald Campbell’s Last Land Speed Record Car

Published: November 13th, 2018     
CN7: The Inside Story of Donald Campbell’s Last Land Speed Record Car
Author: Donald Stevens
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Veloce Publishing

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.

American Woodies 1928 - 1953

Published: September 15th, 2018     
American Woodies 1928 - 1953
Author: Norm Mort
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Company: Veloce Publishing

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.

Some of the pictures are from restored models, showing those gorgeous golden and tans of highly polished wood finishes. Other pictures are in black and white, clearly period pictures that will have value for a modeler looking for specific details.