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Revell ’49 Mercury Wagon

Revell ’49 Mercury Wagon

Revell’s new ’49 Mercury Wagon was just released, and it’s a great one! Check out these photos for a quick look.

Revell 1968 VW Beetle

Revell ’68 Volkswagen Beetle

1/24 Scale

Revell has released their latest VW kit, a “1968″ VW Beetle. There are quotes around the year, 1968, for a reason. It’s hard to tell exactly what year it is. For one thing, it’s not a stock US ’68 Bug. It may be stock for the Brazil/Mexico/European versions, of course. The U.S. versions did not have the smooth bumpers in this kit. 1968 was the first year of the fuller/wider bumpers. 1967 was the last year of the good looking bumpers with the over-riders. The rear lights are also the smaller pre-’68 versions. The overall shape and proportions of the body is very good.

Engine:
The engine is definitely not a 1968 stock motor. 1968 had a single port 1500cc motor. The Revell kit has a dual port motor, with a dog house fan shroud/oil cooler. The dog house cooler did not show up until the ’70s.  The rest of the engine looks pretty good. Stock exhaust and heater boxes looks good.

Chassis/Floor Pan
The floor pan is not as good as the Tamiya one. It’s molded with parts like the front end, wider running boards, and the trans shifter tunnel a little off.

Interior:
It’s interesting to see a right-and left-hand drive dashboard. That’s a first for any VW kit! The door panels are separate, and so is the complete headliner. The seats have some good frame detailing. I like the small straps that are separate for hanging on or getting in and out of the Bug.

Windows/Glass
The glass is nice and clear. The side vent windows are engraved into the windows. The rear taillights are the smaller pre-’68 European versions, which are usually painted orange and red (we call them Euro lens, of course!).

Chrome:
The chrome is very nice as well. As stated above, the bumpers are not stock ’68 ones. There are separate wipers, front turn signals, right and left mirrors, head light buckets, door handles, antenna, horn grilles, and four stock style rims/hub caps.

Wrap Up
It’s nice to Revell put so much into an early VW Bug kit. I just wish they would have got it right with the year, or make up their mind as to what year it really is. It’s more of semi-custom Bug, and a cool set of EMPI rims would have been very nice touch!

Tamiya LaFerrari

Tamiya’s New LaFerrari 1/24 Kit 

Tamiya sent their new, and gorgeous, 1/24 scale kit of Ferrari’s newest supercar, the LaFerrari. This kit is incredible. It is on par with their earlier Enzo kit, but with a more beautiful body and shape. There is also available separately a photoetched detail set, and carbon fiber decals, that you can also buy (they are not included). The carbon fiber decals are not the standard template-style, they are already in the shape/pattern that is needed.
The photoetch is the new style, with no frets holding the parts to the trees, which makes it so much easier to use. If you are going to build an all out LaFerrari, I would highly recommend the photoetch set and the carbon fiber decals.

The Kit:

The body is flawless. I couldn’t find any flash on any part, seam, or piece of plastic. The hardest part I think is figuring out what color to paint it. After some quick research on the ‘Net, it looks like there are a few colors to choose from. Of course the standard  Russo Ferrari red is an option, as is black, yellow, and white. I saw some light blue, dark blue, and even the Lambo-style orange that I love so much. After some soul-searching, and roll of the dice, I think I’m going to go wild, with a black and white paint job. Black on most of the body, with white around the lower part of the front, side doors, and back end. I will update this page along the way while it is being built. Thanks for looking!

 

Factory 81 Rocket Bunny

Factory 81 Rocket Bunny

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TK002 Rocket Bunny Toyota FRS / Subaru 86 transkit
MSRP $86.99 US
www.eightyone81.com

• Two sets of rims: SSR Mesh and TE37v
• Two types of intercoolers: Vmount or normal
• One turbocharger
• One set of stretch tires included
• Full wide-body kit (front and rear fenders, lower front apron, side rocker panels, rear valance)
• Rocket Bunny rear spoiler logo with photoetched side plates
Worldwide production limited to 286 sets only


 

Facebook has become a great way to connect with new model car builders, and even some aftermarket companies. Recently, we were introduced to a really cool company called Factory 81.

At first it looked like they only produced a limited number of rims and tires for tuners, but that first look was a little bit too quick. It turns out Factory 81 not only makes some great rims and tire sets, but they have produced some very impressive trans-kits as well. I was really impressed with their new wide-body kit for the Tamiya/Aoshima Toyota 86/Subaru BRZ kits. The Toyota 86 and Subaru BRZ are actually the same car, with each manufacturer adding their own badges and logos. The car was a joint effort between the two companies, in search of the ultimate lightweight and powerful sports car. I think it’s great. If you are either a Toyota/Scion fan, or a Subaru fanatic, you have your choice of a sweet machine that will leave your friends jealous and you’ll have a smile on your face.

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The Rocket Bunny wide-body transkit is designed to fit on either the Tamiya or Aoshima Toyota 86 or Subaru BRZ. The Aoshima kits have options for engines, and right or left-hand drive.

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Revell BMW M3 DTM 2012

Revell BMW M3 DTM 2012

1/24 Scale
#07178
$35 (est MSRP, Online)

Following up on Revell/Germany’s great DTM Audi A4 cars, there are two new BMW M3 DTM kits released. We haven’t seen them here in stores yet, but they are available from online sellers and stores. Check out the photos to see what’s in this great looking kit!

 

Revell VW Convertible

Revell/Germany VW Beetle Cabriolet

Revell/Germany VW Beetle Cabriolet

Revell/Germany 1970 VW Convertible

1/24 Scale
$30 US (est)
#07078

Revell’s new 1970 VW Beetle Cabriolet was recently released, and we stopped by the local hobby shop to pick it up. It seems that the R/G (Revell/Germany) kits are not sent out for us to review. We have to pick them up ourselves. This kit was released in Europe first, and there were some reviews of it that popped online shortly afterwards. The body is pretty well done. There was very little flash, the chrome was excellent, and everything seemed at first glance to be good. It’s nice to see the correct bumpers (see the review of the 1968 VW Bug posted here). It also has the correct headlights and taillights for that year/era. It says that it’s a 1500cc motor, but with the dual port heads, and the dog house oil cooler, I am pretty sure it’s a 1600cc, but I could be wrong. I have been yelled at already for my two cents on the ’68 Bug, so take my “expert” opinion with a grain of salt. I like the separate door panels, they are nicely engraved, and the pop up door locks are a nice touch. I don’t like the way the chassis is made or set up. The chassis pan should be one piece by itself. R/G has engineered it in a way that makes it look okay when it’s put together, but by themselves, the chassis doesn’t look right. It’s all about the illusion anyway, right? The end result works. That’s that.

It has right- and left-hand drive dashes and pedals. There is a soft up top, and the big convertible boot which is a nice two-piece unit. I’ll let the photos show you the rest of the story.

Final word:

I love it! And since I bought it myself, that says a lot! Good job, Revell!

Issue 181

Cover181Inside the November 2013 Issue:

Scratchbuilt Classic:
Noel Smith’s 1934 Bugatti

Wayne Moyer’s “Missing Mustang”

PT Beetle;
by Ken Kitchen

2013 iHobby Expo Coverage:

Scratchbuilding School:
Part 15, with Scott Colmer

Rocky Mountain Resin:
The tale of two Colorado resin casters

Issue 179

cover179Inside the August/September 2013 Issue:

The Other Model T
Richard Petty’s Talladega Ford Torino

Now and Then:
Norman Veber’s Models

 

Issue 178

cover178Inside the July 2013 Issue:

Special GSL XXIV Issue
From Salt Lake City, Utah

Greg Nichol’s “BackDraft” T-Buck
GSL Best of Show Winner

Cliff Reed’s ‘ ’40 Ford

Brake Rotor Decals How-To

’50 Olds Fastback Conversion