Kit Reviews

Tamiya Acura NSX

Tamiya Acura NSX

We got the new Tamiya Acura NSX kit today, and man-oh-man, what a great looking model! Once again Tamiya has done a superb job on this new 1/24 scale plastic model kit. From the crisp and clean body, to all the parts, window masks, decals, everything is top-notch Tamiya quality, and then some. Check out the pictures and see what we mean!

Tamiya Mazda MX-5 Roadster

Tamiya’s new Mazda MX-5 Roadster, #24342, $49US

It’s about time we got a new and current kit from Tamiya! Their new Mazda MX-5 Roadster is great! The 1/24 scale kit is flawless, with both left- and right-hand drive options, and options for US, Japan, Europe, and British versions. The roadster body has no flaws whatsoever! Now is the time to order some of those great colors from ScaleFinishes and Gravity Colors. They both have our favorite Mazda Soul Red, so it’s your choice. The kit is basically curbside, with nice suspension details, and good under-engine detailing/engraving. The neat part of the kit is that there is a female driver figure, that you can position for either the right or left side driver’s seat, with different arms for either side. You also have to slide the seat forward to get her to fit the driver’s side pedals/steering wheel. A nice touch!

So, how does it build? We painted it this weekend, and we will update the final shots soon. So far, PERFECT!

Order yours today from your local hobby shop, or check out Tamiya’s site

Tamiya Mercedes-Benz 300SL

Tamiya’s new Mercedes-Benz 300SL

Tamiya has released their new Mercedes-Benz 300SL 1/24 scale kit, and it is a beauty!

Check out the photos to see this great new kit.

MENG Ford F350 Super Duty Crew Cab

MENG Ford F350 Super Duty Crew Cab

We got a sneak peek at the new 1/24 scale MENG Ford F350 Super Duty Crew Cab kit. It is a beast! The box itself weighs over 2.2lbs, and it’s a big and thick box too boot! The kit is fantastic. We would have to say it’s on par with anything that that is made today: from Tamiya, Fujimi, Revell, AMT, this MENG kit is well done, no flash, and it just looks right. Check out all the pics to see what the fuss is all about. We will be doing a full build of this one soon.

Here’s a quick shot of the 6.4L Turbo Diesel Power Stroke V8 motor, and Six-Speed SelectShift Automatic transmission and transfer case.

Motor

 

Playing around with a die cast dually bed:

DuallyBed

 

Here are some detail shots of a real 2010 Ford F350 SuperDuty from Gilbert Rodrigues:

 

Some updates on the build in progress. Laid down a base red color coat, in preparation for the metallic red nail polish finish that will be sprayed on later. Swapped out the Yokohama Mud Digger tires for some from an Aoshima kit, and they look fantastic!!!

Painted_4

 

Some painted pics:

Update: April 14, 2014.

Well, it’s pau (finished).
It was a fun build, and I did not follow the instructions to the letter, I painted some things that I wanted, and didn’t paint areas that others have said I should have. Oh well! It was a great kit to build, and will be buying more soon.

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!

 

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!

Atlantis Models

1950 Alfa Romeo Type 158 and the 1949 Lago-Talbot 4.7L Grand Prix

We received the new double kit of the 1950 Alfa Romeo Type 158 and the 1949 Lago-Talbot 4.7L Grand Prix kits, both in 1/24 scale. We love the retro looking art work for the boxes. Each of the kit is modeled in either red (Alfa Romeo) and blue (Lago-Talbot). The kits have engines, which will make those who love to detail classic inline six-cylinder engines happy. The only thing we don’t like, but it’s an easy fix, is the use of a clear insert that you have to paint silver to replicate wire wheels. We will run a series of articles on creating your own wire wheels, and sources to purchase aftermarket wire wheel kits as well.

I have seen the Lago-Talbot referred to as Lago-Talbot, and Talbot-Lago. So which way is correct? It looks to us that both are: It depends on the car you are referring to. This car, the Lago-Talbot Grand Prix 4 1/2 liter, was from the racing works at the Talbot-Lago factory, and it seems to replicate the 1949 version of the car that was all over the world in F1 races of that time.  We have seen factory race team trailers from that period with Talbot-Lago painted on the sides. If anyone has some insight to this, please let us know.

If you would like some reference photos, check out this link from one of our favorite web sites, UltimateCarPages.com: http://www.ultimatecarpage.com/cg/624/Talbot-Lago-T26C-Grand-Prix.html

http://www.ultimatecarpage.com/cg/1106/Alfa-Romeo-159–Alfetta-.html

 


Here are a couple of in-progress photos of the Alfa Romeo 159 Alfetta. The photoetched and aluminum wire wheels are from a Profil24 kit (The Maserati Birdcage Tipo 63 kit), and look fabulous! Check out the Profil24 web site to order.

Primer

Here is the Alfa Romeo 159 kit in primer. The top and body seams have been filled.

WireWheelsProfil24

The aftermarket aluminum and photoetched wheels from Profil24 are gorgeous!

 

AlfaMockUp1

After a couple of quick coats with ScaleFinishes.com Ferrari Russo Red paint, and the Profil24 wire wheels, this kit is starting to look great!