Issue 182

Inside the December 2013 Issue:   Gene Winfield’s Jade Idol Tips, Tricks, and much more Big Mercs Chuck Most’s Commercial…

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Issue 181

Inside the November 2013 Issue: Scratchbuilt Classic: Noel Smith’s 1934 Bugatti Wayne Moyer’s “Missing Mustang” PT Beetle; by Ken Kitchen…

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Issue 179

Inside the August/September 2013 Issue: The Other Model T Richard Petty’s Talladega Ford Torino Now and Then: Norman Veber’s Models…

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Issue 178

Inside the July 2013 Issue: Special GSL XXIV Issue From Salt Lake City, Utah Greg Nichol’s “BackDraft” T-Buck GSL Best…

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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!