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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 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!

 

Tamiya Red Bull Racing Renault RB6

Tamiya sent their soon-to-be-released 1/20 scale Red Bull Racing Renault RB6. This is the first new tooled 1/20 F1 kit since the Ferrari F60 back in 2009. I have to say, this kit is fabulous! It does have a high retail sticker price (TBA, but more than what we have seen lately), but I think that it is worth it.

Check out all the photos in the photo gallery, and see for yourself! I will be doing this one for a kit build/review for the January issue.

 

AMT 1957 Chevy Bel Air Two-Door Hardtop

BelAirAMTAMT 1957 Chevy Bel Air Two-Door Hardtop  #AMT-741
VERSIONS: Stock
MOLDED COLORS: White, Clear, Red Clear, Chrome Plated, Photoetched Metal
SCALE: 1/25
MSRP: $44.95 USD
REISSUE
Note: this kit comes in a “collectible” tin almost identical to that of the ‘51 Fleetline, the only difference being the car illustrated.

ENGINE:
AMT’s vintage-1962 kit of the ‘57 Bel Air had a fairly common-for-‘57 single-carb 283 (the more recent Revell ‘57 Bel Air two-door sedan also replicates this engine). This more recent (1998 Ertl) tooling has a superb replica of the “Power Pack” 270-hp dual-quad 283 with the characteristic “bat wing” air cleaner and three-speed transmission (if you’re wondering “why not a four- speed?”, here’s a historical fact: Chevrolet did not introduce that transmission into production until May of 1957. Most production cars that year came with the three-speed unit). Overall engraving on this mill is excellent, including the subtle cast metal texturing. The batwing-style air cleaner is a four-piece assembly with separate elements. One very welcome detail is that the Chevrolet script on both valve covers is very legible and won’t get lost under a couple of coats of paint. Attention to detail includes the motor mounts, molded as part of the front cover assembly, and the left exhaust manifold correctly has a generator mounting bracket. Separate engine accessories include distributor (with coil), fuel pump, water pump, generator, fan belt, four-bladed fan, oil filler tube, starter, breather hose, and both upper and lower water hoses. Also included are lengths of black ignition wiring, and instructions on how to drill the distributor and block, the correct lengths of wire for each plug, and the correct firing order. Nice!

CHASSIS:
The frame and floorboards are separate from each other, a common practice with today’s state-of-the-art kits, but back in 1998 this was one of the kits that trailblazed this new standard. Overall engraving level on the floor- boards is nothing short of excellent. The kit features an opening trunk, and the insides of the trunk area are well done with fine floor mat detail and a spare tire well. Front suspension is a nine-piece affair with separate upper A-arms, one-piece lower A-arm unit, stabilizer bar, tie rod with link gear, and separate spindles. Poseable steering was not designed into the kit, but is possible with just a little bit of extra work. The nine-piece rear suspension has separate springs and shock mounts, and the two-piece rear axle has visible molded-in brake line detail. Separate also are the motor mount locators for the frame, and the two-piece gas tank. The six-piece exhaust system (that’s right, six pieces) has texture and ribbing detail on the mufflers, and drilled ends to the pipes. Yes, that’s right, you don’t have to drill these out! Underhood detailing is superb to say the least, and besides excellent engraved details, features a separate brake master cylinder, twin heater hoses, steering box, two-piece heater blower, twin air ducts, two inner fenders, a washer bottle, a battery, and two separate horns.

WHEELS AND TIRES:
Only one wheel option is included–plated renditions of the ‘57 hubcap with drilled valve stem locations and separate spinners. Unlike the more prototypical 1962-vintage AMT kit, the wheels are one piece and not separate steelies and hub caps, so careful painting of the outer rim in body color is called for. The tires are black vinyl BF Goodrich Silvertowns with molded plastic whitewall inserts. A single steel wheel face and one extra tire is provided for the trunk mounted spare.

INTERIOR:
The platform-style interior builds up off the floor pan. Separate side panels have excellent three-dimensional detail and extend all the way back to form the trunk walls, joining at a separate trunk filler panel with good structural detail. Both front and rear seats have excellent engraving for the characteristic upholstery patterns, and the front seat backs have engraved trim piping. The rear seat armrest fairings are separate pieces (it’s possible that AMT/Ertl had planned on a convertible variant, which this seems to suggest) and the rear seat unit has the package shelf molded in. Moving to the dashboard, this has excellent engraving throughout and features hanging brake/clutch pedals and emergency brake release. The steering wheel has the horn ring molded in place (very thin, too!), and the column has the shifter and turn signal stalk molded in.

BODY:
There has been controversy for quite some time regarding the shape, length, and width of this kit’s body. AMT’s original 1962-vintage kit and both recent Revell offerings (snap ‘57 hardtop and full glue ‘57 two door sedan) have bodies that are narrower and shorter than the body in this kit–which would suggest to the purist that this Ertl-tooled kit has incorrect proportions. Even taking that as a yardstick of sorts, the body in this kit is nicely tooled and well executed, with very crisp details. The body is one-piece, with the splash pan molded to the body lowers, and a separate hood and trunk. Engraved on the body are the keylocks, side chrome spears, the front fender hash mark trim, front and rear Chevrolet scripts, and the ribbed side coves with Bel Air scripts. Door handles and wipers are separate chrome pieces. Under the roof is a full headliner with molded-in dome light and sun visors. Optional are a pair of factory stock fender skirts. The windshield and rear window fit neatly into the body using positive alignment keys, and the vent window panes are separate thin clear components. The front bumper features separate “Dagmar” tips and the grille is molded separately, and not on the chrome tree–in fact, the grille is molded on a body- color sprue, while the floating grille bar is a separate plated piece with separate tiny clear turn signal lenses. The 1/1 scale grille was anodized gold, something you’ll want to keep in mind when building this or any other ‘57 Bel Air kit. At the rear, the bumper and taillight fairings are molded separately, with small red clear lenses. Headlight bezels feature excellent air intake detail, and the lenses have realistic prismatic engraving. The separate hood has superb underside engraving detail and features separate plated windsplits and front trim bar, and the separate trunk lid has superb underside engraving as well. Superdetailed one-piece hood hinges are an option for those modelers wanting to leave the hood in an open position. The large V emblems for the hood and trunk are on the chrome sprue, but like the grille and front fender hash marks, these should also be anodized gold on a ’57 Bel Air, so bear that in mind. DECALS: The all new decal sheet features two custom side scallops in white with black edging, a window sticker decal, valve cover decals, air cleaner markings, underhood data markings, and four sets of 1957 license plates–Florida 10V 8553, California LTH 392, Michigan TU 6632, and Indiana MA 2942. All the plates are a bit undersized, however. The decals are matte printed.

OTHER:
Included in the collectable metal tin the kit is packed in are a small sheet of chrome foil for window and side trim, an 18-page booklet with historical photos and advertising artwork of ‘57 Bel Air hardtops from GM’s historical archives, and a sheet of photoetched metal parts featuring the two ribbed rear side coves, Bel Air scripts, Chevrolet scripts, front fender hash marks, rocker panel trim, keylocks, front and rear V trim, windshield wipers, 1957 CHEVROLET license plate frames, and two small Chevy crests. The instruction sheet has a great deal of helpful features, including how to use the chrome foil and photoetched parts, and a comprehensive chart of all ‘57 Chevy exterior colors, two-tone combinations, and interior colors.

AMT 1951 Chevrolet Fleetline

Fleetline1951 CHEVROLET FLEETLINE AMT #AMT-702
VERSIONS: Stock, Custom
MOLDED COLORS: White, Clear, Chrome Plated
SCALE: 1/25 MSRP: $44.95 USD
REISSUE

ENGINE:
The old faithful Stovebolt Six is represented here by a 22-piece assembly with a two-piece three-speed manual at the back end. Engraving is generally good throughout and the detail is crisp and clean. The only part not separate from the engine block is the starter motor. The stock version features a single downdraft carburetor with two piece air cleaner, one-piece exhaust manifold, a two-piece distributor, and the stock Blue Flame-style valve cover, while the custom version has a finned chrome valve cover, dual downdraft carbs on a log manifold with small acorn-style air cleaners, a two-piece magneto, and two- piece tubular exhaust headers. Note that this engine correctly has both upper and lower radiator hoses, something of a rarity when this kit was designed in the mid-1970s!

CHASSIS:
The one-piece frame has a separate front splash pan and center X-member. The rear portion of the wheel housings and trunk lowers are attached to the frame, while the interior bottom has underbody detail to match. Front suspension is an eleven-piece assembly with optional lowered kingpins. Though poseable steering was not a design goal of this kit, it can be made to happen with a little ingenuity. The rear suspension is a nine-piece assembly with separate shocks and a correct torque tube driveshaft. There is no brake detail, but let’s face it, that was rare on mid-1970s American model car kits to begin with. There is a choice of stock single or custom dual exhaust systems, both separate, and both needing to have the tips drilled out for realism. The underhood area is reasonably well attended to, with separate inner fenders and air ducts, battery, and radiator.

WHEELS AND TIRES:
Stock wheels are shallow steelies with plated Bowtie dog dish hub caps shod with vintage AMT Firestone Supreme skinnies. The custom option is chromed deep dish reversed rims with integral Baby Moon hub caps shod with vintage AMT Goodyear Polyglas GT L60-15 wide ovals. INTERIOR: The platform style interior has no items molded in place except for carpet texturing (note that the package shelf is separately molded). The separate side panels have nicely done upholstery engraving and good three dimensional details (door handles, window cranks, and ash trays). Upholstery engraving on the two-piece front bench seat and one-piece rear set is a tad deep but very acceptable. Engraving on the dash is excellent and just begs for some chrome foil treatment to stand out. There is a choice of two steering wheels–stock and plated Eelco-style custom–on a stock steering column with “ball and rod” shifter.

BODY:
AMT’s ’51 Chevy kits are some of their best toolings of the 1970s. The one-piece body is clean and crisp, with the chrome side spears as well as the fluted rear fender trim molded in place. The stock headlight assembly and the optional custom tunneled headlight units are separate plated bezels with clear lenses. Not so with the taillights–these are chrome parts and will need a touch of your favorite clear red paint. The separate hood has a separate plated hood ornament and good underside engraving; however, there are several circular mold marks marring this that stick out like a sore thumb and need to be eradicated. Shared options include chrome exhaust tips and period-correct fender skirts. Custom-only options include front and rear roll pans with optional bumpers and a chromed “wide mouth” grille. DECALS: The new decal sheet only contains six custom scallop designs in silver-gray with blue edging. As seems usual for Round2’s current crop, the decals are matte printed. That’s all, folks.

OTHER:
Included in the collectable tin is a small sheet of chrome foil to help you make all that Fifties glitz stand out, however, there are no instructions on how to use the stuff as in their 100th Anniversary ’57 Chevy Bel Air (see review below.) There is also an excellent 18-page booklet with photos and advertising artwork from the GM archives, done in nostalgic style.

Tom “The Mongoose” McEwen Rail Dragster

85-4908-lgTOM ”THE MONGOO$E” McEWEN RAIL DRAGSTER Revell #4908
VERSIONS: Dragster
MOLDED COLORS: White, Clear, Chrome Plated, Metallic Gray Polyethylene
SCALE: 1/24 MSRP: $21.98 USD
REISSUE

ENGINE:
The 27-piece Ed Pink Hemi is likely one of the best representations of this type of mill in 1/24 scale. It’s much better detailed than the Hemis in other Monogram drag racing kits of the ‘70s, including the Snake and Mongoo$e funny cars and dragsters, and the Cop Out Duster (which really only is the Mongoo$e Duster with a light bar!) Some of the nicer features of this engine unit are the two-piece Lenco transmission, the nicely done valve covers with indentations for the breather units, the blower and intake manifold already pre-drilled for fuel lines, and the one-piece header units with support bar in place and the ends pre-drilled. Monogram tried something new with this kit back when it (and its Snake double) was released in 1974–engine wiring and plumbing molded in flexible polyurethane, and that has been repeated here in this reissue. The parts include the distributor/magneto top with all eight wires molded in place, the oil lines that connect to a pair of externally-mounted oil filters, and the fuel lines (a one-piece unit) encompassing lines to the tank, the fuel pump, lines to the distribution blocks, the lower fuel lines, and the upper fuel lines. As I said before, these are molded on a sprue of gunmetal gray polyethylene. Poly- ethylene is a very flexible plastic, but paint generally does not stick to it very well. There are ways of priming the material–I read once that coating it with thinned white PVA glue works–but I cannot attest to the success of this or any other method. Some of us will likely deep-six the polyethylene parts in favor of doing things the “old school” way–with wire, some parts from the aftermarket and /or parts box, and a little bit of scratchbuilding–and that’s fine too.

CHASSIS:
The Don Garlits rear engine dragster chassis is a one-piece molding with one separate stiffener, side mounted airfoils, and one separate bulkhead/ support–a real testament to Monogram’s ingenuity back in the “good old days.” There are some mold lines here that you’ll want to take some time to clean up. Front suspension is a four-piece assembly based on a chrome tubular dropped front axle, to which attaches a three-piece airfoil. At the rear is a five-piece solid-mounted axle with disc brake calipers, the main section of which is chromed. Also at the rear is an eight-piece airfoil/support/parachute pack assembly–nicely done all in all, though you may need a bit of filler on the underside of the airfoil section. The fuel lines (see section above) attach to a separate plated fuel tank. Interesting that there is an extra front tube axle on the chrome sprue, a bit longer than the one intended for use here.

WHEELS AND TIRES:
At the front is a pair of motorcycle-thin skinny O-ring tires mounted on two-piece chromed Cragar SuperTrick wheels. At the rear is a pair of large no-name slicks mounting on a pair of two-piece deep-dish plated Cragar SuperTrick wheels. M&H and M&H Racemaster white tire markings are provided on the decal sheet for the slicks. Note that on the vinyl sprue with the slicks, you get a free pair of Pro Stock/Pro Mod front tires. Hello, spares box! INTERIOR: All the requisite dragster interior components are here: butterfly steering wheel and column attaching directly to the front axle steering gear, pedals, shifter, and brake lever. The seat and associated roll cage is a three-piece assembly, however, there is no seat detail, upholstery, etc., as Monogram provided a four-piece driver figure intended to fill that space. If you don’t want the driver figure, the seat itself and its associated upholstery must be scratchbuilt, including the belts and harnesses. The seats from nearly any of the 1/25 scale rear engine dragster kits available over the years from AMT, MPC, or Revell are too small, but can be used as a pattern to scratchbuild a new seat. BODY: The basic body comes in two sections: one-piece lower and three-piece upper, which removes to show the internal detail. Simple but effective. Not much more to be said here except make sure you remove the mold lines on the upper body unit as they are quite prominent. DECALS: The decal sheet provides all the markings necessary to replicate the Mongoo$e’s late-1974-75 English Leather-sponsored ride. Well printed and thin, the decals are of excellent quality.

OTHER:
Included in this kit is an excellent six-piece Chrondek “Christmas tree” timer that works nicely in a diorama setting of a dragstrip starting line. PRE- STAGED, STAGED, and CHRONDEK TIMERS letting in white is provided on the decal sheet for this accessory. Also included is a two-piece standing crew figure with his hands over his ears!

1966 Batmobile (Deluxe Edition)

batmobile1966 BATMOBILE (DELUXE EDITION) Polar Lights #POL837
VERSIONS: TV Car
MOLDED COLORS: White, Clear, Chrome Plated
SCALE: 1/25 MSRP: $42.98 USD
MODIFIED REISSUE

ENGINE:
This new edition of last year’s Batmobile kit has two engine options. The first is a 27-piece Ford (or Lincoln) sourced 429 big block with C6 Cruise- O-Matic transmission. The valve covers, domed pie-plate open-element air cleaner, oil pan, and four-barrel carb are all chromed. Despite the high parts count, the overall level of detail is somewhat soft compared to most recent kits from other mainstream manufacturers, but what is here can be painted and plumbed into a fine replica. The second, newer engine choice is a three-piece “jet turbine” engine (remember Robin’s famous line “Atomic batteries to power…turbines to speed” as the Batmobile prepared to get underway?). The turbine may be non-prototypical, even sheer fantasy, but it does look pretty cool in that engine compartment.

CHASSIS:
This new edition of the Bat-car has not one but two chassis units–one for the big block (the more prototypical one) and one for the new turbine engine. Both basic chassis pans have both frame and floorboards integrated into one unit, with the front suspension A-arms molded on place. The big-block chassis has the gas tank molded in while the turbine version has saddle-mount fuel tanks and the rear part of the turbine exhaust system as part of the basic chassis. On both units, the engraving level is minimal but generally good, and reminiscent of the simplified Polar Lights car kits of a few years ago. Front suspension (different for big-block and turbine versions) is an eight-piece assembly with poseable steering. The rear suspension (shared between both versions) is a seven-piece affair with separate shocks and springs. Separate also is the X-member stiffener and the four-piece exhaust system (yes, again, the tips need drilling out for real- ism) on the big-block chassis, and the engine cables/hoses and jet exhaust ducts on the turbine version. The underhood area is a separate inner fender unit (two different units are provided, one for the big block car, one for the turbine ver- sion) that glues to the body from beneath, and has separate fuse boxes, battery, firewall, and master cylinder. The radiator attaches to the chassis and is met by the shroud that is part of the inner fender unit.

WHEELS AND TIRES:
Chromed Rader five-spoke mags with unplated “bat” spinners ride on no-name semi-wide black vinyl tires with decent tread detail.

INTERIOR:
Platform-style, the interior builds up off the chassis floor. Only the transmission hump is molded in place (and this applied to both chassis), all else is separate. The side panels have three-dimensional coves but are bereft of additional detail. The bucket seats have no backs to them, but the backs will not be seen anyway, so in this case the point is moot. The console and rear wall are one piece, to which attach a lever of some kind that isn’t the shifter–and that attaches to the tranny hump. There is a separate fire extinguisher and mounting plate that attaches to the rear cockpit wall. The dash is a one-piece simplified unit that also includes the front wall and pedal faces, and this is well engraved, with a fluted dash pattern. Attaching to this is a three-quarter-rim steering wheel or a full Lincoln/Thunderbird-style steering wheel with horn ring. And yes, Virginia, there’s a Batphone on the console, and even an optional Bat-Ram lever for the dash. No less than nine separate decals–including gauges–go onto this, and two for the half-rim steering wheel!

BODY:
One of the most distinguishable cars in history, the Batmobile’s basic shape is captured well here by Polar Lights. The body itself is one piece, to which attaches a separate finned upper rear deck. Font and rear lower fascias are separate and attack at the break line, making seam cleanup simple. At the front are separate clear headlight lenses, lens covers/turn signal lenses, and two split grilles. At the rear are two split grilles, two variants of the “turbine exhaust” (one with a rear camera attachment), taillight lenses, twin drag chutes, and license plate (this item looks a tad too skinny and you might want to consider replacing it). The longitudinal interior arch between the canopies is a separate component with separate “Bat antler” antennas and a chromed beacon with separate clear lens. The hood has no underside structural detail but does have four ugly mold marks you will want to eradicate. The trunk opens on the model, revealing the famous Mobile Crime Computer, for which there are no less than three separate decals. At the rear deck are the Bat-Rocket launcher tubes (drilled, thankfully) and a small chrome radio antenna. An optional base is included should you prefer using aluminum tubing for the Bat-Rocket tubes, and alternative antenna mounts are given should you prefer using thin wire for the radio antennas. The clear front and rear canopies are nicely done and in this kit, a second rear bubble is provided with an external over-the-canopy arch if so desired. Anyone remembering the episode of the TV series where the Penguin hijacked the Batmobile and made it his “Penguinmobile” will wax nostalgic here, as two Penguin umbrellas are provided for modeling just that vehicle.

DECALS:
On the large decal sheet, besides items mentioned previously, are all the red striping for just about every edge of the car, and these seem to be in a Day-Glo red shade closely approximated by Testors Model Master Chevy Engine Red (really a red-orange). All the Bat motifs for the car’s sides and the wheel centers are included here, as are “Penguinmobile” logos! Three sets of license plates are included, one slightly different shape than the other–all Gotham City, of course: BAT-1, TP-6597, and 2F-3567. OTHER: In addition to all the extra plastic parts, a pair of resin-cast 1/25 scale seated figures of Batman and Robin the Boy Wonder are included, unassembled and unpainted, with their uniform logos on the decal sheet. The real star of this “deluxe” kit is a superbly done sheet of photoetched metal details that include front and rear grilles, Bat wheel spinners, all three Gotham City license plates, dashboard chrome trim, nameplates for all the Bat-gadgets on the dash, door handles, headlight grilles, rear interior deck vent and its associated trim, hood and trunk hinges and supports, gauge faces, Bat emblems for the doors, pedal faces for gas, brake, and clutch, radiator fan (big block version only), upper arch trim lever, center console shifter trim, a Batman TV series logo to display your car with, and the infamous Bat Chain Slicer! Not only that, but the right hand side of the photoetched sheet is toothed to act as a superfine razor saw! Holy superdetail!

Revell 1956 CHEVY DEL RAY

85-4946-lgRevell 1956 CHEVY DEL RAY #4946
VERSIONS: Stock (see text), Street
MOLDED COLORS: White, Clear, Red Clear, Chrome Plated
SCALE: 1/25 MSRP: $21.98 USD
REISSUE

ENGINE:
The Del Ray’s 29-piece engine represents a 265 smallblock with Powerglide automatic, and is extremely well done. Engraving throughout is superb. The instruction sheet does not mention at all that stock engine pieces are in the kit (a faux-pas to be sure, Revell), however, we will take those parts into consideration in this review. Of special note are the separate starter, fuel pump, front cover (with engine mounts), water pump, distributor with vacuum advance and separate coil, oil filler tube, upper and lower radiator hoses, and the correct-for-1956 exhaust manifolds–the familiar “ram’s horn” style did not come into widespread play until the advent of the 283 a year later. Only one intake option is provided, a single four-barrel carb, with a choice between a two-piece stock single-snorkel air cleaner (not mentioned in the instructions, but on the sprue) or a custom two-piece plated “pie plate” low restriction air cleaner. There is also a choice between a stock generator (on the sprue but not mentioned in the instructions) and an alternator. For valve covers, you have a choice between stock Chevy script type (on the sprue but not on the instructions) and a pair of custom finned chrome units. A decal is provided for the oil filter. This is one first rate Mouse motor, and the Powerglide on the end is a real plus for kitbashers. Spend some quality time wiring and detailing it and you have an absolute contest contender.

CHASSIS:
The one-piece chassis pan has frame and floorboards molded in place plus a separate gas tank/spare tire well component. There are two different front suspensions: a five-piece stock unit (on the sprue but not on the instructions) and a five-piece custom assembly with molded-in large diameter disc brakes. There are also two different rear suspensions: a seven-piece stock setup (again, not mentioned in the instructions but on the sprue) and a nine-piece custom assembly with molded-in large diameter disc brakes and raising spacers. Exhaust system is two-piece, requiring only drilling out at the ends. The underhood area is well catered to, with a detailed two-piece radiator unit, detailed firewall, separate washer bottle, two-piece battery and tray, wiper motor, twin horns, and master cylinder. Decals are provided for the radiator tank top, battery top, and the washer bottle top.

WHEELS AND TIRES:
18” O-Z style hollow five-spoke wheels ride on black vinyl wide low profile no-name tires. The stock steelie wheels and chromed dog dish hub caps are still here on the sprues (no mention of these at all in the instructions) and are only missing the proper tires to mount them. These, of course, can either be borrowed from another kit, or found in resin from an aftermarket supplier.

INTERIOR:
The interior is platform style, building up off a basic floor that has the gas pedal, rear seat, and package shelf molded in place. Side panels are separate and have excellent three dimensional detailing. The two-piece front bench seat and molded-in rear seat have excellent upholstery engraving. The dash is a six-piece affair with a chromed central trim insert, chromed under-dash tissue dispenser, steering column with shifter and turn signal stalk, and stock steering wheel with molded-in horn ring. Decals are provided for the main instrument cluster, radio face, Bel Air speaker panel, and clock. The headliner is also catered to, with a separate clear dome light.

BODY:
Revell did a superb job with the body on the Del Ray. The one-piece body has the correct side trim and “Chevrolet” scripts molded into the sides, however, they are very light and almost certainly will get lost under a decent paint job. At the front is a plated grille with separate clear turn signal lenses, plated headlight bezels with separate clear lenses, front valence panel, plated bumper, and optional license plate frame. The hood has separate hinges and very light underside engraving, and on the outside has a separate Chevy crest, V emblem, trim strip, and hood ornament (all chromed). At the rear are a plated rear bumper, two-piece taillight units with red clear lenses, a plated Chevy crest, a plated V emblem, and an optional license plate frame. Door handles, radio antenna, wipers, and two-piece rear view mirror are all separate chrome pieces. All window transparencies are commendably thin and clear.

DECALS:
On the decal sheet, in addition to the items mentioned earlier, are flame designs in yellow for the body sides, two black Chevy bowtie outlines, a silver “California Wheels Pro Touring” motif, two silver Chevrolet scripts for the rear flanks, two silver front fender hash mark trim, two Chevy crests for front and rear, and two California FIFTY6 plates.