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Moebius 964 Batmobile Batman vs Superman

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is a 2016 American superhero film featuring the DC Comics characters Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman. It is the sequel to 2013’s Man of Steel and the second installment in the DC Comics’ Extended Universe. The film is written by Chris Terrio, from a story by Zack Snyder and David S. Goyer, and directed by Snyder. The cast includes Henry and lois cavil Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Amy Adams, Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne, Jesse Eisenberg, Jeremy Irons, and Holly Hunter. It will be produced by Dune Entertainment and distributed by Warner Bros.

Development began in 2012 whilst Man of Steel was in post-production when discussions between Goyer and Snyder on how to expand on the universe they created, leading to the idea of a team-up movie. Pre-production began at East Los Angeles College in October 2013, with principal photography starting in May 2014 in Detroit, Michigan.
[Source and more info here.]

Kit Highlights
  • Highly detailed plastic molded in black and clear parts.
  • Straight from the film’s 3D files, this is the biggest Batmobile yet
  • Rubber-like tires with nice realistic pattern
  • Authentic details based on the digital visual effects files
  • Cockpit with seats and console
  • Illustrated instructions
  • Scale: 1/25
  • Length: over 10″ (254mm)
  • Skill Level: 3
  • MSRP: $39.99
  • Street Price: $33.99 (approx)

It is here and I admit a bit late. This entry was drafted a couple of months ago but I couldn’t wait for the transkit in the works from GreenStraweberry for this awesome kit. This is the Batmobile from Moebius Models kit # 964. The wait for the transkit was well worth it. The Moebius kit is the Batmobile as seen in Batman vs Superman and as a standalone, it is a superb kit of the CGI and practical full scale model it represents. As with all kits from Moebius, the build is very straightforward with very easy to follow instructions.

The kit is very detailed straight from the box but there’s definitely room to go with extra detail. I even omitted parts 7 and 8 and used them modified with real springs from my local ACE. It was a bit of a hassle to install the rear L/R wings but not because of fit problems. As with any other model kits and my friend Benny the cab driver from Total Recall, there are times I wish I had 3 hands.

To avoid postponing this entry longer, the dashboard has no LED lights. But thanks to the model design, there was no cement involved as the fit of the upper and lower half of the car was a perfect. This will give me the opportunity to come back later on and add light to the dashboard. With the transkit from GreenStrawberry, we get the option of building this Batmobile with one or both roof entry doors in the open position. Dupli-Color Universal Metallic Black (BUN0090) which is more like a gun metal color was used to paint all the main body parts. There’s no much sheen on the lifesize movie prop so I decided to leave the model with no clear coat on it.

Our initial thoughts on this model was posted exactly 1 year ago here when we first received the sample. Very nice kit to build and heavy thanks to the large tires. Highly Recommended build!

Note from the Author
My sincere thanks to Frank Winspur from Moebius Models for sending this kit in as well as providing an early sample so the transkit could have been made.

WORKING ON THE MOEBIUS BATMOBILE 964

Italeri Lamborghini Countach 5000 Quattrovalvole

The Lamborghini Countach is a mid-engined, V12 sports car produced by Italian car manufacturer Lamborghini from 1974 to 1990. Its design pioneered and popularized the wedge-shaped, sharply angled look popular in many high-performance sports cars. It also popularized the “cab forward” design concept, which pushes the passenger compartment forward to accommodate a larger rear-mounted engine. The Countach was styled by Marcello Gandini of the Bertone design studio, the same designer and studio that designed the Miura. Gandini was then a young, inexperienced designer — not very experienced in the practical, ergonomic aspects of automobile design, but at the same time unhindered by them. Gandini again produced another striking design. The Countach shape was wide and low (1.07 metres or 42.1 inches), but not very long (only 4.1 metres or 163 inches). Its angular and wedge-shaped body was made almost entirely of flat, trapezoidal panels.

In 2004, American car magazine Sports Car International named the car number three on the list of Top Sports Cars of the 1970s, and listed it number ten on their list of Top Sports Cars of the 1980s.

Lamborghini Countach / More Pictures here.

Engine:
The rear wheels were driven by a traditional Lamborghini V12 engine mounted longitudinally with a mid-engined configuration. This contrasted with the Miura with its centrally mounted, transversely-installed engine.[6] For better weight distribution, the engine is pointed “backwards”; the output shaft is at the front, and the gearbox is in front of the engine, the driveshaft running back through the engine’s sump to a differential at the rear. Although originally planned as a 5 L (310 cu in) powerplant, the first production cars used the Lamborghini Miura’s 4-liter engine. Later advances increased the displacement to 4754 cc and then (in the “Quattrovalvole” model) 5167 cc with four valves per cylinder.

All Lamborghini Countaches were equipped with six Weber carburetors until the arrival of the 5000QV model, at which time the car became available in America, and used Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection. The European models, however, continued to use the carburetors (producing more power than fuel-injected cars) until the arrival of the Lamborghini Diablo, which replaced the Countach.

The Kit:

Kit Highlights
  • Highly detailed plastic pieces molded in white, gray, black,
    and clear
  • Detailed interior and engine
  • Waterslide decals
  • Illustrated instructions
  • Scale: 1/24
  • Length: 7.08″ (180mm)
  • Skill level: 5
  • Parts: 145
  • Italeri No 3683
  • Street Price: $29.99

Here it is!

This is the new previously released in the 80’s Italeri 1/24 Lamborghini Countach 5000 Quattrovalvole kit # 3683. Back in the day many of us had plastered in our room a nice poster of Farrah Fawcett [RIP] and a Lamborghini.

Those were the days for everything. It was the 80’s darn it! Cannonball Run anyone?

I don’t recall if this model kit was sold under the Testors badge or if I did built mine from Italeri. If this kit was sold by Testors, please chime in and refresh my memory. I remember well that Testors gain lots of popularity back in the 80’s in Puerto Rico thanks to a small chain store called GT’s Toys which had a great resemblance to KB Toys. Their small section of models was like a paradise for us model kit builders compared to the very thin limited stock that local drug stores had.

The hardest part on this kit was/is mating the body shell to the chassis because of the wide body parts on the fenders area.

Other than that, this kit is very easy to build. The chassis is very well represented for a kit this old. The engine is well addressed and with all the model building experience we have gained over the years, I promise you that with some TLC, this engine can be turned into a spectacular miniature of the famous Quattrovalvole. The main body was painted with KRYLON ”Short Cuts” spray from Michaels Stores and the interiors was painted with Tamiya XF-59 Desert Yellow from my local hobby shop. It also has some minor accents in the interior of XF-1 Flat Black.

To my eyes the rims look rightfully plated, so I decided not to mess with them. The small decal sheet included with the kit is of very good quality The tires have a very realistic thread pattern and considering the age of this tooling, there was no mold lines to deal with in my sample.

This kit was completed several weeks ago and was in our draft queue. Unfortunately I spilled some glue on the windshield and had to wait for a replacement. My wait was like any other customer would. Kudos to Hobbico for dealing with replacement parts in a timely fashion.

Note from the Author

While this kit is not a more modern Aoshima, I promise you that for $29.00 USD (MSRP) you will get a very good and enjoyable model kit to build. The box art is very nice, I think I’m going to frame mine 😉

ABSOLUTELY POSITIVELY RECOMMENDED!

My sincere thanks to my dear friends at Hobbico for this production sample.

PS,
Here it rest now in a protective case from Hobby Lobby.

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NEW Revell 1/25 Custom Cadillac Lowrider

Roll out in the style in your custom Caddy! The last of these big, bold beauties was produced in 1984. Their classic body on frame construction made them absolutely perfect lowriders. With hydraulics, they can sink way low or stretch high, and their not short on power either! Thanks to a huge 4.1 liter V-8 engine, classic Cadillacs have more than enough muscle to stop the show on the strip.

Kit Highlights
  • Highly detailed pieces molded in white and clear
  • Chrome plated parts and soft black tires
  • Bright gold plated spoked lowrider type wheels and your choice of stock or custom grills
  • Custom moonroof and engraved vinyl top
  • Opening trunk with lowrider hydraulic pumps, batteries and stereo speakers
  • Waterslide decals
  • Illustrated instructions
  • Scale: 1/25
  • Kit # 85-4438
  • Length: 9″ (228.6mm)
  • Width: 3-1/2″ (88.9mm)
  • Height: 2-1/8″ (53.97mm)
  • Skill level: 5
  • Parts: 110
  • MSRP: $21.99 USD

Revell surprised us at the office with another release for the beginning of the 2nd quarter. This is the Custom Cadillac Lowrider 1/25 from Revell models. For the price ($21.99 approx) you get a plumped box with a nicely molded body shell. The molding in general is very clean with barely mould lines around round parts. No flash is present on our production copy. The clar parts are clean of bubbles ad flow marks.

We get with this kit also the a sprue for chrome plated parts as well as gold plated. The injection gates are from moderate to small which is very nice. It is nice to see also that the trunk can be opened thru decently sized and realistic hinges. This final surprise was on the vinyl tires. They have a ‘channel’ in which you will install the white wall also made from vinyl. That alone sold me the kit. No decals or dry transfer for the white walls to deal with.

Absolutely positively recommended!

Note from the Author
My sincere thanks to Revell USA for the review sample.

Hasegawa 1/24 Honda N360 (NI) 1967

The Honda N360 is a small front-engine, front-wheel drive, two-passenger two-box automobile manufactured and marketed by Honda from March 1967 through 1970 in compliance with Japan’s kei car regulations. After a January 1970 facelift, the N360 became the NIII360 and continued in production until June 1972.[8] A larger-engined variant, the N600, was marketed through 1973. All models complied with Japanese kei car dimensional regulations, though vehicles with the 401 cc and 598 cc engines exceeded the kei engine displacement limits and were largely intended for international sales.

The N360 featured front wheel drive and an air-cooled, four stroke, 354 cc, 31 PS (23 kW) two-cylinder engine, derived from the Honda CB450 motorcycle engine and reduced to comply with kei car regulations, which limited maximum engine displacement.

This same engine was also used in the Honda Vamos, with a beam axle/leaf spring rear suspension.

With the N360 nameplate, along with its variants, Honda used the “N” prefix, designating “norimono” (translating from Japanese to English as “vehicle” ) — to distinguish the car from its motorcycle production.

Kit Highlights

  • Highly detailed plastic pieces molded in white and gray
  • Detailed interior
  • Waterslide decals
  • Illustrated instructions
  • Scale: 1/24
  • Length: 4.88″ (124mm)
  • Width: 2.12″ (54mm)
  • Skill level: 3
  • Parts: 144
  • MSRP: $51.99 USD
  • Street Price: $44.95 (approx)

-MARKING OPTIONS: One decal sheet with markings for 2 versions:
1) Type II Super Deluxe
2) Type II S

Out of the brute horse power that Hasegawa has been offering during the last month in the like of the OMRON 962 and many other WRC 1/24 model kits, Hasegawa brings a more humble car. Presenting the new 1/24 Honda N360 (NI) from 1967. I was very surprised to see so much detail on this model kit. It is a 1/24 but still as small as the real car. When you get 144 parts on such a small package, expect a very detailed model.

The kit is molded in clear, white and dark gray and a chromed sprue. It comes with vinyl tires featuring a realistic pattern. I liked the fact that the tires have no mold line and dry transfers are provided to recreate the white walls. The body shells comes beautifully molded with no sink marks to write home about. The rest of the sprues are of the highest quality injection molding I’ve seen. The styrene used on this model is of high quality with very delicate injection gates. This in turn give us model builders small parts that won’t suffer much stress during removal.

Note from the Author

This is an unique kit that will please the most demanding model builder and collectors alike. The original car is a classic in its on right and this model kit is a limited edition so get it while you can.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

My sincere thanks to Hasegawa USA for the review sample.

 

 

Tamiya ’98 Toyota Corolla WRC 1/24

In its long and illustrious career in the World Rally Championships, Toyota has mainly used the Celica as its flagship. In 1997, however, a rule change in the WRC presented Toyota with a chance to demonstrate its innovation. Permission was granted to equip the base of the Toyota’s widely marketed production car with a turbo-charge and four-wheel drive system, as well as modify the engine without restriction.

The more compact body of the Corolla was chosen for the development of the new rally car, and the Corolla WRC car was born. Using components tried and tested on the Celica, the Corolla WRC was equipped with a front loaded, 2-litre, 4-cylinder 3S-GTE turbo engine and 4-wheel drive.

Highly reliable MacPherson struts make for a winning suspension on both the front and rear. In addition, the side of the steering column was equipped with a sequential shift lever, called a “joystick”, allowing a 6-speed transmission control. With hydraulic brakes that automatically sense the movement of the wheels and a center differential equipped with a hang-on clutch, the Corolla WRC is stock full of the latest electronic gadgetry.

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A size smaller than the Celica, the Corolla WRC is perfectly suited for the winding country roads of the Rally. The Corolla WRC debuted in the Finland Rally of 1997, which led to a half year of testing before fully entering the WRC in 1998. Main drivers Carlos Sainz and Didier Auriol showed winning skill.

Kit Highlights

– Brand : Tamiya
– Part No : 24209
– Scale : 1/24th Scale
– Car Type : Toyota Corolla WRC (1998)
– Race : Monte-Carlo Rally / Catalonian Rally
– The body is molded in white.
-MSRP: $31.00 USD
-Street Price: $14.99 and up

– 1/24th scale plastic assembly model kit based on the Toyota Corolla World Rally Car, which participated in the 1998 WRC.
– Realistically recreated roll bar, spare tire, transparent bulkhead, etc.
– Precise detailing of chassis undersurface including front and rear suspension and 4WD mechanics.
– Under guard uses transparent parts, allowing viewing of active rear differential and muffler, even after construction.
– Nylon mesh is included for detailing of front grille.
– Modeled after the Corolla used in the Catalonian Rally.
– Comes with two sets of decals for drivers C. Sainz and D. Auriol.

Well, festivities are over and we smell a new year of model building resolutions. As I mentioned a few weeks ago on our Facebook page, one of my resolutions is getting to work on started models between projects. Actually I did started the resolution with this model late on December 2016 when I decided to get out of the box this Tamiya 98′ Toyota Corolla WRC. The body shell is absolutely clean of flash or sink marks and no putty was necessary. After sanding the body shell of this Tamiya model with Wet/Dry 1500 sandpaper, I gave it a fine coat of Tamiya spray white Fine Primer. This confirmed that the shell is molded in that Tamiya quality to which we are used to. After the primer was laid, 2 fine coats of Tamiya TS-26 Pure White were applied to the model and it was the sent to forsaken models corner last summer. I argued with myself to leave it as is or apply the bundle of decals. I was concerned, the model was apparently stored in a humid environment and decals where showing some yellowness. But I love this sport and I was determined to showcase this Toyota Corolla as it appeared on the Catalonia Rally -hence the flamenco dancer on the art- back in ’98 under the direction of C. Sainz and L. Moya.

Although the yellowish tint is not as visible on the pictures before the weathering, it was definitely there. That was the reason why I chose to depict my version of the car all weathered; you know, to hide some boo-boos 😉 .

The overall dust effect was airbrushed with the Aztek A-470 airbrush with the tan nozzle using Tamiya XF-57 Buff color.

Acknowledgments

The following products were used for the weathering:

Nature Effects ‘Dark Mud’ A.MIG 1405
Nature Effect ‘Earth’ A.MIG 1403
Nature Effects ‘North Africa Dust’ A.MIG 1404

Our sincere thanks to the folks from AMMO MIG for providing their superb weathering products for this project.

Building the Toyota Corolla WRC from Tamiya

If you noticed on the pictures above the beams are lighted up and it is not via Photoshop. They are actually 2 micro LEDs. They are 12v and will be lighted via AC Adapter on mini diorama build on the wooden base pictured above. I will leave an extra input on the base to light it via batteries should I decide to display it at model shows. The entire model is well engineered and a breeze to build. I must mention that the figures I used on this model are *not* included with the kit. These 1/24 driver figures are provided with the 2001 PEUGEOT 206 WRC kit # 24236 also from Tamiya. Due to popular demand, Tamiya started offering these figures in baggies. But they have been discontinued for a while. I think I will briefly feature them on a separate entry.

I build antennas from K&S brass wire but recently I found the styrene equivalent. Plastruct .03mm 90850. It is in scale with most antennas found also in 1/35 scale subjects and 1/48. I guesstimate some 15 hours on this model and I would build the ESSO version in a jiffy if I have the chance. Heck, even without markings is a nice looking model car kit. The real life car never made it to the US market.

Happy model building!

PS,
I just received the newsletter from Revell of Germany and they are releasing the same exact kit as we speak. I hope the decals are of better quality because Tamiya’s leave a bit to be desired. Even the decals provided with the Airfix Ford Fiesta kicks major butt here. Also, this same Toyota Corolla WRC ’98 is available from Hasegawa.

The real 1998 Toyota Corolla WRC in action.

Hasegawa 1/24 Porsche 962C OMRON

Porsche has created countless competitors over the years. However, the 962C remains one of the brand’s best designs over thirty years after its original release. The 962C competed in 1989’s All Japan Sports Prototype Car Endurance Championship, where it took on Fuji Speedway’s ten taut turns and impressive 0.9 mile (1.5 km) long straights.

Let’s very briefly examine the evidence. Here is a car that won Le Mans six times on the trot, a feat managed by no other car in the history of the race. It won the world sports car championship five times in succession, also an unparalleled achievement in the sport. It won the IMSA championship three times despite not even being allowed to enter for the first two years of its life and in 1991, in its tenth season of racing, it was still good enough to win the Daytona 24 hours outright and for the fifth time.

In 1994, 13 seasons after it first started racing, the Dauer version of the car won Le Mans for the seventh time. And there were five Japanese championships, numerous Interserie wins, but I think you get the picture. The 956/962 was the most long lived and successful sports car the world has ever known and there’s nothing even the mighty 917 can do to change that.
Andrew Frankel, GT Purely Porsche Magazine

Kit Highlights
  • Highly detailed plastic pieces molded in white and clear
  • Limited edition
  • Waterslide decals
  • Illustrated instructions
  • Scale: 1/24
  • Length: 7.87″ (200mm)
  • Width: 3.26″ (83mm)
  • Skill level: 3
  • Hasegawa kit # 20280
  • Parts: 59
  • MSRP: $54.99 USD
  • Street Price: $42.99 +/-
  • MARKING
  • All Japan Sports Prototype Car Endurance Championship, 1989, Omron Racing Team, car no. 55.

Another beautiful model kit from Hasegawa models. This time I was faced with the Porsche 962C. It is an oldie but goodie and I’m glad Hasegawa brought this model with this specific OMRON markings. The OMRON version of the 962C is pretty much reserved for diecast collectors and/or slot car enthusiasts -in 1/32 scale- commanding a high price. For those of us mortals not willing to spend much, this kit from Hasegawa is the answer.

The Hasegawa Porsche OMRON 962C is molded in white and clear. It comes with waterslide decals which I found to be of very good quality. The tires are molded in vinyl and have a noticeable seam line. I took care of this as I do with all of my tires except that instead of #400, I used #320 wet/dry sandpaper to get rid of that line. The dry transfer did work perfectly and here is a tip between you and me. When placing the dry transfers on the tires, I found that they stick faster, better and more consistent when gently rubbed with a cotton swab moistened with saliva  😀

There was some flash on the clear parts. Maybe the tooling showing some age or a random sprue that had flash. Nothing that a new #11 blade can take care of. All clear parts were submerged in Johnson Future Gloss. Overall the kit is printing VERY good. Ah, just so you know, this is a curbside model. In case you don’t know, that’s a body only model kit with no engine. I have build many subjects and sub-subjects over the years. This is the OMRON Porsche 962C I was looking forward to adding to my collection.

PAINTING THE OMRON PORSCHE 962C

Painting was very straightforward. The body shell was primed with Tamiya FINE SURFACE PRIMER. Then it was preceded with Krylon Short Cuts Gloss White SCS-053 from the craft store. They are good paints, cheap and don’t run as easy as the Testors counterpart might. Worth mentioning that the Krylon drying time is faster. After masking the body with Tamiya masking tape, I used Testors Gloss Blue 1110 (square bottle) diluted with Testors 1156 enamel thinner. I applied the blue color with my Aztek A470 airbrush using the blue medium flow nozzle. Thanks goodness the wheels are not chrome plated. All decals were placed on the model after the colors cured -after 48 hours.- Then the white, blue color and decals were sealed with two coats of Testors Glosscote spray.

The wheel set was painted with a coat of Alclad 2 Gloss Black primer topped with a fine coat of Alclad 2 Lacquer Chrome. The rim interior was painted with Testors enamel gloss black and the bolt-hub with Tamiya Gold Leaf X-12.

The Porsche 962C belongs to the era when I used to watch LeMan races on a big butt 19” T.V. I’m 50 years young and I treasure my yesteryears with fond memories. This 962 is definetly part of it. It was a fun 6½ hours build. If you like the OMRON markings, be aware that this is a limited edition run from Hasegawa. Get one while you can. While finishing this entry, the guy from the brown truck knocked the door in my office with another delivery. Without knowing what was inside the box, I was like a kid on Christmas day. Inside I found another 962C but this one bears the TRUST TEAM markings. YAYYY!!
Coming on early January Hasegawa will be offering also the KENWOOD TEAM, so stay tuned amigos!

Acknowledgments
My sincere thanks to Hobbico and Hasegawa for the review copies. Without their help this site wouldn’t be possible.

PICTURES OF THE HASEGAWA PORSCHE 962C OMRON

Hasegawa 1/24 Porsche 962C
in the box



1/25 Revell Bronco NEW!

For thirty years, the Ford Bronco was the top 2-door SUV available in America. It offered good off-road mobility and high engine power as well as more seating than traditional light trucks. Many models featured popular removable tops and hosts of equipment options. Overall, the mark was far from a record breaker in terms of sales, but it was popular with its market and advanced the technology of the SUV.

1966-1977
The original Bronco was an ORV (Off-Road Vehicle), intended to compete primarily with Jeep CJ models and the International Harvester Scout. The Bronco’s small size riding on a 92-inch (2,337 mm) wheelbase made it maneuverable for some uses, but impractical as a tow vehicle.

The Bronco was Ford’s first compact SUV. The idea behind the Bronco began with Ford product manager Donald N. Frey, who also conceived the Ford Mustang. The initial engine was the Ford 170 cu in (2.8 L) straight-6, modified with solid valve lifters, a 6-US-quart (6 l) oil pan, heavy-duty fuel pump, oil-bath air cleaner, and a carburetor with a float bowl compensated against tilting.

Styling was subordinated to simplicity and economy, so all glass was flat, bumpers were straight C-sections, the frame was a simple box-section ladder, and the basic left and right door skins were identical except for mounting holes.

Kit Highlights
  • Highly detailed pieces molded in white and clear
  • Chrome plated parts and soft black tires
  • Detailed 289 cu. in. engine
  • Swing-a-way spare tire
  • Removeable hardtop
  • Waterslide decals
  • Illustrated instructions (See the instructions in PDF here)
  • Scale: 1/25
  • Kit Number: Revell 85-4320
  • Length: 6-3/8″ (161.95mm)
  • Width: 2-3/4″ (69.85mm)
  • Height: 2-13/16″ (71.43mm)
  • Skill level: 5
  • Parts: 137
  • MSRP: $24.99
  • Street Price: $19.99 (approx)

A few weeks ago one of our authors (Pedro Negrón) posted an entry on the website about the new 1/25 Revell Ford Bronco. I saw the box art on his post and could help to daydream about my younger years. My neighbor rest in peace had one these Ford Broncos as well as an old 60’s Chevy Suburban brush painted in enamel flat khaki color.  When the brown truck showed up at the studio with a production sample of the new Revell Bronco, I paused to take a peak at the box.

Inside the box you will find a small body shell cleanly molded in white. Slightly shallow you will get 5 ejection pin marks. They aren’t really there but they are present thus worthy of mentioning them. I did not take the time to fill and sand. They are invisible with the to on display. You will also get a chrome plated sprue. Personally I did not find the plating robbing the parts of much visible detail so I decided to use the chrome parts as they came instead of removing the plating and repainting. As with the real thing, the interior and dashboard is a very simple and straightforward.

The remaining parts are molded in white and the sprues being a new tooling are 100% clean of flash or heavy mold lines. The injection gates are quite small even for a Revell new tooling (IMHO) leaving the parts with little stress cut marks using a modestly used XURON cutter. All theclear parts are also nicely injected. Very clear without flow marks. The included vinyl tires have a very nice and clean thread pattern.

As you can see on the provided link above, the Revell Ford Bronco model kit is comprised of 137 parts and you can call it done after 28 easy steps. I did not find fit problems around the model to write home about them. So in my humble opinion this model has been beautifully engineered to give the modeler a great building pleasure free of hacks and headaches. A word of caution though: do no not commit the radiator and fan cover to cement until you do a dry test on the hood. It did happened to me and the fan cover wouldn’t let the hood fit evenly around the engine bay. The decal sheet provided with the kit is of great quality. The side white lines are a one pieace deal so take your time.

Note from the Author

I would have no problem recommending the new Revell 1/25 Ford Bronco to our readers. I wonder how this kit would look with the tires and wheels from the ’80 Dodge Ramcharger kit 85-4372. Huummm???

Highly Recommended!
My sincere thanks to Revell USA for the review sample.

 

Revell 1/25 Ford Bronco

Check out the October New Releases! The wait is over… the classic Ford Bronco with new tooling is here.

Ford Bronco – ALL NEW TOOLING!
1/25 scale • Level 5 • 85-4320

The original Ford Bronco was Ford’s first compact SUV vehicle.  The Bronco remained basically unchanged from 1966 to 1977, and has extended to 5 generations.  Based on a 92 in. wheelbase, the first Bronco was intended to be an off-road multi-purpose truck with 4WD. There were 2 engines to choose from: a straight 6 cylinder or a more powerful small block V-8, and 3 body styles: a wagon, a half-cab or a roadster.  Other options included such things as a swing-a-way spare tire and bench-style back seat. Kit features include:

  • Detailed 289 cu.in. engine
  • Swing-a-way spare tire
  • Removable hardtop

*Repost from Revell website.

1/24 Ebbro Citroen H Van

EBBRO models from Japan bring us a very singular Van full of history, the Citroën H Van in 1/24 scale. This vehicle fill the gap in Europe after the war, when Vans where urgently needed for daily works.

The Kit release this month! so take a good look and compare with the Heller Citroën Fourgon Type H!

The Citroën H Van, Type H, H-Type or HY is a panel van (light truck) produced by the French car maker Citroën between 1947 and 1981. It was developed as a simple front wheel driven van after World War II. A total of 473,289 were produced in 34 years in factories in France and Belgium.

Like the 1934 Citroën Traction Avant, the H had a unitary body with no separate frame, four-wheel independent suspension, and front-wheel drive. For a commercial van, this combination provided unique benefits – a flat floor very close to the ground, and 6 ft (180 cm) standing height, with a side loading door.

The distinctive corrugated body work used throughout the period of production was inspired by German Junkers (Aircraft) starting from the First World War until the 1930s, the three engined Junkers Ju 52 being the last to use this construction.Henry Ford also adopted this construction for the Ford Tri-Motor passenger aircraft. The ribs added strength without adding weight, and required only simple, low cost press tools. The flat body panels were braced on the inside by ‘top hat’ box sections, at right angles to the ribs. The welded floor was strong enough to support a horse.(from Wikipedia)

 

Tamiya Toyota Land Cruiser 80 VX Limited

One of the favorites is back, the Toyota Land Cruiser 80 VX Limited from Tamiya. Grabs yours before they are gone again!

toyota-land-cruiser

The Famed Land Cruiser’s 1989 Incarnation

Toyota’s Land Cruiser is a name familiar to millions across the world. Delving back into its storied history, the 80 series was a rebooting of the range which took place in October 1989. It featured a bulked up body with a great deal more curves than Land Cruiser owners had previously been treated to, but just as importantly, off-road performance had been overhauled too, thanks to a newly-designed chassis and coil sprung suspension that ensured a smooth ride even on rough off-road surfaces. This monster was the first domestic Japanese car to offer a full-time 4WD transmission, a fact that helped endear it to many.

About the Model

★This is a 1/24 scale plastic model assembly kit. Length: 214mm, width: 87mm, height: 79mm. ★The genre-redefining form of the car is captured with great accuracy and aplomb, metal-plated parts included in the kit to recreate the front grill, side mirrors and more. ★The inline-6 diesel engine showcases great detail, and thanks to the inclusion of transparent hood parts, can be admired even after the model is complete. ★The ladder frame, plus front 3-link and rear 5-link suspension setup is authentically depicted, using metal coil springs for realistic movement. ★Tires – including spare – are made from synthetic rubber and feature tread pattern.

★Instrumentation and steering wheel parts are included to create the model as left- or right-hand drive.

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Moebius Batman vs Superman Batmobile Transkit

The wait if over my Batfriends. We are pleased to announce the release of new multi media transkit set for the great Moebius Batman vs Superman Batmobile model kit from Green Strawberry. We gave a hint a couple of months ago that this kit was being developed by Lukas and Team over at Green Strawberry. Striving for the best quality and bang for the buck as we have seen on their transkits for Bandai Star Wars, the kit ended up as a photo etch, resin and film set.

You may want to hold on to that build of your B vs S batmobile ’til you get this transkit.

Note from the Author

Regular orders and dealers are welcome to contact GreenStrawberry for more info on this or any other transkit available.

Revell ’91 Ford F-350 Duallie Pickup

This Ford pickup was designed for heavy hauling. It is instantly recognizable by its dual rear wheels and fiberglass extended rear fenders. Specifically, it was developed to handle 5th wheel trailers, where the trailer connection is in the center of the pickup bed. To pull large trailers, this F-350 is powered by a 7.5 liter V-8 engine, equipped with multi-port fuel injection.

Kit Highlights
  • Detailed 7.5 liter V-8 with multi-port fuel injection
  • Full roll bar with extra halogen lights
  • Detailed chassis
  • Wide side rear view mirrors
  • Soft vinyl black tires
  • Waterslide decals
  • Illustrated instructions
  • Revell Kit # 85-4376
  • MSRP: $27.99
  • Street Price: $21.99 (approx)

Released back in August, here’s finally the ’91 Ford F-350 Duallie Pickup 1/24 from Revell. Upon opening the box and inspecting the contents, I was surprised to see a very clean set of sprues with literally no flash* or heavy mold lines. As specified, the kit comes with 136 parts which are molded in white, chrome and 7 vinyl tires.

The V-8 Ford engine provided with the kit is well detailed and the fit is superb. As with the rest of the parts, there’s no flash on them at all. The chassis on this model kit features a gas tank that at least does not belongs to this version of the truck. You have the option of removing the tank and fill the area with a piece of styrene or simply leave the fuel tank there. I chose the later to keep some integrity on the long chassis. I found that the chassis to the cab and bed has a slight fit issue that was addressed via clamping. Even after camping, the right front tire does not touch the ground as if the chassis was slightly twisted. Pushing down the front axle assembly (part 51) did help a little bit to resolve this problem.

The decal sheet provided with this model kit is very good and responded well to Solvaset used on relieved areas like the Ford logo on the front grille. The chrome plated parts were used as is on this kit. However the chrome plating although good, it isn’t as aggressive as others I have worked with. The roll bar was stripped from its chrome plating very easily with oven cleaner. The model shown here doesn’t depict the roll ball installed for the moment as I have plans for this truck.

PAINTING THE ’91 FORD F-350 ‘DUALLIE’ PICKUP

Painting this model wasn’t a big shore. I did use ye olde Testors Spray Enamel 1246 Silver Enamel. Decals went on top and followed by 2 coats of Testors Gloss Cote spray. The inside of the the bed was painted with
Tamiya’s Dark Iron XF-84. The color and the slight metallic pigmentation gives that look of a protective bed liner.

Note from the Author

For its age this model kit does ‘prints’ very well. Other than the fit issues with the chassis to bed and cab, the kit goes together very well. The tail light reflectors (parts 87 & 88) were a bit frustration in its orientation and fit so patience is a must here. Other than that enjoy your Revell ’91 Ford F-350 Duallie Pickup.
RECOMMENDED!

My sincere thanks to Revell USA for the review sample.