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1/600 Resin Shuttle type ‘F’ from Green Strawberry

During the mid-2260s, class F shuttles were based at starbases and aboard Constitution-class starships, which were standard equipped with four shuttles of this class, along with other shuttle classes. (TOS: “The Galileo Seven”, “The Doomsday Machine”, “The Omega Glory”; TAS: “Mudd’s Passion”, “The Ambergris Element”) The class F shuttlecraft remained in service until the 2270s, when they were still being deployed to and from the San Francisco air tram station. (Star Trek: The Motion Picture Directors Edition).

Source and more info here.

Kit is primarily designed as set for Revell kit 04880.

Just in from our friends at Green Strawberry. This is a resin 1/600 Star Trek Shuttle type ‘F’ TOS.
This tiny model kit is very cleanly cast in resin. It comes with markings for your choice of:

  • Galileo NCC-1701/7
  • Columbus NCC-1701/2
  • Setar NCC-1631/4
  • Picasso SB11-1201/1

There’s is also a small photo etch fret to depict the center leg pad detail. The kit doesn’t have a lot of parts to fiddle with but worth mentioning that as usual with Green Strawberry, the instructions are very clear and straightforward. Decals go without a hitch but you will literally need a magnifying glass. The decal sheet seems to have been covered completely with the clear film carrier so I suggest to cut your decals as close as possible to the art.

Note from the Author

Nice set to accompany your 1/600 Revell kit with no lines from the 3-D printed versions to deal with.
Well worth the $13.99 price for 4 Shuttles, decals and photo etch fret.
Highly recommended!

My sincere thanks to Green Strawberry for this production sample.

1/350 IJN Destroyer Type Koh Nowaki “Super Detail” Limited Edition

The destroyer was ordered in 1937. Nowaki was laid down on 8 November 1939 and launched on 17 September 1940. The ship was commissioned into the IJN on 28 April 1941. Nowaki was initially assigned to Destroyer Division 4 of the Destroyer Squadron 4. At the beginning of World War II, she was engaged as an escort during the invasion of the Philippine Islands and during subsequent operations around Malaya. On 1–4 March, while in company with the cruisers Maya, Atago, Takao, and destroyer Arashi, she was involved in sinking a number of Allied vessels during operations in the Java Sea.

On 1 March, Nowaki assisted Arashi in sinking the Dutch motorship Toranja and the British minesweeper Scott Harley, and later that day captured the Dutch steamship Bintoehan. On 2 March, Nowaki assisted in sinking the destroyer HMS Stronghold. On 3 March 1942, Nowaki helped sink the gunboat USS Asheville. On 4 March, Nowaki assisted in sinking the Australian sloop Yarra and the British Motor Minesweeper 51, tanker Francol, and depot ship Anking.

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Kit Highlights

With this set you can build any one of three IJN Destroyers including two that participated in the Battle of the Philippine Sea and one from the Battle of Midway. These vessels all carried six five-inch guns plus a battery of anti-aircraft guns and Long Lance torpedoes. Despite the power of the ships and the courage of their crews, all three were sunk by enemy action before the end of the war.

  • Highly detailed plastic pieces
  • Limited edition
  • Detailed hull
  • Kit Hasegawa 40094
  • Waterslide decals
  • Illustrated instructions
  • Scale: 1/350
  • Length: 13.68″ (347.5mm)
  • Width: 1.29″ (33mm)
  • Height: 3.42″ (87mm)
  • Skill level: 3
  • Parts: 210
  • MSRP: $139.99
  • Street Price: $124.99

MARKING
OPTIONS: One decal sheet with markings for 3 versions:
1) IJN Destroyer Nowaki Battle of the Philippine Sea June 1944
2) IJN Destroyer Hamakaze Battle of the Philippine Sea June 1944
3) IJN Destroyer Tanikaze Sep., 1943

Finally!
Something that floats arrived this week to my office. I know, this is not the Bismarck nor the Yamato. But the IJN Destroyer Type KOH from Hasegawa was also an important subject during WW2. The kit has been revisited by Hasegawa under the Famous Ship Series. It is a 1/350 scale model with that comes with heck of a comprehensive photo etched fret with all the necessary railings, ladders. The kit is printing very well. On my production copy I found little to no flash and superb engraved and raised lines. As stated above on the kit highlights, the kit included an exquisitely printed decal sheet.

I’ll be honest, this is a project that I will do on the side because this is a kit that will keep any model builder a long period of time. With model kits like the IJN Type KOH it is a good idea to leave it around the workbench and work in small increments with a pair of fresh eyes every time. The amount of photo etched detail can be overwhelming even for experienced model builders.

Note from the Author

If you like WW2 history in model kits from the Japanese perspective, the Hasegawa IJN NOWAKI is a no brainer. For the great detail it has, this model kit will not disappoint you. I highly recommend it to the experienced model builder however it is a bit of a complex model kit for a beginner. No water line option -bummer-.

My sincere thanks to Hasegawa USA for the review sample.

 

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.

Revell 1/29 X-Wing Starfighter

Rebel forces used these powerful fighters in intense space dogfights throughout the Galaxy in the second trilogy of Star Wars™ movies. Everywhere these strike ships went they helped turn the tide in the favor of the rebels. From blowing up Death Stars (twice) to ferrying Luke to his rendezvous with Yoda, it was the humble X-wing that did it all. Now you can help build up the strength of the Rebel Alliance with this Revell X-wing Fighter™ Kit! Kit features four laser cannon, proton torpedoes, deflector shields, hyperdrive and a nav. droid all in a highly-detailed snap-together kit.

Kit Highlights
  • Product ID: 85-1894
  • Skill level 2
  • Length: 17″
  • Width: 14-3/4″
  • Height: 4-7/8″ (6-1/2″ on stand)
  • Parts: 93
  • MSRP: $99.95
  • Street Price: $84.99

When it comes to Star Wars, no fan can have enough X Wing Starfighers and here I present you the latest iteration of the most iconic starship in the galaxy. The 1/29 scale X Wing Fighter from Revell kit # 85-1894. This model kit was introduced not too long ago in a not too far galaxy. The 1/29 (also known as 1/30 scale) X-Wing Fighter is comprised of 93 parts. Remember that this is a pre-painted Snap-Tite™ kit. It does come pre-painted and ready to assemble.

This model kit breaks the mold -no pun intended- in size. It measures 17” long and 14-3/4” with. For you viewing pleasure and reference, I’m including a picture of the current 1/48 X-Wing from Revell’s Master Series. This baby is 2.5 inches shorter than my old Kenner POTF-2 FX X-Wing. Like Tatooine, the cockpit is sparsely populated but at this scale you can definitely go loco detailing it. Our good friend Antonio Regidor has a few 3D printed upgrades to address some lack of/or wrong detail on key points.

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There is a removable plate that reveals 4 nice proton torpedoes. That area can be super detailed with pipes and other junction boxes to make it look more busy. This is Luke’s famous Red 5 X wing and this model kit does include a complete pre-painted figure of him and R2-D2. For a mass produced figure the paint job isn’t that bad at all. But unfortunately I can not say the same about the ship itself. The paint and weathering is quite sloppy and if the modeler want to make this starship look the best, we will need to take matters into our own hands.

Note from the Author

In all I really do like the 1/30 X-Wing fighter from Revell. It is far from being perfect (which model is?) but offers a nice canvas to go bezerk with extra detail, LEDs and even fiber optics on the cockpit.

My sincere thanks to Revell USA for the review sample.

Academy F-15C MSIP II

This is a 1/72 scale replica of the F-15C “California Air National Guard 144th Fighter Wing.” From its detailed cockpit to the carefully reproduced “Turkey Feathers” exhaust nozzle, the kit perfectly captures this twin-engine fighter. The kit can be assembled with canopy open or closed and provides two air intake assembly options. Armament includes AIM 120C and Aim 9X air-to-air missiles. You’ll find precision in the smallest details, including the antenna and drop tank. The kit features Cartograph decals with four marking options.

Academy 1/72 F-15C MSIP II

Here’s another classic bird to keep the 1/72 scale line going. This is the new 1/72 F-15 MSIP II from Academy models. As with the F-14A and USN F-4J, this model features nicely engraved panel and a very clean molding.

The kit is not high in parts number but still packs great detail for the scale. The cockpit is modestly appointed and as with the previous F-14A and F-4J, this one also is to be displayed with closed cockpit.

Unlike the aforementioned the F-15 MSIP II from Academy lacks the Cartograf decals from which we modelers have become used to on this Special Edition kits. If is of any consolation the included decal sheet comes loaded with stencils. The clear parts are nicely molded with its proper thickness and no injection flow marks.

Note from the Author
If you want to add this bird to your 1/72 modern aircraft collection, the Academy F-15 MSIP II will make a nice addition to your shelf.

Recommended!

Academy F8F-1/2 USS Tarawa

The Grumman F8F Bearcat was a single-engine American fighter aircraft introduced in late World War II. It went on to serve into the mid-20th century in the United States Navy, the United States Marine Corps, and the air forces of other nations. It would be Grumman Aircraft’s final piston engined fighter aircraft. Modified versions have broken speed records for piston-engined aircraft, and are popular among warbird owners.

The Bearcat concept began during a meeting between Battle of Midway veteran F4F Wildcat pilots and Grumman Vice President Jake Swirbul at Pearl Harbor on 23 June 1942. At the meeting, Lieutenant Commander Jimmie Thach emphasized one of the most important requirements in a good fighter plane was “climb rate”.[2]

Climb performance is strongly related to the power-to-weight ratio, and is maximized by wrapping the smallest and lightest possible airframe around the most powerful available engine.

Academy F8F-1/2 USS TARAWA

This is a 1/48 F8F-1/2 Bearcat “USS Tarawa.” The F8F-1 made its first flight in 1944. The kit’s design and parts allow it to be built either as an F8F-1 or F8F-2. Features include accurate cockpit and landing gear as well as fine panel lines and rivets.

Kit Highlights
  • Highly detailed plastic pieces molded in gray and clear
  • Special edition
  • Accurately detailed panel lines and rivets
  • Precisely engraved cockpit and landing gear
  • Can be built as F8F-1 or F8F-2
  • Waterslide decals by Cartograf
  • Illustrated instructions
  • MSRP: $28.00
  • Street Price: $20.99

MARKING OPTIONS:

  • One decal sheet with markings for 6 versions:
  • F8F-1, VF-15A (Later VF-151/192), USS Tarawa (CV-40), US Navy, 1948
  • F8F-2, Same Unit, USS Boxer (CV-21), US Navy, 1950
  • F8F-2, USS Valley Forge (CV-45), US Navy, 1949, V01 is the the commanding officer of CVG-11’s aircraft, 1949.
  • F8F-2, VF-111 “Sundowners”, USS Valley Forge (CV-45), US Navy, 1949
  • F8F-2, VF-61 “Jolly Rogers”, USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVB42), US Navy, 1949
  • F8F-1, VF-3 “Felix Cat Squadron” (later VF-31), US Navy, 1946

Finished recently this is the latest iteration of the 1/48 F8F-1/2 Grumman Bearcat from Academy Models. If you haven’t built this kit, it comes with a humble cockpit straight out of the box considering the real thing is very simplistic in this regard. Both fuselage halves on the model kit fit perfectly with little to no filling to work with. The engine is very simple as well but if you suffer (like me on certain models) from chronic AMS, you’ll have to check 3rd party options.

2 500 lbs are included with the kit along with two versions of an external 150 gallons fuel tank and 4 four 5-inch rockets (HVARs). The clear parts are of very good quality with the proper thickness and no visible flow marks. It took me about 7 hours to complete this model from cockpit chromate green to the last decal on the 4 blade propeller. The modeler will end up with exquisite markings for future projects and a few useful parts.

 

Note from the Author

In all, price per final result on this model kit will exceed the expectations of seasoned and new builders alike.

Highly Recommended!

My sincere thanks to Model Rectifier for the review sample.

Academy 1/72 F-14A VF-2 Bounty Hunters

This twin engine, variable swept wing Navy strike fighter kit comes with two Cartograph decal versions: one for the F-14A VF-2 “Bounty Hunters” USS Ranger 1993 and one for the F-14A VF-102 “Diamondbacks” USS Ranger. Complete with a full complement of external stores, the F-14 has moveable swing wings. After assembly, the wings can be swept back into a parked configuration. Cockpit and landing gear are finely engraved for accurate detailing.

Academy F/14A Bounty Hunters

Kit Highlights
  • Highly detailed two seat, twin engine, Navy strike fighter
  • Choice of two Cartograph decals included: F-14A VF-2 “Bounty Hunters” USS Ranger 1993 and F-14A VF-102 “Diamondbacks” USS Ranger 1982
  • Precisely engraved cockpit and landing gear details
  • Moveable, swing wings sweep back to depict parking configuration on aircraft carrier
  • Various weapons included
  • MSRP: $31.00
  • Street Price: $27.99

Following the release of the 1/72 Academy F-4J Jolly Rogers and Showtime, Academy bring us the USNF-14A ‘VF-2 Bounty Hunters’ in the same scale. The kit is humbly comprised of 3 sprues in light gray and 1 clear. Decals are from Cartograf and feature markings as specified above and most if not all stencils are included. The panel lines are finely engraved and good enough to satisfy those looking for ”to scale’ lines. As with its bigger 1/48 brother, the new Academy F-14A also has the mechanism to swept the wings back and forth.

The cockpit is well appointed for a kit this scale and I quite safely say that it will build good out-of-the-box. There is room for improvement in the cockpit but unfortunately as with the F-4J, the canopy is a one piece deal leaving it permanently closed. The canopy is finely engraved as well with no seam lines and without being overly thick. No flow marks from the injection process are present on my production sample.

Note from the Author

In all the new F-14A from Academy will make nice a nice addition to your modern aircraft model kits collection.

Not my scale of choice but I highly recommend this kit.

My sincere thanks to Model Rectifier for the review sample.

Round 2 Models MPC 22” Space 1999 Eagle 1 Transporter (Preview)

The Eagle Transporter is the iconic capital spacecraft featured in the Gerry Anderson show Space:1999.
The previous release of the 12” version of the ship has always been well-received by fans and modelers everywhere. MPC now releases an ALL-NEW large format kit of the ship. It has been exhaustively researched for accuracy and features spring-loaded landing foot pads, pilot figures and all decals needed to fully decorate the ship.

On the TV Show:

The Eagle Transporter System or ETS was designed to be the primary vehicle used in the construction of Moonbase Alpha. Designed with mission specific payload modules, the Eagle is capable of transporting all the material needed for construction from various locations on Earth, all the way to the Lunar construction site on the Moon.

Kit Highlights
  • 1/2 studio scale based on 44” season 1 filming miniature
  • Nearly 22” long (558.8mm)
  • Molded in white and clear
  • Spring action landing foot pads
  • Over 300 parts
  • Includes 2 pilot figures
  • Easy to follow instructions
  • MSRP: $129.99 US
  • Street Price: $114.95 or less.

About a week ago we did receive in our studio a production sample of the newest MPC 22” Eagle Transporter from the hit show Space: 1999. This is a 1/48th scale kit, half the scale of the 1/24 (44”) Eagle Transporter used on the close up scenes. Various scales were used during production including 1/96 and 1/192 scale respectively for distant shots.

The kit has over 300 parts molded in white and clear. A separate set of turned aluminum engines should be hitting retail at the time of this entry. The engine bells are molded in one piece liberating the builder of dealing with seam lines. There is a very thin molding line along the cages and tubing which is normal. Very little to no flash was found and where it was present it was on the injection runners rather than the parts themselves.

All parts are nicely molded and one can tell that the research to bring this model kit to mass production was extensively done paying plenty of attention to detail. As I always say, this is a model of a model built originally with random model kit parts. Meaning that model builders and fans of the show will be paying great attention and they will put this kit under great scrutiny. So far, the model has a few minor shortcomings that can be easily addressed.

This model is almost 90% completed in our modeling shop. Once finished we will add a new entry with the pictures and final thoughts on this build. For the moment enjoy the pictures below.

Note from the Author
Let me assure you that there is a lot of positive talk about the new 1999 Eagle Transporter and if you have been following the action from the bleachers, everything positive you’ve heard about this model kit is true.
Stay tuned!

My sincere thanks Jamie Hood at Round 2 Models for kindly submitting this sample for review.

Bandai 1/144 Millenium Falcon Preview

A few days ago I’ve got mail call. It was a box from the far East with half of the top covered in stamps and a customs slip. Finally, my 1/144 Millenium Falcon from Star Wars TFA had arrived. So far I had only seen it in pictures from a few sources. Let me tell you, by now you may have heard a lot of hype about the little gems from Bandai. The hype is well justified. At first close-up glance I can tell that these Star Wars model kits from Bandai are the results of well researched subjects.

Who would have thought? A model of a model originally built with model parts.

CHECK OUT!
See our finished Bandai 1/144 Millenium Falcon here.

The Millenium Falcon model kit from Bandai is molded in a light gray that is almost resembles the base color of the ship. That’s because these Bandai models are SNAP models. The Millenium Falcon features both, ‘peel and stick‘ stickers for the different panel colors or your choice of water slide decals. Good to have both option because as I have mentioned numerous times before, the water slide decal option gives the opportunity to new comers to gain experience that will help them down the road with more advanced model kits.

Back in 2015 at Star Wars Celebration, we’ve got a glimpse of a miniature model of the Millenium Falcon showcased along with other props and costumes used in the Star Wars The Force Awakens. As far as I know, this model was among almost a docen models of the Millenium Falcon to be used as reference for the full scale Falcon to be built. Having seen the movie TFA twice, I have yet to see where CGI meets practical. So for the moment, we will have to wait for The Force Awakens release on DVD and Blu-Ray and hope to see something on those deleted or behind the scenes bonus material. We all know that Lando Carlrissian knocked off the radar dish on the Falcon on the Death Star attack back in Episode VI Return of the Jedi. For Episode VII, we get to see a new radar dish in the same style of the Rebel Blockade Runner which was originally intended to be the Millenium Falcon.

One of the movie teasers showed a full sized Millenium Falcon with plenty of piping around the side walls and mandibles. If you’re familiar with the filming miniatures of the Millenium Falcon in Episode IV and V, you will be happy to see some familiar greeblies of both filming miniatures in the Bandai 1/144 Falcon. However on the Bandai Falcon, the maintenance pits are mirrored as well as the sidewalls on both sides and yes, although not 100% screen accurate, the piping is exquisitely molded as separate parts.

One can build this kit with clear canopy or supplied there is nose cone to be used if you want to display your Falcon with no clear windows on the canopy like the filming miniatures. -To avoid reflections from the studio lighting, the canopies didn’t have windows but rather a windowless frame.- The kit features a transparent blue engine part and it is ready for light up. However the lighting kit can be as expensive as the kit itself. Frankly with a bit a of ingenuity lighting this kit can be a DIY project even for those with no experience. Where the original battery pack is supposed to be, a 9v battery can be inserted with a little bit of shaving so hinty di hint  😉  Because the mandibles are molded separate, you will get the distinctive gap between the hull and mandibles just like the filming miniature. If you want to add further damage to the hull plates by the edges, it will be easy because the plastic is almost in scale thin all around the hull. The engione grill vents are molded separately but unfortunately they are solid. If you want see-thru grilles, you’ll have to go with either 3D printed versions or photo etch.

Can you build an original trilogy Millenium Falcon out of this model kit? Absolutely yes, but with the help of some 3D printed parts from my friend Antonio Regidor.

Because Bandai did pay Disney for the license, this kits are widely available in the Asian market. To obtain them here in the USA, we builders and collectors will have to resort to either the auction site and/or Amazon. As I wrote this entry, I received the 1/144 Slave 1 from Amazon. A few sellers have them available with Prime Shipping and you don’t have to wait that long. Literally I ordered Monday and received by Thusrday the same week at a very reasonable price point. The kit features standing and seated versions of Rey, Finn, Han Solo and Chewbacca and tiny yet detailed for its scale BB-8.

 

Note from the Author

This is not a scale that I personally favor that much. But in all honesty this kit comes at great surprise to me. If Bandai can inject styrene with so much detail at this scale, I can just imagine the things they could do with other subjects i.e armor and aircraft.
Is all true, everything you’ve heard of this model kit is all true!

Highly Recommended!

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New Academy USN F-4J ”Showtime 100”

The McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II is a tandem, twin-engine, all-weather, long-range supersonic jet interceptor fighter/fighter-bomber originally developed for the U.S. Navy by McDonnell Aircraft. It first entered service in 1960 with the U.S. Navy. During the Vietnam conflict Lieutenant Randy “Duke” Cunningham and Lieutenant William P. Driscoll flying an F-4J, call sign “Showtime 100,” shot down three MiG-17s and went on to become the first American flying aces of the war. This Forces of Valor replica is based on their F-4J Phantom II “Showtime 100” fighter jet, as seen in Vietnam.

 

Academy 1/72 USN F-4J ”Showtime 100”

Here on this side of the pond model kits in the quarter scale tend to have more followers than the 1/72 smaller cousins. But wait until you see the MCP (Multi Colored Parts) from the latest Phantom F-4J from Academy models. The kit features exquisitely engraved panel lines rivaling those from their previous 1/48 offerings also from Academy. The fuselage has been molded in one piece so we don’t have to deal with sanding and/or filling and loosing the small details in the process.

F-4J P-VF-96 NG100

The jet canisters are a one piece deal with nicely feathered detail on the jet engines. Even the ‘eyelets’ on the fuselage are reminiscent to the ones on the larger 1/32 Phantom F-4J from Tamiya. The cockpit for this scale is very well appointed with raised details and bezels should you decide to paint them instead of using the provided decals. And speaking of decals, they are very nicely printed without color runoffs or bleeding between details. Get this, since the Academy 1/72 F-4J is considered a snap-on model, it also comes with regular stickers for those without any experience working with water slide decals. The marking offered is for the well known ‘Showtime 100

The box is marked as ‘Intuitive With Loads of Details’ and believe me, it really is!

The clear parts are very clear with no flow marks. Except that there is a hair line from the molding process that will need some buffing with #1,500 wet/dry sandpaper and Meguiars headlamp polishing compound or even CD/DVD scratch remover will do the trick removing this mould line. As I have done this numerous times with other aircraft model kits, I find this quite easy to fix. The only downside that *I* found and remember when I say *I* I mean *me* is that the clear canopy is a one piece deal. This leave that nicely detailed cockpit in the dark. Before I close this, the ejection seats are very nicely molded and quite usable out of the box; but if you want to go the resin route be my guest. The landing gear is crisply molded and the detail on the tiny wheels is outstanding. Check out the pictures and remember that you can always click on the higher resolution version.

Note from the Author

With a $42 MSRP (USD) and around a $32.00 (USD) street price, this kit is absolutely recommended.

My sincere thanks to Model Rectifier for the review sample.

Revell 1/24 Auto Transport Trailer

Whether they are new cars going to be sold or old cars going to auction, cars stacked precariously on semi-trailers is a common sight on the nation’s roads. Car companies load the maximum amount of cars possible onto the trailers, lending a jigsaw-puzzle look to the entire contraption. With this trailer kit you can load as many as six 1/25 scale kits and haul them with a 1/25 scale tractor (all sold separately).

Kit Highlights
  • Trailer holds up to 6 cars, 1/25 or 1/24 scale
  • Detailed with metal chains and vinyl tubing
  • Separate and extendable rear ramps
  • Can be used with 1/25 or 1/24 scale tractors (not included)
  • Waterslide decals
  • Well illustrated instructions
  • Length: 23-5/8″
  • Width: 6-7/8″
  • Height: 5-1/8″
  • Parts: 160
  • Kit# 85-1509
  • MSRP: $39.99 (USD)

The Kit:
This kit arrived to my desk recently and it is part of the latest releases from Revell. The 1/24 Auto Transport Trailer kit # 85-1509. I’ve been looking forward to getting one of these without paying a kidney for it as well as 1/32 scale. However for the 1/32 scale I believe that I will have to stick to a New Ray toy version and to some modifications of my own. Inside the box of the new Auto Transport Trailer you will find 10 nicely molded vinyl tires, real metal chains, a proper scale wire to simulate hydraulic lines and a small sheet of decals in the usual Revell quality.

I usually strip off the chrome on kits that intend to build (at the moment or later) and I was prepared to do so. But thankfully all the rims are provided in the injected plastic color (Silver) which meant that I didn’t have to go thru the chrome stripping step (nice call Revell). As for the rest of the parts here we go:

Although our sample didn’t have any amount of flash to be concerned about, there are visible marks in which the plastic did not make it well during the injection process (see picture below.)  Given the nature of the subject, there are plenty ejection pin marks that will be visible. I don’t really mind those in the lower storage level, but those sink marks on the upper storage level will be visible and will require our attention.

Besides those negatives that can be addressed with filler and some elbow grease, this a nice kit and exactly what I was expecting for my 1/24 cars. The other auto transport trailer that I know off is from AMT models and it is a 50’s based transport which has been OOP for quite a long time. Although the MSRP for this kit is $39.99 USD, depending where you get yours the price can be less than that; say less than 2, 1/24 Revell model kit cars.

 

Note from the Author

Highly Recommended!

My sincere thanks to Revell USA for sending in this sample.

Revell 1/24 Honda Civic Si Coupe

Finally one of these babies arrived and parked in our office. This is the new 1/24 Revell Honda Civic Si from the Fast & Furious movie franchise. This kit comes loaded with extra parts to pimp this ride including very low profile vinyl tires. The kit is molded in white as you can see from the pictures and the molding is superb. In this production sample I did not find a single bit of flash or heavy molding lines mostly bothersome on small parts.

Kit Highlights
  • Highly detailed pieces molded in white and clear
  • Chrome plated parts
  • Soft low profile tires
  • Choice of 3 different wheel designs and rear bumpers
  • Optional front and rear bumpers
  • Waterslide decals
  • Builder friendly Instructions
  • Skill level: 3
  • Parts: 106
  • MSRP: $24.95 (USD)

There fit from ‘chassis’ to body is like a glove and the molded on detail under the hood is crispy clean. With the crispness of resin parts if you ask me. There also beautifully molded parts for the engine and trust me, you can go loco super detailing it. The clear parts are in the right thickness and free of injection flow marks.

Note from the Author

In all, Revell’s new Honda Civic Si 85-4331 is a model kit of superlatives. With its phletora of extra parts, chances are that you will want to build more than one kit. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

Highly Recommended!

My sincere thanks to Revell USA for sending in this production sample.