Porsche Boxster 1:24 Scale Revell SnapTite Model Kit #85-1984 Review

2015 May 22
by Doug

Right On Replicas, LLC Step-by-Step Review 20150522* Porsche Boxster 1:24 Scale Revell SnapTite Model Kit #85-1984 Review 000

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Alan Mann (Thumbnail) Introduced as a concept car in 1992, the Porsche Boxster exploded onto the world stage as a mid-engine two-seater in 1996. The 986, as the Boxster was designated, was powered by a 2.5 liter flat 6 cylinder engine. High performance, a trademark feature of all Porsche models, drove demand for the Boxster high, making it the number one selling Porsche from 1996 to 2005.

For the modeler: This review covers the Revell kit #1984 Porsche Boxster in 1/24 Scale Snap Tite. This is a direct Re-Release (Re-Pop) and has seen multiple box arts over the years. It is a Skill Level 1 for the Entry Level builder and requires no paint or 000b glue to assemble. The kit has 37 parts molded in Red, Black, Chrome, Clear and Clear Red and includes Vinyl tires, Metal axles and Screws. The chassis is solid and has all the suspension and motor details molded in. The interior is multiple parts with a tub style interior. It is all Black and can be built and looks nice without painting. The body is Red and although nice does need to be painted to have a quality finish. The glass is crisp and you do have to paint the frosting around the windshield to have a correct build. The tires and rims look good and slide on the metal axles nicely. Overall it is a fairly simplistic build and without paint can be assembled in about a half hour for a novice or less with help. Overall dimensions are: Length: 7-1/8″, Width: 3-1/4″, Height: 2″.  

Covered in this Review:  If you want to perfect your build; basic construction; preparing parts for better finishing; alternate assembly sequence suggestions for fit and ease of finishing; abrasive choices; complete paint and adhesive selections and applications; making personalized license plates; flocking the interior to look like carpeting; modifying the seat back locator for proper fit; front/ rear axle and suspension assembly and detailing; detailing the frame/chassis; adding custom floor mats; preparing the body panels for paint; clarifying attachment points; test fitting; detailing the tires for realism; using details from the parts box for the dashboard; mounting the body to the chassis; detailing the dashboard; interior construction and detailing; using floor polish to make crystal clear “glass”; making realistic turn signals; using a black wash for grill detail; detailing the turn signals; are all fully examined in this 13 page, full-color Step-by-Step review in PDF format.

 

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1941 Ford Custom Woody 1:25 Scale AMT Model Kit #906 Review

2015 May 20
by Doug

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The original concept of the Station Wagon was used by resorts and hotels as a guest transport to and from the train depot, or as a TAXI. By the 40’s many of these “East Coast” wagons were seen used by the more wealthy families with a townhouse in the city who would commute on the weekends to their country place, where an appropriate open car would share the carriage house with an equally well-maintained station wagon. The wagon’s purpose was as a utility vehicle for servants, and it was perhaps used for the occasional picnic or quail hunt. By the 60’s these same vehicles were seen on the “West Coast” being customized and tricked out by the younger beach crowd. And even today this iconic vehicle is a mainstay at car shows all over the country!

 

For the modeler: This build review covers the Round2/AMT Kit #AMT906 1941 Ford Custom Woody molded in 1/25 scale. The kit is a direct re-release (Re-Pop) from the original molds and has been in seen in multiple box arts over the years. This is a Skill Level 2 000b build. Contents consist of over 100 parts molded in White, Clear and Chrome and with Vinyl tires. The build is highly detailed with interior parts for a custom finish. The motor has multiple parts and is very detailed. The body is a solid unit with the wood panels molded in. The chassis is a separate frame and has nicely detailed suspension. There is a full decal sheet with wood panels for the sides. The instruction sheet is typical of the earlier AMT offerings in the 70’s and a bit simplified but easy to follow. The finished build is impressive looking. Overall measurements are: Length: 7-1/2”, Width: 2-1/2”, Height: 2- 3/4”.

 

Covered in this Review:  If you want to perfect your build; basic construction; preparing parts for better finishing; alternate assembly sequence suggestions for fit and ease of finishing; abrasive choices; complete paint and adhesive selections and applications; complete engine assembly and detailing; wiring the motor properly; engine wiring diagram; making personalized license plates; decal preparation and application; engine alignment and placement; using a wired distributor and coil; front/ rear axle and suspension assembly and detailing; detailing and building the frame/chassis; preparing the body panels for paint; clarifying attachment points; axle orientation; using setting solutions for form-fitting decals; test fitting; detailing the tires for realism; mounting the body to the chassis; detailing the dashboard; proper directional tire orientation; masking methods for multiple body colors; interior construction and wood trim detailing; finishes for the surfboard and props; making the trim standout with foil application; using floor polish to make crystal clear “glass”; using a black wash for grill detail; detailing the turn signals; are all fully examined in this 18 page, full-color Step-by-Step review in PDF format.

 

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USS Intrepid & USS North Carolina 1:1200 Scale Lindberg Model Kit #HL419 Review

2015 May 13
by Doug

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This Lindberg Table Top Navy Value Pack includes two complete ship model kits.  It features the USS Intrepid Carrier (CV-11) and the USS North Carolina Destroyer (BB-55).  The Intrepid was a highly decorated Essex Class Navy carrier launched in 1943.  It saw action in WWII, the Cold War and Vietnam and also provided recovery operations for Mercury and Gemini space missions.  The USS North Carolina, launched in 1940, was the first new style battleship to enter WWII. It was engaged in every major naval offensive in the Pacific and won 15 battle stars.

 

For the modeler: This review covers the Lindberg Value Pack # HL419. This is a Skill Level 2, for the intermediate builder. It is a 1:1200 scale kit and is released under Round2’s Table Top Navy Series. The North Carolina kit has 37 parts and the 001 Intrepid has 49 pieces, both molded in grey styrene plastic.  Each also includes a one-page instruction sheet and a waterslide decal sheet. The kits are well detailed at 1200 scale and can be assembled as either a waterline or full hull version.  Also included is a seascape platform for a waterline diorama.  Overall dimensions are: USS Intrepid, Length: 8½” and North Carolina, Length: 6¾”

 

The Models:  Each model is molded on a single tree and there is minimal flash on the parts.  The decal sheet has sea camo motifs for both models and additional deck decals for the Intrepid.

 

Construction begins with the lower hull section (omit this out if you’re planning a waterline display) which has mating tabs at the base so carefully line up the two halves and glue the edges in a couple spots with some slow setting tube glue then fill the seams with superglue and an accelerant.  When dry, paint the hull with some anti-fouling red. Next, carefully assemble the two halves of the upper hull section in the same manner making sure all the edges match up. Tape off the lower edge of the upper hull and paint a 1/16” black line around the base. There are some seams on the hull sections that you should clean up and fill with some putty.

 

You can leave the upper sections unpainted or use an ocean gray here and on all of the other parts on the trees. If you’re building the full hull version, use a slow setting tube glue to mate the lower and upper hull sections together.  Use some rubber bands to keep them in place and set aside until dry . The decks are next. Paint the North Carolina’s deck tan and the Intrepid’s deck ocean blue. After they’ve dried assemble the superstructures first with all their parts and add them to the deck surface.  The two halves of the Intrepid’s superstructure have pronounced ejector pin marks (on the inside) so trim those off to ensure a good mate.  There are some visible seams on the superstructures that you may wish to fill with putty and clean up also.  Add all the other parts to the top decks with some superglue starting around the superstructures and moving outward.

 

Paint the sides of the ships and the top deck of the carrier with a coat of Pledge with Future Shine floor polish to help prevent silvering of the decals. Now apply the decals using plenty of water to ensure proper placement.  I started with the ocean camo decals.  To install them, I cut them into three smaller sections along some natural vertical lines to help reduce wrinkling.  Match up the edges and use some 003 decal setting solution to soften them up for better conformance to the surface features. If there are any gaps or areas (like the sides of the deck structures on the battleship) that you want covered, use some matching sea camo paints to add that detail.  On the carrier deck use plenty of water to allow the decals to float into the correct position.  Then dry off the excess with a paper towel or soft cloth. Carefully, turn the ship over and set it into a stand that won’t damage the topside details and add the props and rudders with some gel type superglue.  Touch those up with the hull red paint.  Paint the display stands black or place the waterline model on your sea surface diorama and you can display the ships proudly.

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Overall: This set is a bargain as you get two complete kits in one box.  The detail is very good and the decals are excellent. Assembly goes well because all the parts fit together very nicely.  There is a little warp in the decks but when mated to the hull sections they straighten right out. Sectioning the ocean camo decals will aid installation.  Some parts are very small. Thick superglue and a pair of tweezers will help with placement.  There are some parts without positive contact points but the instruction’s diagrams make placement pretty clear.  Using a silver pencil or fine tip marker to pick out details on the battleship will enhance the look of that model too.  I can’t find anything bad to say about this kit. The ships built easily and look great and I think you’ll like them too.

 

 

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