Blue Bandito 1929 Ford Street Rod 1:24 Scale Monogram Model Kit #85-4020 Review

2014 November 24
by Doug

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The Ford Model A of 1928–1931 was another huge success for the Ford Motor Company, after its predecessor, the Model T. First produced in October 1927, but not sold until December 1928, it replaced the Model T, which had been produced for 18 years. The Model A came in a wide variety of styles: Seven different Coupes, two Convertibles, two Phaetons, two Tudor Sedans, four Fordors, Town Car, Victoria, Station Wagon, Taxicab, Truck, and Commercial. The Model A was the first Ford to use the standard set of driver controls with conventional clutch and brake pedals; throttle and gearshift. The Model A’s fuel tank was located in the cowl, between the engine compartment’s fire wall and the dash panel. It had a visual fuel gauge, and the fuel flowed to the carburetor by gravity. A rear view mirror was optional. Model A was the first car to have safety glass in the windshield. By the 50’s and 60’s “Hot Rodders” started looking for cars and trucks to restore and turn into “souped up” rides; the Model A was the perfect vehicle!

 

For the modeler: You may ask, “Where have I seen this model before?” This is kit is a reissue of the famous Monogram “Blue Beetle”. The original Blue Beetle was issued one time in 1964 and has a market value in the $200 range. Most modelers assumed the tooling 000b was gone forever, but here it is again at a price we can all afford. Well, almost all here again… First this IS the “Blue Beetle” in all its glory with all the original parts including that elusive Scuba Gear! But since Revell seemed to have some licensing issue with the name the original decals are not included and it is now called Blue Bandito. Second, over the years Revell has re-released this kit in alternate versions and this version not only has all the original parts but a whole slew of additional custom parts to create a different version completely. With an original parts count in the 80s this new release has 117 parts molded in Blue, White, Chrome and Clear with Vinyl tires. This is a 100% step back into nostalgia, while the parts are clean and molding crisp the details are lacking and the build-up is simplified, this is a kit of the 60’s. In fact the Copyright dates are 1964 on the parts but the sprue also includes the reference codes for when the Re-Pops were released in Yellow and Silver Styrene. Revell does rate this a Skill Level 2 kit for Moderate Builders. The kit is in 1/24 scale and overall size is: Length: 6-3/8″, Width: 2-9/16″, and Height: 2-13/16″.

***NOTE*** Thank you Bob Black at Drastic Plastic Model Car Club for the references to the original Blue Beetle listed on the Drastic Plastics Club Page

 

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; complete paint and adhesive selections and applications; test fitting; engine construction and detailing; where NOT to use glue; using white glue for glass parts; detailing the engine bay; dashboard detailing; authentic interior color scheme; front and rear suspension build sequence; version considerations; chassis installation; removing unwanted script and labels; making realistic tires; using “clear” glue for the windows; expanded kit history with references to the original “Blue Beetle” predecessor; making your own custom license plates; identifying and removing mold lines; adding an aftermarket magneto; wiring the engine for authenticity; using spare parts to add detail to the engine; modifying unwanted chrome parts; customizing your build; SCUBA gear finishing; suspension construction and detailing; are all fully examined in this 19 page, full-color Step-by-Step review in PDF format.

 

 

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1970 Ford Torino GT 1:25 Scale Revell Model Kit #85-4099 Review

2014 November 20
by Doug

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The 1970 Ford Torino was a total redesign from Ford to get the buyers back.  The Torino was originally a part of the Fairlane family however in the 70’s it broke away from the Fairlane name and became its own component. The Motor Trends Magazine made the 1970 Ford Torino the Motor Trends Magazine Car of the year. The GT also introduced the new 400 horse power 429 cubic inch “canted-valve” engine.

 

For the modeler: This build review covers the Revell Kit#85-4099 1970 Ford Torino GT from the Streetburner Series of kits. This 1:25 Scale Skill Level 3 (for the advanced modeler) 2-N-1 kit 000b has the option to build it stock or drag. The pieces are molded in white, chrome, clear, clear red, black vinyl tires, with photo etched parts and water slide decals. There are 139 pieces to this kit and very well laid out instructions. Overall finished dimensions are: Length: 8¼”, Width: 3¼”, Height: 1¾”.

 

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; complete paint and adhesive selections and applications; test fitting; engine construction and detailing; installing photo etch parts; where NOT to use glue; using white glue for glass parts; detailing the engine bay; dashboard detailing; authentic interior color scheme; front and rear suspension build sequence; version considerations; chassis installation; removing unwanted script and labels; making realistic tires; frame modifications for the exhaust system; repairing warped parts; using “clear” glue for the windows; suspension construction and detailing; are all fully examined in this 19 page, full-color Step-by-Step review in PDF format.

 

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Lancia Stratos HF (1976 Sanremo Rally Car) 1:24 Scale Hasegawa Model Kit #20200 Review

2014 November 17
by Doug

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 The Lancia Stratos HF was designed from the ground up to compete in Rally racing, and proved very successful in the 1970’s and early 1980’s. It started a new era in rallying as it was the first car designed from scratch for this kind of competition. The three leading men behind the entire rallying project were Lancia team manager Cesare Fiorio, British racer/engineer Mike Parkes and factory rally driver Sandro Munari. The bodywork was designed by the head designer at Bertone, and the technical layout was loosely based on a Lancia concept car called Stratos Zero. In 1971 Lancia presented the Lancia Stratos HF prototype, Chassis 1240. It featured a distinctive crescent-shaped-wrap-around windshield providing maximum forward visibility with almost no rear visibility. Lancia did extensive testing with the Stratos and raced the car in several racing events where Group 5 prototypes were allowed during the 1972 and 1973 seasons. Production of the 400 cars required for homologation in Group 4 were launched in 1973 and the car was homologated for the 1974 World Rally Championship.

For the modeler: This review covers the Hasegawa Kit #20220 Lancia Stratos HF in 1/24 scale. The kit consists of 148 parts molded in White, Black and Clear with Rubber tires, a sheet of Rubber and Photoetch parts. The decals are Cartograf. A highly detailed 10 page instruction sheet is included but as this is a Japanese brand kit English is only added as a secondary language. The sample kit I have is dated 2004 and is a Re-release (Re-Pop) and is available in this version as well as a Street car and other race variants at online auctions and hobby shops.  Build up is a typical chassis then interior then body assembly. The overall car is White with decals creating the Green and Red paint on the body. There is no motor, this is a Curbside kit. The interior is a race car so it is sparse but well detailed with decals on what parts exist. The chassis does assemble solid and the front wheels are able to turn and pose. The body is very detailed with both decals and photoetch, but this is the better style photoetch on runners that is much easier to work with. The quality of the kit is very nice with no flash or severe mold lines. Overall size is Length: 6-3/8”, Width: 3-3/16”, 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; complete paint and adhesive selections and applications; test fitting; preparing and installing the photo etch parts; where NOT to use glue; fire extinguisher detailing; using floor polish for spectacular window glass;  preparing the floor plate for rollbar installation; installing the Euro plates; using “clear” glue for glass parts; detailing the engine bay; dashboard detailing; authentic interior color scheme and masking; front and rear suspension build sequence; team version considerations; using decal setting solutions; chassis installation; a gauge panel location map; detailing the wheels for realism; window surround detailing; making realistic tires; suspension detailing; and an expanded vehicle history; are all fully examined in this 16 page, full-color Step-by-Step review in PDF format.

 

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