Man in Space USA Manned Rocket Set 1:200 Scale AMT Model Kit #AMT700 Review

2014 October 1
by Doug

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Man in Space USA Manned Rocket Set 1:200 Scale AMT Model Kit #AMT700 Review

Review and Photos by Robert Byrnes

Fig 100NASA’s manned space flight program started with Project Mercury, aimed at placing an astronaut in orbital flight around the earth, and recovering him safely. The first two manned Mercury missions were sub-orbital, using the Redstone ballistic missile as a launch vehicle. The Mercury capsule and escape tower added another 24 feet, bringing the entire assembly height to 84 feet. Both Mercury Redstone flights lasted only 15½ minutes, from blastoff to splashdown.

 

In contrast, The Saturn V, with its Apollo payload, is 365 feet tall. Physical and performance characteristics of the stages, in a mission such as the lunar trip, are as follows: the Saturn V will be able to launch into orbit more than a quarter million pounds.  The total orbiting tonnage in the lunar mission will be about 280,000 pounds.  This includes the weight of the third stage and instrument unit section.  The fully fueled and loaded Apollo Spacecraft, in its lunar mission configuration, will weigh about 95,000 pounds. This capability enabled the craft to reach the moon and back… and the rest is history.

 

For the Modeler: This review covers the Man in Space USA Manned Rocket Set 1:200 Scale AMT Model Kit #AMT700. The kit includes over 100 pieces molded in white styrene. AMT rates this kit a skill level 2 for the intermediate builder. I believe this kit was 000b initially released in the early 1960s. It includes are 5 rockets from the NASA’s US manned space program: the Saturn V Saturn 1B, Mercury Redstone, Mercury Atlas and the Gemini Titan II, an illustrated cardboard gantry backdrop, retro packaging, expanded waterslide decals. These kits follow the progress of the U.S. Manned Space program from 1961-1969. The five rocket models are accurate to the historic spacecraft. It includes an LEM and service modules for both Saturn 1B and Saturn V and illustrated instructions. Finished dimension of the backdrop gantry is 25” tall. Remember… keep learning and have fun!

 

Covered in this Review:  If you want to perfect your build, this review shows you how through; 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; mold seam identification and repair; where not to use glue;  a discussion regarding decal authentication; clamping methods; using Alclad to simulate chromed parts; repairing sink marks; using metal foil to simulate authentic surfaces; using Alclad paint to add realism; authentic paint schema; using decal setting solutions to aid in adhesion; scratch building LEM landing gear; expanded 1:1 vehicle specifications; masking methods; using floor polish for good decal adhesion; platform and gantry construction; are all fully examined in this extensive  42 page, full-color Step-by-Step 2 part review in PDF format.

 

 

 

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Datsun Off-Road 4X4 Pickup 1:24 Scale Revell Model Kit #85-4321 Review

2014 September 29
by Doug

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 Looking every bit like a miniature version of a classic monster truck these little workhorse pickups were often fitted with big tires and heavy duty suspensions for show and go. As Revell puts it, “Nissan has made solid pickups since 1934, but it wasn’t until 1958 that they began selling them in American under the Datsun name. As soon as these trucks made their appearance they left an indelible mark on the American truck market. Their trucks were notably smaller, more efficient and less polluting than domestically produced units for little reduction in horsepower. The model 720 was equipped with an overhead-cam 103 horsepower NPS-Z 2.4 liter engine.”

 

 

For the modeler: This review covers the “Trucks” Series Datsun Off-Road 4X4 Pickup 1:24 Scale Revell Model Kit #85-4321. The Datsun pick-up has been a staple in the Revell line up for over 25 years, making it’s reappearance this year in Revell’s “Trucks” line. 000b This time around it comes as a ” skill level 2″ (which is a high rating considering the low parts count) glue together model instead of a SnapTite, although everything STILL SNAPS together(?). It’s made up of 50 parts molded in white, with clear windows and headlights, generous chrome, and black vinyl tires. The truck builds up into a stock 720 Datsun shortbed pickup, with some mild 4×4 addon’s. It’s a simple kit without a lot of parts but that makes it an excellent kit for the novice builder. The hardest part about construction is the decals which can take a little patience. Still, it makes an nice display model for your Off-Roader shelf. Kit features an opening hood, 4-cylinder engine, bumpers and decals.  The finished dimensions are: Length: 7-3/8″, Width: 3″, Height: 3-1/8.”

 

 

Covered in this Review:  If you want to perfect your build; basic construction; preparing parts for a better finish; alternate assembly sequence suggestions for fit and ease of finishing; complete paint and adhesive selections and applications; test fitting; modifying the chassis for a better fit; engine construction and detailing; suspension construction; making realistic tires; interior detailing; detailing the chassis; how to detail the interior; engine bay touches; modifying the fender flares for realism; mold seam repair; detailing the instrument panel; decal preparation and application; are all fully examined in this 12 page, full-color Step-by-Step review in PDF format.

 

 

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Ferrari LaFerrari 1:24 Scale Revell Model Kit #85-4332 Review

2014 September 24
by Doug

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Ferrari has once again produced another technical achievement with its LaFerrari. LaFerrari (project name, F150) is a limited production hybrid supercar built by Ferrari. The Formula 1 influence is not only reflected in this super road-going sports car by its fantastic design, but also by its almost unbelievable performance. The two-seater is powered by 6.3 liter V12 engine producing 800 hp and augmented by two electric motors with a total of 163 hp using a hybrid technique that Ferrari has developed in Formula 1 racing. Its 12 cylinders are supplied with combustion air by 48 valves and together with the electric motors produce 700 Newton Meters of torque at a modest 6750 rpm. The amazing car reaches 125 mph in less than 7 seconds and 186 mph in just 15 seconds. It then goes further to well over 217 mph. The car and its name were officially unveiled at the 2013 Geneva Auto Show. Only 499 units will be built and each will cost more than $1.69 million. LaFerrari received no input from Pininfarina, making it the first Ferrari since the Bertone-styled 1973 Dino 308 GT4 not to have Pininfarina bodywork or other styling. This decision is a rare exception to the collaboration between Ferrari and Pininfarina that began in 1951.

 

 

 

For the modeler: This review covers the LaFerrari kit from Revell. This is Kit #85-4332 and is 1/24 scale. The kit consists of 141 parts molded in White, Chrome, Clear, Vinyl tires and Mesh Screen. Originally a Revell of Germany kit this has been released in 000b Revell USA packaging and is a New Release with Copyrights of 2014 on the chassis. One major difference of note is the US version is molded in White as the Germany version is molded in Red and Gray. Revell rates this as a Skill Level 3 for Advanced Builders. This kit looks a little scary when you first open it. The body is multiple parts and some interior panels are also the exterior panels on the back side. This build is detailed with many intricate parts. The motor is nicely detailed and looks great. The interior is a simple bucket but has tons of Decal details. The suspension is fairly simple and solid. This build has lots of details so take your time. The overall size is: Length: 7-11/16″, Width: 3-5/16″, Height: 1-3/8″.

 

 

 

Covered in this Review:  If you want to perfect your build; basic construction; preparing parts for a better finish; alternate assembly sequence suggestions for fit and ease of finishing; complete paint and adhesive selections and applications; test fitting; engine construction and detailing; detailed suspension construction and detailing; making realistic tires; interior detailing; difficult decal alternatives are discussed; identifying and  removing unwanted copyright script; detailing the chassis; installing the driveshaft; overall race/stock version considerations; how to detail the interior; professional engine bay touches; making a realistic dashboard; using floor polish for crystal clear “glass”; a method for damage-free chassis installation; additional contest suggestions; how to use Bare Metal Foil for trim; using mesh screen for intakes; how to paint multi-part bodies; masking tape sources; piping decal alternatives; dealing with warped parts; the advantage of using an airbrush for this type of kit; masking techniques for tutone paint; using “clear” glue for windows; mold seam identification and repair; detailing the instrument panel; decal preparation and application; are all fully examined in this 17 page, full-color Step-by-Step review in PDF format.

 

 

 

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