Patriot LADAR MPQ53 1:48 Scale ARII Model Kit #A682 Review

2016 February 5
by Doug

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The Patriot Missile is the Phased Array Tracking Radar to Intercept on Target was designed in the United States and came into service around 1981 to the present. There was over 1106 launchers in the Unites States and over 170 launchers were exported to other countries. Much like RADAR, the LADAR (LAser Detection And Ranging) unit tracks airborne objects but uses laser light instead of radio signals. Some countries that have the patriot missile are; Germany, Egypt, Greece, and Israel however there are other countries as well that have the patriot missile system. The patriot missile system replaces the Nike Hercules and the MIM-23 Hawk. The patriot missile system was originally manufactured by Raytheon however now it is currently being manufactured by Lockheed Martin & Boeing.

 

For the Modeler: This review covers the ARII kit A682 that is 1: 48 scale, the skill level was not indicated but I would rate it a Skill Level 3 on the current scale. The trailer kit can be found under the MIcro Ace/ ARII trademark 641521 but online auctions 000b are the most likely source for these 1990’s kits. The pieces are molded in olive drab, and smoke grey clear, metal axles with water slide. There are 82 pieces to this kit and very well laid out instructions. The instructions are primarily in Japanese with some English translations. There is an app you can download to your smart phone to translate the instructions. The dimensions are; tractor 7 1/4 L X 2 3/4 W X 3 3/8 H, trailer 7 L X 4 ¼ W X 4 1/8 H, tractor and trailer 12 3/4 L X 4 ¼ W 6 ½ H.

The model was spray painted Rust Oleum Camouflage Olive Drab and detailed with Model Master Flat Black. The soldiers are painted Testors Flat Tan (uniforms), Testors Flat Brown (Camo pattern), Model Master Flat Black (Boots and head phones), Model Master Gun Metal (Sunglasses A19), Model Master Insignia Red (beret A19), Model Master Skin Tone Warm Tint (faces and hands). I added some weathering detail with the Tamiya Weathering Master Set A; sand and light sand.

 

Overall: There were no flash, sinks, or injection pin errors that I found during the assembly of this kit. One issue I had with this kit is that the tractor could not be identified. Another issue with the kit is there is a soldier in the sitting position however there is no place to accurately place a sitting soldier. There is no real interior in the tractor so the soldier cannot be installed into the interior of the cab anyway. A third issue was the lack of guidance on how to place the decals for the tractor and the trailer. This kit was fun to build and would go great in anyone’s collection especially history and military collectors making a Patriot battery or diorama.

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Chip Foose 2013 Challenger SRT8 1:25 Scale Revell Model Kit #85-4398 Review

2016 January 28
by Doug

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The Challenger is the name of three different generations of American automobiles produced by Dodge. From 1969 to 1974, the first generation Dodge Challenger pony car was built using the Chrysler E platform, sharing major components with the Plymouth Barracuda. The second generation, from 1978 to 1983, was a badge engineered Mitsubishi Galant Lambda. The third, and current generation, was introduced in early 2008 as a rival to the evolved fifth generation Ford Mustang and the fifth generation Chevrolet Camaro. The new version was a 2-door coupe which shared common design elements with the first generation Challenger, despite being significantly longer and taller. As with Chevrolet’s new Camaro, the Challenger concept car’s pillar-less hardtop body was replaced with a fixed “B” pillar, hidden behind the side glass to give an illusion of the hardtop. The LC chassis is a modified (shortened wheelbase) version of the LX platform that underpins the Dodge Charger.

The original Dodge Challenger was Chrysler’s entry into the “Pony Car” muscle car wars of the 1960s. The Dodge Challenger of today, while having very familiar styling, is a very different car. Its technology is very modern and so is its performance at 0 to 60 mph in 4 seconds. Now Chip Foose, the famous car designer, has made the Challenger even better.

 

For the Modeler: This review covers the first release of the new 1/25 Scale Foose 2013 Dodge Challenger by Revell. This is kit #85-4398 in the current catalog and is rated as a Skill Level 3 kit for intermediate builders. The kit is a NEW RELEASE with no previous versions available. The build itself is just above a SNAP kit and more of an entry level Glue kit. You get 45 parts molded in Gray and Black with Chrome. The tires are vinyl and it has Metal axles. The glass is Clear and Clear Red with the Black window outlines already printed on the glass. The body comes molded in a Lime Green Metallic with Black and has Waterslide decals. The instruction sheet is a fold-out one-page design unlike the typical book format Revell usually has. Overall dimensions are: Length: 7-7/8″, Width: 3-1/4″, Height: 2-5/16″.

 

Covered in this Review:  If you want to perfect your build; basic construction; preparing parts for better finishing; complete paint and adhesive selections and applications; test fitting; front suspension build; kit extra items described; mating the chassis 1 to the body; complete engine construction and finishing; chassis installation; clamping methods; using decal setting solutions for that “painted on” look; dashboard detailing; making realistic looking tires; proper brake caliper orientation; window trim and engine bay detailing; using “clear” glue for glass installation; decal preparation and application; make “carpeting” from craft flocking; tire and wheel differentiation; making custom floor mats and license plates; making crystal clear “glass” with floor wax; removing the copyright script; undercarriage construction and finishing; using online images to create gauge faces; using decal setting solution for that “painted on” look; expanded car and designer history; suspension construction and detailing; are all fully examined in this 18 page, full-color Step-by-Step review in PDF format.

 

 

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Jawbreaker Wild Rail Dragster 1:25 Scale MPC Model Kit #821 Review

2016 January 25
by Doug

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The front engine dragster is a type of race car built for drag racing in the 60’s. Commonly known as a “rail”, “digger”, or “slingshot”, it is now considered obsolete, and is used only in nostalgia drag racing. Models ranged in wheelbase length from 150 to 225 inches. They did not use any form of active suspension. Because of this, these types of vehicles were prone to becoming unstable at high speed. This is due to their making 2,000–3,000 horsepower, and having poor tire technology, short wheelbases, and very light weight.  The “Jawbreaker” is a creation by the MPC model company using the original chassis and nose from the Ramcharger Rail kit and mating it to a 32 Ford body shell for the cockpit. While not an actual car seen on the track it would be typical of what could have been seen on the track during the 60’s and 70’s.

 

For the Modeler: This review covers the Round2 re-release (Re-Pop) of the Jawbreaker Wild Rail Dragster in 1/25 scale. This is Kit # MPC821 and is branded under the MPC line in the current Round2 catalog. The kit has seen multiple releases over the years and this 1 release has the original parts with new decals. The overall kit quality is typical of the 70’s with few parts and simplistic detail. You get 90 pieces molded in White and Chrome with Tampo printed soft vinyl tires. The motor is a majority of the build and is mostly chrome plated. With some wiring the motor does look good.  The frame consists of multiple parts and fits well, my sample was straight with no issues. The rear drive system is simplistic and fits properly but the motor has no positive attachment to the transmission. The front suspension is all chrome and can be touchy, so take your time. The worst part is the body, it is also multiple parts and needs putty and repair to fit properly and look good. Round2 includes a really nice set of Tampo-print slicks. Final assembly size is: Length: 8”, Width: 3”, height: 2-1/5”.

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Covered in this Review:  If you want to perfect your build; basic construction; preparing parts for better finishing; complete paint and adhesive selections and applications; test fitting; detailing the engine; front suspension build sequence; kit extra items described; complete engine construction and finishing; mold seam and sink mark identification and repair; assembly and finishing the body halves; correct header orientation and installation; chassis installation; using a homemade wired distributor; engine wiring details; clamping methods; using decal setting solutions for that “painted on” look; cockpit detailing; using Gravity Colors paints; making realistic tires; frame construction; modifying the nose cover for fit; finishing and installing the rear wing; modifying the body halves for strength; decal preparation and application; using decal setting solution for that “painted on” look; suspension construction and detailing; are all fully examined in this 14 page, full-color Step-by-Step review in PDF format.

 

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