Dodge Raminator Monster Truck 1:24 Scale Lindberg Model Kit #73014 Review

2016 May 21
by Doug

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The Raminator is a monster truck that races on the Special Events, Monster Nationals, and Checkered Flag Promotions tours. It is primarily driven by Mark Hall and sponsored by Dodge. The team was, along with Team Bigfoot, one of the most high profile teams to not run in the USHRA, although they did compete in several Monster Jam events in 2007. Seeing the success the Halls were having as privateers in the monster truck industry, Dodge decided to return to corporate sponsorship of monster truck racing after a nearly six year hiatus (Dodge had formerly sponsored Fred Shafer’s Bear Foot team from 1992–1996). After a year of scouting and preparations in 2001, the Dodge division of Daimler-Chrysler signed a three year deal with the Halls. Hall Brother’s Racing debuted the first Dodge Raminator truck at a USHRA event in the Pontiac Silverdome in January 2002. The truck ran one more weekend with USHRA, then ceased to compete at any more USHRA events. This would subsequently gain strong support from fans who disagree with Clear Channel Entertainment’s spectacle-oriented shows. The team would return to Monster Jam in 2007.

Raminator and Rammunition were both among the most feared opponents in racing. The factory backing had allowed for significant performance gains, especially concerning the engine. The team is especially notable for ending Bigfoot’s dominance in ProMT and the Special Events series, where the Ford had previously been untouchable. The horsepower advantage had also translated into high-flying freestyles, although the drivers were markedly more conservative than their Monster Jam counterparts. However, as the Halls have often criticized the destructive nature of USHRA events, and are quick to point out how few rollovers they have had, their conservativism is a point of pride for the team. As a result, the team is tremendously popular with fans who dislike Monster Jam, particularly those who would like to see a racing-exclusive series.

 

For the Modeler: This review covers the New Release of the Lindberg Dodge Raminator Monster Truck kit molded in 1/24 scale. This was an all-new molding from Lindberg with a “Sister-Kit” of the Rammunition which is the same kit with different decals. The box is 1 dated 2007 and the kit is still available in some hobby stores and the secondary market, it is no longer available on the inventory of Round2 as an active kit release. Lindberg rated this as a Skill Level 3 for advanced builders. In the box you get a highly detailed kit much unlike the Lindberg of old. This kit has over 125 parts molded in White, Clear and a soft Vinyl tire. The decals are waterslide and have a crisp bright color. The instruction book has large well laid out drawings and is very easy to follow. The build starts with a detailed motor. The tube frame requires complete assembly unlike most monster trucks kits on the market today. The body is one piece and can easily be painted and decaled last, leaving little chance of damage from handling. The decal sheet has the panels on it to cover the sides, roof and hood.  This is a “monster” of a monster truck. The shelf space it requires is Length: 10”, Width: 5”, Height: 6”.

 

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; test fitting; repairing excess flash; mold seam identification and repair; using white glue for the window glass; suspension construction; detailing the tires for realism; tube frame construction and detailing; proper orientation of directional tires; detailing the grill for realism;  mounting the body to the chassis; finishing the engine; interior construction; engine construction and  detailing; fuel cell detailing; frame building and complete details; detailing the instruments; making a wired distributor; removing tabs; building and installing the roll cage; using floor wax to make crystal clear window glass; decal preparation and application; using decal setting solutions for that “painted on” look; are all fully examined in this 23 page, full-color Step-by-Step review in PDF format.

 

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Me410B-6/R-2 1:48 Scale Revell Model Kit #85-5990 Review

2016 May 19
by Doug

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The Messerschmitt Me-410 Hornisse is the final development of the Me-210. Development of the Me-210 began in 1939 and was intended to replace the Me-110 in the role of heavy fighter. The Me-210 was underpowered and airframe problems led serious problems of stability in flight.  Luftwaffe test pilots considered it unsafe.  The chief test pilot remarked that the Me 210 had “all the least desirable attributes an aeroplane could possess”.  Designers then lengthened the fuselage, added new automatic leading edge slats, and upgraded the engines to the Daimler-Benz DB 603A engines, which increased power to 1,750 PS (1,730 hp, 1,290 kW) compared to the 1,475 PS DB 605s used on the Me 210C.  The new airframe was given the designation Me-410 in order to differentiate it from the dismal failure of the Me-210. The Me-410 was used as a heavy fighter/ fast bomber (Schnell bomber).

In total 1,160 Me-410s of all variant’s were built. In order to detect Allied shipping it was equipped with the FuG 200 Hohentwiel 550 MHz UHF-band maritime patrol radar in the nose.  In order for the radar unit to fit, the two forward firing 7.92mm machine guns were removed.  The Me-410B-6 still carried two 13mm (.51 in) MG 131 machine guns with 500 rpg, each firing rearward from two FDSL 131/1B remote-operated turret, one on each side and two 20mm MG 151/20 cannons with 350 rpg, firing forward.  It could also carry up to 1,000 kg (2,204 lbs) of bombs in an internal bomb bay.  Some Me-410s were also equipped with shackles allowing it to carry a torpedo.

 

For the Modeler: This review covers the Me410B-6/R-2 1:48 Scale Revell Model Kit #85-5990. As one of the Pro-Modeler Series of kits, this kit represents an Me-410B-6 used in short range coastal anti-shipping roles. This is a reissue of the kit # 85-5264 for 000b released in 1997. It is recommended for ages 12 and up but I think that it might be a little too difficult for that age group. This kit’s contents are; 124 grey plastic parts on 3 sprues, 13 clear parts on a single sprue, and 2 frets of photo-etched pieces.  One photo etch fret contains pre-painted instruments, handles, levers, etc for the cockpit and the other fret contains parts for the FuG 200 radar.  The etched frets are labeled Revell & Czech Republic and their exquisite rendering suggests to me that they are manufactured by Eduard.  Finished dimensions are: Length: 11¼”, Wingspan: 13½” and Height: 3″.

 

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; motor/cowl construction sequence and detailing; using floor wax to make crystal clear windows; applying photo etch parts; copyright script identification and repair discussed; instrument panel installation; cowl and fuselage seam identification and repair; replacing fragile/broken parts with scratch built ones; how to make surface preparations for photo etch applications; identifying and repairing molding errors; cockpit frame masking with an aftermarket masking set; using putty “sausage” to paint soft camouflage; using decal setting solution for that “painted on” look; masking methods for camouflage paint; affixing parts in place with temporary glue points; adding additional glue points for the canopy; complete paint and adhesive selections and applications; test fitting; wheel detailing; radar frame construction and holding jig; discussing decal registry; removing part flash; canopy frame painting; cockpit detailing and finishing; crewmen finishing; gluing contact points identified; tips for cutting, bending, and handling photo etch parts; inner/outer canopy frame detailing; rigging material application and sourcing; and an expanded aircraft history, are all fully examined in this extensive pictorial 34 page, full-color Step-by-Step tutorial review in PDF format.

 

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Star Wars First Order Special Forces TIE Fighter Revell Model Kit #85-1824 Review

2016 May 16
by Doug

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In the STAR WARS Universe the Twin Ion Engine (TIE) Fighter is the main craft used by the Imperial Forces in the battle against the Rebellion. The First Order, or the Elite of the Imperial Forces have a twin seat TIE specific to their unit. Unlike the previous TIE models it is outfitted with enhanced weapons and sensor systems as well as hyper drives and deflector shields. This TIE/sf is reserved for members of the First Order’s elite Special Forces. On the lower side of the vehicle, directly below the primary fuel tank, is a turret containing a pair of laser cannons and a mag-pulse warhead launcher. The Solar panels are larger high yield collectors for increased power and capabilities of the ship. These versatile attack ships are used for everything from reconnaissance to combat operations.

 

For the Modeler: This is the Revell release with Disney Licensing of the Star Wars First Order Special Forces Tie Fighter. This is a NEW RELEASE item in correlation with the movie “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and is Kit# 84-1824 in the current catalog. The kit is listed as a Skill Level 2 and the box notes one hour average build time as this model is a SNAP TITE MAX and is completely painted and detailed. No scale is listed but it is said to be 1/48 Scale. In the box you get 39 parts completed finished in color ready to assemble. No decals are needed or included. The instructions are well laid out in simple steps. Assembly is quick and parts snap together nicely. For the advanced builders the next step would be weathering and making it look “used in battle”. The size of the TIE is: Height: 9”, Width: 6-3/4”, Depth: 7-1/2”. Height on stand: 10-3/4”.

 

Covered in this Review:  If you want to perfect your build; basic construction; preparing parts for better finishing; cockpit door construction and alignment; assembly sequence suggestions for fit and ease of finishing; test fitting; cockpit and controller assembly; installing the laser and pulse cannons;  engine construction; display stand construction; dealing with heavy sprue tabs; detailing exposed fuselage machinery; display stand construction; and how to weather your TIE fighter; are all fully examined in this 14 page, full-color Step-by-Step review in PDF format.

 

 

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