Ford F-150 SVT Raptor 1:25 Scale Revell Snap-Tite Model Kit #85-1977 Review

2015 April 27
by Doug

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The twelfth-generation Ford F-Series is a light-duty pickup truck produced by Ford Motor Company from the 2009 to 2014 model years. On the outside, the design was restricted to evolutionary styling upgrades, with a larger grille and headlights bringing it in line with the styling of the Super Duty trucks and the interior saw the introduction of higher-quality materials in all but the most basic trim levels. The SVT Raptor entered showrooms in late 2009 as a dedicated off-roader, with sales being much better than expected. It was powered by a 5.4 L engine, with a 6.2 L option. It has Fox Racing Shox internal bypass shocks with external reservoirs which allows for 11″ of suspension travel in front, and 12″ in the rear. It comes standard with 35″ BF Goodrich All Terrain tires, and a rear Locking differential with a 4.10 gear ratio. From the A-pillar forward, the Raptor has a composite hood and fenders different from other F-150s and is missing the customary blue oval badge in the grille. SVT widened the track by 7 inches, and so its 5.5-foot box is unique to the Raptor as well. The Raptor’s height is 2 inches over a standard 4-wheel drive Super crew.

 

For the modeler: This review covers the 1/25 scale Revell Ford F-150 SVT Raptor Kit #1977. As this is a NEW MOLD RELEASE there are no prior versions of this kit available. This is a Snap-Tite kit and rated at Skill Level 1. The kit contains 49 parts molded in 000b Red, Black, Chrome, Clear, Clear Red and Clear Smoke and includes Vinyl tires and Metal axles. It has Stickers for decals. As a Skill level 1 Snap-Tite no glues are needed and painting is optional. There is no motor and all details are molded into the chassis pan. There is an extensive interior and the body is a multiple part unit. A Clear windshield is included but the back windows are Smoke to replicate Tint. Overall the truck is proportioned nicely and as noticed on many Social Media sites and Forums this popular truck is the base for many custom builds. Overall dimensions are: Length: 8-3/4″, Width: 3-15/16″, Height: 3-1/16″.

 

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;  test fitting; using white glue for the window glass; detailing the tires for realism; chassis construction and detailing; mounting the body to the chassis; detailing the dashboard; add aftermarket flocking to the interior; making custom floor mats; detailing the windshield wipers for realism; customizing methods for a Snap type kit; detailing a bed liner;  taillight finishing techniques; adding real-looking fender flares; turn signal finishing colors; using floor wax to make crystal clear window glass; graphics sticker application; are all fully examined in this 15 page, full-color Step-by-Step review in PDF format.

 

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Project Vanguard Satellite 1:5 Scale Hawk Model Kit # HL603 Review

2015 April 24
by Doug

 

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 Vanguard 1 was a small earth-orbiting satellite designed to test the launch capabilities of a three-stage launch vehicle and the effects of the environment on a satellite and its systems in Earth orbit. It also was used to obtain geodetic measurements through orbit analysis.  Vanguard 1 was placed into orbit on 3/17/1958, into a 654 x 3969 km 134.2 minute orbit inclined at 34.25 degrees. Original estimates had the orbit lasting for 2000 years, but it was discovered that solar radiation pressure and atmospheric drag during high levels of solar activity produced significant perturbations in the perigee height of the satellite, which caused a significant decrease in its expected lifetime to only about 240 years. The battery powered transmitter stopped operating in June 1958 when the batteries ran down. The solar powered transmitter operated until May 1964 (when the last signals were received in Quito, Ecuador) after which the spacecraft was optically tracked from Earth.

For the modeler: This is a Skill Level 2 Project Vanguard Satellite 1:5 Scale Hawk Model Kit # HL603 Review.  Released by Hawk Models in 1958, the kit was re-released with its original box art in 1966. 000b In November of 2014, Round 2 Models rereleased it for us again.  This classic kit from the Hawk models tooling vault presents an early speculative look at the satellite. It is molded in opaque gray and clear parts along with decals to label every aspect of the exploratory craft.  Finished Dimensions are: 12” End of Antenna to the End of the Opposing Antenna, 6” Tall sitting on the Base

Covered in this Review:  If you want to perfect your build; basic construction; preparing parts for better finishing; abrasive choices; clamping methods; using Alclad paint for realistic effects; color band masking techniques; using floor polish for exceptionally clear glass effects; advanced decal application methods; using clear glue for invisible joins; ionization chamber detailing; adding foil effects to the Solar Aspect Cell; sealing the decals with Pledge Future; using foil to simulate insulation; seam identification and repair; sectioning the antennae for a superior finish; complete paint and adhesive selections and applications; test fitting; realistic antennae finishes; constructing and finishing the display base; detailing the instrument package; expanded history facts; where “NOT” to use glue; detailing the satellite interior for realism; are all fully examined in this 20 page, full-color Step-by-Step review in PDF format.

 

 

 

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KettenKraftrad with Infantry Cart & Goliath Demolition Vehicle 1:48 Scale Tamiya Model Kit #32502 Review

2015 April 23
by Doug

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The Kettenkraftrad was designed in 1939 and was originally for the German Airborne to use as a small towing vehicle that also had multiple purposes. The Kettenkraftrad became very popular throughout the German Army and soon it was doing anything from taxing jets to the runway to hauling equipment and even hauling artillery. The Kettenkraftrad had a 4 cylinder 1478cc Opel Olympia engine that could get up to 36HP. It had three forward gears and one reverse gear and could handle very well on off road situations. The Kettenkraftrad could pull close to 4 000b tons of weight. The first place the Kettenkraftrad was used was during the invasion of Crete in 1941 from there it served all through Europe, in North Africa and on the Eastern Front.  The Infantry Cart was designed to replace the older wooden cart which was much heavier. The replacement was a much lighter model that not only could be towed by the Kettenkraftrad, a motorcycle, a horse but by two soldiers as well.  The Goliath, Sd.Kfz.302: While occupying France the German Army found plans by a French manufacturer Keggresse about a little device that transported explosives. The Borgward Company created the Goliath off of the research the Germans did of that manufacturer. The Goliath had two electric motors and carried 60kg of explosives and weighed 370kg. The remote control was done with an 800m long cable. The Goliath was introduced at Sebastapol in Southern Russia in 1942 however until 1943 it was not formally used during combat, after that it was used for attacking defensive positions or clearing mines from the roads. There were 2650 of these devices built by January 1944.

 

For the modeler: This is the Skill Level 2 Tamiya kit #32502 in 1: 48 scale. The pieces are molded in tan with water slide decals. There are 88 pieces to this kit and very well laid out instructions. The dimensions are; 2 5/8 L X 7/8 W X 1 3/8 H just the Kettenkraftrad and the German Driver, 3 15/16L X 7/8W X 1 3/8 H with the cart and German Driver, 5 1/8 L X 7/8W X 1 3/8H with the Goliath and the German Driver, 2 5/8 L X 17/8w X 1 H just the Kettenkraftrad no driver, and 2 5/8 L X 7/8W x 1 5/16H just the Kettenkraftrad and the Mauser Kar 98K’s with no driver.

 

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; detailing the gauges; modifying the trailer for cart usage; painting the driver figure; finishing instructions for the munitions and accessories; expanded history facts; where “NOT” to use glue; suspension and track construction; detailing the wheels for realism; livery  choices; are all fully examined in this 9 page, full-color Step-by-Step review in PDF format.

 

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