Ford Police Car 1:25 Scale Revell SnapTite Model Kit #85-1688 Review

2015 April 20
by Doug

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 For decades the iconic Police car was the ultra comfortable and dependable Ford Victoria.  Along with the similar bodied Chevy Caprice they made up the majority of the Police car fleets in North America. This generic rendition of a police fleet vehicle is made with great detail and is the perfect blend of features and durability.  The flexible plastic and gloss finish are designed for Build-N-Play with the six-year-old in mind.

 

For the Modeler: This review covers the skill level 1 designed Ford police cruiser, 1:25 Scale Revell Model Kit #85-1688. This kit is a SnapTite model consisting of 17 parts or modules.  Even the wheels have already been installed on the chassis to ease 001 assembly.  Included is a realistic passenger compartment divider and a three color lightbar.  The average six year old child should be able to assemble this model in less than 30 minutes with minimal supervision. The kit is precisely molded in white, black, and chrome plated parts with clear pre-surround painted windows, vinyl tires and transparent red/blue lightbar segments.  There’s virtually no flash and the pre-finished surface is 002 excellent.  This is an exceptional kit for the first time builder. It assembles easily according to the instructions. Right out of the box, with a little guidance, it can be built in about 10 minutes.  It then becomes a prideful shelf display or ready-to-play model. You can find these kits in rectangular green and red boxes and larger hobby stores and online retailers at a very reasonable price.  Finished dimensions are~: Length: 8½”, Width: 3”, Height: 2½”.

 

Overall; This is a great first kit for a young child moving into the realm of kit building.  You won’t find a car kit that has this intent more clearly engineered than this one.  For accomplishing its mission in that regard, I give this kit 10 out of 10 stars!

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1979 Pontiac Firebird T/A 1:25 Scale MPC Model Kit #820 Review

2015 April 17
by Doug

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The Firebird was produced by the Pontiac division of General Motors between 1967 and 2002. It was introduced the same year as the automaker’s platform-sharing model, the Chevrolet Camaro. The vehicles were powered by various four-cylinder, six-cylinder, and V8 engines sourced from all GM divisions. While primarily Pontiac-powered until 1977, Firebirds were built with several different engines from nearly every division until 1982 when GM began to discontinue engines it felt were unneeded and either spread successful designs from individual divisions among all divisions or used new engines of a corporate architecture. The Trans Am was a specialty package for the Firebird, typically upgrading handling, suspension, and horsepower, as well as minor appearance modifications such as exclusive hoods, spoilers, fog lights and wheels. In using the name Trans Am, a registered trademark, GM agreed to pay $5 per car sold to the SCCA. Despite its name, the Trans Am was not initially used in the Trans Am Series, as its smallest engine exceeded the SCCA’s five liter displacement limit. 1979 marked the 10th Anniversary of the Trans Am, and a special anniversary package was made available: Silver paint with Gray paint accents and a Silver leather interior. The 10th Anniversary cars also featured a special Firebird hood decal, which extended off of the hood and onto the front fenders. Pontiac produced 7,500 10th Anniversary cars, of which 1,817 were equipped with the Pontiac 400 engine, and the only option on these cars was the engine. In 1979 Pontiac sold 116,535 Trans Am models which still holds the record to this day.

For the modeler: This review covers the Round2/ MPC Kit #820 ’79 Pontiac Firebird T/A. This is a 1/25 scale kit available in the “3n1” options style. You get the parts for Stock, Street and Race versions. This is a direct Re-release (Re-Pop) with new decals. This kit has seen multiple box arts under the MPC and AMT line. There are around 120 parts molded in White, Chrome, Clear, Clear Red and has Vinyl tires and a Metal axle. Decals include three different colored versions. The overall design is typical MPC from the 80’s and builds in simple steps. You get a fairly detailed motor. Simple wiring will improve this greatly. The chassis is somewhat basic with the axles having built on exhaust. There is a typical Tub interior with minimal details or the Race version which has no interior tub and is built on the chassis pan.  The body overall looks good and all the exterior parts can be assembled prior to painting. This helps give a better finish to your build. Decals are easy to use and include multiple license plates but no interior details. Overall dimensions are Length: 7-1/2”, Width: 3”, 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; abrasive choices; complete paint and adhesive selections and 000b applications; test fitting; repairing excess flash; mold seam identification and repair; using white glue for the window glass; suspension installation; detailing the tires for realism; chassis construction and detailing; mounting the body to the chassis; locating the connection points; tire logo considerations;  detailing the dashboard;  optional parts considerations; using an aftermarket wired distributor; add aftermarket flocking to the interior; making custom floor mats; installing aftermarket gauges dials; cutting out the “tee” tops; using foil to highlight the trim; correct wiring instruction guide; removing unwanted parts for specific versions;  turn signal finishing colors; engine color guide; a perfect hood shaker installation method; engine bay detailing; combining instruction steps for better finishing; using floor wax to make crystal clear window glass; decal preparation and application; using decal setting solutions for that “painted on” look; installing “faux” side pipes; are all fully examined in this 18 page, full-color Step-by-Step review in PDF format.

 

 

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F-86D Sabre Dog 1:48 Scale Revell Model Kit #85-5868 Review

2015 April 10
by Doug

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Further development of the F-86 led to the radar-guided, rocket armed F-86D or Dog Sabre. This aircraft differed in so many ways that it received the designation YF-95A, but was classified as the F-86D. In the nose the F-86D carried an APS-6 radar for its role as an all-weather fighter. The fuselage was widened to provide room for the General Electric J47-GE-17 and could obtain a top speed of 707 mph at sea level. The 24 2.75 inch “Mighty Mouse” rockets were carried in a retractable tray in the fuselage and when firing would immediately extend only long enough for the missiles to clear. 2,504 F-86D’s were delivered to the Air Force beginning in March 1951. The F86D had a wingspan of 37 feet 1 inch, the length is 40 feet 4 inches and had a height of 15 feet. In the early 1950’s the F-86D established several new world speed records.

For the Modeler: This review covers the reissued North American F-86D Saber Dog 1:48 Scale Revell model Kit #85-5868. This is a much welcome kit compared to the older Lindberg kit. It is a skill level 3 plastic kit molded in light gray with a clear canopy containing 104 parts.   It includes waterslide decals for two aircraft. Detailed instructions feature a paint guide and numbered parts name list; a 13 step construction process and three step decal placement. Overall assembled size is: Length 10 1/8” x Wingspan 9 1/8”.

 

Covered in this Review:  If you want to perfect your build; basic construction; preparing parts for better finishing; extensive paint and finishing information; adhesive selections and applications; cockpit construction and detailing; decal preparation and 000b application; cockpit and intake placement; complete pilot figure painting; identification and repair of sinks, flash, and ejector pin marks; adding nose weights; critical intake to fuselage alignment requirement; removing unwanted sprue tabs; applying pastel chalks; making the glass look real using Future floor wax; using gloss paint for decal application; identification and repair of the copyright script; buffing and handling a natural finish, canopy masking; decal selection,  preparation, and application, and repairs; instruction clarifications; using setting solutions for great looking decals; handling small parts easily; are all fully examined in this pictorial 11 page, full-color Step-by-Step review.

 

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