Space Shuttle with Fuel Tank and Boosters 1:72 Scale Monogram Model Kit #85-5089 Review

2014 October 21
by Doug

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Space Shuttle with Fuel Tank and Boosters 1:72 Scale Monogram Model Kit #85-5089 Review

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The United States Space Transportation System (STS), commonly referred to as the Space Shuttle, provides complete Earth-to-Orbit and return capabilities with versatility unmatched in the world. The Space Shuttles flew a total of 135 missions since the very first launch which took Robert Byrnes P47 Thumbnail place on April 12, 1981.  The 6 Shuttles (Enterprise (Test Vehicle) Columbia, Challenger, Discovery, Atlantis, and Endeavour) Accumulated 1330d 18h 9m 44s Flight time, and traveled around the Earth 21,158 times.

 

 

For the Modeler: This is a review of the Space Shuttle with Fuel Tank and Boosters; a 1:72 Scale Monogram Model Kit #85-5089. Revell rates this build as a Skill Level 3 for the advanced builder. This boxing was released in 2011. The kit contains 128 parts molded in White with waterslide decals. The instruction set is very clear and well laid out. The kit features; a display stand to hold launch ready shuttle with fuel tank and booster rockets, a detailed opening cargo bay with optional payload assemblies, authentic NASA markings for six different Shuttle liveries, (Enterprise, Columbia, Discovery, Challenger, Atlantis and Endeavour). Finished Dimensions are: Height 80cm (31 ½”), Wingspan 33.33cm (13 1/8”). For this review I’ve decided to build Discovery, STS-95. That was the flight where Senator John Glenn went back into space for a second time at the age of 77 as a Mission Specialist on October 29, 1998.  It was the 25th flight of Discovery and the 92nd mission flown since the start of the Space Shuttle program. This is a very large and impressive model and you’ll need some shelf space to display it as the centerpiece of your space models collection.

 

 

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; complete paint and adhesive selections and applications; test fitting; detailing the engine bay; removing copyright scripts; how to use Bare Metal Foil for realistic coverings and accents; version considerations; display stand construction and detailing; methods to replicate insulation; using Alclad paint to simulate metal surfaces; techniques for painting uneven surfaces to simulate aging; paint mixing specs for perfect paint match; clamping methods for construction; using clear glue to install the windows; masking techniques; detailing the flight deck; strengthening the shuttle bulkhead join; landing gear considerations; using floor wax to prep for decal application; assembly techniques for constructing the cargo bay doors; weathering techniques; using setting solution for decal application; mold seam identification and repair; decal preparation and application; are all fully examined in this exhaustive two-segment 50 page, full-color Step-by-Step review in PDF format.

 

 

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Ferrari 250 GTO 1:24 Scale Revell of Germany Model Kit #07077 Review

2014 October 15
by Doug

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The 250 GTO was produced by Ferrari from 1962 to 1964 for entry into the FIA’s Group 3 Grand Touring Car category. GTO stands for “Gran Turismo Omologato”, Italian for “Grand Touring Homologated.” The numerical part of its name denotes the displacement in cubic centimeters of each cylinder of the engine, Chief engineer Giotto Bizzarrini installed the 3.0 L V12 engine from the 250 Testa Rossa into the chassis from the 250 GT SWB and worked with designer Sergio Scaglietti to develop the body. After Bizzarrini and most other Ferrari engineers were fired in a dispute with Enzo Ferrari, development was given to new engineer Mauro Forghieri, who worked with Scaglietti to continue development of the body, including wind tunnel and track testing. Unlike most Ferraris, it was not designed by a specific individual or design house. 36 cars were made in 1962 and 1963. In 1964 a ‘Series II’ was introduced, which had a slightly different look. Three such cars were made, and four older ‘Series I’ were given a ‘Series II’ body. It brought the total of GTOs produced to 39. When new, the GTO cost $18,000 in the United States, and buyers had to be personally approved by Enzo Ferrari and his dealer for North America, Luigi Chinetti. In 2004, Sports Car International placed the 250 GTO eighth on a list of Top Sports Cars of the 1960s, and nominated it the top sports car of all time. Similarly, Motor Trend Classic placed the 250 GTO first on a list of the “Greatest Ferraris of all time”.

 

For the modeler: This review is based on the Revell of Germany version of the Ferrari 250 GTO in 1/24 scale. This is kit # 07077 and Revell rates this build as a Skill Level 5 for Very Challenging. The box is dated 2013 and I find no Copyrights on the parts 000b themselves. Research does show at least one other box art for this kit from 2007 and the contents are the exact same with different decals so this is a Re-Release (REPOP) kit. The kit contains 202 parts molded in White, Black, Metal Gray, Chrome and Clear with Rubber tires and Metal springs. The instructions are very clear and well laid out, being a European model it is in multiple languages. The decals are crisp and high quality. You get 3 Race car versions or Stock decals. The parts are free of most flash but the injection mounts are overly thick on many of the parts and will require extra work to remove. The motor is a 12 cylinder well detailed part. Build up is straight forward and the finished look is nice. Being a race car the interior is sparse but so was the real car. Not much about it, not even door panels. The body looks to be accurate and the lines are replicated nicely giving the correct look. Even though they nice in their own right he tires are very deeply molded and look out-of-place on this car. The rims are a multiple piece unit and are considered one of the highlights of the kit. A quick search online shows a few different upscale detail kits for this car. The kit itself is still available at online hobby stores. Contest builders can go nuts detailing this one for First Place! Overall size is roughly: Length: 7” Width: 2-3/4” Height: 2-1/2”.

 

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; complete paint and adhesive selections and applications; test fitting; using floor polish to make spectacular window glass; making custom plates for your model; detailing the engine bay; dashboard detailing; paint mixing specs for authentic colors; realistic seat belts; authentic interior color scheme; door/hood hinge installation; headlight nacelle colors and detailing; window surround detailing; making realistic tires; engine construction and detailing; removing copyright scripts; suspension construction and detailing; making realistic tires; how to use Bare Metal Foil for trim; using setting solution for decal application; mold seam and ejector pin identification and repair; detailing the instrument panel; decal preparation and application; are all fully examined in this 19 page, full-color Step-by-Step review in PDF format.
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How to build a Resin Kit using the Revell 2009 Dodge Challenger 1:25 Scale Donor Kit Model #85-4220

2014 October 10
by Doug

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This review will show you how to build a resin cast trans-kit model conversion. If you’ve been in the modeling hobby for a while you may have heard about resin cast models.  Essentially a resin caster makes models from molds and uses resin material and a chemical hardener to create a casting.  Most of the earlier resin casters simply used promotional models of older subjects that the injection molders weren’t interested in making because the sales of those models wouldn’t justify the investment in tooling. Some of the top quality resin casters have taken things further and added “phantom” kits to existing versions opening up a whole new level of building fun for modelers.

 

The aftermarket resin parts companies have been around for years making the kits and parts that the model companies did not and crafting variants of the real cars the auto companies did not. The greatest challenge beyond using resin is finding the right companies to buy from. Aftermarket suppliers are typically home-based businesses for the most part and unlike a major company like Revell the quality control is hit or miss. Finding the “Good Stuff” can be a costly adventure. As home based businesses, many smaller resin companies are part time and your purchase can take a long time be shipped. Also, ordering from these companies can be tricky because the photo you see looks great in the ad but you get a warped mangled piece of trash in the mail. Doing some research on the internet’s hobby forums can steer you to the right suppliers, and given the opportunity you can create a one of a kind build much like this review. Within the review you will get detailed advice on how to work with Resin and how to integrate it into your factory kit. Topnotch companies like RMR (Race Motor Replicas), offer fast service with a superior product. They will also recommend what kit to use as a donor to supply the “extra” parts for your model.

 

On February 6, 2008, Chrysler introduced the third-generation Dodge Challenger. The new version was a 2-door coupe which shared design elements with the first generation Challenger. The car is only a 2-door sports Coupe, but WHAT IF, a wagon, was available for the family? Building a Resin Conversion allows a modeler to create that “WHAT IF” car in miniature!

 

For the modeler: This review is based on the Revell Special Edition Series 2009 Dodge Challenger 1:25 Scale Donor Kit #85-4220 and the conversion resin Challenger Wagon Trans-kit from RACE MOTOR REPLICAS. There are 109 Revell Donor Kit parts molded in White, Chrome, Clear, Rubber tires and Metal axles. Revell released this kit in 2009 as a NEW RELEASE TOOLING. It is still available and can be found in Hobby Shops and online quite easily. The kit has a simple but nice looking motor. The interior is a multiple piece unit with good details. The chassis is well detailed in looks but simplistic to build. The body is a multi-piece unit and looks good. Overall the car looks correct when built, BUT we are not building this car kit entirely! This review will stray from a standard build as we are using a resin conversion kit for the body replacement. We will make this standard Challenger into what is known as a Phantom Wagon. This is called a Trans-Kit and is a DIRECT REPLACEMENT conversion. The kit comes with all the parts needed to convert the “Donor Kit” into this phantom version. The kit is from RACE MOTOR REPLICAS owned by Ron Andrews. The company is based out of Meadville PA. They can be found at: http://www.rmrmodels.com/. The kit donor kit is rated a Skill Level 2 but a resin conversion should be considered a Skill Level 3 build for the advanced modeler. Overall dimensions of completed build: Length: 7-15/16″, Width: 2/3/4, Height: 2-1/2.

Covered in this review: This review will show you step-by-step, how to build a resin trans-kit model from start to finish. Differences between resin and styrene model parts; modifying the body to work with the Revell kit parts;  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; using floor polish to make spectacular window glass; making custom license plates, decals; floor mats and windows for your model; adding window tint; using “clear” glue for windows; detailing the engine bay; dashboard detailing; making realistic tires; aligning directional tires; removing unwanted copyright script; wet sanding; airbrush advantages; engine construction and detailing; how to extract residue from resin castings; suspension construction and detailing; use of flocking for interior detailing; using setting solution for decal application; expanded Challenger background; mold seam and ejector pin identification and repair; detailing the instrument panel; decal preparation and application; are all fully examined in this 23 page, full-color Step-by-Step review in PDF format.

 

 

Right On Replicas would like to thank Dave Burket at Model King for locating the donor kit so quickly for this review.  His tireless efforts at preserving and expanding the hobby are very much appreciated.  Additionally, kudos go to Doug Gallinat at ATM Hobby Club for arranging and shipping kits and supplies.

 

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