1970 Ford Torino GT 1:25 Scale Revell Model Kit #85-4099 Review

2014 November 20
by Doug

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1970 Ford Torino GT 1:25 Scale Revell Model Kit #85-4099 Review
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The 1970 Ford Torino was a total redesign from Ford to get the buyers back.  The Torino was originally a part of the Fairlane family however in the 70’s it broke away from the Fairlane name and became its own component. The Motor Trends Magazine made the 1970 Ford Torino the Motor Trends Magazine Car of the year. The GT also introduced the new 400 horse power 429 cubic inch “canted-valve” engine.

 

For the modeler: This build review covers the Revell Kit#85-4099 1970 Ford Torino GT from the Streetburner Series of kits. This 1:25 Scale Skill Level 3 (for the advanced modeler) 2-N-1 kit 000b has the option to build it stock or drag. The pieces are molded in white, chrome, clear, clear red, black vinyl tires, with photo etched parts and water slide decals. There are 139 pieces to this kit and very well laid out instructions. Overall finished dimensions are: Length: 8¼”, Width: 3¼”, Height: 1¾”.

 

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; engine construction and detailing; installing photo etch parts; where NOT to use glue; using white glue for glass parts; detailing the engine bay; dashboard detailing; authentic interior color scheme; front and rear suspension build sequence; version considerations; chassis installation; removing unwanted script and labels; making realistic tires; frame modifications for the exhaust system; repairing warped parts; using “clear” glue for the windows; suspension construction and detailing; are all fully examined in this 19 page, full-color Step-by-Step review in PDF format.

 

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Lancia Stratos HF (1976 Sanremo Rally Car) 1:24 Scale Hasegawa Model Kit #20200 Review

2014 November 17
by Doug

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 The Lancia Stratos HF was designed from the ground up to compete in Rally racing, and proved very successful in the 1970’s and early 1980’s. It started a new era in rallying as it was the first car designed from scratch for this kind of competition. The three leading men behind the entire rallying project were Lancia team manager Cesare Fiorio, British racer/engineer Mike Parkes and factory rally driver Sandro Munari. The bodywork was designed by the head designer at Bertone, and the technical layout was loosely based on a Lancia concept car called Stratos Zero. In 1971 Lancia presented the Lancia Stratos HF prototype, Chassis 1240. It featured a distinctive crescent-shaped-wrap-around windshield providing maximum forward visibility with almost no rear visibility. Lancia did extensive testing with the Stratos and raced the car in several racing events where Group 5 prototypes were allowed during the 1972 and 1973 seasons. Production of the 400 cars required for homologation in Group 4 were launched in 1973 and the car was homologated for the 1974 World Rally Championship.

For the modeler: This review covers the Hasegawa Kit #20220 Lancia Stratos HF in 1/24 scale. The kit consists of 148 parts molded in White, Black and Clear with Rubber tires, a sheet of Rubber and Photoetch parts. The decals are Cartograf. A highly detailed 10 page instruction sheet is included but as this is a Japanese brand kit English is only added as a secondary language. The sample kit I have is dated 2004 and is a Re-release (Re-Pop) and is available in this version as well as a Street car and other race variants at online auctions and hobby shops.  Build up is a typical chassis then interior then body assembly. The overall car is White with decals creating the Green and Red paint on the body. There is no motor, this is a Curbside kit. The interior is a race car so it is sparse but well detailed with decals on what parts exist. The chassis does assemble solid and the front wheels are able to turn and pose. The body is very detailed with both decals and photoetch, but this is the better style photoetch on runners that is much easier to work with. The quality of the kit is very nice with no flash or severe mold lines. Overall size is Length: 6-3/8”, Width: 3-3/16”, 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; complete paint and adhesive selections and applications; test fitting; preparing and installing the photo etch parts; where NOT to use glue; fire extinguisher detailing; using floor polish for spectacular window glass;  preparing the floor plate for rollbar installation; installing the Euro plates; using “clear” glue for glass parts; detailing the engine bay; dashboard detailing; authentic interior color scheme and masking; front and rear suspension build sequence; team version considerations; using decal setting solutions; chassis installation; a gauge panel location map; detailing the wheels for realism; window surround detailing; making realistic tires; suspension detailing; and an expanded vehicle history; are all fully examined in this 16 page, full-color Step-by-Step review in PDF format.

 

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Little Joe 2 1:72 Scale RealSpace Models Kit Review

2014 November 14
by Doug

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Little Joe 2  1:72  Scale RealSpace Models Kit Review

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The Little Joe 2 was a test vehicle for the Mercury space capsule. It carried the Rhesus monkey Sam (Macaca mulatta) close to the edge of space. He was sent to test the space equipment and the adverse effects of space on humans.  The flight was launched December 4, 1959, at Robert Byrnes P47 Thumbnail 11:15 a.m. ET from Wallops Island, Virginia, United States. Little Joe 2 flew 55 miles (88 km) into space. It was recovered, with the monkey intact, in the Atlantic Ocean by USS Borie. Sam was one of a series of monkeys in space. Sam, from the School of Aviation Medicine in San Antonio, Texas, received his name as an acronym of the facility. The flight time was 11 minutes, 6 seconds, with a payload of 1,007 kg. The boilerplate Mercury spacecraft used in the Little Joe 2 mission is currently displayed at Airpower Park and Museum, Hampton, Virginia.
  The Kit:

Kit Includes 15 Resin parts, 1 Photoetch Brass part, and Decals.  RealSpace provides 2 Capsules.  The boiler Plate and the Production Mercury Capsule.  You can build any one of the Little Joe Rockets.  I built this in about a week.  Fairly simple, easy to work with resin parts that are cleanly molded and required little work prior to paining.

All parts were washed with a soap and water to remove mold release that was applied when the resin parts were cast.

I carefully bent the Photoetch Escape Tower into shape, then painted it with Testors Acryl Flat Black.  The Escape Tower Rocket Housing resin part was primed with Tamiya Gray Primer then painted with Testors Acryl International Orange.  This Rocket Housing was then glued onto the Escape Tower using thick super glue.

The Capsule is resin and was primed with Tamiya Gray Primer, followed by a coat of Alclad Gloss Black, then Alclad Airframe Aluminum. 000b

The lower part of the Capsule was painted with Tamiya White Primer, and the very top with Testors Acryl International Orange.

The Rocket and Fins are also resin and were painted with Tamiya Gray Primer, followed by Alclad Gloss Black, then Alclad Chrome.  The Identifiers were masked and painted with Testors Acryl International Orange.  Panel Lines were sprayed with Alclad Airframe Aluminum.  The top ring was hand painted with Testors Acryl Flat Black.  Decals were applied per instructions.

The resin Rockets were painted with Tamiya Gray Primer, followed by Alclad Gloss Black, then Alclad Stainless Steel.

Everything was held together using thick Super Glue. I made the display base from a wood plaque that I filled with light weight spackle and primed with Tamiya Primer followed by a coat of Alclad Gloss Black.  The Label was printed on my printer.

 

 

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