Ferrari Mythos 1:24 Scale Tamiya Model Kit #24104 Review

2014 October 25
by Doug

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The Ferrari Mythos was a mid-engine, rear wheel drive concept car designed by Pininfarina and produced by Ferrari in 1989. The radical design was implemented on the platform of the Ferrari Testarossa, which dictated the car’s wedge shape and large air intakes ahead of the rear wheels. This prototype was created to overcome the design problems which arise when engines and radiators are mounted at the rear as it calls for a rear track which is much wider than the front track. Neither a hard roof nor side windows were included in the design. At the rear, the wing-spoiler which is the continuation of the side surfaces rests on a central telescopic support which can raise it according to the speed, to accentuate the down lift effect, positioning it in an area where the air flow is not disturbed. The front spoiler works in the same effect by lowering to deflect wind from lifting the car. All the panels of the bodywork are built entirely in carbon fiber. The instrument panel, dashboard, door panel and seats are shells covered in leather. Although not intended to be sold to members of the public, the Sultan of Brunei, Hassanal Bolkiah, is known to own two. The prototype is stored in Pininfarina Style Center at Cambiano (Italy).

 

 

For the modeler: This review is based on the Tamiya Ferrari Mythos in 1/24 scale, Kit #24104. The box is dated 1991 and this is the original release version but it is still available and can be found quite easily at online auction sites and web stores. The kit 000b consists of about 115 parts molded in Red, Black, Steel, Chrome and Clear with Vinyl tires. The decals are actually a chrome Rub-on and consist of 4 badges and the shift pattern. This is a Japanese Model Kit so with that said the directions are in Japanese with multiple language translations on the instructions, it can be confusing. The build is straight forward and well detailed so if you take your time it should go together nicely. Tamiya is a quality product and the parts show few if any blemishes. The build is more traditional and starts with the motor then chassis then interior with the final assembly installed in the body. The motor is detailed and the cowl will open to show the motor. Overall the finished size is: Length: 6-3/4”, Width: 3-3/4”, 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; detailing the engine bay; dashboard detailing; paint mixing specs for authentic colors; realistic seat belts; authentic interior color scheme; detailing with photo etched parts; painting the shocks for realism; where NOT to use glue; correctly orienting directional tires; replacement gauges; wiper options are discussed; window surround detailing; making realistic tires; engine construction and detailing; suspension construction and detailing; are all fully examined in this 14 page, full-color Step-by-Step review in PDF format.

 

 

 

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Richard Petty Dodge Dart Sportsman 1:25 Scale AMT Model Kit #819 Review

2014 October 23
by Doug

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Known to many simply as “The King,” NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty is the most decorated driver in the history of NASCAR racing, winning a record number 200 career races and seven NASCAR Cup championships during his illustrious career. During the 1970’s he also ran Late Model “Kit-Cars” on local Short Tracks in the Southern Outlaw Asphalt Series. He ran a Dodge Dart Kit Car for a few races in the mid 70’s, once at Dixie Speedway outside Atlanta in 1975. While not his normal “Ride” for NASCAR Richard was known to race many different styles of cars including Drag Racing. The Dodge Dart was just one of many local race cars he drove and he did not drive this but a few times. The purpose of his driving the car was to test and prove the design as his company, Petty Enterprises, was selling this as a Kit Car that other competitors could purchase for their race teams. The car was a success.

 

For the modeler: This review is based on the 1/25 scale Round 2 AMT Kit 819 Richard Petty Dodge Dart. AMT rates this as a Skill Level 2 for the Average Builder. This is a direct Re-Release (REPOP) of the kit from the 70’s and has not been seen in this version 000b since then. The decals have been replaced with a new upgraded quality sheet. It has 100 parts molded in White, Chrome Clear and Vinyl tires. The parts look to be in very clean condition with next to no flash or mold lines. Round 2 has done a nice job with cleaning up the old molds. Details are crisp but simplistic due to the age of the actual molds. Like most Retro Deluxe kits this has the “Mini-Box” card to make a small version of the kit box for your display. Round 2 also gives a really nice Parts Preview on the bottom of the box so when purchasing a kit you know what you are getting before you buy. This is a really nice option for a newcomer to gauge the difficulty of a build somewhat.  “They said it would never be reissued, but the Kats at AMT have proven them wrong again! The necessary tooling has been uncovered for this famous version of the Chrysler Sportsman kit car. It will now be offered to delight modelers again for the first time since the 1970’s! Complete with full color decals to replicate two different versions of the car, it will be even better than the original! Retro Deluxe packaging will also be featured.”  Finished dimensions are: 7-5/8″ length, 3-1/2″ width, 2″ height.

 

 

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; sources for patented “Petty Blue” paint; car version considerations; background on the real Petty Dart; detailing the hood and trunk lid latches; detailing the engine bay; dashboard detailing; paint specs for authentic colors; authentic interior color scheme; making realistic tires; engine construction and detailing; removing copyright scripts; suspension construction and detailing; making realistic tires; how to use Bare Metal Foil for realistic looking trim and panels; using setting solution for decal application; mold seam and ejector pin identification and repair; decal preparation and application; are all fully examined in this 15 page, full-color Step-by-Step review in PDF format.

 

 

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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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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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