Chicago Police Car (Dodge Charger) 1:24 Scale Lindberg Model Kit #72796 Review

2014 April 23
by Doug

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In early 2006, Daimler-Chrysler released a new police version of the Charger. It made its debut at the 2005 New York International Auto Show. Unlike the civilian version, the police version features upgraded heavy-duty brakes, a severe-duty cooling system, police-performance Electronic Stability Program, police performance-tuned steering, and a gear shifter that is mounted on the steering column instead of in the center console. In place of the center console, Dodge has equipped the police edition with an aluminum plate appropriate for mounting radio equipment, computers, and controllers for lights and sirens. The vehicle’s electrical system is specifically designed for integration of siren and light controls, and other police vehicle accessories. The Charger is in use with many American police departments. The 340 hp Hemi V8 is powerful enough to accelerate the car from 0 to 60 mph in 6.0 seconds and to a top speed of 146 mph. In Michigan State Police testing, the Charger V8 easily outperformed all other pursuit vehicles in acceleration, cornering, and braking (except the Dodge Magnum and V6 Charger, which stopped slightly faster in some tests) in the first five years since its introduction. When the Charger was redesigned for 2011 the police package version was renamed Dodge Charger Pursuit.

For the modeler: This review is based on the undecorated version of this kit sold as Lindberg Kit #72796. It requires using aftermarket decals and sources and found in the full review. It is Skill level: 2 1/24 scale kit for the intermediate builder. The kit contains and amazing 274 parts molded in White, Clear and Chrome with vinyl tires. This is a current release from 2010 and the kits are still available and released as current production. The kit is the same in every version but is packaged in seven different Police agency and blank (undecorated) car versions. Included in this kit are Stock parts to build a NON POLICE UNIT also. Because it is a multiple version kit it comes with 8 different current use light bars and all the up-to-date Police goodies! The motor is super detailed; you get the stock parts or police versions included. The chassis is molded in multiple parts and is a highly detailed unit. The interior is nicely detailed and has dash details as decals. The door panel detail is crisp and easy to see. You get all kinds of options in the interior for your version choice. The body shell is one piece with a separate hood and bumpers. There are almost no mold lines on the body and are light and easy to sand off. The box information does say it is a pre-painted body but it is not and Lindberg uses a sticker on the shrink wrap to cover that statement! Lindberg sets the bar on quality and quantity with this kit. In one word— IMPRESSIVE! I have found a few problems also but overall they can all be fixed fairly easy. First, the parts trees are covered with injection tabs, many of the parts have them; while easy to remove they become annoying. Second being the plastic Lindberg uses is very difficult to paint with solvent based products. Finished dimensions are Length: 8-1/2″, Width: 3-1/4″, Height: 2-1/4″.

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; body/frame alignment; engine detailing; test fitting; handling fragile parts; complete engine construction notes; identifying and repairing seams; contest considerations are discussed; aftermarket decal use and sourcing; sink, tab and mold seam identification; drivetrain alignment;  detailed suspension and chassis construction; police interior selections and customizing ideas; body molding placement; how to scratch build the push bar; chassis installation techniques; glass installation and detailing; lightbar selection; engine assembly and finishing; detailing the tires for realism; removing the molded trademark scripts; correcting instruction errors; Chicago specific decal preparation and application; are all fully examined in this pictorial 23 page, full-color Step-by-Step review in PDF format.

 

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Thames Panel Truck Gasser 1:25 Scale Revell Model Kit #85-4199 Review

2014 April 22
by Doug

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London has long been one of the most busy and populous cities in the world. Its streets are a hodgepodge of modern highways and narrow, ancient roads between buildings centuries old. In 1951, the first Thames Panel Trucks were released on the streets of London where their compact bodies and short wheelbases made them ideal for delivering cargo. Later, the popular vehicles arrived on the drag racing scene with new V-8 engines and improved suspensions.

For the Modeler: This review is based in the Revell # 85-4199 Thames Panel Truck (Revell SSP version). This kit is Skill level 2 for intermediate builder and contains 120 parts. The kit is molded in White, Chrome and Clear and has Vinyl Tires. This kit has seen only a few box-arts over the years and is a 100% Reissue (Re-Pop). The original kit was released in 1971, a reissue in 1995 and now as a Selected Subjects Program Original Kit Parts release in 2014. The parts are stamped 1995 on this release so this is still the old tooling. You get a nicely detailed V8 with lots of Chrome. The chassis is simple and clean as a ‘51 Gasser would be. The original decals are reproduced for this kit also. As a Special Subjects Program kit this version is the same as what you would get if you opened the 1971 version. Overall dimensions of the finished build are: Length: 5-3/4″, Width: 2-5/16″, Height: 2-3/8″.

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; body/frame alignment; engine detailing; test fitting; handling fragile parts; engine construction and contest considerations are discussed; identifying and repairing seams; ; removing unwanted chrome; engine assembly and finishing; detailing the tires for realism; removing the molded trademark scripts; gas tank placement; warpage issues; correcting instruction errors; decal preparation and application; are all fully examined in this pictorial 16 page, full-color Step-by-Step review in PDF format.

 

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1965 Chevy Impala (Foose Design) 1:25 Scale Revell Model Kit #85-4190 Review

2014 April 21
by Doug

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Totally redesigned in 1965, the Impala set an all-time industry annual sales record of more than 1 million units in the U.S., which has never been bettered. The full-size Chevys replaced the “X” frame with a full-width perimeter frame, a new body which featured curved, frameless side glass (for pillar-less models), sharper angled windshield with newly reshaped vent windows, and redesigned full-coil suspension. Engine choices included the inline six-cylinder as well as the famous Chevy small-block and big-block V8s. Automatic buyers were given the option of the three-range Turbo Hydra-Matic transmission with the Mark IV big-block 396 engine. The old 409 “W” engine was discontinued early in the 1965 model year, so early-production ’65s got the 409, as well as the 396 big blocks. Two-range Powerglide, as well as Synchro-Mesh 3- and 4-speed manual transmissions were available also. As with previous years, Impalas featured more chrome trim inside and out, with pleated, tufted upholstery and door panels.

The Designer: In a relatively short career, Chip Foose has created a legacy of designs and accomplishments that are well beyond his years. Chip’s first job was working for his father’s company, Project Design. By age twelve, Chip already had five years’ experience under his belt. 1990 brought about the beginning of a relationship with Boyd Coddington and Hot Rods by Boyd, becoming a full time position in 1993, where Chip eventually became the President. Chip’s venture with Boyd however, ended in 1998. The split was not pretty as many of Boyd’s best builders left with Chip. At this time Chip and his wife Lynne started their Huntington Beach, California based company Foose Design, an automotive and product design development company that is still in operation.

 

For the Modeler: This review is based on Revell # 85-4190; it is the 1/25 scale Foose ’65 Chevy Impala. This kit is skill level 2 for the intermediate builder and contains 142 parts. The kit is molded in White, Chrome, Clear and Clear Red and has Vinyl Tires. This kit has seen . multiple box-art packages over the years and is a Reissue (Re-Pop), Revell calls this a “conversion”. The chassis is stamped 1996 so it has been around at least 18 years. The only parts special for the “Foose Designed” kit seems to be 2 new trees plus tires. You get Tires and Wheels, Valve Covers and Air Cleaner, Front Suspension and the custom decals. But you do get all the original kit parts from previous issues. You get a nicely detailed 409 V8 Big Block although the real car had a Small Block. The chassis is simple and clean. You get 2 wheel choices, Stock and Foose. The interior is nice with a multiple part tub. The body is crisp and nicely detailed, but to do the Foose version you must remove the molded on Stock emblems. The decals are extensive and give the Foose stripes and tags. The interior decals include all dash gauges. This is a great kit that begs you to go hit the aftermarket and super-detail it. Overall dimensions of the finished build are: Length: 8-1/2″, Width: 3″, Height: 2-1/4″.

 

Overall Impressions: The ‘65 Impala is a cool build. The kit assembles easy and is pretty straightforward. As for the “Foose” part of this kit, if you were to repackage it as a “California Wheels” edition and other decals there would be nothing to claim it a Foose design. This is a 002 simple  repackage with a few limited new parts. Not to say that is a bad thing but the actual car is real and Revell did not try hard to replicate it. Even being an older kit the build is really nice. Details are great on the motor and give a nice 409 build-up. The chassis is simplistic but looks good finished. The interior detail is crisp and easy to see, older kits usually have a tub interior, but this one is a multi-piece which makes detailing the door panels easy. The body lines are crisp and details well defined. Molding lines are hidden and there is very little clean up needed on the body. Overall fit and finish is good, this is a solid build. Some aftermarket details will really make this one shine! I like the model and think this was one of Revell’s better kits. That being said on a scale of 1 to 10 I’d give this kit a score of 9.

  

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