Japanese Zero A6M5 1-48 Scale Revell Model Kit #85-5267 Review

2014 July 22
by Doug

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The Revell A6M5 Zero (kit # 85-5267) is best described as simplistic with folding landing gear.  As such it is aimed squarely at the novice builder.  The kit is a reissue of the 1962 mold and as such shows it’s age in a number of places.  The interior (such as it is) comprises a pilot figure w/seat (I call them ‘pilot on a stick’ – since the pilot has a stick molded into one side that is inserted into a fuselage half) and an instrument panel.  There is no cockpit floor, sidewalls, stick, rudder pedals etc.  The wheel wells are completely devoid of any detail and the landing gear itself is simplified to allow it to fold. The kit consists of 25 parts molded in grey plastic with one clear piece (a closed canopy).  Despite its age there was very little flash and the parts fit together surprisingly well.

 

The first stage in construction is to paint the pilot figure since the pilot and seat must be installed before the fuselage halves are closed up.  The same goes for the instrument panel and the radio antennae.  The instrument panel presented the first ‘issue’ with this kit in that there is no decal included for the panel, however there are two decals provided for radio boxes or side consoles (neither of which appear in the kit).  So I simply used a punch set to punch out some gages from the decals and applied them to the instrument panel.  Once the pilot, instrument panel and antennae are installed the fuselage was closed up.  I need just a little bit of filler to clear up the upper & lower seams.  Next came the wings.  Here the landing gear, guns, and pitot tube must be installed before the wing halves are joined together.  So I painted the inside of the wings Tamiya metallic blue, the landing gear struts Model Master steel, and the tires Floquil weathered black.  In looking at the wing I also decided it would be much easier to paint the lower wing half now rather than try to mask it later with all the parts installed.  So the lower wing received a coat of Tamiya IJN grey.

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The landing gear doors must also be painted and installed at this time so the interiors were painted metallic blue and the exterior IJN grey.  Then the parts were installed in the wings (I glued the landing gear in permanently since I had no interest in the folding option).  I also cut about 1/8” from the top of the landing gear struts since they prevented a close fit along the wing leading edge seam).  From now on extreme care must be taken in handling wing as it is very easy to break off one of the guns or the pitot tube (surprisingly I did not break any parts during construction & painting).  Once the wing was assembled I glued the wing to the fuselage and was surprised at the lack of filler required at the wing root.

 

Once the fuselage and wing were together I masked the canopy, glued it in place and proceeded to paint the lower half of the fuselage IJN grey.  While this was drying I painted the cowl inside metallic blue, picked out cylinder details with steel, and then sprayed the outside of the cowl using White Ensign models paint called “Mitsubishi Cowling Blue/Black” (a very impressive paint I might add!).  A also sprayed the propeller/spinner combination using a new (for me) paint Mr. Hobby “Propeller Color” (C131).  Finally, I masked the lower fuselage and along the bottom to the wing leading edge and sprayed Tamiya IJN green.

 

 

Once all the paint had dried, the cowling was attached followed by the propeller and then the whole airframe was given a couple of coats of Future before the decals were added.  There are very few decals and then went on with no problems at all.  Once the decals had dried I sprayed another coat of Future followed by Model Master semi gloss clear.  The final step was to add the antennae wire using AeroClub elastic thread colored black using a Sharpie.  I like using the AeroClub elastic thread for antennae wire (and rigging bi-planes) because it is very flexible and will not break like stretched sprue.

 

In conclusion: this is a very simple kit aimed squarely at the young model builder who might be interested in the folding landing gear option.  It is also very suitable for someone moving from the snap together style kits into a kit that can be assembled with glue and paint.  The detail is extremely simplified and construction can be completed in just a few hours.

 

 

 

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1985 Corvette Coupe Large 1:8 Scale Monogram Model Kit #2608 Review

2014 July 18
by Doug

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 The Chevrolet Corvette (C4) is the fourth generation of a sports car produced by the Chevrolet division of General Motors for the 1984 through 1996 model years. The editors of Consumer Guide stated: “The first fully redesigned Corvette in 15 years was more sophisticated and more practical than the beloved Shark. And like previous generations, the new C4 only got better in time.” The C4 Corvette was known for its evolved, sleek and modern look. In a departure from the fiberglass panels of its forbearers, the C4′s rear bumpers and panels were made from molded plastics. The C4 coupe was the first general production Corvette to have a glass hatchback for better storage access. It also had all new brakes with aluminum calipers. The Corvette C4 came standard with an electronic dashboard with a digital liquid crystal display dash, with graphics for speed and RPM and digital displays for other important engine functions.

 

For the Modeler: This review is based on the Monogram Kit # 2608 and is a 1985 Chevrolet Corvette in 1:8 scale. These classic large scale car models are no longer produced but they can still be found at online auctions and garage sales everywhere. This kit was originally released in 1984 prior to Skill Levels but is listed for age 13 and up, so this would be considered a Skill Level 3. The kit consists of about 140 parts molded in Red, Black, Chrome and Clear with Rubber tires. With research I could only find this one box art and release date, the box and directions date this to the original 1984 release. If it was re-released I am unable to find it BUT the chassis has a 2001 date on the gas tank. This kit is still available online from E-Bay. Being a kit from the 80’s it does have some strong mold lines and the construction is simplified in some areas. Also being a model from the 80’s it does have some fit and finish issues that can be minor and workable if you take your time. Overall the body looks good with only the front bumper and hood being separate. The interior tub is one piece with the door panels molded in place, this makes painting more difficult. The suspension seems correct and is detailed nicely. Some shortcuts were made on the chassis such as molding the mufflers and driveshaft in place. The motor is simple but well detailed; no wiring is included in this kit for the motor. The chassis is held in place with small screws also. The decals are very basic with interior dash details and some under hood details. The tires look correct and are molded with Goodyear markings.  Overall dimensions of the completed build are; Length: 21-13/16”, Width: 8-1/2”, Height: 6”

 

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; seam and sink identification and repair methods; engine detailing; decal selection, preparation, and application; how to use setting solutions for great looking decals; detailing and construction options; make your own custom license plate and floor mat instructions; construction sequence deviations for fit and finish; contest finishing considerations are discussed; finishing the tires for realism; adding engine compartment details for realism; removing unwanted scripts; instruction errors and omissions; scratch building custom floor mats; customizing the interior; installing directional tires and wheels; phantom fuel pump considerations; gauge realism instructions; complete interior detailing; using foil for chrome accents; where “not” to use glue; installing windows with white glue, detailing the windows with black edging; are all fully examined in this pictorial 20 page, full-color Step-by-Step review.

 

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Jungle Jim Rail Dragster 1:25 Scale Revell Model Kit #85-4312 Review

2014 July 14
by Doug

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This is a replica of the rail dragster that Ron Attebury raced in 1976 under the Jungle Jim banner.  This model is a tribute to a great racing legend, James Liberman (aka Jungle Jim). Jungle Jim started racing in the 1960’s and soon became very popular in the racing field. He was listed as #17 of a list of 50 for the NHRA drivers. Jungle Jim was very active in racing all the way up to his death in 1977.

 
For the Modeler: This review is for the Jungle Jim Rail Dragster 1:25 Scale Revell Model Kit #85-4312. It is a skill level 3 kit for the advanced builder.  The pieces are molded in white, chrome, black vinyl tires and water slide decals. There are 119 pieces to this kit and it features well laid out instructions.   The finished dimensions are; 10 5/16” L  X  2 3/8”W  X 2 5/8” H. the figure is 1 ¼” L  X  7/8” W  X  3” H.

 

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; cautionary notes for part identification; fuel pump modifications for fit; chassis construction; suspension construction; decal preparation and application; removing flash from parts; HEMI engine assembly and wiring; distributor mods for wiring; realistic tire finishing methods; finishing the driver figure, are all fully examined in this pictorial 12 page, full-color Step-by-Step review in PDF format.

 

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