FAN SUBMISSION! :: Mike Blaskovich

I met Mike a couple months back and to say the least he is a born again modeler. With just a handful of personal vehicles from family experiences, he is now working pretty hard to get some nice stuff done.

Dukes of Hazzard diorama

Anyone who is a fan of older cars will instantly know what they are looking at in the above pic. The Dukes of Hazzard was a fun, mid-70’s muscle fest set in a fake southern town with all of the colloquialisms you could possibly find. Two hot-rodding young men set to outrunning the local police, solving mysteries, annoying their Uncle, and finding ways to demolish every 1969 Charger they could get their hands on.

1969 Charger from The Dukes of Hazzard

The set above includes the Dukes Charger MPC kit – which is LOUSY, but Mike’s got it lookin’ really good. I did the same kit and can say I’d almost rather get the extras from this one and add it to a Revell kit to make the car… the MPC is just lousy. The kit also comes with a Hemi motor which would NOT be used in the show at any point, so keeping the hood down is probably for the best unless you change out to a 383 or 318 – like the show used.

The next vehicle wasn’t used nearly as much – and neither was her other vehicle for that matter. Daisy’s jeep was a cool addition to the show – what with all the dirt thrown around and it was always a hoot to watch her scurry around the police and their inability to drive in a straight line.

Yeah, this is Daisy’s other beast that she drove around – a ’74 Satellite (Roadrunner). The Roadrunner was just a decal set by the time her car came around and it was powered by a lethargic engine as well. This kit comes with a small block that is basically a 360/340 look and would likely be a 318 in the show for cost savings. The yellow looks good here and the stripes – which I find to be horrible to get just right – look really good. I’ll be remaking my ’74 soon and will hope it turns out this good!

Last and not least (in my book) is a car that screams 1970s-80s cop shows. Now don’t get ahead of yourself, this is NOT the Roscoe car from MPC. This is the 78 Monaco that comes in TJ Hooker, Joker Goon Car, and the latest reissued police car. Why? Well, the real Roscoe car is FAR more pricey. In my opinion, this later model Fury/Monaco is the better looking car. I owned one, made one HERE, and REALLY want to buy another one. That said, this car WAS in the show at one point or another and makes for a hell of a good display.

Mike’s rendition of the Boar’s Nest is hysterical and super cool as well. There is a lot of memory to go with the overall look and he’s got one heck of a display – getting these all to look just about right. Full length display, dirt looking ground (though I might have gone with real dirt), and decent scale size make it all pretty dang sweet.

Thanks to Mike for the cool pics. Keep on building!

1965 Pontiac GTO

This is a review of the 1965 Pontiac GTO kit by AMT #6593

This is one of those kits that I KNOW is going to be garbage before I start because I’ve seen many of these open and most have been just low quality, junky kits. This one is no different – to the point where I think this build is actually 2 of these kits worth of parts to make it properly. All things considered, I really like this car. I like the look, the engine, and the history. The kit is another story.

This car kit is in the “dime-a-dozen” category and can be found for as little as $12. The above are the typical ones you’ll find and are basically the same design save for the re-issue (light blue) – which should have a bit more quality and l less issues. Big problems with the others include excessive flash, bad chrome, ugly molded colors, and weak decals.

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CAR BACKGROUND :: Ends up inside one, huh? I would. These cars are beautiful, elegant, have excellent engines, and aren’t even stupidly priced nowadays. After the success of the ’64, you’d figure the ’65 would be identical, but Pontiac managed to make the car different while keeping the parts that made the previous year so good. The body style was still mid-size, the hood still had a ram air scoop, the grille was still menacing, and the overall look – Grrrreeaat!

Under the hood, the 389 for the GOAT was either in 335hp 4-barrel form, or 360hp tri-carb form. Either way, this big cat could move down the road as fast as most other muscle cars and in top trim, run down some of the elites. These cars are not for the timid, however, and even in the simple flowing form – depicted in the pic right – would easily burn the tires off the rims at the drop of a hat. Tiger indeed.

1965 Pontiac GTO

If you’ve seen my article on the ’65 Impala I’ve built, you’ve seen that I like the Iris color scheme from GM vehicles. This one is NOT Iris and it is annoying it isn’t a bit closer because the Testors Purple is a reasonably good paint and it has worked every time I’ve used it. It is just a bit off tint for the right color. Oh well. I decided to use it anyways because I LOVE the color and love how easily it works. The car needs a side mirror because the kit doesn’t include it, but otherwise the kit is fairly complete.

1965 Pontiac GTO 389 4-barrel

The engine bay for this one is decent and yet flawed. I did this one as a 4-barrel model instead of the tri-carb and for no reason except I’ve done MANY with the tri-carb setup and I wanted a change. Now, granted, the 3-2 is the more expensive setup and the more powerful, but I wanted to show a typical 389. Problems with the bay are from the display aspect. The wheel wells and the firewall are plain, the radiator wall is a bit generic, and the metal axle rod is visible when you look down over top of the engine. It is a bit aggravating – the level of cheap plastic – but it can look reasonable. I think this one is attractive.

1965 Pontiac GTO interior - black and white

This interior is a bit of good with a load of terrible detail. The dash works, the seats are well detailed, and the overall look is good. However, there isn’t enough detail on the doors, the rear tonneau is a bit on the dreary side, and there is no rear view mirror. I think that the black and white motif helps with the drab details and makes the interior “pop”. This is still a major dud, however. Shame, considering it is a convertible.

1965 Pontiac GTO rear quarter

The underside is about as bad as a kit gets. EVERYTHING is molded – which leads to less pieces and less detail. I painted the molded dual exhaust and added the tips out the side, but there is VERY little to display.

1965 Pontiac GTO side top view

The kit IS terrible. The hood is a poor fit; the body is “floaty”, the underside it barren of parts and detail; the engine bay mediocre; the front grille is impossible to fit properly, the top DOESN’T fit; and the red clear-plastic taillights are too thin inside the slots molded into the bumper

I think the re-issue MAY be better in some ways and is still reasonably cheap, but I can’t imagine it is “amazing” compared to the older ones. The good news is that these kits are ULTRA cheap, so you could buy 3 or 4 to get perfect pieces/parts to work with and still be less expensive than some rare kits. They are also NOT an investment as there were a ton of these produced AND it was just reissued. I say build it, but it isn’t THAT good either. As you can see, it is a hell of a looker though… maybe you should build one?

4.25 – Poor

*** And now for something completely different – but the same***

This one is for modelers with too much time!

Thanks to Jim Davis. For everything.

–Kev

X-RAY: DeTomaso Pantera GTS 1/25, USAirfix

This X-Ray is of a USAirfix Pantera static/snap kit. This kit includes:

1 set of tires and rims; small decal sheet; static Pantera body.

Good: Easy build; decent kit of rare exotic.

Bad: No engine/engine bay; small # parts; flash-fest.

$30+

Calling All Cars… AGAIN!

This is a notice to everyone that I’m still paying top dollar model collections!! I want un-built cars, trucks, boats, military, and planes. If you have a collection, or know someone/business liquidating their collection, please feel free to contact me!!

*** GENEROUS REWARD TO ANY VIABLE LEADS TO PURCHASE ***

Be safe!

T—Kev

X-RAY: ☼RARE☼ (1972) Ford Gran Torino Sport Snap-kit 1/25, Jo-Han

This X-Ray is of an Ford Gran Torino by Jo-Han. This kit includes:

1 set of tires and rims; small chrome tree; detailed interior.

Good: Nice to have a model of an unappreciated muscle car; detailed chrome pieces; super rare.

Bad: >25 pieces; NO engine; no separate instructions aside from box; rare = more expensive.

$65+

X-RAY: SNEAKY PETE – Custom Pickup Truck 1/25, Revell

Sneaky Pete custom truck by Revell

This X-Ray is of an AMAZING & rare kit called SNEAKY PETE by Revell. This kit includes:

1 set of tires and rims; lots of chrome; nice truck tires; tiny decal sheet.

Good: Tons of pieces; awesome custom truck; tons of chrome.

Bad: HORRIBLE color; mediocre decal sheet; getting pricey.

$70+

2004 Ferrari Enzo

This is a review of the Revell Ferrari Enzo Kit#85-2192

The Enzo is one of the newer Ferraris that I’ve come to really like and it is more than the grandness of its namsake. This kit is one of the most difficult kits I’ve built for a number of reasons, but the end result is usually so good, that I have made it 3 or so times.

Unlike some cars, the Enzo has been done in enough ways that you can truly pick your poison on difficulty and detail. The snap kit is very plain and plastic-y looking; the Revell is difficult goodness, and the Fujimi is – from what I’ve seen in other kits – the peak of design and quality. For those who want it all, the Revell Ferrari pack has three of the best Ferraris ever produced – the F50, the 360 Modena, and this Enzo.

R&T data sheet for road test completed
Thanks to Road & Track for the amazing test of this exotic car.

CAR BACKGROUND :: The idea was simple – build a car that is as good as Ferrari has made in its history. Yeah, easy. We’re talking about a company that has made the Testa Rossa (no, not the 1980s version), 250 GTO, Daytona, 512BB, 308, 288 GTO, and F40. There was a great deal of history to overtake.

Overtake them it did.

The Enzo and its 650hp became the quickest production car that year and with its 218 mph top speed, it was amazingly fast as well. Granted at well over the $650k listed on R&T’s sheet (because of dealer markups), it had enough coin thrown into it to possibly fly to Mars. It was more than the sum of its speed, however, as it contained more tech than just about any car to that point. Yes, it is a bit of a clod next to the LaFerrari, but in 2004, you’d have been hard pressed to find something more tech heavy and as fast. Today it remains one of Ferrari’s greatest achievements and easily one of my favorite exotic cars. Awesome.

2004 Ferrari Enzo

Tamiya Italian Red didn’t fail yet again and came out splendidly. The body has quite a few pieces you’ll want to attach before painting, so pre-read the instructions.There is also an amazing amount of glass to potentially ruin the build, so be extra careful not to over glue the clear parts. Thankfully the kit is amongst the cheapest in the model kingdom, but it still takes the wind out of sails to muff the glass while finishing up.

Most frustrating thing about this kit is the rear hatch. It fits well in some of these kits and atrociously in others. It is also a pain in the a$$ to bend into the correct shape as there are multiple merge points to the car body – so where one works well, the other is still off.

I didn’t bother too much with an interior pic because the Ferrari’s dash is sunk in, black, and the car has a window the size of a peanut. Safe to say it is a marvelous set of detail – thanks to Revell.

2004 Ferrari Enzo 650hp V12 engine

The engine bay is amazing. The V12 is super detailed and has dozens of parts to put together. I’d not be surprised if there are as many here as some older Jo-Han kits’ full compliment. It isn’t without its drawbacks, however. The exhaust is a futility in making correct. The ports on the side of the block line up for the first piece, but the second piece is impossible to figure out and that makes the third piece even tougher for placement.

Thankfully most of it isn’t showing, so you can fudge it together fairly well anyways, but it is NOT a good design. After you get it close, you then realize the damn thing is in the way of the motor mounts. If I ever want a yellow or white Enzo, this engine and chassis is going to be reused – guaranteed!

The underside of the Enzo is flat and unimpressive. It is amazing to see a flat-bottomed car that isn’t a toy design, but it is just boring flat black.

2004 Ferrari Enzo rear view

This is NOT a perfect model kit, but as I mentioned above, it is amazingly cheap. You can get 2 or 3 of these nowadays for the price of many other Ferrari kits. The hatch is a tough fit; the exhaust is tough to work out; there’s a good bit of glass to ruin; there’s a lot of black trim to do; and the mesh for the vents is a lesson in patience-breaking cut work. At roughly $11 a kit, however, you’ll have three or four to work on to get it right!

7.0 Average

X-RAY: ☼SUPER RARE☼ 1962 Ford F100 Pickup 1/25, AMT

XRAY of 1962 Ford F100 AMT 3n1 kit. VERY RARE

This X-Ray is of an AMAZING & rare kit of a 1962 Ford F100 Pickup by AMT. This kit includes:

1 set of tires and 2 sets of rims; whitewalls for the truck and trailer; custom parts – spotlight, side exhaust, and more.

Good: Tons of pieces; nice trailer included; plenty of chrome.

Bad: Not much… besides the price.

$150+

X-RAY: 1975 Oldsmobile Cutlass Snap-Kit 1/25, Jo-Han

1975 Oldsmobile Cutlass by Jo-Han

This X-Ray is for a ’75 Olds Cutlass Snap Kit by Jo-Han. This kit includes:

One set of tires/rims; chrome front and rear bumpers; detailed interior.

Good: If you need a kit of this car, it is about your only choice; low flash; rare.

Bad: What?… 16 parts?; no engine; no decals; somewhat expensive for what you get.

Price: $40+