*** 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+

X-RAY: ☼RARE☼ 1966 Cadillac Fire Rescue Ambulance 1/25, Jo-Han

1966 Cadillac Fire Rescue Ambulance by Jo-Han

This X-Ray is an extremely rare kit of a 1966 Cadillac Fire Rescue Ambulance by Jo-Han. This kit includes:

1 set of tires and rims; V8 engine; full medical interior; tons of glass for the wagon; reasonable decal sheet.

Good: Really authentic rescue vehicle – Cadillac style; lots of chrome (hopefully shiny like this one); RARE!

Bad: Still short on pieces number; red everything makes for more painting/primer; not crazy expensive, but expensive nonetheless.

$65+

1971 Dodge Demon

This is a review of the 1971 Demon Kit by MPC – kit#0450-225

Back in the mid-eighties, I used to ride my bike everywhere. Back then, times were different and much more carefree. Two streets over from my house, my Aunt and her family lived in a nice house at a “T” in the road. Parked in the driveway was a 1971 Dodge Demon 340 – along side a 1969 Plymouth Roadrunner 383. Back then, I can only imagine how damn cheap they were and how much of my house I’d have to mortgage to buy both today. Since looking at the Demon – with the devilish little decal on the side – I have wanted one ever since. Someday, I will own one, but for now…

This IS the only kit ever made for the 1971 Demon. The model companies could make a FORTUNE re-doing this one, but for now, there is only this one, never-reissued kit.

And, boy is it expensive.

1971 Dodge Demon advertisement

CAR BACKGROUND :: Yup, they got the front of the box straight from the original ad back in 1971. And, yeah the performance wasn’t just painted on. The 340 Demon has many tests on the internet that show the car was a legit 14.5 second car in the quarter. Beyond that, the Demon was the Duster’s best look. Between the pronounced front grille and rear slatted lights, the Demon was far the more aggressive look. And, no this isn’t the crazy sprinter that the new Demon is, but then again it wasn’t supposed to be. The Demon was a relatively cheap muscle car that carried fantastic looks – and it that it succeeded as well as any other. Shame they made this body for just one year (’72 was different and not as cool) and now they are overpriced to death.

1971 Dodge Demon MPC kit

My cousin’s car was not yellow. Not even close. I decided to go my own way instead of with blue. See, I owned a 70 Duster and wanted to make it look like the above. Mine was yellow…. faded and awful. I was 19 and stupid. My 225ci was not going to morph into this and it certainly wasn’t going to be this cool. Oh well. My father in law and I had good times workin on it and it eventually looked really cool – to me.

Anyways, the Tamiya Yellow worked really well. I can say that the kit’s decals – by this point – are useless. Mine disintegrated the second they hit the water. I had copied them before trying them, so I was able to redo them myself. For the record, this MPC kit doesn’t have the the rear taillight stripe – I had to make that myself. On top of that, the side stripes aren’t quite the stock stripes – they are shaped slightly different. They work, but aren’t what you’ll find IRL. I also used a side mirror off of a 1970 Roadrunner as the ones from this kit are small and awful looking.

1971 Dodge Demon MPC kit 340ci

The engine that comes with the MPC kit is LOUSY. It is small and very un-detailed. I decided to take the 340 out of a 1971 Duster kit and use that instead. The finished product looks better than what would have been there. The battery was used from the Duster kit as well. I didn’t wire this one since the rear engine distributor makes it unnecessary and I will probably make a decal for the cleaner, but otherwise it is a tidy engine bay.

1971 Dodge Demon MPC kit side view

This interior is typical MPC flare with low detail and a floaty fit. I had to find a better rear-view mirror and added a directional stalk. The gauges are look good and are the actual Demon circular openings and the seats are very realistic. Not more than a “B-“, but presentable.

1971 Dodge Demon MPC kit underside & exhaust

With using the headers off of the MPC kit, the exhaust fit well. The bottom is otherwise disappointing as there is little else to put together. I ditched the MPC rims and tires for white-letter ones and a Krager look. The ones found in the kit were faded and the tires were boring. In addition, I used the tips from the Duster kit – probably the best Mopar tips anywhere.

1971 Dodge Demon MPC kit rear

The kit IS mediocre. There is a lot of flop to the fit; there is a good deal of flash; the engine is small and poorly detailed; the decals are a bit of a sham; and the tires were junk. I still paid… $403 for it. Yup, you read right. FOUR HUNDRED. And, I’d do it again tomorrow for this car. It is a favorite and always will be. Unfortunately, a used one is $300-$400 and a mint, sealed one might cost more than you can imagine. If you have one, it is a prime time to sell before they decide to reissue it. Otherwise, make the damn car!

6.5 – Mediocre