Plastic models — miscellaneous land vehicles

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Plastic models — miscellaneous land vehicles

Revell VW Samba bus with added roof bars

Roof bars

See Doing the Samba — Revell 1/24th scale Volkswagen Samba bus with Hasegawa and Masterbox people.

Airfix 1/76th (OO) scale DUKW with scratch built hang gliders

Airfix 1/76th (OO) scale DUKW with scratch built hang gliders

See Duck à l’orange — Airfix 1/76th (OO) scale DUKW with scratch built hang gliders.

Resin Tank Girl And Italeri 9th Scale Triumph 3HW

Dispatch rider extraordinaire

See Mentioned in dispatches — Italeri 1/9th scale Triumph 3HW motorcycle of World War 2.

Dolls and 1/9 scale motorcycles

Motorcycles 30 years apart in 1/9th scale (Everard’s models)

See Engineering development then and now by guest contributor Jonathan H.

Non-kit 1/12 scale Husqvarna motocross bike of the early 1970s

It compares well with the Revell kit.

See Metal (and plastic) Husky — not a kit, but when retouched with paint a remarkably realistic model.

12th Scale Suzuki MX bike back in action

Right side

See Motocross in miniature: Building Joël Robert’s Suzuki motocross bike of 1970 in 1/12th scale.

Revell 1/12th scale Husqvarna motocross bike with Tamiya rider


See Mr Moto Cross — Revell 1/12th scale Husqvarna motocross bike.

Additional cargo from Tamiya 1/35th scale British soldiers

Additional cargo from Tamiya 1/35th scale British soldiers

See Plastic DUKW, Italeri 1/35th scale General Motors DUKW.

Revell 12th scale Yamaha 250 MX bike and rider left side

Left side

See Revell 1/12th scale 250cc Yamaha MX bike.

Protar 1/9 scale Montesa and Breyer Nadia doll

When you are this small, even a light covering of snow is a big deal!

See Viva Protar, Protar 1/9th scale Montesa Cota 247 trials bike.

Mars rover

Model fictional Mars rover, about 1980

1/72 scale fictional Mars rover, about 1982

I made this Mars rover in about 1982 out of a B-29 fuselage and parts from a 1/25th scale Chieftain tank. The wheel struts are tubes from a 1/72nd scale torpedo boat.

Mercedes bends

Her mind is Tiffany-twisted
She got the Mercedes bends
She got a lot of pretty, pretty boys, she calls friends.

— From Hotel California by the Eagles, 1976

Plastic model automobile

Revell 1/24th scale Mercedes-Benz 540K Cabriolet

Here is my Revell 1/24th scale Mercedes-Benz 540K Cabriolet. It is 8 inches (20 cm) long and 3 inches (8 cm) wide. The guys, who are from the Airfix 1/24th scale De Havilland Mosquito (see Wooden wûnder for mine) are 3 inches tall. The fräulein is made of ‘white metal.’ She is a kit in the minimalist sense that one leg was separate and had to be glued in place.

Revell 1/24th scale Mercedes-Benz 540K Cabriolet

Revell 1/24th scale Mercedes-Benz 540K Cabriolet

There she stood in the doorway;
I heard the mission bell
And I was thinking to myself
This could be heaven or this could be Hell.

Tank girl

Ninth scale 'tank girl'


The resin 1/9th scale ‘tank girl’, which I bought online, is an exquisitely moulded kit of 11 parts. At about 7.5 inches (19.5 cm) tall, she is six times the height of the Mercedes-Benz girl in the preceding section. The tank girl is correspondingly far easier to turn into a realistic model by painting.

In her younger days they called her Delta Dawn
Prettiest woman you ever laid eyes on
Then a man of low degree stood by her side
And promised her he’d take her for his bride.

Incidentally, the name Delta Dawn (in the song) apparently derives from her town of Brownsville being in the Tennessee delta. (See under External links.)

1/9 scale tank girl kit parts

Flash mostly removed and legs glued together

The kit is made of what modellers call ‘resin.’ It is nothing like the resin you might have used on your violin bow at school. It is a harder and more brittle plastic than polystyrene and it is consequently harder to work with. Fortunately, there is little cutting and gluing in this kit. Most of the work is painting.

It consists of these parts:

  • Torso and head
  • Right arm
  • Left arm
  • Right leg and crotch
  • Left leg
  • Right foot
  • Left foot
  • Helmet with goggles
  • Canteen
  • Pistol in holster
  • Ammunition pouch

The tank helmet is a different colour, but it is also made of resin.

Ninth Scale Tank Girl


However, it is for experienced modellers only. There are some chunky moulding projections to be sawn and filed off before you start painting and gluing. It uses Superglue rather than polystyrene cement. The kit I bought did not come with any instructions, so you have to know about such things or find them out before you start. Superglue sticks to (real) skin like nothing else, apparently because that is what it was designed for initially, so it is definitely not a kit for youngsters.

There was a slight mis-moulding of one buttock, which I mostly eliminated by filing.

Fortunately, there are enough photos online that show historically correct colours such as those of the various layers of the tanker helmet and goggles. (However, she is hardly a historically correct tank driver…) Although I am a recent convert to acrylic paints, I have a far wider selection of enamels in these green and brown shades, so I used those.

Ninth scale resin tank girl in pieces

Dawn was absolutely shattered after this photo shoot.

In an outdoors photo shoot, she was blown over and fell a metre onto concrete, breaking her apart. No real damage. Superglue time… Incidentally, the Sten gun came with her motorcycle. See Mentioned in dispatches — Italeri 1/9th scale Triumph 3HW motorcycle of World War 2.

Mixing scales

Mixed scale WW2 motorcycle and DUKW

Dawn, bike, and duck

Dawn and her bike are 1/9th scale while the DUKW and its associated personnel are 1/35th scale. (See Plastic DUKW.)

External link

Tanya Tucker – Delta Dawn on YouTube