This review looks at the 1/48 - O scale Rusty Rail
casting RRM-O-08, Junk Car
, a derelict Ford cloth top insert sedan.
This was a Ford with a cloth top insert that has long rotten away and the interior is gutted. The flathead engine is still around now ( must have been a blown motor or
that would be gone by now) but that's about all.
Rusty Rail packs this model in a strong plastic bag sealed with a stapled card label. This casting is 5" x 3" x 1 1/2" and comes unpainted.
Cast as a single piece in buff resin, the detail is fascinating! I have no idea how Rusty Rail does it but their castings are full of undercuts and recessed detail, such as injection molding is only able to achieve with high-tech slide molds. It is sharply cast.
The nice thing about junk subjects is that one does not have to worry about flash or scratches or the like, yet this model has no flash, air bubbles, nor incomplete areas. The only possible exception is that all the windows have a skin of resin, which was thin enough to easily carve out with a well used X-acto.
The Ford is modeled as settling into a grit textured ground base. Strewn around it is a burned out tire around the hub, a whole tire, a busted up box with some cans and boxes, a chain, a grooved rectangular object, a plank, and small detritus of a ruined vehicle.
An engine is displayed with no hood or side panels to block the view. A good looking undamaged radiator fronts the car. Inside the car everything has been rotted/stolen/burned away. Only the chassis bottom is left. Roughness along the corners of the floor suggest ashes and chips of metal.
The exterior has dents and scratches. The doors are thin and I easily punched a few holes for rust or bullet damage.
instructions, painting guide, decals
None. I decided to paint the car as though it recently burned.
Rusty Rail has created another eye-catching casting for O scale - 1/48 modelers. It can be a component in a larger diorama / layout, or be its own prima donna.
This casting has crisp detail and good detail.
Modelers of any era post-1932 should be able to find good use for this model. Recommended.
We thank Rusty Rail for providing this model for review here - on