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FROM THE February 2010 ISSUE

Polar Lights Scooby-Doo Mystery Machine

Scooby-Doo Mystery Machine
Scooby-Doo Mystery Machine
Polar Lights No. POL814
Model Type: Injection-molded styrene
Molded Colors: Turquoise, black, clear
Scale: 1/25
MSRP: $19.99
Pros: Easy snap-fit construction; prepainted Scooby-Doo and Shaggy figures; accurate shapes
Cons: Stickers for markings
Scooby-Doo Mystery Machine
Growing up, I watched a lot of Saturday-morning cartoons, but the big one for me was, and remains, “Scooby-Doo.” That’s one of the reasons I couldn’t wait to get my paws on Polar Lights’ reissue of the Mystery Machine.

The large one-piece body’s shape intricacies serve as tribute to modern molding techniques.

The body and other external components are molded in turquoise; the interior and tires are black. A chrome-plated sprue features the bumpers and head- and taillight bezels.

Two metal axles, prepainted figures of Scooby-Doo and Shaggy, and a sheet of glow-in-the-dark stickers round out the contents. (I wish Polar Lights had included a set of waterslide decals for the serious modeler.)

Everything about the design and part breakdown, as well as the snap-fit construction, mean this kit would be easy for a youngster to assemble and be acting out their own wacky adventures in less than an hour. All they’ll need is a knife, sprue cutter or nail clipper, and possibly a file or emery board.

The body is pretty clean, except for a couple of mold marks on the roof, and mold seams inside. The latter took some work to minimize, but the open rear doors mean that a lot of the interior is visible, so it pays off.

I gave the body and doors a couple of coats of Tamiya spray primer, sanding blemishes in between. A stubborn mold seam around the rear opening required special attention.

I sprayed the inside of the body, the interior, dash, and chassis Tamiya semi-gloss black. After masking, I gave the body several light coats of Tamiya spray-can Coral Blue.

I sprayed the wheels Daytona Yellow and the spare-tire cover Sublime Green; both colors are from the Model Master custom lacquer system. I picked out the flower pattern in the wheels with Chevy Engine Red. I used a fine brush to detail the dashboard’s instruments.

Almost all of the parts fit snugly without glue. I secured one headlight lens and Scooby-Doo with super glue.

The stickers are stiff, so they didn’t conform to the some of the vehicle’s complex curves, and are wont to peel up around the edges.

I had a blast building the Mystery Machine. Will I build another? You bet. Bravo to Polar Lights!


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