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Italeri Ford Transit Mk2

Ford Transit Mk2
Italeri No. 368
Model Type: Injection-molded
Molded Colors: White, black, clear
Scale: 1/24
MSRP: $27.00
Pros: Glass fit well; full frame, even though kit is a curbside
Cons: Driver’s-side door would not always stay closed; sink mark on right-rear corner of body
This is a reissue (multiple times and variations by Esci) of a second- generation Transit Mk2 of no specific year but ranging from 1978-1986.

It is a relatively simple curbside kit, but it does have opening front doors and rear gate. It can be built as left- or right-hand drive, and has an optional front spoiler.

It is molded in white for the body parts, black for the rest, plus clear windows and semisoft tires.

The parts count is 77, including five tires and alternate dashboard. The tires are rubberlike Pirellis with an aggressive tread and full sidewall detail.

The instructions do their job, but are somewhat dated in appearance.

The decals are well done, and provide for a British Gas Southern or a basic, generic version. Eleven sets of European license plates are included, as well as gauges for the dash and the exterior badging.

The side stripes fit well, but making a 1/8 inch slit between the green and blue where they go over the door hinges prior to application helps a lot. The decals responded well to a mild setting solution.

The body needed some standard cleanup. There was a sink mark in the right-rear corner that required filler, but the rest of the mold lines were not objectionably heavy, and were easily handled with 400- to 600-grit wet-sanding.

However, on the doors there are sink marks on the outsides along the jambs that run around inside the perimeters. I did not try to fix those.

The three doors that are hinged fit pretty well, but the front doors are a bit floppy when opened, and the driver’s- side door would not always stay closed along the bottom edge. Normally I would cement the doors closed, and that would fix that minor issue.

The rest of the parts fit together well, and many of them don’t even need cement. Flash is present in some places, but it’s not excessive and is quite manageable.

The glass, and especially the windshield, fit great. Even though it is a curbside, it has a full frame, plus exhaust and suspension parts. The steering is posable. The interior is a bit Spartan, but is representative of a work van.

I chose to build the model as shown on the box art (I have a preference blue- and-white vehicles).

I could not find any photos of a 1:1 British Gas Truck counterpart on line, so I followed the directions and trusted the color recommendations. I painted it with Testor’s PLA enamel for the white, and Model Master French Blue.

It is an easy-to-build kit, with no real problems regarding fit. The mild sink marks around the doors are not even that noticeable after they are painted.

It would a great starting point for an outfitted service vehicle, if someone was inclined to add the details


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