What You Get

There have been 2 other models released by Airfix which tie-in with the Wallace and Gromit shorts, namely the airplane and the motorbike and sidecar, both from "A Close Shave". The release of the "Curse of the Wererabbit" was an obvious place for a followup. And this has been filled by the Antipesto van seen in the film.

Having built the previous two kits (both of which I did for my brother) I would say that while the fit of these was good the plastic used was very soft and the parts very bulky. I was expecting the same with this one and although this is the case the parts seem to be better this time.

The major component is the body of the car, which has been done as a single piece, with a separate floor pan.

One interesting point to notice is that Airfix have built the rust into the moulds as well as some dents. Obviously this is totally out of scale but this is a model of something made out of plastercine, so lets keep some perspective on the matter. I like the idea of this and it will give it that cartoony quality.

The rest of the parts are one several sprues and are moulded in a number of colours. Like Gundam kits they say that you can build it without painting, but unlikely Gundam kits it would look pretty bad if you did that.

The first sprue is the remaining parts of the van itself. Looks like the doors can be positioned to be open if you wanted.

Then, moulded in white, are the majority of the small parts. This includes the exhaust, underside details, interior details and the "arm" which can be put in to turn the starter handle.

Finally, there are the seats, dashboard and the wheels.

There are few clear parts for the windscreen and windows, as well as the siren on the roof.

There are also some chromed parts for the bumpers, grill, wing mirrors and hubcaps. These are all far too shiny for the effect which is wanted. Best thing to do would be to reprimer or strip them and paint them a flat silver. Also they haven't got any dents in them, so grinding some parts to make them more "bented-up" would be a good idea, as seen in the box illustration (which is presumably the one seen in the movie).

The tyres are proper rubber tyres and the axles are metal rods, so I guess you could say this is a multimedia kit (which is pushing it I know).

Our heros have their own sprue each. Both are multi-part (although Gromit is made up of several large, solid pieces) and my guess would be that they will require quite a bit of filling.

The heads are moulded separately in a softer plastic (could be vinyl?) which probably allows better detail to be captured.

The instructions are pretty good, obviously aimed at allowing children to build this comfortably, although I found the numbers confusing as these give colours and parts. Would have been better to use letters and numbers instead.

And there is a nice big decal sheet, which seems to include alternative number plates (not sure why?).

The final thing to mention about this kit is that it comes with all the paints required for the build and a brush and glue. Sorry about the picture, it's washed out with flash. Most "non-child" modellers will no doubt ditch these and go for their Tamiya or Humbrol paints instead, but they make a handy guide when trying to get the right shades.


This should be quite fun to build and gives an excuse to watch the movie again. At the (original) price of £19.99 it's a good one to do with the kids perhaps and not worry that all the panel lines are correct, the colours the right Pantone shade and the decals perfectly aligned.

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