Kit Reviews

Revell 1969 Camaro SS/RS Convertible 2 ‘n 1

85-4929-lg1969 CAMARO SS/RS CONVERTIBLE 2 ‘n 1 Revell #4929
VERSIONS: Stock, Street
MOLDED COLORS: White, Clear, Red Clear, Chrome Plated
SCALE: 1/25
MSRP: $21.98 USD
REISSUE

ENGINE:
The 25-piece big-block Chevy represents the RPO L78 version of the 396 with the Cowl Induction ram-air option. This is the same engine that is in Revell’s Yenko Camaro, albeit in that kit it represents the RPO L72 427, which was for the most part externally identical except for identifying decals. Tooled in the 1989-90 timeframe, the mill features the then standard Monogram practice of molding the oil pan as part of the block halves. The rest of the engine is in newer R-M style, with almost all parts being separate components. Highlights include the separate oil filter, fuel pump, distributor with molded-in vacuum ad- vance, ignition coil, oil filter, two-piece open-element air cleaner, and two-piece Holley 4-barrel carburetor. Two two-piece four-into-one tubular Hooker-style exhaust headers are the only exhaust system in the kit, a holdover from the Yenko. Most Camaro convertibles did not come with factory installed headers; they came with cast iron exhaust manifolds. These can be found in Revell’s stock ‘67 Chevelle SS396, ‘68 Corvette convertible, or ‘69 Yenko Nova or COPO Nova kits. You’ll have to scratchbuild exhaust extensions to meet the main pipes, but that’s not hard to do. Decals are provided for the valve covers (Ton- awanda engine plant #1) and air cleaner. Properly painted, wired, and detailed, this engine can be a real standout. Take the time to give it the TLC it deserves.

CHASSIS:
If you’ve built any of the Revell or Monogram 1990s-vintage ‘69 Camaros, what’s here will be very familiar to you. The basic chassis is nicely done with good engraving throughout, and features the front subframe, wheel housings, and gas tank molded in place, with a separate front crossmember/ engine mount. Front suspension is a five-piece assembly with separate upper A-arms and steering box, with a simplified one-piece lower unit comprising lower control arms, spindles, and tie rod. Rear suspension is a six-piece unit with separate springs and shocks. The two-piece separate exhaust system is the rare Walker chambered unit that has been in every Monogram and Revell ’69 Camaro since the Monogram 1/12 scale Z-28 kit debuted in 1989 and yes, again, the tips must be drilled out so as not to look solid. Though considered a muscle car rarity and therefore collectible, the reality is that the Walker system did not work as well as expected, being loud enough to be a nuisance on the street instead of uplifting the sounds of power–and it was dropped from the option list, replaced by a normal dual exhaust system. The exhaust pipes from Revell’s ‘69 Nova or ‘68 Firebird can be adapted here with minimal fuss. Under the hood, there’s quite a bit of detail, with separate radiator braces, firewall with two-piece master cylinder and brake booster, five-piece radiator assembly with separate hood latch/striker plate, and a clear washer fluid bottle. WHEELS AND TIRES: For the stock version, plated Chevy five-slot Rally wheels ride on no-name (once upon a time, Goodyear Polyglas) black vinyl tires. For the street version, there are two-piece 19” curved spoke billet wheels, riding on no-name black vinyl low-profile tires with good tread detail.

INTERIOR:
The kit’s interior represents the up-level custom interior with the houndstooth upholstery pattern. The basic bucket has the rear seat molded in place with ashtrays on the arm rests and proper droptop dog legs flanking the boot well. The separate side panels feature excellent 3-D detailing. The two-piece front buckets feature delicate texturing on the seat cushion surfaces. A real plus here is that the houndstooth insert patterns are on the decal sheet and are printed as black patterns on a transparent background, giving one the ability to not only do the orange seats of the ‘69 Pace Car, but any other Camaro droptop interior in nearly any other color (black interiors had black houndstooth on white cushion backgrounds, for example). The dash is a three-piece as- sembly with excellent engraving and decalized instrument faces, HVAC controls, radio face, dash emblem, and a tiny odometer decal! The console is a separate component with separate plated shifter–decals are provided for the four console gauge faces and the shift pattern plate.

BODY:
The basic one-piece body is very well done and captures the character of the real car well. Engraved on the body are Camaro, 396, and SS emblems, and unlike the coupe kits, the droptop’s side gills have finely molded trim outlines that will require some careful finessing with the chrome foil of your choice. The one-piece grille represents the Rally Sport style with hidden headlights–the not so great thing about this is that the entire unit (grille, surround, and headlight doors) are molded as a single chrome piece. On the real car, the surround is body color, and the headlight doors have three clear inserts that were meant to allow the headlights to be seen if the doors didn’t open. What this means for the modeler is careful painting. Using some acrylic clear in the headlight doors will simulate the inserts decently. The SS emblem in the center of the grille is of the wrong style; the letters are too square. Fortunately, correct SS emblems are provided on the decal sheet–carefully filing the molded emblem away and using the decal will suffice. Using the three dimensional photoetched one from The Model Car Garage’s ‘69 Camaro detail set would work even better. If you desire a standard (exposed headlight) grille, you can swap one in from any of the Rev- ell Camaro hardtop kits–note that the headlight reflectors for that grille are on the kit’s chrome sprue, another holdover from the Yenko kit. There are two sets of taillights on the red clear sprue–Rally Sport style with an additional horizontal trim bar, and baseline Camaro without the trim bar. A nicely textured boot cover is also included, but surprisingly, there is no up top, despite the fact that a rear window is included on the clear sprue! For those wanting said up-top, it’s avail- able from Time Machine Resin. The hood is the Cowl Induction style with good underside detail, and a separate cold air plenum attachment. The rear mounted flags for the Pace Car are still on the sprues, should you wish to duplicate the white-and-orange ‘69 Indy Pace Car or one of its replicas. The wipers, outside and inside mirrors, and door handles are separate chrome pieces. DECALS: On the kit’s rather large decal sheet, in addition to the items described previously, are hood and deck striping, side “hockey stick” stripes, and wheel well accent striping in black or white, SS emblems in black outline for grille and taillight panel, Camaro, 396, and Camaro SS emblems in silver, a USA-1 plate, two blue California 593 ACW plates, and two black California ZRS 689 plates.

OTHER:
The instruction sheet features a chart of correct factory paint codes for 1969 Camaros, and a detailed explanation of how to use the proper striping decals in what combination.

Monogram 1970 Plymouth Road Runner

RoadRunnerMonogram 1970 Plymouth Road Runner #0892
Note: Our kit review model was built by Damian Fontes.
Visit the Model Cars web site at www.modelcarsmag.com and click on Kit Reviews to see more photos.
VERSIONS: Stock
MOLDED COLORS: White, Clear, Chrome Plated
SCALE: 1/24
MSRP: $16.98 USD
REISSUE

ENGINE:
The 17-piece engine represents a 440 Wedge with the Six Barrel intake option. Considering the age of the tooling, the fit isn’t exactly perfect; however, a small amount of putty and a bit of sanding here and there will fix this. The fan belt, alternator, and fan are all somewhat undersized and would be best replaced for accuracy’s sake–the spares box, and some good photographs of the actual engine, will help here. Additionally, the air cleaner, alternator, and valve covers are all chrome plated, and the factory stock originals weren’t, so removing the plating and painting these parts is all important. Another “need to fix” is the hol- low rear to the oil filter unit attached to the front cover. Decals are provided for the air cleaner’s 440 SIX BARREL logo and a Mopar stripe for the oil filter. Built and detailed, with the few fixes as noted above, the engine looks pretty good.

CHASSIS:
This is typical “Monogram simplified” and is identical to the chassis in their 1982-vintage ‘70 GTX kit and the 1995-vintage ‘70 Superbird. The basic chassis pan has good engraving throughout and has the front A-arms and gas tank molded in place. Front suspension is a simplified one-piece unit that includes the torsion bars. Rear suspension is also a simplified one-piece unit, with the exhaust system molded in. Since the exhaust pipes attach to the rear axle in a very unrealistic manner, simply removing these and gluing them directly to the chassis yields a more realistic installation. The squarish exhaust tips need to be carefully hollowed out to look like anything but a block of solid plastic. The underhood area/engine bay is molded to the body, with a separate radiator wall and radiator. Molded to the engine bay are the battery, expansion tank, and washer fluid reservoir, while a separate master cylinder attaches to the firewall.

WHEELS AND TIRES:
There are two wheel options, both chrome plated. Stock Magnum 500 five-spoke cast types, same as the aforementioned GTX and Superbird kits, or a set of mid-1970s-style Mopar slotted steel wheels with 1970-71-style dog dish hubcaps. Though some ‘70 Road Runners did come from the factory with steelies and dog dishes, these aren’t the right kind. Missing Link Resin Casters offers a set of 1/24 scale steelies and corrected dog dish hubcaps for Revell and Monogram 1/24 scale 1970-71 Plymouths that are far more accurate. Tires are four black vinyl no-names (former Goodyear Steel Belted Radials). Optional on ‘70 Road Runners were Mopar’s Rallye wheels, and if that’s your pleasure, grab a set from the Revell (or Monogram) ‘70 Challenger T/A, ‘71 Hemi ‘Cuda, or ‘71 Plymouth GTX.

INTERIOR:
This is the star of this kit. When R-M planned this upgrade from the 1982-vintage GTX kit, they decided to tool up a whole new state-of-the-art bench seat interior, and the execution of this is very good indeed. The basic in- terior only has the rear seat and package shelf molded in place. Side panels are separate and have superb three-dimensional detailing. Upholstery engraving on the side panels, rear seat, and two-piece front seat is nothing short of excellent. The dash is as the original GTX (and Superbird) with decent engraving and the steering column molded in place. The steering wheel (with delicately molded horn ring) is separate. Also separate is a complete hanging pedal assembly and a chromed pistol grip floor shifter. Decals are provided for the two main gauge faces, but the instruction sheet mistakenly identifies them as part numbers; the numbers actually refer to indicators for these items on the decal sheet.

BODY:
What is here is for all intents and purposes the same body as the 1982-vintage GTX, albeit with the GTX scripts removed. R-M did a good job on the body; the shapes are all there, and it doesn’t look clunky. At the front is a new grille, correct for the Road Runner, with separate clear headlight lenses, and a chromed front bumper with two tiny clear turn signal/running light lenses. Note the L-shaped projections on the front bumper, which are rubberized on the actual car and should be carefully painted accordingly. The rear end has a sepa- rate taillight panel with two plated taillights (Tamiya’s Clear Red makes quick work of these), and a separate plated rear bumper. Note there are no separate clear backup light lenses as there are with the ‘70 GTX kit–those were excised with the Superbird release. The hood gives you the option of mounting the Air Grabber scoop in the open or closed position; the open scoop has the requisite decals for its sides. Dual two-piece plated side mirrors complete the exterior.

DECALS:
Included on the all-new, matte finished(!) decal sheet, in addition to those previously mentioned, are front and rear side marker lenses, PLYMOUTH block letters for the rear panel and a Road Runner script for the grille in silver, lock cylinders in silver, the black panels and striping for the hood and cowl, 440+6 logos for the hood sides, a 440 logo for the rear of the hood bulge (this is the first time that this identifying feature of 1970 Plymouth B-bodies has been done in any kit), stock Road Runner side striping and logos in yellow, rear Road Runner stripes in your choice of black, white, or yellow, two 1970-vintage Plymouth Rapid Transit System logos, a white Plymouth billboard, two red/ pink/yellow custom side stripes and two matching stripes for the hood and cowl, two PLYMOUTH MAKES IT plates (one with yellow lettering, one with blue lettering), two Illinois 440 SIX plates, and two Wisconsin 16441 plates.

Moebius Hudson Hornet

Moebius Hudson Hornet, by Bill Coulter and Len Carsner

Bill Coulter and Len Carsner put together this article featuring the new Moebius Hudson Hornet, that was featured in the October 2011 issue of Model Cars Magazine.

Enjoy!

Simil’R Model Company

SIMIL’R MODEL COMPANY

Simil’R Models is a new model car company from France, and they sent a few of their new kits.

The first one is the Pescarolo Judd 01, in 1/24 scale.

This model is fantastic! It may only be curbside, but the details, quality of the plastic, fit, and the Cartograf decals are top-notch. I am building this one first, since it’s the easiest, and am waiting for the correct Pescarolo Blue color before I continue. I’ll update this article along the way. check out Similr.fr You can also get the Simil’R kits from M&S Hobbies and Strada Sports

AMT 2012 Corvette Convertible

AMT’s new 2012 Corvette Convertible is out, and your humble editor spent a little time on this basic promo-style model kit.

It went together well, and the ScaleFinishes.com Lamborghini Orange paint job really made this model stand out.

 

Revell’s Bass Pro Shops Sprint Car

 

Revell has released a slightly modified version of the Monogram Sprint Car from 1987. The major changes are the newer Gambler style of two-piece body  work, the newer style of top frame rails, and newer rims. Everything is pretty much the same from 1987.

Our thanks go out to Damian Fontes for building up this review sample for us. Mahalo nui loa, Damian!

 

Revell Audi R8 Spyder

85-4940-lgAUDI R8 SPYDER Revell #4940
VERSIONS: Stock
MOLDED COLORS: White, Clear, Satin Plated
SCALE: 1/24 MSRP: $21.99 USD
NEW TOOL

ENGINE:
The 5.7 liter V-10 is represented here by a 19-piece assembly. Overall engraving level on the components is very good, better than many recent toolings from Revell of Germany (from whom this kit originates.) The six-piece engine cover obscures most of that fine detail from view, as does its mid-engine placement. No less than seven decals adorn different areas of that engine cover, which is a very nice touch indeed.

CHASSIS:
As with most supercars today, the chassis builds off an aerodynamic pan and the R8 is no exception. The pan has the lower A-arms of both front and rear suspensions molded in place and features excellent underside detailing. All four wheel housings are separate from the pan unit. Front suspension is an eight-piece assembly with poseable steering, and the rear suspension is a six-piece unit with fine coilover detail. The all-wheel-drive aspect of the R8 is replicated well here, though it wouldn’t be seen unless the body was removed. Detailed disc brakes with caliper detail are at all four corners, and you have a choice of Audi or R8 logos to adorn the calipers. The exhaust system is part of the engine unit, and is nicely done, with separate plated exhaust tips that only need some black paint inside to deepen the visual impact.

WHEELS AND TIRES:
Plated five-spoke Audi cast wheels with separate plated spiders ride on black vinyl big-and-little no-name wide low profile tires with excellent tread detail.

INTERIOR:
The interior bucket has the console and rear wall molded in place. Side panels are separate and have very good armrest representations. The seats are two-piece, with fine engraved detail representations of the side seat adjustment controls. The dash is a four-piece unit with separate instrument hood, column (with stalks), and flat-bottomed steering wheel. Dash engraving is first rate, and no less than nine decals adorn it, including gauges, multifunc- tion panel, and horn button. Separate detail parts include shifter, brake lever, console trim, and hanging pedal unit (with dead pedal footrest.)

BODY:
The R8 Spyder isn’t just a coupe with its roof whacked off; it’s a whole new body design, captured very well here. The one piece body has the front fascia molded in as well as the characteristic louvers on the rear deck. Those louvers and the side scoops are molded open. At the front are a separate plated grille (Euro-style) with Euro-style license plate, two five-piece headlight units with separate lens covers and reflectors, separate louvered gills, and a chromed Audi four-rings logo. At the rear is a separate fascia panel with separate rear trim panel containing louvered gills, Euro-style license plate, clear taillight lenses backed by deep chrome bezels (get that transparent red paint out, folks), rear spoiler lip, clear high mounted center brake light lens (transparent red again!), gas cap, and another chrome Audi rings logo. The side scoops have blanking plates, and this as well as all other open scoop, louvered, and gill areas have decalized black grille mesh. Two-piece side mirrors have plated faces, and the wipers are delicate separate pieces also. The rear engine hood has excellent underside engraving and is hinged at the front end. Optional is an up-top with clear rear window and optional clear side windows. The windshield frame is molded to the body but has a separate inner liner panel with overhead spotlight engraving and decalized light lenses. The windshield itself has the area to be painted semigloss black clearly marked out for masking, with a separate rear view mirror. All clear parts are very thin and distortion-free.

DECALS:
In addition to what we’ve already mentioned, the extensive decal sheet also includes all three mirror faces, wheel centers, R8 and V10 logos in silver, amber turn signal areas for the taillights, and your choice of Euro-style license plates–white and black SPYDER, black and white Audi rings, Netherlands 11-DOA-1, France SP-313-DR, Italy BO 525 PS, Great Britain R313 FST, and Germany IN R 8101.

AMT 2011 Chevy Camaro Convertible

AMT757AMT 2011 CHEVY CAMARO CONVERTIBLE  #AMT-757
VERSIONS: Stock
MOLDED COLORS:White, Clear, Black Vinyl, Chrome Plated
SCALE: 1/25 MSRP: $19.99 USD
MODIFIED REISSUE

ENGINE:
None. This is a curbside model, actually an unassembled promo.

CHASSIS:
As was the case with the companion coupe kit/promo, the basic chassis pan has the engine, transmission lowers, and drive shaft sections molded in place as well as highly simplified versions of the independent front and rear suspensions. These last items are not quite 100% scale accurate, as they had to allow for the two straight metal axles that attach the wheels and tires to the chassis. Overall detail on the pan is a tad on the soft side. The exhaust system is separate, consisting of a one-piece twin-pipe unit, two mufflers/resonators, and two separate exhaust pipes with hollowed-out tips. Separate also is the transmission support, exhaust pipe support, and (unique to the convertible) front and rear cross bracing. Four disc brakes with caliper detail attach to the chassis and act as guides to insert the wheel bosses. Of note here also is that the chassis does not attach to the body by means of metal screws–a real plus point for the traditionalists among us.

WHEELS AND TIRES: Four 20” Camaro SS five-spoke cast-type wheels ride on big-and-little no-name low profile unidirectional tread tires. The instruction sheet points out how to mount the tire tread properly.

INTERIOR:
The interior floor does not have a rear plate and, unlike the coupe kit, no package shelf. All pedals are molded to the interior floor, and the lack of a third pedal indicates an automatic transmission-equipped car. The side panels are separate, have good three-dimensional detailing, and are bolstered at the rear for the convertible dog legs. There is no detail on the door-mounted speaker grilles; however, this can easily be rectified by the use of photoetched pieces or decal material from aftermarket sources. As is the norm for Round2, the front and rear seats are both molded in black vinyl and, as mentioned before in this column in other Round2/AMT curbside promo kit reviews, will require special treatment in painting as standard model paints don’t stick very well to vinyl. The console is separate, as is the shifter and parking brake lever. The dash is very well done, with decalized instruments and radio/multifunction panel.

BODY:
The one-piece body has the convertible boot molded in place. Mounting to this are separate front and rear fascias, a separate rear spoiler lip, a separate clear high mounted brake light, a separate tiny satellite antenna, and a separate hood. The front fascia has the SS scoop molded in, and to which attach the grille, headlight bezels and separate clear lenses, and two tiny clear fog light lenses. The rear diffuser is molded into the rear fascia, and four clear taillight lenses (that need to be treated to a coat or two of transparent red) attach here. There are two separate “elephant ear” side mirrors that will need their faces covered with your favorite chrome foil. The windshield has the wipers molded in place, is thin and very clear, and attach from the outside of the car with tiny pin locators–care should be taken here so as not to break them.

DECALS:
Included on the smallish decal sheet are Z28 striping in black or white, CAMARO scripts, SS scripts for the grille, rear deck, and headrests, gold Chevy bowties for front and rear, a small CAMARO logo for the horn button, a black CAMARO plate, and a Michigan BCF 7714 plate. Spares are given for the instruments, radio/multifunction panel, SS logos, CAMARO scripts, and horn emblem. The decals are matte (not glossy) and this will be problematic in one area: the Z-style striping. These should be carefully cut away from the clear car- rier and applied separately to avoid any silvering issues after clear coating. OTHER: As with all recent Round2/AMT “Showroom Replicas” kits, no less than six instruction sheets are included in the box–in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, and Portuguese!

Revell 2010 Camaro SS

2010camaro ss2010 CAMARO SS Revell #4239
VERSIONS: Custom
MOLDED COLORS: White, Clear, Red Clear, Chrome Plated
SCALE: 1/25
MSRP: $23.99 USD
NEW TOOL

ENGINE:
The 21-piece engine is an excellent representation of the LS3 V8 and six-speed automatic transmission as found in the real Camaro SS, with superb engraving detail throughout. High points include the pulley faces molded open where needed, the two-piece injector plenum and engine cover, and the separate plug-on-coil ignition units. Revell even provide decals for the fan belt unit, oil filler cap, and air cleaner! Built, the mill looks nothing short of fantastic.

CHASSIS:
The basic chassis pan has excellent engraving detail. The licensing and copyright notices are raised lettering and placed where they can easily be removed by the modeler; the outer frame rails and the space below the rear suspension. Front suspension is a seven-piece affair building up off of a separate cradle and featuring separate McPherson strut units and steering rack. Rear suspension is a 15-piece assembly (remember, the Camaro has independ- ent rear suspension) with separate trailing links, three-piece differential, and coilovers. Solid face disc brakes with large calipers can be found on all fours, with decalized Brembo logos in red for the calipers. The exhaust system is a six-piece assembly that features custom styled chrome exhaust tips for the custom version and real turned aluminum exhaust tips for the stock version. The engine compartment is very well catered to, the inner fenders being molded as part of the interior unit, featuring excellent shock tower and fuse box detail. Attaching to this are a two-piece radiator with twin electric fans and a firewall with a separate brake booster unit. Decals are provided for the brake booster, radiator, and striker plate. Note that the rear wheels attach via an AMT-style metal axle, while the fronts attach via metal pins.

WHEELS AND TIRES:
Both wheel options are 20” and chromed. The stock version is five-spoke cast Camaro factory wheels, while the custom version uses a five-spoke fluted design. Both use the same set of low-profile black vinyl no-name tires with excellent tread detail.

INTERIOR:
The interior shell is platform-style, with only the rubber floormat and footrest pedal molded in place. Side panels are separate, with very good three- dimensional detailing. Note that the upper contrast area is polished out while the rest of the panel is in a satin finish. Front bucket seats are two-piece units with detailed backs, matching the one-piece rear seat. The console assembly has a separate gauge panel, shifter, and brake lever. Moving to the dash, this has the gas and brake pedals in hanging mode, and has excellent engraving and a molded clear cover for the gauge faces. Attaching to this are a steering column with twin stalks, and the iconic Camaro steering wheel. Decals are supplied for the headrests, console gauges, main gauge faces, horn button, and speaker grilles.

BODY:
R-M nailed the iconic Camaro shape. The one piece body has front and rear fascias as well as rocker panels molded in place. The breakdown of the front grille/lights assembly is interesting, with separate chromed bezels for each attaching to the backside of the grille unit (which encompasses upper and lower grilles, neither of which are molded open, however) and an optional custom front air dam. At the rear is again a unique method for the taillights, with a transparent red strip including the lenses backed by twin chrome bezels, and your choice of the stock diffuser or a custom one with aero extensions. Also optional are custom aero side skirts. The hood is hinged and has excellent underside detail. Separate pieces include door handles, two-piece side mirrors, and rear spoiler. The one-piece main transparency has the windshield and rear window as well as something of a headliner with overhead console detail and twin sun visors. Areas on both windows to be painted in semigloss black are frosted. There are four raised circular mold marks on this that will need to be removed as they are quite prominent. Two small rear side windows also have frosted areas to assist with painting.

DECALS:
On the decal sheet, in addition to what’s already been mentioned, are Z28-style hood and deck striping in black or white, custom hood and deck strip- ing in black, two “hockey stick” side stripes in black, black areas for the side windows, gold Chevy bowties for front and rear, CAMARO and SS scripts, front and rear side marker light lenses, two black and silver SS plates, one Michigan CAMARO plate, and two Illinois K59 787 plates.