Posted 17 July 2009 - 08:54 AM
What we have here appears to be yet another plastic rendition of a die cast Revell product (the Vanishing Point die cast release, perhaps).
That means you get those fat metal axles fore and aft, thick, clunky molded-in hood hinges, thick body castings, and a few self-tapping screws in strategic places. Now, most of this stuff is well hidden once the model is built up, but many guys out there (and possibly many girls as well, I suppose) really hate these ex-diecast styrene kits. I don't have that mindset- I try to focus on what the kit is, not what it WAS.
The kit is listed as 1:25 scale. I don't have the measurements or anything to the 1:1 Challenger, but comparing the Revell body to the AMT '70 Challenger and to the Lindberg (ex Palmer) '72, the Revell part is significantly larger, looking more like a 1:24 kit by comparison. So Revell, AMT, or Palmer/Lindberg was lying or being lazy when they did their drafts, it would appear! The body also is a bit slab-like along it's flanks, another die-cast tooling hallmark, although here it's not as bad as it could have been. All in all, even if the scale is a bit off, and she's a bit slab-sided, what is there looks good and in proprotion.
My favorite feature is the non-shaker hood, a first in plastic kit form, if I recall. After years of nothing but shaker-equipped Challenger models, this one feature is a breath of fresh air. Oddly, the taillamps are molded clear, but sprayed in transparent red at the factory- first time I've ever seen THAT!
Other than the minor concessions to it's former life as a die cast unit (axles, screws, etc.), the engraving is really nice, and the level if detail is acceptable, if not quite up to the level of, say, the Black Widow or Nova kits of late. I've seen this one built up, and know it can be a nice replica stocker. The fact that it once was a die-cast is actually a boon in that it pretty much ensures an easy, logical build. I think mine will end up as a Resto Mod, though- late model Viper drivetrain, or possibly the 6.1 Hemi from the '09 Challenger.
Maybe it's not a detail freak's cup of tea, but I think it would be perfect for somebody who is a modeling novice, or for a more experienced modeler after a quick weekend project that still builds into a satisfying result.