Revell '50 Oldsmobile Club Coupe 2'n1
Posted 27 September 2012 - 03:05 PM
Posted 27 September 2012 - 04:10 PM
There are separate sway bars, the coil springs are two pieces, there is a separate x piece for the frame that is installed after the exhaust system, capturing it so that it passes through the hole in the frame like the prototype. Three separate pedals, and nice looking parts all around. It is hard to tell with bare plastic, but I think the roof will need the very slightest amount of sanding to smooth out the headliner pattern. The whole frame is separate from the floorpan, and there are a lot of small fiddly bits in the suspension and steering to keep the detail fanatics happy. Wipers are separate, and there is a lot of underhood and firewall detail. Overall, this a really nice looking kit, and although we will never know how it goes together until we have actually assembled one, it looks like it should all line up pretty well. If the parts fit is as impressive as the detail, we're good.
Posted 27 September 2012 - 04:58 PM
and a view of the body
Posted 27 September 2012 - 05:12 PM
I don't think there is an images/day limit, but I think seven or eight images per post is the limit...and thanks for sharing the pics so far.
Posted 28 September 2012 - 02:23 AM
That hood looks like it fits quite nicely ; looks like it's moulded-shut !
I , too , feel that R-M left the emblems off due to the common practise of builders using photoetch .
Those "glode" emblems are too neat ! I can imagine them being applied to other kits (like , on the hood of , say , Revell's 1956 F-100 , when the kit's engine is replaced by the Rocket engine from this Olds kit !) .
Posted 28 September 2012 - 05:06 AM
Posted 28 September 2012 - 05:14 AM
I am going to grab a 51 Chevy kit or two from the stash today and hold them up next to the olds to see if it will be possible to kitbash the roofs. I know it will take abit of surgery, including some lengthening and widening of the chevy roofs, but if it is possible, that allows us to do the hardtop and fastback versions of this car too. It might also be fairly easy to make a convertable, using a couple of the Chevy parts as the interior is mostly straight lines. I can see this one being hacked into a four door too.
Lucas has a Drag Racing decal sheet, and a few stock car sheets for it. I am sure that a resin caster will do the sedan version, so that we can use the Pan American decals in the kit correctly, and I was even staring at pics of the wagon. It would be a lot of work, but the results would be spectacular. There are seven basic body styles of the 88, plus it could be made as a 76 if the right engine could be found.
So many ideas, so little time...
Posted 28 September 2012 - 05:31 AM
I am sure that a resin caster will do the sedan version
Yep. It was stated earlier in this topic Tom Coolidge is working on the sedan body already.
Posted 28 September 2012 - 05:47 AM
Dave, first, THANX for the photos. Second, could you tell us exactly which emblems have been replaced by decals? Looks like the only ones are the Oldsmobile scripts from what I can tell in the photos. If those are the only ones, I can deal with that. I'm just glad that Revell didn't chop the top on it! I can't wait to get at least a couple of these!
The Oldsmobile lettering on the front and rear of the car and the 88 Rocket emblem on the trunk lid are decals. The globes are on the chrome tree, and look really nice. The rocket logo on the trunk looks like it would be hard to do as a photoetch piece because it is pretty three dimensional. the Oldsmobile lettering would be tough too, as it would have to be done as ten separate letters and applied individually. Really those two items should have been cast right into the body, so that people who wanted to build without them could sand them off. I remember somebody was making metallic transfers that came on a backing sheet once. You laid the transfers on the car while still attached to the backing sheet, so that they all ended up aligned and spaced correctly. That might be the best way to tackle the Oldsmobile lettering.
The 88 numbers on the chrome taillight spears are raised instead of recessed, and there are decals included for them as well. I am not sure how the decals will stick to the raised chrome letters, but it looks like Revell had no real way to reproduce that detail in 1/25 scale. I think a little bit of dry brushing with a VERY steady hand will produce nice results there. THere is a parting line doen the middle of the taillight spear, which would need to be cleaned up if you were building this kit for a contest. Then you would need to get it replated, or use Alclad on it. It will still look pretty nice with the parting lines cleaned off of the lens areas, and the lenses painted in. Between the taillights, the globe emblems, the dash and interior and the hubcaps there is a lot of room for a detail painter to show off their work. Break out the 10/0 brushes and enjoy! I am still trying to decide how I want to build this one.
Posted 28 September 2012 - 08:11 AM
The trans, by the way, is a MANUAL 3 speed, and would be the hot-setup in any hot rod application calling for a side-shift LaSalle gearbox (change the tailshaft housing though, if it's a closed-driveshaft car). Interesting they did the manual box, as most Oldsmobiles came with automatics, even back then.The stock valve covers look great, and even come with the Olds Rocket decals. Kewl.....I've been waiting for a set of these for YEARS. There are nubbular spark-plugs molded-in the cylinder heads that will have to be removed to wire the engine, but on the flip side, the head-bolt detail is beautiful, and all of the engine modeling looks superb. The carb doesn't look spot-on, but I'll have to compare it to the 1:1 we have in the shop before I pass judgment permanantly.
Only thing that doesn't look quite right to me (and I MAY be wrong here) is the lack of taper on the ends of the rear axle housing. The hole in the top of the housing above the chunk (that probably won't show anyway) gets filled with a molded ear on the chunk, but will take a little work to make it clean. The accuracy of the rear end matters to me because it was one of the desirable parts under a lot of hot rods and early drag cars, and I was hoping for a really good one. The tires are just a little too radial-looking and not quite bias-ply-looking enough to be perfect, but they DO look good.
The body tool is obviously complex on this model, judging from the number and location of the parting-lines, and on first, quick inspection it looks to me like they did a fine job. Overall, I'm really happy Revell did this model, and in the hands of a competent builder it can look spectacular.
My first thought when this kit was announced was to do a fastback, and early recon of the AMT Chevy Fleetline (and the hardtop Bel Air) indicate the swaps will be fairly straightforward, as they should be. In 1:1, the Olds and Chevy were based on the same bodyshell, with the primary differences being ahead of the firewall. Hacking commences shortly.
Posted 29 September 2012 - 05:47 AM
Let's get started!
The new 1950 Olds is certainly a welcome release, and one that has been high on builders request list.
Here we see the hood and its hinges, fender skirts, air cleaner assembly, and the floorboard. The chassis is a separate piece.
This tree shows the interior panels, visors, steering wheel, and seat back.
Closeup of the door panel detail
Dash panel and rear seat
This tree has parts for the race version, including the roll bar and rear seat replacement panel
This tree entails most of the engine components
Closeup of one side of the engine and the 3 speed manual transmission
Closer look at the valve covers
Firewall and radiator closeout panels
Edited by Len Carsner, 29 September 2012 - 05:53 AM.
Posted 29 September 2012 - 06:02 AM
Closeup of the wheel detail
Sorry for the poor quality of this image, this shows the chrome tree which includes the 'globe" emblems for the front and rear. The balance of the body markings are on the decal sheet
Besides the stock vehicle markings the decal sheet also includes the markings for two race versions. We'll go into more detail about those two race cars in a future installment
So there you have it, a quick look at what's in the box of this exciting new release. Stay tuned as we build two versions (street and race) and give you tips and advice for your own projects.
Thanks for looking, see you in a couple of days.
Bill Coulter - Len Carsner
Posted 29 September 2012 - 06:24 AM
Posted 29 September 2012 - 09:04 AM
Random thought- Now I'm really beginning to wonder how well some of the existing speed parts for Olds Rocket V8s in old Revell and AMT kits might adapt to this kit's engine.
Posted 29 September 2012 - 09:15 AM
Posted 29 September 2012 - 09:19 AM
Posted 29 September 2012 - 03:36 PM
I've been wanting a new classic Olds mill for rodding projects for some time now.
It was a popular engine back in the day.
Edited by styromaniac, 29 September 2012 - 03:37 PM.
Posted 29 September 2012 - 03:57 PM
I started this thread back in mid April.
Thanks for all the photos & write-ups guys.
Sounds like a Nostagic Rodder's dream come true.
Gotta get me a couple...or three.