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Pardon my ignorance - are these the same basic kit?

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#1 Monty


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Posted 12 August 2012 - 03:25 AM

I saw this at Hobby Lobby the other day. I guess I still think it's weird to see a 1/25 scale Monogram kit, let alone one with a skill rating of 3.
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Is it basically the same as this? The wheels look just like the ones in the Monogram kit. For some reason the skill rating on this one is only 2.
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Or this? I thought the most current Bel Air hardtop tooling was based on the '55 convertible Revell released about a decade or so ago. The Hot Rod series cars were released in the '80s, weren't they? Somebody at Revellogram really likes those blankity-blank bumper guards... :angry:
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Posted 12 August 2012 - 03:38 AM

Yes, the top two are the same basic kit. They are based on the Bel Air convertible kit. The Hot Rod kit is a reissue of the Sixties-era Revell kit with opening doors etc. The Hot Rod kits were first released around 1986.

Edited by Don Sikora II, 12 August 2012 - 03:39 AM.

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Posted 12 August 2012 - 10:22 AM

What Don said. The Monogram box is the newest version of the top two. This is part of Revell's mysterious plan to sell pretty much everything that is a straight reissue as a Monogram kit. It looks like universally all of the Fall '12 release list that is straight re-pops of existing tooling (The Buick GSX and '04 Vette Z-06 being the first offerings this month) is being released under the banner "Dream Wheels" in Monogram boxing, even though at least half of those kits are 1:25 Revell kits.

Edited by niteowl7710, 12 August 2012 - 10:23 AM.

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Posted 12 August 2012 - 10:49 AM

The Revell "Hot Rod" kit is a modification of the c. 1965 everything-opens-and-functions kits that included a that' 55, a 1956 2-door sedan with separate trim to make a Bel-Air, 210 or 150 at the builder's discretion, and a 1957 Bel Air sport coupe and Nomad. VERY challenging kits to assemble, but they look good when they're completed.

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Posted 12 August 2012 - 11:26 AM

Monogram switched over to 1:25 for its American subjects in the early '90's- I'm not sure how it is Revell determines their skill level system. It seems to have more to do with parts count than actual difficulty of assembly. I haven't built many Tri-Five Chevy kits, but these newer Monogram-branded kits have never given me any trouble.