Went to the HS today and this kit caught my eye ---
It is the Revell (Germany) Mini Cooper 1964 Monte Carlo Rally winner kit -- (You probably know the one--)
This is the Paddy Hopkirk 1964 Monte Carlo Winner --- Google that for more info ---
The kit overall is very nice --- I was impressed to say the least ---
The instruction sheet (---ah --- Instruction book!!) Is clear and well done --- painting guide is good but study the real thing for a better representation.
Some minor flash here and there but nothing to get your shorts in a twist ---
One more item --- as I have said === this is a small model and getting parts off of the frets will require patience and a VERY sharp knife --- work slowly here for best results---
Two chrome frets are very well done as are the four (very small tires) this car is modeled in 1:24 and is STILL very diminutive!!!!
About the tires --- they are small - no-name black walls --- with excellent tread pattern --- and could be used as is with no dull coat --- your choice --
Some parts are molded in grey and some in white --- the main frets (two in total) are all in white ---
This is a typical Revell multi-part interior build up --- nice for painting and detailing ---
The main roof top is in white --- nice given that the real thing is white as well ---
The body casting --- one piece --- is very well done -- has some minimal flash here and there but very nice --
A bit schizophrenic as the hood is cast in white --- but oh well --- still quite nice overall!!!!
Once you get your hands on this part (the body) you can see how small this car really is -- both in 1:1 and in scale !!!!
This was a VERY small automobile --!!!
The decal sheet is nothing short of stunning --- the numbers, Monte Carlo logos and gauge sets are all just excellent --- and all of the parts needed to build the 1964 Monte Carlo winner are included ----that means a lot of lights --- seven on the front clip alone and a roof mounted spot light to round it all out!!!! ---- one possible item is missing -- seat belts --- again check your references and act accordingly ---
This is a RHD car so it will be a great addition to your rows and rows of yank inspired LHD cars!!!!!
I did not do a photo of the glass but those parts are again VERY well done ---reasonably thin and include the trim pieces molded in place---you can expect to spend some time here with your BMF to represent the chrome trim on those parts ---
Do be careful prepping the body as there are several lines and panels here and there that DO NOT need to be removed --- they are in fact part of the real car ---SO be careful in that regard ---check your references --- they are plentiful!!! SO NO EXCUSES!!!!!
The "little" engine is comprised of only a few basic parts (fifteen by my count) but with some attention to detail; wiring, plumbing, painting etc etc -- should yield a nice representation of the real thing ---maybe some parts box weber carbs??? Again check your references --- Webers would look good but might not be entirely accurate---
I am NOT going to get into rivet counting and mindless measuring here --- this is a quality kit and should build up very well --- a real winner for the detail painting crowd... a great kit out of the box to replicate the 1964 Monte Carlo winner --- with some attention to detail this thing should be a real winner!!!-----------TAKE YOUR TIME here!!!!!!!!!!
Go grab one --- I think it is worth it big time!!! Glad to have this one in my collection ---!!! (and I am a CORVETTE bigot!!!!)