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Duntov

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Revell (Germany) Mini Cooper 1964 Monte Carlo Rally Winner Review

01 June 2014 - 02:37 PM

Hi:

 

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--)

 

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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 --

 

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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 ---

 

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The main roof top is in white --- nice given that the real thing is white as well ---

 

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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 --!!!

 

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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!!!!)

 

Regards

Bill (Duntov)


63 Big Tank Corvette Club Racer

11 May 2014 - 04:15 PM

This is a simple build of the Revell 63 Corvette Coupe snap kit ---

 

I scratch built a big tank and added wheels and tires from the old AMT Ertl 49 Olds die cast bank........

 

I used some old parts box head lights in place of the grille and blacked out what would have been the stainless steel window trim to represent a car that had the trim removed for racing --- a common practice ---

 

Seat belts are made from wine bottle tin and the fire extinguisher from an AMT 40 Ford kit has been added --- BMF is used for the cookie sheets and wiper arms ---

 

Wind wings, emblems and door handles are hand painted using chrome paint extracted from a calligraphy pen and brushed on ---

 

The positraction label and jacking instructions are photo copies of the real labels reduced to 1:25 ----

 

Since the basic kit is an A/C car I reworked the dash to represent a radio and heater delete car ---

 

The decals are from Gopher Racing ----  

 

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1937 Ford Street Rod

24 February 2014 - 01:05 PM

Hi:

 

The build is simple---and so it is one of my favorites --- ( I seem to have a lot of favorites lately!!!)

 

A combination of the Revell 37 Ford street rod (coupe) and a few other kits --

 

The chassis is from the 40 Ford Street rod convertible -- I eased the rear portion of the front fender wells on the 37 to get the wheel base to "appear" to be correct... I used the 40 Ford stock seat and the flat head and exhaust system from the kit.  I added aftermarket heads, a Parks wired distributor and some over sized but nice Weber carbs from the now ancient AMT 63 Corvette with some added venturi's from brass tube and scratch built intake---(the flat head is improbable but hey it looks good---to me any way) radiator hoses are made from soft bead tubing and the wheels and tires are from the Revell 65 Chevrolet pick up kit...  pretty simple stuff really --- door panels are scratch built utilitarian style as is the single wiper blade and arm--- the license plate is made from wine bottle tin and an old California black plate kit decal and last but not least the exhaust tips are made from chrome sprue drilled out and painted flat black on the inside----that's it ---  take a look--- hope you enjoy..

 

(Maybe the front end needs nerf bars???  I had a limited customization budget back in 1967 - when I would have built this thing in 1:1!!!!   :o)

 

Regards

Bill (Duntov)

 

Front --

 

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Engine views----

 

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Interior ---

 

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Tamiya 911 (older) Any Reviews or Information?

12 December 2013 - 10:58 AM

HI:

 

Does anyone have any input or reviews on the older Tamiya 911 Porsche kit?

 

I know this is a curb-side but beyond that ---- not much ---

 

Any first had experience and or build notes would be helpful -----

 

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Thanks!!!

 

Regards

Bill (Duntov)