General footnote - 'Member the Fujimi and Revell 430s, where the Japanese kit wiped the floor with the German one and then Fujimi's Scuderia trounced them both? Yeah... NO, this time around. One might swipe the wheel and tire package from the Fujimi kit, but Revell's 458 is otherwise far more complete all-'round. If you can find a US version intact, it should come in all-white plastic instead of white & gray as in the RoG. That and some decal variations are probably the chief differences between the two Revell boxings, and maybe price - usually cheaper stateside for the US version, depending on the vendor.
Well, every single one of these has either been superceded by the next generation, or has one well-publicized and waiting in the wings. They were all a little more current when Jada did 'em those six or seven years ago (Shelby or not for the Mustang). Once again, I'll be interested in seeing if Round2's marketing department knows something we don't. Might test one or two on my nephews and my lady's... And '57 - '58 Plymouths, oh man - I like to daydream about my little cottage industry of steel-tooled, styrene-injected body shell corrections, and that one is high on the list. Maybe when I hit the lottery. Sounds like a great way to make a small fortune out of a big one.
Uh-huh, and maybe Steve is also wondering about cross-compatibility between the wagon's cop car parts and the sedan, 'cause the Model King squad car ain't on every street corner in the UK. Which I would guess means the jist of this thread is, oh, pretty much exactly what he was asking. The MK release has about twice the number of service graphic options, by the way, a few of which overlap with the Del Rio's. The wagon still offers a pretty comprehensive decal selection that'd probably work for the sedan. The red lenses for the siren and strobe are the same, too.
To, uh, answer your question, Steve, the radio is nearly identical, close as it can be for apparently not coming from the same mold. The small chrome tree with the strobe, siren, and other bits is identical.
Thanks, Charlie - It shoots a bit better than it really appears, and I have no idea just how accurate the coloring is, but that's just dry-brushing - Tamiya red-brown over a tan or maybe desert yellow base. Monogram's engraving provided the grain highlights for the dry brush to pick up. Not so bad for tooling from a half century ago...
Can't speak with any authority yet, but I believe this kit marks a change in tooling vendors for Moebius, and Chuck Most's shot on the last page seems to show a more polished body mold. Tim does seem to confirm this in his captions, which I'm guessing you can't see if you can't access his review...
Now that's awesome, Dennis! VERY nice. Saw a pretty one in The Rodder's Journal that's had me thinking for a while, but now that Revell's appealing directly to my laziness with a future release, I'm prob'ly gonna wait a bit longer...
We've been warned not to use model body shells as a basis for comparison to gauge a newer release's accuracy. Not to question the authority behind that advice, but as with photo comparisons, my personal experience just differs. The key with body shell comparisons, of course, is that you should establish that the reference body resembles the 1:1 more closely first. It is agreed that the AMT Fairlane has a better resemblance around the wheel arches, so this area is what's compared between it and the Del Rio. Overhead shots:
Because the Revell shell flares instead of scalloping in this area, it catches light at the rear of the wheel arch that the AMT body does not. A look from underneath:
The shells are comparable enough in overall thickness that it's very plain where the rear of Revell's arch swells relative to AMT's, particularly at the outer surface. From this reference, you might gauge the excess with a piece of masking tape:
This was pretty quick and rude, but it gives you a more specific idea of the excess in this area. Viewed strictly in its raw dimension, that's maybe around a millimeter's variation and possibly not worth the filing. Viewed proportionally in scale, there is about an inch's flare out that's not there in the 1:1. Backing out for the big picture, though, the wagon's gross proportions, if anything, look even better than the sedan's in the aggregate.