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Anyone built the repop Revell now Atlantis 57 Cadillac hardtop ?


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46 minutes ago, StevenGuthmiller said:

The more I look at this kit, the more I wonder why I never finished mine.

Very nicely detailed kit with such features as a quite nicely detailed engine with separate  parts such as valley pan and air conditioning compressor.

A very nicely detailed chassis with a multi piece steerable front suspension with real springs, well detailed rear suspension, (also with real springs) separate exhaust, and 3 piece radiator assembly with shroud and air conditioning parts.

The interior has a bench seat with separate rear seat back with chrome speaker grille, separate door panels, separate power window panels and door handles, and a 3 piece steering wheel/column assembly.

The body has clear lenses for the head lights and back up lights, hood front molding and hinges, separate fin and rocker panel moldings, sun visors, chrome windshield and vent window frames, as well as separate wipers, door handles, bumper bullet cones, clear parking light lenses, and a 2 piece mirror.

 

All in all, a very nicely detailed model!

 

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Steve

I ended up stripping mine as i got fed up with the roof being short. I dont have a better pic of the roof but you can see it on this pic.

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15 hours ago, StevenGuthmiller said:

Don't get hung up on the hardtop vs. convertible thing on this kit.

They are the exact same kit with either a separate up soft top, or a separate hard top, neither of which look good proportionally.

 

Your best bet with this kit is to build the convertible with the top down.

That said, this would be an excellent starter kit!

It's fairly well detailed without being fiddly, it's a little larger at closer to 1/24th scale, and the engineering seems to be pretty good as far as parts fit.

It has a few nice details, such as separate chrome windshield and vent window frames, separate chrome fin moldings, and real springs for the suspension.

It's actually a pretty nice kit.

 

 

 

Steve

Awesome Steve,thanks for the photos !

But those Gunze 1/32 kits look interesting for a quick build too. And they made a 56. But that 58 is striking indeed. I'm starting to get a vision of Cadillacs stacking up in my stash lol !

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11 hours ago, Ace-Garageguy said:

Man, you guys are killing me. Now I'm jonesing for that '58 Eldo.  

I know exactly what you mean Ace ! Now I want to build one for myself,thinking about a his and hers project lol. Course these things aren't inexpensive.

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9 hours ago, Dave G. said:

And they made a 56. But that 58 is striking indeed. I'm starting to get a vision of Cadillacs stacking up in my stash lol !

I have always been pretty impressed with the detail on these old small scale Revell kits from the 50s, although I've never built one.

Although they are multi piece bodies, they look as if they would fit together quite well, and if you assembled the body and then did some filling and sanding, they really shouldn't be any different than a one piece body.

 

The chassis and engines are rudimentary, but still just as good, if not better than most of the early AMT and Johan kits, and the interiors are much better.

I have the '56 Caddy, the '56 Chrysler New Yorker, and the '56 Lincoln Continental, and I really think they would all be great fun to build some day.

 

No glass in most of these kits, but some do include a sheet of thin clear plastic with which to make some glass.

 

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On 6/18/2022 at 12:31 PM, Can-Con said:

Apparently Atlantis Models has also re-released this 1/32 kit too. I see it listed at several on line vendors. I've never had one so I can't say as to the quality but I do think it's another multi-piece body kit.

There's also this Gunze kit in 1/32. Harder to find but it has a 1-peice body and better proportions then the larger Revell/Atlantis kit. I've had their '59 Caddy and these kits are pretty easy to assemble and look good finished.

Image 1 - Plastic Model 1957 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham Scale 1/24 Gunze Sangyo

That would also be my high recommendation.  Yes, it is 1:32 scale and curbside, but it is very cleanly molded, has good proportions, and low parts count.  Chrome is nice, has rubber tires (and metal axles). Due to the smaller scale, it could even be considered as cute. It was a pleasure to build it (back in the '90s).  it was my first model on which I used BMF.

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10 hours ago, peteski said:

That would also be my high recommendation.  Yes, it is 1:32 scale and curbside, but it is very cleanly molded, has good proportions, and low parts count.  Chrome is nice, has rubber tires (and metal axles). Due to the smaller scale, it could even be considered as cute. It was a pleasure to build it (back in the '90s).  it was my first model on which I used BMF.

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Good info, thanks !

BMF in 1/32 must be a bit of a task. I've kind of given myself over to Molotow for now. My go to was always MM Melalizer buffing.

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