1/24 Revell '85 Camaro Z/28

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Does anybody know if Revell has released the 85 camaro yet or have any ideas when they will?

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Its scheduled for release in OCT

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Can't wait for OCT then so I can make a copy of my baby

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85-4015-lg.jpg Ok I was lurking on revells website this morning and saw it is coming out this month it may be shipping as I write this for all I know. Anybody built this car when it came out before? I see it has a whole 48 parts. I assume it is curbside

model. Would that be a correct guess?

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I see it has a whole 48 parts. I assume it is curbside

model. Would that be a correct guess?

It's not a curbside, but it was originally a snap-tite model-- a high end snap-together model-- which has a full, separately molded exhaust system,front and rear suspension, bucket seats, and so on. The engine is a bit simplified, with maybe five parts total, but the dual snorkel intakes and air cleaner are HUGE, so they cover most of what you can see with the hood open.

I guess I'd say this kit is a complex snap-together kit or a semi-simplified glue kit, but the body is very nice, and with basic detail painting and clean assembly, it ends up being a very nice looking model.

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You could also swap in the engine from the 86-87 Monte Carlo, the optional engine is the correct Tuned Port V8 for this car.

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Not out yet, Revell's preferred customers should be getting then around the last week of the month, everyone else about a week or 2 later

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You could also swap in the engine from the 86-87 Monte Carlo, the optional engine is the correct Tuned Port V8 for this car.

The issue lies with the fact this kit was originally released as an '83 Z/28 and had the L-?? induction with the dual snorkel air cleaner. I think there are a few options available in 1/24 as far as TPI is concerned, and Revell is about to reissue the '91 Firebird Formula kit, too.

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I'll be watching my hobby shops closely!

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The issue lies with the fact this kit was originally released as an '83 Z/28 and had the L-?? induction with the dual snorkel air cleaner. I think there are a few options available in 1/24 as far as TPI is concerned, and Revell is about to reissue the '91 Firebird Formula kit, too.

I'm trying to remember the eighties Camaro timeline, my friend had an 86 Z-28 and it had a TPI 305. I believe that the 350 TPI was introduced in 87. In 83 it could either have the 305 Crossfire fuel injection motor or the 305 HO carb motor. The Crossfire was discontinued in 84 and the TPI 305 was introduced in 85 and the 305 HO carb motor was still available. Either motor would be correct since the 305 and 350 are indistinguishable in scale.

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Here's what I remember the Monogram kit including for an air cleaner assembly (this is an original '83 Z/28):

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Looking at the hood and grille, isn't that Camaro newer than an 85?

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I thought that TPI fuel systems did not come about until the 350 TPI engine in 87? Until then I thought they were TBI , or as we called them at the dealership- Toilet Bowl Induction.

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Looking at the hood and grille, isn't that Camaro newer than an 85?

Definitely looks like an '85, missing the nose badge, though. '85 is when they rounded off the lower fascia, IIRC..'82-84 was more sharp-edged.

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The compareitively rare late-1985 IROC with the 350 had T.P.I. , whereas the majority of Camaros / Firebirds had the (yucky) 305 with either a Q-Jet (electronic , smog-laden nightmare of a carburetor !) or the "not-quite-there" T.B.I.

Lots of absurdities within G.M. during the reign of "I could care less" Roger Smith :angry: .

I forget which years exactly , but some of these had ambre-coloured turn signal / hazard tail-lamps ; and I believe that this kit originally had its tail-light lenses moulded in clear , a much easier provision versus silver backup lamps and solid-orange turn signal lamps :angry:

(a pet peeve of mine : Solid-cast , all-red tail lamp lenses and/or chrome backup lamp lenses / headlights / or any lights which are clear in 1:1 , but are chrome in scale , are irritating !)

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Casey, the pic above has to be for one of the carb 305s, the Crossfire intake looks nothing like that and the later TBI 305s had a single snorkel. The engine in the kit is most likely correct for all years until they stopped using carbs after the 86 model year.

Crossfore intake

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Here's a good shot of the kit parts from the last "Motorworks" release:

Here's the original issue:

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Definitely looks like an '85, missing the nose badge, though. '85 is when they rounded off the lower fascia, IIRC..'82-84 was more sharp-edged.

1985z28camaro051410.jpg

Thanks, I thought the early bumper and hood flapsers ran later than '84.

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I built the last release of this kit, the engine is the very simplified, it is a 5.0 litter H.O. With a carb and the dual snorkel air cleaner. The older 1982 version of this kit had the crossfire intake.

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The older 1982 version of this kit had the crossfire intake.

I wasn't sure if the Simon & Simon '83 Z /28 became the '85 or not, but here's that kit:

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IIRC, Monogram did only Snap Tites of 3rd gen Camaros in 1:24th, while their Firebirds of that era were full-detail. There was also another Snap Tite issue of an '82 before the S&S version, also in red on the box art?

I've never had any of the Monogram 3rd gen Camaros, but have all the MPC/AMT ones in my stash...may have to pick up the reissue.

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I don't know a ton about these cars but I do know my Camaro. My brother bought it brand new in 86 it was the new 87s. I got the car five years later. it is the original 305 TBI with dual snorkels. I know a friend with a 90 and that is TPI. Single snorkel

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There was also another Snap Tite issue of an '82 before the S&S version, also in red on the box art?

Yep, I have one here somewhere. I`ll see if I can find it and snap a pic. I like the front end on this one much better than the `85 (the `82 has the "Camaro" lettering in the front center and the two fog lights on either side) , and it looks as though it will build up pretty convincingly for a Snap kit.

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Sorry guys, it is actually an `83 that I have. I`ll post pics below. I posted pictures of the body cause I thought it was interesting that the engine bay and inner fenders are molded as a separate piece.....and this is a snap kit!

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