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A Cadillac engine in a Mercury seems very strange..was that a common thing to do back in the '50s?

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For a varation on that Cad mill, swap in the CADILLAC block letter valve covers from the AMT '59 El Camino. That would make a nice "period piece" addition.

Anybody out there in resin land do a set of Cadillac italic script valve covers?

Thanks!

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Anybody out there in resin land do a set of Cadillac italic script valve covers?

Altered States does. Here it is on the Revell Parts Pack Caddy engine. I think Ken Hart (khart) has contact info for them.

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On the no name valve covers...for a period look, it is just as correct.

Now a question. Since this engine seems to be based on the 59 Eldorado one, what is the Caddy engine in the Revell Parts Pack? It looks similar but also looks as if it's an earlier engine.

Mark, Good point on the no-name chrome valve covers.

As for the engines, I believe the Parts Pack version is an early '50s 331ci while the Eldo is a 390ci. Externally I believe they have the same dimensions. I eyeballed the fit of the parts pack 4x2 & 6x2 log intakes and it looks like they will fit with only a little material added to where they mount to the heads. The Merc kit's engine also has 3-port heads, so swapping of the headers should work too.

Edited by Matt T.

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Altered States does. Here it is on the Revell Parts Pack Caddy engine. I think Ken Hart (khart) has contact info for them.

Thanks Matt. I just visited their web site. No mention whatsoever of these valve covers!!! Maybe Ken knows something about that.

Ken, can you assist?

Edited by larrygre

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My Thoughts I just went over my kit I picked up Thursday and compared it to the AMT kit and the Revell offering is noticably

longer and wider body but has the same wheelbase. While I like the new kit I still feel the old AMT kit still has its place. and I am thinking about a 312 T-bird special for a powerplant or an FE.

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I was a little surprised to see that Revell chose to put a later model Cad motor/trans combo in instead of just molding their excellent Cad parts pack motor in white (with the usual chrome dress up parts) & put it in, it would be a little more contemporary.

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Is it just my eyes or do the whitewall inserts not fit into the tires completely. They

look like the stick out a bit.

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I also noticed the whitewall issue on mine. Mind you, it was a quick mockup just for ideas, but I really tried to push those inserts further into the tires and they still stuck out. When I am working on actual assembly I will just sand down the backside so they fit better. otherwise, I love this kit so far! Placement of the parting lines on the body was a little tricky to remove, but they are so faint it really didn't take much work.

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I finally got my hands on one of these kits yesterday. Revell has done a really nice job on this kit, even if there are a couple items I could take issue with. It's hard to gripe about the kit though, given the number of parts and options, and how clean the body and other parts are. I already have a wheel and tire swap planned, as well as a cool engine swap, and it appears the kit will lend itself well to all sorts of mods.

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This is normally not my type of car to build but I must build at least one. I'm going to get another one because I want to do one in "suede" as well as metallic or pearl painted version. The kit is awesome! Great work, Revell!! :)

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I picked up my first copy of the new Merc kit earlier this week, and Matt T. requested a few pics of the kit's innards. I may have missed one of the small parts trees and the tires(2 full sets to choose from in this kit), but the rest should all be there.

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http://LOOKIE HERE

Hi, All.

Two weeks ago, I read a great post on the forum, but can't find it now. The gent that posted had added .050" to the windshield posts (A pillars) and corrected the chop, resulting in a correct "teardrop". Please direct me to that thread, anyone? I got a Revell '49 Merc, but MUST make that correction! Thanks...

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Hi, All.

Two weeks ago, I read a great post on the forum, but can't find it now. The gent that posted had added .050" to the windshield posts (A pillars) and corrected the chop, resulting in a correct "teardrop". Please direct me to that thread, anyone? I got a Revell '49 Merc, but MUST make that correction! Thanks...

Mike here ya go..............

Click Here.........

Looks like a GREAT tutorial------I may have to try that myself when I get around to building mine! :P

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The fact that there are 12 of them sitting on my workbench right now means it is a great kid . . . the last time I did this was for the Monogram 50 Ford. Thanks for the great review.

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This is one great kit, but I wonder why the car has prominent drip molding above the doors. On line pix of 49's don't have molding at all (carnut.com). Sounds like it should be shaved off? Anyone try this on their kit? STeve Z.

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I've seen chopped Mercs with and without the rain gutter. I'd say it's a matter of personal taste. If you don't like it, sand it off, shouldn't be too hard to do. I like the fact that Revell did mold it, since that does give the builder the choice. It's easier to sand one off that's there, then to add one on that isn't.

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Altered States does. Here it is on the Revell Parts Pack Caddy engine. I think Ken Hart (khart) has contact info for them.

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Beautiful valve covers. How to order them?

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It too is definitely one of my favorite kits, and I must have built quite a few of them. I keep returning to it because I love the way it builds up. Like the Revell 41 Willys and the Revell 55 Chevy Belaire, it's just a real pleasure to build it time and again.

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Thanks Dave. There are 4 WalMarts in the area and I keep checking all of them for a Merc. I'm giddy with anticipation, and this one looks like it will live up to my expectations!

i didn't think any wal -marts carried kits anymore!

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i didn't think any wal -marts carried kits anymore!

Check the timestamp.... they did when the post was written, in 2007. ;)

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I remember that, now that you mention it. In fact, my local shop never even stocked them until the second run (when they came in the standard-size Revell box). He said everybody who wanted one had already picked them up at Walmart, so he wasn't going to bother to stock them at the time.

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I've only built one to date but it is a top shelf effort from Revell. Thanks for the video Doctor, I do want to build another.

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Every time I break open of these kits I wonder how long before they stop putting it out and then what would happen to the price? I would love to hear sales figures on this kit alone. I sure do hope Revell will continue to go down this high-quality road with their new kits.

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Doc, you sure are right. I am in the middle of building this kit and picked up another at Hobby Lobby today with the 40 % coupon. I already have the next one planned in my mind. The trouble is that my mind can plan out models my hands just can't create. Doesn't stop me from trying.

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That's the right spirit and frame of mind. Keep building and having fun.

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