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Revell BMW M3 DTM 2012

Revell BMW M3 DTM 2012

1/24 Scale
#07178
$35 (est MSRP, Online)

Following up on Revell/Germany’s great DTM Audi A4 cars, there are two new BMW M3 DTM kits released. We haven’t seen them here in stores yet, but they are available from online sellers and stores. Check out the photos to see what’s in this great looking kit!

 

Revell VW Convertible

Revell/Germany VW Beetle Cabriolet

Revell/Germany VW Beetle Cabriolet

Revell/Germany 1970 VW Convertible

1/24 Scale
$30 US (est)
#07078

Revell’s new 1970 VW Beetle Cabriolet was recently released, and we stopped by the local hobby shop to pick it up. It seems that the R/G (Revell/Germany) kits are not sent out for us to review. We have to pick them up ourselves. This kit was released in Europe first, and there were some reviews of it that popped online shortly afterwards. The body is pretty well done. There was very little flash, the chrome was excellent, and everything seemed at first glance to be good. It’s nice to see the correct bumpers (see the review of the 1968 VW Bug posted here). It also has the correct headlights and taillights for that year/era. It says that it’s a 1500cc motor, but with the dual port heads, and the dog house oil cooler, I am pretty sure it’s a 1600cc, but I could be wrong. I have been yelled at already for my two cents on the ’68 Bug, so take my “expert” opinion with a grain of salt. I like the separate door panels, they are nicely engraved, and the pop up door locks are a nice touch. I don’t like the way the chassis is made or set up. The chassis pan should be one piece by itself. R/G has engineered it in a way that makes it look okay when it’s put together, but by themselves, the chassis doesn’t look right. It’s all about the illusion anyway, right? The end result works. That’s that.

It has right- and left-hand drive dashes and pedals. There is a soft up top, and the big convertible boot which is a nice two-piece unit. I’ll let the photos show you the rest of the story.

Final word:

I love it! And since I bought it myself, that says a lot! Good job, Revell!

Revell 1969 Camaro SS/RS Convertible 2 ‘n 1

85-4929-lg1969 CAMARO SS/RS CONVERTIBLE 2 ‘n 1 Revell #4929
VERSIONS: Stock, Street
MOLDED COLORS: White, Clear, Red Clear, Chrome Plated
SCALE: 1/25
MSRP: $21.98 USD
REISSUE

ENGINE:
The 25-piece big-block Chevy represents the RPO L78 version of the 396 with the Cowl Induction ram-air option. This is the same engine that is in Revell’s Yenko Camaro, albeit in that kit it represents the RPO L72 427, which was for the most part externally identical except for identifying decals. Tooled in the 1989-90 timeframe, the mill features the then standard Monogram practice of molding the oil pan as part of the block halves. The rest of the engine is in newer R-M style, with almost all parts being separate components. Highlights include the separate oil filter, fuel pump, distributor with molded-in vacuum ad- vance, ignition coil, oil filter, two-piece open-element air cleaner, and two-piece Holley 4-barrel carburetor. Two two-piece four-into-one tubular Hooker-style exhaust headers are the only exhaust system in the kit, a holdover from the Yenko. Most Camaro convertibles did not come with factory installed headers; they came with cast iron exhaust manifolds. These can be found in Revell’s stock ‘67 Chevelle SS396, ‘68 Corvette convertible, or ‘69 Yenko Nova or COPO Nova kits. You’ll have to scratchbuild exhaust extensions to meet the main pipes, but that’s not hard to do. Decals are provided for the valve covers (Ton- awanda engine plant #1) and air cleaner. Properly painted, wired, and detailed, this engine can be a real standout. Take the time to give it the TLC it deserves.

CHASSIS:
If you’ve built any of the Revell or Monogram 1990s-vintage ‘69 Camaros, what’s here will be very familiar to you. The basic chassis is nicely done with good engraving throughout, and features the front subframe, wheel housings, and gas tank molded in place, with a separate front crossmember/ engine mount. Front suspension is a five-piece assembly with separate upper A-arms and steering box, with a simplified one-piece lower unit comprising lower control arms, spindles, and tie rod. Rear suspension is a six-piece unit with separate springs and shocks. The two-piece separate exhaust system is the rare Walker chambered unit that has been in every Monogram and Revell ’69 Camaro since the Monogram 1/12 scale Z-28 kit debuted in 1989 and yes, again, the tips must be drilled out so as not to look solid. Though considered a muscle car rarity and therefore collectible, the reality is that the Walker system did not work as well as expected, being loud enough to be a nuisance on the street instead of uplifting the sounds of power–and it was dropped from the option list, replaced by a normal dual exhaust system. The exhaust pipes from Revell’s ‘69 Nova or ‘68 Firebird can be adapted here with minimal fuss. Under the hood, there’s quite a bit of detail, with separate radiator braces, firewall with two-piece master cylinder and brake booster, five-piece radiator assembly with separate hood latch/striker plate, and a clear washer fluid bottle. WHEELS AND TIRES: For the stock version, plated Chevy five-slot Rally wheels ride on no-name (once upon a time, Goodyear Polyglas) black vinyl tires. For the street version, there are two-piece 19” curved spoke billet wheels, riding on no-name black vinyl low-profile tires with good tread detail.

INTERIOR:
The kit’s interior represents the up-level custom interior with the houndstooth upholstery pattern. The basic bucket has the rear seat molded in place with ashtrays on the arm rests and proper droptop dog legs flanking the boot well. The separate side panels feature excellent 3-D detailing. The two-piece front buckets feature delicate texturing on the seat cushion surfaces. A real plus here is that the houndstooth insert patterns are on the decal sheet and are printed as black patterns on a transparent background, giving one the ability to not only do the orange seats of the ‘69 Pace Car, but any other Camaro droptop interior in nearly any other color (black interiors had black houndstooth on white cushion backgrounds, for example). The dash is a three-piece as- sembly with excellent engraving and decalized instrument faces, HVAC controls, radio face, dash emblem, and a tiny odometer decal! The console is a separate component with separate plated shifter–decals are provided for the four console gauge faces and the shift pattern plate.

BODY:
The basic one-piece body is very well done and captures the character of the real car well. Engraved on the body are Camaro, 396, and SS emblems, and unlike the coupe kits, the droptop’s side gills have finely molded trim outlines that will require some careful finessing with the chrome foil of your choice. The one-piece grille represents the Rally Sport style with hidden headlights–the not so great thing about this is that the entire unit (grille, surround, and headlight doors) are molded as a single chrome piece. On the real car, the surround is body color, and the headlight doors have three clear inserts that were meant to allow the headlights to be seen if the doors didn’t open. What this means for the modeler is careful painting. Using some acrylic clear in the headlight doors will simulate the inserts decently. The SS emblem in the center of the grille is of the wrong style; the letters are too square. Fortunately, correct SS emblems are provided on the decal sheet–carefully filing the molded emblem away and using the decal will suffice. Using the three dimensional photoetched one from The Model Car Garage’s ‘69 Camaro detail set would work even better. If you desire a standard (exposed headlight) grille, you can swap one in from any of the Rev- ell Camaro hardtop kits–note that the headlight reflectors for that grille are on the kit’s chrome sprue, another holdover from the Yenko kit. There are two sets of taillights on the red clear sprue–Rally Sport style with an additional horizontal trim bar, and baseline Camaro without the trim bar. A nicely textured boot cover is also included, but surprisingly, there is no up top, despite the fact that a rear window is included on the clear sprue! For those wanting said up-top, it’s avail- able from Time Machine Resin. The hood is the Cowl Induction style with good underside detail, and a separate cold air plenum attachment. The rear mounted flags for the Pace Car are still on the sprues, should you wish to duplicate the white-and-orange ‘69 Indy Pace Car or one of its replicas. The wipers, outside and inside mirrors, and door handles are separate chrome pieces. DECALS: On the kit’s rather large decal sheet, in addition to the items described previously, are hood and deck striping, side “hockey stick” stripes, and wheel well accent striping in black or white, SS emblems in black outline for grille and taillight panel, Camaro, 396, and Camaro SS emblems in silver, a USA-1 plate, two blue California 593 ACW plates, and two black California ZRS 689 plates.

OTHER:
The instruction sheet features a chart of correct factory paint codes for 1969 Camaros, and a detailed explanation of how to use the proper striping decals in what combination.

Revell’s Bass Pro Shops Sprint Car

 

Revell has released a slightly modified version of the Monogram Sprint Car from 1987. The major changes are the newer Gambler style of two-piece body  work, the newer style of top frame rails, and newer rims. Everything is pretty much the same from 1987.

Our thanks go out to Damian Fontes for building up this review sample for us. Mahalo nui loa, Damian!

 

Revell Audi R8 Spyder

85-4940-lgAUDI R8 SPYDER Revell #4940
VERSIONS: Stock
MOLDED COLORS: White, Clear, Satin Plated
SCALE: 1/24 MSRP: $21.99 USD
NEW TOOL

ENGINE:
The 5.7 liter V-10 is represented here by a 19-piece assembly. Overall engraving level on the components is very good, better than many recent toolings from Revell of Germany (from whom this kit originates.) The six-piece engine cover obscures most of that fine detail from view, as does its mid-engine placement. No less than seven decals adorn different areas of that engine cover, which is a very nice touch indeed.

CHASSIS:
As with most supercars today, the chassis builds off an aerodynamic pan and the R8 is no exception. The pan has the lower A-arms of both front and rear suspensions molded in place and features excellent underside detailing. All four wheel housings are separate from the pan unit. Front suspension is an eight-piece assembly with poseable steering, and the rear suspension is a six-piece unit with fine coilover detail. The all-wheel-drive aspect of the R8 is replicated well here, though it wouldn’t be seen unless the body was removed. Detailed disc brakes with caliper detail are at all four corners, and you have a choice of Audi or R8 logos to adorn the calipers. The exhaust system is part of the engine unit, and is nicely done, with separate plated exhaust tips that only need some black paint inside to deepen the visual impact.

WHEELS AND TIRES:
Plated five-spoke Audi cast wheels with separate plated spiders ride on black vinyl big-and-little no-name wide low profile tires with excellent tread detail.

INTERIOR:
The interior bucket has the console and rear wall molded in place. Side panels are separate and have very good armrest representations. The seats are two-piece, with fine engraved detail representations of the side seat adjustment controls. The dash is a four-piece unit with separate instrument hood, column (with stalks), and flat-bottomed steering wheel. Dash engraving is first rate, and no less than nine decals adorn it, including gauges, multifunc- tion panel, and horn button. Separate detail parts include shifter, brake lever, console trim, and hanging pedal unit (with dead pedal footrest.)

BODY:
The R8 Spyder isn’t just a coupe with its roof whacked off; it’s a whole new body design, captured very well here. The one piece body has the front fascia molded in as well as the characteristic louvers on the rear deck. Those louvers and the side scoops are molded open. At the front are a separate plated grille (Euro-style) with Euro-style license plate, two five-piece headlight units with separate lens covers and reflectors, separate louvered gills, and a chromed Audi four-rings logo. At the rear is a separate fascia panel with separate rear trim panel containing louvered gills, Euro-style license plate, clear taillight lenses backed by deep chrome bezels (get that transparent red paint out, folks), rear spoiler lip, clear high mounted center brake light lens (transparent red again!), gas cap, and another chrome Audi rings logo. The side scoops have blanking plates, and this as well as all other open scoop, louvered, and gill areas have decalized black grille mesh. Two-piece side mirrors have plated faces, and the wipers are delicate separate pieces also. The rear engine hood has excellent underside engraving and is hinged at the front end. Optional is an up-top with clear rear window and optional clear side windows. The windshield frame is molded to the body but has a separate inner liner panel with overhead spotlight engraving and decalized light lenses. The windshield itself has the area to be painted semigloss black clearly marked out for masking, with a separate rear view mirror. All clear parts are very thin and distortion-free.

DECALS:
In addition to what we’ve already mentioned, the extensive decal sheet also includes all three mirror faces, wheel centers, R8 and V10 logos in silver, amber turn signal areas for the taillights, and your choice of Euro-style license plates–white and black SPYDER, black and white Audi rings, Netherlands 11-DOA-1, France SP-313-DR, Italy BO 525 PS, Great Britain R313 FST, and Germany IN R 8101.

Revell 2010 Camaro SS

2010camaro ss2010 CAMARO SS Revell #4239
VERSIONS: Custom
MOLDED COLORS: White, Clear, Red Clear, Chrome Plated
SCALE: 1/25
MSRP: $23.99 USD
NEW TOOL

ENGINE:
The 21-piece engine is an excellent representation of the LS3 V8 and six-speed automatic transmission as found in the real Camaro SS, with superb engraving detail throughout. High points include the pulley faces molded open where needed, the two-piece injector plenum and engine cover, and the separate plug-on-coil ignition units. Revell even provide decals for the fan belt unit, oil filler cap, and air cleaner! Built, the mill looks nothing short of fantastic.

CHASSIS:
The basic chassis pan has excellent engraving detail. The licensing and copyright notices are raised lettering and placed where they can easily be removed by the modeler; the outer frame rails and the space below the rear suspension. Front suspension is a seven-piece affair building up off of a separate cradle and featuring separate McPherson strut units and steering rack. Rear suspension is a 15-piece assembly (remember, the Camaro has independ- ent rear suspension) with separate trailing links, three-piece differential, and coilovers. Solid face disc brakes with large calipers can be found on all fours, with decalized Brembo logos in red for the calipers. The exhaust system is a six-piece assembly that features custom styled chrome exhaust tips for the custom version and real turned aluminum exhaust tips for the stock version. The engine compartment is very well catered to, the inner fenders being molded as part of the interior unit, featuring excellent shock tower and fuse box detail. Attaching to this are a two-piece radiator with twin electric fans and a firewall with a separate brake booster unit. Decals are provided for the brake booster, radiator, and striker plate. Note that the rear wheels attach via an AMT-style metal axle, while the fronts attach via metal pins.

WHEELS AND TIRES:
Both wheel options are 20” and chromed. The stock version is five-spoke cast Camaro factory wheels, while the custom version uses a five-spoke fluted design. Both use the same set of low-profile black vinyl no-name tires with excellent tread detail.

INTERIOR:
The interior shell is platform-style, with only the rubber floormat and footrest pedal molded in place. Side panels are separate, with very good three- dimensional detailing. Note that the upper contrast area is polished out while the rest of the panel is in a satin finish. Front bucket seats are two-piece units with detailed backs, matching the one-piece rear seat. The console assembly has a separate gauge panel, shifter, and brake lever. Moving to the dash, this has the gas and brake pedals in hanging mode, and has excellent engraving and a molded clear cover for the gauge faces. Attaching to this are a steering column with twin stalks, and the iconic Camaro steering wheel. Decals are supplied for the headrests, console gauges, main gauge faces, horn button, and speaker grilles.

BODY:
R-M nailed the iconic Camaro shape. The one piece body has front and rear fascias as well as rocker panels molded in place. The breakdown of the front grille/lights assembly is interesting, with separate chromed bezels for each attaching to the backside of the grille unit (which encompasses upper and lower grilles, neither of which are molded open, however) and an optional custom front air dam. At the rear is again a unique method for the taillights, with a transparent red strip including the lenses backed by twin chrome bezels, and your choice of the stock diffuser or a custom one with aero extensions. Also optional are custom aero side skirts. The hood is hinged and has excellent underside detail. Separate pieces include door handles, two-piece side mirrors, and rear spoiler. The one-piece main transparency has the windshield and rear window as well as something of a headliner with overhead console detail and twin sun visors. Areas on both windows to be painted in semigloss black are frosted. There are four raised circular mold marks on this that will need to be removed as they are quite prominent. Two small rear side windows also have frosted areas to assist with painting.

DECALS:
On the decal sheet, in addition to what’s already been mentioned, are Z28-style hood and deck striping in black or white, custom hood and deck strip- ing in black, two “hockey stick” side stripes in black, black areas for the side windows, gold Chevy bowties for front and rear, CAMARO and SS scripts, front and rear side marker light lenses, two black and silver SS plates, one Michigan CAMARO plate, and two Illinois K59 787 plates.

Revell 1977 Chevy Van

77 chevy van1977 CHEVY VAN Revell #7221
VERSIONS: Street
MOLDED COLORS: White, Clear, Chrome Plated
SCALE: 1/24
MSRP: $20.99 USD
MODIFIED REISSUE

ENGINE:
Like the AMT “Vantasy,” this kit’s 13-piece engine is a 350 small block Chevy with Turbo Hydramatic 350 transmission, this time done in typical 1970s simplified Monogram style. The undersized four-barrel carb and distributor are molded to the intake manifold. The valve covers and alternator are the only plated pieces. Note the fan is a five-blade unit. There is no ignition coil, oil filler tube, or water hoses.
CHASSIS: The frame and floorboards are a single unit in this kit, and the gas tank is molded in place. The transmission mount is separate. Front suspension is a simplified three-piece unit, and the rear suspension is a six-piece assembly with separate shocks. The exhaust system is correct for a 1975 or later van with a two-into-one piping feeding a catalytic converter, this feeding a dual rear pipe with pipe hanger. The tips of course will need to be drilled out for realism. The only underhood detail to speak of is a two-piece radiator with shroud.

WHEELS AND TIRES: Plated 1968-77-style Chevy rally wheels ride on four black vinyl no-name tires that were Monogram Goodyear GT Radials in a former life.
INTERIOR: The interior is a one-piece bucket with no back wall, but with seat support and the engine cover molded in place. Two highback captain’s chairs are provided, but note there are no backs to them. The dash has decent engraving and features a steering column with molded in shifter and turn signal stalk, and a three-spoke Momo-type steering wheel. Separate are a cup holder tray for the engine cover, a CB radio, and a tape player.
BODY: The Chevy van body is nicely done and, like the AMT offering, has no side or rear windows–essentially a commercial van. At the front is a one-piece plated stock grille/bumper unit with separate clear headlight lenses and license plate, an optional front scoop-type air dam, and two plated windshield wipers. A plus is that the central portion of the grille is molded open. At the rear are two clear tail- lights (ready to be treated to the transparent red paint of your choice), a chrome stock rear bumper, an optional chrome CB antenna, an optional two-piece spare tire carrier, and an optional two-piece trailer hitch. There is also an option of two chromed side pipes, although there is no way to connect them with the exhaust system! Also optional is a clear skylight for the roof. Two plated two-piece California style side mirrors adorn the doors, however, there is a large sink hole in each mirror face, difficult to eradicate since each mirror has a half-round magnifier/blind spot mirror in the corner. The windshield is a one piece clear item that includes the vent windows, and is reasonably clear.
DECALS: The large decal sheet features a multi-tone blue side custom sweep motif, an Auto Crafters Custom Paint Works logo, three Accurate Plumbing Commercial and Residential logos for the sides and rear, amber and red side marker lights, a FOR SALE sign, two Chevy bow ties for the grille (one gold, one blue), a gold Chevy Bow Tie on a black license plate, two California VANNISH plates, and two Illinois 343 JK plates.