Tom “Mongoose” McEwen 1957 Chevy Funny Car 1:24 Scale Revell Model Kit #85-4305 Review

2014 August 25
by Doug

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This is a replica of the 1957 Chevy Funny Car that Ron Tom “Mongoose” McEwen raced in 1988. Tom McEwen’s new dragster had a body of the coveted ’57 Chevy Bel Air and yet had a modern funny car chassis. Tom McEwen raced for almost 45 years and won several races throughout his racing career.

 

For the modeler: This review is based on the Tom “Mongoose” McEwen 1957 Chevy Funny Car 1:24 Scale Revell Model Kit #85-4305. This kit is considered a Skill Level 2 for the moderate builder.. The pieces are molded in white, chrome, black vinyl tires and water slide decals. There are 84 pieces to this kit and very well laid out instructions. The dimensions are; L 9¼”  x  W 213/16”  x  H 2¼” . With the prop rod I used to hold the body up it is L 9¼”  x  W 213/16”  x  H 33/8”.

 
Covered in this Review:  If you want to perfect your build; basic construction; preparing parts for better finishing; alternate assembly sequence suggestions for fit and ease of finishing; complete paint and adhesive selections and applications; engine construction and detailing; test fitting; mold seam identification; suspension construction and painting; detailing the tires for realism; detailed frame assembly construction and detailing; clarifying contact points;  correcting paint call outs: correcting instruction errors; decal preparation and application; are all fully examined in this 12 page, full-color Step-by-Step review in PDF format.

 

 

 

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Go-Mad Nomad by Dave Deal Revell Model Kit #85-4310 Review

2014 August 20
by Doug

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Dave Deal’s cartoons graced the likes of CARtoons magazine regularly back in the seventies and did some work on the original Disney Cars movie. Dave lived large and his nickname “Big Deal” seemed a very appropriate match for his hobbies and talents. He was credited with being the first person to race a Baja Bug 001 back in 1968 and set an off-road racing record in 1973. In addition to this he was also an accomplished pilot with thousands of hours in the air. His love of cars and planes combined with his talent for drawing were a natural fusion of his passions so he put them all together and designed dozens of model kits for Revell. With just a little effort you can build this custom contraption and display it proudly at home or in the office. This kit features a “far out” model with massive tires and a radically sculpted driver figure.” Dave passed away in 2008 but his legacy lives on in our hearts.  Have you ever been in a place where they sell models and saw a kit on the shelf that looked like fun but you thought, “I don’t have time for that”. Well, you should give it a try, it won’t take much and this “Made in America” kit is the perfect way to help rejuvenate those modeling desires.

For the Modeler: This is a re-issue of the Go-Mad Nomad Revell Model Kit #85-4310, part of the Deal’s Wheels model series. This Skill Level 2 kit consists of 57 plastic pieces molded in white, clear and chrome with four black vinyl tires.  Finished dimensions: Length: 5-1/2″,  Width: 4-5/16″, and Height: 3-1/16″. Construction is pretty 002 straight-forward. The body and chassis are one piece each with a pair of rear leaf springs and a couple plastic axles connect that connect the “giganticus rear tires and skinnies up front.”  The rear tires are a bit of a challenge because they are assembled in two pieces.  I simply let some household contact cement get tacky then put them together.  The headers are two-piece units with one of the collector tubes coming in halves.  The assembly then glues onto the bottom of the front fender well in foolproof places provided for them.  The window glass is among the best I’ve seen for a car model. It is clear and mounts on some positive tabs in the front. I used a little five minute epoxy and placed it on the two mounting tabs of the frame letting the glue get tacky and pushed the frame into place/ Hold for a minute or two and you should be fine. Everything else goes together without issue.  Finishing off the crazy driver figure is up to you but it is well designed to hide the seam and the model would not be the same without ‘Rincon”.  The driver figure actually comes in four pieces with the head in two parts and the arms being separate.  You need to assemble and finish those off before attaching them to the interior plate.  I added some simple gauge circles and a seat pattern to add some interest in the passenger compartment. To finish the sunglasses I used a black sharpie marker and a thinned blue tint for the back of the lenses.

Overall – this is a great weekend project kit that will bring back some of those crazy memories from the sixties with some good clean fun! To really dress it up a generous amount of foil is needed for the brightwork and I scratch built a car top carrier for the Surfboard just like the old days. All the parts fit onto positive locations and if detailed, it makes a great display for your shelf.  On the downside – you’ll find a lot of flash and pin marks to deal with but you’ll have so much fun putting it together you won’t mind at all!  -Righton

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Pete Brock’s BRE Datsun 510 Rally Car 1:25 Scale Revell Model Kit #85-1445 Review

2014 August 18
by Doug

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Brock Racing Enterprises was a cutting edge racing and design team of the early seventies. The team was one of the first in America to use imported Toyotas, Hinos and Datsuns. Pete Brock, founder of BRE, modified the Datsun 510 economy car, turning it into a two-time National 2.5 Trans-Am Championship Winner. In 1971, with the import market heating up in the US, the SCCA and its professional Trans Am series relented to pressure from a number of teams who wanted to race imports. A separate series for smaller displacement engine vehicles resulted in what became known as the 2.5 Trans Am series. BRE then took on the professionals, using Datsun’s ubiquitous little, tin-top, two-door sedan called the 510. Against tough teams from BMW and Alfa-Romeo, BRE again decimated the series, winning two straight 2.5 Championships. It all ended too quickly however as the pressure from BRE was too tough for the competition. They quietly dropped out of the series leaving BRE no one to race with; end of game.

 

 

For the modeler: This review is based on the Selected Subjects Program (SSP) Revell Kit #85-1445 BRE Datsun 510 race car in 1/25 scale. This kit is considered a Skill Level 2 for the moderate builder. The build consists of 99 parts molded in White, Clear, Chrome and Vinyl tires and Tubing. This is a 100% re-release (REPOP) from Revell as one of their SSP (Selected Subjects Program) kits. The kit is a Limited Production One-time re-release of the kit as originally offered in 1973. And as such the Copyright on the chassis is 1973. The molding of the parts is clean and the detail very crisp, the quality is that of a newer kit. There is no Flash and the mold lines on the body are well designed to easily hide. The motor is nicely detailed with 11 different tubing lines run under the hood. The chassis pan is one piece with all the interior and undercarriage mounting directly to it. The chassis underside is simple and well depicted. The body is multiple parts with the main shell and the front and rear fasciae being separate. The decals are extensive and have been reproduced by Revell in their typical Top Quality decals of today’s standards. The paint scheme of this car does require you to do a tutone paint job. The overall dimensions are: Length: 6-3/8″, Width: 2-1/2″, Height: 2-1/8″.

 

 

Covered in this Review:  If you want to perfect your build; basic construction; preparing parts for better finishing; alternate assembly sequence suggestions for fit and ease of finishing; complete paint and adhesive selections and applications; engine construction and detailing; test fitting; contest considerations are discussed throughout; mold seam identification; detailed suspension construction and painting; detailing the tires for realism; removing the molded trademark scripts; detailed interior construction;  engine hose length specs; motor construction; using your parts box to detail the dashboard;  frame assembly construction and detailing; adding superglue to joints for strength; masking tape considerations; using setting solutions for decals;  detailing the tires/wheels for authenticity; detailing the windows with a Sharpie marker; setting the windows in place; correcting instruction errors; decal preparation and application; are all fully examined in this 14 page, full-color Step-by-Step review in PDF format.

 

 

 

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