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