Garbage Truck by Tom Daniel 1:24 Scale Revell Model Kit #85-4198 Review

2014 May 15
by Doug

Right On Replicas, LLC Step-by-Step Review 20140515*
Garbage Truck by Tom Daniel 1:24 Scale Revell Model Kit #85-4198 Review

Review and Photos by Alan Mann

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Most garbage trucks are bent, dirty and…full of garbage, but not Monogram’s GARBAGE TRUCK! This zany and unusual Rod is a shiny custom machine with all the latest speed goodies plus all the equipment needed for a swinging beach party. The kit even includes a mod swinging trio complete with a Go-Go Girl vocalist! If you dig fun kits, you’ll dig the GARBAGE TRUCK. It’s The Boss!  Monogram Models owes much of its success in the 1960s and ’70s to the inspiring and creative designer Tom Daniel. Chances are you’ve seen something that has been graced with the wild, distinctive “TD” touch. Anyone who built model kits during Daniel’s time with Monogram, or read Hot Rod, Car Craft, or Rod & Custom, or watched “The Munsters” on television has seen his work. Daniel’s designs have influenced several generations of model and full-scale hot-rod builders.  Monogram was delighted by the success of the first kit design Tom produced and went on to commission him to create more than 75 other designs between 1968 and 1975.

“The name and idea for this one originated at Monogram, and I was called in to enhance the design and add snappy details like the lil’ rock group, decals, etc. Left to my own devices, I probably never would have initiated a garbage truck.” – Tom Daniel’s Quote.


For the modeler: This review is based on the GARBAGE TRUCK by Tom Daniel Revell # 85-4198 model kit. This kit is Skill level 2 for intermediate builder and contains 57 parts. The kit is molded in White and Chrome and has Vinyl Tires. This kit has seen very few different box-art designs over the years but has had multiple re-issues and is a 100% Reissue (Re-Pop). The original kit was released in 1968 and has had almost no changes in any releases after that. The copyright stamp on the chassis reads 1968 and the decals read 2014, so this is still based on the original molds. The buildup on this kit is 100% all exterior looks; there is no motor or detailed undercarriage. The suspension is basic. The cab is a multi-part unit and everything mounts to it aside from the seats. The trash body is also multi-piece and aside from the surfboards the accessories are molded in place. The mini band members are cool; you get a girl and two identical guy figures. The decals are new Revell quality and they replicate the originals that came in the kit.  Overall dimensions of the finished build are: Length: 6-7/8″, Width: 3-1/8″, Height: 4-7/8″.


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; test fitting; contest considerations are discussed; sink, tab and mold seam identification; suspension construction; removing unwanted part numbers; using pearl paint and powdered pigments; paint product sources; interior detailing and finishing; removing unwanted ID stickers; trash box construction; utilizing the moveable floor; painting the band figures; where NOT to use glue; detailing the surfboards; detailing the tires for realism; removing the molded trademark scripts; correcting instruction errors; decal preparation and application; are all fully examined in this pictorial 19 page, full-color Step-by-Step review in PDF format.


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