Honest John Missile with Kenworth Mobile Carrier 1:54 Scale Revell Model Kit #H-1821 Review

2015 March 17
by Doug

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Honest John Missile with Kenworth Mobile Carrier 1:54 Scale Revell Model Kit #H-1821 Review

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Rapid transportation of heavy loads has become a major factor in American industry.  For this reason special trucking equipment has been developed, and the Kenworth Diesel truck is recognized as one of the best examples.  Powered by a Cummins Diesel engine which develops 180 horsepower, at 2000 rpm, the Kenworth is able to haul large loads economically and at high speeds over mountainous terrain as well as long straight highways.  Through the extensive use of Aluminum in its construction the designers have managed to keep the weight of the truck down to 13,750 lbs, thus enabling it to haul heavier payloads. These trucks are seen moving cargo of all sorts.  This Revell model is shown transporting an Honest John Missile from the Douglas Aircraft Plant to an Army Depot.  Dismantled and crated, the Missile is loaded on a flatbed trailer manufactured by Fruehauf Trailer Company, one of the world’s largest manufacturer of trailers, and special missile handling equipment.  This 33 foot trailer features a specially designed springing system which utilizes torsion bars rather than the normal leaf spring arrangement.  A close examination of the model will show this is in exact detail.


For the Modeler: This review covers the Revell Model Kit #H-1821 in 1:54 scale. The original issue of this kit is dated 1955.  It has been re-released several times.  This model kit was manufactured in 1999.  You can find this kit in some full line hobby shops 000b or at online auctions pretty easily.  It is approximately a Skill Level 2 kit for the intermediate builder although skill requirements weren’t listed on these older model kits. This kit contains ~110 pieces molded in white (missile) and bright green plastic (carrier). This model features a detailed missile and Kenworth cab with a Fruehauf trailer and illustrated instructions with waterslide decals.  As an example of modern day heavy transportation equipment, the Kenworth-Fruehauf combination certainly warrants a spot in your Revell collection.  Remember; keep learning and have fun.  Final dimensions of the model are: 13.5” long X 2.5” tall X 2.0” wide.


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; clarifying the instructions; identifying and repairing seams;  clamping methods; mounting methods for ease of painting; carrier crate assembly and detailing; detailing the figures; extensive weathering techniques for the wheels, trailer, and cab; making a carrier bed out of plywood for an authentic appearance;  using Alclad products for realistic finishes; using floor polish as a sealer; restoring a flat finish for authenticity; Fruehauf Carrier assembly; Scratch building a missing piece; Kenworth tractor assembly; decal preparation and application; where “not” to use glue; how to use decal setting solutions; are all fully examined in this extensive 31 page, full-color Step-by-Step review in PDF format.


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