X-RAY: 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302 1/24, Monogram

This X-Ray is for a Monogram ’70 Boss 302. Kit includes :

1 set of tires and rims; 302ci V8; excellent interior; decal sheet – just stripes for “Boss 302”. Good: One of Revell’s better builds; low flash; good instructions. Bad: NOT the 429; decal sheet is small; rear view mirror glues to front glass; has blown hood scoop, but little else for speed parts; pricey.

Price: $35+

X-RAY: 2003 Ferrari Enzo 1/24, Revell

This X-Ray is for a Ferrari Enzo by Revell. This kit includes:

1 set of tires and rims; 650hp V-12; large decal sheet; mesh sheet. Good: Fantastic reproduction of the Enzo; Lots of parts; awesome engine detail; one of the cheapest Ferrari kits out there. Bad: Body and rear hatch are 50/50 to match up; lots of black trim.

EXTRA:: I will eventually be doing a review of this kit, but I HAD to mention the pricing of this kit. The Ferrari Enzo IS one of the coolest, fastest Ferraris ever produced, and, for some reason, is one of the cheapest kits out there. If you need a “starter” kit, this is the one – as pricing for these is at an all-time low. NINE BUCKS is a typical price. Nine dollars for a half-million dollar, 217mph, performance icon.

Price: $9+

X-RAY: 1971 Dodge Charger R/T 1/25, AMT

This X-Ray is for an AMT ’71 Charger R/T. This kit includes:

1 set of tires and rims; 440 magnum engine (no option); full stock decal sheet. Good: One of the better detailed AMT kits; LOADS of parts; Bad: No speed parts; no Super Bee option; one of the worst fitting hoods in model-dom.

Price: $30

1967 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 396

This is a review of the AMT ’67 Chevelle Revell Kit#4285

Back when I was around 13, I made this car for the first time. It was dark blue and came out superbly… for an early attempt. It was the dark blue AMT below and it is a favorite of mine to this day. Wished I had a pic of it, but – oh well. I had to do this car, but instead of a homage, I wanted something like night and day. This build is also a combo of this kit and I believe the #2 kit below. That kit was horribly molded in blue and the turquoise didn’t come out good enough for me. I kept the engine and chassis and took a new body from the Streetburner kit.

Yup, THAT many… and I’m not even sure these are all of em. I cannot understand – for the life of me – WHY this particular Chevelle was made into over SEVEN pro street editions?!? This was a pretty stout performer JUST BY ITSELF, so I am confused on the need. It wasn’t a popular drag car back in the day… wasn’t even THE best body style. I don’t get it. That said, you have a good number to choose from. The top row are the stock versions (though the “Streetburner” ones are usually stock or race) and the others are drag cars with no way of building stock.

BIG note:: the Pro Street bodies are NOT inter-changeable with the stock ones – say if you need a replacement. They do not have the inner fender wells and are slightly different proportions.

CAR BACKGROUND :: As I’ve said before, this isn’t the best Chevelle by any stretch. It is handsome, sleek, and is pretty muscular with the right options, but still probably number three or four in my book. Like I said above, too, this was a heck of a performer in its own right. The 396ci that you could get had a massive 375hp and would get this car movin’ into the 14s through the quarter. I saw a car show vehicle with a non-stock 427ci in it and would wonder what a YENKO of this one would do. Beyond numbers, the car is a solid looker and is demanding stout prices nowadays. CANT argue with Chevy style!

Night and day – I decided against the original dark blue and the turquoise I had done recently (with a fail) and switched to White. This happens to be Wimbledon White, but looks close enough to original for me (see pic right). I stuck with the rallye wheels and I believe I used the actual tires from the kit. This kit included a couple different color pin-stripes, but I went with black. Besides some extra trimming of the hood, this is a solid-build kit.

I didn’t get a good shot of the interior. I think from here on out, I will be photographing any of the cars interiors before completion. I cannot seem to get anything grandiose otherwise. The Revell kits all have decent interiors – whether for drag or stock – and are detailed, and well appointed.

The underside of this kit is excellent. There is a truck-load of detail – with the tank, axle and floorpan and the exhaust looks real-life. I like the AMT version’s side-exit exhaust better, but these still look good and this kit is a good bit better than the AMT. The axles are easy to work with and the exhaust mates well with the engine. Solid “A” here.

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One of the best Chevrolet engine bays out there, the 396 really shines up. I think I’d like the wires to be another color and, as this was an early job, would like the wires to be a bit more even/uniform. Really like the bay though. There is a TON to further detail than what I did and it has everything you need. Really, the only complaint is that the engine looks a little small. 396 cubes ain’t enough apparently!

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This is truly a good kit. The lines are fantastic; the flash is low; the number of pieces are good; and the fit/finish is REALLY good. The toughest part of the build is the chrome on the rear lights, but I’ve dealt with MUCH worse! The Revell non-pro-stock kits are becoming more and more scarce, so you should get em while they are still cheap. They are also still reasonable in cost, so build while you can as well!

9.25 Excellent

X-RAY: 1956 Chevy (Bel Air) 1/24, Monogram

This X-Ray is for a Monogram ’56 Chevy. This kit includes:

1 set of tires and 2 sets of rims; V8 motor; well detailed interior; modest decal sheet. Good: Nice set of speed parts; decent fit build. Bad: Terrible light blue mold; speed parts but no slicks?, lackluster chrome; lots of flash.

Price: $25+

1966 Pontiac GTO

This is a review of the Revell ’66 GTO kit #854479

This is a re-do build, but is one where I didn’t get “before” pics. Sadly, I forgot all about it, but never mind. This revell kit is substantial and has a lot of quality parts – many chrome – and is easier to make than 90% of kits out there. No lie, this “goat” is definitely one of the GOAT kits out there.

Revell has been busy with reissuing this one, so there is no shortage of good kits out there. The 2 “Royal” kits refer to the Royal Bobcat racing treatments that some of these got back in the day. They include a wealth of racing decals and such, but are otherwise little different that the other ones. I can honestly say that you will not find a bad kit with these.. they are high quality and are super good builders.

CAR BACKGROUND :: Beyond the Italian counterparts, any of which are better than this car by MILES, the ’66 GTO is the best GTO made. The stying, the speed, the pinache, the sales… this car really had it all. It was a colossal improvement over the plain-jane ’65, and though the ’67 was a close facsimile, it still didn’t carry the skin this tiger did. Carry a GTO, indeed. The 389 tri-power was strong enough to throw this car to 100mph in the 13 sec range and would still pull for plenty above that as well. Even regular 4-barrel versions would probably scare granny’s knickers off her and it couldn’t look any better doing so!

Done in Tamiya Gold with a nice black pin-stripe, this was heads and tails better than the Testors Aztec gold I used in my other build. It was more smooth and easier to blend. This kit comes with all the goodies, though – nice side mirror; 3 different colored pin-stripes; redline tires,… as complete as you can get out of box.

Easily one of the better interiors you’ll work with, the Revell ’66 GTO is highly detailed, needs nothing added, and is fantastic when done for even the worst modeler. I added the wood-look wheel, and kept the console chromed up. The gauges are decals and make for an easy good look. Only way this could be sharper is with a white/two-tone look.

The engine bay is awesome as well. I cannot say enough about the presence of the tri-barrel atop the big block. Say what you like, but it looks pretty nasty. I added the wires and some small detail here and there, but with NO work, this is still a fanatically good engine to display. Bout the only downside is the entire bay needs painted flat black after you paint the body so it matches GM engine bays. It is a LOT of cut work and is tiring. It sure “pops” when done, however.

The underside is a blessing to work with as well. The wheels are easy to make and apply to the axles; the engine and exhaust mate well; there is a good amount of detail; and plenty to work on if you like to OVER-paint the bottom of your kits (tank, shocks, cross-member, etc). I DID add my own exhaust tips, but the originals were really decent to begin with… I just wanted more chrome.

This is one of my favorites kits and, I have to admit, one of my favorite muscle cars. The ease of putting it together after working tirelessly on the engine, interior, trim, and such will put such a smile on your face. It has very few faults and is still among the mid-range kits to buy as well. Because of the reissues and the plentiful nature of the kits currently, it isn’t much of an investment. It is one of the best kits you’ll make, however.

10 Astonishing

X-RAY: 2006 Dodge Charger SRT Super Bee 1/24, Lindberg

This X-Ray is for a 2006 Dodge Charger Super Bee by Lindberg. The kit includes:

1 set of tires and rims; SRT Hemi V8; well-detailed interior; small decal sheet. Good: Only full model kit for the Charger that doesn’t include Lambo doors and 25″ wheels; good fit and finish; nice rims. Bad: Overall cheap feel; Less attractive “truck-front” Charger; only one color trunk stripe limits paint choice.

Price: $20

’68 Dodge Charger R/T (custom)

This is a review of the Revell 1968 Dodge Charger R/T #85-4202

I had not built this one til recently and I can say that – besides the detail work in places – it is a fun kit to work with. There is low/no flash, tons of parts and speed parts, and assembles well. This was another kit I had trouble with getting JUST RIGHT in past attempts, but in the end, I just needed it to look sharp, and I wanted it to be a smidge custom. I got both…

Thankfully, to all that appreciate THIS Charger above the redneck cousin ’69, the kit I bought was just recently reissued. The two above include the older “Landy’s drag version and the more rare Euro version, but are both every bit as fantastic as mine was. The “Landy” version comes with decals for the build driven by the famous drag racer. The blue one is – I think – the same as the one I purchased. I have never bought or seen it in person, but given to Revell’s track record, it must be close.

CAR BACKGROUND :: Ok, so everyone AND the Pope knew this review was going here, but that is the legacy of this classic muscle. The movie Bullitt was a movie that increased the popularity and collect-ability of this beast more than any of its achievements ever could. The stories of this car being so powerful that McQueen’s 390ci Mustang had to be modified “heavily” just to keep up, is just pure muscle car adrenaline. The ’68 Charger was more than just the movie, however. The dramatic reshaping from the heavier and less muscular ’67 was something the country couldn’t ignore. The “coke-bottle” styling and dramatic move from the hatchback made this car look like it meant business. Not that the ’66-67 Chargers weren’t fast – as the Hemis of the muscle car era were pretty much the same speedy goodness, but the ’68 made them look the part as much as a Lamborghini does. The 426/440 versions of this car could rip the ┬╝mile in the mid-13s at over 105 miles per hour. These were STUPID fast cars and could easily rip the rear tires – even at speed! The most iconic muscle car chase in history is a good place to be for a car.. and it is deserved for this one!

Yup… orange was NOT a stock color in ’68. I don’t care! I LOVE an orange Charger and not just because of the good ole’ boys, but I think it is VERY mopar. I used Tamiya Orange and it is just stunningly glossy. I also went with the hood scoop and slick tires (that ARE a bit too big, LOL). This kit comes with everything you could want and I only add/changed things because of wanting to customize it some.

So, with my terrible picture skills, I didn’t post the interior of this one. Safe to say it is very detailed and is needing little. I believe I added a different shifter for the more “drag” look, but the rest was good enough for me.

You will NOT see this engine bay in too many places! I chose to FORGET the 426 Hemi and, instead went with a nice looking 383. Whaaat?? Yup. The motor fit nicely and looks the part. I get that the Hemi would look more apropos in this bay, but I was TIRED of making hemi-powered Mopars and the 383 was a really good engine in its own right. The ’68 made some 335hp and would surprise many of the bigger engines out there with it’s quickness. Again… nice change from the same old thing. The rest of the bay is typical Revell and needed nothing.

The 383 matched up well under the car and the turbo mufflers add to the menacing look. I really love the tips that come with this car too. The rectangle ends that these Dodge’s had were very good looking and add to the kit’s quality. No real fabrication was needed and there wasn’t a lot of frustration here. You have to be careful with the front valance when assembling as it hinders the radiator if you attach too early, but otherwise – it is killer!

Yeah, this isn’t the Bullitt Charger… it isn’t the Charger from the Blade movies either, though you could build either with ease. It is what I could see myself liking and potentially affording easily – what with 440s and Hemis commanding upwards of $60k. This kit is REALLY good though and not just because of the famous movies the car has starred in. It is one of the better kits out there and with the reissue, costs a lot less than many. Not the BEST investment with the re-issue, but there are a lot of legendary builds you can make with this kit… and that’s the point!

9.5 Excellent

*Revised* : Revell/Monogram ’69 GTO

Letting everyone know there is a revision on this review. The Monogram and Revell kits have another difference in included parts that I didn’t realize was there. Go *here* and go to the green text to see what I’m on about!

X-RAY: 1990 Pontiac Grand Prix 1/25, Monogram

This X-Ray is for a RARE 1990 Pontiac Grand Prix from Monogram. This kit includes:

1 set of tires and 2 sets of rims; fuel injected V6 ; well-detailed interior; smaller decal sheet. Good: Fantastic reproduction of the popular coupe; Monogram quality; good tires. Bad: Molded in red = tougher to change color and paint pieces; decal sheet has no stock decals; NOT a very fast/exciting vehicle to build; cost.

Price: $30+