X-RAY: Chevy Blazer 1/24, Monogram

Early Monogram Chevy Blazer parts picture

This X-Ray is for a rare Chevy Blazer kit by Monogram. This kit includes:

1 set of 4×4 tires and rims; V8 engine; lots of chrome; decal sheet.

Good: Awesome rare truck used in many TV shows and movies; square-body trucks are getting very popular and pricey IRL; nice molded color.

Bad: Molded color makes it difficult for painting; tires a bit on the fake looking side; decals are ugly and only work with certain colors/no stock decals; pricey IRL means pricier here too.

Price: $65+

X-RAY: Cobra Street Racer (Mustang II) 1/25, Revell

This X-Ray is for a rare Mustang II Cobra (King Cobra-ish) racer kit by Revell. This kit includes:

2 sets of tires and one set of rim; V8 engine; reasonable chrome tree; stripe kit (not pictured) to match the box.

Good: Sporty take on a really dull Mustang; “ok” number of parts; more impressive than stock.

Bad: “Ok” number of parts is still smaller than usual; STILL a Mustang II; getting pricey.

Price: $50+

X-RAY: Cadillac Eldorado 1/25, Jo-Han

Jo-Han Cadillac Eldorado Snap Kit 1/25 parts picture

This X-Ray is for a Rare Eldorado Snap kit by Jo-Han. This kit includes

1 set of whitewall tires and rims; no engine, no removable hood; reasonable interior.

Good: Famous look and attractive Eldorado; nice chrome.

Bad: NO engine/hood; 20 pieces is still disappointing for an expensive model kit; price is escalating.

Price: $65+

1967 Chevrolet Camaro Z-28

This is a review of the AMT ’67 Camaro Z-28 #6638

Another of my youngster builds, the ’67 Camaro is a favorite because it was a simple-looking sportster with classic lines. The kit was a tougher one when I was little and is still a slight challenge for the semi-pro. Still, I had to have this one and it had to be in the same look as my early build. Needless to say, I am happy with it – or it’d not be here LOL.

1967 AMT Camaro kits

The 1967 Camaro – the progenitor of the species – is a famous one and a muscle favorite. They ARE over-seen at car shows, are overvalued, and are WAY over performance exaggerated, but they are still very prevalent. The AMT versions are about all the same and typically have just a few differing pieces. The one I did and the other 3 newer AMTs above have the good decal page that includes the stripes in black and white, and other stock stuff. The top right is older and I am not sure about its sheet. The Revells are not ones I’ve ever seen in person as I’ve always gone back to my AMT that I made years ago. It isn’t the better of the two, but it is remembering for me.

These kits are just a smattering of the 1968s available for building. They are 98% the same car as the ’67 and, in most cases, less expensive. If you need a gen-1 Camaro without paying through the nose, the ’68s are the way to go. Unless you NEED the antique kits, they are a steal in pricing – somewhere around $16.

CAR BACKGROUND :: What do you do if you are Chevrolet and your rival, Ford, produces a small sports car that sells some 600,000 units? Well, you come up with this car. The 1967 Camaro was Chevy’s answer to the Mustang phenom and though it wasn’t the supreme seller the trick pony was, it did bring Chevy into the small muscle fray. With a string of peppy engines, the Camaro did command performance (like the ad stated above). it did NOT, however, command it to the elites. Meaning, if you were in a Z-28 and found yourself next to a 440-6 Coronet, you were pretty sure you were taking the right on red to avoid being destroyed. Not that the Z wasn’t quick, at 14.9-ish in the ¼, it was cresting 100mph in a scant 16 seconds. Add a cam and some beefy tires, you were in the 13s in a jiffy. Pretty toey for the cheap Chevy.

1967 Chevy Camaro AMT 1/25 profile

My first one of these was white – painted with a paintbrush and done with older white Testors Gloss. It was lousy.. but it was mine. I used the stock stuff, added mag wheels, and changed the bad, dangling exhaust. Too funny. This one is done in Model Master Classic White and it looks like what I had hoped mine would’ve looked like some 30 years ago. I will say if you are thinking white, be ready for primer or extreme patience as this car is typically molded in a horrible grey, and the typical white paint sticks as good as a child’s reused scratch-and-sniff sticker. Ruined one body and had to strip another to get this one right. UGH. Stripes did work out – even with this being a 20+ year old kit.

Stock rims, red interior, and this one even had its own side mirror. Bueno.

1967 Camaro 302ci engine by AMT

If you look really close you’ll see the right valve cover reads “telrovehc”. Yup, upside down. Oh well… apparently I’m still too quick to build 😖. The engine bay is decently detailed for an AMT kit, but the engine is absolutely TINY. Even the real 302 to the right looks snugger. I know there are no hoses and it has white inner fenders, but it is just a TINY engine. The radiator shroud is decent; the battery is too small, the brake boost is a bit on the small side, but overall the engine is decent for the model type. I’d assume the Revell kit’s would be better. Who knows?… maybe I’ll buy a junker and swap out the bigger 302?

Most AMT kits have lackluster interiors and where I can say this isn’t an “A+” by any means, this is a decent-looking cockpit. Done in Red with red carpet, the inside certainly “pops” and I think it looks perfect with the white. Door detail is MEH and the dash is a bit lean there too, but it is a solid display.


1967 Camaro Z-28 top view. Love the stripe kit.

The underside is a mix of decent and average. The overall detail isn’t too bad but the car suffers from a lousy looking exhaust that happens to be a difficult placement. The over/under muffler goes under around and between for a complicated setup. Tough to pin down and get centered. The exhaust tips are a bit on the small/thin side as well. And those mufflers… off a 10-speed bicycle? Miniscule and toy-looking. It came out really decent, but not a fan of the overall quality.

In the end, the Camaro ended up being exactly what I wanted and has made me smile more than once. Reminiscing staring at this car when I was little and I can say I hope it isn’t the last build for it. It was too enjoyable to walk this memory through. The kit is medium-priced as it has far fewer than the ’68 & ’69 models and is probably a good investment as it isn’t likely to be redone further. It is also the time to get one to build as the pricing should go up from here. And it isn’t a bad kit neither.

8.5 Very Good

X-RAY: ☼RARE☼ 1970 Plymouth (Roadrunner) Superbird 1/25, Jo-Han

This X-Ray is for a RARE Plymouth Superbird kit by Jo-Han. This kit includes

1 set of tires and 2 sets of rims – stock and race; 426 Hemi engine; decal sheet; wing and nose clip.

Good: Unlike Monogram’s newer Superbird, this one gets the Hemi and the decals to match; classic race look.

Bad: Jo-han quality = flash, poor quality chrome, 50% fit; no stock decals, parts count is still low.

Price: $95+

X-RAY: Chevrolet Vega Mini-Van 1/25, Monogram

This X-Ray is for a RARE Chevy Vega Mini-Van (wagon) kit by Monogram. This kit includes

1 set of tires and mag wheels; V8 engine; small two-seat interior; custom parts

Good: What do you do with a bland Vega?… customize and make a wagon out of it!; reasonable number of parts; cool kit.

Bad: It’s still a Vega; the only decals included are wood panels for the “wagon”; NO stock option.

Price: $65+

X-RAY: Porsche 924 1/24, Monogram

This X-Ray is for a Porsche 924 Monogram kit. This kit includes

1 set of tires and rims; no engine, no removable hood; reasonable interior; small decal sheet.

Good: There are very few of 924 kits out there; VERY easy; famous front engine Porsche.

Bad: Well, NO engine; 20 pieces is disappointing; decal sheet IS tiny.

Price: $25+

FAN SUBMISSION! :: Mike Blaskovich

I met Mike a couple months back and to say the least he is a born again modeler. With just a handful of personal vehicles from family experiences, he is now working pretty hard to get some nice stuff done.

Dukes of Hazzard diorama

Anyone who is a fan of older cars will instantly know what they are looking at in the above pic. The Dukes of Hazzard was a fun, mid-70’s muscle fest set in a fake southern town with all of the colloquialisms you could possibly find. Two hot-rodding young men set to outrunning the local police, solving mysteries, annoying their Uncle, and finding ways to demolish every 1969 Charger they could get their hands on.

1969 Charger from The Dukes of Hazzard

The set above includes the Dukes Charger MPC kit – which is LOUSY, but Mike’s got it lookin’ really good. I did the same kit and can say I’d almost rather get the extras from this one and add it to a Revell kit to make the car… the MPC is just lousy. The kit also comes with a Hemi motor which would NOT be used in the show at any point, so keeping the hood down is probably for the best unless you change out to a 383 or 318 – like the show used.

The next vehicle wasn’t used nearly as much – and neither was her other vehicle for that matter. Daisy’s jeep was a cool addition to the show – what with all the dirt thrown around and it was always a hoot to watch her scurry around the police and their inability to drive in a straight line.

Yeah, this is Daisy’s other beast that she drove around – a ’74 Satellite (Roadrunner). The Roadrunner was just a decal set by the time her car came around and it was powered by a lethargic engine as well. This kit comes with a small block that is basically a 360/340 look and would likely be a 318 in the show for cost savings. The yellow looks good here and the stripes – which I find to be horrible to get just right – look really good. I’ll be remaking my ’74 soon and will hope it turns out this good!

Last and not least (in my book) is a car that screams 1970s-80s cop shows. Now don’t get ahead of yourself, this is NOT the Roscoe car from MPC. This is the 78 Monaco that comes in TJ Hooker, Joker Goon Car, and the latest reissued police car. Why? Well, the real Roscoe car is FAR more pricey. In my opinion, this later model Fury/Monaco is the better looking car. I owned one, made one HERE, and REALLY want to buy another one. That said, this car WAS in the show at one point or another and makes for a hell of a good display.

Mike’s rendition of the Boar’s Nest is hysterical and super cool as well. There is a lot of memory to go with the overall look and he’s got one heck of a display – getting these all to look just about right. Full length display, dirt looking ground (though I might have gone with real dirt), and decent scale size make it all pretty dang sweet.

Thanks to Mike for the cool pics. Keep on building!

1965 Pontiac GTO

This is a review of the 1965 Pontiac GTO kit by AMT #6593

This is one of those kits that I KNOW is going to be garbage before I start because I’ve seen many of these open and most have been just low quality, junky kits. This one is no different – to the point where I think this build is actually 2 of these kits worth of parts to make it properly. All things considered, I really like this car. I like the look, the engine, and the history. The kit is another story.

This car kit is in the “dime-a-dozen” category and can be found for as little as $12. The above are the typical ones you’ll find and are basically the same design save for the re-issue (light blue) – which should have a bit more quality and l less issues. Big problems with the others include excessive flash, bad chrome, ugly molded colors, and weak decals.


CAR BACKGROUND :: Ends up inside one, huh? I would. These cars are beautiful, elegant, have excellent engines, and are one of the more stylish convertibles of the time. After the success of the ’64, you’d figure the ’65 would be identical, but Pontiac managed to make the car different while keeping the things that made the previous year so good. The body style was still mid-size, the hood still had a ram air scoop, the grille was still menacing, and the overall look – Grrrreeaat! (sorry Tony)

Under the hood, the 389 for the GOAT was either in 335hp 4-barrel form, or 360hp tri-carb form. Either way, this big cat could move down the road as fast as most other muscle cars and in top trim, run down some of the elites. These cars are not for the timid, however, and even in the simple flowing form – depicted in the pic right – would easily burn the tires off the rims at the drop of a hat. Tiger indeed.

1965 Pontiac GTO

If you’ve seen my article on the ’65 Impala I’ve built, you’ve seen that I like the Iris color scheme from GM vehicles. This one is NOT Iris and it is annoying it isn’t a bit closer because the Testors Purple is a reasonably good paint and it has worked every time I’ve used it. It is just a bit off tint for the right color. Oh well. I decided to use it anyways because I LOVE the color and love how easily it works. The car needs a side mirror because the kit doesn’t include it, but otherwise the kit is fairly complete.

1965 Pontiac GTO 389 4-barrel

The engine bay for this one is decent and yet flawed. I did this one as a 4-barrel model instead of the tri-carb and for no reason except I’ve done MANY with the tri-carb setup and I wanted a change. Now, granted, the 3-2 is the more expensive setup and the more powerful, but I wanted to show a typical 389. Problems with the bay are from the display aspect. The wheel wells and the firewall are plain, the radiator wall is a bit generic, and the metal axle rod is visible when you look down over top of the engine. It is a bit aggravating – the level of cheap plastic – but it can look reasonable. I think this one is attractive.

1965 Pontiac GTO interior - black and white

This interior is a bit of good with a load of terrible detail. The dash works, the seats are well detailed, and the overall look is good. However, there isn’t enough detail on the doors, the rear tonneau is a bit on the dreary side, and there is no rear view mirror. I think that the black and white motif helps with the drab details and makes the interior “pop”. This is still a major dud, however. Shame, considering it is a convertible.

1965 Pontiac GTO rear quarter

The underside is about as bad as a kit gets. EVERYTHING is molded – which leads to less pieces and less detail. I painted the molded dual exhaust and added the tips out the side, but there is VERY little to display.

1965 Pontiac GTO side top view

The kit IS terrible. The hood is a poor fit; the body is “floaty”, the underside it barren of parts and detail; the engine bay is mediocre; the front grille is impossible to fit properly, the top DOESN’T fit EVER; and the red clear-plastic taillights are too thin fitting inside the slots molded into the bumper

I think the re-issue MAY be better in some ways and is still reasonably cheap, but I can’t imagine it is “amazing” compared to the older ones. The good news is that these kits are ULTRA cheap, so you could buy 3 or 4 to get perfect pieces/parts to work with and still be less expensive than some rare kits. They are also NOT an investment as there were a ton of these produced AND it was just reissued. I’d say build it, but the kit isn’t THAT good. As you can see, however, it is a hell of a looker… maybe you should build one?

4.25 – Poor

*** And now for something completely different – but the same***

This one is for modelers with too much time!

Thanks to Jim Davis. For everything.