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Revell Earnhardt Tribute Monte Carlo

April 2004
RELATED TOPICS: MONOGRAM | REVELL | RACE CAR
Revell-Monogram No. 85-2844
Model Type: 1/24 scale injection-molded plastic kit
Molded colors: White, clear
MSRP:$16.05
Pros: Engine, chassis, decals, ignition wires
Cons: Mold lines
Reviewer: Mark Melchiori
Dale Earnhardt Jr. and his stepmother Theresa Earnhardt formed a Busch Series team for the 2003 season, with Jr. doing most of the driving. The team and car provided a perfect platform to promote the Dale Earnhardt Tribute Concert, held at Daytona during the summer of 2003. At the spring 2003 Busch race at Talladega, Jr.'s car had a paint scheme promoting the concert. This Revell kit replicates that car.

The philosophy of the Revell-Monogram stock car kits has not changed much through the years. Accurate body shapes, good detail, and ease of assembly have become hallmarks; this kit is no exception.

Molded in white, the parts are done well. There is a bit of flash and some prominent mold lines, but nothing all that oppressive.

The body looks very accurate for a 2002 car, which the Busch teams were required to run on the superspeedways in 2003. It displayed no warpage or twists. The hood fits well, but not perfectly; however, the windows are a drop-in fit.

The body decals are beautiful. Almost all of the graphics on the real car are included, except for the Goodyear logos on the body and tires and the Busch beer stickers. (I used Slixx tire logos on my model; they looked really weird without them.)

The large guitars for the sides of the body are one piece, and you'll need some patience to work with them. Some decal solvent and a sharp hobby knife will help. The roof number is a little small compared to the photo of the real car on the box.

The chassis and engine in the kit are very well done. They are not the Pro-finish units that are in some Revell stock cars; rather, they are the tried-and-true glue-kit parts - a plus, in my book.

The engine ignition wires are included, which is a nice touch. They look good, but are virtually impossible to see on the finished model.

After all these years, the Revell stock car kits still build into nice models. If you have never built a stock car kit, just follow the directions carefully and you will have no problem getting this kit together.

With a some minor cleanup work and a little detail painting, a wonderful replica can be built right from the box. I would recommend this kit to anyone.

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