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Revell-Monogram 1993 Honda Civic

December 2004
RELATED TOPICS: TUNER | MONOGRAM | REVELL | PLASTIC | 1990S
1993 Honda Civic coupe 2 'n 1
Revell-Monogram No. 85-2830
Model Type: Injection-molded plastic kit
Molded Colors: White, clear, chrome-plated, black, gray
Scale: 1/25
MSRP: $14.95
Pros: Clean body, only available plastic fifth-generation Civic coupe, custom parts
Cons: Glass fit, interior tub-to-body assembly, too much wheel gap
Revell-Monogram's Tuner-series 1993 Honda Civic coupe 2 'n 1 is currently the only plastic fifth-generation Civic coupe kit.

The body is cleanly molded in white plastic. Optional exterior parts include bumpers, spoilers, wheels, and hoods.

The model differs from earlier R-M Tuner releases because it uses metal axles instead of the complex-but-realistic multipiece setups. This can make lowering or modifying the chassis difficult, because the wheels can't be adjusted independently.

The well-detailed dual-overhead-cam B-series VTEC engine is similar to previous Honda/Acura kit offerings, but there are no optional parts. The engine comes with a header and a tubular air intake with a cone filter. There is a decal for the valve cover, but the area over the spark plug cover is translucent.
Keep in mind that United States domestic market (USDM) 1992-1995 Civics did not come with this engine from the factory. The engine in this kit would probably have come from an Acura Integra, a Japanese domestic market (JDM) Civic, or from a USDM 1999-2000 Civic Si.

The clear hood option allows the engine to be displayed. However, you must be careful when removing it from the parts tree, because blemishes are easy to see on clear plastic. The optional white styrene hood has a large late-model Camaro SS-style hood scoop.

The '93 has a good-looking interior, and there is a choice between
the factory-style seats or racing buckets. I had problems mating the dashboard, which attaches to the underside of the body, to the interior tub. It appeared that the dashboard was too wide to fit between the interior walls. But with some time and some nerve-racking body flexing, it eventually lined up.

The kit glass doesn't fit well, either - an unfortunate similarity to R-M's Civic Si kit (Scale Auto August 2003). Sectioning the glass or using acetate would work better. I colored the black areas with a chisel-tip Sharpie marker.
The head- and taillight assemblies go together easily, although the large center-mounted bosses mar the taillight's otherwise accurate appearance. There are two taillight styles to choose from: stock or clear "Altezzas." I chose the stock units and detailed them with Testor's Stop Light Red paint. I also installed the great-looking multipiece aluminum-style rear wing and painted it Model Master Aluminum Metalizer.

The crisply molded five-spoke wheels were the only bare-plastic units; the other wheel choices are chrome-plated. I detailed them with Testor's Model Master Gold and Aluminum Metalizer paints. The wheels are almost 19 inches in scale and wear directional Toyo Proxes tires.

My model's appearance is good, other than the gap between the top of the wheels and the bottom of the fenders - something you don't want on a tuner.

The body screws to the chassis, but there are fewer, smaller screws are fewer and smaller than those in the Civic Si kit. There were warping issues when I tightened the screws, and the chassis plate didn't initially line up with the body. Again, with some patience and careful adjusting, the assembly came together and all four wheels sat on the ground.

This was a pretty simple build, but I encourage lots of test-fitting. The model's minor fit problems are easily remedied. This kit is a great addition to Revell-Monogram's Tuner lineup, and fills a gap in the plastic Civic kit market.

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