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Revell-Monogram 1969 Camaro SS/RS 2'n1

April 2006
RELATED TOPICS: 1960S | MONOGRAM | REVELL
1969 Camaro SS/RS 2'n 1
Revell-Monogram No. 85-2147
Model Type: Injection-molded
styrene
Molded Colors: White, clear
Scale: 1/25
MSRP: $15.25
Pros: Body detail, color chart
Cons: Engine too tall

I was elated to see that the Camaro's body was molded in white and was very nicely detailed.

R-M added a brace between the doors and attached it to the windshield frame to make sure that the windshield frame wouldn't get damaged during packaging and shipping.

I chose to leave the brace in the body for handling until all the mold lines and mold slag had been removed.
Because of this, I didn't need to worry about breaking the windshield frame.

Because of the highly detailed body, not much cleanup was necessary. I didn't even have to prime the body to hide sanding imperfections, and because the body was molded in white, all I needed to do was paint the exterior color.

I chose PPG yellow urethane to match the box art. The kit comes with the rear spoiler separately, so you can choose to make the kit with or without the spoiler. Before I painted the body, I chose to glue the rear spoiler in place.

For a realistic look, I added chrome foil to all of the emblems, fender trim, windshield frame, and taillight trim after I finished applying the yellow basecoat. Then I cleared the base yellow and chrome foil with PPG 2021.

Assembling the interior isn't that hard. There are two front bucket seats, center console, dash, and steering wheel/column that need to be assembled to the interior tub. I chose to make the interior black, to match the box art and color chart located in the instructions.

You will need to follow the instructions when placing the interior decals. There are decals that will need to be placed on the center console gauges, as well as the speedometer, tachometer, and the door panels.

Revell-Monogram offers a choice of black or white RS/SS rally stripes, depending on the color you choose for the body. It has been awhile since I have done a R-M kit, so it was a nice surprise to see that the company went the extra distance and added an exterior/interior color chart in the instructions for 1969 Camaros. By following the color chart, the Camaro model can be made to look just like the real thing.

I chose to use the black rally racing stripes, because of the yellow exterior and black interior colors.

There were two types of wheels to choose from: a set of 20-inch dub wheels for making the hip-hop version, or a set of factory-stock rally wheels (which I chose). When using the rally wheels, you will need to paint the rims silver, because the wheels are chrome-plated. The center caps and trim rings will remain chrome.

You will need to add flat black paint to the areas where the slots are located on the rims. By painting the rims silver and the slots flat black, the wheels will have a realistic look.

The engine assembly consists of the engine block and transmission. You will need to assemble the heads, intake manifold, water pump, carburetor, distributor, and alternator/water pump pulleys.

After the engine has been painted and detailed, all that needs to be done is to add the headers and air cleaner.

There is one minor problem that should be addressed before the carburetor is assembled: The carburetor will need be shaved down somewhere between 1/16 and 1/8 inch to make clearance between the air cleaner and the hood. I didn't find this out until I had assembled the entire kit.

Fortunately, it was a pretty easy fix. All I had to do was separate the air cleaner from the carburetor and use a motor tool to shape the carburetor to the desired thickness.

Assembly of the rear portion of the chassis should be made in four steps:

First, you will need to assemble the dual exhaust.

Second, glue the leaf springs and rear differential to the chassis plate.

Third, glue the rear shocks into place.

Fourth, glue the driveshaft into place.

With the rear portion finished, the front will need to be assembled next.

The front portion of the chassis can be done in six steps:

Glue the lower control arm/axle assembly into place. With that done, the two upper control arms can be glued
into place. The third step is to glue the front sway bar into place. Fourth, glue the engine into place.

After the engine has been assembled to the chassis, the radiator support and radiator can be attached to the chassis. The last step is to glue the radiator hoses into position.

With the front and rear assemblies complete, you can now attach the wheels to the chassis.
With the Camaro kit fully assembled, you can now start placing decals. To make sure I had the correct location for each of the RS/SS decals, I checked a few examples on the Internet.

The decals supplied in the Camaro kit were really nice to apply; they were some of the nicest kit decals that I have used.

Aside from the minor problem with the carburetor, the kit went together really well. I would definitely recommend this kit to fellow modelers.

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