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Revell-Monogram 1967 Dodge Coronet R/T

February 2007
1967 Dodge Coronet R/T
Revell-Monogram No. 85-2017
Model Type: Injection-molded styrene
Molded Colors: White, clear
Scale: 1/25
MSRP: $16.75
Pros: Accurate; plenty of detail; not much flash
Cons: Seam in dashboard; chassis/hood problems make final assembly tricky

In 1967, Dodge added the R/T performance package as a Coronet option.

This kit was released in 1997, and is based on the '67 Plymouth GTX released in 1994. There had never been a kit of the '67 Coronet R/T, so it was well-received by muscle-car modelers.

For this rerelease, the build options are purely cosmetic, including only custom wheels/tires and decals in addition to the stock R/T items.

This kit goes together fairly well, is accurate, and has lots of detail. I found only a small amount of flash on the parts trees. The parts are well-organized, and easy to remove and clean up.

Although the instruction sheet is easy to follow, I deviated from the assembly sequence occasionally (such as when step 4 has the chassis being mated to the body before any chassis work is begun). Be sure to test-fit all parts, and think ahead a few steps.

With the intention of building a non-stock, mildly customized model, I painted the body the Mopar High Impact color Plum Crazy Purple (which wasn't an option for 1967 Coronets) using Model Master's Custom Lacquer System straight from the can.

Even through a few layers of paint, the molded emblems are still visible, and could be easily detailed. R-M did it right, though, and included emblem decals that are sharp and thin. I talked myself out of using the custom side graphics decals included in the kit and decided not to foil chrome strips to the lips of the hood scoop. I finished the body by foiling the chrome trim and gluing on the chrome plated door handles, wiper blades and driver's mirror.

The chassis is excellent. A nice Dana 60 rear axle is included, and the chassis even has molded-on boxed front leaf- spring mounts made specifically for HEMI cars.
The HEMI is also very well done and builds up easily. I only needed to strip the chrome from the valve covers before constructing and painting the engine.

The interior features separate door panels (which made detailing easy), two-piece buckets, and a separate center console. The dash is a two-piece unit with a seam right through the middle of the top of it. Why? Sanding the seam wasn't fun. I chose to paint the interior a medium gray with simple chrome accents.

I found the final assembly to be a bit tricky. The chassis doesn't fit exactly right, and extends too far below the door edges. The bottom of the interior bucket and/or the top side of the chassis should be trimmed a bit for a better fit.

The hood also fits poorly when the chassis/engine is mounted to the body. All four tires sit flat, though, and the front grille and bumper and rear panel and bumper fit cleanly.

Although it's not the easiest model to build, this Coronet R/T is well-crafted and gives the builder lots of goodies to detail.


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