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Revell-Monogram 1956 Chevy Nomad

April 2007
1956 Chevy Nomad
Revell-Monogram No. 85-2892
Model Type: Injection-molded
Molded Colors: Gray, clear, transparent red
Scale: 1/25
MSRP: $16.75
Pros: Great parts fit and detail; nice build options
Cons: Tricky mold lines on body and chrome bumpers; some problems with stance

The 1956 Chevrolet Nomad is one of my favorite station wagons. As a kid, something about the Nomad always got my attention at the car shows. I always dreamed of owning a candy-apple-red- and-cream-colored Nomad. I still enjoy seeing them at shows, and if I could have a 1:1 version, it would still be two-toned candy-apple-red-and-cream.

Building this model brought back a lot of fond memories of those car shows, and the kit does not disappoint.

With 155 pieces, there is a lot of detail. This is a 2 'n' 1 kit that allows you to build either a stock version or the California Wheels version that's shown on the box art.

For the California Wheels version, there are separate suspension components, which include molded-on large- diameter disc brakes; spacers for the rear suspension, which allow the builder to drop the car a little closer to the ground; large-diameter custom wheels, with low-profile tires; and a few customizing parts for the engine.

For this review, I chose the California Wheels version, and I built the model right out of the box, with the exception of the spacers for the rear suspension. By leaving these off, it allows the car to have a slight forward rake.

The kit's parts are molded well. Most parts were very clean, and had little flash. The body does have mold lines that run through some of the molded-in window trim, and they were a little tricky to remove.

The chrome bumpers have some pretty heavy mold lines on the ends, which would require the builder to either rechrome the parts or use Alclad II Chrome to repaint them after the mold lines were removed. For simplicity's sake, I chose to accept the mold line as-is.

The glass is molded well; the clarity is good, and it fit without any problems. The rear taillight lenses are molded in transparent red.

The kit also includes separate door handles and windshield wipers, as well as the emblems on the front of the hood.

The interior builds up nicely, with separate door panels that are well-detailed, and a multipiece dash that looks great when complete.

The kit's wheels are very nicely done. On the box, they look a little oversized and too "blingy" for my taste, but on the model they are just the right size for a custom look. I chose to paint the centers of the wheels with
Testor's Magnesium Metalizer for a modern Torque-Thrust- style wheel.

Overall, this model builds up great, with few problems. The only real problem I encountered was that the car didn't want to sit on all four wheels after it was completed. I had to make several adjustments to the front coil springs to finally get it right. However, I decided that the problem with the car sitting level was probably because of something that I did wrong during assembly.

The most time-consuming part of this model was the two-tone painting, and of course, the Bare-Metal foil work needed on all of the chrome trim - and there is a lot of chrome trim on this car.

I really enjoyed building this model. It went together well, the instructions were easy to follow, and the finished model looks great.

I recommend this model highly; however, I think a beginner might have some trouble with all of the chrome trim, whether it's painted or finished with chrome foil.


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