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FROM THE April 2009 ISSUE

Revell-Monogram 1970 Baldwin Motion Chevelle

RELATED TOPICS: MONOGRAM | REVELL | 1970S | 1/24
1970 Baldwin Motion Chevelle
Revell-Monogram No. 85-2066
Model Type: Injection-molded styrene
Molded Colors: White, clear
Scale: 1/24
MSRP: See dealer for info
Pros: Rare version of Chevelle
Cons: Decals had sticky texture; fit issues with door panels; mold line placement on body
R-M's latest version of its 1970 Chevelle is released as a Baldwin Motion car. I chose to build my car very similar to the one on the box, because the only color the decal stripes are provided in is black.

The rear suspension is made up of two pieces - a top and bottom half of the axle - and the front suspension is a one-piece unit. Some other minor detail is molded to the chassis.

Custom parts are provided for the engine, to represent the Baldwin Motion performance upgrades, including the carburetor, air cleaner and exhaust headers. The parts go together well, and look decent after painting, but the entire engine bay area could use more detail.

The interior builds up nicely. It has a good amount of detail molded to the door panels and dash, and includes decals for all of the dash gauges. Some careful painting and a little bit of Bare- Metal foil will bring the interior to life.

The body is fairly nice, and "looks" like a 1970 Chevelle. However, the decision to have the mold line run along the side of the front fender, right on top of the fender "bulge," makes it impossible to remove without softening the look of the fender contours.

All of the chrome parts (bumpers, grilel, head- and taillights) fit well, and with some detail-painting and
washes, they look good.

The wheels were typical stock Chevelle wheels from that time period, and the tires are R-M's usual muscle-car tire without the sidewall lettering.

There is no brake detail; just a plastic bushing that allows the model to roll.

The decals leave something to be desired; they seemed to have a sticky texture to them, even while still on the backing paper - as though no protective layer of clear was applied. They did react well to decal solvents and they laid down well on compound curves, but they looked "splotchy" when finished.

Final assembly went well, for the most part. The tops of the door panels hit against the bottoms of the window inserts, so I had to alter the door panels by shaving the bottom edges so they would sit lower and not hit the window.

The kit looks great when it's finished. There were a few frustrating areas, such the decals and the interference between the door panel and windows, but I still enjoyed building it, and will probably build another one sometime.

I recommend this kit, but experience with large decals would be helpful.

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