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FROM THE April 2010 ISSUE

Revell Germany Trabant 601S

RELATED TOPICS: REVELL | 1/24
Revell Germany Trabant 601S
Trabant 601S
Revell Germany No. 07256
Model Type: Injection-molded styrene
Molded Colors: White, clear, black
Scale: 1/24
MSRP: $32.02
Pros: Clean moldings; good detail and fit, nice engine and interior; good decals
Cons: Color callouts for Revell paint range only
East Germany’s people’s car, the Trabant, was built in several versions from 1958 to 1991. This isn’t the first Revell Germany Trabant kit, but it is the first with a complete engine and comprehensive interior.

Molded in white plastic, the parts feature crisp surface detail and no sign of sink marks. There are a few ejector-pin marks, but most are hidden.

The windshield and windows are thin and clear, and designed to be attached from outside after painting. You will need to paint the rubber seals surrounding the glass, but the moldings are sharp, so it’s relatively easy.

No plated parts are included, but all of the parts that are bare metal on the car are molded on a single sprue, so they can be painted together.

Five tiny vinyl tires feature realistic tread detail and minor mold seams.

Color callouts are provided for Revell paints only. (A conversion chart for Testor paints is available at www.revell.com/support/paint-guide.html.)
Revell Germany Trabant 601S chassis
Decals provide body trim and badges, as well as license plates and national decals for several European countries.

Fortunately, the fit of all the parts is good – it’s sort of like building a watch – except for the air cleaner (Part A30), which sits a fraction of an inch too tall and interferes with the hood. Trim the locating pins and make sure the part fits snugly atop the engine.

I prepainted almost all of the car’s components before assembly, touching up the paint afterward to remove blemishes.

The interior went together well. I liked the inclusion of pedals and seat belts, as well as the decal instruments.
Revell Germany Trabant 601S trunk
The tires are a soft rubber, and it was easy to remove any shine with a few swipes of sandpaper. The wheels have a unique design, with cutouts on the rims. Combined with the soft, flexible tires, they made wheel assembly easy. The fit is snug – no glue needed – and there was no distortion. The steering is posable but not sloppy.

The windows fit cleanly. The only fiddly bit was the trim; it’s aluminum with black rubber strip in the center that requires careful painting.

The thin decals went down well, but I needed a little Pledge Future floor finish to secure the tiny hub emblems.

The finished model really nails the Trabi’s anachronistic style. I had a blast building this kit.

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