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FROM THE December 2010 ISSUE

Monogram 1939 Chevy coupe street rod

1939 Chevy coupe street rod
1939 Chevy coupe street rod
Monogram No. 85-4241
Model Type: Injection-molded styrene
Molded Colors: White, clear
Scale: 1/24
MSRP: $22.96
Pros: Simple construction; nice chrome
Cons: No attachment point for upper pulley on drive belt; dated wheels
The Monogram 1939 Chevy kit has been around for 30 years already, and has been a fixture in the Monogram or Revell catalog for most of it.  

The kit was originally tooled during Monogram’s “less is more” period, meaning that there are not a lot of parts in the box, and some subassemblies are molded as one piece.  

What is in the box has not changed a whole lot during the kit’s lifespan, but that is not necessarily a bad thing.  

This time around it is molded in white plastic. A clear sprue provides the windows and headlight lenses, and there are four generic vinyl tires that used to be Goodyear GT Radials in a past life. The chrome tree in my example was beautifully done and very shiny.  

For a kit of this vintage, I was pleasantly surprised to find the mold lines and sink marks were minimal.
The assembly with the most parts (21) is the blown Chevy 427 engine.  Done in the fashion for the era, the engine and transmission are split down the middle.  The oil pan, oil filter and starter are all molded to the engine.  

The most time-consuming part of this build was eliminating the seam between the halves.  

The blower is chrome, as are the valve covers, which have always had nice SS427 engraving on them.  

The only nit I have with the engine is I did not find a positive attachment point for the upper pulley on the drive belt; it just hovers in front of the blower. 
The chassis features a nice separate frame, to which the simplified front and rear suspensions attach. By “simplified” I mean that between the two of them, they are made up of six pieces. The engraving on these parts is well done, and assembly is almost a snap. 

My other nit with the kit is the very dated, in my opinion, 1980s-style Centerline wheels. A more up-to-date set would do wonders for the finished model.

The interior is also rather simple. The 1980s-style seats contrast sharply with the stock 1939 dashboard. 

The rear and side panels are molded as a unit, with absolutely no detail at all, except for the third seat. 

The body is very well done, to my eye. The hood has open sides in street rod style, and the rest of the body looks pretty much stock.
Separate parts are present for the lights, bumpers, mirrors, gas cap, and antenna. Most of these are chromed. The grilles will benefit from a black wash to bring out their detail.  

I decided to use the flame decals on my build. Laying large decals over compound curves, such as the body of this kit, is usually a real challenge. To my surprise, the decals went on well, with only a few wrinkles.

Overall, I really enjoyed building this kit. If I was asked to describe it in one word, it would be simple.

For its ease of assembly and the look of the finished product, I would recommend this kit for a novice builder who is ready for their first glue kit.


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