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Revell 1977 Chevy van

1977 Chevy van
Revell No. 85-1967
Model Type: Injection-molded styrene
Molded Colors: White, black
Scale: 1/25
MSRP: $23.96
Pros: Decal sheet; proportions look correct; fun build
Cons: Heavy body and parts mold lines; nonstock options
The Revell 1977 Chevy van continues the traditional look of earlier, third-generation models produced during the 1970s. This version consists of 81 parts.

The body proportions look correct, with the most notable features being the molded wheel flares.

For those of us who like the stock look, it would have been nice to have the flares as a custom option instead of having them molded to the body.

There is a noticeable mold line running along the side of the body and into the rear section. A lot of sanding is required to eliminate it, but caution must be exercised in order to keep certain details and body lines undisturbed.

I worked on the bare plastic before adding any primer to the body, but I also would suggest priming it and working around the issues afterward until you are satisfied with the results.

The simplified engine consists of 14 parts. It will ultimately be hidden after the chassis is mated to the body.

The chassis is also pretty simple:

The front suspension consists of two upper control arms, and the rest molded to the crossmember as the third piece.

The rear suspension is typical of 1980s Monogram, with a solid rear axle assembly molded as one with the parallel leaf springs and driveshaft.

The chrome tree is well done. The front grille is molded open. Included in the chrome tree are the rally wheels, and these are molded open as well.

The interior consists of nine parts, including the windshield. It comes with high-backed captain’s seats, the correct dashboard, and optional items such as a CB radio and cassette player.

The decal sheet comes with graphics for a custom look or a commercial-type vehicle (in this case, a plumbing contractor).

I must say that the completed model looks quite nice, especially when you opt for the custom graphics.

I also wish that Revell could have included optional wheels instead of just the rally wheels, but the aftermarket guys can help here.

The side mirror was quite tricky to put in place; there is nothing located on the body to help you place it.

I had a lot of fun putting this one together. The kit has a lot of potential for additional customizing, or as a nicely done replica-stock.

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