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MPC Chevy Blazer Rescue

Chevy Blazer Rescue
MPC No. 797/12
Model Type: Injection-molded styrene snap kit
Molded Colors: White, tan, black
Scale: 1/24
MSRP: $20.99
Pros: Excellent body, great parts fit, nice decals
Cons: Two-piece plastic tires; interior detailing

This Blazer represents a mid-1970s version, with its unique grille for the 1975 or 1976 build version. The kit has 47 parts molded in white, tan, and black, with a nice chrome tree and translucent parts in red and clear.

Being a relatively simple snap kit, the Blazer is a curbside and does not come with an engine. The lower portion of the engine, transmission, and transfer case are molded in relief as part of the nice ladder-style frame. The rest of the drive train consists of a one-piece rear axle assembly, with springs, axle, and drive shaft molded as one unit.

The front suspension is molded in the same manner. With careful cleanup of some mold lines, mild flash, and with some detail-painting, you can bring this rather simple suspension to life.

The two-piece plastic tires require substantial work to mate the halves without a large lip and seam in the center. The chrome wagon-wheel-style rims required no cleanup The combination works well.

The body is proportionally correct, and looks every part the Blazer it represents. With relatively no flash and only some minor parting lines along the side of the roof and in the rear by the taillamps, the body was a breeze to clean up for paint. The glass is clear, with no distortion, and it fits the full-size Blazer’s body well.

Interior features are minimal. Door panel detail is almost nonexistent. The three seats – two front buckets and a rear bench – comprised of two parts each, represent the seating within the interior tub. The dash falls short in the details, with soft engraving and round gauges that are oval and or have jagged edges. Painting and creating a realistic- looking dash is not accomplished easily.

The emergency lighting was a little fiddly; the light bar went together without any issues. The auxiliary lights on the side of the light bar and the spots on the fronts did not fit in the holes provided, and required a small touch of glue to keep them in place.

Decals were nicely registered and laid down well. No decals are provided for the gauge cluster in the interior, though.

This was a quick and fun build, and required no glue other than for the auxiliary lights. All pieces fit well and snapped in tight. This kit is recommended to all builders. 


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