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Revell 1977 Pontiac Firebird

1977 Pontiac Firebird
Revell No. 85-4027
Model Type: Injection-molded styrene
Molded Colors: White, black, clear
Scale: 1/25
MSRP: $24.95
Pros: Overall accuracy to original; decals; good instructions; parts fit
Cons: Screws attaching the chassis; no Trans Am labels or sidewall detail
This kit was first issued in 2004 as a diecast, prepainted and decaled, with a metal body and plastic kit parts. At the time, Revell issued several different "movie" cars.

The first thing you notice is that Revell calls this a 1977 Pontiac Firebird. Since we know this was the iconic black- and-gold "Trans Am," I am assuming this is a licensing issue.

As with most kits, this one starts assembly with the engine. This 16-piece unit is a fairly nice representation of the famed 6.6 litre. There is even an air-conditioning compressor, although it is suspended by the fan belt, with no brackets to support it or attach it to the engine.

Next comes the interior. This assembles platform-style and includes the CB radio and requisite cowboy hat. I have to say that this interior builds up into the most accurate assembly I have ever seen anywhere near this scale. There are even decals for the instruments, and a bird decal for the horn button!

The chassis builds up nicely and looks accurate, except for the location of the shocks. Even the separate exhaust system is accurate for a 1977. The wheels are the nicest 7-inch snowflakes that I have seen cast, and come with the Firebird decals for the center caps. The tires appear a tad small, and I would have liked them to have sidewall detail.

Because of the kit’s “metal” roots, the body seems a little wide at the bottom. All metal kits I have seen have this trait. I am pretty sure it is so that the interior shell will fit in the body. Other than that, the body builds up nicely and is convincing.

The decals are simply amazing!  Kudos to whoever designed the double stripes that are so prevalent on this kit. This is accomplished by printing the stripes on a black background. I have never seen this in any scale, and thank you for finally getting this right! Almost all of the stripes are included. Sadly missing, again, are the iconic Trans Am labels. Excellent inclusions in this kit are sun visors that are visible through the clear T-tops, and side mirrors.

Despite the screws that hold the chassis to the body, this is by far the most accurate Firebird kit I have built. I enjoyed building it and have purchased several more. The buildup is thoroughly convincing, and looks really fantastic on my shelf.


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