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Revell 2013 Camaro ZL1

2013 Camaro ZL1 Revell No. 85-4307
Model Type: Injection-molded styrene, prepainted body
Molded Colors: Metallic gray, blue, black, clear
Scale: 1/25
MSRP: $19.95
Pros: Good transition kit
Cons: Slight issue with engine/suspension assembly and
Somewhat of a different approach with my review this time. Actually it is my 10-year-old son, Rexton, who did the building on Revell’s new 2013 Camaro ZL1 kit.

He’s been watching me build models since he was a baby, and after doing a few snap kits, he is moving into building more full glue kits on his own.

This Camaro was a perfect project for him to transition between the two styles of kits, and get more comfortable with a more difficult kit.

Revell designed these kits specifically for modelers who are looking to move up from snap kits to full glue kits, but may be overwhelmed by the complexity of a full glue kit, or the thought of doing all the painting on a bare-white-plastic kit. This made it a perfect project for my son to tackle.

The kit comes in a colorful box, with the body on display behind a clear window. The body is prepainted and clearcoated, with the trim pieces and badges already painted. The windows are finished and installed into the body.

Parts breakdown starts with the basic chassis pan, interior tub, and smaller parts spread out through several metallic gray trees. Two black trees, as well as clear and translucent red pieces for the headlights and taillights.

Four rubber tires, metal axles, and a chrome tree are also included.

Building begins with a somewhat detailed engine assembly that will require glue and paint. Paint callouts are included in the instructions.

With the engine painted and installed, Rexton moved on to installing it in the chassis and adding the lower front suspension. This was really the only part where he ran into trouble.

Getting the engine to sit straight, and keeping the suspension together, seemed to be a bit frustrating. I’m not sure what the issue was, but eventually he got it fairly close, and proceeded to the exhaust system.

The interior required a few pieces to be glued together. The seats are each two pieces, and the dash needed to be glued to the inner door panels. There are opportunities to do some interior painting, but since it was all molded in dark gray plastic, he left it unpainted and just built it according to the instructions. The entire interior can then be glued to the chassis pan, and inserted into the body.

All that is left is to install the tires onto the wheels, and insert the wheels and axles onto the chassis. The front of the chassis can be glued to the front of the body to make sure it all stays together. Then the mirrors are added, and the Camaro is complete.

The kit starts slightly challenging with all the engine work, but then seemed to gradually get easier. It could have easily have been put together in a day or two, but with waiting for the paint and glue to dry, he spread it out over a week or so.

There was a slight issue with the front wheel on one side not lining up in the fender opening, but that could probably be traced back to the troubles he had at the start getting the engine and suspension in.

Overall, I think the kit does exactly what it was designed to do: provide a great transition from easy kits to harder kits, and he’s proud of himself for building it, and seeing it on his shelf.

It definitely left him wanting to work on more models, which was great to see as a dad, and great for the hobby to keep a young builder wanting more.


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