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Revell Custom Cadillac Lowrider

Custom Cadillac Lowrider
Revell No. 85-4438
Model Type: Injection-molded styrene
Molded Colors: White, clear, chrome, gold
Scale: 1/25
MSRP: $19.95
Pros: Popular conversion on a unique modeling subject; agreeable building experience
Cons: Mild wheelbase misalignment, diecast-esque visual artifacts
TO BEST UNDERSTAND this model, it is important to know two things. First, it started in Revell’s painted die-cast bodied line 13 years ago on the waning wake of the new millennium’s lowrider model craze. Second, it doesn’t represent any sort of true Cadillac straight from the factory.

A 1984 Fleetwood Brougham Coupe is the base, modified with the flush headlights and bumper/lower trim treatment found on 1990+ full-size Cadillac sedans – a hugely popular lowrider modification.

The general design is one of the more detailed Revell die-cast bodied kits from the early aughts. A simple, small-block V8, suspension assemblies from sliding molds to facilitate metal pin axles up front and a full axle for the rear, with an option on the chrome tree for a raised front end. 

The interior floor integrates a trunk surface with separate batteries and hydraulic pumps.

Where the die-cast origins are leveraged to unique effect are in the fully-chromed lower moldings with separate perimeter impact strips. 

They all come together with pins originally meant for heat-swaging, long enough to require trimming in this application – but they allow for a positive fit. 

There’s some clever interlocking of the same variety in the bumper components, only going awry in a rear license plate pin that doesn’t align with its hole in the backup light panel.

Proportional accuracy is affected by compromises inherent to the original die-cast-bodied configuration, particularly in that the body doesn’t roll under enough at the rocker panels though the effect isn’t as bad here as it is in other kits based on die-cast.

With 110-pieces, it’s a straightforward build, but join the interior to the floor pan for installation into the body rather than interior-to-body. Make sure the radiator is in place first. Coaxing the assembly into the body is a bit tricky.

The two-piece, gold wire-wheel inserts and narrow vinyl whitewalls are nicely detailed. Sadly, the front wheels don’t quite center up ideally in the wheel arches. 

Gloss undercoating for the chrome showed runs in spots. While you don’t have to ham-hand it too hard in the assembly, there were many joints happier with accelerated super glue than with plastic cement.

Lowrider enthusiasts hoping for an authentic pleated interior will want the “Donk” version of this kit. The club plaque from previous releases is swapped for window sticker options along with a plethora of new graphics.

This kit has been steadily offered through updated boxings for the better part of a decade. You’re almost certain to see one on any table where lowrider models are displayed, therefore Revell may not be that motivated to enhance or change it.

Discussions on internet forums suggest it might not be a bad idea for Revell to put both interiors, and maybe even a stock wheel option, in a future release. There seems to be some interest in this car as a “phantom” factory offering.

As it stands, though, this kit still occupies a unique place as a dedicated lowrider kit – and its apparent enduring popularity is no surprise once you’ve built one.


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