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Revell 1966 Chevrolet Suburban

1966 Chevrolet Suburban
Revell No. 85-4409
Model Type: Injection-molded styrene
Molded Colors: white, transparent red, chrome
Scale: 1/25
MSRP: $24.95
Pros: “Grand Olde Canyon General Store” decals, easy assembly
Cons: Seating of the top, exhaust system
I couldn’t wait for Revell to release this kit, since I was the one slotted to review it. When I paged through the instructions, I was surprised to see the initial two sections dedicated to building the engine first, then followed by the body construction. Hmm, that’s a bit different.

So I thought about this and how it might affect a new or inexperienced builder. This kit is aimed at folks ages 12 + with a level 4 skill ability. Would 124 total pieces, be too much? I decided to build it as if it was my first model.

The detailed engine has 15 pieces including the two block halves, oil pan with starter and oil filter molded to it (which makes painting tricky), heads, fan belt with pulleys, and exhaust manifolds among others.

It shapes into a solid 283 small-block V8, which I painted Chevy orange with a black oil pan, valve covers, air cleaner, and a steel intake manifold.

The third section goes right to the body, with specific paint instructions using real 1:1 vehicle color codes. I chose to use my own color combination of Krylon aqua and sea glass, with satin aqua as my primer. I shot my first coat of primer on, then started sanding the few mold lines and injection flow marks. Next, I sprayed on my second coat of primer and let it set up.

While waiting, I thumbed through the rest of the instructions and noticed several more pieces that needed to be added to the body and painted. This is where a beginner could really get into trouble, if they didn’t know better. I checked over all of the body parts for any fit issues.

The only problem I had was trying to get the top portion to sit flush on both sides and at the rear of the body.

I marked the parts to their coordinating paint colors. After the body was ready and resanded, I taped it off to paint the top half gloss aqua. Then, I retaped the body and sprayed the lower half with sea glass gloss. Giving it a quick sand, I shot it with three coats and finished painting the other parts.

I began to assemble the chassis and for the most part it was a pretty smooth process.

The placement of the shocks was a little tricky and the spare tire assembly mounting holes needed to be drilled out to fit better. The rest of the chassis went together without any problems.

The exhaust didn’t look quite realistic, but when I put the drive shaft and engine in the chassis, it matched up to the exhaust manifolds fine.

The Suburban’s interior parts are made up of two seat fronts and backs, three pedals, side panels, the dash, steering column and wheel, and separate decals for the seats and dash.

The seat decals went on flawlessly and looked great with the colors I chose. The dash decals were a bit tough to get settled due to the engraving under them, but Testsors Decal Set resolved the issue.

Final assembly was quick once I got all the windows in. However, the radiator, firewall, interior, chassis, and motor needed a little finessing to fit precisely well.

Once completed, I was pleased with the kit and will probably pick up a few more. I would recommend it, but with a dash of caution. Do take your time and plan everything out prior to jumping into the painting and assembly.


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