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Revell Kenworth K-100 Aerodyne

Revel No. 85-2514
Molded Colors: White, clear, and lots of chrome
Scale: 1/25
MSRP: $45.95
Pros: Opening doors, nice decal sheet, overall stance
Cons: Extensive parts cleanup required
Kenworth began selling the K-100 cab-over-engine (COE) tractor in 1963, and in 1976 they introduced an industry-first, raised-roof sleeper called the “Aerodyne.”

Revell originally released the K-100 Aerodyne in 1982, and then again in 1996 and 2005 by Revell of Germany. The kit has 284 parts and carries a skill level 5 rating, which I wholeheartedly agree with.

Building a kit with that many parts is a marathon, not a race; if you’re looking for a quick build, or something that goes together easily out of the box, this is not it. With tooling dating back to 1982, there’s a fair amount of flash on the parts, and almost every part in the box requires significant cleanup.

And it’s not just flash — many of the parts’ tabs do not fit into the slots they are meant to fit into. But of course, we are modelers, armed with blades, files and sanding sticks, and should expect some grunt work, right?

Patience, test fitting, and a little extra cleanup will pay off, and in the end you’ll have a fantastic looking model.

The instruction booklet has black and white illustrations. If you’re going for a stock or box-stock look, like I did, many parts of its chassis, suspension, and cab will be shot the same color, so jump ahead in the steps and prepare all of these at the same time, if possible.

The decal sheet features a yellow and gold stripe pattern and “Coast to Coast Transport” livery. It’s likely a fictitious brand, although a web search found numerous companies of the same name. Worth noting are decals for the two woodgrain dashboard instrument panels. They look great and provide a quicker, more accurate alternative to detail painting all the knobs, switches and gauges. All decals are durable and easy to work with, typical of most modern Revell kits.

While the box cover shows a beautifully built green tractor on the front, three of the four side panel photos seem to be of a different model, perhaps a previous release of the K-100. I wish more (and better) photos of the completed build were included. It would help with a few of the complex assemblies and vague connecting points given in the instruction sheet.

There’s an abundance of chrome-plated round and cylinder-shaped parts like the turbochargers, fuel tanks, and exhaust stacks made of two halves that need to be mated. Sadly, gluing those parts together leaves an ugly seam. For the fuel tanks, I stripped the chrome plating, used putty to fill the seams, then primed and painted them a dull aluminum color.

Casting of the diamond-tufted interior panels is well preserved, and looks convincing on the completed build. Because the sleeper portion of the cab lifts off, the interior can be viewed from above. Other functional features on this model include opening side doors, poseable front wheels, and a tilt-forward cab.

Speaking of the interior, it was my favorite part of the build. Joining the dashboard, kick panels, doors and door hinges to the cab was somewhat of a puzzle. After a few test fits, it came together beautifully and put a smile on my face.

This rig sits on 10 rubber Michelin Pilot X tires with nice tread detail. I shot the sidewalls with Dullcote lacquer to give them a more rubber-like appearance.

I am thrilled to have this K100 on my shelf, and I recommend it if you don’t mind the extra work!


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