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Revell-Monogram 2004 Dodge Intrepid R/T

October 2005
2004 Dodge Intrepid R/T
Revell-Monogram No. 85-2855
Model Type: Injection-molded styrene
Molded Colors: White, black, clear
Scale: 1/24
MSRP: $16.75
Pros: Corrected front end and headlights, nice driver's seat
Cons: Hollow tires, updates needed in some areas of this and other NASCAR kits
In today's NASCAR racing, when someone mentions the "young guns," names such as Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jimmie Johnson, Matt Kenseth, and Kevin Harvick come to mind. On that list you will also find Ryan Newman.

Since he burst onto the scene as a rookie in 2002, he has made his mark. He has numerous victories, and is a leading candidate to place his car on the pole at almost every race. Based on these results and more, it was a no-brainer for Revell-Monogram to add Ryan's 2004 Dodge Intrepid to its kit lineup.

This kit is the second Dodge Intrepid that Revell-Monogram has released with the updated front end. The body also includes all of the corrections from the first release two years ago. The body is thinner and the front valance is lower, to better replicate the real car.

As has been mentioned in other recent Revell-Monogram NASCAR kit reviews, this model is the same in most of its components as in past releases from the last four or five years. These models are desperately lacking the updates to certain areas such as the dash, chassis, and driver's-compartment roll cage. Still, with some simple scratchbuilding, these areas could be improved on your model.

One update that R-M did take care of on this kit was to update the headlight style on the decal sheet.

The model is a pretty basic build, especially if you have built a R-M NSACAR kit before. The one time-consuming task is masking the body to match the decal stripes for the side of the car.

Simply cut out the decals for the side of the car, lay out the separation between black and white, and mask and paint (white first, followed by the masking and then paint the black). They are two basic colors, and so I was able to use some of my stockpiled MCW Dale Earnhardt black and MCW Valvoline white.

As is the case with all Revell-Monogram NASCAR kits from recent years, you will have to deal with the less-than-desirable hollow tires, or swap them out for some older kit tires if you have some on hand.

The kit still comes with the very nice driver's seat, as well as the dash with open gauges.

All in all, it is a very nice kit, with a little painting and decal challenge. A small amount of patience and you will have a very nice representation of Ryan Newman's Intrepid.

I recommend the kit, and as much as I like to build NASCAR kits, I also think that it is time to see some major updates to these kits. 


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