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Revell Germany Citroën 2CV Charleston

Citroën 2CV Charleston
Revell Germany No. 07095-0389
Model Type: Injection-molded styrene
Molded Colors: Gray, black, clear
Scale: 1/24
MSRP: $32.00
Pros: Overall detail and appearance, easy assembly, option to build open or closed
Cons: Missing details for open-top configuration; tire detail

The Citroën 2CV is a well-known quirky and lovable car for the masses built by Citroën between 1948 and 1990; nearly 5 million were built.

Although there have been several previous plastic kits of the 2CV, Revell AG again decided to pull out all the stops and make an all-new highly detailed kit (126 parts) of this car, aimed primarily at European builders.

Compared to Tamiya’s 2CV, the price of the Revell kit in Europe is about half of what the Japanese kit would sell for. Overall detail and quality of this new kit is impressive.

The body is molded with the roof open, giving builders a choice of having the fabric top open or closed. If built open, there are a couple of raised ribs in the body at the perimeter of the open top that are missing.

The body is crisp and clean, save for the mold lines on the front fenders that need to be carefully block-sanded away, while leaving the parking light bezels intact. Incomplete sanding might make the fender look a bit lumpy.

All glass installs from outside (moldings are engraved onto the edges of the glass), and there are separate chrome door handles, wipers, fuel cap, and trunk handle. Decals are provided to help the builder easily achieve the two-tone Charleston trim, as well as emblems, multiple license plates, and bumper trim. The front windows can be open (two-piece assembly) or closed (one-piece).

The interior is built platform-style, and assembly is straightforward. The seat upholstery is the diamond-stitched Charleston pattern. Seat belts are included; for rear passengers they are molded to the rear seat cushion, and for front passengers there are separate belts that mount up along the B-pillar between the front and rear doors, with latches molded to the front seats.

The multipiece dashboard has lots of detail, down to an instrument gauge and the push/pull, slide/rotate shifter.

The 2CV engine and engine compartment stand out; parts count and detail are excellent. There are heater hoses, shift linkage, and a wire loom. This is one kit engine that looks nearly complete without aftermarket parts.

The fan opening is molded in clear, with a decal to represent the protective mesh. Behind the grille you can install a cut piece of vinyl mesh, or apply a clear insert with mesh decal. There are decals for the battery and firewall.

The chassis is straightforward, with workable steering. Engraved detail for the unique 2CV enclosed suspension is present, and assembly is easy.

Wheels are two-piece inner and outer units that trap the axle retainer/hub, and the tires are decent-but-not-outstanding representations of the narrow Michelin X radials designed for and used on the 2CV.
The wheels show the open hub area and lug nuts, and hubcaps are included for the Charleston.

I had a lot of fun building the 2CV; it being unique in subject matter and a bit out of the ordinary in assembly, and I remember seeing them everywhere on the streets of Paris during the late 1970s.

I built the sample kit as a standard 2CV, leaving off the two-tone paint, decals, and hubcaps. I weathered it a bit with pastels and “faded” paint, as a clean-and-pristine 2CV really wasn’t common when I saw so many on the streets. I wouldn’t be surprised to see a more-basic 2CV offered by Revell AG in the future.

This is a really neat kit of a unique and popular car.


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