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Revell F&F 1969 Chevy Camaro

1969 F&F Chevy Camaro
Revell No. 85-4314
Model Type: Injection-molded
Molded Colors: White, black, clear Scale: 1/25
MSRP: $26.95
Pros: Good engine detail; body can be painted as one piece
Cons: None of the license-plate decals are correct for movie car
At first glance, you could be forgiven for assuming you had seen this kit before, but this is brand-new.

It is a fully detailed, build-one-way kit, with a 427 engine. The chassis features separate front suspension components, antisway bar and a multi-piece exhaust system.

The final drive is a Positraction rear end, though for this time period it is still attached to the chassis pan via leaf springs. However, you do get separate shocks.

The kit does have a one-piece interior tub, but the side panels and all seats are separate parts. For the instruments, Revell proved the main dials on the decal sheet.

Some decal softener is useful to get them to seat correctly. The center bar of the steering wheel is also on a decal, as is the Camaro badge for the glove box.

Interior color is your standard muscle-car black, although using different shades, even from different manufacturers, can help break up that overall “black look.” I primed the interior with Humbrol Matt Black, then such as the seat and side panels over-sprayed with the company’s Satin Black, leaving the floor.

The steering wheel was finished in Testor’s Classic Black, and the various grilles, speakers, and instrument panel details were picked out with Humbrol Metallic Black.

Door furniture, handles, etc., were covered in Bare-Metal foil, and finally the chromed shifter was added on the transmission tunnel.

The shifter knob is listed as “aluminum” in the plans, but appears white in the movie.

The engine is well-detailed, without going overboard. There is a two-piece engine block with separate heads and oil pan finished in Chevy Orange. The oil filter even has its own AC decal, although this is mostly hidden after the model is completed. But as is always in these cases of small hidden details, at least you know it’s there!

The transmission is aluminum, as are the headers and exhausts.

There are separate fuel pump, coil, starter, and distributor. Other under-the-hood details are clear washer bottle, battery, and brake servo.

The bodywork is the stock shape of that year’s car, with spoilers added front and rear. The plans indicate leaving off the rear pan until final assembly and the chassis is installed, but it is just possible to cement the pan in position, complete all the painting, and juggle the chassis into place!

The body color is a House of Kolor shade, but in the end I compromised with Testor’s Blue Pearl, which looked correct.

The bodywork and hood were primed with Testor’s Intermediate Blue, which isn’t really a primer, but gives a good base to any “blue” finish. The hood recesses were then lightly sprayed with the Blue Pearl, as were the undersides of the hood, and when they were thoroughly dry, the hood was taped temporarily into place, and the whole bodywork sprayed as a unit.

I didn’t use a top gloss coat; they can sometime make a model too glossy.

The badges are decals – which, even with the best-applied Bare-Metal Foil, is going to look better. The locks for doors and trunk – always a pain, even with BMF – are decals.

Three license plates are provided, though none are correct for the hero car. The only decals really missing are a white “Year One” in the rear window and the prominent red Sparco seat belts.    


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