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Revell 1958 Chevy Impala

1958 Chevy Impala
Revell No. 85-4419
Model Type: Injection-molded styrene
Molded Colors: White, black, clear
Scale: 1/25
MSRP: $20.95
Pros: Simple-yet-detailed build; completed engine looks good; suspension are easy to mount Cons: None
I was pleasantly surprised with the engineering of this kit. It is a somewhat simple build, yet detailed at the same time. The mounting points are well placed and make it easy to know just exactly where each piece locates.

The engine is a two-piece block/transmission 348 with separate oil pan, heads, and intake manifold. The Tri-Power carbs/fuel line, valve covers, and air cleaners are chrome. There is a large stock air cleaner, or custom single pots for each carburetor. This is a good-looking engine when complete.

The chassis plate is separate from the floor pan. The front and rear suspensions are easy to mount, with the rear axle and trailing arms being one piece, and separate coil springs and shocks. The front suspension is a one- piece installation.

The engine and driveshaft fit nicely into the chassis, with the one-piece dual exhaust going in next. Cool-looking chrome tips complete the exhaust.

The tires and wheels assemble with backing plates, whitewall inserts, and beautiful hubcaps with separate spinners and a decal for the center of the spinners. There are short metal axles for mounting the front wheels.

The radiator and support are one piece, with the two-piece shroud mounting to the radiator. This assembly mounts to the front inner fender and floor platform, with the trunk floor installed at the rear.

The front seat is a two-piece assembly with color-matching decals for the front and rear seats. The rear seat back mounts to the rear seat base, which is molded into the floor plate.

The door panels are separate pieces, with the dash mounting to the door panels in usual form. The firewall is installed at this point.

The front windshield, rearview mirror and rear glass go smoothly into the body. All of the chrome trim, including the multipiece headlights, taillights, and bumpers, is installed next.

The body meets the chassis/floor pan assembly, with the trunk lid and hood being held into place at their hinges. The fit of all this was pleasing, with the hood and trunk lids working perfectly. Two black screws at the rear wheel wells hold this together.

If you like those chromed cars of the Fifties, I highly recommend this kit!


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