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MCRC 1973 Chevrolet El Camino Transkit

RELATED TOPICS: CHEVROLET | EL CAMINO
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Motor City Resin Casters
Model Type: Resin
Molded Colors: White, clear red, clear, chrome
Scale: 1/25
MSRP: $65
Pros: Major parts fit well; little cleanup required
Cons: Difficult fit for the windshield and taillights; soft trim detail around the truck bed
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Chevy’s El Camino was introduced in 1959 as a response to the success of the Ford Ranchero. Based on the two-door Brookwood station wagon, the coupe-pickup hybrid found an immediate following. Discontinued after 1960, the El Camino was re-introduced on the all new A-body Chevelle platform in 1964 where it stayed through 1977. In ’78, GM moved it to the G-body platform until the El Camino was finally, sadly, discontinued in 1987.

AMT, MPC, Monogram, and Revell have provided modelers with nearly every iteration of El Camino except the ’73-’77 series. But now, thanks to Motor City Resin Casters (MCRC), you can fill that gap with a new resin kit.

The MCRC kit consists of 17 parts: the body, separate hood, firewall, chassis, bumpers, headlight bezels, clear-red taillights, grille, interior, seat, dashboard, steering column and steering wheel, and a vacuum-formed windshield. With a couple of exceptions, the parts are cast in a clean white resin, most of which have already had any flash removed.

Both bumpers are bright, clean, chrome-plated plastic. A small decal sheet provides the side marker lights and a sharp, chrome El Camino name badge for the tailgate.

The chassis is based on the AMT 1969 Oldsmobile 442; you’ll have to source the suspension from that kit. Because the ’73 Chevelle series had an all-new chassis, the ’68-72 GM A-body chassis is not entirely correct. But it does look good when completed and fits the body well. My sample’s chassis showed a slight warp to the right behind the rear axle mount. It didn’t affect mounting the axle or centering the rear wheels, and it’s barely noticeable on the finished car. However, the warp is there.

Overall, the fit of most parts was very good. The only concern I had was with the windshield. The interior sides of the A-pillars are rounded, which required careful filing and sanding to seat the windshield properly.

Some of the trim details were soft on my sample, particularly around the top edge inside the pickup bed. I sharpened the detail with careful sanding, filing, and scribing.

The separate headlight bezels are a nice touch, although the kit does not include headlight lenses. I used lenses from an AMT 1950 Ford convertible and shaped them to fit. I airbrushed the bezels with Molotow Liquid Chrome and SpazStix Ultra Clear (see Scale Auto April 2018, Page 26).

The taillights lacked any surface detail and required work to get them to fit correctly.

To complete the model, I added a Chevy 350 V8 from the MPC Deserter 1984 GMC pickup; it’s one of the nicest examples of the 350 from that era. The wheels and tires came from my spares.

While looking for reference photos, I tripped over a Barrett-Jackson auction listing for an El Camino “with a donated blue door and a primered hood” and featured on the NBC television series My Name is Earl. That clinched it.

I recommend this kit for modelers experienced with resin kits and sourcing parts from other kits to complete a build.


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