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Revell 1985 Oldsmobile 442/FE3-X Show Car

Revell No. 85-4446
Molded Colors: White
Scale: 1/25
MSRP: $24.95
Pros: Option to build two models with plenty of parts, complete decal sheet, and parts fit
Cons: Decal carrier film needs to be trimmed in order to allow proper fitment and placement, glass installed from the outside, making it a challenge for a clean install
Oldsmobile brought back the famous 442 nameplate in 1985 with a 180-horsepower 307 cid V8. Additional steps were taken to boost the performance on the special FE3-X Show Car featured at all the major auto shows and seen in many publications.

While I built the FE3-X Show Car version, Revell also provides the option for a 442 model in this two-in-one kit.

Its detailed 24-piece engine pieces together well. The heads, intake manifold, and transmission pan must be mounted separately. Install the air cleaner after the engine is in the bay to make it easier to square off the air intake hose into the cleaner.

Next is the chassis, and its nine components. The rear sway bar is separate while the rear axle assembly and drive shaft are a one-piece affair. Its front axle assembly features the front sway bar already in place.

There are 16 parts for the tire and wheel assemblies on both versions. It's advised to detail-paint the different versions of the wheels, then apply decals for the center caps. Metal axle pins are included for the wheel backs.

The tub-style interior looks great with the rear seats and center console already in place. Door panels are separate, making them easier to detail, and the front seats have separate backs.

The instrument panel is separate from the dash making gauge installation a breeze. Two different steering wheels have their own decals for the centers.

I found the FE3-X to be more challenging, due to the extra parts and accessories around the body. Mate the chassis onto the body first, then install the front and rear fascias and body skirts (which look terrific). Adding the fascias and skirts to the body before adding the chassis is possible, but more challenging. I was pleasantly surprised to see three different front bumpers and two rears.

All glass is installed from the outside so use caution to prevent excessive glue. I found the side windows at the rear to be a little tight, but after light sanding around the edges they popped right into place. I lightly sanded the edges of the rear window until satisfied with the fit.

Work patiently, test-fit, and be cautious when forcing parts into place.

The decal sheet is complete for both versions and includes several unique details to complete either model.

However, I found that the carrier film needed to be trimmed as close as possible to the actual print for the decals to fit snugly in many areas.

Remember to use good lighting when performing this trimming procedure on your decal sheet.

All in all I had a great time putting this one together, especially with the precise and clear instructions.

The FE3-X looks terrific but this kit looks so good that one must buy at least two to also build the 442. Revell’s latest Olds is definitely a must-have.


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