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MCW Resin Replicas 1964 Oldsmobile Cutlass 442

Model Type: Resin
Scale: 1/25
MSRP: $40
Pros: Wheel options, helpful instructions
Cons: Mating the doghouse to the body, lack of chrome parts
1964 was a landmark year in the American car market, when GM’s Pontiac division debuted the GTO, a midsize A-body powered by a mighty 389 V8.

Oldsmobile followed the same formula, cramming the police-duty 330 V8 (plus a host of other heavy-duty components) into its midsize A-bodies, the F-85 and Cutlass. While not an immediate success, the 4-4-2 (4-barrel carburetor, 4-speed manual transmission, dual exhaust) would eventually take its place among muscle car royalty.   

This Model Car World resin transkit is based off the original dealer promo and kit released by AMT. Considering how rare and expensive those are on today’s secondary market, this resin version can be had for a fraction of the cost.

It consists of 24 cast-resinpieces, plus vacuum-formed front and rear windows. There are two wheel choices: a wire wheel, and a full wheel cover. The remaining contents include an air cleaner and carburetor, a full interior, a taillight panel, rear bumper, and front bumper/grille assembly.

None of the parts are chrome plated. I chose to use a chrome-plating service for the front and rear bumper/grille assemblies (my first time), and shot the wheel covers with Alclad II Chrome from my airbrush.

To complete the model, the remaining parts (chassis, firewall, inner fenders, drivetrain, tires, and decals) must be sourced from a donor kit. The suggestion in this kit’s instructions, and a rather good one, is the Lindberg/Round2 1967 Oldsmobile 442. This kit features good detail, assembles easily, and can still be found on shelves and online.

The body is a clean, smooth casting which required only minor cleanup. “Webbing” from the casting process covers the hood opening and all the window openings. Once this is cut away carefully, there are a few divots in the roof and trunk that need filled.

There is some very minor loss of detail on the chrome trim on the corners of the body.

Joining the donor kit’s chassis, firewall, and inner fenders to the resin body requires a fair amount of cutting and test fitting. Luckily the kit includes a one-page, step-by-step tutorial on where to cut.

Once I was satisfied with the fit, the final assembly went smoothly and looked good. The only problem I had during final assembly was the kit’s wheelbase being too long. My quick remedy was fudging the front suspension rearward so the wheels aligned in the openings correctly.

Because Model Car World specializes in factory-matched colors for modelers, the kit includes the color chart for 1964 model year Oldsmobiles – a nice touch. I ordered airbrush-ready L code Regal Mist (MCW 6305) and loved the results.

Model Car World has made the original 442 more accessible to builders. I hope to see more of them on contest tables and in the pages of Scale Auto.

Because of the health risks when working with resin, wear protective gear like a respirator and rubber gloves. Given the level of difficulty in combining the resin body to the donor kit, this kit is recommended, but for experienced  builders only. 


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