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MCW Resin Replicas 1965 Oldsmobile Cutlass 442

RELATED TOPICS: MCW | CUTLASS
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MCW No. CUT65HT
Model Type: Resin
Scale: 1/25
MSRP: $40
Pros: Subject has never been offered in styrene; two wheel options
Cons: Body doesn’t match the Lindberg kit’s long wheelbase
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I chose Testor's Bronze Enamel for the block and Alclad II chrome for the resin air cleaner
Much like my recent review of the 1964 version (Scale Auto April 2019), this resin transkit of the 1965 Oldsmobile 442 from Model Car World requires you to provide a donor kit in order to complete it.

Again, I chose the Lindberg 1967 Olds 442 Cutlass Supreme, although the AMT 1966 Olds 442 hardtop or convertible would work too. 

Inside the box, I looked for the styling cues that differentiate this ’65 442 from a ’64. MCW made modifications to its hood, bumpers, grille, taillight panel, and side trim to achieve the look. The interior bucket and all of its components are exactly the same as the ’64. 

The resin body is a clean, smooth cast which required only minor cleanup. I carefully removed the webbing from the casting process from the hood and window openings with a sharp hobby blade. 

Since the origin of this body is the AMT ’64 Oldsmobile F-85, there are sink marks in the roof and trunk that are typical of styrene kits from that era. Unfortunately, I didn’t catch them in the primer stage, and you can see them from just the right angle in my build.    

None of the parts come chrome plated, so plan ahead on how you’d like to chrome the bumpers and wheels. Struggling for ideas?

Look no further than Bob Downie’s article, Do-at-Home Chrome (Scale Auto April 2018).

I replaced some MCW parts with parts from the donor kit. I wanted a more muscular look for my build and opted for the Lindberg Magnum 500 wheels, rather than the wire wheels or full-wheel covers. However, the MCW parts are factory correct according to my references.

I swapped out the resin MCW steering wheel for the styrene one from the AMT; the wheel from the transkit was chunky and would have required extensive correction.

Unlike traditional styrene kits, this resin MCW transkit doesn’t contain an instruction booklet, but rather a one-page, step-by-step tutorial on how to make the kit chassis, firewall, and inner fenders fit the resin body.  

Never released as a scale kit before, the ’65 Cutlass is a unique subject and one that I assume will be very popular for MCW. Finding sharp images of 442s online is pretty easy. The challenge is to find images of the engine block in its original color and sporting the correct air cleaner. I chose Testors bronze enamel for the block and Alclad II chrome for the resin air cleaner.

Aiming to replicate the classy Laurel Mist finish, I chose a bottle of MCW willow green paint from my shelf, which is a close match.

After paint and clear coats, I applied Bare-Metal Foil to the trim work.

Final assembly was relatively painless, apart from correcting the wheelbase. Remember: Because of the health risks involved when working with resin, always wear gloves and a respirator. 

This is a unique 1/25 scale model to add to your collection. If you’re familiar with resin models or attempting a resin build for the first time, MCW’s offering ranks among the better projects and is recommended. 


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