Revell 1/25 Hummer H1 Kit First Look
By Jeff Conrad
|Date of Review||January 2006||Manufacturer||Revell|
|Kit Number||1938||Primary Media||Styrene|
|Pros||Good engraving, interesting subject||Cons||Small brake rotors|
|Skill Level||Basic||MSRP (USD)||$15.25|
First released in 1998 in stock form, this version of the kit comes with custom wheels and some interesting looking sticker type decals. This snap-tite format kit contains 39 parts, molded in orange (1), clear (3), and black (23). 8 chrome pieces, 4 vinyl tires, 2 metal axels and screws round out the parts for this offering.
Engine: None – this is a curbside kit.
Chassis: 5 pieces make up the chassis assembly – 4 springs and the chassis plate itself. Nice engraving here, with molded representations of the engine, transfer case, exhaust and muffler as well as the drive shafts. Some careful detail painting and dry brushing here will create a lot of realism.
Wheels and tires: 3 pieces make up each assembly – a wheel, tire and chrome disk brake rotor. The wheels themselves are an incredible scale 27” in diameter! Tires are a no-name rubber-style tire (serious bling here!). The only nit I have here is the size of the disk brake rotors – they are the stock size rotors, and really get lost behind the jumbo tires and wheels. To complete the look you may want to replace with some spares from the parts box. The original wheels and wheel backs are also included, but not the stock tires. An interesting version would be to add some Aoshima aftermarket mudder tires to make a serious off roader out of this kit.
Interior: 7 pieces make up the interior – 4 bucket seats, the dashboard, steering wheel & interior bucket itself. Nice engraving on the floor and seats as well as on the dashboard. Careful detail painting will create a nice effect here as well.
Body: Very nice! Excellent engraving again from Revell (as usual) with nice door hinge and hood top vent detail. Rivets abound all over the back and sides and the simulated canvas top is very convincing. 2 headlights, 1 pc windshield and the one piece body make up this assembly.
Decals: Since this kit is a snap kit the decals are peel and stick – perfect for the young builders. These include simulated side pipes, decals for the seat backs, tail lights and a decal representing 4 huge speaks (more bling!) The decals are sharply printed are well registered.
Overall a very nice kit, and should be a hit with kids as well as adults looking for a unique subject. Kits like this give the experienced builder an opportunity to try new techniques and ideas, as well as a chance to improve basic skills like detail painting and weathering. As is usual for Revell, clean molding & crisp engraving are abundant on this kit. Highly recommended.
Many thanks to Revell for the product sample.
Ed Note: Jeff is a member of Front Range Auto Modelers.