Revell 1/25 '70 Chevelle SS 454 Easy Kit Build Review
By Michael Benolkin
|Date of Review||January 2005||Manufacturer||Revell|
|Subject||'70 Chevelle SS 454 Easy Kit||Scale||1/25|
|Kit Number||1932||Primary Media||Styrene|
|Pros||Great fit||Cons||Stickers vice decals|
|Skill Level||Beginner||MSRP (USD)||$15.25|
The 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 454 was one of the most powerful muscle cars that came off the production line. The 454 was rated at 450 horsepower, which could push the Chevelle through the quarter mile at around 13 seconds and 110 mph. If you're looking for a muscle car, the Chevelle is an excellent option, though at these gas prices, you'd best leave it parked!.
The Revell '70 Chevelle SS 454 kit is out of their new "Easy Build" line which takes the old Snap-Tite kit to a higher level of sophistication. The kit comes with the body molded in blue, the chassis in black, the interior parts molded in gray, and the grille, bumpers and wheels chromed. A one-piece front and rear window is molded in perfectly clear styrene.
Revell says this kit will go together nicely with no glue, no paint, and in virtually no time. Since I've been getting depressed lately when I see the child warning on kit boxes that state 8-10 years, I know they really mean that is when I'll get the bloody thing finished these days! With that in mind, I decided to give this a test of instant gratification.
While they provide some nice instructions, this is still what you'd classify as a no-brainer kit. The interior parts snap together, the window snaps into place inside the body shell, followed by the interior tub. The bumpers go into place before the chassis is snapped into location. This whole assembly is then held together with two screws which lock everything down nicely.
The low-rider-styled tires slip onto the chrome wheel hubs, and the hubs friction fit onto an metal axle. Before attaching both wheels on the axle, you must choose which holes in the chassis you'll install the axle through. One set puts the car at normal street height, the other sets the car as a low-rider. Install the axles and wheels according to taste.
Some nice clear headlight lenses and red tail light lenses slip into place to complete the job. I had to open up the holes in the chrome light frames as they had been closed over in the chroming process.
The kit is completed with the help of stickers, not decals. I really wish they'd provide both so the builder has a choice. The stickers are a bit of a pain to apply, but the white hood and trunk panels are stickers. These appear to want to stay put after application, but alignment and getting bubbles out was interesting.
While the assembled model looks not bad as-is, I opted to apply a drop of Tamiya Transparent Orange on the front turn indicators and added a touch of a black oil wash to the front grille to get some contrast, but that was all the painting done to the kit. The more detail-oriented builder might want to take a little more time with painting details.
Revell was absolutely correct about this kit. It goes together quickly, painlessly (except for the stickers) and is indeed instant gratification for the adult builder. This would be a great kit to sit down with your child and build together as it is rugged enough for play upon completion. If you don't have kids of that age (and can't borrow one), then this is still a quick build that might be something different to get your creative juices flowing again.
My sincere thanks to Revell for this review sample.