Revell 1/25 Hummer H2 'CSI Miami' Kit First Look
By Michael Benolkin
|Date of Review||June 2005||Manufacturer||Revell|
|Subject||Hummer H2 'CSI Miami'||Scale||1/25|
|Kit Number||1567||Primary Media||Die Cast Metal/Styrene|
|Pros||Beautiful paint job||Cons|
|Skill Level||Basic||MSRP (USD)||$20.95|
The Hummer was designed to be the replacement 'Jeep'-type utility vehicle for the US Army as the High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle program in 1979 (HMMWV was finally pronounced 'Hummer' or 'HumVee'). As these highly agile vehicles rolled into service, it wasn't long before the manufacturer, AM General, was bombarded for civilian Hummers.
These first civilian Hummers, dubbed H1, had the same off-road utility as their military counterparts, but also faced the same drawbacks in town - it took two parking spaces to park, it was loud inside, and your significant other was seated across a massive DMZ of a center console. I think they called this rugged romance.
At any rate, AM General started work on a more practical SUV form factor, dubbed H2. Rather that re-inventing the wheel, they adopted the Chevrolet Tahoe chassis for the foundation of the vehicle and designed a Hummer-like body to round out the package. The resulting H2 is a more comfortable vehicle for in-town while retaining some of the H1's off-road capabilities.
In their growing line of die-cast body kits, Revell has turned out another impressive kit. This H2 body comes completely finished with all of the window seal trim, lights, and chrome details.
This particular release is made up to look like one of the police vehicles on the television series Crime Scene Investigation (CSI) Miami. While the doors are closed, the rear hatch is hinged to be positionable/movable.
The remainder of the kit is standard styrene with chassis parts molded in black and interior parts molded in blue-gray. There are no markings to put on this vehicle as everything is pre-finished.
The dash board has its instruments, the rear-view mirrors and nicely plated, and of course the chrome wheels are chromed. Aside from some detail painting, there won't be much paint required on this project. Revell has done most of the work for you.
This is not a snap kit as a tube of cement is included in the kit. Nevertheless, the kit will be a snap to assemble as you can see the simplicity of the design and all of the pre-finished details in these photos.
This kit will be an easy build, and will definitely look nice on the shelf. This kit is a must-have for CSI fans and Hummer fans will enjoy the details in this kit.
My sincere thanks to Revell for this review sample!