Revell 1/24 Tony Stewart Home Depot 2005 Monte Carlo Kit First Look
By Jeff Conrad
|Date of Review
|Tony Stewart Home Depot 2005 Monte Carlo
|Styrene, Soft Vinyl
|Good detail, excellent engraving, high parts count
|Outdated dash, lack of some decals
Tony started racing at age 7 winning his first championship in 1980 at age 9. By 1991 was in USAC, winning the championship in 1994. As if that wasn’t enough, in 1995 Tony accomplished what no other driver had ever done before, winning the USAC Triple Crown - a championship in 3 different series (midgets, sprint cars and silver crown cars) in the same season. After winning the IRL championship in 1997 he moved to NASCAR’s Busch Grand National series and, shortly after, the Nextel Cup series. The championship wasn’t long in coming - Tony raced his way to number one in 2002 and again in 2005.
In 1995 Chevy introduced their Monte Carlo for NASCAR competition after a 7 year hiatus. This kit is a 2005 version of Tony Stewart’s Home Depot Monte Carlo NASCAR Nextel Cup ride. The body closely represents the currently approved NASCAR Monte Carlo body, while the chassis is same as has been issued since 2000. This kit also includes a 4 piece driver figure. It’s well molded with poseable arms and full face helmet. Some mold lines will need to be cleaned up before painting. The 7 step instructions are well illustrated and nicely organized. As usual for Revell, the kit parts exhibit good, clean molding and nice crisp engraving.
Assembly starts with the 16 piece engine. This piece represents the SB2 stock car engine, the current Chevy technology in NASCAR. Fine engraving, especially on the transmission, bell housing, and oil pan. Nice looking pulleys and alternator here, with the usual small blob-like molding representing the power steering unit. One downside here is the headers –they have great shape and a good look, but they are hollow on the inside portion facing the engine. It looks as if there should be another part to glue to the inside of each header. A lot of filler will be needed to cure this glitch.
There are 19 pieces to the majority of the chassis assembly. If you’ve ever built a Revell NASCAR kit in the past few years this assembly will be very familiar. Purpose built NASCAR spec chassis here, with extensive roll bar tubing, boxed perimeter frame, and engraving representing the oil and fuel lines. Separate upper A arms and an updated seat are some nice additions here from past NASCAR kits. Another nice feature is Revell’s use of soft vinyl for the window netting and fresh air hoses, which in the past have been molded in plastic. These are far more realistic than earlier kits. There are a few ejector pin marks to clean up, the worst being right behind the seat by the oil tank. For the most part the seat and the rear roll cage should cover up the pin mark. The roll cage pieces are nicely engraved and include welding joints and padding where appropriate. The side cage pieces have some ejector pin marks in the crush panel areas which could prove difficult to clean up, but should be hidden when the model is displayed with the body on. The dash board shows a mostly correct arrangement for 2003 and older cars, but the rules changed for 2004 requiring the teams move all ignition electronics up to the dash (rather than on the crossbar next to the driver.) In defense of Revell, it would be difficult to be profitable if they modified tooling for every rule change NASCAR puts into effect. It wouldn’t be too hard to cut the ignition board off the crossbar and mount it to the dash (it will take a bit of cutting and sanding) or you could go to the aftermarket and pick up a resin replacement dash. In the future it would be nice if Revell would mold the ignition box separate. Other than that, the dash looks pretty good - the dials are molded open to allow the application of a decal behind to create a realistic effect. The rear suspension is a simplified 9 piece affair, with the rear axle and truck arms molded in one piece, making painting an easier chore. The rear axle oil pump and drive belt are present, as well as a separate pumpkin. The front suspension is also a simplified affair, and in a flash back to modelings past, uses metal pins trapped in the lower A-arm/sway bar piece to attach the front wheel/tire assembly.
Wheels & Tires
The 8-hole Aero brand wheels are a single piece affair, and a separate disk brake is included for detail. No calipers are included however. The hollow tires are molded in a soft vinyl, with the usual “D5574” molding in place like we’ve seen in the past 8 years or so. Missing are the “Goodyear” tire sidewall decals (likely royalty issues) so you’ll have to turn to the aftermarket or parts box to make the tires look completely correct.
Body & decals
The body assembly consists of 3 parts – the 1 piece clear glass, hood and body. The body is warp-free, looks good and captures the look of the Monte Carlo well, especially the sloped, aerodynamic “beak”. The only mold lines to clean up are just before the front wheel wells and small lines on the “C” pillars. The hood includes engraving for the 4 hood pins as well as the attachment plates for the hood tethers. The 1 piece glass is very nicely done, with black paint already applied to all the edges, as well as red highlights in the back window for the spring adjustors and the track bar adjuster. The glass snaps into the body and looks good when installed. The 47 piece decal sheet has sharp printing and includes the black portions of the paint scheme around the green house sides. There are also separate decals for the B pillar if the builder decides to paint the black portions themselves. Also included is a uniform decal, complete with seat belts to apply to the chest area of the driver figure. Interestingly, the “Goodyear” decal that mounts on the front wheel well arch is included, but not so with the decals for the tire side walls.
While no new ground is covered in this kit from previous versions, it’s still a great kit for the NASCAR fan. Even if you aren’t a Tony Stewart fan, or if you are but want to build other versions of 2004 & 2005 Nextel Cup cars, this is a worthwhile kit to invest in. Highly Recommended. The author would like to thank Revell for this review sample.