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Help to confirm identity of a Chevy Bel Air 53 kit

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Help to confirm identity of a Chevy Bel Air 53 kit
Posted by motorcyclemodeler on Sunday, August 20, 2017 1:18 PM

Hi everyone :

 

As the subject indicates, I am requesting help to confirm if the below "glue bomb" is indeed a Revell 1953 Chevy .

I am trying to re-start modelling and will do a quick paint job on this to get things rolling.

Most of it is in bare plastic, on that annoying orange.

What specific model kit number might this be?

I think it was build circa "1980-something" Big Smile, since I got it around 1993 and previous owner stated that he had built it 4 - 5 years before.

Front

Side

Back

Also, if someone have clear scans of the instructions, I will be forever grateful if you can share a copy of the file.

Thanks in advance for any answer.

 

Edgard.

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    May, 2017
  • From: Douglas AZ>
Posted by littletimmy on Monday, August 21, 2017 5:40 PM

I belive the Revell kits of the 53 all had opening doors. This kit does'nt ? I want to say it's an AMT kit but I dont recall them releasing anything in orange plastic.

My best guess is  MPC? but I dont remember them ever doing a 53.

Possably a MONOGRAM. They DID release several kits in orange.

Dont worry about the thumb print.... paint it rust and call it battle damage

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    May, 2015
Posted by Goofy62 on Monday, August 21, 2017 6:00 PM

I believe that the Revell kit was a '54.

At least I know that the Revell sedan delivery was a '54.

The only '53 that I remember was the Monogram '53 Belair hardtop.

Can't seem to open your files so I can't see the photos.

 

Steve

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    December, 2003
  • From: Nova Scotia
Posted by Bainford on Monday, August 21, 2017 7:20 PM

I can't see the pics either, but it sounds like you have a Revell '54 Chevy with the '53 grill fitted.

Revell did a '53 Panel and a '54 sedan. Both of them were better suited as a gasser than road car. The Panel was later marketed as a 54 street custom. Aside from the bodies the two kits were identical, and the chrome tree for each kit was the same, including both a '53 and a '54 grill. The opening doors was an option on these kits (unlike the other Revell 50s Chevies), with the doors molded in place, but with hinges included if you wanted to cut them out. The '54 sedan was available throughout the 70 as an orange gasser, molded in bright orange (during the same era that the '53 Panel was available as the very cool red, white, & blue gasser that we all remember from the 70s). These kits were more simplified than the other Revell Chevys.

 

Power matters in the straights.
Lightness matters everywhere. - Colin Chapman

Trevor

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Posted by 195X on Monday, August 21, 2017 8:40 PM

 

My favorite color is clear. I am also ambidexterous, I can screw up equally well with either hand. I am 53 years old and been building for most of that time. :)

On the bench... somewhere. Pink Panther show car, 1978 Dodge Magnum Charger Daytona Midnight edition SE 300. Mongrel T.

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Posted by Moparlover64 on Monday, August 21, 2017 10:29 PM

Mid to. Late 70s love the. Panel I have both bagged no boxes or instruction ill build them sooner or later built the panel like the box art when I was a kid testors enameled with a brush

Moparlover64

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Posted by Goofy62 on Monday, August 21, 2017 10:40 PM

This is the one I remember.

Mine was molded in red.

 

Steve

 

s-l1000

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Posted by Plowboy on Monday, August 21, 2017 11:50 PM

Was it this one? 

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  • From: Nova Scotia
Posted by Bainford on Tuesday, August 22, 2017 7:37 AM

Power matters in the straights.
Lightness matters everywhere. - Colin Chapman

Trevor

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Posted by oldcarguy on Tuesday, August 22, 2017 11:26 AM

 This is the one I remember !

 The doors were molded closed , BUT , With careful cutting they would be made to open . The hinges , hardware and door panels were there if you wanted to try for stock .

 I got it just after I came back from duty in the far east . I don't think , if memory serves right , that it had stock wheels . I do not remember the Monogram kit at all !

 Now that said . Remember , In Fifty Three and Fifty Four there weren't many differences between the two years . Body-wise that is .

gjgeracci
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Posted by Goofy62 on Tuesday, August 22, 2017 1:09 PM

Not sure what model the Revell kit is, but it doesn't appear to be a Belair.

Looks like a 210 sedan.

The Monogram kit is a Belair 2 door hard top, 1/24th scale.

 

Steve

 

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Posted by aliasT.W. on Thursday, August 24, 2017 11:49 AM

Did anyone get this right? The suspence is killing me. LOL

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  • From: Nova Scotia
Posted by Bainford on Thursday, August 24, 2017 2:35 PM

aliasT.W.

Did anyone get this right? The suspence is killing me. LOL

 

That is going to require some input from the OP. He either needs to provide photos we can see, or chime in and chose from the options presented to verify which kit he has. Then perhaps someone can provide him with the kit number and instruction scan he requested, or whatever.

Power matters in the straights.
Lightness matters everywhere. - Colin Chapman

Trevor

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Posted by motorcyclemodeler on Wednesday, August 30, 2017 8:53 PM

Thanks everyone for all your input.
I have hosted the pictures in my GogglePlus account hoping tho avoid the "killer square from photobucket"

I hope this link will give access to the pictures

 

https://plus.google.com/115231274840475639019/posts/crGs7e7JUAt

 

Best Regards

 

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Posted by aliasT.W. on Wednesday, August 30, 2017 11:10 PM

I'd say Bainford nailed it.

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Posted by motorcyclemodeler on Thursday, August 31, 2017 10:47 AM

Many thanks to LittleTimmy, Goofy62, 195X, Moparlover64,Plowboy,oldcarguy and specially to Bainford. 

Thanks to all of you, I managed to find exactly what kit I have.

It is the 1973 Revell H-1375 '54 Chevy Highboy KIT

Here are the original contents in all its orange gory...err I mean glory Big Smile

Kit content

 

I found the instructions for Revell 85-2084 '53,'54 Chevy Gaser in Revell's site.

I think they have not changed the parts contents and these can be used for references. 

 

Anybody agree with this or should I be on the search of the instructions for H-1375 '54 Chevy Highboy?

 

Best regards.  

 

Update:
I found the original instruction sheet at bill_rules Fotki Album.
Bill_rules is a member of the forum, so THANKS Bill!!

The link, for those interested:

https://public.fotki.com/bill-rules/instruction-sheets/revell/chevrolet/revellh-1205-380-19/

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  • From: Nova Scotia
Posted by Bainford on Thursday, August 31, 2017 1:53 PM

Cheers MM, and good luck with your build. Use a good quality primer to cover that orange. I don't know if orange plastic suffers the same degree of bleed-through as red plastic, but if you are painting it white a barrier may be needed to prevent it.

Power matters in the straights.
Lightness matters everywhere. - Colin Chapman

Trevor

  • Member since
    February, 2006
Posted by motorcyclemodeler on Friday, September 01, 2017 10:12 AM

Bainford, thanks for the tips, I will use an acrylic neon green paint, so I think it will not bleed.
But, just to be on the safe side, I will use a white base as you recommend.

Will post WIP on the forum once I start.

 

Cheers.

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  • From: Fargo, ND
Posted by Lunajammer on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 2:02 PM
It represents hopped up 53/54 Chevy 210. I'm building one as stock, and as mentioned above, I've cut open the doors and will use the hardware provided to hinge them. Your copy is the '53, but you can see in the kit pic that it can also be built as a '54. The flaw is that it's a '54 body and fenders are slightly inaccurate for using the '53 grill. The interior trim is '54 and since the taillights are customs you don't get either the stock '53 or '54.

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