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Revell 1:25 1970 Chevelle SS Complete!

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Revell 1:25 1970 Chevelle SS Complete!
Posted by Retro Joe on Thursday, October 05, 2017 9:23 PM

I discovered very recently that this Revell snap kit has a pretty accurately-proportioned body, so I decided to give it a try. Ten bucks at Hobby Lobby with coupon, so not a lot invested. Only real drawback is a lack of an opening hood (otherwise, I would have used a donor chassis & engine). 

Nicely-proportioned & molded body; accurately-shaped headlight/grille area.
VERY detailed and crisply-ingraved interior components, including separate door panels!
1:25 scale

Had trouble snapping the grille assembly into the headlight reflector plate.
No opening hood. However, the chassis plate is deeply engraved for easy detailing.
There is an extra trim piece at the lower edge of the side windows, which I had to trim, but it was easy to remove.
Light mold seams at C pillars and tops of front fenders.

Body work:

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Posted by Retro Joe on Thursday, October 05, 2017 9:24 PM

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Posted by Retro Joe on Thursday, October 05, 2017 9:28 PM

Made my own custom SS stripes on waterslide decal paper. Wheels are stolen from the AMT 2013 Camaro.



Interior is detailed with the Molotow chrome pen & some flat red on the door panels. Everything else is Model Master semi-gloss black, and the carpet is adhesive red felt from Michaels.

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Posted by Retro Joe on Thursday, October 05, 2017 9:30 PM

Clear coated and window trim foiled:

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Posted by Retro Joe on Thursday, October 05, 2017 9:35 PM

rome "cowl induction" lettering on the hood. Bare Metal foil strips, then red decals with clear letters placed over the chrome strips. Also made decals for the rear side marker strips.

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Posted by TnT on Thursday, October 05, 2017 9:38 PM

Very nice. Like the hood a lot.

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Posted by modelcarjr on Friday, October 06, 2017 5:56 AM

Looks good, Joe! Just curious, did you clear the bright silver leaf or just rub out the paint? When I use a clear over silver it usually changes the color a little darker. Nice work! Cool

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Posted by Retro Joe on Friday, October 06, 2017 7:21 AM
Thanks TnT & Jr! I used wet look clear lacquer over the silver leaf.
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Posted by big-e-models on Friday, October 06, 2017 7:22 AM

Super nice job nice color combo like how the stripes look candy red over the silver paint, did you print the red on clear decal film or is it red decal film? 

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Posted by Retro Joe on Friday, October 06, 2017 8:32 AM
Thanks, big-e! The decals were printed on clear film. Red with black pinstripes. It was a happy accident that they are just slightly transparent, which gives them a really nice candy appearance.
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Posted by justmike on Friday, October 06, 2017 11:16 AM

That is one gorgeous car. Your decals are really nice. I can't get over how the clear fit over the lettering so well

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Posted by Retro Joe on Friday, October 06, 2017 9:38 PM

All done! Finished this 10-day build with front side marker details, foil on the door handles, and a bit of chrome on the SS emblems. Already bought another one of these kits for a future project. The exterior proportions are much better than AMT's kit or Revell's former Monogram 1:24 version. As mentioned before, the interior has some great detail, too! Thanks for looking!

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Posted by shoop on Saturday, October 07, 2017 9:22 AM

Very impressive work.

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Posted by midnightprowler on Sunday, October 08, 2017 6:48 AM

Very well done.

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Posted by TarheelRick on Sunday, October 08, 2017 7:19 AM

Most definitely a fine looking Chevelle.  And as the others have stated those decals came out beautifully.

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Posted by rickr442 on Thursday, October 19, 2017 1:55 AM

Handsome Chevelle! I always thought the AMT body looked as if it had sideswiped a guardrail. This is vastly superior!

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Posted by spencer1984 on Thursday, October 19, 2017 5:53 AM
Beautiful work, the paint and decals look fantastic!
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Posted by Charger01 on Thursday, October 19, 2017 9:25 AM
Excellent build, very nice work!


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Posted by wRECKS BY rANDY on Saturday, December 23, 2017 11:03 AM

Excellent finish on this Chevy, good choice on the two tone colors!!

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  • From: Tacoma, Washington
Posted by Gary Davis on Sunday, December 24, 2017 2:30 PM

Dang Joe...your Talent really shines on this build. The paint and Decal work sure go great together. That interior looks real too! I have a few of these, but haven't got to them as of yet. I wanted to do one as an Asphalt Short track car. But...after seeing how you did this one...I'm thinking maybe a street car would be cool too...LOL...I'll get to it one day.

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  • From: Plano (Dallas), Texas
Posted by mmthrax on Sunday, December 24, 2017 10:23 PM

Hello Joe,

This really turned out great.  I have seen this model at Hobby Lobby, but on the box it looks nothing like yours.  You made it come alive.  Some of the front end shots you have to look twice to see if it is a model!  As far as the "happy accident", happy indeed!  The red stripes look candy-liscious.  Really impressive job sir.  Bravo!


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  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Thursday, November 01, 2018 7:55 AM

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Posted by 60Buick on Thursday, November 01, 2018 9:00 AM

Absolutely beautiful. Looks like the real deal!

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Posted by KWT on Wednesday, November 07, 2018 1:46 PM

Love it! Very nicely done!

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Posted by henri1 on Saturday, November 10, 2018 1:05 PM
who needs that engine after all. A very very fine build isn't it?


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