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Revell SnapTite Wrecker

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Revell SnapTite Wrecker
Posted by smhardesty on Thursday, May 11, 2017 10:42 AM

Has anybody built the Revell SnapTite Wrecker? I picked one up on eBay a few days ago and it arrived in the mail today. I opened it and gave it the once over. What I saw real quick looks like it’s a really good kit. Very little flash, and the parts all seemed to be very well formed. There isn’t a real lack of parts for a snap kit and there seems to also be some really nice detail in the parts.

I did a couple different searches and only came up with a few mentions of the SnapTite kit and those were old threads. I’m just curious if anybody has done the SnapTite kit. I know Revell did this truck as a regular kit and a snap kit. Just thought I’d see if anybody had any tips or anything to watch out for.

Steve

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  • From: Podunk, Illinois
Posted by smhardesty on Sunday, May 14, 2017 10:14 AM
Looks like maybe nobody has tried building the SnapTite kit. OK, has anybody built the regular glue kit? As I understand it, the parts in the snap kit are close to the same as in the regular kit. Is anybody aware of any potential pitfalls with the regular kit?

Steve

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KWT
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Posted by KWT on Sunday, May 14, 2017 10:23 AM

I have the glue version, but have yet to start on it... was gonna use it as an updated Cooter's tow truck, but I don't if I'll go that way or not. Look forward to seeing what you do with your kit.

Time well wasted, is not time wasted - John Lennon

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  • From: Podunk, Illinois
Posted by smhardesty on Monday, May 15, 2017 11:13 AM
I am planning on it being pretty much box stock. Not sure if necessity will require me to do any customizing on it, but hope not. I haven't decided for sure on a paint scheme. I did go ahead and pick up a set of decals from the glue version on eBay. I don't like the peel and stick decals in most of the snap kits. I will probably make the final decision on paint after I get the decal sheet and see the colors on them.

Steve

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Posted by Moparlover64 on Monday, May 15, 2017 10:00 PM

I have a few of the snappers tried building one back when it came out. The wrecker body is Awsome but the built snapper just didn't seem detailed enough for my taste so I scrapped it used the wrecker body and pushbumper for a Silverado Partsbox build . love the wrecker body though

Moparlover64

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Posted by Moparlover64 on Monday, May 15, 2017 10:19 PM

I submitted a photo of the results to gallery along with hobbyroom update and a Powerwagon rescue

Moparlover64

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Posted by aliasT.W. on Monday, May 15, 2017 10:34 PM

I hope you don't think me too forward but I say just jump in & build it Steve. Make it look the way you like and add what ever details you feel it needs. Have a little more fun with the building and step back from trying to figure things out.Bill

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Posted by Moparlover64 on Monday, May 15, 2017 11:03 PM

That's what I do but the snap stuff fit and detail seemed to unreal and I have plenty of hacked or parted out kits and the crew cab just fell in place

Moparlover64

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Posted by High octane on Tuesday, May 16, 2017 9:01 AM

I've had that Snap Tite Wrecker kit in my stash for years still sealed. Maybe someday I get around to building it???

High octane

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Posted by smhardesty on Tuesday, May 16, 2017 12:46 PM

Your photos must not be up yet, Moparlover. I didn’t find them anyway.

You’re right, Bill. I’ve reached the point with all my playing around and experimenting with techniques to do different things that I really need to pick one or two kits and go ahead and jump in and start. I just didn’t want to waste a kit learning how I could best do things like sanding out mold lines and imperfections and scribing lines. I have 2 snap kits that I’m going to build first. The wrecker is one and the ‘63 ‘Vette Convertible is the other. Even if I totally waste both those kits I won’t be too awfully upset.

Steve

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Posted by mikemodeler on Tuesday, May 16, 2017 8:16 PM

The wrecker body is the best part of this kit. The tires leave a little to be desired and can be replaced with either ones from the spares box or from a place like Scenes Unlimited, who offer some of the nicest resin cast tires. There isn't any engine detail and the front axle is not representative of what would have come on the real truck. Some people have swapped in the front axle from the recent 77 GMC snow plow truck and made it a 4wd.

I have several of these yet to build- working on a theme in which I build a bunch of different wreckers for a fictious tow company.

The 63 Corvette snap kit is a fantastic kit and I have built 5 of them as slump busters. They have great body proportions and can be detailed fairly well. The wheels are great for a street machine but not realistic for a real car. There are options but this kit has the old metal axle so there are some limitations. One great kit to steal wheels and tires from is the 34 Ford snap kit- nice 5 spoke wheels that look right at home.

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Posted by aliasT.W. on Tuesday, May 16, 2017 8:59 PM

Steve, just take things as they come and work within your physical limits. If your hands get tired of scribing lines move to something less taxing on them, if you feel like you mess something up just remember putty is a model builders friend, LOL. If something pis's you off put it aside. Have fun man, that's what a hobby is all about. I've been doing this for 50 years (off & on) and try to never take it too seriously. Bill.

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Posted by Moparlover64 on Tuesday, May 16, 2017 9:41 PM

I only know how to submit photos to gallery I don't have an outside photo thingy and not very pc friendly with this smarter than me phone I just lost 4 responses I wrote with the accidental fat thumb tiny letter keys syndrome think Jim's pretty busy it's luck of the draw if they get posted when he up dates. I'm bout ready to toss this phone email for pic exchange dmbrickwood6404@gmail its a lot easier for me to drag n drop damned Parkinson's bad today makes me short tempered when things are acting up I'm out thanks for reading happy modelingt

Moparlover64

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Posted by smhardesty on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 1:02 PM

Mike,

Since I’m just beginning I won’t be doing a whole lot of parts swapping for two reasons. One, I don’t have any “spare” parts at this point. Two, I’ve kinda decided to stick pretty close to box stock for nearly all of my builds. The one, big exception will be the Barracuda notchback tribute I’m going to do of my own notchback. I have 4 kits and several aftermarket parts already purchased and waiting for that build. Since the wrecker will be one of the first two I build I expect about the only thing I’ll do will be to use waterslide decals instead of the peel and stick decals in the kit, BMF, and then whatever detailing I can manage to do. Thanks for the heads up on how ell the ‘63 ‘Vette builds. I’ll be looking forward to that, for sure.

Bill,

Yeah, I’m still learning to take things slower. I had a real problem slowing down and learning the extent of my limitations with the health issues. I’m just not used to not being able to do whatever I want. It’s a difficult lesson to learn. I also get frustrated with myself when I’m unable to achieve the level of perfection I think I should. I’m getting better with it as I get older, but historically I don’t handle less than my best at pretty much everything.

Moparlover,

I absolutely HATE trying to text or email with my StupidPhone. You’re right, the keys were made for kids in third grade. Us old guys with bear claws for hands just weren’t meant to type on those things.

 

Steve

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Posted by Moparlover64 on Thursday, May 18, 2017 5:42 PM

I'm glad I'm not alone here on that I agree whole heartedly well put and that's what I'm having issues with. And build again has been an experience now I've got the bug again and not much else to do. Its my therapy and engineering skills are being tested but helping to keep my mind working and my  dexterity is getting a little better.

Moparlover64

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Posted by Tom Louis on Wednesday, May 31, 2017 12:22 AM

Hello Steve, I just saw your thread, here, as I have recently joined the group. Slowly getting acclimated. I used this snap kit to build a race car hauler and had a lot of fun doing so. Here's a picture.

Thunderbass Shufflemaster

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Posted by smhardesty on Thursday, June 01, 2017 11:47 AM
Very nicely done, Tom. I haven't gotten kicked off yet, but hoping to sometime soon.

Steve

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Posted by mudbogginjeepfreek on Monday, November 06, 2017 8:38 AM

Tom Louis

Hello Steve, I just saw your thread, here, as I have recently joined the group. Slowly getting acclimated. I used this snap kit to build a race car hauler and had a lot of fun doing so. Here's a picture.

 

Tom Louis

Hello Steve, I just saw your thread, here, as I have recently joined the group. Slowly getting acclimated. I used this snap kit to build a race car hauler and had a lot of fun doing so. Here's a picture.

 

Tom Louis

Hello Steve, I just saw your thread, here, as I have recently joined the group. Slowly getting acclimated. I used this snap kit to build a race car hauler and had a lot of fun doing so. Here's a picture.

 

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Posted by oldcarguy on Tuesday, November 07, 2017 8:48 AM

Okay , Okay !

 I know I am taking too long to answer . I have that Wrecker in Black ! I believe mine was one of the early releases of this snapper . Having owned a tow truck company It caught my eye .

 I did swap out the wheels and Tires for something as close to my trucks as I could get . The wrecker bed and gear is very close to the " Century " hardware I specified for my trucks .

 It built neatly and looked sharp in my company's colors . My son built his out of the box Stickers and all . I did so to . He and I had fun with this .

 Now , it lends itself to " Wheel Lift " equipment very easily , and looks good that way too .  On the company one , I modified the Boom to The Century type for authenticity .

  All in all a great little model on it's own or modified to what you want .  O.C.G.  P.S. The black plastic was so well done , all I did was polish it . Is the red as good ?

gjgeracci
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Posted by Moparlover64 on Tuesday, November 07, 2017 1:17 PM

Sounds like you have the molded in black captainhook version

Moparlover64

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Posted by High octane on Wednesday, November 08, 2017 4:11 PM

Black plastic, red plastic, blue plastic, whatever. Wash the body and let it dry, then use Tamiya Silver Leaf on the body followed by your primer, color, and clear coats. I've never had a problem with colored plastic using this method.

High octane

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