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Revell (ex-Monogram) 1979 Mazda RX-7

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  • From: Atlanta GA
Revell (ex-Monogram) 1979 Mazda RX-7
Posted by Zoom Zoom on Friday, August 04, 2017 9:03 AM

This is the second of these reissues I have built; I submitted a racing version expanded review to Scale Auto for future publication and began building this stock version at the same time. Due to the deadline for the review, I had to set this one aside until now. Previously I built the 1996 stock reissue of this kit, so this is the third variant of this kit I've now completed.

This is mostly out-of-box, it's a great fun kit (now finally available again and with both stock and racing versions in the box), there's something about vintage Monogram kits that have just enough full detail, but not many fussy details or build issues that spoil the fun. I painted it to resemble Mach Green, a featured RX7 color at debut but never sold in the US. Because the Monogram kit is modeled after essentially a base-model, early-production RX-7, it has no side molding and only the single driver's side exterior mirror. So to continue the "poverty-spec" theme, I used a set of Fujimi parts-pack vintage Nissan KPGC10 GT-R original 14" steel wheels w/Dunlop tires. The wheels look nearly identical to the stock steelies on the RX7, just a bit it a very mild sleeper appearance. Went with the stock baseline interior in brown & tan; this is a model of a unicorn, a car that didn't really exist at least in terms of buying it from the showroom floor. But Mazda often spit out a few early-run prototypes in different colors, many of which actually were sold to customers, so it's plausible there could have been one in this color scheme in US specs.

Great fun to build this. It's the only 1/24th scale 12A rotary engine offered in any kit. Monogram's RX7 is/was a better kit than Tamiya's, which was a motorized toy masquerading as a model. 

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Posted by Bainford on Friday, August 04, 2017 9:09 AM

Nice build of the Mazda, Bob. I really like what those wheels do for the overall look.

I agree with your comments about Monogram kits of this era. They seem so simplified when you open the box, but the kits go together very well and look great on the shelf. I was excited when this re-issue was announced so it's about time I picked one up.

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Posted by mrmike on Friday, August 04, 2017 10:51 AM

Great build!  I got one of these kits many years ago and while it was a simplified kit, it did build up really nice and looked great!

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Posted by TnT on Friday, August 04, 2017 12:38 PM

Very nice. Never there was a kit of the 7. Some reason i really liked the old 7s, must be the rortary engine. Will have to look for one.

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Posted by midnightprowler on Sunday, August 06, 2017 7:57 AM

Well done! I had a 82 RX-7, and she was a screamer.

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Posted by Zoom Zoom on Tuesday, August 08, 2017 6:37 PM

Thanks for the comments. It was a fun model for sure Cool

Zoom Zoom, aka Bob Downie My Fotki Album The only cure for modeler's ADD is "final assembly and decal placement"
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Posted by oldcarguy on Tuesday, August 15, 2017 6:44 AM


 You know , with Mazdas being found at " World Car " dealers along with KIA I have to ask . Did that paint decide to become Alien green in the KIA catalogue ? That is one very clean build there .That's what I like .



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