’53 Chevy Panel Truck

Published: February 8th, 2014     
Box Art
Box Art
Reviewed by: 
Jim Stepanek, IPMS# 48016
Scale: 1/25
Company: Revell, Inc.
Price: $23.95
Product / Stock #: 85-4189

Engine

The kits Chevy 409 can be built with either dual quads or blown. There is flash on the engine parts and after it has been removed, the engine fits together fairly well. Detail of the engine parts is defiantly showing its age.

Chassis

The chassis frame rails are separate from the chassis, which can make for further detailing easier.  The exhaust system, front & rear suspension are also separate pieces.  With a little grinding and relocation of the spindles, the front end can be brought down.  The kit also provides a straight tube axle with leaf springs for building a gasser.

Interior

The interior is a bit on the sparse side so I opted to swap out the kit seats with a pair of resin aftermarket parts.  The door panels are fairly well engraved. 

Body

The door hinges are provided with the kit even though the doors are molded shut.  I opened the driver and rear doors.  Be VERY careful if you open the doors because the styrene is very thin.  Even with care, I snapped the sill panel on the driver side.  After priming the body with Duplicolor grey sandable primer, I shot a few coats of HOK galaxy grey and then Orion silver on the panel.  Then I shot 3 coats of HOK tangerine pearl.   A coat of Nason 2 part urethane clear went over everything.   Only a little bit of wet sanding and polishing with Novus #2 was necessary before applying a coat of The Treatment Model Car Wax.

Thank you to Revell and IPMS for the opportunity to build and review a marvelous kit.

  • Drivers door
    Drivers door
  • Engine compartment
    Engine compartment
  • Front view
    Front view
  • Rear view
    Rear view
  • Aft end
    Aft end
  • Right view
    Right view

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AMT '53 Chevy Panel Truck & AMT '57 Chevy Bel Air HT

I bought these kits from AMT recently. Both Kits were missing parts, parts that didn't fit and needed modification and the decals came off the backing paper torn.  I'll never purchase another AMT kit again!!!

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