Revell-Monogram 1/24 Crayola Monte Carlo
|PRICE:||Around $15 or so when new|
|REVIEWER:||Scott Van Aken|
Over the years, I've built several Monogram NASCAR kits, but nothing much newer than the very early 1990s. This is a 1998 Monte Carlo and there are differences between this and the earlier kits. The 358 cubic inch engine is the same and the kit provides a nice one. On this car, the exhaust is routed to the right and left side of the car.
The interior consists of a full roll cage with a built in window net on the driver's side. A more modern form fitted seat is also included. Also in the car are a number of hoses to draw cool air inside. Unlike earlier kits, this one has single shocks all the way around in place of the double shock absorbers in previous cars. It also has a belt driven oil pump at the differential, somthing else different from earlier cars.
Back to the interior, there are pillar braces to keep the windscreen from collapsing on the driver. All the clear bits attach from the outside of the body, and this includes a small NACA vent on the driver's side. The tires have 'Goodyear' already printed on them, which is a nice touch.
Instructions are well done and name each part. A generic color chart is included and the decals are particularly nicely done. There are placed where the builder has to paint dark green, but this is not a major deal and any experienced modeler should be able to pull it off OK. For those who find this car and want a 'real' race car, you can find aftermarket decals, though thanks to lawyers, you'll have to do a pretty thorough search as most the 'usual sources' have been forced to close shop.
If you are a fan of the type or just want to give a NASCAR kit a go and don't care that this car never raced, then give it a go. They are not all that difficult to do and you'll end up with a nice model.
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