Atlantis 1/48 '55 Chevy 2 ton Stake Truck
|PRICE:||$20.00 or so|
|REVIEWER:||Scott Van Aken|
|NOTES:||Reboxed Revell kit.|
Back when Revell USA was bought out by a German hedge fund, they did not want any of the older kits from the 50s and 60s. Atlantis saw an opportunity to enlarge its catalog and purchased the molds. These are kits from not only Revell, but the various companies absorbed into Revell USA that include Renwall, Aurora, and Monogram.
In the 50s and 60s, Revell did a number of interesting kits of vehicles in 1/48 scale that include this 1955 Chevrolet Stake Truck. Molded in blue, the molding looks very nice for its age. One 'feature' of these older kits is that the parts seem to depart from the sprue on their own and such is the case with this kit as there were many loose in the sealed bag.
While lacking in the sort of detail we expect today, this one is not a curbside, but comes complete with a Blue Flame six cylinder engine. The interior is built onto the frame and this is followed by the multipiece cab and engine minus the hood. The suspension and the various single piece wheels are then attached before moving on to all of the stake pieces that fit onto the flat bed. Unlike the original releases of this kit, Atlantis has provided clear bits for the windows and windscreen. I have been informed by John Scott that this will be a continued feature of these old Revell kits as Atlantis continues with their release schedule and it is a great addition. There are no chrome parts as working trucks like this had very few items like that. For those bit you may which to have look like chrome, you'll need to paint them. The kit comes with a nice load of barrels and boxes as well as two figures.
Instructions are basically what Revell offered in the day. Construction steps are well done and the back of the instructions provides an overall painting guide as well as decal placement. In addition to decals for the cargo, there are two options for the doors of the truck. No front license plate is provided, though there is one for the rear.
You are thinking that this would be a nice nostalgia build for those of us old enough to remember its first release and you are correct. However, it would also make for a very nice diorama piece. These trucks were used quite a bit in the military and they came with a variety of different items for the bed. The kit is not expensive and is something that will add nicely to any 1/48 vehicle collection.
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