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Almost too good to be true!
on December 11, 2012
First I'll say that Revell's Kenworth W900 and Peterbilt 359 kits are not for everyone. They do not include contest-quality scale details, and many advanced modelers will consider them too easy and too simple. If you enjoy truck kits with 6-10 piece rear view mirrors, and 6-12 piece cabs and sleepers, then you're likely to find these Revel kits too easy. The tires, for example, have no side-wall text whatsoever.
With that said, I consider Revell's two 1:25 scale tractor kits as modeling bargains that can't be beat. I've already completed four of each this year (2012), I have two more of each on hand, and will likely continue buying and building them! And no two are alike.
Most (but not all) of the kit's parts fit so well they snap into place and require little or no glue! Imagine that, parts that actually fit! (Can you hear me AMT?) While some kit manufacturers seem to feel that more parts make a better kit, Revell seems to think that simpler and neater is better. The truck's rear-view mirrors, for example, include CB radio antenna and amber side-lights, yet they're combined into one single piece per side! This makes a neat, strong, and easy to install part. The windows snap into place without glue, so there's no glue-frosted glass! The one-piece cab & sleeper means a strong and perfectly aligned assembly! Even the engine's intake and exhaust system parts all align well (Can you hear me, Italeri?)
I've twice cut the sleepers from the Peterbilt cabs, and completed the models as flatbed trucks, one as a dual axle stakeside, and one as a single axle service truck. I used the removed axle and wheels to build another kit into a stretched chassis tri-axle truck, and used the cut-off sleeper to make a double-sleeper on another stretched-chassis model. The low cost and overall simplicity of these two kits make them very, VERY appealing for kit bashing projects.
Yes, I highly recommend both of Revell's 1:25 scale tractor kits, but with one reservation: I definitely want several more, so don't go buyin' 'em ALL!
G.B., Madison, AL