Improving the Revell 1970 Plymouth Hemi Cuda 1/25 scale

by Marcos Cruz © 2014 Modeler Site

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We all have our favourite automotive genres and subjects when it comes to building models and while I consider myself to be pretty versatile, nothing pumps me more than having a Muscle Car on my table as my next project. The newly released Revell Hemi 'Cuda is one of those eagerly awaited kits and one that I just had to build once it became available. The kit offers two different build options, one is a street machine version and the other is a factory stock version. I decided to go with the factory stock version but opted to use different tires and wheels.


I will cover a few particulars on this build and we will see how we can make this kit stand out from the rest by following a few basics that will yield a clean and realistic looking model. Details like engine wiring and plumbing, interior carpet and body painting and polishing will be covered so let's go ahead and have a little fun with this.


First thing to address is the body. As usual with plastic model kits, we will have to eliminate the mold lines that are always present. Start out by using a coarse sanding stick or sand paper if available. Take your time and be careful at this phase, we don't want to compromise the body lines or small details like emblems or badges around the body. Some of these details are replaceable when using photo-etch or decals but for this build we will try to maintain the ones molded on the kit.

The next step is to use a finer grit sand paper. This will help smooth out the plastic from the heavier sanding film previously used to eliminate the mold lines. Make sure to sand down the entire body, the idea is to give the plastic some "tooth" and prepare the surface for the primer and paints to stick better. Make sure to also address the panel lines at this stage. Use a scriber to deepen them and complete the process by adding a dark wash.

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