The wild Summit Firebird is one of the most eye-catching pro stock cars
on the NHRA drag racing circuit. With its wild flip-flop purple with white
flames paint scheme, the Summit Firebird can't be missed at the starting
line, and driver Mark Pawuk, crew chief Rob Downing, and the Summit Racing
crew are working hard to make sure that the car can't be caught at the
finish line. Pawuk, a 39 year old Ohio native, got his start in drag racing
while he was still in high school and working part-time as a auto mechanic.
By 1981, he was runner-up in the Super Gas category at the U.S. Nationals,
and in 1987 he moved up to Pro Stock. The Summit Racing team finished
the 1998 NHRA season 10th in the points standings, with highlights like
Pawuk's career best elapsed time of 6.889 seconds and a career best top
speed of 199.55 MPH, both set at the Revell Nationals in Dallas. The team
bested those numbers in 1999, achieving a 6.883 E.T. and a top speed of
200.8 MPH! These guys are definitely poised to be among the top contenders
for a Pro Stock championship in the near future.
Revell's kit captures all the excitement and power of this radical
Firebird in an accurate 1/24 scale replica. The all new body and
hood lift off to reveal the highly detailed big block engine and
chassis, with an updated dashboard, shifter mechanism, driver's
seat, rear chassis panel, and wheelie bars. The decal sheet features
complete accurate markings to replicate the Summit Firebird's outstanding
There are 129 parts molded in white, clear, and clear red, and
four vinyl tires. All the parts are very well-molded but some care
will probably be required to get a good fit of the separate front
and rear fascias to the body.
The clear tree contains only the windows, the taillight being
a separate red clear piece, but is packed loose in the box. Luckily,
mine is only slightly scuffed. The "chrome" parts are
shiny and smooth but are also packed loose in the box. Mine are
in perfect condition despite this.
The decal sheet is huge and features all the markings shown on
the box art, including the red-outlined white flame areas and tire
markings. The white appears to be opaque enough to cover the body
color and there are no cautions on the decals or instructions against
using setting solutions. This is a good thing as getting the large
white decal to settle into the creases and details of the front
fascia will undoubtedly be quite a challenge.
The instructions are presented in nine steps using the usual international
symbols rather than text, but the parts are named! A welcome return
of a feature that used to be common in Monogram and Revell kits.
Revell rates this kit as a skill level 3 and I agree. The chassis
and roll cage might prove tricky for inexperienced builders, and
the decals will certainly be a challenge for even experienced modelers.