Revell 1/24 Jeff Gordon 2000 Monte Carlo
by John Jameson
This kit represents the Rick Hendrick Chevrolet Monte Carlo entry for the 2000 season as driven by Jeff Gordon. Revell Kit #2568. There have been a lot of changes for the team, Jeff Gordon has an all new crew chief and pit team for 2000 and it has proven to be a challenging year. Jeff won't repeat as champion this year. This kit is built to represent the 2000 Chevrolet Monte Carlo in superspeadway trim.
This Revell kit is molded in 1/24th scale and contains 103 parts. These 103 parts are contained on one clear tree that contains the windows, one rubber vinyl tree, which contains the tires, seven white styrene trees and one white body shell. The Monte Carlo body shell has molded in roof and cowl flaps and the hood and/or body shell can be removed to show off the engine coolant hoses, ignition wiring, and full roll cage with padding.
The decals included in this kit are contained on one 9 x 6" sheet. The sheet includes seatbelts, headlight, taillight, tire and sponsor markings and the yellow, green and blue 'Rainbow Warrior' stripes for the body. This will allow the builder to paint the body 'Metallic Blue' and 'Fluorescent Red'. Then apply the decals to achieve the DuPont Automotive Finishes 'Rainbor Warrior' livery. The decals look excellent. However, the kit decals seem a bit subdued compared with the srtiking yellow numbers and bold stripes I recall from the race at Loudon, NH this year.
The paints called for in the instructions include aluminum, flat black, fluorescent red, light grey, blue metallic, satin black, steel, and yellow. The instructions are clear and outline the build in six main steps, with each main step consisting of 4-6 sub steps. The instructions call for painting and decal placement instructions as well. The kit is rated a skill level 3, 'Most Challenging', ages +12, glue required, don't sniff.
I have said it before but I like the fact that Revell has chosen the 1/24th scale for their recent NASCAR kits, this one included. 1/24th scale just seems that much larger than 1/25th. However slight, the larger scale makes the overall product that much more impressive. The kit decals are of high quality and the molding generally clean and crisp, As a 2000 Chevrolet I am sure there are numerous decals from Slixx to make several variations. Overall I am impressed with the latest NASCAR offering from Revell, with a retail of $10 or so it's a relative bargin for what you get, and the aftermarket variations and add ons are endless so really it's a can't miss kit to have.
Thanks to Revell Monogram for the review sample.