Revell's 1/24 '39 Chevy Coupe Lowrider
Overview (from instructions)
Today's lowriding scene is very diverse, with a myriad of different styles and car types accepted as part of the "movement". Classic Chevy Impalas, late model coupes, vintage and late model pickups, slick new imports... they're all part of the mix. But the original lowriders, the "bombs," hold a special place in the heart of the true lowriding enthusiast. It is generally agreed that the first lowriders were based on late 30's Chevrolets, and most of the modification tricks used back then are still used today. Most bombs feature mile-deep dark colored paint jobs, lots of rare accessories like sunvisors, auxiliary lights, and, of course, severely lowered suspension.
This kit builds off of an earlier stock '39 Chevy Coupe kit, with really only the body and fenders remaining from the original. Everything else in this kit is new, from the gold wheels to the big Chevy 427 under the hood. The majority of the kit is molded in white plastic, but there is one tree of gold-plated and one tree of chrome-plated parts, as well as a single clear tree with the headlights and window glass.
The engine comes with a pair of 4-barrel carburetors sitting atop a blower. This coupled with the hefty headers running off the block makes the completed engine assembly look huge and completely fills the small engine compartment. The rear end is molded with the rear suspension and this piece fits into the back of the engine, completing the drivetrain assembly.
The interior is very custom, with plush bucket seats in the front and a single side-facing seat in the rear. The rear seat is molded integrally with the tub, while the front seats fit onto the fender piece, which also makes up the interior floor. Looking up, there's a separate clear piece for a sunroof should you choose to cut out the opening in the roof. Final exterior details include bumpers, head and taillights, separate trunk latch, and an optional hood scoop.
The decal sheet has a lot of custom trim typical of lowriders that will show up well on the candy emerald green finish. There are also decal license plates in two choices as well as window decals.
If you are into lowriders this kit should be an important piece to your collection, as it shows the beginning of the lowrider movement. The custom parts eliminate any need to modify a stock kit, and the gold-plated parts are a definite must-have for a lowrider.
Our thanks to Revell-Monogram for the review sample.