Revell's 1/24 '69 Dodge Super Bee 440 Six Pack '2 in 1'
Overview (from instructions)
During 1969, the Chrysler Corporation developed a special version of the Dodge Superbee. Created primarily for drag racing competition, this limited-production performance machine was known as the "440 Six Pack". This designation referred to the potent 440 cubic inch V-8 engine that was fitted with three two-barrel carburetors and a four-speed transmission. This car was distinguished by a removable fiberglass hood that was retained by four quick-release hood pins and was painted in a satin black finish.
Of course, the Dodge Superbee was also a hit with streetrodders and is still today. A dual carb setup with a blower and some custome wheels all around make for a very hot car that will turn heads at any street rod show.
Like all recent Revell releases, this kit comes molded in white plastic, with one chrome-plated sprue, one clear sprue and four vinyl tires rounding out the parts. A decal sheet provides both stock and custom decals. The date on the chassis says 1983, and if this kit has been around that long it's really holding up well. There's very little flash present and the parts all look crisp and clean.
Since this is the 440 Six Pack, it's nice to see that this is well represented in this kit. There are two choices to finishing up the engine. The first is the standard stock example with the three two-barrel carburetors. The second is the custom option with dual carbs and a blower. Whichever choice you go with, this 440 engine will look good under the hood. Up front, there's a three-piece radiator assembly that fits onto the body. The body also has engine bay detailing molded in like the battery. The brake booster, air cleaner and radiator hose are also separate.
The suspension is fairly well detailed in this kit as well, with the front suspension being separate from the chassis and molded as one piece. The rear suspension is molded with the mufflers, exhaust pipes and rear end, with the drive shaft itself being a separate piece. Risers are provided for the custom version to raise the back end a bit.
Moving to the insides, the interior is made up of a one-piece tub that has the rear bench molded in place. The front seats are made up of two pieces, and the dash fits at the front of the tub. The steering wheel, column, and shifter are all separate, as is the rear view mirror. There's no headliner included, but that shouldn't be too hard to take care of.
The rest of the kit is pretty straightforward, with the front and rear bumpers and side mirror being the last main assemblies to go on. There's two different hood choices depending on which version of engine you used. The stock version comes with a hood scoop as a separate piece. Painting instructions are included throughout the instruction sheet, offering color callouts for both the custom and stock versions. The stock version is labeled as being red, but the decals offer both black and white stripes around the rear body, allowing you to finish your car in any of the original colors. Unfortunately the instructions don't offer what those original colors were.
For a kit from the early 80s this molding is holding up very well and when finished you'll have a very nice replica of the '69 Dodge Super Bee. The custom option parts are a nice touch and give you the ability to build a car that no one else has done.
Our thanks to Revell-Monogram for the review sample.