In front of the "A" pillar, the '66 Chevelle Station Wagon is all muscle car. It was built with the same engine and drive train as one of the most potent muscle cars in history, the Chevelle. But you have to put the kids somewhere. The station wagon's designers stretched the two-door, four-seat car into a four-door, eight-seat wagon.
The kit directions contain a paint guide that you can follow if you so desire, and a beautiful decal sheet should you care to use it. The decal sheet contains decals that will cover most of the side in a wood grain pattern with flames.
The kit features a big block 396 ci engine that’s engraved very well. I changed out the kit chrome-plated valve covers for a resin pair of painted Moroso covers. The engine then got spark plug wires in the correct firing order, alternator support, fuel lines, throttle linkage, an aftermarket air filter, and heater hoses.
The chassis features nice detail. The upper A arms and spare tire well need to added. I glued in the spare tire well before painting the chassis with a dark gray primer. The dual exhaust system is separate items that need to be painted. I used Testors steel for the pipes, aluminum for the mufflers, flat black to highlight the muffler clamps, and some polished aluminum tubing for exhaust tips. The gas tank was also painted in steel just to provide a little color. Front and rear suspension parts need to be glued in after the exhaust system. Disc brakes at all 4 corners are in the box. The kit comes with 5 spoke wheels with no-name tires. I decided to go a little old-school and used wheels and tires from another kit because I wanted “big & littles”.
The interior features a floor, separate side panels that are beautifully engraved, and front and rear seats. The dashboard can be further detailed by adding the instrument panel decals that are supplied. The steering wheel even has a separate chrome-plated horn ring. I added flocking and seat belts to my build.
Oh, my gosh – what a body! It’s a one-piece deal with a separate hood, bumpers, hood vents, taillights, tailgate molding, hood trim, door handles, and rear view mirrors. There’s so much body that was screaming to be painted in a style that would highlight the gorgeous lines of the car. So, here’s what I did. The complete body was air brushed with House of Colors (HOK) lime green pearl over a HOK Orion silver basecoat. The body was then taped and HOK limetime green was fogged onto the sides, rear roof panel, and a hood stripe. After that, I shot water spots on the roof panel and hood stripe. When dry, the whole car was shot with Nexan two-part clear, wet sanded, and rubbed out with Meguirs Scratch X. Bare Metal Foil was then used for the trim and, finally, a good coat of The Treatment Model Car Wax was applied.
This puppy needs to have a matching trailer and matching race car to haul. There’s plenty of power under the hood.
Kudos to Revell for producing such a fine kit, and a thank you to IPMS for the opportunity to build and review a marvelous kit.