1985 Oldsmobile 442/FE3-X
This is a review of the Revell ’85 Oldsmobile 442/FE3-X show car. I built it as a factory stock 442.
Zero to very little flash was on the engine components. Two items I disliked were the valve covers and oil pan molded to the block. Should have been separate pieces.
Extremely distinct engraving on the interior pan. Door panels are separate pieces as are the front seats. The rear seat is molded to the interior pan. Dashboard allows two different decals for the gauge cluster and there’s two steering wheels.
The body offers several variations. If you want to build the FE3-X version, additional body panels are available as well as three different front clips. Fortunately the front & rear bumper assemblies also attach to the frame when installing – makes for easier glue points.
I painted the car with Tru-Color metallic cameo white covered with a 2 part urethane clear.
The frame is one piece with a separate one piece front suspension. The rear suspension consists of the rear end with driveshaft attached, sway bar, and shocks. The exhaust system needs to be attached before the rear suspension goes in.
The instructions are several pages long with suggested paint color for specific parts and a numbered list to tell you what part is what .
Revell hit a home run with this kit. The opportunity to build one of two distinct models is wonderful. Thank you to IPMS for allowing me to review this kit.