2002 Camaro 2'N1

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Monogram’s re-released their 2002 Camaro kit as a two-in-one offering in the “Motor-City Muscle” series, with decals and extra parts for a stock SS or Z28, or optionally, the 35th Anniversary SS Edition. It’s molded in white plastic, and for the most part is a pretty easy build, though scraping mold lines from parts as well as cleaning up edges and mating surfaces will go a long way to help things fit better.

Planning the build: on my sample, dry-fitting things at the beginning of construction revealed that both the front clip and rear bumper were a little too wide for the body shell, so rather than waiting to attach them until final assembly as the instructions specified, I glued the front to the body shell first and faired it in so the parts matched. I reasoned that I could still assemble all the interior stuff later….turned out I was almost correct (read on).

More planning: The decal sheet provides light gray center inserts for the seats; since it’s the same gray as the “silver” rally stripes for the 35th Anniversary Camaro, I decided to build that version, thinking the colors would coordinate the interior and exterior.

Also on the sheet are underhood placards and instrument panel decals. The instrument panel has raised detail, so I highlighted that with Prismacolor pencils rather than using the decal and it looks great. Nothing against the decals, I just thought it was a shame to hide that nice detail. The little stuff in the engine compartment looks great and the decals all snuggled down with no problem.

I oversprayed the special ten-spoke alloy wheels with some clear gloss acrylic to knock the shine down a little bit.

I found out after I’d started the painting and decal work that the 35th Anniversary version was available only as a convertible or a T-top---the “solid” coupe roof was available on the SS and Z28 models only. Monogram’s provided the “glass” T-top panels as a one-piece decal to apply to the roof to simulate them.

The clear part is a one-piece molding, held in place by “friction fit”---being wedged against the headliner, the front cowl, and the rear deck. It has to be inserted through the windshield opening, and I had a bear of a time trying to get the job done without marring the front fenders with the base of the windshield. To solve the problem, I used a razor saw and cut two relief kerfs in the center part of the clear part---that made it easier for the clear part to flex so I could fit it into the body shell.

The outline to the windshield and rear window is a raised, frosted area on the outer surface which has to be painted black.

The hood hinge pins are small and delicate, so care has to be used not to shear one off when operating the hood---I enlarged the fenders’ holes a little bit to ease the strain on the pins. A little sanding on the edges of the hood resulted in a good fit side-to-side, but I wasn’t real satisfied with its fit at the front clip. The models shown on the box art are the same way, so I think that’s just a slight mis-molding of the hood profile. The only problem I had with the basic assembly was fitting the lower radiator hose into place.

When it came time to join the chassis to the body shell, my earlier semi-transgression of not following the instructions (attaching the front clip early in the build, that is) caused me to have to trim some of the front edge of the chassis in order to insert it inside the front clip. This is hidden from view when the model’s completed, so it wasn’t a big deal.

Parts 29 and 30, the backup lights, are clear pieces, but the lower halves of each should be amber, like the front turn signal lights---I used Tamiya clear orange acrylic on both. There’s also a thin black trim outline to the backup lights and taillights, and a black horizontal line separating the backup lens from the turn signal lens. I used a Sharpie to outline each, and a piece of black decal for the horizontal splitter trim. I lost one of the kit’s fog lights in the rug, so substituted 2mm glass rhinestones instead---these things can be found at craft stores or in the cosmetics section of your local drug store. (Gals use them on fancy fingernail jobs where they sparkle like little diamonds.)

For guidance, the box art shows a yellow Z28 and a red 35th Anniversary model, and according to my research, “Bright Rally Red” was the most popular color for all 2002 Camaros, and that color fit in with the decals---three excellent and complimentary colors on the car: red, black, and silver would look really sharp, I thought. I used Tamiya red and semi-gloss black acrylic to paint my model. In retrospect, I wish I’d used a different body color---that greenish-black roof decal just looks kinda yucky against red. Red and green may go together at Christmas, but not so much on my model.

Oh well, live and learn.

In summary, a very nice model just out of the box, but I did add a hypo-tubing antenna to the right rear fender.

Though the box says “Monogram”, the fine print says “Revell Inc.” so thanks to both entities, to IPMS/USA for the opportunity to review this kit, and to Steve Jahnke for his help with my research.


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