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The 1968 Chevelle received an all-new distinctly sculpted body with tapered front fenders and a rounded beltline. The car also adopted a long-hood, short-deck profile and a high rear-quarter “kick-up”. The public responded well to this new design by selling a total of 464,669 units, 62,785 of them being equipped with the SS396 L78 package.

Revell’s all new 68 Chevelle comes complete with 201 parts, molded in white with chrome, clear and red transparent parts.  An impressive decal sheet provides 3 color choices for the side accent stripe (red, white, black) along with gauge and under hood details. Revell also includes some nice pad printed red line tires.  The body is nicely molded in white with very little clean up required before going to paint.  I felt that the panel lines were a bit shallow for the doors and trunk and decided to deepen them with a scriber. I would recommend deepening the lines to avoid filling them in with paint.  Also, the right and left taillight housings are separate from the body.  I chose to glue them to the body and re scribe the panel lines before painting.  This decision worked out well, causing no issues during final assembly as well as not having to worry about trying to glue them into place after a fresh paint job.

The engine consists of two engine halves with the transmission molded into the block and a separate oil pan eliminating that pesky seem running down the center.  The valve covers; fuel pump and carburetor are chrome plated.  I would recommend stripping the chrome off the carburetor and fuel pump and finishing them in a metallizer or paint equivalent to make them appear more realistic.  Other parts for the engine include an alternator with bracket, fan belt and pulley assembly, fan clutch; separate water pump, coil and distributor. Once assembled, it builds up into a nice representation of the Chevrolet L78 396ci. 

Revell chose to mold the frame separately from the interior floor pan.  It makes detailing the chassis and floor pans much easier if you choose to do the primer with body overspray effect as I chose to do.  The front fenders are also molded into this assembly.  Careful masking will need to be done to protect the fenders, interior floor and floor pans if painting multiple colors, but the results are well worth it.

The interior consists of 11 separate pieces including separate door panels, front and rear seats, dash, steering wheel and column, shifter and center console.  The interior assembles easily and I didn’t discover any fit issues.  There were some small gaps on the left and right side of the rear seat where it meets the door panels.  I was concerned at first, but after installing the interior into the body, they are unnoticeable.  I thought the option of black and white shift pattern decals was a nice touch to add to the shifter.  Full instrumentation decals are also included for the gauges.

Final assembly was a breeze.  I did have to carefully shave the top of the firewall to get the chassis assembly to fit properly in the body, but overall that was the only challenge I found.  The front and rear windshields are crystal clear warp free and fit perfectly into the recessed areas of the interior.  Once completed, the model sits nice and level and represents the 1:1 car well.  I chose to add a black vinyl top with Rust-O-Leum textured paint and finished the body in GM Butternut yellow courtesy of MCW finishes.  Overall, I would recommend this kit to everyone from beginners to veteran model builders.  This kit assembles well, it’s almost nonexistent of flash, parts fit are great and it was a lot of fun to build. 

Mike Hackey – ACME


Name: Pico Elgin

When did you start building models? – I was about 10 years old and started building military models, primarily planes and ships.

Why? – My Dad was in the Seabees and I started building models of the planes, ships and boats he told me about in his stories.

What was the first model car you built? – 1961 Ford convertible 3:1 kit. I slapped every part in the kit on it and brush painted it with enamel. It was something else.

What types of models do you build? – I like to build models of the most significant cars across different time periods. Those which were significant because of their styling, engineering, or both.

What brand(s) of models do you build the most? – I build mostly my own designs and over the years I developed skills in carving masters, modifying existing kits, and now really focused on using 3D design and printing.

What do you like most about model building? – Hard to say there is just one thing, I Really enjoy doing the initial research and developing new skills to bring the models to life. I truly enjoy building and my building day typically starts at 6:30 AM.

What part(s) of model building do you find the most challenging? – Manually scribing panel lines and other surface details. Sometimes two-tone paint schemes can be very challenging as well.

Anyone special who provided you guidance/inspiration/support? – Yes, Lee Baker influenced many of my builds and provided inspiration for many more.

If you could have one older kit reissued what would it be? – Heller Bugatti Type 50 What new model would you like to see issued? – 1956 Ferrari 250 GTO, body by Zagato, chassis number 0515.

Below are some pictures of Pico’s favorite models and a screen capture of a 3D he is working on in order to print a body.

Even with the weather being as it was 32 people attended the meeting and brought 37 models to the tables for Show & Tell.

The April issue of Scale Auto is pretty incredible with tons of great tips about painting models with various types of paints, etc. and includes 4 pages of coverage from last year’s show with 5 ACME builders having their models pictured.

The club decided on two themes for our club builds for the 2019 show: Ford GT Heritage (Ford GT40’s, and both generations of the new Ford GT) and the new 1934 Ford Pickup. We will have a separate display area for these builds. Remember these can be individual or group builds.

For those participating in the Porsche 959 group build, these can be displayed in the same area.

The models displayed for Show & Tell were awesome and the build quality and level of detail continues to impress me and inspire me to try new things. 

We also kicked off the ACME Model Review program so look for reviews of the Revell Boss 302 Mustang & 68 Chevelle SS396 at our May meeting.

Several people stuck around for the “Working with Resin” round table which provided good insight and guidance on working with resin whether it is a complete resin kit or trans-kit. Will summarize this and work with Scott to make it available on our website.

 

Printable PDF file of the Working with Resin Document:

Working with Resin Documentation

What a show!!! So many incredible models on display from an amazing and talented group of builders from all over the US and even Canada. Had a blast, had a ton of fun, my aching back and feet to prove it. I love it when builders tell us that our show is their favorite show of the year, we work hard to make it the best show possible for all of our guests. The ACME show is voted people’s choice style by the people at the show. Congrats to all the award winners!

Best In Show: David Thibodeau – Model Factory Hiro 1/12 Gulf Porsche 917; dedicated in memory of Peter Wingfield

Bike Week Theme: Terry Love – 1:9 Triumph

Asian Invasion Theme: Rodney Clements – Honda Accord wagon & jet ski combo

Web Theme Non-Tracked Military: Mike Witkowski – Dragon Wagon

Augie Hiscano Award: Bill Cunningham – Scratchbuilt 1953 Lancia D24

Top Ten Awards:

Curtis Dillon – 1970 Maverick Pro Mod

Steve Boutte – 1947 Chevy Coupe

Claude Jones – Geo Storm with trailer

Shane Harrold – 1971 Ford F100 Custom

Dwight Clements – Wagon Rod w/’59 Century Custom boat

Clay Kemp – Clint Boyer #14 Ford Fusion

Jay Savarese – 2017 Corvette C7R Test Mule

Rodney Clements – 1941 Chevy lowrider pickup

James Hart – Custom Mystery Machine

Please note that we have added the 2018 ACME Southern Nationals to our menu on the left side of the page. Included is show information, themes, and flyers. Vendor tables are available; historically by summer we are already sold out and have a waiting list. We look forward to seeing everyone on Saturday, November 3rd, 2018!

Thanks to everyone who made our 20th anniversary Southern Nationals a huge success! 123 builders officially entered 610 models, there were a total of 643 models on display. The quality of builds was amazing as usual, the camaraderie among all the builders was enjoyed by all. Dr. Cranky and Ken Hamilton conducted a pair of very popular seminars. Our show next year moves to November 4, 2017, a week earlier than usual, due to the community center using the gym for Veterans Day 2017. Our themes for 2017 are “Asian Invasion”, any car built in Asia or by an Asian manufacturer, and “Bike Week”, any motorcycles. Our web theme will be announced separately.

A big congratulations to the builders who earned awards:

Deja Vu Theme: David Morton; 1959 Cadillac Convertible

Left Turn Only Theme: Andy Caldwell; 1963 Parnelli Jones Indy Watson Roadster

Web Theme Ford vs. Ferrari @ LeMans: Gale Brown, 2017 Ford GT LM GTE LeMans 2016 LeMans winner

Top Ten: Tom White; 1950 Krupp Titan SWL80 & Hanomag Trailer

Top Ten: Leonard Harold; 2012 Camaro Super Gas

Top Ten: Dennis Matthews; 1958 Impala Lowrider

Top Ten: Calton Temple: 1961 Impala Lowrider

Top Ten: Ken Hamilton; Tire City Diorama

Top Ten: Freddie Pena; 1948 Chevy Coupe

Top Ten: Gary Kulchock; Peterbilt “Binford” Tow Truck Rat Rod

Top Ten: Joe Scavato: 1/16 1933 Cadillac Town Car

Top Ten: Michael Jackson; 1950 Chevy Pickup

Augie Hiscano Memorial Engineering award & Ken Mosezar Best In Show Award: David Morton, 1930 Delahaye “Delah Who?”

Thanks to all who used our advance registration; at this point the advance registration is closed. Register and pay either in the hospitality room Friday evening Nov. 11, or Saturday morning Nov. 12th in the Jonquil Room at the Smyrna Community Center. We look forward to seeing everyone at the show!

Check the links to the left for show information. We have well over 200 models already pre-registered and will accept pre-registration as well as general admission and early-bird purchases through midnight tonight, November 9th 2016. You’ll be able to pick these up at our hospitality room or in the Jonquil room at the community center on Saturday morning. See everyone this weekend, it’s going to be a fantastic show!