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58 Chevy Impala Revell Lowrider Series 1/25

April 23, 2011

by Iggy Perez

As the title says, this is a lowrider kit. Hoever, you can build the car stock too. Although there are some low rider kits around, they aren’t that many, so this may be great feature to build this kit or to take parts for kit bashing. But that is not the only thing that makes it different from the very similar 58 Impala from AMT. The box of Revell’s 58 Impala is fully packed with stuff!!

58 Chevy Impala Revell Body

This Revell 58 Impala has opening hood and trunk lid. As you can see guess from the pick above, this model has the body trims as separate parts – that is, as chromed parts, of course. In general, the body is very well modeled, as it has been usual from Revell and Revell/Monogram lately.

58 Chevy Impala Revell Chromed Parts II

This kit is all about chrome. Almost every single trim is made as a chromed part and they look awesome. This can be a nice feature for junker model cars too, as you can carefully bend the trims or put some on the backseat or trunk, for example (you should then fill the moulded gaps on the body). You may also notice that this kit comes with two rear bumpers – one for the continental kit and the regular rear bumper. The door handles are chromed parts too!

58 Chevy Impala Revell Chromed Parts

But that is not all. As you can see above, there are even more chromed parts, such as the valve covers, the brake disks for the lowrider version as well as the air filter and other engine parts.  Of course, the special lowrider rims are also included!

58 Chevy Impala Revell Tires

Did I write lowrider rims? Well, this kit comes also with special lowrider tires too! No big drag wheels or tires this time – after all, this is not a dragster kit. As a real lowrider kit, it also includes two special bigger batteries (truck batteries), that lowriders need to power their special gadgets!

58 Chevy Impala Revell Decals

The are also enough decals too. You may see the white flames above. It also has some pinstripe work (you can barely see them, due to the color). It also has the disc brakes made as decals – maybe properly molded plastic would have been better than decals? The emblems, on the other hand, look pretty neat and give the model car a great finish! The seats aren’t a bad idea either… but not so useful for the junker builders, I believe. Anyway, not everybody builds junk model cars.

58 Chevy Impala Revell Instructions

The instructions are very clear and handy – the usual Revell instructions nowadays.

Pros

  • More than 143 parts!
  • Working trunk lid with detailed trunk interior
  • Red clear parts for the tail lights instead of chromed parts to be painted
  • Lots and lots of chromed parts and body trims! Many options such as the continental kit.
  • Great lowrider parts
  • Stock version also possible

Cons

  • Working doors would have been a nice thing to go with the rest of the great body (AMT has a 58 Impala with working doors but no working trunk lid)
  • Fitting the body trims may be tricky. Be careful not to paint it too thick.
  • No drag racing options
  • No custom front grilles

Conclusion: this is a great kit! Revell has been making some great work lately, and this is another example of that. The pros and cons speak for themselves!

Michael Akai April 23, 2011 at 7:13 pm

From all the Kits named the 58 Chevy Impala is my Favorite, it has plenty of great looking pieces, or could be customized, I have three of them here, and I’m just waiting until I get the use of my hand back.
It’s going to be a mild Custom, painted PearlWhite with pearl Orange, the stickers will go with the colors perfectly.
Thanks guys, catch ya next time.
Mike

Iggy April 26, 2011 at 7:51 pm

Hey Mike,
thanks for posting! Hope your hand get better soon!
Iggy

Don~~In Florida April 26, 2011 at 3:25 am

You are right & I really like the chrome options. What you don’t use here on this project can be used for bashing & there is no end to the options. Thats why I have purchased 59 Caddy parts & incomplete kits in the past, some of the kool stuff works great on other projects. Thanks for the input Iggy, Don

Iggy April 26, 2011 at 7:56 pm

Hey Don,

thanks for your feedback. You’re right, you can do lots of bashing out kits like this one. Extra parts are always very much appreciated by many of us!

I am happy you find the reviews a good input. Some times, while opening a kit just after getting back home from the store, I used to think “man, I wish somebody would have told me what is inside of the box”. Although most of the kits are really cool, some of them are just a bummer or simply not what a special builder may expect. This is how I thought it would be cool to write reviews on kits (I have quite a few anyway).

Have a nice week!

Iggy

Richard February 24, 2012 at 6:02 am

Hi Iggy, I thought that I saw on your site where you or your brother made a rim off the car with holes for the studs and the hub. also the brake drum with studs on the car. Or did I dream it. Keep up the great work. Richard

Iggy February 28, 2012 at 11:11 pm

Hey Richard,

do you mean this build? http://blog.modeljunkyard.com/2010/11/26/1940-ford-coupe-the-beginning-of-modeljunkyard/ I built the brake drums on that one (ages ago) – but I’m not quite sure that that is what you mean…

Or maybe this one? http://blog.modeljunkyard.com/2011/06/25/57-ford-fairlane-500-junker-some-building-tips/

Anyhow, if you saw this, probably here on modeljunkyard or some of the forums were we post our stuff from time to time?

Thanks for posting!

Iggy

Richard April 14, 2012 at 4:06 am

Iggy, I found it! It is the 1/16 57 Chevy Bel Air that you did. Thanks, Richard

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