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  • Member since
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  • From: Rothesay, NB Canada
Revell BMW 320i
Posted by VanceCrozier on Friday, January 08, 2010 8:34 AM

Hey guys, I'm an aircraft guy with a car question! I recently picked up a Revell BMW 320i kit. After working on the undercarriage, wheels etc., I took a closer look at the body... Mine looks sort of like an elephant sat on the frint edge of the roofline!! The A-pillars are bulged out a little & the roofline has a definite droop. I tried soaking it down in hot water, popping the glass in, pushing it into the shape it should be and then dunking it in hot water. ( I feel kinda like a blacksmith!) That helped a little with the bulging A-pillars, but not so much with the roofline. I'm thinking much-hotter water out of a kettle rather than the faucet could either do the trick... or melt the friggin' thing! Any suggestions

On the bench: Italeri 1/72 Henschel 126; Heller 1/72 Curtiss Hawk H.75; Airfix 1/72 Supermarine Swift. And probably a cat when I'm not looking...

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Posted by Brizio on Friday, January 08, 2010 9:02 AM

Which kit and scale?

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  • From: Rothesay, NB Canada
Posted by VanceCrozier on Friday, January 08, 2010 9:09 AM

ahhhhh - I knew I should have grabbed the details off the box!! If I remember correctly it's 1/43 scale, likely an off the shelf mass-market deal. It's part of Revell's "Tuners" series, with optional parts for the flared fenders / spoilers / rally stripes. Is that any help? (Hey, I warned you I'm an airplane guy!!)

On the bench: Italeri 1/72 Henschel 126; Heller 1/72 Curtiss Hawk H.75; Airfix 1/72 Supermarine Swift. And probably a cat when I'm not looking...

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  • From: Brizioland
Posted by Brizio on Friday, January 08, 2010 10:25 AM

Cool! Didn't knew this kit.

But yes you can try with warm or hot water, or also with a hair dryer...

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  • From: Rothesay, NB Canada
Posted by VanceCrozier on Friday, January 08, 2010 11:11 AM

I hadn't heard of it either, just stumbled on it at one of those stock liquidator warehouses. oops - waaaay off on the scale, apparently it's a 1/25 kit. I just ran a search & found one: http://cgi.ebay.ca/REVELL-TUNER-SERIES-BMW-320i-1-25-SCALE-MODEL-CAR-KIT_W0QQitemZ230419653597QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_DefaultDomain_0?hash=item35a614e3dd )

I may give it a shot with a hair dryer, I should be able to better monitor how soft the plastic is getting that way. Thanks Brizio!

On the bench: Italeri 1/72 Henschel 126; Heller 1/72 Curtiss Hawk H.75; Airfix 1/72 Supermarine Swift. And probably a cat when I'm not looking...

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  • From: Brizioland
Posted by Brizio on Friday, January 08, 2010 1:33 PM

Ok in 1/25!

But yes try that hopefull it works! :) Good luck!

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  • From: Charlotte, North Carolina
Posted by the doog on Saturday, January 09, 2010 10:53 AM

At least it wasn't like my MPC Charger 500 that I got a while back! lol! I kid you not---this is the condition it came in! Seems someone left it on a windowsill or near the heater too long! (The eBay seller replaced it for nothing!)

In this case, I just built up a new one--my fear is that you may THINK that you've straightened and corrected it, but when you get to the mating of the body/tub, you might have unacceptable issues with the fit? ALl that work for NOTHIN'!

If I were you, I'd go with either purchasing  a new same kit, or try writing to the company for a replacement body--put the kit build on hold til you get a reply.

My FOTKI model gallery with most of my best models can be found HERE

My real name is "Karl" Smile

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  • From: Rothesay, NB Canada
Posted by VanceCrozier on Tuesday, January 12, 2010 7:37 AM

Ouch - the look on your face on opening the box must have been priceless! I hadn't thought of this situation, I did buy it at a "saurplus stock" store - the boxes may have been in someone's store window or a hot earehouse foe who knows how long.

I've spent a little time dryfitting the body to the frame plate and everything down below seems fine, so I think if I get the roofline & pillers settled down I'm good to go. Your picture is a good reminder to watch how long I keep that hairdryer on the model too! :)

Vance

On the bench: Italeri 1/72 Henschel 126; Heller 1/72 Curtiss Hawk H.75; Airfix 1/72 Supermarine Swift. And probably a cat when I'm not looking...

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  • From: Brizioland
Posted by Brizio on Tuesday, January 12, 2010 9:14 AM

WOW!!! I never seen a damage so on a kit!
That is almost impossible to fix it! Or if you try you spend tooooooo much time probably for nothing.

I hope you already had contacted the seller on ebay.

You can try to contact als oRevell and ask them a body.

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  • From: Rothesay, NB Canada
Posted by VanceCrozier on Tuesday, January 12, 2010 11:20 AM

Hey Brizio - luckily my little BMW is not damaged anywhere near as bad as that pic above, mine should be salvageable with a little heat.

Hmmm, that one could just be built up as-is... I've heard that Dodge products can occasionally just melt like that! Big Smile

On the bench: Italeri 1/72 Henschel 126; Heller 1/72 Curtiss Hawk H.75; Airfix 1/72 Supermarine Swift. And probably a cat when I'm not looking...

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