Model kit manufacturer Revell announced that the first annual Make ‘n Take Day will be held Saturday, March 8, 2008. Young modelers (or anyone wishing to begin the hobby) will have the opportunity to go to participating local hobby stores and build a special-edition Revell SnapTite Camaro Concept Car kit.
This nation-wide event is a wonderful opportunity for kids to make perhaps their first trip to a hobby shop and exit with a complete kit ready for display. The well-detailed car is only available at these Make ‘n Take Day events and is designed for easy assembly. The plastic pieces are molded in color and snap together, so no paint or glue is required.
Revell has already shipped more than 50,000 of these special-edition kits to hobby shops around the country. Many local model kit clubs are planning to volunteer at the hobby shops to assist kids (and their parents) with building tips and tricks. If you’re a model builder, be sure to check at your local hobby store and see if they need volunteers for the day—getting kids interested in model cars today can spark their interest in real vehicles. To find a participating hobby shop in your area, go to www.revell.com and click on their Make ‘n Take Day logo.
Julie Baron of Revell was kind enough to send me the Camaro Concept Car kit for this article. Like many of you, I’ve built models since I was a kid and struggled with glue and paint, but this is the first molded-in-color, SnapTite kit I’ve attempted. And I must admit, I’m very impressed with how well these 39 pieces lock into place, and how good the finished model looks. It’ll take you a good half-hour to assemble this kit—a bit longer if you’re super-careful with the decals. The only tools you’ll need are an X-acto knife, tweezers and a small Phillips-head screwdriver.
No painting required! The body is molded in silver, while the interior and chassis are molded in black plastic. Among the 39 pieces are chrome parts, a clear windshield, sticker sheet, and red taillights that add nice finishing touches.