Sunday, January 25, 2009

BEL AIR CRUISER; 1954 CHEVROLET 'POLICE'


Chevrolet gave the top-line a backward-slanted C-pillar, a wrap-around grille, and new taillights for 1954, all of which Sun Star has modeled very accurately for this 1:18 scale Police Car. But the prominent Bel Air side trim and badges are missing and I’ve never seen the ‘bow-tie’ emblems used on the fenders of any version. The diecast body has no mold lines or other flaws and its two-tone black and white paint is smooth and glossy but does have some orange peel. The white stripes, ‘Powerglide’ logo, and glossy but does have some orange peel. The white stripes, ‘Powerglide’ logo, and ‘hockey-stick’ rocker panel trim are all hot-printed, but all other trim is done with carefully fifted chromed parts. Besides the classic black and white paint, the model has generic ‘Police’ markings, flashers, spotlight, and dog dish hubcaps. Although the engine bay is a one-piece molding, details are neatly painted and it looks pretty good.-- SMI April 2007. See more.

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