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Revell 1962 Corvette Roadster

1962 Corvette roadster
1962 Corvette Roadster
Revell No. 85-4277
Model Type: Injection-molded styrene
Molded Colors: White, clear, translucent red
Scale: 1/25
MSRP: $26.95
Pros: Parts fit; interior detail
Cons: Some heavy plating; door mirror; decals a bit flat
Although many of the parts may look similar to the Pro-Modeler kit, this is a completely new tool. The 148 parts are molded in white, clear, or translucent red, and bagged by color. The kit is listed as a 2 ’n 1, with stock or custom options. The custom option is a new set of five-spoke custom wheels with low-profile tires and disc brakes.

The decal sheet is also new, and has a fairly comprehensive set of markings for under the hood and engine, as well as gauges for the dash, all body emblems, three sets of license plates, and some custom graphics.

The only engine option is the fuel-injected 327 small-block. It’s comprised of 27 pieces starting with the usual left and right engine block/transmission halves. Heads, intake manifold and the rest of the ancillaries are separate parts. Molded detail is good as is parts fit. Chrome plating on a few of the parts is very good if not a bit heavy in places. The assembled engine is quite convincing, and with a little added detail could be impressive indeed.

Makeup of the chassis is nearly identical to that of the Pro-Modeler kit, with the exception that the front wheels are no longer steerable. The basic frame is a single piece and is well-represented.      

Instructions for the rear suspension are a bit confusing. They show the leaf springs mounting to the rear axle, but are upside-down from how they should actually attach. The pictures of the completed assembly are correct. The exhaust system is three pieces and features great molded-in detail and fit. Upper and lower radiator hoses are included and fit well, although it was a challenge getting the lower hose into position.

Stock tires are generic, with good tread but no sidewall detail. There are decals for whitewalls. Custom tires have an asymmetric tread so proper care must be taken when installing. Disc brakes for the custom wheels are a plain washer with no caliper.

Being a roadster, interior detail is important, and the kit does not disappoint. There are a couple of ejector-pin marks on the interior floor that need attention, but otherwise detail is good. Separate door panels have excellent relief and need only a little foil trim to bring to life. Molded detail on the dash is good also, and all gauges are represented with decals. The steering wheel seemed a little bland, but
drilling out the holes helped quite a bit.

The body section between the seats is now a separate part, making painting much easier, although I did thin the backside a bit for better fit.

The body seems to capture the shape and proportions of the Corvette well. Molding is quite good, with minimal seams; the most troublesome being at the nose between the “Corvette” lettering and emblem.

The wraparound windshield was scratch-free and clear. Fit is also good, but there is minimal area for gluing to the windshield frame.

My biggest complaint is about the door mirror. It seems pretty crude, and would take some generous reshaping of the base, so I left it off for now.

Slipping the body onto the chassis was relatively painless and revealed a near-perfect fit to the interior.

The decals have a slightly flat sheen and don’t seem as crisply printed as one might expect from a new kit, but they responded well to setting solution and look pretty good.

Overall the build was a pleasant one and I recommend it to anyone with a passion for Corvettes.


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