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Revell 2016 Corvette Stingray

2016 Corvette Stingray
Revell No. 85-4425
Model Type: Injection-molded
Molded Colors: White, clear, translucent red, black
Scale: 1/25
MSRP: $19.95
Pros: Represents the look of the 1:1 car well; nice stance
Cons: Some parts-fit issues; mold lines on tires
Molded in white, clear, translucent red, and chrome, the kit consists of 61 pieces, plus four semisoft tires and two metal axles. The black trim on the glass is prepainted. 

The decal sheet contains the badging, dashboard details, caliper lettering (in silver and black), underhood reservoir caps, plus side and rear marker lights.  There is a Florida state license and generic 2016 plate.

This is a full-detail kit, but with its metal axles, it has a bit of a promo feel. Granted, the transaxle is molded into the somewhat-curbside-like chassis, as are some of the suspension parts, but much of what could be rendered as individual pieces would also not be visible after assembly. It is a trade-off for easier assembly.

The body is molded nicely and captures the car’s shape well, but has some mold parting lines that must be dealt with.  They are not heavy, but they are on body line edges, and need to be carefully removed so as to not soften those character lines.

Only a little filler was required in a few tiny spots to deal with sink marks that are present above both door handles, on the front fascia just outside the headlights below the panel lines, and by the left-rear horizontal reflector near the license plate.

It is advisable to test fit the clear headlight pieces into the body prior to painting. The two pins that help them fit in the body were cut down 50% to make each drop in instead of snapping in place. Even with the prepaint work, the clear part did not fit uniformly from side-to-side.

I also test-fitted the windows and taillights prior to painting. I cut off the two rearward pins inside the roof that lock the glass in place. The taillights presented no issues.

The rear spoiler is a bit fiddly, but with a little patience, it fits – except the center “third” taillight is absent, creating an incorrect “flow through” effect in the center of the spoiler.

The engine builds up nicely and fits well; the detail level is on par with the rest of the kit.

The tires are rather generic, with blank sidewalls; not that uncommon these days, but there are mold lines with flash on the sidewalls too.

The rear tires fit much better when installed backward from what is shown in the instructions.

But if the front tires are installed to make the tread pattern match the reversed rears, they won’t fit properly.

I found a photo of the kit-provided wheels with the recesses painted black. A simple airbrushed coat of black, followed by wiping off the faces, was all it took to achieve that look. 

No interior rearview mirror is provided. Also unaccounted for are faces for the side-view mirrors, even though they are recessed more than enough to accept such parts. 

To get the inner front wheel wells to line up with the body wheel arches, I cut off about 3/32 inch from the rear tabs on the interior and chassis. In order to get the front under-panel/spoiler to fit flush, I had to remove the cooling fan part, cut off the two mounting tabs, and reinstall it as high up as possible.

The rest of the parts fit well. Yet there is more flash on the parts than I’d expect from a tool this new.

The fully-assembled model sits properly, and it does a good job of representing the 1:1 car. Despite some issues, it builds into a sharp model.


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