This Night Race Blue Stingray is another fine example of an attractive model for value-minded collectors who prefer 1/18 scale because of its visual impact and its moving parts. Mainly the hood, rear deck, and doors all open on this and most Maisto models in this scale.
The C7 looks great on the shelf, especially in this dark metallic blue paint job. Proportions look accurate, and the headlights and rear light bar look realistic. There also are black plastic air vents and screening on the hood, rear quarter-panels and sides, and for the main grille. The mirrors on the doors have reflective surfaces, and there is black window trim and wipers.
I like a couple of the model's finer touches too, such as red and orange reflectors in front of and behind the wheel wells; the Corvette twin flag logo on the hood; and the Stingray logo on the quarter panels, just in front of the doors. In back, the Corvette also features four chrome center-mounted exhausts. Under the hood is a modestly detailed engine — exactly what you'd expect in this price range — but it features "Corvette" emblazoned on the headers. Plus, the big disc brakes behind the 5-spoke wheels feature red calipers with "Corvette" printed on them.
The Maisto model's tan interior looks good for display purposes, with a detailed dash and gauges. Up close, those seats look like the plastic that they are. Again, for the price (less than $40) this makes a fine shelf display. There's also silver on the dash buttons and knobs, and the gauges look appropriate.
Face it: Many Boomers like Corvettes, and the C7 is the hottest new car to hit the streets in a couple of years. Collectors will want to have their own version, and at this price point many folks can afford a new Stingray!
2014 Chevrolet Stingray
None set, but generally sells between $29.99 and $39.99
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