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FROM THE April 2010 ISSUE

Revell Germany 1969 Corvette Coupe

RELATED TOPICS: REVELL | 1960S | SPORTS CAR | 1/25
Revell Germany 1969 Corvette Coupe
1969 Corvette Coupé
Revell Germany No. 07192
Model Type: Injection-molded styrene
Molded Colors: White, clear, translucent red
Scale: 1/25
MSRP: See dealer
Pros: Well-molded body; big-block engine done well
Cons: Wheel-alignment issues; problems with carbon-fiber decals
The Revell 1969 Corvette kit has been around for about 20 years in a few different configurations.  The “California Wheels” update was its latest version, and that is what is inside the flat and wide Revell Germany box.  Basically it is the Baldwin-Motion `Vette kit with a newly tooled set of wheels and brakes. Having said that, let’s see what’s inside the parts bags:

Most of the parts in the kit are molded in white plastic, with other parts being clear, translucent red, or beautifully chrome-plated. There are also four low-profile vinyl tires for the new wheels that have nice tread detail, but nothing on the sidewalls.  Surprisingly, all of the parts to build the Baldwin-Motion version are in the kit, except for the tires and decals.

The Corvette body is well-molded and captures the look of the 1:1 car well. However, to my eye, I have always thought that the sets of taillights are a tad too close together.  

Revell Germany 1969 Corvette Coupe
All of the emblems and scripts are molded well enough that they should not get lost under paint. They are also on the decal sheet. I chose to remove them from the body in my kit and use the decals. I left the CORVETTE script between the taillights to see if the decals were the same size (they were). They settled down nicely with a light coat of setting solution.  

There are some custom carbon fiber-type graphics on the decal sheet for the body. I did not particularly care for the body-side ones, but attempted to use the one for the hood. This one did not want to follow the compound curves, no matter how hard I tried. I ended up using only a small portion of it.

Revell Germany 1969 Corvette Coupe
The chassis, engine, and interior are as they were in past incarnations of this kit. The engine is a very well done Chevy big-block, which does not include a distributor for the tri-power version that this kit uses.
Chevy big-block
The interior is also nice, and builds up from a bucket, with separate door panels. The chassis features multipiece, well-detailed front and rear suspensions. The new disc brakes are nice, but the decals for them did not fit. The front brakes need to be modified so that the wheels will fit over them; it was easy to miss this in the instruction booklet.  

All of the other versions of this kit that I have built went smoothly; for some unexplained reason, when I built this one, the wheels did not line up in the wheel wells on the right side of the model. I double-checked all of the attachment points, and could not come up with a reason for this.

I was actually surprised that the large wheels and tires did not end up making the model have an unrealistic ride height.

Other than the fit issue, this kit builds up in a breeze. The finished model looks good, and I had fun building it – which is really what it’s all about, right? I would recommend this kit to just about anyone.

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