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Revell Germany Shelby GT 350 R

Revell Germany 1966 Shelby GT 350 R
1966 Shelby GT 350 R
Revell Germany No. 07193
Model Type: Injection-molded styrene
Molded Colors: White, clear
Scale: 1/24
MSRP: $29.20
Pros: Cartograf decals
Cons: Heavy mold seams; windshield fit issues; interior tub placement tricky
Revell Germany 1966 Shelby GT 350 R
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Revell Germany’s new 1966 Shelby GT 350 R is basically the same kit that Revell puts out here in the US as part of  its “Street Burner” series.  

The kit is molded in white, with clear and plated parts. The parts count is 85-plus, and the kit also features crisp Cartograf decals.

This kit has been around for a while in various incarnations, and shows its age well.  

There are heavy mold seams on almost every part, and there is a weird sink mark on the right side of the roof, just where it meets the sail panel. I opted to leave this area alone, for fear of losing some of the detail around the door frame and rear window.

I started with the body.

The instructions indicate that you should leave off the front and rear bumpers until the final assembly; I opted to install mine first, for ease of painting.  

The front bumper does not line up well, requiring some careful sanding at each end. I also installed the optional lower quarter-panel scoops on either side, to match a few reference photos I found on line.  

Using a silver base, I airbrushed the body with Ford Sapphire Blue, and topped that with two-part automotive urethane.

Revell Germany 1966 Shelby GT 350 R
While the body was drying, I turned my attention to the interior. Assembly was quite straightforward. The interior tub and dashboard were painted with various shades of black, and were detailed according to the instructions.

The best part of this kit, by far, is the Cartograf decals. They are bright, crisp, and have zero bleedthrough. The hood scoop decal does take some extra work with a hair dryer and setting solution, but is well worth the extra effort.  Also included on the sheet are the instrument panel gauges, which add a nice touch of detail to the interior.
Revell Germany 1966 Shelby GT 350 R
The bottom of the car has some nice detail work, with easy front and rear suspension installation. Make sure you remember to paint the underside of the interior tub black, because it shows through in places under the car!  

This is also a good time to adjust or relocate the front and rear axle pins.  The car sits a bit too high, in my opinion, but is passable if left alone.

The underhood detail was carried out according to the instructions, and looks the part when completed.

There is a fit issue when it’s time to install the engine; you will need to sand the ends of each exhaust pipe to allow the engine to seat properly.

The final assembly proved a bit tricky in a few areas – most notably, the windshield. The vent windows are molded into the windshield, forming one continuous piece that is not wide enough. After this piece is in place, there will be a slight gap between the window and the windshield pillar on each side of the car.

The other tricky area is placement of the interior tub inside the body.  If this is not placed perfectly, the body will not sit straight over the chassis.

To sum up, this is a decent kit that is a bit of a challenge to get together. This may frustrate beginners a bit, but moderate-to-experienced modelers should have no problems, and be happy to have this one their shelves!


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