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Monogram 1982 Corvette

Monogram 1982 Corvette
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1982 Corvette
Monogram No. 85-0885
Model Type: Injection-molded styrene
Molded Colors: White, gray
Scale: 1/24
MSRP: See dealer
Pros: Easy construction; crisp body lines
Cons: Simplified details; some fit problems

The 1982 Corvette was the final version of the "big" Stingray-style body, and it highlighted a few "firsts." It boasted a new kind of 350-cid 5.7-liter V-8 with cross-fire injection. This made the 1982 model the first fuel-injected Corvette in almost two decades.

It was also the first Corvette since 1955 without a stick shift, but rather, a new type 4-speed automatic transmission.

The Monogram kit is simplistic at best, and somewhat resembles that of a snap kit. It consists of 34 parts, featuring parts molded in white and transparent gray, as well as chrome-plated parts, a separate opening hood, soft rubber tires, interior, and chassis. The decal sheet includes stock and custom options.

The chassis is clean, but seems to lack certain details. The rear axle and side exhaust pipes are molded into the chassis. The front suspension is the only separate piece. Accurate painting of the side pipes requires masking off the entire chassis.

The engine assembly consists of five pieces that are fairly well-engraved. Caution is needed when installing the engine at the motor mount/oil pan slots; it is a tight fit, and you must be careful not to break the mounting points.

The radiator and injection system/air cleaner are well engraved and snap into place nicely. The interior tub and dash fit together nicely. The steering wheel seems a little out of scale. The seats are well-engraved, but no backs are included in the kit. You'll need to use sheet styrene to give them a more-realistic appearance.

The body sports the classic Corvette lines well. All of the body lines seem accurate and to scale.

Mold lines were an issue under the nose and on the back panels; I had to do a lot of sanding. The side mirrors snap into place, but need to be manipulated slightly to eliminate any gaps.

There are no separate clear or red taillight lenses; the taillights are molded into the body and will need to be painted by hand.

The chrome wheels are well-engraved, and mate up with the tires nicely when installed on the chassis. They line up with the wheel wells accurately, and give a great-looking stance.

The body snaps to the chassis by way of four "snap type" slots just inside the side pipes. You'll need to take care that the slots do not show after the body is snapped on.

I chose the stock decals, and found them to be well printed and quite opaque. The biggest disappointment for me was the large open areas around the spare tire area, and forward of the front fenders.


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