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FROM THE April 2011 ISSUE

Revell Germany Audi A4 DTM 2009

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Audi A4 DTM 2009
Audi A4 DTM 2009
Revell Germany No. 07177
Model Type: Injection-molded styrene
Molded Colors: White, gray, clear
Scale: 1/24
MSRP: $41.45
Pros: Nice tires and decals; detailed engine
Cons: Issues with poseable steering; some faint sink holes on outer door skins
Revell Germany has recently released the Audi A4 in DTM race trim. A peek inside the box and you are greeted to roughly 150 parts and a decal sheet printed by Cartograf of Italy. The race slick tires are nicely molded in rubber, with no seams.

The eight-piece engine fits well. The two-piece headers are assembled next. The simulated carbon-fiber decals for the valve covers really set off the engine.

The exhaust exits both sides of the car, and is chrome-plated. The plating needs to be removed or toned down and weathered to look more realistic.
Audi A4 DTM front suspension
The front suspension goes together well, except for the poseable steering. The front hubs that hold the wheels have tabs on the ends that insert into the tie rod holes, and are not long enough to be melted on the ends with heat to hold them together. I just glued the parts straight and omitted the poseable-steering feature.

The three-piece rear transmission assembly presses into the chassis plate so tightly that it needed no glue. It has nice molded-in detail; however, it will not be seen after final assembly.

The wheels are three-piece units: front and rear halves, with the rotors and caliper units sandwiched in the center. The 1:1 race car had painted OZ wheels, not polished or chrome-plated. The rotors are molded with excellent detail, and look realistic if they are carefully painted and detailed.

The final chassis steps are the rear fender strafe assemblies. They slip into place on the chassis plate nice and tight. The strafe wings are a bit on the thick side, but their shape is right-on.
Revell Germany Audi A4 DTM 2009
The interior is a well-detailed molded separate tub. The seat is a two-piece assembly with molded-in seat belts. Rather than paint the belts, there are decals provided on the sheet. After they are melted down to the seat with some Micro Sol, they look convincing. The center console is a separate piece, making it easy to paint.

The roll cage is a four-piece assembly that makes the interior look like it’s from Star Wars instead of a race car!

The interior door panels are separate parts that glue to vertical slats that are molded into the body. The only problem is that they create faint sink holes on the outer door skins. They will need to be addressed
prior to primer and paint.

After the interior parts were installed in the body, it was time to install it to the lower chassis assembly. It was a bit tricky, but did not need to be glued because it fit tight enough.

I trimmed out all the clear glass components with a wide black Sharpie. The front and rear glass dropped into place and was glued with Testor’s window maker.

The side glass is all one unit for each side, with the window frames molded into the clear plastic. I trimmed it all out with a black Sharpie.    
Tamiya Audi A4 DTM 2009
The two-piece rear wing is all black, except for the white top and silver sides of the wing. The wing fit nice and tight, requiring no glue to keep it in place.

The front nose assembly has four pieces. The front grille on the 1:1 car has a chrome surround. I applied Bare-Metal foil to the molded-in surround on the kit grille. Finally, I attached the chrome-plated Audi ring unit.

I highly recommend this kit to any DTM fan.

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