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FROM THE August 2011 ISSUE

Revell Germany Salzgitter AMG Mercedes DTM

Revell Germany Salzgitter AMG Mercedes DTM
Revell Germany Salzgitter AMG Mercedes DTM 2
Revell Germany Salzgitter 3
AMG Mercedes DTM
Revell Germany No. 07127
Model Type: Injection-molded styrene
Molded Colors: White, gray, clear
Scale: 1/24
MSRP: $41.45
Pros: Excellent parts fit; Cartograf decals; detailed interior
Cons: Roll cage/seat mounting sequence incorrect; some chrome plating flaked off

To complement its Audi A4 DTM releases, Revell Germany has released its competitor in the series: the AMG Mercedes C-class.

A total of 123 parts molded in white, light gray, and clear fill the box. Oddly, the only parts molded in light gray (the main body and nose) are the only parts that need to be painted white. There is also a large, beautifully printed Cartograf decal sheet.

The engine is a relatively simple nine-piece assembly, with a decent amount of detail – most of which will be hidden. All of the parts fit exceptionally well.

The chassis assembly starts with the large floor pan. It has front and rear lower A-arms molded in place, and nice surface detail underneath. The poseable front suspension is fairly simple, but solid and looks convincing. Instructions call for you to melt the ends of the pins of the front spindles to hold them and the tie-rod in place. I found it unnecessary; small dimples in the pins snapped in and held quite well. 

The rear suspension is more complicated, and features a full transaxle with driveshaft, upper A-arms, half-shafts, and uprights – all of which are almost completely hidden upon final assembly.  The exhaust is supplied as a chrome-plated part, and as I started scraping down the mold seams, the chrome began flaking off in large bits; it isn’t chrome on real thing anyway.

Mounting of the wheels is a bit odd.  The brake rotors/calipers are sand-wiched between front and rear wheel halves. The attachment is sturdy, though, with no wheel wobble. The wheels should be stripped of their chrome plating and repainted; I used nonbuffing aluminum Metalizer. 

The main interior tub is adorned with nearly 25 additional pieces, to make for a highly detailed assembly. Have your paint-mixing jars handy; you will be making custom blends to simulate the various composite materials. 

The seat is made up of two parts, with molded-in lap belts. One neat touch is the separate shoulder belts are made to drape over the back of the seat, which is how most drivers would leave them so they’re out of the way when they need to get back in. 

The roll cage is made up of a large upper piece and separate sides. The X member at the back of the upper part was broken off, but was no problem repairing it. There is nice padding detail on the roll cage around the drivers’ seat.  Decals are provided for the instrument panel, one of the small electrical boxes, and the Mercedes logo for the center of the steering wheel. 

The only problem I encountered was that the instructions call for mounting the seat before the roll cage, which makes it impossible to get the lower bar of the cage into its spot behind the seat. You can wiggle the seat in after the cage is installed.

The body looks great; little cleanup was necessary before paint and test-fitting of the nose and rear fenders confirmed a near-perfect fit. A masking template for the nose is provided on the instruction sheet, and it fit with only minor trimming around the louvers.

The decals all worked beautifully and required only minor applications of Microsol. Front and rear windows were perfect, and only some minor trimming of the side glass around the fuel filler was necessary (probably because of some paint buildup). 

I am extremely impressed with this kit and really enjoyed every step of the build.


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