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Revell 1995 Lamborghini Diablo VT Roadster

Lamborghini Diablo VT Roadster
Lamborghini Diablo VT Roadster
Revell No. 85-1966
Model Type: Injection-molded styrene
Molded Colors: White, clear
Scale: 1/24
MSRP: $15.95
Pros: Nicely proportioned body; crisp wheel detail
Cons: Parts of body warped; heavy flash; final assembly issues; brittle glass

Revell’s rerelease of the 1995 Lamborghini Diablo VT is basically the same kit as before, with retro Monogram-style box art. The kit shows its age in more than a few places.

The parts are molded in white and clear. The glass is bagged separately, to avoid scratching. The rear taillamps are molded clear; it would have been nice to see them molded in clear red and amber.

The body is molded crisply, with deep panel lines. The proportions are also nicely done. There are a few
mold seams on the nose and rear end that will need a bit of extra attention. 

The rear engine cover on the review kit was warped severely. I heated the part to bring it back into shape, but ultimately decided to glue it down for a better curbside look to the build.

The engine assembly looks great when built up, but the chrome plating needs to be stripped off prior to assembly/painting. The engine is supposed to be aluminum on these cars, and the chrome looks toylike.
Check references when you’re painting, for accuracy.

The interior is also nicely molded, with a decent amount of detail. Most of it will not be seen after final assembly takes place, however.  There are decals for the instrument cluster and center stack controls that add a nice touch.

The front and rear suspensions go together pretty well, and look decent.  Take extra care on step 2, part 13: the instructions have the part being glued to the wrong pins on the chassis. You’ll need to move the part to the two pins directly behind the ones shown in the illustration.

Final assembly is where extra care and time will be needed. The rear clip that surrounds the engine is especially difficult to install. Make sure the rear shocks go down in between the upper control arms, or the rear of the body will not fit flush over the chassis. 

Take care when installing the glass assembly: the fit is extremely tight. I cracked the right quarter glass pressing the unit into final position!

The overall look of the completed model is decent. The ride height is a little high, but passable. Simple, small adjustments can easily be made here if one so desires. 

I recommend this kit for experienced modelers who can think outside the box a little bit to achieve a more-realistic look.


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