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Revell Germany Audi R8 Spyder

Audi R8 Spyder
Revell Germany No. 07094
Model Type: Injection-molded styrene
Molded Colors: Red, gray
Scale: 1/24
MSRP: $30.25
Pros: Good body proportions; perfect interior
Cons: Tricky final assembly
This kit is very similar to the coupe version that has been available for quite some time, but with some improvements.

All of the 125+ parts are molded cleanly, with excellent detail. I was perplexed that the body is molded in red, but the rear clip and engine bonnet are molded in gray!

The chrome tree contains the wheels, side mirrors, and the headlight and taillight buckets.

The tires are the same as the coupe kit, which at first was a disappointment because they seem small.

The Cartograf decal sheet provides the detail for the interior, engine bay, and exterior markings. There is a sheet of black mesh to add to all intakes.

The V-10 engine assembled flawlessly, with good molded detail. There is no need to overdetail the assembly; most of it is not visible on the completed model.

The lower wishbone independent A- arms are molded to the chassis plate. The upper A-arms, knuckles, and shocks mount rigidly, which ensures the model will sit level. The shocks were a bit small, but again, they are not seen in the final build.

The chrome-plated wheels are unrealistic. I stripped the chrome and painted them with Alclad Chrome, which gives them a proper polished- aluminum look.

The wheels are a little larger diameter than the parts in the coupe R8 kit.  Because the tires are the same as in the coupe, they have to be stretched to fit over the wheels.

The brake rotors are molded with cross-drilled holes in the discs and molded calipers. The decal sheet provides R8 logos, or “Audi sport” logos for the stock or carbon ceramic brakes.

The interior is perfect. Nothing is faintly molded; no detail is overlooked; and it assembled and fit perfectly. I painted the interior with Scalefinishes black interior dye, which provides a realistic leather look.

The decal sheet provides all the gauges and name trim for the entire interior. I picked out some parts with chrome silver with a brush. I also painted some trim components with gloss black mixed with a little silver to simulate carbon fiber.

The body is dead-on proportionwise. I noticed while cleaning up the body that the passenger’s-side panel lines are a little shallower than the driver’s side. A quick deepening with a scribing tool will remedy this. I also cleaned up the convertible top and painted it a contrasting flat black to go along with the overall paint selection of the model.

Final assembly is tricky! The interior needs to be glued inside the body, and then the chassis follows. The chassis has to be fit into the back of the body first. After that is done,  the sides of the body need to be carefully spread to get the wheel wells into the body.

The same needs to be done to get the front of the body snapped into place. The body will not come off, so make sure you are prepared to put it on once!

The front windshield fits so well, I was able to glue it with Testor’s clear window cement. I used a chisel Sharpie on the back side of the glass to do the black border.

The side mirrors were glued in place, front and rear light clear lenses installed, and all decals applied.

What impressed me the most about this kit is how well it sits right out of the box; some Revell kits sit too high.

I strongly recommend this kit to any Audi R8 fan.


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