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Revell Audi R8

Audi R8 Revell No. 85-1687
Model Type: Injection-molded styrene snap kit, prepainted body
Molded Colors: Blue, black, clear, red
Scale: 1/24
MSRP: $12.95
Pros: Perfect-first-time build; good paint and details
Cons: Taillights did not fit well; parental assistance needed
My son Brennan, who turned 8 years old in October 2014, recently took his first trip with Dad to the NNL Southern Nationals in Smyrna, Georgia, this past November.

He finally got a good taste of how cool model cars can be, and he told me on the trip home he would like to try building a model car like his pops.

I shared this “piqued” interest with our Editor, and he graciously sent Brennan the new Revell SnapTite Audi R8 to break in his interest in modeling.

The wait through the mail was grueling for him, because the Audi is one of his favorite supercars. He is a big Iron Man movie fan, and he has a tricked-out version on his Need For Speed video game.

After about a week, the package arrived at my work address, and I made his day when I brought it home that evening. Of course, it had to be built that evening, so we set to work.

It is a simple kit, as most Skill Level 1 snap kits should be.

The kit consists of 13 parts that are molded in blue, black, clear, and red.

As Brennan examined the parts, he noticed the blue plastic molded body had a little metallic flake incorporated in it. Revell took care of all the small painted details on the body, such as the C-pillar panels painted in silver, and all of the moldings painted in black – right out of the box.

Even the front and rear four-ring Audi emblems were painted crisply.

The wheels are molded in black, with decent-proportioned tires with no sidewall detail.

Brennan opened the five-step instruction sheet, and began to assemble the car. I sat and observed just to make sure he did not break anything, as new builders often will until they develop the necessary “touch.”

With only 13 parts, he moved fairly quickly, and I was proud to see how well he was doing, and how immersed he was in the kit!

He snapped the seats, dash, and steering wheel in place easily, and moved on to the body.

He had trouble with the taillights; they did not want to be coaxed into their locating holes. It was the only time he needed assistance from me.

After we got past that, he blew through the rest of the build with ease, snapping the tires and wheels together and setting them in the axles on the one- piece chassis.

Another nice feature of the kit is the tampo-printed black border on the glass. There are no screws in this kit; just some push pins that hold the chassis to the mounting towers on the interior.

It was great seeing how proud Brennan was of his first model kit all finished up. He spent a good part of the evening marveling at his accomplishment.

I do not know if he will continue building. I hope he does, but I will not push him if he takes on other interests. But if he comes to me wanting to try another one, I will not hesitate to buy him another kit to try.

This kit was a perfect first-time build, and I recommend it to any new young modelers who are wanting to give the hobby a shot!


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