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Revell Corvette C7.R

Corvette C7.R
Revell No. 85-4304
Model Type: Injection-molded
Molded Colors: White, black, clear
Scale: 1/25
MSRP: $19.95
Pros: No flash; good combination of detail and easy assembly
Cons: Cove decal a bit tricky to apply; roll cage has “donuts” at connection points
This kit features engine detail with a removable hood and racing interior with a full roll cage. All parts are molded in white, and are flash-free. The windshield, side and rear windows are predecorated with black trim. There is only one decal version: the 2016 Rolex 24 at Daytona-winning car.

The nine-piece engine does offer some nicely molded bits; too bad you really can’t see much after installation. The assembly is a little simplified (no transmission or drive train).

“Simple” pretty much describes the chassis assembly too. The front lower A-arms have the brake discs and calipers all molded into one piece. The A-arms have some detail, but are mostly two- dimensional. 

Brake disc detail is bit sketchy too, with the disc venting molded as bumps rather than recesses. 

The most complex part of the kit is the interior and upper engine bay. 

The base floor pan includes the cockpit, rear deck, and front chassis structure; all with good molded-in detail. The four-piece roll cage fits together well, but has some fairly big “donuts” at the connection points, which look a little toylike.

I usually like to assemble the cage as a unit before installation, but the way the dash fits into it makes it impossible.  Follow the sequence in the instructions to avoid problems. 

The dash has nice detail molded into the center console, but you’ll need to check references for painting the details; none is given in the instructions. You will also need to add seat belts. 

Revell has done a great job capturing the aggressive look of the C7R body; it just looks right. The molding is clean, with only some faint seams that cleaned up with just a couple swipes of a sanding stick. 

My model’s A-pillars were crushed a bit in the box, so I straightened them the best I could and hoped the “glass” would do the rest (it did). 

The doors are separate pieces, and I couldn’t get them to sit quite flush with the body; not much, but noticeable. Fit of the hood was perfect. The headlight covers and headlight buckets pretty much snap into place. The rear quarter- windows should snap up into the body as well, though you may want to bevel the bottom edges to ease the transition. 

The rest of the parts all fit just as well but I did need to open up some of the mounting holes just a bit.

The decals performed well. I did have a little trouble with the “cove” decal because of the slight step from the door surface to the body surface, but I found if you let the decal set up a bit, then carefully slice it at the panel line, it will lay down without a problem.

The C7R builds into a great-looking model, and it was a pleasure to put together. Just the right combination of easy assembly and detail that should make it fun for pretty much all skill levels.


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