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Revell Mercedes-AMG GT

RELATED TOPICS: REVELL GERMANY
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Mercedes-AMG GT
Revell Germany No. 07028
Model Type: Injection-molded
styrene
Molded Colors: Yellow, black, clear, gray, silver
Scale: 1/24
MSRP: See delaer
Pros: Most parts fit well; accurate representation of 1:1
Cons: Brake assembly instructions inaccurate; fisheyes in paint
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This 93-piece kit comes well-packaged, and the body parts are molded in a vibrant yellow. The rest of the parts are molded on two silver and two gray sprues, plus one of clear and another that’s chrome-plated.

A set of soft tires rounds out the parts. The tires are generic, with non-directional tread and blank sidewalls.  My kit’s tires had cold fill lines on the sidewalls, and because they only fit on the rim one way, they are visible.

The decal sheet contains mostly detail elements, including badging and interior items (beyond just gauges); several license plates (all European style except one California set); and a C/F panel for the roof. The print quality is good.  

The instructions are in color, and include paint callouts that correspond with the printed images that, for the most part, are easy to follow. However, it’s advisable to read ahead regarding the painting recommendations before assembling some of the parts. 

The steps that deal with the brakes have some ambiguous images that don’t match the part numbers regarding the directional rotors. Follow the part numbers; don’t try to match all the parts to the pictures, and it will go together correctly and easily.

There is an option to build as either LHD or RHD. The interior also has some minor issues regarding paint lines; the pictures in the instructions showing the paint breaks don’t always match the engraving on the parts. 

The body molding is clean with little in the way of mold lines, and the few that need to be addressed are well- placed. The panel-line engraving is a bit shallow. The latter is easily addressed with the back side of a hobby knife.

I filled the holes for the European plate in the front fascia, because I liked the cleaner look without it.

I prefer to assemble as much of the body as possible prior to painting, but in this case the front fascia has to be installed after painting because of the grille insert. It fits well, and caused no problems, The rear fascia does not fit as positively, and I recommend mounting it to the body prior to painting. 

I opted for Tamiya TS-34 Camel Yellow paint. Adding any pearl or metallic would not translate well in scale, so I went with it as-is.

I encountered a fisheye problem when I began painting the body parts. 

The remedy was to allow the paint to dry and then wet-sand out the imperfections (and wash again with detergent) then lightly recoat until a barrier of paint was built up.

I decanted some of the paint and used my airbrush for the second round of painting. By about the fourth mist coat the fish-eyes went away. Three more coats closed out the finish. 

The rest of the kit goes together well.  It is not technically a curbside, and even includes the transaxle and muffler as separate assemblies, but after assembly, those parts are invisible.

The exhaust system from the manifolds to the muffler is molded into the chassis, very much like most curbside kits; but with a little paint work, it can be brought out. 

The suspension is similarly rendered as other curbside kits, partly because of the way the 1:1 car is built.

Many of the pieces in this kit fit so well that it goes together much like a snap kit.

Overall it is a nice kit that fits together better than average, and appears to accurately represent the 1:1 car.

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