Not only did they give the seventh version of the Corvette stunning looks, it has a matching performance clocking in at 0 to 60 mph in only 3.8 seconds. The new Stingray has everyone turning heads, and it’s still a great bargain for a personal luxury roadster.
Construction and Detailing
This review covers the skill level 3 (10 years and older) 2014 Corvette Stingray 1:25 Scale Revell Model Kit #85-4350. About the only reason this is a skill level 3 kit is because it requires glue and optional paint for assembly in the pre-decorated series of kits. That this kit was spawned from a SnapTite model is evident. Even though glue is required, the positive placement points with posts and receivers make assembly easy. Additionally, there is some paint recommended for this model to finish off; details like engine parts, etc. That explains the three hour assembly rating on the package, but if you spend an extra hour, you can really make this kit look great! The kit is precisely molded in red, black, and chrome-plated parts, with clear pre-installed windows, vinyl tires, and transparent red taillights. There’s virtually no flash, and the pre-finished exterior is excellent. It assembles easily following the instructions. Finished dimensions are: Length: 6-15/16", Width: 3-5/16", Height: 1-7/8".
I consider this the perfect transition kit when trying to move a novice builder into glue kits. With a low part count of 56 pieces and beautifully finished, this kit will really be a source of pride for the new modeler. It will teach someone the concept of following directions, and allows for some minor paint details to be added as well.
As far as that added hour goes, I added some additional detailing that gives the model a little more presence and realism without going overboard. I added a little black wash to pick out the drive-train and wheels, painted the cowl area flat black, added some silver paint to the taillight nacelles, painted some “mirrors” into the side mirrors, and picked out some details on the interior and engine area. Finally, I used a silver marker to highlight the center horizontal rib on the grill. Just doing that makes the kit look much better as a finished model. Obviously, more could be done, and the two piece undercarriage lends itself to that as well.
There were a few things that I think would have made this a better kit though. A few stickers for the dash gauges and some chrome inserts for the side view mirrors would be a nice, and inexpensive touch. One area that will take some care is the body-to-chassis fit. You’ll have to spread the body sides apart and wriggle the rear end over the chassis extension at the back end, then drop the front of the body down to get it mated to the chassis.
Overall the part fit on this kit is excellent. This is a great first kit for the novice builder moving into the realm of glue kits. You won’t find a car kit that has this intent more clearly engineered than this one. Although it’s a simple kit, it has great detail and room for optional work by the advanced builder. For accomplishing its mission in that regard, I give this kit 10 out of 10 stars!