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Revell 1/8 Corvette Stingray Options
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#1 Posted : 30 July 2019 11:45:04

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1/8 Corvette Stingray

This is the huge Revell kit from long ago.

I finished it a while ago and didn’t post a build diary at that time so here’s a ‘short’ commentary. (Well – short for me!)

As bought, the kit has an opening bonnet (hood) but nothing else. I decided from the outset it needed opening doors too. This involved scribing the door lines using a dental probe until the doors fell out!

The openings and door edges were cleaned up and the build progressed.
I did a lot of research on the real car and found original wiring diagrams and parts manuals so that I could add extra detail to the engine and engine bay. At the time, it was probably one of the most involved ‘upgradings’ I had done on a model.
It looks quite basic to me now.

Lots of wiring, plumbing, injector pipes, fuel lines and brake lines were added and I also printed decals for the various filters, coil, battery, chassis plates, door shut plates, etc etc.
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#2 Posted : 30 July 2019 11:49:03

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I built up the block and de-seamed and puttied it, sanded, primed and painted using Metalcote polished steel for the gearbox end.

I also removed the cam covers and re-painted them in Metalcote Aluminium, as the chromed finish was horrible.

I drilled out LOADS of micro-holes for wiring and pipework and then made a start on the 'plumbing'.
I used straightened paper clips for the thinner pipes and 1.5mm ally tubing for the heavier pipes. Bending them to fit was trial and error.

I repainted the rocker covers with polished ally and the same applied to the other engine bits using different silver and chrome paints. The kit chrome really was awful.
Other piping was made from stripped headphone wire for the braided stuff, and the rubber shielding once removed for breather pipes.
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#3 Posted : 30 July 2019 11:52:55

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I started on the chassis and associated bits and first off, I filled the open chassis rails with plasticard instead of leaving them as open 'U' sections.

I also rebuilt the battery as the kit part had a very unrealistic 'taper' to the shape and very little actual detail. I modelled the battery on a mid '60s Delco unit, adding cable clamps from plastic tube and sheet. The holder bar is foiled plasticard held with paper clip wire. The 'wingnuts' are tube with thin metal 'wings' glued in place.

The piping was also added to the tank unit based on googled pics. The kit has no pipework here at all.
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#4 Posted : 30 July 2019 11:57:13

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The engine was installed and then the front and rear suspension etc was fitted.

The front wheels sorted along with foiled brake disks - rather pointless as you can't see them at all - and brake lines connected to the calipers.

Brake lines to the rear and fuel pipes were also fitted.

Rear wheels etc to go on, then it was on to the interior and sorting out the opening doors.
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#5 Posted : 30 July 2019 19:24:54

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Roy

Up to your usual very high standards and a lovely finish.

Always makes me smile on some model sites how Revell get a bashing but if they were not doing these sort of kits who would. Depending on what you buy some may need some additional attention but were is the harm in that.

And if you know what you are doing (as you do) what a brilliant model you end up with.

You really do turn out some lovely looking vehicle models.

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#6 Posted : 30 July 2019 19:42:16

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That looks great Roy, Will be watching this build with interest


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#7 Posted : 30 July 2019 19:56:26

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BigGrin All looking good Roy and nice workCool
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#8 Posted : 30 July 2019 20:17:07

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Many thanks for the kind words chaps...

I started the interior but as I wanted to make the doors open, I had some serious chopping to do on the inner tub.

The panels were marked out with a 'Sharpie' once the tub was offered up inside the body shell. They were then cut out with a razor saw and Dremel leaving seats with no sides, and useless door panels.

The floor edges and seat sides were built up with plasticard, and new door panels made using the same stuff.

I had to make my own window winders, handles and locks as they weren’t included in the kit! (1/8 might be huge, but there's no more detail in this kit than a 1/24)

I found a lot of images of the '65 Corvette doors, but I couldn’t make them quite the same, as there wasn't enough clearance between them and the seats in the kit without a very large amount of complete seat re-building and moving - the interior of this kit really is pretty poorly scaled and detailed.
I settled with making a ‘representation’ of the interior panels as best as I could manage.

The colour scheme was now settled - metallic plum red and beige interior. Possibly silver or black twin stripes over the car.

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#9 Posted : 30 July 2019 21:14:20

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Looks great RoyCool and a lot better than the standard kit.

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#10 Posted : 31 July 2019 00:15:14

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Very nice indeed Roy, looks superb....Drool Drool .. Love the personalised number plate in the opening pic.....BigGrin BigGrin

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#11 Posted : 31 July 2019 07:27:46

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Superb work as usual Roy. Would expect nothing less from you.Cool ThumpUp

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#12 Posted : 13 August 2019 12:59:46

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Many thanks chaps...

The body and panels were given 3 primer coats, wet sanding each, and 5 top coats - again, all wet sanded - and three clear coats followed by T-Cut and Maguiars car polish.

The pics taken indoors with flash don't show the shine. It really does look totally glossy in reality. Also, the colour isn't so 'pink' as the pics look. It's Ford Jupiter red metallic, a maroon/mauve/red which was the best match I could find for the Stingray I based the kit on.

I can only say for anyone who hasn't 'gone to town' on their paintwork, it’s worth the effort.
Painting the body took around 3 weeks in total.

The interior was finished in fawn/beige.
Body paint and lining was completed. I also added some B.M.F around the windows, trim, bumpers etc.
I was very happy with the way it turned out in the end but getting a good finish was a task at this size!
The Interior still needed some work, as well as making door hinges!
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#13 Posted : 14 August 2019 13:03:57

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Lovely result on the painting RoyDrool Drool BigGrin regards PhilCool
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#14 Posted : 14 August 2019 23:27:16

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All looking good Roy, love the paint job, superb colour.....Love Love

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#15 Posted : 15 August 2019 07:30:04

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Very nice looking model.

Nice colour choice as well.

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#16 Posted : 15 August 2019 08:04:34

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Great work Roy, love the colour.Love Love

Mark
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#17 Posted : 17 August 2019 09:22:14

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Thanks for looking in chaps, and the kind words.

Next up was to make some door - shuts around the roof to prevent having a see-through gap when finished. These were made with thin plasticard painted matt black to represent the rubber seals. Inside, they are headlining colour which is cream.

Making the door hinges was fairly straightforward - I learned a lot after making the doors open on a 1/12 Revell Testarossa.
These hinges are much heftier with lots of strengthening due to the door size.

Interior tub was also now glued in place with some strengthening still to add - the whole interior tub was supposed to be attached by three VERY small points!
Next was to sort out filling the gaps between the interior and the body shell, and then fit the door panels.

I filled the door sills and open body ends using plasticard and made the tread plates with some self adhesive chrome foil and black trimline. These were based on Googled pics of the real car.

Fitting the door panels was done by sticking them approximately in place with blobs of Blu-Tak, shutting the door and adjusting the fit with a finger through the open window. Then strengthening strips of plasticard were glued in place between the panel and the door skin.
After that, I was going to remove the Blu-Tak, but decided to leave it inside the doors as it gives the doors a nice 'weight' when you open and shut them.

I'm pleased with the way the door 'action' turned out on this one, as the 1/12 Testarossa was a 'first' for making opening doors and although they work, they feel very fragile so I tend to leave them alone.
The hinges on the Sting Ray were very heavily over-engineered to the point the doors work really well and feel very solid.

The door ends aren't technically correct regarding the contours etc, and are just flat panels but I added a few details such as the lock, some large fixing screws, rubber seals and tyre pressure and GM decals.
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#18 Posted : 17 August 2019 22:56:09

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Another great update Roy, looks superb.....Love Love

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Stunning work Roy. A credit to your talents. Andy.
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Lovely work Roy as usual.Love Drool Love

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