Revell 1/25 1962 Corvette
KIT #: 4277
PRICE: $26.95 SRP
DECALS: One option
REVIEWER: Scott Van Aken
NOTES: 2012 release

HISTORY

The Chevrolet Corvette (C1) is the first generation of the Corvette sports car produced by Chevrolet. It was introduced late in the 1953 model year, and produced through 1962. It is commonly referred to as the "solid-axle" generation, as the independent rear suspension did not appear until the 1963 Sting Ray. The Corvette was rushed into production for its debut model year to capitalize on the enthusiastic public reaction to the concept vehicle, but expectations for the new model were largely unfulfilled. Reviews were mixed and sales fell far short of expectations through the car's early years. The program was nearly canceled, but Chevrolet would ultimately stay the course.

Four taillights appeared on the 1961, a treatment that continues to this day. Engine displacement remained at 283 cubic inches, but power output increased for the two fuel-injected engines to 275 and 315 hp (205 and 235 kW). Power ratings for the dual-four barrel engines did not change (245 hp and 270 hp) but this was the last year of their availability. This was the last year for contrasting paint colors in cove areas, and the last two-tone Corvette of any type until 1978. Also debuting in 1961 was a new boat-tail design later used on the C2. Rare options: RPO 353 275 hp engine (118), RPO 687 heavy-duty brakes and steering (233), RPO 276 15"5.5" wheels (357), RPO 473 power convertible top (442).

The 1962 model year was the last Corvette with a solid-rear-axle suspension that was used from the beginning. With two new engines it was also the quickest. Engine displacement increased with the introduction of the 327 cu in (5,360 cc) engine, but dual 4-barrel carburetor engines were no longer available. Hydraulic valve lifters were used in the base 250 hp and optional 300 hp (220 kW) engines, solid lifters in the optional carbureted 340 hp and fuel-injected 360 hp (270 kW) versions. Rocker panel trim was seen for the first time, exposed headlights for the last, until 2005. This was the last Corvette model to offer an optional power convertible top mechanism. Rare options: RPO 488 24-gallon fuel tank (65), RPO 687 heavy-duty brakes and steering (246), RPO 473 power convertible top (350), RPO 276 15"5.5" wheels (561).

Couple of interesting bits of info about the 1962 car;  it was the last year with a trunk until 1998 and the last year with exposed head lights until 2005.

THE KIT

Revell was wise to keep all the Monogram tool makers as this kit just screams 'Monogram'. Revell USA car kits have frequently been rather fussy to build and often fragile when done. Not so the case with Monogram version. They have been well engineered and unlike most AMT/MPC kits, have very crisp and proportional detailing. This kit is no exception.

You get a full engine and a very nicely done interior. There are some optional bits, such as Bling wheels and tires (which I think look silly on any car), but companies produce what they think will sell. There is a full suspension with the front suspension very nicely done. The chrome that comes with the kit is also nicely done and I noticed that some of the attachment points were such that you could remove them and have those areas hidden on the complete model. I also like white plastic for cars as it seems to make painting the body a lot easier.

Instructions are well done and typical for modern Revell kits. The decal sheet is mostly for the custom version, but does include the brake discs, seat belts, and the white stripe for each of the stock tires. License plates are in there as well. For colors, you can do what you want for the custom variant and the 'net is full of photos of the car so you won't have any issues finding a scheme you like.

CONCLUSIONS

Another nice offering from Revell for the Corvette fan. Like all their recent kits, it is sure to make into a very nice model.

REFERENCES

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chevrolet_Corvette_(C1)

April 2018

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