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Viper

Testors 1/32 Dodge Viper SRT-10 Kit First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review December 2005 Manufacturer Testors
Subject Dodge Viper SRT-10 Scale 1/32
Kit Number 630016 Primary Media Metal & Styrene
Pros Pre-finished - no painting required, quick assembly Cons  
Skill Level Basic MSRP (USD) Out of Production

First Look

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In recent years, Dodge has led the way in the world of limited production concept cars. By that I mean few manufacturers have taken so many of their cool designs and made them available to the public, albiet on a limited basis. Such is the case with the Viper. Where normal sports cars measure their performance in terms of time down the quarter mile, horsepower, or engine displacement, the Viper is better compared using the metrics of the other 'Viper', the F-16 - thrust-to-weight ratio!

According to a good friend who owns one of these unique machines, it doesn't take much power to break traction and spin the wheels. Acceleration is a kick in the pants not unlike a Space Shuttle launch, and the ultimate good time would be to cruise the German Autobahn at warp speed and peel the paint off the Porsches for a change.

Testors has released a very nice quick kit, and I do mean quick! This is a 1/32 Dodge Viper SRT-10. Comprising 11 parts plus screws, the kit starts with a pre-finished die-cast body, and the paint looks great. The chasis is prefinished in styrene, as are the interior and dashboard/instrument cluster parts. Even the windshield has the frame pre-finished!

Assembly starts by inserting the windshield and dashboard parts into the two pegs in the metal body, these are friction fit. The interior snaps in next, and the chassis holds all of this together. The chassis screws onto the body with three screws, a screwdriver included in the kit.

Two metal axels fit through holes in the chasis and the pre-finished wheels (w/rubber tires) friction fit over the axles. Total assembly time was less than five minutes.

Check out the results. The driver and passenger doors are hinged. Everything you see in the photos is exactly how it comes out of the box.

An AMS modeler might paint a few more details, but this is a great kit for the young modeler as well as for the time-impaired modeler who would want a Viper on their desk and ocassionally dream of having a little fun on the Autobahn. With an MSRP of $10 USD, this kit will be a pleasurable quick build that looks great when completed.

This kit is definitely recommended!

My sincere thanks to Testors for this review sample!

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