AMT 1/25 2012 Chevy Corvette Convertible Kit First Look
By Philip M Cooley, Front Range Auto Modelers (FRAM)
|Date of Review||May 2012||Manufacturer||AMT/Round 2|
|Subject||2012 Chevy Corvette Convertible||Scale||1/25|
|Kit Number||0733||Primary Media||Styrene|
|Pros||What more could you ask for—its a Corvette convertible!||Cons||Curbside; taillights are molded clear|
|Skill Level||Moderate Experience||MSRP (USD)||$29.95|
When the Corvette was introduced in 1953, it was a poor excuse for a sports car. To save money, it had a modified sedan chassis, was powered by an in-line 6 cylinder engine, and had a two-speed automatic transmission. 300 hand-assembled cars were sold. More Corvettes were sold in 1954, but the Corvette didn't really show promise as a performance car until the Chevy V8 was introduced in 1955.
It's now 2012 and except for 1983, a transition year from the C-3 to the C-4 bodystyle, the Corvette has been in continuous production for nearly 60 years! It is Chevy's halo car and arguably, the best “affordable” Sports Car in the world. It can hang in there with most Europeon Sports Cars and do it while costing tens of thousands of dollars less. The Corvette is America's favorite Sports Car.
AMT/Round 2 has produced a simplified but accurate rendition of the C-6 Corvette convertible. The body shows off the svelte Corvette shape and has a separate hood, front and rear fascia and mirrors.
The chassis is one piece, with a molded in suspension and exhaust. It includes individual exhaust tips. The interior is the platform type with black vinyl seats and separate door panels, dash, and steering wheel.
The tires are no-name low-profile performance tires which mount to chrome wheels. The wheel tire assembly in attached to the chassis via wire axles and includes disc brakes, which are trapped between the chassis and wheels.
The clear tree includes head and tail lights, turn signals, and windshield. You'll need to add some color to achieve a realistic model.
The decals are rather small and appear as though they could be easily damaged. AMT takes this into account and includes doubles of most of them. Now there are no excuses for losing or damaged decals.
Corvette models are always good sellers and I have no doubt that this one will fly off the shelves to inspire the dreams of young men and their fathers.
My sincere thanks to Round2 Models for this review sample