Review: Revell 1/32 Opel GT

History

The Opel GT is often viewed as the poor-mans Corvette. It was unveiled in 1968 and bore a remarkable resemblance to the Chevrolet Corvette at the time that was revealed just a year earlier. But the similarities ended there, no big V8 under the GT’s hood but more European four-cylinder engines. Engines like a 1.1 OHV straight-four or an optional 1.9 camshaft-in-head engine. The 1.9 engine was rated just over 100 hp, a figure that even the smallest V8 in the Corvette could easily match. But the GT was sold as the Buick GT in the United States. It couldn’t however compete with the Japanese cars like the Datsun 240z when they became available.

The kit

This is a reboxed kit from Revell, with their new 2016 box and instruction booklet, both of which are looking pretty good. I just wish they would stop using these side opening boxes.. The kit itself is ‘just’ a re-box of a snap-tite kit from 1974. So don’t expect too much from this kit. It had some flash, lacked details and some parts don’t line up all that well. Being a snap-tite kit it feels like building a toy car.

The toy feel continues on, because the large pop-up headlights are molded shut. Creative souls might be able to fix this though. More strangely are the rear lights, they are molded onto the shell of the car and have no clear parts.

This car also has some chrome bits, like the bumpers, grille and the rims. They are made of the usual grey plastic coated with the plasticy chrome look I don’t like. But that is easily fixed by soaking them for a while in the Top Secret SDM solution. (ie. bleach) The bumpers suffer from sink marks everywhere although they aren’t that obvious. There are a few issues with the grille mesh though, but luckily that part is partially obscured.

And then the rims/wheels.. They come with a set of orange plastic rings that according to the instruction sheet are supposed to be mounted on the rims. That’s when I remembered the errata sheet that flopped out of the box. Turns out you don’t have to use the orange rings.. They didn’t fit anyway.

The tires of this kit are again toy-car like, but they look decent when cleaned up a little and mounted on the rims. If you can you could probably source some proper ones, but why double the cost of this kit?

 Clear parts

The clear part is just a single part that’s mounted inside. Nothing fancy and it works. The part is clear and well molded, and there no distortion. And that’s the only clear part in this kit. There are no lights, as they are all molded into the main body.

Decals

The kit comes with a load of different license plates from Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Italy and the Netherlands. Since I live in the Netherlands I opted for these. All decals are well-printed, and as these decals are printed by Cartograf I would expect nothing less. A fun fact is that the 10-06-GT license plate is from 1965-1973. Sadly I couldn’t find out if the included Dutch plates (used to) belong to a real GT.

Conclusion

This is most definitely a kit for beginners, it really lacks details, but that doesn’t mean tha a veteran modeler can have fun with this kit. If you want to try out building cars for the first time this is the perfect kit. You can practice painting and cleaning up without breaking the bank.

Score

6.5/10

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