450 horsepower. 8.0-L V-10 engine. 490 pound-feet of torque. And it's
street legal. What more do you want? How about flowing curves, a roomy
interior, and a throaty exhaust note that will announce you decades before
you arrive? Get a Viper and you have all of the above. With the Viper
Dodge has firmly put the United States back into the high-performance
sports car arena.
The V-10 powerhouse of an engine propelled the Viper into Ferrari class,
a fact made all the more apparent when Dodge built their GTS-R racing
Viper. Its first appearance in the 1996 Le Mans resulted in a tenth place
finish, pretty good for an untried race car. But it didn't stop there.
In 1997, moving to the GT-2 class, the Viper dominated the track, leaving
Ferraris and Porches behind and snagging the 1997 FIA GT-2
Drivers' and Manufacturers' World Championships. In 1998, not wanting
to be seen as a flash in the pan, the Viper team won both championships
again. What about Le Mans? Well, instead of tenth, Vipers finished first
The RT-10 is the convertible street Viper that removes the top and lets
the 180mph wind tousle your hair as you scream down the highways. So if
you're looking for something to turn heads, and you have a spare $70,000
lying around, take a trip on down to your local Dodge dealer and pick
up a Viper.
Of course, if you don't have $70,000, you'll have to settle for a model
of the Viper. Revell has always been one to try to get new, younger modelers
into the hobby and these two kits are part of a new program aimed at doing
just that. In addition to the kit, the box also contains glue, a paintbrush,
and some acrylic paint. The model isn't a simplified junior model, though.
Quite the opposite, in fact, with a full interior and engine detailing
included. If you're interested in building a Viper, don't skip this one
by simply because of the added paint and glue.
kit is very complete and incredibly well detailed. The Viper hasn't really
changed much since its debut, a fact seen by the copyright date on the
kit of 1992. Still, the kit has held up well through the years. The drivetrain
is very complete, with the engine and transmission split down the middle,
with separate pieces for the pan, engine front, and belts. The suspension
also is well detailed, but some parts (such as the coil springs) could
use some cleanup or replacement. The usual engine compartment wiring and
plumbing will need to be added as well, but out of the box it will look
interior is done somewhat differently from other car kits in that the
base tub has separate door pieces. This will make doing the detail painting
much easier, and should make things easier should you want to try opening
the doors. The instrument panel cluster is separate, with detailing raised
up for the instruments. These will be difficult to paint, though, as they
are set back in the cluster and no decals are provided. The unique black
on white instruments will really stand out, too, so it's sad that Revell
couldn't have provided decals for this part.
chassis and suspension look to be tricky to get everything going where
it needs to be going. This is a complicated car, and the model is no exception.
You'll definitely want to do some dry fit runs with this kit before gluing
anything down. The body is built up of front and rear bumper sections,
the main body, and a separate hood. All fit well and follow along sections
of the original car, so there won't be any seams to buff out. There is
a tree of chrome parts, but so far all the pictures I've seen show these
parts to be more of an aluminum color rather than chrome, so it might
be better to soak
them in bleach and repaint them with aluminum paint.
The decals provide you with the Viper logo and a Texas license plate,
and the clear parts cover the windscreen and headlights, with clear red
plastic adding the taillights. The big 17" tires are vinyl and have a
bit of flash around them, but that shouldn't take too much time to clean
Dodge Viper has an interesting look to it, and this kit captures it well.
With the full engine and interior treatment given in this kit, you won't
have to spend $70,000 to see what this awesome car looks like. But if
you want to feel your hair ripped out of your follicles going around a
corner at 180mph, better go see your Dodge dealer.