Revell 1/25 Corvette C6R
Kit number 85-2016

By Jacob Russell

History

The Corvette C6R is the latest in a long line of Corvette racing cars. The name C6R stands for Corvette, Sixth generation, Racing. Like its predecessor the C5R, the C6R is based on the production Corvette. The “civilian” Corvette and the C6R share the same hydroformed frame rails from the Bowling Green, Kentucky plant. The C6R’s small block 7 liter V-8 also shares many parts with the high performance Z06 model, including its dry sump lubrication system, CNC-ported cylinder heads, titanium valves and connector rods, forged steel crankshafts, and plate-honed cylinder bores.

The C6R competes in the GT1 class of the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) and in the GTS class at the 24 hours of Le Mans endurance race. The C6R is a highly successful racing car and its victories include five ALMS drivers championships and six ALMS team championships. The C6R has won the GTS class at Le Mans five times in six years. General Motors sponsors the team, which consists of two cars, the No.3 Corvette C6.R driven by Johnny O'Connell and Jan Magnussen (plus Ron Fellows for Sebring, Le Mans and Petit Le Mans), and the No. 4 Corvette C6.R driven by Oliver Gavin and Olivier Beretta (plus Max Papis for Sebring, Le Mans and Petit Le Mans)

The Kit

The kit contains 67 parts, including 2 metal axles, and the parts are molded in clear, white, black, grey, and chromed plastic. The clear parts also include red taillights and a central brake light. The molding is very good, especially on the body. The cooling slots above the front wheels are well executed, and the deep ducting in the hood is impressive. The rear transaxle area, which is molded integrally with the chassis and floorpan, has some very nice details.

However some of the detailing, for example on the disc brakes and headers, is rather soft. The chrome parts are well done, not of the quality that one expects from Tamiya or Fujimi, but still very good. The instructions are very clear and concise, with a logical build sequence and generic color callouts.

The decal sheet is also very well done and has four different options, two cars that competed in the ALMS (American Le Mans Series) and two Le Mans racers. The sheet is clearly printed and has minimal carrier film. All of the decals are legible and in register. Nicely done, Revell!

Accuracy

The NACA ducts on the upper rear fenders are a compromise at best. The ducts are correct in shape, but are bottomless and therefore do not look right.

The headlights are molded in chrome rather than having individual chromed reflectors and clear lenses. This is odd in both appearance and execution. The headlight lenses are also too small which detracts from the model’s accuracy.

Judging from the built model on the box top the front axle appear to be too wide and it looks like the nose of the car is sitting too low relative to the rear. The official Corvette C6R website, lists the following dimensions for the car: Length is 4511mm/1776 inches, width is 1999mm/78.7 inches, and the wheelbase is 2685/105.7 inches. I have not checked these measurements against the model, but it certainly looks like a C6R!

There are some aftermarket detail parts available for the kit; a photo etch fret from Studio 27 and an expensive, multimedia set from Scale Motorsports, which is one of the most impressive sets that I have ever seen. Either set will add some useful detail to the kit.

Conclusion

This is a good kit! It is somewhat simplified in the manner of a Tamiya kit but I think the build should be satisfying. Highly recommended, not only for Corvette fans but also for fans of the ALMS and Le Mans racing.

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