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Bryan W. Bernart
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Revell C7R Corvette 1/25 scale

March 14, 2021 · in Uncategorized · · 15 · 2.4K

A $14 Hobby Lobby find this year.

I have a personal connection with this car, as several years ago while working an early season test session (corner marshal), it caught fire first thing the first day and ended up in front of my station. We had, as a group, been told firmly by the IMSA people-an hour earlier-NOT to hop the wall for any reason, as the paid rescue people would handle it all.

So why do we have three dry chem bottles on station then, I thought as I snatched the closest one and proceeded to inject the contents under the wheel wells and the little triangular area outboard of where the tail lights would be. The rear window-plastic-was morphing into a blob, things were turning black, but the fire was out. It took track personnel almost two minutes to get to us. There wouldn't have been much left, except maybe a fireball.

The car was repaired, was on track the next day, then went on to win it's class three weeks later. We, on station, got reamed out in royal fashion. Insurance and lawyers. Sheesh.

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  1. Bryan,

    What a jewel for 14 dollars. Your build and the photos go a long way in making it look like a Vette. Natural light can be brutal in showing all the errors and making a kit look like a plastic model. However, your gifts and talents , time and effort have made for a convincing representation of the real deal.

    Two thumbs up.

    • Thanks, Steve, but my lack of perfection is readily obvious to anyone with 20/100 vision, uncorrected! I can certainly point you in the direction of several denizens of this page that are good enough to be enshrined someplace...

  2. Very nice Corvette and I am working on mine right now. Did you use the kit decals or the Indycals? Isn't it funny how so much of the wiring and hoses in the engine compartments are covered up these days. Nice job.

  3. You can't fool me! That's a real one photoshopped to look like a model!

    Really nice and totally realistic.


    • It's a really basic, low fidelity kit. There are all sorts of doo-dads that some aftermarket sadist could make some change with. It was cheap and back in the day it represented an opportunity for an unplanned Viking funeral. It is pretty cool, though.

  4. This is an amazing Corvette, @plasticslave!
    You took a cheap kit and produced a jewel indeed!
    Love the yellow (OMG the dreaded yellow airbrushing sessions...), decalling is superb!
    Odd scale (I believe 1/24 is the "norm", though I don't care about scales, I build everything...)

  5. American cars have something of a resurgence in sports car racing, the Corvette, the Mustang and the Ford GT among them. This Corvette is a great example, and what an experience you had, unpaid marshals are the unrecognised heroes of the sport. Definitely liked.

    • I've spent a lot of time on corner over the years. My favorite is T7, Bus Stop Chicane at Daytona. You get up close and personal. I have seen first runs for the Ford GT, AMG 63's, F488's, several prototypes and have been able to track their progress first hand. You'd be amazed at the changes between days one and two.

  6. A great build and an equally great story!

  7. 🙂 ... Greetings ... 🙂 :
    A very slick and beautiful work on this model Bryan, eye popping in every aspect.
    Nice overhead pictures.
    I still have my two Corvettes still sealed, waiting for the time to build them.
    I already have the GM Corvette Yellow, looking now for a box of Super Sculpey to do
    a Dale Earnhardt figure, at my pace ... 😀 ... it will get done like in two or three years.
    Very elegant build Bryan. Thank you for sharing the images.

    • This one needs help in the front end. Dive planes missing, no antennas. For that matter the rear is wrong as well, particularly the "tail light" area. Maybe an aftermarket source?

  8. Nice build mate!
    I'm more into my GT and LMP racing than formula cars. You've done it justice, great work.

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