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1970 Chevrolet Corvette
Manufacturer: Maisto
Release dates: 2010(?)-Current
Catalog number: 31202
Date Purchased: 24-Jan-11
Date Completed 14-Mar-13
Number in collection: 211

The Chevrolet Corvette entered the third year of its new for 1968 style with several changes to differentiated it from the prior years. The fenders were modified to include flares to reduce damage to the body from road debris. The front grilles received an egg crate pattern with new park/turn lamps. The design of the vents behind the front wheels was changed. Mew side marker lamps were added that conformed to the federal standards revised for 1970. The displacement of the largest available engine was increased to 454 CI (7.4l). The production of the 1970 models was delayed by a labor strike in the previous year, which resulted in lower figures.

This replica is made by Maisto, as part of their Special Edition series. Like all other cars in this series, it features a die-cast body with opening doors and hood. All other parts are plastic. The engine is represented by a one-piece insert that snaps underneath the body, and has acceptable basic engine and underhood details. The chassis is a single piece with suspension, exhaust system, and other details moulded in. This one is better than other cars I have in this series. The interior has nice detailing, and a partially open car such as this helps to show it off. The body is also nice, with several plated and clear parts for details. Although fully assembled, these cars are easily taken apart to make painting easier.

I originally worked on this car long before I started photographing them. The 'before' pictures are not of my car, but ones I found online of cars that are in original condition, in a different color. The 'after' pictures are of my car, but taken while I was originally writing this page.

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What I started with. Actual car I used for reference.

Pictures of car before any changes were made (click to enlarge)

Disassembly was started by removing two screws that hold the chassis to the body. The remainder of this process, as well as the resulting parts breakdown, is as follows:
  • A black plastic single piece engine compartment insert, which snaps to the piece that also holds the front wheels in place and has interior detail. Some painted or printed details are factory applied.
  • The bottom half of the interior, with console and luggage compartment detail moulded into it as a single piece. Front seats fit into tabs in the floor, and there is a separate chrome plated shift lever. This assembly fits into pins moulded into the chassis under the floor, and is held to the chassis by a screw near the front of the car. All pieces except the shift lever are black plastic.
  • A flexible vinyl tie rod, with the front wheels attached to it by plastic pins. These are the same pins that hold the interior assembly in place. The wheels are chrome plated plastic, and the tires are soft vinyl, with good tread bit no sidewall detail. I saw no way to remove the wheels from the tie rod without damaging either or both, so I stopped there.
  • A black plastic chassis, with basic details of engine, suspension, and exhaust system moulded into it. Mounting points for the rear wheels are plastic retainers that are bonded to the chassis by heat applied to plastic rivets. The rear wheels and tires are the same style and finish as the front wheels. They attach to pins similar to the ways the front wheels are mounted, and have a plastic retainer heat-bonded to the chassis. I saw no way to remove the wheels from the chassis without damaging these parts.
  • A black plastic dashboard and steering wheel. The steering wheel is attached to the dash by a plastic pin. The dash has no engraving for gauge faces, and very basic detail for other controls. This whole assembly slides into a loop cast into underside of the body.
  • Unlike many other cars in this series, I couldn't determine a way to remove the doors without damaging the doors or the hinge mechanism. I was able to remove the black plastic inner door panels, which nicely engraved detail and press-fit onto pins cast into the inside of the doors. The side view mirrors slip through slots in the doors and onto pins on the inside of the doors.
  • Two chrome plated rear bumpers. I had difficulty attempting to remove them, so I decided to leave them on the body. They weren't in the way of the details that I added, so It wasn't worth the risk of damaging them.
  • A one piece, chrome plated front bumper. This piece also contains the font pan underneath the bumper, which is factory painted to match the body. Two clear front park/turn lights pass through the bumper and into the body. Once again, this assembly was not easy to remove, so I chose to work around it rather than risk damaging the pieces.
  • A clear windshield held in place to the frame by tabs on the top and bottom edge, and a rear window held in place by rivets cast into the underside of the body. I was able to carefully pry the windows from their respective mounting points.
  • The die-cast body, painted bronze with printed emblems and a self-stick rear number plate. It features opening hood and doors attached to the body in a way that would probably make it difficult to remove without damaging the hood and/or body.

After disassembling the car, only paint and foil were used to add details.

The following is a summary of the changes I made:
  • Wheels and tires: Sanded the tread surface with 220 grit sandpaper to simulate wear. I added valve stems to the wheels by drilling small holes in the wheel rims, then gluing small pieces of steel wire from the inside. These were then painted Testors flat black. I also used Testors flat black and Tamiya metallic gray to detail the wheels.
  • Engine compartment insert: Painted visible areas of engine block, heads, and intake manifold Testors acrylic Chevrolet engine red. Exhaust manifolds are Tamiya metallic gray. Tamiya aluminum is used for the alternator. Air cleaner and distributor cover are detailed with Bare-Metal foil. Remainder of engine and compartment details were painted using pictures of the actual car as a guide.
  • Chassis: sanded away moulded-in lettering that listed the description of the car, the model company name, and their logo. Filled two small screw holes that hold car in place inside packaging with epoxy putty. Painted majority of the piece Testors acrylic flat black. Engine, transmission, exhaust system, suspension and frame details are painted with Testors acrylic Chevrolet engine red, Tamiya aluminum, metallic gray steel, and semi-gloss black. Exhaust tips are detailed with Bare-Metal foil.
  • Interior: Painted all interior surfaces a mix of Testors acrylic sand and tan, and the carpeted areas a slightly darker shade of this mix in order to provide a slight contrast. Applied Testors acrylic semi-gloss clear to all interior surfaces except floor. Remaining interior details were highlighted with appropriate colors, using pictures of the actual car as a guide.
  • Windows: No changes were made to these parts.
  • Body: Painted headliner area inside body the same mix of Testors acrylic sand and tan that was used on the other interior parts, and all other areas inside the body Testors acrylic flat black. Applied Bare-Metal foil to windshield frame, roof center bar, lower front quarter vents, exhaust pipe trim, door handles, side marker lights, and rocker panel mouldings. Painted tail lights, side marker lights and backup lights with Tamiya clear red, clear orange, and Testors flat white. Painted front grille Testors flat black, then rubbed paint from grill bars after it dried. Drew in body panel seam with a metal tipped 'quill' pen and black ink. Remaining exterior details were highlighted with appropriate colors, using pictures of the actual car as a guide.
Detailed parts, before assembly To the left is the car prior to assembly.

The car was reassembled by reversing the procedure used to disassemble it. No glue was needed.

Pictures of completed car (click to enlarge)

The proportions of the completed car look very close to the actual car. The table below shows how close they are.

Actual car 
(mm / in)
(mm / in)
Dimensions of actual car based on model scale
(mm / in)
Calculated scale based on model to actual car
Length 4636 / 182.5 195 / 7.66 4680 / 183.8 1:24
Wheelbase 2489 / 98.0 104 / 4.09 2496 / 98.2 1:24
Width 1753 / 69.0 73 / 2.87 1752 / 68.9 1:24
Height 1214 / 47.8 50 / 1.99 1200 / 47.7 1:24

According to my calculations, this car is probably as close as you can get to its advertised 1:24 scale.

I was happy enough with my original effort that I made no changes from when I originally worked on this car. I just disassembled it once more and gave it a thorough cleaning before I took the pictures that you see here.

I'm not sure when this car was originally released, but I do believe it is currently in production. I have also seen it in other colors besides the bronze car that I have. While the color I chose for interior may seem unusual, it is as close as I could mix to an actual factory color. I try to avoid all black interiors when possible, as I fell that it hides some of the details in an interior as nice as this one.

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