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Revell AMG GT - rear bumper fit


BVC500
03-07-2017, 11:05 PM
Just got mine today and I'm having a hard time getting the rear bumper to fit properly. If you try to line up the sides, the center wants to ride high. Anyone else experience this and came up with a solution?

firun
03-08-2017, 03:13 AM
Hi, I got my rear bumper fitted without any problems. I've just added some putty on the right side of bumper. Afterward fitment became top-notch – https://hobbylink.tv/members/firun/activity/143415/

BVC500
03-08-2017, 08:32 AM
Thanks. Mine's all messed up. Typical Revell...something is warped or otherwise off.

ZoomZoomMX-5
03-08-2017, 10:44 AM
Thanks. Mine's all messed up. Typical Revell...something is warped or otherwise off.

It's always something with Revell.

How bad are your tires?

I don't even have this kit yet but already know the wheels and tires will go to the dumpster.

BVC500
03-08-2017, 11:01 AM
It's always something with Revell.

How bad are your tires?

I don't even have this kit yet but already know the wheels and tires will go to the dumpster.

I haven't even looked, because I'm waiting for the Plamoz wheel/tire set. I'm just frustrated at the rear bumper. I spent an hour and a half last night playing with it and made a glue mess I have to clean up. I line it up in one spot, thinking I could force other spots into submission, but nope, something would get out of alignment. It doesn't seem like the builds so far by most of our European friends encountered this issue, so maybe the batch to the U.S. got screwed up.

ulap1
03-08-2017, 05:17 PM
I had same issue. Had to remove some plastic in middle section in order to properly line up the bumper with body on both sides. I was not successful. Whatever I did the trunk lid does not smoothly flow into bumper, there is a small step.
Wheels and tyres are not that bad, they look like 18 or 19 inch. Better than in Porsche 918, still not reaching Aoshima or Fujimi offering.
What I do not like is the wheel mount system, Revell again changed the way the wheels attach to body, bud there is almost no shock absorbers or suspension detail.

BVC500
03-08-2017, 08:12 PM
What I do not like is the wheel mount system, Revell again changed the way the wheels attach to body, bud there is almost no shock absorbers or suspension detail.

Yeah, I can see now why there are only 93 parts. I want to say that I think Revell rushed this kit, but they had a year to develop it. Really, I think they were being cheap.

And why can't they get the manufacturing right? Tamiya, Aoshima and Fujimi kits never have warp issues like Revell kits.

**Update: after tweaking the bumper and body and sanding here and there, I've forced it on with two-part 5 minute epoxy to an acceptable result for me to now start filling with putty and shaping (in particular the light sockets), and smoothing out the joints. It looks worse in these close up photos than in person. On the bright side, I haven't noticed many sink marks, which is a usual Revell trait.

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BVC500
03-08-2017, 10:00 PM
Update 2 - not so fast! The chassis pan now doesn't fit properly. It sits proud of the front wheel arches about a millimeter, and its because of the rear bumper. The chassis buts against and rests on tabs extending from the bottom of the bumper. This is quickly turning into a disaster. I 've now removed the rear bumper that I glued and am dry-fitting things, and nothing fits. The chassis pan still doesn't fit properly with the rear bumper off and the interior bucket in place.

firun
03-09-2017, 05:44 AM
Update 2 - not so fast! The chassis pan now doesn't fit properly. It sits proud of the front wheel arches about a millimeter, and its because of the rear bumper. The chassis buts against and rests on tabs extending from the bottom of the bumper. This is quickly turning into a disaster. I 've now removed the rear bumper that I glued and am dry-fitting things, and nothing fits. The chassis pan still doesn't fit properly with the rear bumper off and the interior bucket in place.

Check the pins located on front wheelarches they are making fitting impossible.

BVC500
03-09-2017, 08:54 AM
Check the pins located on front wheelarches – they are making fitting impossible.

Yeah, I suspected them, but another problem I have in huge gaps between the chassis and the sides of the body. Did you have that? The weird thing is that nothing looks warped.

I've emailed a contact at Revell and they want photos to investigate whether its a quality issues, as they received mostly positive reviews.

firun
03-09-2017, 09:02 AM
[quote=BVC500;7197979]Yeah, I suspected them, but another problem I have in huge gaps between the chassis and the sides of the body. Did you have that? The weird thing is that nothing looks warped.
Nope, body and chassis on mine get together pretty well. Will publish photos in couple of hours, when I get home. Ask Revell for spare parts I guess they have sold you defective kit.

BVC500
03-24-2017, 09:17 AM
Another update: having always had better luck buying Revell-Germany kits from European rather than american stores like Tower Hobbies, I bought another AMG GT on eBay UK and have no fit issues with the rear bumper. I still had to shave down the front strut towers to get the chassis to sit properly, though.

I say I've had better luck with European stores, because when I purchased the Ferrari California years ago, the plastic bags for the US boxed kits were wrapped too tight and the windshield pillars were severely bent, but not so with the European packaged kit I also bought.

nascar49
04-06-2017, 03:58 AM
Another update: having always had better luck buying Revell-Germany kits from European rather than american stores like Tower Hobbies, I bought another AMG GT on eBay UK and have no fit issues with the rear bumper. I still had to shave down the front strut towers to get the chassis to sit properly, though.

I say I've had better luck with European stores, because when I purchased the Ferrari California years ago, the plastic bags for the US boxed kits were wrapped too tight and the windshield pillars were severely bent, but not so with the European packaged kit I also bought.

I bought both the McLaren and Merc from Europe and UK, and my McLaren body got squashed in the box, so when I build it, I get to deal with this
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BVC500
04-06-2017, 09:03 AM
Ugh that's annoying. I had the same worry when I saw the box my Mclaren was packed in. It was more like a cardboard folder and not a box with supportive sides. Luckily, it wasn't squished.

nascar49
04-08-2017, 01:44 AM
Ugh that's annoying. I had the same worry when I saw the box my Mclaren was packed in. It was more like a cardboard folder and not a box with supportive sides. Luckily, it wasn't squished.

The kit box was pretty beat up, they didnt really pack it very good , in fact, I think it was just a folder as you described.

griffin-gt40
04-14-2017, 09:04 AM
I got my Merc from a German Ebay vendor. Box arrived safe and sound and was well packaged. Actually I got my Merc and both my 570S's from the same vendor. All were packaged properly and no damage.

Now for the contents. On the Merc, I didnt have any issues with the rear bumper. Mine lined up properly, however I did get a chassis so warped that I actually had to order another one from Revell Germany. I got my Merc just before Christmas and I just got my chassis in about 2 weeks ago. The tires, warped, three of the four are pretty out of shape. I think the main issue is that the kits are produced so fast that the parts dont have time to cure properly before they're being stuffed into bags and boxed. I also think that Revell Germany needs to make their boxes a little larger. The Merc the 570's and I just got a 2012 BMW DTM car in a trade and all of them are "overstuffed" into these boxes.

I too am waiting for the Plamoz wheel and tire sets for my Merc and second 570. My first one I just used Plamoz Weissach wheels on because I got warped tires in that kit too, didnt even bother to really look at the ones in the second.

Good luck on the Merc, I hope you sort out the fitment issues.

David

BVC500
04-14-2017, 03:32 PM
Good luck on the Merc, I hope you sort out the fitment issues.

David

I got a new body and bumper from Revell today. Same problem.

Now I have two kits and and extra body and bumper. At least one of them fits properly. Pretty sure the bumper is the problem, not the body. I'm fine with doing a little bending and tweaking here and there to get things to fit right, but I have no idea what's going on that would cause the rear bumper to fit fine on the sides, but ride high in the middle. Some sort of warpage that I can't visualize.

BVC500
05-31-2017, 04:17 PM
I'll drum up some activity on this forum by providing yet another update, especially to my last post!

In the end, I received two new bodies and rear bumpers. I test fit and interchanged parts and I've determined the problem has to do with the body. That's a different conclusion from my last post, I know. I still can't visualize what's wrong with the body, since it doesn't look visibly warped, but somehow the trunk lid edge sags too low compared to the sides, causing the bumper to ride up. At least now I have two kits with proper fitting bodies and bumpers.

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