Austin Power's Shaguar and Felicity Shagwell's Corvette
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These are the Revell kits Austin Powers Corvette Kit No 85-2333 with Felicity Shagwell figure and the Austins Powers Shaguar Kit No 85-2334with Austin Powers figure.
These kits represent the cars as seen in the Austin Powers movies.
I am told that the Shaguar is the old Aurora kit. The fit of parts are actually not too bad. The box art looks terrible. I had a problem with trying to get the engine hood to close properly. Since this was a quick build for me I was going to glue the hood down and was not going to show off the engine. It is this reason that I started to rip off parts that I thought was preventing the hood from closing. It turned out to be the heater that was causing the problems.
The rear suspension is very nicely detailed with only minor fit problems. The engine also has some minor fit problems. Besides the hod problems the engine went together very nicely.
The chrome parts included in the kit are terrible. With the invention of Alclad II this was not much of a worry for me any more. This kit allowed me a chance to use this excellent product again. After stripping the chrome with Castrol Super Clean I cleaned up all the parts and prepped them for the Alclad II. If you follow the instructions that come with the Alclad II paint you will get excellent results.
The decals for this kit sure took a lot of work to get them to lay down. Even with tonnes of Solvaset I still had to slit the decals in some places to get them to fit. The model body was painted with Tamiya Acrylic Royal Blue. The white and red parts you see are the decals. Decal Opacity and fit are good.
The chrome bumpers are not too bad. The chrome headlight surrounds are bulky and the headlight lens are so thick it looks like coke bottle glasses. Scratch-building new ones would make the model look more realistic. Windshield is also not a great fit with the chrome surround.
Austin Powers Figure
Included in the kit is a porcelain type figure that is supposed to be Austin powers. The inclusion of the figure has bumped up the price of the kit several dollars.
A very recognizable car that kids and adults love. The figure is nice and does look a bit like Austin Powers. Fit and finish of the kit is rough.
This kit is more current and looks better when finished. This is the corvette from the second movie. Assembly of the kit was no problem. Chrome parts were also given the Alclad treatment and adds quite a bit to the model. Again I had problems with the decals. The white and blue parts of the body were painted. The red stripes are decals as are the white stars. The white stars are not opaque enough and there were some slight problems with the red decals. Most were no problem but a couple of them were wrong. Most notably no 1. If you look at the box art and the decal you will see the problem. Also a problem was painting of the blue area. If you follow the instructions sheet for masking off to paint the blue area it is slight off. I had to fiddle a bit with a couple of the red decals to make them fit. The stars are decals that are included in 3 sets. I had to cut one of the sets apart due to the blue paint problem.
Felicity Shagwell Figure
Like the Shaguar kit this kit has a Felicity Shagwell figure. I don't know who carved the figure but it sure doesn't look pretty. It is recognizable as a female though.
The car is better than the Shaguar when completed but the figure is a lot worse. These two kits took a bit of work to look OK. I can see the decals being frustrating and I have heard other modellers complain about them. Together they make a nice set. These are awesome cars when you see them in the movies. As models they are OK but people do like them.