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Dodge Viper RT/10 Snap-tite

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  • Member since
    March, 2006
  • From: Spring, Tx
Dodge Viper RT/10 Snap-tite
Posted by modelcarjr on Tuesday, June 26, 2018 12:10 PM

My 7 year old gandson saw this in my closet and wanted to build it with me. So I agreed and went ahead and painted it Testors Itailian red with black interior and we set about building it one day. I told him it would take several sessions and he needed to be patient as we worked throught the steps. We initially started with the chassis and got some of it together but I realized that the parts were very ill-fitting and at the end of the first session I had to glue in the rear axle that wouldn't fit well because it was a bit short and ill-fitting so I used a clamp and superglue to solve that problem.

In our next session, we tackled the interior and although there were some small parts that needed some glue it went together OK. On the third session, we really ran into a buzzsaw as the taillights, reflectors, and roll pan assembly did not fit well and so I needed to take the reigns again and glue everything together. At this point my grandson really lost interest so over the last couple of days I went ahead and finished it up. I would not recomment this kit to anyone, even an experienced modeler, as it it more trouble that it worth and needed additional plastic removal in the engine compartment to get everything to fit. I hope he'll enjoy it the next time he's here. So here are three pictures:

If you cannot have a good time, what kinda time can you have? JR

Next on the bench:  Another 1970 Hemi 'Cuda, 1958 Chevy Impala, 1987 Buick GNX, 1950 Chevy Pick-up, Indy Reynard, 1965 Corvette, probably not in this order.

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Posted by justmike on Tuesday, June 26, 2018 6:14 PM

Thats a shame that the kit robbed you of seeing your grandson do his own model.  He's young though so maybe another one?

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    August, 2007
  • From: Kamloops,Canada
Posted by mclovin on Wednesday, June 27, 2018 9:50 PM

I've heard this kit and the GTS coupe are real nightmares to build.

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Posted by icegs on Wednesday, June 27, 2018 10:40 PM

Almost an identical story here. My daughter got one of those kits, and we scrapped it.The kids have picked up a couple other kits since and had a good time.

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    March, 2006
  • From: Spring, Tx
Posted by modelcarjr on Friday, June 29, 2018 9:30 AM

Thanks, Mike, McLovin and Icegs! I appreciate your comments! Yes, I have built other models with both grandsons but it is just finding the right ones and this one was not the one and its an old kit I had in the closet. But it can go the other way too.

I bought two rather expensive ($32 and $42 - but I used 40% off coupons) Revell Star Wars kits that had light and sound features but both of them were very simple and both boys had them put together in 1/2 hour. So it just a matter of picking the right kit to keep them interested, not too difficult, but not too easy. 

Some of the newer snap-tites are better and I guess I'll go out and find a couple of those.

If you cannot have a good time, what kinda time can you have? JR

Next on the bench:  Another 1970 Hemi 'Cuda, 1958 Chevy Impala, 1987 Buick GNX, 1950 Chevy Pick-up, Indy Reynard, 1965 Corvette, probably not in this order.

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    February, 2008
Posted by justmike on Friday, June 29, 2018 11:23 AM

If you're gonna go snaptite I highly recommend the Jurassic Park Hummer. It is very good

Feelings are like scents: The more they are analyzed, the worse they smell.
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  • From: Spring, Tx
Posted by modelcarjr on Thursday, July 05, 2018 9:59 AM

Thanks, Mike! They just saw the latest Jurassic Park sequel yesterday with their parents so I'll look for that one on the shelves! Cool

If you cannot have a good time, what kinda time can you have? JR

Next on the bench:  Another 1970 Hemi 'Cuda, 1958 Chevy Impala, 1987 Buick GNX, 1950 Chevy Pick-up, Indy Reynard, 1965 Corvette, probably not in this order.

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