By Antonio Malara
The Chevrolet Corvette C8.R is a racing car based on the production model of the C8 and was designed to participate in Endurance races. I knew the production model C8 which was the first model with new features such as the engine in the rear position. However, I was unaware of the existence of the competition model reproduced by lego in the "Speed Champion" category. Actually I didn't buy this lego model on purpose but only because it came bundled with another Corvette model, the 1969 one. The vintage car fascinated me more and actually the interest in the 1969 version of the corvette is linked to the fact that it looks more like my favorite; that of 1979. My wish is that lego make my favorite model of corvette hopefully in the "expert" version but in the meantime I collect any model of this car. I wanted to use the C8.R as a “Speed Champion” model to try to assemble this lego category in just one day. To better say, this series includes two distinct assembly steps classified as 1 and 2 to be assembled on separate days if necessary. As in my previous “Speed Champion” models, I always assembled those cars on two separate days, where the assembly time per day was around 30-40 minutes. The goal of this lego was therefore to assemble it in a single session and understand the relative assembly times.
Compared to the logic of the other envelopes, inside the box there were two large envelopes only that inside number 1 there was only another small envelope compared to the two envelopes of number 2. It took me about five minutes to arrange the bricks for the assembly of the first envelope and I noticed that compared to other legos assembled by me previously, in this one I saw bricks of different colors such as orange, dark blue, light green and very bright yellow. With the assembly of the stickers in step 24, I finished the assembly of the bricks of envelope No. 1 which mainly concerned the rear of the car. The time taken was about thirty minutes.
The assembly of envelope number 2 was mainly characterized by the assembly of the stickers. Step 34 along with 65-66 put me to the test with one of the things I love to do the least, which is applying small stickers. For the rest, the assembly went well and I covered the steps from 25 to 84 in about 45 minutes, a little longer than envelope number 1.
Assembling the Corvette C8.R was a fairly fluid process where the only problem was the stickers. The C8.R being a competition model has a livery full of writings and sponsors which in the lego version are represented precisely by the stickers. This detail meant that these were in greater number and during assembly I had to detach and reattach some of them because they were inclined, especially the small ones. The assembled car is much more beautiful than I expected, I don't know why but the photos seen on the box made the car look a bit clumsy and without personality. Very nice is also the combination of the colors with the gray of the car that breaks with the yellow of the livery and in general I like the proportions too. I don't know why but from the photos I was expecting an ugly lego model. In addition to this, with the Chevrolet Corvette C8.R I managed to assemble a car in the "Speed Champion" category in one sitting and my goal from now on is to always do this for this type of lego.
Pictures: Antonio Malara