Stingray 1965 Corvette

Nick Mancuso's 1965 Corvette from the TV series Stingray
Stingray Corvette interior Stingray Corvette engine Stingray Corvette rear

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Cool Fact
Although most modelers only recognize this kit in its "Black Rat" trim, Monogram's first version was released as a proper tie-in with photos from the TV show used on the box art. This was quickly replaced by the more well known box art and all references to the show were eliminated.


This was built as a nearly stock version of Monogram's classic '65 Corvette "Black Rat" kit. There were several sink marks along the chassis rails and the nose of the car that needed to be filled, but for the most part this went together easily.

I did make a few upgrades: the front springs were replaced with wound floral wire, the air cleaner was replaced with a piece from my parts box, exhaust tips were made from aluminum tubing, and the stock distributor was updated to a mid-1980s style HEI unit. I also replaced the two inboard taillights with a set of clear backup lights, made by shaping clear sprue into cones to match the TV car.

The suspension and related components were painted matte black, while the interior was left unpainted except for the trim and carpeting. The body was painted with Tamiya Black and clearcoated with Future. Because the TV car had blacked out bumpers and trim, no additional foiling or painting was necessary.

I considered this model finished for several years, but it always bugged me that the kit-supplied wheels didn't really match what was used on the show. Then in early 2014 I found eBay user forward_resin, and had a solution. I bought a few of his Hurricane wheels (they appear to be improved versions of Otaki's turbines), and used two sets of the narrower front wheels with tires from Revell's 1992 Thunderbird. The wheel swap improved things dramatically, and I was finally satisfied with my Stingray Corvette.


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