I've bought a bunch a recent Revell kits and this is the first one with the chrome problems. Some folks that bought 70 Cudas had it, but mine are fine.I don't know what it is, it's hard to explain, it's almost like frost. It's possible it's something that doesn't develop until the sprues are bagged and packed, so it might not be something the QC inspectors would see at the factory.
Another factor would be who's responsible for the kit's overall Q.A. Is the chrome-plating done at the same factory that molds the kits, or like the boxes and decals, is it outsourced somewhere else? If out-sourced does the plating facilities inspection "count", eg - We inspected them, they're fine, and ready to go. Or does someone at the "end" boxing the kits up do a final inspection beyond assuring the correct number and types of baggies are included.
Is the plating Q.C. a 100% rate, or just random runners are checked from each batch, and if no defects are found, they ship the entire batch?
The frosting issue, combined with the the runners either not being entirely submerged in the plating tanks, or perhaps not properly undercoated resulting in runners like the one I got in the M.K. '57 Ford that half the runner has no plating on it is going to get Revell's attention in a big fat hurry when they have to replace a lot of parts, if not entire chrome runners in a landslide of replacement requests in the next quarter.
I had planned to get the Shelby Convertible & '49 Merc, but now I'm hesitant to drop that cash if I'm going to have stupid Q.A. problems with the chrome. Guess I'll stick with the Beetle and Beetle Cabriolet since their plating is done in Poland, not China.