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AMT/Model King 1964 Mercury Comet Caliente


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#1 Stevearado

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Posted 21 January 2007 - 12:40 PM

This review is for the current issue of the 1964 Mercury Comet Caliente kit. It is a special run AMT repop that is being distributed through Model King. I picked up this example from Hobby Heaven.

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Kit:

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This is a curbside kit with no engine, molded in hood, and few parts. The provided parts only make a stock version. The chrome parts sprue is the only real sprue in the kit.

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All of the details underneath are molded in, including a representation of an engine. The body is bagged separately while the chrome was in another. A third bag contains the floor pan/chassis, interior tub, and dash. The steering wheel was in a smaller bag taped to the tub. A fourth bag contained the tires, red clear parts, and two metal axles. The glass is also bagged separate, and is scratch free.

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Body:

When cleaning up the body, watch for mold lines at the A pillar where the door panel line is suppose to be. There are also mold lines on the front and rear fender peaks, off the B posts, and on the hood and trunk edges. There are four sink marks on my example: two on the front of the hood, and two on the back of the trunk lid. These are from the pins in the body that mate with the pins on the chassis.

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While the simple make up of this kit can make for a quick build, there is also potential for detailing and bashing.

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Posted 21 January 2007 - 02:55 PM

Thanks for the quick review Steve!

Hmmmm.............I wonder how well a '67 Mustang chassis would fit underneath that, since they were essentially the same car with different bodies? :wink:


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Posted 22 January 2007 - 02:04 AM

I like the body a lot... but boo on the chassis and interior.

I like Mr O's idea :)

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Posted 22 January 2007 - 04:24 AM

the 67 platform will probably adapt very well, Bill; i've built two AMT 66 mustangs using the 67 platform and they look much better than the promo style plate. it will probably require lengthening but thats easy enough. can't wait to see on at lhs.

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Posted 06 March 2007 - 12:50 PM

Actually, in tha real world, tha 64 Comet/Falcon/Mustang were all tha same chassis.

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Posted 06 March 2007 - 02:19 PM

c'mon, zeb! how often did AMT hit the "real world" mark? and i'm a BIG fan of theirs....LOL! lots of possibilities with this kit; maybe a replica East Africa Safari kit? there's a full copy of Hot Rod's three part article on the mercury comet rally cars on the web (heck; i forget where; but it's out there, trust me) with some grainy photos but lots of technical detail in the text.

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Posted 07 April 2007 - 06:04 PM

I bought tha kit just for tha wheelwell patterns, sos I can convert one of those A/FX Falcons back to a street hot rod, idea model for my 1:1 '65 Falcon. and yeah yur absolutely correct Reb. :mrgreen:

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Posted 08 April 2007 - 05:51 AM

I did mine as a '70s street machine.
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Posted 08 April 2007 - 03:12 PM

nice version, I had a 1:1 '64 Merc 2 dr sedan as a go-to-work car for about 8 yrs, from '77-85. 6cyl, 3 speed.

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Posted 17 May 2007 - 07:47 PM

I saw the kit at my LHS but did not have the bucks to buy it after buying 4 other kits. Nice build RANDBUGEYE. Looks like what was on the streets in the late '60s. I could not believe how those tires looked like the ones that came in the first AMT kits in the late '50s. You had to really push the wheels into the tires if not pound them in. I still have 2 of the old tires and those in the kit look just like the ones I have. I've got to get me one of those kits. Thanks for the review. Patrick