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#1 Mr. Metallic

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Posted 24 November 2006 - 03:44 PM

AMT/Ertl 2006 Chevy Camaro

Let me begin by saying this. This review is based on just what's in the box. I am planning on building this kit right away, so stay tuned for a buildup review. I have not seen the actual car in person, so any judgements of accuracy are solely based on the pictures I've seen of the concept car. That being said, lets get to it.

Well, lets start off with the first thing you see, the box. The layout is pretty nice, and the photography is well done. Unlike most of their offering the last few years, this box has multiple pictures of different areas of the car so you can see what you are getting(instead of the same picture repeated on every panel)

The body is very nice. While the pictures I've seen seem to show front fenders that are more pronounced than the ones in the kit, they still look good. The body itself is one peice except for the rear valence panel where the exhaust exits. Chrome body parts include the mirrors, wipers, exhaust tips, head and taillight bezels, gas cap and chevy bowtie for the grille. The two front grilles are seperate, but are molded in body color. Taillight lenses are clear red, and there are clear headlight bulbs hidden behind clear covers.

The engine builds up a bit differently than your average kit. The bottom of the transmission and oil pan are molded together. The top of the tranny and engine block/cylinder heads, and front cover all mount to the oil pan peice. Seperate fan belt, fan, chrome valve covers and chrome exhaust headers come next. Last of all is the intake plenum/cover. It looks a little flat, but I will reserve judgement until it is installed on the engine.

The interior builds up platform style with the center console molded onto the floorpan. Front buckets seats and the rear bench are all 2 peice units. The side panels seem kind of bland style-wise, but I have not seen pics of the real cars door panels, so for now they look pretty good. The dash has odd looking molded guage faces, but that's OK because there are decals to cover them. There is a sperate column and steering wheel, pedal assembly and stick shifter.

Wheels and tires are really nice looking. Kudos to AMT for tooling the attchment points for the wheels on the back instead of the front so the rims wont need to be touched up. Big diameter 5 spoke wheels mount into very low profile tires with an agressive tread pattern.

The chassis is very well engraved, but most of the parts that attatch to it seem kind of rounded off or soft in detail. That may be prototypical. The front wheels look like they could be poseable with minimal work. Disc brakes with molded in calipers mount on all four corners. The interior attaches positivly to the chassis, very similar to the way Revell did with their '05 Mustang. It very nice to have the positve location feature, lets hope it locates as well in the body as the Mustangs did. The one peice exhaust system looks OK.

The underhood area is a seperate peice that mounts to the body. The engraved detail on the 2 peice radiator is VERY nice! The shock tower brace and windsheild washer bottle are the only seperate peices under the hood. The side glass is seperate parts, giving the builder the option of windows up or down. The front and rear glass are attached together and mount inside the body ala old school tooling techniques. I'm not sure if the real car has flush fitting glass like most new cars do, so before I start my buildup I'll have to research this some more and see if it is feesible on the model if accuracy necessitates it. The decal sheet is very small and not very clearly registered however.

Overall I am pretty impressed with this kit, which I haven't been with an AMT/Ertl kit in quite some time. Most of the parts are pretty well engraved, and the detail level and parts breakdown ranges from acceptable to pretty good. I'm gonna start working on a buildup right away, so hopefully within a couple weeks I'll have it finished. Stay tuned.

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Posted 25 November 2006 - 01:07 AM

Thanks for the review Craig!

This is turning out to be one of my favorite cars/concepts of the decade so far....................can't wait till the real deal shows up for '09!

I have a ton 'o pics of the interior if you need them (also some super secret CAD drawings of the chassis ...........SHHHHH!!). If you need them PM me and I'll send them to you. :)


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Posted 25 November 2006 - 02:36 AM

I guess the front fenders are correct. Rest of the body looks pretty spot on too.

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Engine cover looks right too, although there doesn't seem to be anything to fill the gap between the radiator and the plenum in the kit. I guess I will find out during assembly.

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I might change my grille to this setup

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Follow this link to nice pics of the 2 concept cars
http://www.fastcoolc...06-07camaro.htm

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Posted 25 November 2006 - 03:10 AM

Thanks for the review and pics of the parts! I need to get one of these soon, one of my favorite new concepts in a long time.

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Posted 25 November 2006 - 03:13 AM

Thanks for the review and pics of the parts! I need to get one of these soon, one of my favorite new concepts in a long time.


I live about an hour and a half from Dyersville, thats why my LHS got theirs yesterday. Everyone else should have them next week, depending on their distributor

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Posted 25 November 2006 - 04:54 AM

got to do something about MY server; most of the time i don't get pics on any forums. great to read your review and look forward to reading more.

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Posted 25 November 2006 - 05:23 AM

Thanks for the review and pics of the parts! I need to get one of these soon, one of my favorite new concepts in a long time.


I live about an hour and a half from Dyersville, thats why my LHS got theirs yesterday. Everyone else should have them next week, depending on their distributor


They'll be out soon; Model Roundup had theirs on Friday, I'll get a couple from them next week.

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Posted 26 November 2006 - 05:30 AM

Just placed my order with them as well, I'm looking forward to this kit.


thanks for the review Craig

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Posted 02 December 2006 - 09:18 AM

Kit looks great. The engine block looks like the genero setup in the Chrysler 300 and Escalade. The heads and induction are changed as the others. As in the others, the block is lost in the engine bay wiith the induction covers and everything, but think really hard if you want to use the engine in something else that is visible.

I'll research it some later.

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Posted 02 December 2006 - 10:24 AM

Picked up the kit on Wednesday. It looks like a pretty neat kit in person, I'm itching to get started on more than one. Detail level is pretty good.

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Posted 02 December 2006 - 12:40 PM

I just picked up my kit today at our club meeting. Very nice kit overall............my only complaint is that in my kit, the spokes on the wheels have those annoying sink marks in them! :)

Oh well, guess it's time to get out the putty or Mr. Surfacer.......:wink:

The body is spot on as Craig described, but the rest of the details are okay..................not Tamiya like in definition, but should build up into a very nice replica of the show car.


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Posted 14 December 2006 - 02:52 PM

I really like the new Camaro, and when I get the kit , I want to do a "what if" Firebird

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Posted 17 December 2006 - 11:01 AM

I have 2 so far...planning on doing a 'stock' coupe and convertible, and maybe a race car using Corvette C5R innards as a starting point...

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Posted 18 December 2006 - 12:56 PM

in a couple of years 1:1 examples of this car will be up on blocks in front of the towns finest shacks and meth houses just like its predecessors currently are.

is there a gas station anywhere in the usa without a battered camaro somewhere in the vicinity? ive yet to see one.

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Posted 20 December 2006 - 09:29 AM

Jah Bill,

You're right! I'll remember that when I do my gas station diorama! LOL!

Maybe someone will build a "gas station of the future" diorama using one of these new Camaros!

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Posted 25 December 2006 - 10:10 PM

Santa brought me a Camaro kit today... Me and my 13y/o daughter will try to build up this and her planned Yenko camaro in the next week or so.

First impression... nice kit overall, with what looks to be good engineering for parts fit and such. What really dissappoints me, though, are the sink mark all over the body and hood. Its gonna take some time and putty to fill those in! I also realized those side marker lights aren't bad panel lines, just bad side markers!

I'll keep everybody filled in on the buildup... Plan is Tamiya bright orange, black stripes, Nellis Rallyes, (if I have time) grill change like the concept drawing shown earlier... We'll see how it works out.

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Posted 10 January 2007 - 10:45 AM

I got my Camaro kit a few days ago. I did the subassemblies on the road, and now that I'm home, I'm trying to get the thing built.

I had a couple of very small sink holes on the hood, so small I was able to block sand them off without filler. The rest of the body seemed fine, just a couple faint mold lines and a tiny bit of flash. Everything fit like it was supposed to throughout the build!

Even though it's probably incorrect, I painted the engine orange, for a nostalgic touch, and to give the engine compartment a little color.

I dullcoated all the chrome, it was just too shiny for my taste. The plating was nice, though, if a person wanted to leave it that way.

My biggest complaint was the instruction sheet. They give you a big color key on the front page, but there isn't a single color call out in the sequence! Also, there are parts that shouldn't be glued, like the ball joints and the inside sleeve on the spindles. But the instruction sheet shows nothing indicating this. Neither is a big thing to an experienced modeler, but it could be discouraging to a novice!

I'm painting mine with Testor's Model Master lacquer, Hugger Orange, I plan to put the stripes on it, but haven't decided whether black or white.

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Posted 17 February 2007 - 09:10 PM

The lines on the front fenders (the body separation lines) should go from the side marker light to the front fender opening, no big thang tho'. Kinda disappointed with all of the sink marks in the body, some are in bad spots, like the ones along the bottom of the rear spoiler. Also where does the trunk lid end? at the top of the tail lights or what? I haven't seen a rear picture that showed this, so I have yet to scribe it in.

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Posted 18 February 2007 - 02:22 AM

Here's a few pics to help you out Del............

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Hope this helps!


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Posted 19 February 2007 - 09:25 AM

Thanks, that'll do just fine,. Del