The Retro Kewel Box art.
The decal sheet, plus the bonus Kat sticker.
The blinding sprues o' chrome.
The factory applied narrow whites, along with the old school wire axles and screws.
The raw white styrene stuff.
The castings seem to be quite a bit better than the last issue of this oldie, the 'Pro Shop' version of about a decade or so. AMT claims to have returned some of the old custom parts to this latest incarnation- I do seem to remember a second set of headlamp bezels (the quads) being here, and not present in the PS issue. Of course, the decals and factory-printed whitewall tires are a marked improvement over that previous release, as is the box art.
Gripes- all seats (including the fronts) are molded in, and the way the grille is molded with the headlamps in place may make painting the headlamp surrounds a bit tricky (look at a 1:1- they're part of the body on the real car and, hence, body color). Some may not dig the metal axles and screws- but is there any more secure a way to hold the wheels and body in place? The engine, with it's prominent axle cutout and lackadasial detail is also a gripe of mine. Hey, you can always glue the hood shut, right?
All in all? I'm glad to see it back. I'm a Ford guy first and foremost, but I do like the early 'big bodied' GM cruisers, and a 'Deuce and a Quarter' fits that bill nicely. I've already bought two of this latest reissue. Maybe a stretched '62 Bel Air chassis and the Nailhead from a '66 Riv will help it out a bit... ?
Edited by Chuck Most, 14 January 2010 - 02:59 PM.