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#1 cooltoys1

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Posted 15 October 2012 - 06:14 AM

Ive seen on another site a pic from a model convention of a pile of proposed kits from AMT, and one was Christine. Box art shows scenes from the movie. Does anyone know anything else about this kit?? Will they include a dual carb big block?? Date of release??

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Posted 15 October 2012 - 06:21 AM

It was shown at the iHobby show... I would assume it's just the AMT '58 Belvedere with different box art.

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Posted 15 October 2012 - 08:33 AM

But isn't it Stephen King, not Steven?

I'm looking forward for this one, even if it's just a re-release with different box art, I built the kit years ago and enjoyed alot. B)

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Posted 15 October 2012 - 08:50 AM

Yes, it is Stephen King, & wasn't Christine a '57 Fury, not a '58 Belvedere?

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Posted 15 October 2012 - 08:52 AM

Yes, it is Stephen King, & wasn't Christine a '57 Fury, not a '58 Belvedere?

'58 Fury... in red and white, and with four-doors (as described in the book). No such Fury existed in 1958, but it is a work of fiction after all.

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Posted 15 October 2012 - 08:58 AM

'58 Fury... in red and white, and with four-doors (as described in the book). No such Fury existed in 1958, but it is a work of fiction after all.

In the movie, they used 2 door '58 Belvederes (still referred to as a Fury, though) .

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Posted 15 October 2012 - 09:18 AM

In the movie, they used 2 door '58 Belvederes (still referred to as a Fury, though) .

That they did.

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Posted 15 October 2012 - 09:32 AM

And they used a LOT of them too...

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Posted 15 October 2012 - 09:39 AM

Depending on which source you beleive, it's anywhere from 13 to 22.

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Posted 16 October 2012 - 04:48 AM

Well if it's a reissue of AMT's '58 Belvedere, "Christine" box art would be really appropriate because that kit is a horror show!

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Posted 16 October 2012 - 04:55 AM

Well if it's a reissue of AMT's '58 Belvedere, "Christine" box art would be really appropriate because that kit is a horror show!

Best thing about the AMT Belvedere is that you can use the chassis and drivetrain under a Modelhaus body. :rolleyes:

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Posted 16 October 2012 - 05:08 AM

Best thing about the AMT Belvedere is that you can use the chassis and drivetrain under a Modelhaus body. :rolleyes:


Yep. And the mirrors are good. I used one on a '56 Desoto.

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Posted 16 October 2012 - 06:21 PM

What is wrong with this kit then? Hood fit was only mistake that I found when I built this one few years ago.

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Posted 17 October 2012 - 06:42 AM

What is wrong with this kit then? Hood fit was only mistake that I found when I built this one few years ago.


No clearer demonstration has been presented than this image compiled by Harry P. in a reply to a thread on the importance of kit accuracy. In addition to the bizarrely curved side molding, note also the seriously flawed side window opening. Just terrible, and virtually unfixable.

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Posted 17 October 2012 - 07:04 AM

Posted ImageI know all about the side trim................I look at a real one every day!

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Posted 17 October 2012 - 12:48 PM

No clearer demonstration has been presented than this image compiled by Harry P. in a reply to a thread on the importance of kit accuracy. In addition to the bizarrely curved side molding, note also the seriously flawed side window opening. Just terrible, and virtually unfixable.


John (and Harry) are absolutely right on this one. It's not just a matter of the kinked-up side trim, but also that the top of the body sides echo the same mistakes - the top edge of the door should run gently upwards into the rear quarters, instead of downward as it does on the model. That, and like the Ala-Kart issued about the same time, the curvature of the sheet metal from the side surfaces to the top ones was too sharp in its radius. "Virtually unfixable" is a dead-on assessment. A pretty serious letdown after that very nice '57 300C.

Now what would be cool is if Round2 took this opportunity to revise the body shell. Won't hold my breath on that - but they've done some other neat stuff lately...

Edited by Chuck Kourouklis, 17 October 2012 - 12:49 PM.


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Posted 17 October 2012 - 02:26 PM

It sure would be nice if they re-tooled the body to fix the afforementioned mistakes. The Johan promo body was most accurate. Too bad every single one of them, including "mint" examples, warped themselves to a smiley death.

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Posted 17 October 2012 - 04:13 PM

It sure would be nice if they re-tooled the body to fix the afforementioned mistakes. The Johan promo body was most accurate. Too bad every single one of them, including "mint" examples, warped themselves to a smiley death.

That's what's great about the Modelhaus repo- no horrific warp, and even in the off chance you do get a warped Modelhaus part, it's ususally close enough to in-shape to be easily coaxed back to its correct shape. AND you needn't concern yourself with Johan's classic 1/4" thick glass. Yeah, I'm exaggerating about the thickness of the glass. But not by much...

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Posted 17 October 2012 - 04:51 PM

Yeah, figgered.

It was a fun thought.

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Posted 22 October 2012 - 11:37 PM

If you want to spend a TON of time (and some bucks), that '58 Belvedere CAN be fixed. It would take a '59 Dodge roof section (bodies turn up on the 'Bay occasionally) and "bending" the body along with what Jon Cole did on a thread some time ago.

Now you'd also have to change the windshield frame, and this is where AMT's '57 Chrysler 300 would come in handy here. A lot of work to be sure, but don't look for them to EVER fix the body on that one. BTW, I figured out that one of the reasons the kit was so wrong, is that RC2 based the kit on diecast tooling, which came out just before the kit IIRC.

Now the diecast is just as horrible-------bent body, wrong roof and all.

Who knows........after I get done with that '59 Chevy, I MIGHT take on the monumental task of making a CORRECT '58 Belvedere/Fury. ;)