Looks like the 1/25 AMT '70 Chevelle SS is being reissued in "Silver Screen" packaging as a tie-in to the Jack Reacher movie:
I`m excited that the `70 Chevelle SS is being finally reissued.
In ever respect Chevy`s `70 Chevelle SS LS-6 is the finniest example of what a later era American muscle should be.. IMHO!
All you Mopar, Ford and AMC enthusiast out there refrain from sending me hate mail...please.
My question is will this be a reissue of the old but very popular (and from what I have heard profitable $$) AMT "Red Alert" drag car?
IN NOVEMBER OF 1969 DRAG RACER BOB HAMILTON ORDERED A BRIGHT RED 1970 LS-6 CHEVELLE, AND LOADED IT UP WITH ALL THE OPTIONS. UPON ARRIVAL HE GAVE IT TO HIS WIFE DOROTHY AS A VALENTINE'S PRESENT. A SHORT YEAR LATER DOROTHY RELUCTANTLY TURNED OVER THE KEYS TO HER "GROCERY GETTER" CHEVELLE TO HER HUSBAND BOB HAMILTON FOR WHAT WOULD TURN INTO ONE OF THE MOST ILLUSTRIOUS CAREERS OF ANY CAR OF THE ERA. BECAUSE OF THE ON GOING COLD WAR WITH THE SOVIET UNION, IT WAS DECIDED TO NAME THE NEW RACER "RED ALERT.”
MUCH OF THE CAR`S POPULARITY CAME FROM IT"S DOMINATING PERFORMANCE THE FOLLOWING YEAR 1971 WHEN IT BECAME THE S/DA CLASS RECORD HOLDER WITH AN E.T. OF 10.75 SECONDS AT 123 M.P.H.. “RED ALERT” WOULD GO ON TO SET AND HOLD THE TRACK RECORD AT NEW JERSEY`S ISLAND DRAGWAY FOR OVER TWO YEARS RUNNING. BOB HAMILTON MOVED TO FLORIDA IN 1974, WHERE HE CONTINUED TO RACE “RED ALERT” UNTIL 1976, WHERE IN IT’S LAST SEASON, BOB AND “RED ALERT” TOOK HOME TOP STOCK ELIMINATOR 14 OUT OF 16 TIMES.
IN LATE 1971, WHILE COMPETING IN THE HIGHLY CONTESTED NHRA SS/DA CLASS, THE AMT TOY MODEL COMPANY TOOK NOTICE OF “RED ALERT”. SOON “RED ALERT” WAS AN AMT MODEL. AMT QUICKLY HAD A SALES BONANZA AS “RED ALERT” WENT ON TO BECOME AMT'S ALL-TIME SALES LEADER.. SALES WERE SO GOOD THAT AMT RE-RELEASED “RED ALERT” TWO MORE TIMES.
DURING THE 1990s, UNDER NEW OWNERSHIP ,TERRY CARNEY AND BILL STEPHENSON, "RED ALERT" BEGAN TAKING PART IN VARIOUS NOSTALGIA DRAG RACING EVENTS, “RED ALERT” ONCE AGAIN TOOK ON THE HEAVY HITTERS OF OLD, SUCH AS RONNIE SOX AND HIS SOX/MARTIN 426 HEMI CUDA. DURING THIS TIME, “RED ALERT” WAS STILL SO POPULAR THAT THE ERTL COMPANY TWICE RELEASED IT’S OWN DIE-CAST VERSION OF "RED ALERT".
The one thing that was never represented correctly was the door for the hood cowl induction. It was cast into the hood..in other words it was in the closed position on all the AMT/ETRL renditions. The cowl induction door/flap should be "OPEN" not closed.
Please note the below info is from Rick Nelson of Muscle Car Restoration & Design in Pleasant Plains Illinois. He is one of the major go-to guys when it comes to `70 Chevelle SS LS-6 restorations:
Subject: RE: Cowl Induction Flapper
Date: October 5, 2011 7:53:49 AM CDT
The flapper should be open when the car is not running due to no vacuum at the vacuum pod so the pod is at rest. When the car is started, vacuum is applied to the vacuum pod which pulls the flapper shut. At wide open throttle there is a lack of vacuum which again allows the flapper to open and allows air to flow in. There is also an electrical switch that should be mounted on the accelerator pedal. When the pedal is pushed down it triggers the switch which runs through a relay mounted on the firewall and powers the electric solenoid mounted up inside the round air cleaner opening of the hood. This opens the plastic door allowing all that incoming air to get into the carb.There should also be a small in line vacuum delay mounted on a vacuum hose that runs between the rear manifold vacuum port and the vacuum pod on the hood. This is designed to open the flapper quickly when necessary but bleeds back the vacuum at a slower rate so that the door does not slam shut.
Note the two reference photos of the hood cowl induction flap/door in the "OPEN"position:
Revell release of the `70 Chevelle stock 454 SS got it right...however the kit was issued in 1/24 scale...darn.
I am hoping AMT would "correct" this oversight in the new issuance of this iconic American Muscle Car.
Has there been a release date set yet?
Edited by 69NovaYenko, 09 February 2014 - 04:56 PM.