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#1 JamesW

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Posted 05 January 2014 - 03:45 AM

Are these kits the EXACT same? I had the first kit/box art as a kid and want to build another. Like most people I shop for the cheapest, and the second one is cheaper.

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#2 plowboy

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Posted 05 January 2014 - 04:05 AM

I would still buy the top version. Those Wal Mart boxed version kits are notorious for having bad chrome. I have several in my stash that the chrome has started to yellow somehow. You may get lucky and get a kit that has good chrome and you may not.



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Posted 05 January 2014 - 04:09 AM

one states "500" on the box difference in contents? one may never know!
i know i've built a few of these over the years, opening doors and victoria versions similar but different
one that i built i want to say top box?
has the paxton supercharger version can be built? i may be thinking of other kits though i know its fords though

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Posted 05 January 2014 - 04:45 AM

Identical except for box art. The supercharger version is not accurate. My kit has same artwork as Walmart release, but no checkerboard. It is up for trade if interesed.


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Posted 05 January 2014 - 06:23 AM

How do they compare to this one ?revell-1957-ford-custom-2-in-1.jpg



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Posted 05 January 2014 - 07:12 AM

I was wondering the same thing honestly. While I like the AMT kits because of the opening doors and such, I do like the quality of Revell kits.

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Posted 05 January 2014 - 07:32 AM

AMT kit is an old tool with opening doors depicting a high trim Fairlane. The Revell kit is a brand new tool with molded in doors depicting a low trim Custom. I can post comparison pics of the two if there is interest.

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Posted 05 January 2014 - 07:46 AM

AMT kit is an old tool with opening doors depicting a high trim Fairlane. The Revell kit is a brand new tool with molded in doors depicting a low trim Custom. I can post comparison pics of the two if there is interest

 

That would be nice.



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Posted 05 January 2014 - 08:39 AM

I built both, the AMT and the Revell. 

The AMT kit is a 1960s tooling, of the very top of the line Fairlane 500 Club Victoria.

The Revell kit is a new tooling of the entry model Custom Tudor.

 

Both kits have no fit issues. 

The AMT has a more accurate overall shape on the body than the Revell kit, and comparing both as built models to a 1:1 scale 1957 Ford, the one that "feels" more like the real deal in proportions is the AMT kit.

 

That being said, the Revell kit has lot's of detail that the AMT kit doesn't.

The engine on the Revell kit is way more detailed, as is the underside of the car.

The Revell kit has a separate frame from the floor pan, what makes easy to detail the area.

The AMT kit comes with the frame AND exhaust system molded to the floor pan.

The AMT engine has the correct carburetor tough. The Revell doesn't. 

The AMT engine while less detailed, has a representation of the road draft tube molded to the oil pan, and the Revell kit lacks this detail completely. This is somehow compensated by the fact that the Revell engine has the oil pump and pick up tube detail while its absent from the AMT kit.

The AMT kit has poseable front steering and opening doors, and the Revell kit has none of those things.

 

My personal preference goes to the AMT kit. The model shows it's age, but it was so well done than still can be compared to something done 50 years later. That has to value a couple of points.



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Posted 05 January 2014 - 09:59 AM

Very nice concise review. Thank you  :)



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Posted 05 January 2014 - 11:20 AM

Well I guess I'll go with the AMT kits, and get the Revell one later on.

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Posted 05 January 2014 - 11:48 AM

The AMT Fairlane was rumored to be reissued last year but hasn't happened yet.



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Posted 05 January 2014 - 01:39 PM

Will the frame and floor in the Revell kit fit the AMT kit?  and are any of the other parts that were mentioned interchangeable to make one detailed kit?



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Posted 05 January 2014 - 01:54 PM

Will the frame and floor in the Revell kit fit the AMT kit?  and are any of the other parts that were mentioned interchangeable to make one detailed kit?

They have about the same wheelbase, being the Revell a little wider, but is doable.

The stock AMT interior by other hand, won't fit over the Revell floor without some modifications to the transmission tunnel, that is a lot wider on the Revell kit.

If you feel prepared to do so, it can be done.



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Posted 05 January 2014 - 02:05 PM



Well I guess I'll go with the AMT kits, and get the Revell one later on.

I would build both!!!! And I DID!!!

Both are great fun if you are into '57 Fords.

 

At the end, it will depend on what trim level you like the most!!

 

Take a look:

 

Factory stock Fairlane 500 Club Victoria, built from the AMT kit:

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The AMT engine built box stock:
 
Factory stock Custom Tudor built from the Revell kit:

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The Revell engine built box stock:


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Posted 05 January 2014 - 02:17 PM

How do they compare to this one ?revell-1957-ford-custom-2-in-1.jpg

This one is better. No ill fitting opening doors. The AMT kit does build up ok though



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Posted 05 January 2014 - 03:07 PM

Some parts are no longer in the  AMT kit, like the Styline custom front & rear,

Globe Spotlights, Trophy With Miniature 57 Fairlane 500, easel for display. 

Also, in latter issued some of the Suspension parts have been moved off the chrome trees.

 

Mostly though, the MT kit is the same one we have always gotten.



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Posted 05 January 2014 - 04:04 PM

 

I would build both!!!! And I DID!!!

Both are great fun if you are into '57 Fords.

 

At the end, it will depend on what trim level you like the most!!

 

Take a look:

 

Factory stock Fairlane 500 Club Victoria, built from the AMT kit:

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Dude, you have skills! That first one is beautiful!



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Posted 05 January 2014 - 04:26 PM

Since both of these versions were raced in Nascar, the topic has come up over at Randy Ayer's nascar modeling forum.  According to a few gentleman over there, the fairlane and custom were two different wheelbases.  They are pretty darn knowledgeable over there, and one of the moderators (Tom M) is combining the kits in a build.  If I remember right, in one of the threads, there was factory literature to back it up.  Regardless, both are great looking cars.  I haven't built the revell yet, but it is in my stash (to include the Fireball Robert's version), and I plan to re-do the AMT too (my first was a glue bomb way back in the day).

 

Cheers,

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Posted 05 January 2014 - 04:32 PM

Correct on the wheelbase, the Custom was 116 and the Fairlane was 118.   '58 was the same way, then '59 went to 118 for all full size models.

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1957_Ford