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MPC 1/20th 1970 AMC AMX


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#81 unclescott58

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Posted 13 November 2014 - 02:50 AM

The original '68 kit had low back bucket seats, and headrests were not required until Jan 1, 1969, so maybe MPC decided to skip the seat upgrade since they knew the '70 was going to be the end for the AMX model, both 1:1 and 1:20.
 
The original seats appear to be the same as found in the reissued kit:
 


Yet they tooled up the correct dashboard. I've also heard people talk about seats molded in vinyl rather than styrene in the original '70 kit. Were these seats the correct high-backs, maybe? And with the old seats still on the styrene trees?

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Posted 13 November 2014 - 05:15 AM

Thanks for the pictures Gary. The stripes that are given on the decal sheet, were they used on AMXs as maybe an option? I've seen them someplace before. Were they maybe a Javelin option? I do like the stock "C" stripes better. I too hope that Keith Marks might be able to help us out in that department. By the way, I love the blue AMX with the white stripe above. I wonder what color that is? And if Tamiya makes something fairly close.
Also, I should be getting mine tomorrow night at our local model car club meeting. I'm looking forward to it.
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The stripes given in this kit's decal sheet, look somewhat like optional stripes that were offered on the '69 Javelins. They're not exactly the same. But look close. I thought they looked familiar.

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Posted 13 November 2014 - 07:43 AM

Yet they tooled up the correct dashboard. I've also heard people talk about seats molded in vinyl rather than styrene in the original '70 kit. Were these seats the correct high-backs, maybe? And with the old seats still on the styrene trees?

Scott

 

Nope, the old vinyl seats were custom "race" buckets. Mark said the custom buckets are included in this new kit but molded in styrene instead. The '80s reissue is the same way, basically a '68 interior with a '70 dashboard.



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Posted 13 November 2014 - 01:33 PM

AMC probably footed some of the initial tooling costs of this kit (the '68 was initially available by mail and from some AMC dealers, though it may have been sold in stores later).  MPC probably updated it to the '70 on its own dime, though...maybe they decided to cut a corner and not update the seats.  Ironically, Jo-Han updated their AMX promotional model to '70 spec (because AMC wanted '70 promos).  Ironically, when Jo-Han backdated the AMX in '71 to produce the Shirley Shahan drag car, they left the '70 interior bucket untouched.

The racing seats, originally molded in that "thermoplastic" that no paint or cement known to man will stick to, are molded in styrene in the reissue.  Those have some neat detail that I hadn't noticed before...the seat looks like a replica of a fiberglass shell with the upholstery wrapped over the sides and attached with snaps.  I might use those in a Lindberg Gremlin, that I plan on stuffing an AMX chassis and interior into...



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Posted 13 November 2014 - 01:58 PM

Great info guys. Despite the kit having an incorrect interior, I like it. But, can you imagine what would happen today if they tooled up a new kit with this mistake? And yet it was done a lot back in the day. As others have noted, models were aimed mainly at kids back then. They basically had to look right. I always think of AMT's '66 Wildcat being a perfect example of this. The kits and the promos for the '66 Buick Wildcat have the incorrect '65 Wildcat interior. Look at the upholstery pattern and the dashboard. So seeing '68 seats and steering wheel in MPC's '70 AMX does not surprise me. In this case, I'm surprised they took the time to update the dashboard.

Still, despite the seats and the scale, I like what I've found so far in this kits box. I've done some minor subassembly, and found no major problems so far. It looks like another overall winner from Round 2. Thanks Round 2.

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Posted 14 November 2014 - 01:03 PM

Does this new issue have plastic whitewall inserts for the tires?



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Posted 14 November 2014 - 01:35 PM

Does this new issue have plastic whitewall inserts for the tires?


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Posted 14 November 2014 - 02:50 PM

The original 1970 annual kit did not have the plastic whitewall inserts.  The '68 and '69 did, but not the '70.



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Posted 19 November 2014 - 08:18 PM

Just started mine.  Kinda bummed that it didn't have the stock stripe decals. :mellow: