There will always be those with an eye for proportion who are driven up the wall by inaccuracies, as there will be those who are happy to stick SBC headers on a Hemi... and never the twain shall meet. Niggles aside, I'll be buying several of these. It's about time we had a proper I beam and split wishbones.
Most of my new kits come via Ebay, but often it's a case of seeing what's available at a reasonable price rather than shopping for specific kits. I had a long break from building too and in my mind kits should still be £5 - 6, so everything looks expensive now. http://mclaren-models.com prices aren't bad compared with some of the competition, and they're one of the few selling AMT kits.
Those white/red line Firestones were found in late '60s AMT annuals. Could be the first issue with the Pepper Shaker box art? I think that was the last with the original custom parts: http://public.fotki.com/drasticplasticsmcc/mkiba-build-under-c/amt-instructions/automotive-cars--pi/chevrolet/1951-1960/amt-57-chevy-pepper/
Some people seem to be conflating objective criticism with outright rejection... I am happy these trucks have been released, but it doesn't mean I have to accept all the flaws. I have both kits and I will build them, but I'll also be correcting things which shouldn't need correcting. From plowboy's comparison, it seems pretty obvious that those parts were derived from the old AMT tooling. Would you really expect to see exactly the same parts breakdown and exact same shape moulded parts locators (look at the block/trans locator and the top of the carb)? That's a big coincidence on kits tooled 40 years apart by different companies. Compare with the FE engines in the AMT '66/'67 Fairlane and Comet, or the '60 Starliner - those are streets ahead in detail.
I've found the front suspension needs some re-engineering to match the 1:1. The kit has the radius arms mounted outside, and parallel with, the frame rails. The real thing has the radius arms mounted under the frame rails and angled out to mount on the axle beams under the coil spring. The beams are also wrong; they should mount on brackets under the frame rails, not inside the crossmember and the driver's side isn't cranked like it is in the kit. It makes you wonder what they were looking at?
Interesting build, thanks for pointing out the differences. I have both kits on the way, planning to combine parts to build my uncle's long gone Explorer - big block, 3 spd, two tone Grabber blue and white.