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  1. Monty added a post in a topic Making AMT's original '57 Chevy more accurate   

    We seem to have strayed from what I was actually asking regarding the original AMT '57 Chevy.  That's the kit I have, and I want to make it more realistic via a chassis swap.  My main question was whether Revell's '57 Black Widow chassis would be an easy drop-in fix, or if I'd need to do a lot of modifications.  The AMT kit is a Bel Air, so I'll retain that interior.  
  2. Monty added a post in a topic Making AMT's original '57 Chevy more accurate   

    The newer AMT kit always looked a little saftig (chunky), as the Germans say, kinda like the new Challengers vs the original '70.  I haven't done any measurements though. 
    And I only want the Revell kit for its chassis (and maybe its engine). 
    As I mentioned above, I planned on using the original AMT Bel Air interior, even if I have to cut out the sides and mount them to the top of the Revell chassis.  
  3. Monty added a topic in Model Building Questions and Answers   

    Making AMT's original '57 Chevy more accurate
    I like many aspects of AMT's original '57 Chevy, but I'd like to make my next one more a little more realistic.  To that end, one of the first things that came to mind was finding a chassis that didn't have molded-in exhaust or a metal axle through the front suspension.    
    Has anyone here tried using Revell's Black Widow chassis with the AMT body and interior parts?  If so, any extensive modifications I'd have to make?  
    If you've done this conversion, I'd love to see pics and/or a link to your WIP stuff. 
    Bonus question:  Did we ever resolve the issue of which 1/25 AMT '57 Chevy had the more accurate body, the original or the 1990s issue?  
    Show your work.
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  4. Monty added a post in a topic Testor's Aztek Paints   

    I haven't heard of anyone who has tried the paint and didn't like it, but I'd still be very interested in seeing pictures of any models painted with them.    
  5. Monty added a post in a topic 1972 Oldsmobile 442 w30 coupe   

    This build is remarkable for so many things, including the stance, paint and overall detailing, not to mention your use of appropriate Johan and Revell parts to achieve these results.   Nicely done.
    If I could make one small suggestion, I'd recommend that you cut the side stripes where they cross the door lines.  I'm guessing it could still be done easily with a decal solution and a sharp #11 blade.  Just a thought.  
  6. Monty added a post in a topic Any chance the AMT Mach Won molds are still intact?   

    I've asked the kit historians on a number of boards, and they all say it's the same model, including decals, in both of those boxes.   The box art with the red car is shown with a custom racing front end cover, while I built mine using the kit's '70 Mach One grille etc.  
  7. Monty added a post in a topic Any chance the AMT Mach Won molds are still intact?   

    It wasn't a custom Mustang or Ford styling exercise replica.  It was a stock wheelbase '70 Mustang funny car with a Logghe chassis and a blown big block (427?) Ford engine.   To the best of my knowledge it wasn't meant to depict any of the 1:1 funny cars of the time a la most of Revell's f/c kits, but it seemed to be a decent kit to build and display.
  8. Monty added a topic in General   

    Any chance the AMT Mach Won molds are still intact?
    This has been a holy grail of mine since I built one as a kid in the '70s.  Even with the  advent of Ebay, I haven't been able to find one at a price I can justify paying.  Most of the time this kit goes for well over $140.00, which means I won't be getting one unless I win the lottery or something.  
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  9. Monty added a post in a topic Galaxie's 48 Chevy Country Club   

    Nice work, Al!  What paint did you use on this one?
  10. Monty added a topic in Model Building Questions and Answers   

    Better chassis for the bigger Buicks
    I've got the AMT '65 and '69 Rivieras in the on-deck circle, but I detest the promo-like chassis they come with, so I'm curious what else could be used while still maintaining some semblance of accuracy.  
    Options I'm considering:
    1) Has anyone tried using the chassis from the '90s-issue '66 Riviera under either one of these?
    2) One of our members, David G, built an incredibly nicely detailed X-style chassis for his '60 Impala.
    I don't know jack about these X-style chassis; could this be a reasonable replacement for the AMT junk?  
    Any pics and descriptions of chassis transplants for these Rivieras would be appreciated.  
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  11. Monty added a post in a topic Revell '77 Pontiac Firebird 400   

    I'm curious about the tires.  Did you use sidewall decals?  
  12. Monty added a post in a topic Helpful memes for a model car board   

    I'll see that and raise you one

  13. Monty added a post in a topic AMT '68 Shelby GT500 - What problems did you encounter?   

    Anybody got pics of their AMT '68 Shelby Mustang(s) that they'd like to post to show what all can be done with this kit despite its limitations?  With the talent on this board, none of the "issues" listed should be difficult to overcome.  
  14. Monty added a post in a topic AMT '68 Shelby GT500 - What problems did you encounter?   

    Like Mark, I thought they could've done better with the chassis.  If memory serves, it doesn't have true poseable steering, although it wouldn't have taken a whole lot more effort on their part to get there.  Depending on your abilities, you could modify their setup by finding a way to attach a tie rod etc.  If not, the stubs and mounting points can be glued to simulate steered wheels.  
    Seems like anything other than a skinny stock tire will protrude out past the wheel wells (front and back), and while that might've been a good "street look" back in the day, it doesn't look as realistic in 1/25 scale.  
    Also, I'm not convinced the "stock" wheels in this kit are correct for a '68 Shelby Mustang.  AMT's '66 Mustang coupe has a set of wheels that have the appearance of '68 Shelby Mustang wheels, but they lack the scale depth that the 1:1 units had, and are a mediocre substitute at best.  There used to be an aftermarket wheel and tire combo you could buy that looked right, but the supply seems to have dried up.  
    Lastly, at the risk of crossing over into nitpicking territory, the headlights need to be replaced with something better.  AMT's engraving looks like a rush job and, if installed without modifying the pin/hole setup, the "lenses" will be skewed.

    Here's an example of the headlight issue (not my build)  
  15. Monty added a post in a topic ’98 Corvette   

    I always follow his builds because he points out any corrections he felt were necessary to make, and he usually summarizes how he went about it. He's also known for being very precise when it comes to replicating the shades and hues of everything on the car, which is very helpful if you're building, or planning to build, the same kit.  When you nail all the little details like he does, the result should be something special.