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NOBLNG

AMT '70-1/2 Camaro

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I wasn't really keen on buying this kit...but I had a coupon.:wacko: I figured it would give me something to do in between spurts on another project. I think this has to be one of the poorer kits I have acquired! There is a lot of heavy flash on most parts. The wheels in particular were difficult to clean up. The only chrome parts are the grill, bumpers and shifter, no chrome rims, no chrome engine bay goodies. Also the plastic in this kit seems closer to polypropylene than styrene? It has the consistency of a water bottle lid, and I can easily dent it with my fingernail. The nicest part of this kit I think are the tires.

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Sorry to hear of your problems with this kit. I have the same kit but it is done in the standard white plastic, other than a little flash here and there everything seems fine. One thing I noticed was your box doesn't seem to say it is cast in the orange plastic. When this kit was reissued a few years ago I know that it was offered in both white and orange plastic. The kits with the orange plastic stated as such on the box. I avoided these since I didn't want to deal with the issues sometimes encountered in painting colored plastic. My point is it possible that the orange plastic compound is some how different, and why wasn't the fact that the plastic is orange but not stated on the box ? Just an FYI on the wheel trim you mentioned. Having owned these wheels in 1:1 scale I may be able to offer a little insight into their appearance.   The trim rings were a brushed aluminum finish and not chrome like. If you look closely at the outer edge of the wheels you will notice what looks like a light ridge running around the outer edge. This would have been part of the painted wheel. The trim ring was about 2 plus inches wide and sat down into a grove in the wheel. The rest of the surface is the wheel and it is designed to look like a mag wheel. If it should matter, the wheels on the factory Z-28 package at that time were painted a dark gray with chrome lug nuts and they were also offered on Chevelle SS as an option. In later years, around '77 they were offered again as part of the Z-28 package but were then painted the same color as the body. These wheels were also offered as an option on some El Caminos and the GMC counterpart.   This kit may take a little extra effort but I have seen many here who have built some great looking models from this kit.

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I've bought two or three of these over the years just to use a coupon but have never built one. I do know that at least one is molded in orange because I opened it up to see if an old non-RS AMT grille/bumper can be made to work with it (it looks do-able). 

I also bought a couple of the B-M 454 kits, molded in dark green. I have started on one of those. The plastic seems fine, and polishes up to a nice shine. Biggest flaw is the "dent" along the top of the passenger side front fender, where it meets the hood. Not sure yet how I'm gonna deal with that. 

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What carb is this supposed to be? A Holley 4bbl?

Thanks, Greg.

P.S. David, it does say molded in orange on the bottom of the box.

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The carb is representing a Holley four barrel.  The 1:1 LT1's came with a 780 CFM Holley Double Pumper.  

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While the kits carburetor resembles a Holly carb. the float bowls are wrong for a double pumper. If you're going to have an air cleaner nobody is going to be able to see anyway and that goes for what ever they were thinking with the carb. openings also. The Orange plastic bit, I was at H.L. today and they had a shelf full of this kit. I turned the box over and over trying to read what all they had to say about the features and sure enough in small print on a side panel they mentioned that it was molded in Orange plastic. As for chrome parts they only other thing they might have done was the valve covers. The 1:1 had semi shinny polished aluminum valve covers so even if they had given you chrome covers it would have been wrong. All that aside it really depends on how you want it to look and what you're trying to represent with your build. I think your engine looks great so far.

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Thanks for the replies. From googling images, I see the large round hole on the carb is not close to realistic, and the carb seems to be mounted backwards (keyed mounting hole). It will have an air cleaner so not too visible. I just figured I would detail it for practice purposes. I am not trying to be factory correct. I pretty much build all my models as if I was building up a 1:1 project car for my own use and enjoyment, including small modifications.

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Actually that carb is supposed to be a Holley three barrel carb, the secondary is a single throat .

Used only for a few years by Holley and the performance industry if I am correct in that assumption.  The bowls are wrong they should be the center hung bowls . Hope this helps

Michael

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