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1/25 AMT '94 Ford F-150 Lightning Pickup

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The AMT 1110M (not sure what the 'M' stand for) 1/25 '94 Ford F-150 Lightning Pickup, due later this year:

AMT1110M94FordF150LightningPickup.thumb.jpg.30ea8a4eb4404b6fdb7cc97d1482343c.jpg

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I remember the reviews at the time weren't all that good for this kit,it had inaccuracies like most kits.

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On 7/22/2018 at 4:55 PM, Luc Janssens said:

All original parte restored?

Remember these kits were annuals when they were being done, and there was at least one 1995 short bed F-150 kit.

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The regular short bed was painted a teal color on the box art.  The Lightning was black with a few unique pieces.

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I never had the Lightning kit, but built all the regular F150 variations they had then.  I think the main issue at the time regarding the Lightning is it had the F150 side trim moldings, which the 1:1 Lightning didn't have. 

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True, that. All the F-150 trim needs to come off, including the F-150 badges shown on the box art. Lightnings aren't F-150s - they are an F-150 cab and bed on an F-250 chassis, a mish-mash of chassis components, and performance engines not otherwise available in the F-series. I remember reading about these Lightnings outrunning Corvettes on a road course - ain't no F-150 gonna do that.

That said, I've built a couple of these and they always build nice. I'm glad to see it come out again. I'm not sure to what original tooling they are referring - I don't remember many optional parts in the kit. Maybe they modified it for one of the shortbed F-150 versions. A new engine and wheels/tires would make a pretty nice F-150, but those already existed in the longbed kits.

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I imagine it would have the stock EFI engine parts too, like the other F150 kits?

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IIRC, they didn't come with the airbag steering wheel either, but they did tool one up for the '95 annual.

 

mike. 

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I still have 3 of the original release that I bought and never built, but I will definitely get another just to encourage the kit makers to keep releasing stuff!

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The biggest problem I have with this kit is the wheels. AMT cheaped out and molded the wheels to fit the regular kit 15" tires, where on the real truck the wheels I think were 17s. The kit wheels look, for lack of a better word, "dinky" on the truck. I got frustrated and just put it up, but then, I took one of the AMT wheels and modified it to fit a hogged out Monogram 1/24 wheel rim that fits the Goodyear Gatorbacks they put in the Mustangs and some others back in the 90s. Takes a lot of time, so I put it up again and moved on to other things. Once I found out about Joseph at Fireball Modelworks I contacted him, told him what I had done to modify the wheel, and he said he would cast me some. I'm going to send the one I have and get it done, and told him I had no problem with him offering them on his website if he thought they were good enough. He declined because he doesn't have a tire to fit them. However, once I send my modified wheel to him, I bet if any of you would like a copy he would cast some more, but probably only if there was some demand. Now that the kit is coming back, there may actually be some demand. I'll let ya'll know when I get around to sending it to him, just been very busy lately.

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Here's a few pictures of the kit I built when it was originally released.

Dennis

Lightning 1.jpg

lightning4.jpg

lightning5.jpg

lightning3.jpg

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