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'65 El Camino Gear Hustler Retro Deluxe

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AMT's 1/25 '65 Chevy El Camino is due out in early Spring or so, this time in the retro "Gear Hustler" packaging from the Construction Series:

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I wonder if there were ever any 'construction' parts in this kit, or if it was just decals?  Be nice to have this one back, though.  Mine will be a Gasser, if the parts are still in the kit for that option.

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Answered my own question.

"1/25 T386-225 AMT Gear Hustler 1964 Chevrolet Chevelle El Camino Construction Field Service

Rare first and only issue. AMT modified the El Camino for Construction Service, adding wide rim wheels, Gates Commando XT heavy duty tires for go-anywhere grip, a detachable shell top, choice of three different construction company decals, six pack and two hard hats. Features Chevy V-8, detailed engine compartment and opening hood, full interior, detailed chassis and more. Molded in bright yellow,, clear, red-tinted clear, chrome plate and with rubber tires."

 

So I expect to see the decals, hard hats, and maybe the Six Pack.  If we are really lucky, maybe the heavy duty tires/rims also.

This is for the '64, not the '65, but I expect the '65 will be done mostly the same way.

 

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"Construction site accessories" = six pack of beer. :o :lol:

Are the steel rear wheels the same depth as the front wheels in this kit? Are they any good?

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CASEY, IT SHOWS A 1964 EL CAMINO ON THE BOX, BUT THE PRESS RELEASE SAYS 1965 EL CAMINO. THE BOX IS GOING TO BE WRONG!!!!!

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2 minutes ago, paul alflen said:

CASEY, IT SHOWS A 1964 EL CAMINO ON THE BOX, BUT THE PRESS RELEASE SAYS 1965 EL CAMINO. THE BOX IS GOING TO BE WRONG!!!!!

Stop shouting.  It doesn't, that's a 65...

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YES , YOU ARE CORRECT. I WAS LOOKING AT THE ROUNDNESS OF THE FENDERS AND NOT THE GRILL, SORRY. I AM NOT SHOUTING, I ALWAYS TYPE THIS WAY. WITH ONE ARM IT 'S HARD TO TYPE LIKE YOU HAVE TWO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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13 hours ago, paul alflen said:

I WAS LOOKING AT THE ROUNDNESS OF THE FENDERS AND NOT THE GRILL, SORRY...

I had the same reaction when I first saw it.  Even though Round 2 is reproducing the vintage box art, it's a pretty lousy depiction of the '65 front end.  It does look more like a '64/'65 mashup....

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THANK YOU ROBBERBARON, THATS MY THOUGHTS EXACTLY. I WILL STILL BUY ONE THOUGH!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Looks like they took the original 64 and added a 65 grill! Look at how the front fenders are squared off on the front rather than the point that the 65 had!

Also the hood grill and bumper are straight across rather than coming to a point in the middle so for all intents it IS a 64 on the box!LOL

 

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That's just the box art illustration, though, the kit itself is pretty accurate for a '65, IIRC.

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The original run of this was my First 65 El Camino kit

It was a ONE/Limited build option kit

None of the custom, race, etc parts from the wagon and other issues of the El Camino were included

 

have they copied that, or just the box art & lost parts (hard harts & 6-pack) returned??

 

Be nice to have all the parts in the box

Still want a couple with the full camper included

 

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2 hours ago, Edsel-Dan said:

have they copied that, or just the box art & lost parts (hard harts & 6-pack) returned??

Watch here:

 

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There was some discussion in another thread about what is and isn't in this new reissue so I dug out the one I bought last week and opened it up to see. 

Near as I can tell, all stock parts are still here. The custom grille, console, dual carb intake and air cleaners and "headers" are still on the chrome tree, as are the nice deep dish Cragars. A second small chrome tree has some nice chrome reverse wheels, also deep. I never have enough of these! (Didn't check close but I assume the non-chrome custom front end parts are still here too.) 

Glass--including the headlights--is included in both clear and blue. (Anyone doing a Sox & Martin '71 Cuda?) Might be cool to build the Elky with clear glass but the blue glass in the camper. 

Tires are four pad-printed Polyglas GTs, and (no slicks but) two enormous snow or maybe all-terrain off road tires I've never seen before (I don't buy any trucks, so maybe they've been around). I've got a couple models where I could really use some LARGE street tires so these are very welcome. 

Even though I already own at least two, maybe three previous reissues of this kit, I don't consider my purchase money wasted, especially at Hobby Lobby 40% off price. I might even buy another one. B)

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1 hour ago, Classicgas said:

Photos? One could probably combine the body with the running gear from Revell's 66 for  full detail.

I suppose you could. Wheelbases were identical in so it should theoretically fit. (You could also use the chassis from the Revell '65 Chevelle.) You'd also have to cut the underhood sheet metal out of the '66 body and glue it into the '65 body, as the AMT kit has the fenderwells etc on the chassis. 

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10 hours ago, alexis said:

What tree is the Six Pack on? Not on the Chrome tree, is it?

The hard hats and six pack are on the tree with the engine parts, and one side of the camper top. 

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I just checked the tires, they're Firestone All-Terrain T/C tires with markings on both sides.

The 2 sets of glass is a great idea, untinted for the truck and blue for the "topper" camper is perfect.  I wish they had molded the kit in white instead of bright yellow, but not a big deal.

And because I'm obsessed with the 3 different campers that have been included with this kit thru the years, I did some more research.  Here's what I found out, in case you come across a sealed kit and don't know which camper is included.  Sometimes AMT showed the camper on the box, sometimes they didn't. And this is only a partial list. This kit has been reissued umpteen times, including the "Classic" series with the awful box art from the last days of AMT/ERTL:

High-profile cabover camper (the BIG one with windows/vents in side panels): orig issue AMT annual kit #8735; AMT-ERTL #6062 "Buyer's Choice" with no text on white box, and reissue with blue drag car on box, both ca. 1996-97

Low-profile cabover camper (uses small side panels, has back door): AMT-ERTL #31741 2002 re-issue, red stock Elky on boxtop; AMT-ERTL #6507, drag car on boxtop, ca. 2000

Small "topper" camper:  T250 "Street Rods" series, 1974: original AMT and Round 2 "Gear Hustler"

Flashback Series, AMT #2703; "Classic" series: don't know which camper is in there.

 

Edited by Mike999
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9 hours ago, Mike999 said:

Flashback Series, AMT #2703; "Classic" series: don't know which camper is in there.

 

Do you mean the late-'70s "Countdown" series? I have an unbuilt copy of that in the Snakepit but was unable to locate it today to check. It runs in my mind it has the small cap like the new reissue, but I could be wrong. I'm certain it doesn't have the BIG one. 

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14 minutes ago, Snake45 said:

Do you mean the late-'70s "Countdown" series?

Yep. Don't know where I came up with Flashback. Duh.  Maybe I was looking at a '57 Ford box or something. Here's a pic of it:

 

flback_elky.jpg

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