Jump to content
Model Cars Magazine Forum

Viper GTS from AMT....


Recommended Posts

Hey, Fellas.... Thought I would show the progress on my latest project! It's the Viper GTS from AMT.... I got it in a trade with a really cool guy on here. In some ways this kit seems a little better than the Revell kit. The only thing lacking on this kit is the wheels and tires. The rims look too small and the tires have too much sidewall. I'll most likely try to source another set of wheels somehow..... The idea behind this build is a used viper that had been gutted and turned into a track car.

Here's the engine! I need to go over the manifolds again with another wash, it looks like.....

1183819900_amtviperstart001.JPG.17fb27add2826b2cdcb7dd7e4a801a54.JPG

213300973_amtviperstart002.JPG.91d456e0d51309c0c57050526d405fed.JPG

Here's the start on the chassis. The floors and all will be painted white to kinda represent bare metal. It was kind of nerve wracking gluing those black painted suspension parts on to the white chassis, using orange tube glue!

906516520_amtviperstart003.JPG.d36dd5878c52d1af762e8eeb0c1b7783.JPG

497545607_amtviperstart004.JPG.7811863731274ba7468139f6e476e58f.JPG

I'm thinking maybe a dark red color for the main body parts, not sure yet.....

This is where I'm at with this. Please feel free to comment, and thanks for looking.....

  • Like 2
Link to comment
Share on other sites

26 minutes ago, slusher said:

Real nice start to your new build TJ, you know I will be following!

I was hoping you would, Carl man! You're my friend......

Thanks for the replies, guys....

  • Like 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

I’ve got the roadster version of this kit in my stash, but you’re right, the tires look way too small.  I should try and find a file to 3D print some correctly sized ones.

Good start!  I’ll be watching!

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Th Revell snap kits have the proper size wheels and tires. AMT elected to use their generic wheel size. The tires are the correct overall size, but the side walls are too wide due to the undersize wheels.

  • Like 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

The next few steps for the chassis are done..... Next up is the front suspension and then installing the engine. The front radiator support isn't glued in place, it's just sandwiched between the front frame rails. This will allow me to adjust it's location when I add the wheel houses/inner fenders..........

1181797721_amtvipermore001.JPG.565e7fc28fc72a5ba35785762f1844b0.JPG

300499451_amtvipermore002.JPG.7fca2af0883ad69e71d5a62af0d28b56.JPG

 

  • Like 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

10 hours ago, CabDriver said:

Saw this today - thought of this build!

Cool! Reference pics.... Thanks, Jim!

28 minutes ago, carl63_99 said:

That is a nice kit. I spent some time getting the hood to set in perfectly. It was good for a number of years, but now it's not quite lining up.

That looks really good..... In some ways this kit is better than the Revell.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

It's been too windy to paint anything that needs to be 'pretty', so I sprayed the primer that will be the interior color on it's parts. It's just Rustoleum 2X primer. There is still some parts and detail painting to do, but you get the idea.......

866162091_amtviperintstart001.JPG.f8d46b4d4863a5edee4d29aaeb38dd67.JPG

811571082_amtviperintstart002.JPG.a5c347e5e7ddd0d614fc5dce725844d9.JPG

I can't install the interior until pretty much last thing on the chassis, so it's just mocked up here.......

That's it for now! Please feel free to comment....

  • Like 2
Link to comment
Share on other sites

1 hour ago, slusher said:

Your primer makes a very nice interior color, TJ!

Thank you, Carl... It has just enough of a sheen not to be completely flat. Plus it can stand up to being handled......

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Nice project. Always liked the Viper, but hated most of the wheels that get put on it...especially those horrible early 3-spoke jobs.

A real track car would most likely run lightweight forged 18-inchers, and there are plenty of those represented in scale.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

On 5/9/2022 at 7:40 AM, carl63_99 said:

That is a nice kit. I spent some time getting the hood to set in perfectly. It was good for a number of years, but now it's not quite lining up. 

That's funny, mine fit just fine.  😁😃

 

hood.jpg

  • Like 1
  • Haha 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Here's some more progress on the chassis..... The suspension bits are pretty tricky! I guess that's the way with a reasonably accurate kit. There's a couple hoses to add, and the interior, then I can begin working on the body parts.....

681492043_amtvipermorechassis001.JPG.6fa13c85c848aa1edc74c4fa1475301f.JPG

1403182899_amtvipermorechassis002.JPG.a6cc789b4be4939c88aea8c6d933d231.JPG

I did lose an exhaust collector, gonna have to figure out how to add that back in.......

Thanks for looking, and feel free to comment!

  • Like 2
Link to comment
Share on other sites

A bit more progress! Looks like the frame/chassis is pretty much done.... I got ahead of myself on the instructions and forgot the lower radiator hose. Gonna have to figure out how to install that later....... One thing about this kit, you HAVE to follow the instructions......

869409868_amtviperframedone001.JPG.53ef61af55b2d922ba8cf19524feaeb9.JPG

290559139_amtviperframedone002.JPG.39f5f91c6340e47b2a9ddee97fd9a8a4.JPG

Now I guess it's on to body prep and paint!

Thanks, and comment freely.........

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Looking good so far!  

I picked up a Revell Viper kit on @Paul Payne’s recommendation - the wheels look MUCH better compared to the AMT ones…

AMT on the left, Revell on the right:

52636F9F-E8EC-4966-B540-5EB15976599C.thumb.jpeg.4308cba3a9b3980e5758454933247e73.jpeg

The Revell rear tires are a few scale inches wider too:

E7C971B2-59A6-4582-9555-95645D5798F7.thumb.jpeg.22db14ce4fbc4081726543856f86ba09.jpeg

Disregard if this isn’t useful for your build - but for $5 plus shipping that I paid for this second kit I definitely am happy with these as an upgrade to the AMT parts

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Yes, Revell wheel/tire combos are better, but the big problem is that both front and rear rims have the same offset.  The real car (and AMT rims) have the proper deeper dish rim in the rear).  That really bothers me. I wish someone would make really accurate Wiper wheels.

I  also like the deeper tread pattern on the AMT wheels.  Decisions, decisions  . . .

Someone mentioned that the reason the AMT wheels are too small was because they used a short cut - used tires from another kit.  What other AMT kit uses those specific size tires? T thought these were unique to the Viper, and AMT simply goofed on the size.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Those Revell wheels / tires look like the hot ticket to me. As far as the tread depth goes......if I had a Viper that's exactly what the tread depth would be. lol 

Great build so far TJ.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

 Share

×
×
  • Create New...