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AMT Corvette 'Sock it to Me' ?

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This kit is being re-released very soon and I was wondering if anyone has built the original and has pictures of it?

Whoever has the new version is more than welcome to chime in and share pictures/information regarding the kit.

Thanks.

Here is the link:

http://www.round2models.com/models/amt/1962-corvette

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Not mine, but here's an original which was listed on eBay:

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Ah, that was the Riptide Vette too! I remember reading something about the headlights being too small for the car and I guess those pics confirm it.

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With the release of the new Revell '62 I was hoping that they would let this ancient AMT mold die a quiet death so as not to face comparison with the new kit.

I built one a number of years ago and keep it on the shelf with the nose facing the back so that I don't have to see the inaccurately shaped front end.

If you want a toss together weekend project go for it but if you want a better looking, more detailed and more accurate '62 Vette dig up a little extra money and get the new Revell kit, you won't regret the decision.

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My guess is AMT will capitalize on the Hardtop, decal sheet, and tires. Round2 has made some of these older kits more desireable by including some nice accessories.

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My guess is AMT will capitalize on the Hardtop, decal sheet, and tires. Round2 has made some of these older kits more desireable by including some nice accessories.

I agree 100%. If the decal sheet works on the Revell kit's body, I'm sure some people will buy the AMT kit for that reason alone.

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I agree 100%. If the decal sheet works on the Revell kit's body, I'm sure some people will buy the AMT kit for that reason alone.

The Sock it to Me decals from the original 1969 Trophy Series release fit the new Revell '62 Corvette body perfectly. Hopefully the ones from the new reissue will do the same.

TIM

PS - the original Sock it to Me has some VERY nice narrow'n'deep Halibrand 5 slot mags - the fronts molded with open hubs (bearing caps showing), which made it through to the Countdown Series reissue but were replaced in subsequent issues by the late 1970's ribbed ("Cyclone II?") wheels....hopefully AMT will restore these slot mag wheels in their original form, because they are perfect 1960's vintage pieces and I've never seen them rendered in this way in any other 1/25th scale kit.

TB

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I built one of these sock-it-to-me kits a LOOOOOOOOOONG time ago, And will buy one again if for nothing else but the memories factor. Will I build another today? doubt it.... Although the decals on a new Revell body might not be a bad idea either.

Great !!!!!!! Another project idea ,,,,like I really need another one !!!!!! :rolleyes:

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Tim, I just checked the latest version of that kit I have , the "Swing'n '60s" serise version from 2007. Those slotted wheels are indeed back in there instead of the turbines.

The slots (or retooled copies of them) were also in the 50th Anniversary series issue of the '62 Vette.

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Interesting that the "SOCK IT TO ME" decal will be included this time around, as I thought that reference had been mostly lost over the years:

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Tim, I just checked the latest version of that kit I have , the "Swing'n '60s" serise version from 2007. Those slotted wheels are indeed back in there instead of the turbines.

Steve & Don....really? I bought several of what I thought were the most recent '62 Corvette reissues and the slots were nowhere to be found. Thanks for the heads-up...and I guess that bodes well for the redone Sock it To Me. TIM

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The Round2 release has re-tooled slotted wheels. The original wheels had a textured surface on the face of the wheel that was unique to the SOTM Vette as I remember it.

I was told that the wheel surfaces had been "smoothed" at some point and were being modified to resemble the originals.

The slotted mags appearing in any Ertl/RC2 issue of the '62 wasn't mentioned....it's new to me too

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Interesting that the "SOCK IT TO ME" decal will be included this time around, as I thought that reference had been mostly lost over the years:

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You bet your sweet bippy!

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The box art of the new release shows what looks like a partial hood scoop and a twin-blower setup...don't recall the Countdown Series issue or the '07 issue having those parts.

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I'll take some pics of the '07 version and post them later Rob. They're definitly in that issue. I've looked at it twice already today. ;)

Ok..cool..I used to never pay much attention to the non-stock parts in kits, so I missed them..

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I just compared the chrome tree of the 2007 issue to the "Countdown" version from the '70's. The countdown wheels do have the rexturing but the newer wheels look to be smoothed out some. There's still some texturing to them, just finer. Makes the centers look almost like satin plating.

BTW, the drag strait axel is on the tree of the 2007 kit along with the dual blowers and moon tank and I'm pretty sure the the rest of the drag parts are all in there.

Looks like everything to the Sock it to Me version is in the 2007 box except the decals.

Yeah, I also think everything for the Sock It To Me kit was in the last two reissues. I think the slots might have been retooled for the 50th Ann. kit, because it looked like the parting lines on the slots themselves had changed which would be an indication that they are from different inserts. I know the texture wasn't near as prominent either, but I wasn't sure if that was because of heavy undercoating under the vacuum metalizing. Glad to hear they are retexturing them either way....I agree with Tim that the originals are very nice vintage mags.

I have an unbuilt original Sock It Too Me--and the other '60s Trophy Series issue of the '62--but I'm looking forward to this reissue too.

Edited by Don Sikora II

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The only thing I see that was missing from my '80s release is the strait axle. However, it did have a tonneau cover for the passenger seat which I do not see here.

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Ah...ok, so the Countdown Series doesn't have the drag parts...that's how I remember it, built it as a kid. I saw the pic above and realized I don't have the '07 issue--I have the '07 issue of the '59 Corvette, which was shown in gold on the box IIRC. Never had the '80s issue. I also have one that I bought as a builtup w/ an opening decklid, must be a '60s issue?

Edited by Rob Hall

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I'm surprised the drag parts are missing from the '60s Sizzle kit, since they are in the 50th Anniversary issue from about 2002 or 2003. I built this unpainted one from a 50th Ann. kit a couple years ago to see how it would look. Think I added the tires, but everything else was in the kit. The open steel wheels that were in the original Sock It Too Me are in the 50th kit too, but they need holes drilled to fit the wire axles.

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Ah...ok, so the Countdown Series doesn't have the drag parts...that's how I remember it, built it as a kid. I saw the pic above and realized I don't have the '07 issue--I have the '07 issue of the '59 Corvette, which was shown in gold on the box IIRC. Never had the '80s issue. I also have one that I bought as a builtup w/ an opening decklid, must be a '60s issue?

The original '62 Vette annual kit had an opening trunk. When it was reworked for the late '60s reissues, the opening trunk was eliminated.

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I also have one that I bought as a builtup w/ an opening decklid, must be a '60s issue?

I built an orignal 62 Corvette in 62, with an opening trunk. I can't remember if it was an AMT or SMP.

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Here's the "Countdown" issue kit ,,

Again, it's chrome tree and a closeup of the slotted wheels.

Seems to be a lot of blank spaces on this tree.

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These appear to be the same wheels, only de-chromed? I can't tell if wheel #3 (the first rear wheel, left to right) has a flashed over center bore or not, but it looks like #4 does:

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Are the "'60s Sizzle" issue wheel just so laden with undercoating that the texture is lost after they were plated?

And why does the Countdown go from 62, 61, 60, then back up to 69?, 68, 67??? :huh:

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The wheels in the first chrome tree posted and the orig. SITM kit were also used as the front wheels in the 67 Cyclone AWB kits.

Also, ALL the drag parts except the slotted wheels and hard top are in the 94 issue (1962 Chevrolet Corvette convertble kit #6489 ) where the built up on the box art is black

Edited by Alan

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The wheels in the first chrome tree posted and the orig. SITM kit were also used as the front wheels in the 67 Cyclone AWB kits.

Also, ALL the drag parts except the slotted wheels and hard top are in the 94 issue (1962 Chevrolet Corvette convertble kit #6489 ) where the built up on the box art is black

I agree with Alan on the black box art version having all the drag parts except for the wheels.

I just checked my Model King reissue of the '67 Cyclone AWB and the wheels in that kit are slotted Halibrands, but not the same tooling as the Sock it To Me versions. I wonder if Model King changed the tool when they reissued it - or maybe AMT changed it back when they did the Street Freak series (assuming this kit was part of the Street Freak series - I can't recall).

TIM

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And why does the Countdown go from 62, 61, 60, then back up to 69?, 68, 67??? :huh:

I guess it was supposed to look like it wrapped around...never noticed that. The 'Countdown Series' kits give me warm fuzzies, as kits from that series were the first AMT glue kits I ever built as a kid back in the day..my gateway to AMT...

Edited by Rob Hall

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