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AMT 1957 Chevy Bel Air Two-Door Hardtop

BelAirAMTAMT 1957 Chevy Bel Air Two-Door Hardtop  #AMT-741
VERSIONS: Stock
MOLDED COLORS: White, Clear, Red Clear, Chrome Plated, Photoetched Metal
SCALE: 1/25
MSRP: $44.95 USD
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Note: this kit comes in a “collectible” tin almost identical to that of the ‘51 Fleetline, the only difference being the car illustrated.

ENGINE:
AMT’s vintage-1962 kit of the ‘57 Bel Air had a fairly common-for-‘57 single-carb 283 (the more recent Revell ‘57 Bel Air two-door sedan also replicates this engine). This more recent (1998 Ertl) tooling has a superb replica of the “Power Pack” 270-hp dual-quad 283 with the characteristic “bat wing” air cleaner and three-speed transmission (if you’re wondering “why not a four- speed?”, here’s a historical fact: Chevrolet did not introduce that transmission into production until May of 1957. Most production cars that year came with the three-speed unit). Overall engraving on this mill is excellent, including the subtle cast metal texturing. The batwing-style air cleaner is a four-piece assembly with separate elements. One very welcome detail is that the Chevrolet script on both valve covers is very legible and won’t get lost under a couple of coats of paint. Attention to detail includes the motor mounts, molded as part of the front cover assembly, and the left exhaust manifold correctly has a generator mounting bracket. Separate engine accessories include distributor (with coil), fuel pump, water pump, generator, fan belt, four-bladed fan, oil filler tube, starter, breather hose, and both upper and lower water hoses. Also included are lengths of black ignition wiring, and instructions on how to drill the distributor and block, the correct lengths of wire for each plug, and the correct firing order. Nice!

CHASSIS:
The frame and floorboards are separate from each other, a common practice with today’s state-of-the-art kits, but back in 1998 this was one of the kits that trailblazed this new standard. Overall engraving level on the floor- boards is nothing short of excellent. The kit features an opening trunk, and the insides of the trunk area are well done with fine floor mat detail and a spare tire well. Front suspension is a nine-piece affair with separate upper A-arms, one-piece lower A-arm unit, stabilizer bar, tie rod with link gear, and separate spindles. Poseable steering was not designed into the kit, but is possible with just a little bit of extra work. The nine-piece rear suspension has separate springs and shock mounts, and the two-piece rear axle has visible molded-in brake line detail. Separate also are the motor mount locators for the frame, and the two-piece gas tank. The six-piece exhaust system (that’s right, six pieces) has texture and ribbing detail on the mufflers, and drilled ends to the pipes. Yes, that’s right, you don’t have to drill these out! Underhood detailing is superb to say the least, and besides excellent engraved details, features a separate brake master cylinder, twin heater hoses, steering box, two-piece heater blower, twin air ducts, two inner fenders, a washer bottle, a battery, and two separate horns.

WHEELS AND TIRES:
Only one wheel option is included–plated renditions of the ‘57 hubcap with drilled valve stem locations and separate spinners. Unlike the more prototypical 1962-vintage AMT kit, the wheels are one piece and not separate steelies and hub caps, so careful painting of the outer rim in body color is called for. The tires are black vinyl BF Goodrich Silvertowns with molded plastic whitewall inserts. A single steel wheel face and one extra tire is provided for the trunk mounted spare.

INTERIOR:
The platform-style interior builds up off the floor pan. Separate side panels have excellent three-dimensional detail and extend all the way back to form the trunk walls, joining at a separate trunk filler panel with good structural detail. Both front and rear seats have excellent engraving for the characteristic upholstery patterns, and the front seat backs have engraved trim piping. The rear seat armrest fairings are separate pieces (it’s possible that AMT/Ertl had planned on a convertible variant, which this seems to suggest) and the rear seat unit has the package shelf molded in. Moving to the dashboard, this has excellent engraving throughout and features hanging brake/clutch pedals and emergency brake release. The steering wheel has the horn ring molded in place (very thin, too!), and the column has the shifter and turn signal stalk molded in.

BODY:
There has been controversy for quite some time regarding the shape, length, and width of this kit’s body. AMT’s original 1962-vintage kit and both recent Revell offerings (snap ‘57 hardtop and full glue ‘57 two door sedan) have bodies that are narrower and shorter than the body in this kit–which would suggest to the purist that this Ertl-tooled kit has incorrect proportions. Even taking that as a yardstick of sorts, the body in this kit is nicely tooled and well executed, with very crisp details. The body is one-piece, with the splash pan molded to the body lowers, and a separate hood and trunk. Engraved on the body are the keylocks, side chrome spears, the front fender hash mark trim, front and rear Chevrolet scripts, and the ribbed side coves with Bel Air scripts. Door handles and wipers are separate chrome pieces. Under the roof is a full headliner with molded-in dome light and sun visors. Optional are a pair of factory stock fender skirts. The windshield and rear window fit neatly into the body using positive alignment keys, and the vent window panes are separate thin clear components. The front bumper features separate “Dagmar” tips and the grille is molded separately, and not on the chrome tree–in fact, the grille is molded on a body- color sprue, while the floating grille bar is a separate plated piece with separate tiny clear turn signal lenses. The 1/1 scale grille was anodized gold, something you’ll want to keep in mind when building this or any other ‘57 Bel Air kit. At the rear, the bumper and taillight fairings are molded separately, with small red clear lenses. Headlight bezels feature excellent air intake detail, and the lenses have realistic prismatic engraving. The separate hood has superb underside engraving detail and features separate plated windsplits and front trim bar, and the separate trunk lid has superb underside engraving as well. Superdetailed one-piece hood hinges are an option for those modelers wanting to leave the hood in an open position. The large V emblems for the hood and trunk are on the chrome sprue, but like the grille and front fender hash marks, these should also be anodized gold on a ’57 Bel Air, so bear that in mind. DECALS: The all new decal sheet features two custom side scallops in white with black edging, a window sticker decal, valve cover decals, air cleaner markings, underhood data markings, and four sets of 1957 license plates–Florida 10V 8553, California LTH 392, Michigan TU 6632, and Indiana MA 2942. All the plates are a bit undersized, however. The decals are matte printed.

OTHER:
Included in the collectable metal tin the kit is packed in are a small sheet of chrome foil for window and side trim, an 18-page booklet with historical photos and advertising artwork of ‘57 Bel Air hardtops from GM’s historical archives, and a sheet of photoetched metal parts featuring the two ribbed rear side coves, Bel Air scripts, Chevrolet scripts, front fender hash marks, rocker panel trim, keylocks, front and rear V trim, windshield wipers, 1957 CHEVROLET license plate frames, and two small Chevy crests. The instruction sheet has a great deal of helpful features, including how to use the chrome foil and photoetched parts, and a comprehensive chart of all ‘57 Chevy exterior colors, two-tone combinations, and interior colors.

AMT 1951 Chevrolet Fleetline

Fleetline1951 CHEVROLET FLEETLINE AMT #AMT-702
VERSIONS: Stock, Custom
MOLDED COLORS: White, Clear, Chrome Plated
SCALE: 1/25 MSRP: $44.95 USD
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ENGINE:
The old faithful Stovebolt Six is represented here by a 22-piece assembly with a two-piece three-speed manual at the back end. Engraving is generally good throughout and the detail is crisp and clean. The only part not separate from the engine block is the starter motor. The stock version features a single downdraft carburetor with two piece air cleaner, one-piece exhaust manifold, a two-piece distributor, and the stock Blue Flame-style valve cover, while the custom version has a finned chrome valve cover, dual downdraft carbs on a log manifold with small acorn-style air cleaners, a two-piece magneto, and two- piece tubular exhaust headers. Note that this engine correctly has both upper and lower radiator hoses, something of a rarity when this kit was designed in the mid-1970s!

CHASSIS:
The one-piece frame has a separate front splash pan and center X-member. The rear portion of the wheel housings and trunk lowers are attached to the frame, while the interior bottom has underbody detail to match. Front suspension is an eleven-piece assembly with optional lowered kingpins. Though poseable steering was not a design goal of this kit, it can be made to happen with a little ingenuity. The rear suspension is a nine-piece assembly with separate shocks and a correct torque tube driveshaft. There is no brake detail, but let’s face it, that was rare on mid-1970s American model car kits to begin with. There is a choice of stock single or custom dual exhaust systems, both separate, and both needing to have the tips drilled out for realism. The underhood area is reasonably well attended to, with separate inner fenders and air ducts, battery, and radiator.

WHEELS AND TIRES:
Stock wheels are shallow steelies with plated Bowtie dog dish hub caps shod with vintage AMT Firestone Supreme skinnies. The custom option is chromed deep dish reversed rims with integral Baby Moon hub caps shod with vintage AMT Goodyear Polyglas GT L60-15 wide ovals. INTERIOR: The platform style interior has no items molded in place except for carpet texturing (note that the package shelf is separately molded). The separate side panels have nicely done upholstery engraving and good three dimensional details (door handles, window cranks, and ash trays). Upholstery engraving on the two-piece front bench seat and one-piece rear set is a tad deep but very acceptable. Engraving on the dash is excellent and just begs for some chrome foil treatment to stand out. There is a choice of two steering wheels–stock and plated Eelco-style custom–on a stock steering column with “ball and rod” shifter.

BODY:
AMT’s ’51 Chevy kits are some of their best toolings of the 1970s. The one-piece body is clean and crisp, with the chrome side spears as well as the fluted rear fender trim molded in place. The stock headlight assembly and the optional custom tunneled headlight units are separate plated bezels with clear lenses. Not so with the taillights–these are chrome parts and will need a touch of your favorite clear red paint. The separate hood has a separate plated hood ornament and good underside engraving; however, there are several circular mold marks marring this that stick out like a sore thumb and need to be eradicated. Shared options include chrome exhaust tips and period-correct fender skirts. Custom-only options include front and rear roll pans with optional bumpers and a chromed “wide mouth” grille. DECALS: The new decal sheet only contains six custom scallop designs in silver-gray with blue edging. As seems usual for Round2’s current crop, the decals are matte printed. That’s all, folks.

OTHER:
Included in the collectable tin is a small sheet of chrome foil to help you make all that Fifties glitz stand out, however, there are no instructions on how to use the stuff as in their 100th Anniversary ’57 Chevy Bel Air (see review below.) There is also an excellent 18-page booklet with photos and advertising artwork from the GM archives, done in nostalgic style.

1966 Batmobile (Deluxe Edition)

batmobile1966 BATMOBILE (DELUXE EDITION) Polar Lights #POL837
VERSIONS: TV Car
MOLDED COLORS: White, Clear, Chrome Plated
SCALE: 1/25 MSRP: $42.98 USD
MODIFIED REISSUE

ENGINE:
This new edition of last year’s Batmobile kit has two engine options. The first is a 27-piece Ford (or Lincoln) sourced 429 big block with C6 Cruise- O-Matic transmission. The valve covers, domed pie-plate open-element air cleaner, oil pan, and four-barrel carb are all chromed. Despite the high parts count, the overall level of detail is somewhat soft compared to most recent kits from other mainstream manufacturers, but what is here can be painted and plumbed into a fine replica. The second, newer engine choice is a three-piece “jet turbine” engine (remember Robin’s famous line “Atomic batteries to power…turbines to speed” as the Batmobile prepared to get underway?). The turbine may be non-prototypical, even sheer fantasy, but it does look pretty cool in that engine compartment.

CHASSIS:
This new edition of the Bat-car has not one but two chassis units–one for the big block (the more prototypical one) and one for the new turbine engine. Both basic chassis pans have both frame and floorboards integrated into one unit, with the front suspension A-arms molded on place. The big-block chassis has the gas tank molded in while the turbine version has saddle-mount fuel tanks and the rear part of the turbine exhaust system as part of the basic chassis. On both units, the engraving level is minimal but generally good, and reminiscent of the simplified Polar Lights car kits of a few years ago. Front suspension (different for big-block and turbine versions) is an eight-piece assembly with poseable steering. The rear suspension (shared between both versions) is a seven-piece affair with separate shocks and springs. Separate also is the X-member stiffener and the four-piece exhaust system (yes, again, the tips need drilling out for real- ism) on the big-block chassis, and the engine cables/hoses and jet exhaust ducts on the turbine version. The underhood area is a separate inner fender unit (two different units are provided, one for the big block car, one for the turbine ver- sion) that glues to the body from beneath, and has separate fuse boxes, battery, firewall, and master cylinder. The radiator attaches to the chassis and is met by the shroud that is part of the inner fender unit.

WHEELS AND TIRES:
Chromed Rader five-spoke mags with unplated “bat” spinners ride on no-name semi-wide black vinyl tires with decent tread detail.

INTERIOR:
Platform-style, the interior builds up off the chassis floor. Only the transmission hump is molded in place (and this applied to both chassis), all else is separate. The side panels have three-dimensional coves but are bereft of additional detail. The bucket seats have no backs to them, but the backs will not be seen anyway, so in this case the point is moot. The console and rear wall are one piece, to which attach a lever of some kind that isn’t the shifter–and that attaches to the tranny hump. There is a separate fire extinguisher and mounting plate that attaches to the rear cockpit wall. The dash is a one-piece simplified unit that also includes the front wall and pedal faces, and this is well engraved, with a fluted dash pattern. Attaching to this is a three-quarter-rim steering wheel or a full Lincoln/Thunderbird-style steering wheel with horn ring. And yes, Virginia, there’s a Batphone on the console, and even an optional Bat-Ram lever for the dash. No less than nine separate decals–including gauges–go onto this, and two for the half-rim steering wheel!

BODY:
One of the most distinguishable cars in history, the Batmobile’s basic shape is captured well here by Polar Lights. The body itself is one piece, to which attaches a separate finned upper rear deck. Font and rear lower fascias are separate and attack at the break line, making seam cleanup simple. At the front are separate clear headlight lenses, lens covers/turn signal lenses, and two split grilles. At the rear are two split grilles, two variants of the “turbine exhaust” (one with a rear camera attachment), taillight lenses, twin drag chutes, and license plate (this item looks a tad too skinny and you might want to consider replacing it). The longitudinal interior arch between the canopies is a separate component with separate “Bat antler” antennas and a chromed beacon with separate clear lens. The hood has no underside structural detail but does have four ugly mold marks you will want to eradicate. The trunk opens on the model, revealing the famous Mobile Crime Computer, for which there are no less than three separate decals. At the rear deck are the Bat-Rocket launcher tubes (drilled, thankfully) and a small chrome radio antenna. An optional base is included should you prefer using aluminum tubing for the Bat-Rocket tubes, and alternative antenna mounts are given should you prefer using thin wire for the radio antennas. The clear front and rear canopies are nicely done and in this kit, a second rear bubble is provided with an external over-the-canopy arch if so desired. Anyone remembering the episode of the TV series where the Penguin hijacked the Batmobile and made it his “Penguinmobile” will wax nostalgic here, as two Penguin umbrellas are provided for modeling just that vehicle.

DECALS:
On the large decal sheet, besides items mentioned previously, are all the red striping for just about every edge of the car, and these seem to be in a Day-Glo red shade closely approximated by Testors Model Master Chevy Engine Red (really a red-orange). All the Bat motifs for the car’s sides and the wheel centers are included here, as are “Penguinmobile” logos! Three sets of license plates are included, one slightly different shape than the other–all Gotham City, of course: BAT-1, TP-6597, and 2F-3567. OTHER: In addition to all the extra plastic parts, a pair of resin-cast 1/25 scale seated figures of Batman and Robin the Boy Wonder are included, unassembled and unpainted, with their uniform logos on the decal sheet. The real star of this “deluxe” kit is a superbly done sheet of photoetched metal details that include front and rear grilles, Bat wheel spinners, all three Gotham City license plates, dashboard chrome trim, nameplates for all the Bat-gadgets on the dash, door handles, headlight grilles, rear interior deck vent and its associated trim, hood and trunk hinges and supports, gauge faces, Bat emblems for the doors, pedal faces for gas, brake, and clutch, radiator fan (big block version only), upper arch trim lever, center console shifter trim, a Batman TV series logo to display your car with, and the infamous Bat Chain Slicer! Not only that, but the right hand side of the photoetched sheet is toothed to act as a superfine razor saw! Holy superdetail!

Revell 1969 Camaro SS/RS Convertible 2 ‘n 1

85-4929-lg1969 CAMARO SS/RS CONVERTIBLE 2 ‘n 1 Revell #4929
VERSIONS: Stock, Street
MOLDED COLORS: White, Clear, Red Clear, Chrome Plated
SCALE: 1/25
MSRP: $21.98 USD
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ENGINE:
The 25-piece big-block Chevy represents the RPO L78 version of the 396 with the Cowl Induction ram-air option. This is the same engine that is in Revell’s Yenko Camaro, albeit in that kit it represents the RPO L72 427, which was for the most part externally identical except for identifying decals. Tooled in the 1989-90 timeframe, the mill features the then standard Monogram practice of molding the oil pan as part of the block halves. The rest of the engine is in newer R-M style, with almost all parts being separate components. Highlights include the separate oil filter, fuel pump, distributor with molded-in vacuum ad- vance, ignition coil, oil filter, two-piece open-element air cleaner, and two-piece Holley 4-barrel carburetor. Two two-piece four-into-one tubular Hooker-style exhaust headers are the only exhaust system in the kit, a holdover from the Yenko. Most Camaro convertibles did not come with factory installed headers; they came with cast iron exhaust manifolds. These can be found in Revell’s stock ‘67 Chevelle SS396, ‘68 Corvette convertible, or ‘69 Yenko Nova or COPO Nova kits. You’ll have to scratchbuild exhaust extensions to meet the main pipes, but that’s not hard to do. Decals are provided for the valve covers (Ton- awanda engine plant #1) and air cleaner. Properly painted, wired, and detailed, this engine can be a real standout. Take the time to give it the TLC it deserves.

CHASSIS:
If you’ve built any of the Revell or Monogram 1990s-vintage ‘69 Camaros, what’s here will be very familiar to you. The basic chassis is nicely done with good engraving throughout, and features the front subframe, wheel housings, and gas tank molded in place, with a separate front crossmember/ engine mount. Front suspension is a five-piece assembly with separate upper A-arms and steering box, with a simplified one-piece lower unit comprising lower control arms, spindles, and tie rod. Rear suspension is a six-piece unit with separate springs and shocks. The two-piece separate exhaust system is the rare Walker chambered unit that has been in every Monogram and Revell ’69 Camaro since the Monogram 1/12 scale Z-28 kit debuted in 1989 and yes, again, the tips must be drilled out so as not to look solid. Though considered a muscle car rarity and therefore collectible, the reality is that the Walker system did not work as well as expected, being loud enough to be a nuisance on the street instead of uplifting the sounds of power–and it was dropped from the option list, replaced by a normal dual exhaust system. The exhaust pipes from Revell’s ‘69 Nova or ‘68 Firebird can be adapted here with minimal fuss. Under the hood, there’s quite a bit of detail, with separate radiator braces, firewall with two-piece master cylinder and brake booster, five-piece radiator assembly with separate hood latch/striker plate, and a clear washer fluid bottle. WHEELS AND TIRES: For the stock version, plated Chevy five-slot Rally wheels ride on no-name (once upon a time, Goodyear Polyglas) black vinyl tires. For the street version, there are two-piece 19” curved spoke billet wheels, riding on no-name black vinyl low-profile tires with good tread detail.

INTERIOR:
The kit’s interior represents the up-level custom interior with the houndstooth upholstery pattern. The basic bucket has the rear seat molded in place with ashtrays on the arm rests and proper droptop dog legs flanking the boot well. The separate side panels feature excellent 3-D detailing. The two-piece front buckets feature delicate texturing on the seat cushion surfaces. A real plus here is that the houndstooth insert patterns are on the decal sheet and are printed as black patterns on a transparent background, giving one the ability to not only do the orange seats of the ‘69 Pace Car, but any other Camaro droptop interior in nearly any other color (black interiors had black houndstooth on white cushion backgrounds, for example). The dash is a three-piece as- sembly with excellent engraving and decalized instrument faces, HVAC controls, radio face, dash emblem, and a tiny odometer decal! The console is a separate component with separate plated shifter–decals are provided for the four console gauge faces and the shift pattern plate.

BODY:
The basic one-piece body is very well done and captures the character of the real car well. Engraved on the body are Camaro, 396, and SS emblems, and unlike the coupe kits, the droptop’s side gills have finely molded trim outlines that will require some careful finessing with the chrome foil of your choice. The one-piece grille represents the Rally Sport style with hidden headlights–the not so great thing about this is that the entire unit (grille, surround, and headlight doors) are molded as a single chrome piece. On the real car, the surround is body color, and the headlight doors have three clear inserts that were meant to allow the headlights to be seen if the doors didn’t open. What this means for the modeler is careful painting. Using some acrylic clear in the headlight doors will simulate the inserts decently. The SS emblem in the center of the grille is of the wrong style; the letters are too square. Fortunately, correct SS emblems are provided on the decal sheet–carefully filing the molded emblem away and using the decal will suffice. Using the three dimensional photoetched one from The Model Car Garage’s ‘69 Camaro detail set would work even better. If you desire a standard (exposed headlight) grille, you can swap one in from any of the Rev- ell Camaro hardtop kits–note that the headlight reflectors for that grille are on the kit’s chrome sprue, another holdover from the Yenko kit. There are two sets of taillights on the red clear sprue–Rally Sport style with an additional horizontal trim bar, and baseline Camaro without the trim bar. A nicely textured boot cover is also included, but surprisingly, there is no up top, despite the fact that a rear window is included on the clear sprue! For those wanting said up-top, it’s avail- able from Time Machine Resin. The hood is the Cowl Induction style with good underside detail, and a separate cold air plenum attachment. The rear mounted flags for the Pace Car are still on the sprues, should you wish to duplicate the white-and-orange ‘69 Indy Pace Car or one of its replicas. The wipers, outside and inside mirrors, and door handles are separate chrome pieces. DECALS: On the kit’s rather large decal sheet, in addition to the items described previously, are hood and deck striping, side “hockey stick” stripes, and wheel well accent striping in black or white, SS emblems in black outline for grille and taillight panel, Camaro, 396, and Camaro SS emblems in silver, a USA-1 plate, two blue California 593 ACW plates, and two black California ZRS 689 plates.

OTHER:
The instruction sheet features a chart of correct factory paint codes for 1969 Camaros, and a detailed explanation of how to use the proper striping decals in what combination.

AMT 2011 Chevy Camaro Convertible

AMT757AMT 2011 CHEVY CAMARO CONVERTIBLE  #AMT-757
VERSIONS: Stock
MOLDED COLORS:White, Clear, Black Vinyl, Chrome Plated
SCALE: 1/25 MSRP: $19.99 USD
MODIFIED REISSUE

ENGINE:
None. This is a curbside model, actually an unassembled promo.

CHASSIS:
As was the case with the companion coupe kit/promo, the basic chassis pan has the engine, transmission lowers, and drive shaft sections molded in place as well as highly simplified versions of the independent front and rear suspensions. These last items are not quite 100% scale accurate, as they had to allow for the two straight metal axles that attach the wheels and tires to the chassis. Overall detail on the pan is a tad on the soft side. The exhaust system is separate, consisting of a one-piece twin-pipe unit, two mufflers/resonators, and two separate exhaust pipes with hollowed-out tips. Separate also is the transmission support, exhaust pipe support, and (unique to the convertible) front and rear cross bracing. Four disc brakes with caliper detail attach to the chassis and act as guides to insert the wheel bosses. Of note here also is that the chassis does not attach to the body by means of metal screws–a real plus point for the traditionalists among us.

WHEELS AND TIRES: Four 20” Camaro SS five-spoke cast-type wheels ride on big-and-little no-name low profile unidirectional tread tires. The instruction sheet points out how to mount the tire tread properly.

INTERIOR:
The interior floor does not have a rear plate and, unlike the coupe kit, no package shelf. All pedals are molded to the interior floor, and the lack of a third pedal indicates an automatic transmission-equipped car. The side panels are separate, have good three-dimensional detailing, and are bolstered at the rear for the convertible dog legs. There is no detail on the door-mounted speaker grilles; however, this can easily be rectified by the use of photoetched pieces or decal material from aftermarket sources. As is the norm for Round2, the front and rear seats are both molded in black vinyl and, as mentioned before in this column in other Round2/AMT curbside promo kit reviews, will require special treatment in painting as standard model paints don’t stick very well to vinyl. The console is separate, as is the shifter and parking brake lever. The dash is very well done, with decalized instruments and radio/multifunction panel.

BODY:
The one-piece body has the convertible boot molded in place. Mounting to this are separate front and rear fascias, a separate rear spoiler lip, a separate clear high mounted brake light, a separate tiny satellite antenna, and a separate hood. The front fascia has the SS scoop molded in, and to which attach the grille, headlight bezels and separate clear lenses, and two tiny clear fog light lenses. The rear diffuser is molded into the rear fascia, and four clear taillight lenses (that need to be treated to a coat or two of transparent red) attach here. There are two separate “elephant ear” side mirrors that will need their faces covered with your favorite chrome foil. The windshield has the wipers molded in place, is thin and very clear, and attach from the outside of the car with tiny pin locators–care should be taken here so as not to break them.

DECALS:
Included on the smallish decal sheet are Z28 striping in black or white, CAMARO scripts, SS scripts for the grille, rear deck, and headrests, gold Chevy bowties for front and rear, a small CAMARO logo for the horn button, a black CAMARO plate, and a Michigan BCF 7714 plate. Spares are given for the instruments, radio/multifunction panel, SS logos, CAMARO scripts, and horn emblem. The decals are matte (not glossy) and this will be problematic in one area: the Z-style striping. These should be carefully cut away from the clear car- rier and applied separately to avoid any silvering issues after clear coating. OTHER: As with all recent Round2/AMT “Showroom Replicas” kits, no less than six instruction sheets are included in the box–in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, and Portuguese!

Revell 2010 Camaro SS

2010camaro ss2010 CAMARO SS Revell #4239
VERSIONS: Custom
MOLDED COLORS: White, Clear, Red Clear, Chrome Plated
SCALE: 1/25
MSRP: $23.99 USD
NEW TOOL

ENGINE:
The 21-piece engine is an excellent representation of the LS3 V8 and six-speed automatic transmission as found in the real Camaro SS, with superb engraving detail throughout. High points include the pulley faces molded open where needed, the two-piece injector plenum and engine cover, and the separate plug-on-coil ignition units. Revell even provide decals for the fan belt unit, oil filler cap, and air cleaner! Built, the mill looks nothing short of fantastic.

CHASSIS:
The basic chassis pan has excellent engraving detail. The licensing and copyright notices are raised lettering and placed where they can easily be removed by the modeler; the outer frame rails and the space below the rear suspension. Front suspension is a seven-piece affair building up off of a separate cradle and featuring separate McPherson strut units and steering rack. Rear suspension is a 15-piece assembly (remember, the Camaro has independ- ent rear suspension) with separate trailing links, three-piece differential, and coilovers. Solid face disc brakes with large calipers can be found on all fours, with decalized Brembo logos in red for the calipers. The exhaust system is a six-piece assembly that features custom styled chrome exhaust tips for the custom version and real turned aluminum exhaust tips for the stock version. The engine compartment is very well catered to, the inner fenders being molded as part of the interior unit, featuring excellent shock tower and fuse box detail. Attaching to this are a two-piece radiator with twin electric fans and a firewall with a separate brake booster unit. Decals are provided for the brake booster, radiator, and striker plate. Note that the rear wheels attach via an AMT-style metal axle, while the fronts attach via metal pins.

WHEELS AND TIRES:
Both wheel options are 20” and chromed. The stock version is five-spoke cast Camaro factory wheels, while the custom version uses a five-spoke fluted design. Both use the same set of low-profile black vinyl no-name tires with excellent tread detail.

INTERIOR:
The interior shell is platform-style, with only the rubber floormat and footrest pedal molded in place. Side panels are separate, with very good three- dimensional detailing. Note that the upper contrast area is polished out while the rest of the panel is in a satin finish. Front bucket seats are two-piece units with detailed backs, matching the one-piece rear seat. The console assembly has a separate gauge panel, shifter, and brake lever. Moving to the dash, this has the gas and brake pedals in hanging mode, and has excellent engraving and a molded clear cover for the gauge faces. Attaching to this are a steering column with twin stalks, and the iconic Camaro steering wheel. Decals are supplied for the headrests, console gauges, main gauge faces, horn button, and speaker grilles.

BODY:
R-M nailed the iconic Camaro shape. The one piece body has front and rear fascias as well as rocker panels molded in place. The breakdown of the front grille/lights assembly is interesting, with separate chromed bezels for each attaching to the backside of the grille unit (which encompasses upper and lower grilles, neither of which are molded open, however) and an optional custom front air dam. At the rear is again a unique method for the taillights, with a transparent red strip including the lenses backed by twin chrome bezels, and your choice of the stock diffuser or a custom one with aero extensions. Also optional are custom aero side skirts. The hood is hinged and has excellent underside detail. Separate pieces include door handles, two-piece side mirrors, and rear spoiler. The one-piece main transparency has the windshield and rear window as well as something of a headliner with overhead console detail and twin sun visors. Areas on both windows to be painted in semigloss black are frosted. There are four raised circular mold marks on this that will need to be removed as they are quite prominent. Two small rear side windows also have frosted areas to assist with painting.

DECALS:
On the decal sheet, in addition to what’s already been mentioned, are Z28-style hood and deck striping in black or white, custom hood and deck strip- ing in black, two “hockey stick” side stripes in black, black areas for the side windows, gold Chevy bowties for front and rear, CAMARO and SS scripts, front and rear side marker light lenses, two black and silver SS plates, one Michigan CAMARO plate, and two Illinois K59 787 plates.

AMT Dirty Donny “Vantasy” Chevy Street Van

vantasyDIRTY DONNY “VANTASY” CHEVY STREET VAN AMT
#AMT-691 VERSIONS: Street
MOLDED COLORS: White, Clear, Red Clear, Amber Clear, Chrome Plated
SCALE: 1/25 MSRP: $20.99 USD
MODIFIED REISSUE

ENGINE: The 23-piece engine represents a mid-level (for trucks and vans) Chevy 350 small block with a single four-barrel carb and Turbo-Hydramatic 350 transmission, and is very similar to the one in AMT’s currently out-of- production ‘72 Nova SS kit. The valve covers, carburetor, air cleaner, front cover, alternator, and four-bladed fan are all chromed–none of which would have been on a real full stock 350 from the factory. On the plus side, the engine includes a separate distributor and ignition coil, separate oil filter, separate starter, separate water pump, and a separate oil filler tube. Nicely done, but see the Comments section for some essential commentary regarding the viewing of this little jewel.

CHASSIS:
AMT did a superb job here back when this kit was first tooled. The frame and floor pan are separate and distinct. The frame itself has the upper front A-arms, gas tank, and most of the crossmembers molded in place save for the first unit and the second crossmember that connects to the separate engine mount. Front suspension is a 14-piece unit with separate kingpins, idler arms, steering box with column, and idler arm brackets. Working poseable steering is not designed into the kit but you can glue the components in a desired position, or, a mild rework of the kit’s components and a little ingenuity can give you working poseable steering. At the rear is a nine-piece suspension with 12-bolt style rear axle, separate shocks and leaf springs, and a three-piece driveshaft unit. The two-into-one exhaust system is one piece and (oh yeah, here we go again) must be drilled out at the tip for realism’s sake. The underhood area has a two-piece radiator and shroud, separate firewall, separate battery, and separate vapor can. Again, see the Comments section regarding these.

WHEELS AND TIRES:
Four chrome American Racing five-spoke mags ride on black vinyl Goodyear Polyglas GT L60-15 tires. What the instructions don’t tell you, but the parts trees do, is that there is a full set of factory stock Chevy van/ truck open steelie wheels with four chromed Chevy bowtie period-correct “dog dish” hubcaps! Find four of a more pedestrian-style of tires in your spares box, and you’re on your way to a full stock build! 34 Model Cars #169 • July 2012

INTERIOR:
The interior builds up off the floor pan. Note that there are no interior side panels whatsoever (and there never were in any rendition of this kit.) Seats are two-piece high back custom captain’s chairs. The dash has very good engraving, and the engine cover is separate. You have a choice of stock or three-spoke plated Eelco-style custom steering wheels which mount to a plated shifter/turn signal stalk. A CB radio, placement optional, is also provided. BODY: The one-piece body is nicely done, capturing the character of the second-generation Chevy Van perfectly. This is a commercial van body, period– there are no engraved marks for opening up the side windows or windows in the twin rear doors, although with some ingenuity and a razor saw one could make that possible. There is an engraved line under the roof if you wish to use the optional clear sunroof to “let the sunshine in.” At the front is a stock grille/ bumper unit with separate clear headlight lenses and separate amber clear park- ing light/turn signal lenses. Also provided is an optional custom grille filler/roll pan, though there is no custom grille supplied with the kit (the spares box can easily fill this need if so desired). At the rear are a chromed stock bumper and two clear red taillights, while side marker light lenses are in clear amber (front) and clear red (rear). Wipers are separate, delicate chromed items, as are the three-piece side mirrors. The multiple options this kit provides for customiza- tion include clear bubble portholes for the sides (with instructions on how to drill holes in the body for them), window louvers for the rear doors, clear skylight units for the roof, a two-piece spare tire cover for the left rear door, two custom side panels with exhaust ports, two three-piece dummy side pipes, a roof spoiler, and two chromed road lights with separate clear lenses. The wind- shield and two side windows are separate clear parts that are reasonably thin.

DECALS:
Included in the kit are two decal sheets that are actually a tad larger than the length and width of the box! Included on these are four different mul- ticolor motifs for the upper side panels (two of which incorporate the Vantasy logo), five different multi-color motifs for the lower side panels, three different multi-color motifs for the rear door sections, two Vantasy logos, two Evil Wiz- ard logos, two winged deaths-head motifs, four eyeball motifs (two large and two small), three skulls with crossbones (one large, two small), one large and two small shrunken heads, four game dice motifs (two large, two small), two small wrench motifs, and a collection of one-off art of varying types that have to be seen to be described. As has been the norm for Round2’s kits lately, the decals are printed with a matte finish.