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AMT 1951 Chevrolet Fleetline

VERSIONS: Stock, Custom
MOLDED COLORS: White, Clear, Chrome Plated
SCALE: 1/25 MSRP: $44.95 USD

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

AMT 2012 Corvette Convertible

AMT’s new 2012 Corvette Convertible is out, and your humble editor spent a little time on this basic promo-style model kit.

It went together well, and the ScaleFinishes.com Lamborghini Orange paint job really made this model stand out.


AMT 2011 Chevy Camaro Convertible

MOLDED COLORS:White, Clear, Black Vinyl, Chrome Plated
SCALE: 1/25 MSRP: $19.99 USD

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

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.

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.

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.

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!

AMT Dirty Donny “Vantasy” Chevy Street Van

#AMT-691 VERSIONS: Street
MOLDED COLORS: White, Clear, Red Clear, Amber Clear, Chrome Plated
SCALE: 1/25 MSRP: $20.99 USD

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.

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.

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

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.

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.