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  • Member since
    October, 2008
Why Bother ?
Posted by oldcarguy on Thursday, November 09, 2017 8:14 AM

This is a wake up call to anyone who builds AMT kits . Why ? Well some of their stuff was the worst you could find .  really not what you'd expect for your money . What ? You say ? Well , think about it . All those phony looking fins , wheel covers , Chrome tailpipes and louvers ! And the sorriest looking decals in existence.

 Tis a shame Isn't it ? Luring young modelers with the drawings on the boxtop and the side panels showing all those yucky parts ! Well ,Gotta tell you the truth of it .

 I actually still COVET , AMT kits ! Why ? Well , darned it , they were a lot of fun to build .I didn't care about total accuracy back then . All I cared about was I had models of the cars in showrooms and on the streets of my town . Maybe not all . But a good number .

    Why Bother ? Well , shoot can you find a time machine , Memory Wise , that works better ? I bet not ? Truthfully , I love them all , AMT , MPC ,IMC ,Testors , and all the others . AMT ? Hey , they were the worst of the first .Because they stole my time and effort buuilding all their products .To what end ?

 Well , to give me time to hone my skills and become a modeler who could come out of his shell and win and experience comaraderie with others. AMT , I hate them , with a Passion for creating the artist within . Now I can't get away from the guy .Every time I see a car I think ," I can do that to my AMT model car " and off I go again . Fun Ain't It ?  Aaaah , Gotta love it ! O.C.G. 

  • Member since
    July, 2008
Posted by Foxer on Thursday, November 09, 2017 8:58 AM

I agree because my first car kit was the AMT Tbird in '58 and I preferred them above all others in my younger days. They filled my parts boxes with pieces to apply to other cars.

Yes, many just put everything on ...

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I liked to fine tune ...

40 Ford Sedan sml01

  • Member since
    January, 2004
  • From: Chicago Il.
Posted by rickcaps55 on Thursday, November 09, 2017 1:22 PM

Big SmileI with you i'm 65 i got my first model in 1962 when i was 10 it was the 1963 AMT 3-in-1 Ford Fairlane god i loved it ihad to brush paint it because we lived in an apartment and i could not use spry paints later that year we moved to our first house and i had a cornner of the basement that was for model building i have been building ever scence and i loved all the AMT and MPC like you sain i wainted what was at the show rooms at the time and back then for young builders Revell sucked the parts were to thin they would brake the kits were really bad now it's turned around the best kits out there is the Revell's but i still buy the AMT and MPC kits just for a little bit of yesterday as for the way i look at it the kit is as good as the builder.!!!!

  • Member since
    May, 2017
  • From: Douglas AZ>
Posted by littletimmy on Thursday, November 09, 2017 8:53 PM

This is a wake up call to anyone who builds AMT kits . Why ? Well some of their stuff was the worst you could find .

 At first when I read this I thought .... BLASPHEM !!!!! SACRELIGE !!!!

But then I calmed down as I read the rest of your post. My first glue together was an AMT 56 ford Victoria. Many fond memories of that "Horrific" mess !

Yes .... AMT is "DEFINETLY " to blame for my current modeling affliction !

And I wouldn't change a thing !

Dont worry about the thumb print.... paint it rust and call it battle damage.

   Soon to be on the bench...







  • Member since
    August, 2015
  • From: Hamptonville, NC
Posted by TarheelRick on Friday, November 10, 2017 7:26 AM

Same here.  My first model was an AMT '40 Ford coupe Trophy Series I got for Christmas in 1959.  That was the "addicting hit".  I then bought an AMT '60 Mercury convertible and it continued on until I sold everything in 1984 - I was in the middle of my military career and was tired of packing everything up every couple of years for a move.  At that time I had more than 100 kits ,mostly AMT, MPC with a few Revell and Monogram.  Since retiring from the military and settling into my permanent home I have amassed another collection of more than 200 kits, of which approximately 45% are AMT/MPC repops.  Of course now I do have more Revellogram, Tamiya, Hasegawa, and Academy kits.  But back to the main topic, yes I do have a love/hate relationship with AMT, but if I could find another annual '60 Mercury convertible at an affordable price it would be on my shelf.

I build models because I can't afford the real thing!

  • Member since
    October, 2008
Posted by oldcarguy on Friday, November 10, 2017 8:32 AM

Oh Boy !

  Now this .They didn't even take the sprue ring off the spare tire wheel cover ! Wow .This car though is one I would buy in a minute though . Glue Bomb You Bet ! But I bet she'd restore to a very nice reason why Americans bought the real thing.

 Face it . It was closest in design to the coveted D.S.19 French Car .


  • Member since
    November, 2017
Posted by Gluecipher on Sunday, December 10, 2017 10:23 AM

I've been making my models mostly out of Amt/Ertl kits as they were and still are making most of the nostalgic hotrods which are my thing. You know 30's - 40's cars and as i cant buy aftermarket parts, Amt has always offered tons of speed etc parts for the parts box as well as options for the model itself. 


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