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Kit quality?
Posted by Bully on Monday, March 30, 2020 12:36 PM

I'm new in this game. I recently completed an old kit that has been kicking around my basement for a long time. It was an AMT kit, '67 GTO. It had a lot of flash that wasn't a really big deal but it also didn't fit together very well and was a bit of a disaster even by my unskilled standards. My second attempt was the Revell '77 Chev P/U with the snowplow. I think if I had just shook the box the thing would have come out completely assembled it went together so well. Everything went beautifully. Did I happen to hit on the worst AMT kit ever made and the best Revell kit? Or is this quality gap to be expected between AMT and Revell. Trying to get more informed before I get my next stock.

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Posted by JohnnyK on Monday, March 30, 2020 3:16 PM

Was the AMT kit an actual old kit from 1967, or a recently reissued kit? Most reissued kits use old molds that are 50 years old, or older, which results in a lot of flash and mold lines.  The result will be a lot of sanding. But I guess that that is okay since we are stuck in our homes. Put on some music, draw a glass of beer and sand away.Big Smile

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Posted by midnightprowler on Monday, March 30, 2020 4:32 PM

The AMT 67 GTO is from 67. The Revell Chevy pickup is a very late 70s early 80s tool. The GTO wasnt one of the better amt kits. Having said that the amt new tool kits of the mid 90s and early 2000s are quite nice. The pickup was a fairly nice kit tho a bit simplified. If you want a good GTO get the Revell 66. It is a newer tool and very well done.

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Posted by spencer1984 on Monday, March 30, 2020 4:59 PM

Bully

It was an AMT kit, '67 GTO...Did I happen to hit on the worst AMT kit ever made? 

Yes. Yes you did.

Although age plays a big part of it, as JohnnyK and midnightprowler mentioned, but the bigger problem for this particular kit is that it's been updated, modified, returned to stock, and repeated several times over the last half century. There's really no way any tooling can survive that much abuse, and coupled with the overall age of it you're left with one of the worst disasters to still be on shelves.

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Posted by JohnnyK on Monday, March 30, 2020 8:07 PM

I know that this is a little off topic, but I have a story about a 1:1 '67 GTO. A friend had a four speed, 1967 burgandy/black vinyl roof GTO with a tri-power engine. Probably one of the most beautiful cars ever built. That car was evil fast. Just frightening. He would put the trans in first gear, floor the engine and pop the clutch. The car would jump off of the ground and shoot forward like a rocket. Super fast. He would scream out loud as he shifted gears. He only had the car for three months before he ran it into a tree. I always wanted one of those cars.

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Posted by litespeedsae on Monday, March 30, 2020 9:18 PM

The 1967 year was one of the best IMO. There is a kit of it out there somewhere. By the way, 1966 was the last year of the Trip Power 3 deuce carbs option. I heard that a lot of people would put it on their 67's. Thanks for sharing.

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Posted by JohnnyK on Monday, March 30, 2020 11:11 PM

The three duces was a dealer option for 1967. Very rare. It was a nice setup. Under normal driving conditions only the center carb was used. The throttle plates on the outer carbs were closed. If you floored the gas pedal, all three carbs would open and all Hell would break loose. Time to get back to model cars.

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Posted by Bully on Tuesday, March 31, 2020 8:28 AM

Thanks, guys. There are a lots of AMT kits out there that I've been eyeing but wasn't sure about because of one bad experience. Apprieciate the help.

 

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Posted by Bainford on Tuesday, March 31, 2020 5:06 PM

Bully

Thanks, guys. There are a lots of AMT kits out there that I've been eyeing but wasn't sure about because of one bad experience. Apprieciate the help.

 

 

Feel free to ask the forum about any kit you might be thinking about. For anyone who hasn't been in the hobby throughout the decades, the field of offerings can be confusing. Most model companies have thier dogs and their stars. Whatever kit your looking at, someone here will know something about it. 

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Posted by 58volvoV8 on Friday, April 17, 2020 7:06 PM

just picked up mpc 1972 gto.....

Probably the worst flash I've seen....good thing I like the car

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Posted by Bainford on Friday, April 17, 2020 7:41 PM

Yup, thats a kit everyone loves to hate. Some of those old MPC and AMT tools are showing their age, but that one is rougher than most.

58volvoV8

just picked up mpc 1972 gto.....

Probably the worst flash I've seen....good thing I like the car

 

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Posted by 58volvoV8 on Friday, April 17, 2020 9:21 PM

Even worst than the old pro nova and I thought that was rough all though those fenders on that one....ugh

 

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Posted by rcarlisle on Monday, April 20, 2020 1:01 PM
The 67 GTO from AMT is an awful kit, IMO. I had the XXX issue and eventually just boxed it up and said forget it. I recently bought a Racing Icons diecast 67 that is already assembled and much nicer thn anything you could posibly make out of what's in the AMT box. I guess you could combine the 67 AMT and a Revell 66 and get a reasonable replica? But for less than $30, you can have the diecast, which definitely beats the AMT kit. The revell is a very NICE kit that builds into a beautiful replica. AMT makes some really nice kits. But it might be best to look for reviews before putting out hard earned money for a kit that may be on teh verge of unbuildable. I have several AMT kits to build and I look forward to them. It's not constantly one brand is better - it's a kit-by-kit thing. Depends on how the model makers got to the kit.
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Posted by 58volvoV8 on Thursday, May 14, 2020 11:26 PM

[quote user="rcarlisle"It's not constantly one brand is better - it's a kit-by-kit thing. Depends on how the model makers got to the kit.

 Very true...amt has beautiful kits....66nova 66fairlane 67impala as etc.....then it has some I'll fitting turds like the 55 vette and some old promo chassis kits from 60s tooling....

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