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AMT '57 Chevy BelAir "Classic Series"/"Pro Shop Model"

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    April 2020
AMT '57 Chevy BelAir "Classic Series"/"Pro Shop Model"
Posted by TransAm Mike on Sunday, April 19, 2020 3:39 PM

Hello, I'm building a '57 BelAir to replicate the car my Dad give me 56 years ago when I was 18 years old.  The model is the "Classic Series" kit.  Just wondering if anyone has built this kit.  

I have been working on this model for a few months off and on and my impression is this model is a bit of a pain to build. I'm not an expert model builder by any stretch but have finished quite a few that I consider to have turned out pretty nice. 

The instructions on a few attachments are vague at best (i.e. the transmission mounts that glue to the frame that could have been molded to the frame and would save the builder a lot less consternation). There is a lot of adjustments required (filing, sanding) to make parts fit as they should.  These kits have photo etched parts. One if the main photo etched parts is the BelAir specific trim on the quarter panels. They are too small to fill the area where they go. Using bare metal foil is a much better alternative there. 

Anyway, my general take on this kit is that it is not one for the inexperienced or to be quickly built. Also as it comes in the box it is to built completely as factory original so any mods will have to be from kit bashing or aftermarket.

I'd appreciate anyone elses opinion on these kits and thanks for reading my rant.

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    February 2004
Posted by rcarlisle on Monday, April 20, 2020 12:55 PM
This was a "high water mark" kit in it's day. Probably not for the faint of heart, but builds up beautifully if you take your time and get all the parts in their proper places and do all the detail painting. Keep plugging away. Good luck to ya.
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    April 2020
Posted by TransAm Mike on Tuesday, April 21, 2020 11:01 AM

Don't get me wrong here. I agree it is a nice kit with lots of details and the body seems right on, just requires a bit of instruction interpretation, as noted especially those little trans mounts on the frame and the front inner fenders.  

But yep, I'm plugging away at it and if I can figure out how to send completed pictures i'll try to do that .

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