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AMT 1:25 1966 NOVA, which model kit is best?

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AMT 1:25 1966 NOVA, which model kit is best?
Posted by jas2060 on Tuesday, March 4, 2014 4:30 PM


Which is the best AMT Chevy 1966 NOVA 1:25 model kit?  

Have a kit produced in 2013, molding outcome was really bad, could not get the body to hood to fit.   Body was warped.  Rear tail light area was droppy at top end of body as well.

See kits from 1988, 1998, and of course 2013.

Would a kit from 1988 have better molds?

Thanking you in advance . . .


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Posted by mod3llover on Tuesday, March 4, 2014 4:46 PM


 If it were me with the money in my hand, I would buy the Grumpy's

Toy edition of that kit. It can be built stock if you choose to, also you

get extra goodies with it as well.

  The newer kits have the better tires and polished up molds. And if you

get a warped or damaged one they will replace it!

    David S.  

Hobby time is Happy time!

     David S.

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Posted by 93slammer on Tuesday, March 4, 2014 5:03 PM


Is it the molded in blue pro-street kit? If so you should be able to contact Round 2 for a replacement body.

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Posted by Snake45 on Tuesday, March 4, 2014 5:26 PM

I doubt you can say that any particular run of that kit was better than any other. Lemons pop up all the time, you just had the bad fortune to catch one.

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Dragged behind the clownmobile...."

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Posted by Snork56 on Tuesday, March 4, 2014 6:30 PM

There is no such thing as a "best" Nova kit by AMT!  Once the mold is made, it just keeps going in a model kit cyclone of the same body with just a re-imaged model box!!!   That's where the manufactures have the young model public fooled!  They are the same!

To get back up when you are down, fight when you are struggling, give the extra effort when you are in pain, come back when no one expects you to and stand up tall when people try to pull you down.    That is what makes up a true champion!!   Snork56 (S56) Henry D.  

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Posted by dcat1999 on Tuesday, March 4, 2014 6:47 PM

Snork is right.

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Posted by Rotorbolt on Wednesday, March 5, 2014 11:48 AM

Snork is right. they are all from the same mold tooling from when the kits were first introduced. In this case, its one from the late 80's. Sometimes you will get one that is warped. thats with any kit out there. I've seen kits with bad flashing or even with parts half molded with missing sections. I think issues like body warpage originates with the production runs speed or the operator of the equipment.. It would make sense if the plastic wasn't allowed to cool down enough before being released from the mold that it would indeed warp.

If you can't find or afford to buy it, Build or make it yourself.


On my bench: 57 Ford skyliner, 56 chevy gasser, 57 ford gasser, 2- 72 Novas , 69 nova, 54 chevy fieldcar, 61 Galaixe ,  63 Buick electra convertible..along with  a handfull of stalled builds I need to finish. Basicaly too many.

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Posted by jas2060 on Wednesday, March 5, 2014 5:04 PM

Thank you, to everyone who responded to my query … appreciate that . . .

mod3llover, Have looked at those Grumpy kits, agree with the extra stuff.

Promodmerc, No, it is a white kit.

Snake45, Lemons occur through out runs.

Snork56, I think you mean the same molds cycle through out, 1988 to 2013, change box for next run . . .

dcat1999, Okay . . .

Rotobolt, Operator error, or not. Cool down issue, what have you.

Combining all your answers tells me, not to worry about release dates. Sometimes, you get a bad kit, most times not. My kit situation was more of an aberration, than anything else.

Your takes helped a lot, probably will do the Grumpy kit, because of the extras, whether I'll use them or not.


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Posted by PRO MOD NOVA on Wednesday, March 12, 2014 3:45 AM

Hey, as Promodmerc said....Try looking for a pre decorated AMT Pro Shop 66 Nova Pro Street kit. I must have built a thousand of those,as well as other 66 Nova kits. And Since I never really liked painting models when I was younger, these little gems were perfect for me(actually I sucked at painting).But I always build them into some pretty wild pro mod, pro street, and any other kind of drag car I could make it. into..I loved building those old kits.

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Posted by jas2060 on Monday, April 7, 2014 12:43 AM

PRO MOD NOVA, seems others feel the same way.  Even though to make a mild street Nova.  Left over parts are always welcome.  Many say Grumpy is a good version too.  Will be making up my mind in a week or so, either way . . .

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Posted by IROCDUDE on Monday, April 7, 2014 1:59 PM

Here is an awesome pro-street Nova chassis and 4 link set-up. I used it to build this little Nova

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Posted by Treehugger Dave on Monday, April 7, 2014 3:27 PM

Hey jasBig Smile

I have both of the early versions in Pro-stock and also in stock form. Both are extremely nice kits with tons of parts for the engine and just a ton of other kit parts.

Just checked ebay and the prices for the stock version is the cheapest and most available, while there was just a few of the pro-stock at a significantly higher price.

No issues with any of my early kits at all. Built a couple and they came out very nice.

Good luck on deciding what to do. Hope my input helped a bit.








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Posted by chevy3258 on Friday, March 9, 2018 2:07 AM

I'm going to build the red Grumpy's Toy replica as on the box of 2013. Lots of spare parts, molding as in the 1980's needs to be sanded, filed, trimmed, etc. A great kit, a lot of fun to build and detail, but I agree, compared to 1980's or before kits from AMT ( just finished the 53 Corvette from 1986), the molding isn't better quality but the details and instructions are. Happy building ... :-)


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