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1969 Plymouth GTX 440

October 2003
RELATED TOPICS: AMT | 1960S | PLASTIC
1969 Plymouth GTX 440
AMT/Ertl No. 31930
Model Type: 1/25 scale injection-molded plastic model kit
Molded Colors: Chrome-plated, clear, gray
MSRP: $13
Pros: Accurate proportions, finely engineered, separate firewall, inner fenders, door panels
Cons: Inaccurate instructions, poor-fitting rear bumper, manifold problems
AMT/Ertl released the 1969 GTX in 1990 as a convertible that was based on the 1968 Roadrunner kit. In 1991, the GTX was kitted in pro-street garb as hardtop. For 1993, the kit surfaced as a hardtop in stock for but with the pro street options.

AMT's most recent GTX offering looks to be the same as the 1993 reissue. The kit is listed as a stock 440 Super Commando but also contains a 426 Hemi with stock and pro-street options, as well as other items from the pro-street release.
engine
I found several major problems while building the engine. First, the instructions only show how to assemble the 440 with a four-barrel carb, but the raised engine badges on the sides of the opening hood scoops read "HEMI." Second, the manifold doesn't fit on the block at all. Since there was also a six-barrel setup in the kit, I tried that, too. It fits better but still leaves a large gap on the top of the block, and my references show that Plymouth didn't offer the six-pack setup on GTXs in '69. Fortunately, I still had the instruction sheet for the original '91 pro-street kit and could build the stock Hemi. The engine went together well, although the chromed valve covers and air cleaner had to be stripped and painted. For further frustration, only the 440 six-pack air cleaner decal is included in the kit.

I found the rest of the engine a joy to detail. The inner fenders, firewall, and radiator wall are all separate, making detailing a pleasure. The wires on the firewall and fenders are lightly raised and painting them can be an adventure. Unfortunately, I found that the hood won't close if the air cleaner is installed on the Hemi.
tire
The chassis is nicely done and features a separate two-piece exhaust system, shocks, and separate front crossmember and sway bar. The forward portion of the subframe still has to be cut off to make the body fit, and the redline tires shown on the box art aren't included. Instead, you get four raised white letter Polyglas GTs.

The body looks proportionally accurate. Because the name plates on the trunk and hood are so thinly raised, they become useless after painting the body. Only the side "GTX" badges can be painted easily. I finished my Mopar with Testor's Model Master Go Mango (No. 2770) to replicate Plymouth's hideously beautiful "Vitamin C" Hi Impact color. I chose not to add the optional Roadrunner/GTX hood stripes or the normally seen black trim paint on the lower body panels. Although the kit includes red body-stripe decals (but not the white ones), placement instructions aren't included on the instruction sheet. The bumpers and grille are easy to mount but the rear bumper is too far away from the body.

I really love kits with nice interiors, and the GTX certainly qualifies. It has separate door panels, a separate rear seat, and is accurately detailed with a Hurst shifter. I painted my GTX's interior flat and semigloss black, silver, and tan for the wood grain.

If this kit had included a proper intake, accurate instructions, the redlines, and well, everything that should've been fixed, it would've been a very good model. It's okay for experienced modelers, but I wouldn't recommend it to a parent wanted to build a model with their child.

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