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AMT/Ertl 1974 Plymouth GTX

October 2005
1974 Plymouth GTX
AMT/Ertl No. 38157
Model Type: Injection-molded styrene
Molded Colors: Gray, clear
Scale: 1/25
MSRP: $12.95
Pros: Little flash, chrome bumpers done well
Cons: Box-art model does not match kit contents
Out of the ashes comes yet another rare, older reissue from AMT/Ertl. To the best of my recollection, this kit has never been reissued.

The mold has held up well over the years. There is very little flash.

The model depicted on the box shows a car that is buildable with factory markings, albeit with five-spoke Cragar mags. Neither of these items are present in the kit. Instead, you get some questionable blue-and-green graphics on the decal sheet, and the wheel options are factory road wheels along with Cragar supertricks - nice, but they're not what is shown on the box.      

There are also 440 6-pack markings for the power bulge on the hood on the box art, but nothing on the decal sheet. The engine in the kit depicts a 440 that gives you the option of either a single four-barrel or six-pack setup. The engine casting is weak and is not made up of a large number of parts, but remember, we are dealing with a kit that was cast in the 1970s. The parts do go together okay.

The problem with the whole engine package is compounded when you turn the model over and view the chassis. Although a 440 6-pack combination was still available in 1974, the chassis depicts a single exhaust with a molded-in catalytic converter. The 440 engines required a dual exhaust, and in 1974 the only cars that were required to run a cat were cars manufactured for sale in the state of California.

The chassis has a separate rear suspension with metal axle, and the front suspension is molded in with the old-school pin/wheel placement attachments. There are two placement locations on each side for ride-height preference. The other problem is that the driver's-side exhaust manifold stops without a crossover tube to attach to the single exhaust.

The interior has a molded rear seat with separate bucket seats and shifter. The problem area is the dash; the one included in this kit is actually the dash from the MPC 1976 Dodge Coronet kit. It does not fit the interior tub. In order to use it, you will have to sand the sides of the attachment points to make it fit. 

The body is probably the best piece in the kit. It depicts the lines of the 1974 GTX very well. The chrome for the grille and front and rear bumpers is done well. The glass is one piece and fits okay, considering the age of the kit. The marker lights are not very deep, and after a couple of coats of paint you might have a hard time detail-painting them. 

The tires included are four 70-series Goodyears and two rear 60-series dirt-track tires. Because this model can't be built as a factory-stock replica, I went with the street-machine look and used the dirt-tack tires on the rear. I used a motor tool with a cutting wheel to narrow the metal axle so that I could get the rear tires to sit up under the wheel wells. 

The paint I chose was Testor's Pacific Blue, with the added Plymouth GTX markings that are also included on the decal sheet. 

I personally like this kit because I am a Mopar man, and getting any car from this era is a plus. I don't think that I would recommend this kit to just anyone. If you purchase this kit and want to create a better replica of a 1974 GTX, you can also purchase an AMT/Ertl 1971 Charger and use the interior and chassis from that kit.
Granted, you shouldn't have to spend extra money to accomplish this task, but in this case, it is the only alternative. 


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