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AMT/Ertl 1969 Camaro SS

June 2006
RELATED TOPICS: AMT | 1960S | CUSTOM | FACTORY STOCK
1969 Camaro SS
AMT/Ertl No. 38432
Model Type: Injection-molded
styrene
Molded Colors: Gray, clear
Scale: 1/25
MSRP: $12.95
Pros: Nice interior
Cons: Thin decals tear easily; some parts-fit issues

We're happy to present the first review by 12-year-old Matthew Melchiori. He's rapidly becoming an accomplished modeler, and his youthful "take" on kits is a welcome change of pace.

This is a 2-in-1 kit. You can build it as a street custom, or as the stock version. The list of parts for the custom version includes more-powerful engine parts, a spoiler, and side pipes.

The decals include black or white racing stripes for the trunk and hood, "wraparound" fender stripes, a choice of license plates, and side stripes. The decals are thin, and they tear easily.

The engine and transmission are molded together in halves. The fan is on the chrome parts tree, but the instructions tell you to paint it black. The fan belt-and-pulley system is molded into three pulleys and one belt.

The exhaust manifolds are the trickiest part of the engine. There are no pegs to connect the manifolds to the engine, so it is hard to put them on. The instructions tell you to put the radiator hose on first, but don't, because you'll more than likely knock it off the engine later.

The exhaust system is molded as the stock system. To make the custom system, you'd have to cut the pipes off, but with all that, it fits perfectly. The rear wheels are connected by an axle, and the front wheels are held onto the chassis by a peg on the inner wheel.

The interior is all nicely molded and comes with a choice of custom or stock steering wheels. The seats are molded into two pieces (seats and headrests).

The firewall is quite difficult to install, and so is the radiator. The body requires a lot of detail-painting because of the Camaro emblems and windshield trim.

The front bumper doesn't fit well, but after some bending and strong glue, I was able to make it fit.

The kit includes a rear body pan, which connects to the chassis. You can tell where the rear bumper goes, because there are slits between the body and body pan. The taillights go into two holes of their shape on the body. I had to trim mine to make them fit.

The front grille fits perfectly, but requires a little bit of detail-painting.

This is a challenging kit that, with effort, will make a good shelf model.

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