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AMT/Ertl 2006 Nissan 350Z

April 2007
2006 Nissan 350Z
AMT/Ertl No. 38511
Model Type: Injection-molded
Molded Colors: Gray, clear
Scale: 1/25
MSRP: $14.00
Pros: Good detail; little cleanup needed; nice rims and tires; an easy kit to build
Cons: Multipiece body; better to assemble pieces before painting

The 2006 Nissan 350Z model is the best AMT/Ertl kit that I have built. It is extremely detailed. The body, interior, chassis, and 20-inch rims and tires were some of the nicest pieces that I have had the opportunity to work with on an AMT/Ertl kit.

This kit reminded me a lot of the more-expensive kits on the market.

Working with the body was a snap. Very little cleanup had to be done before painting; in fact, all I needed to do was sand the body with 600-grit sandpaper.

The one thing that I wish could be done on the body is to have the front and rear bumpers molded with the body. The instructions show to assemble the bumpers after painting; I recommend assembly of the bumpers, rear spoiler, and the mirrors before painting. By doing so, there was no chance to ruin the paint with glue, and it's much easier to work with as a one-piece assembly.

I was equally impressed with the interior. The kit came with two detailed racing seats, a detailed steering column, dash with multiple gauges, and door panels. In addition to those features, the interior is also equipped with a speaker system that can be viewed through the rear window.

Because of the interior detail, I had the chance to color-coordinate the interior and exterior. I two-toned the racing seats, steering wheel, and door panels for realism, and to match the exterior color that I had picked.

Again, there was little or no cleanup needed on the interior pieces; all I had to do was remove what was left over from the plastic parts trees.

With the body and interior finished, the next step was to assemble the chassis and engine. The chassis has detailed front and rear suspensions, along with a great-looking exhaust system.

The rear suspension and the exhaust system come chromed; I chose to paint the rear suspension for realism and more detail. I left the exhaust system chrome, however, because it gives the bottom side of the chassis a great look.

The best part of the chassis was the highly-detailed rotors and calipers. After painting the rotors and calipers for realism, I assembled the neat 20-inch tuner rims and tires. The rims and tires really set the 350Z off, and you can view the rotors and calipers through the rims.

After I finished the chassis, I assembled the interior to it. When I prefit the body, I found that assembling the interior and chassis together worked extremely well, and I recommend doing the assembly this way.

The engine pieces were also highly detailed, and they were easy to assemble. There is a mixture of chrome and gray plastic parts that make up the motor.

After I assembled all of the gray pieces, I painted the engine block aluminum color. After painting was complete, I finished assembling the engine in very little time, and then installed it into the chassis.

As I stated above, this kit is the most detailed AMT/Ertl kit that I have ever had the chance to build. They really went the extra mile on the 350Z to provide the builder with detailed pieces that reassemble the 1:1 automobile.

Because of the care that was taken in designing this kit, it was a pleasure and extremely easy to build, and I would recommend this model to anyone who wants to build a tuner kit.


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