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FROM THE December 2010 ISSUE

AMT 1962 Pontiac Catalina

1962 Pontiac Catalina
1962 Pontiac Catalina
AMT No. 623
Model Type: Injection-molded styrene
Molded Colors: White, clear, red
Scale: 1/25
MSRP: $22.99
Pros: Excellent subject; good parts fit; extra details; nice chrome
Cons: Thick/heavy sprue connections; thin, fragile decals

The primary subject of this kit is the Arnie "The Farmer" Beswick's Passionate Poncho II. Parts for a beautiful mild custom version are also included. In years past, this kit was released as a strictly stock build, then later a release was made as a custom-only version.

The kit has white, clear, red, and chrome-plated parts. The instruction sheet is well-defined and easy to follow. There are separate blowup drawings for specific differences between the versions.

The engine is detailed to the degree that it could be displayed as a model by itself: dual carbs and fuel lines to the carbs that connect from the fuel pump.

The interior is platform-style, assembled as multiple pieces. Two versions are provided: stock version and a nicely done diamond-tucked custom version. The steering wheels is clear, so it can be painted solid or painted with a decorative interior color on the hand grips. A chrome horn ring is provided. The dashboard is molded with all pedals attached.

The chassis has a separate frame and floor pan. The multipiece front and rear suspensions are nicely detailed. The custom and stock versions use the same parts on the front, except for the spindles. The rear uses different coil springs and lower control arms depending on the ride height desired.

There are two complete sets of wheels and tires. The nicely-done snap-in wide whitewalls are mounted with good- looking chrome rims with bullet center caps. The stock rims can be left uncovered, or you can use the dog-dish hub caps provided.

Stock bumpers are used for either version. The stock grille could be enhanced greatly with a little detailer or a flat black wash, and a tube grille is provided for the custom. Also included is a pair of Lake pipes, which can be attached to joints on the exhaust manifolds.

The decal sheet has an array of sponsor decals, and all of the markings for the Passionate Poncho II. The instruction sheet provides some decal locations, but most have to be placed based on the box art. The decals are well done, but are thin and fragile.

Final assembly went well, and everything fits together tightly. The fender ornaments were annoying to install; I think they would have been better molded in place, as opposed to being separate pieces. After the front bumper was installed, I discovered that it doesn’t mount level.

My biggest complaints were the fragile decals and the thick, heavy sprue connections. Extra care needs to be taken removing parts from the sprues.

I can highly recommend this kit, but not for a beginner. There are a lot of parts, and some can be confused between the two versions.

With some time and detail work this model could be a very good contest car.


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