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AMT 1965 Chevelle Superwagon

1965 Chevell Superwagon
1965 Chevelle Superwagon
AMT No. AMT701
Model Type: Injection-molded styrene
Molded Colors: White, black, translucent red and blue, clear
Scale: 1/25
MSRP: $22.99
Pros: Easy assembly; completed model looks good; optional parts
Cons: Large ejector-pin marks in bed area

The ever-popular 1965 Chevelle Superwagon is back again. This appears to be a direct reissue, with the exception of a new decal sheet and some pad-printed tires and retro box art.

There are four building options: stock, custom, drag, or crew vehicle. There are lots of optional parts to pick from. Most are molded in white, with two nice trees of bright chrome-plated parts, translucent red taillights, and your choice of clear or blue-tinted windows.

Assembly starts with the small-block Chevy V-8. The block and transmission are typical left and right halves, with a deep groove for the metal front axle. If you are planning to use the lowered front suspension setting, you will need to deepen the groove by nearly 1/16 inch to clear the axle.

There are three intake options: single or dual quad carbs, or blower. You also have a choice of stock cast exhaust or headers.
Detail is generally good, and I had no fit problems with any of the parts. The instructions have no painting cues, so check your references.

Next decision is which set of wheels and tires to use. There is a nice set of Firestone whitewall street tires, or some nicely printed M&H Racemaster drag slicks. The street tires have pretty basic tread detail, but sidewall detail is good. Your choice of wheels includes stock style hubcaps or Cragar SS mags. Both have excellent bright chrome finishes.

The chassis is promo-style, with all detail molded in. It’s actually pretty well done, and a little detail painting will help a lot. Wheels mount with solid metal axles front and rear, with the option of stock or lowered ride height. I used the lowered front and stock rear for a slight forward rake. The metal axles need to be shortened by about 3/16 inch to get the wheels inside the fenders.

The interior is simple, consisting of a basic tub with the front bench seat molded in place and fairly light door- panel detail. Mine also had some fairly large ejector-pin marks in the bed area of the wagon.

The rear bench seat is separate, along with the rear tailgate, dash, steering column, and shifter. Molded detail on the dash is good. Optional parts include a column-mounted tach and somewhat crude-looking shoulder harness.

Underhood detail is minimal, with just a battery, radiator, and washer bottle as individual parts. The firewall has decent molded detail, but is spoiled somewhat by a larger-than-necessary square hole at top center.

Most of the optional parts come into play in the final assembly. The custom version gets a different front and rear pan, custom grille, and two options of headlights. There is also a molded roof rack, which could probably also be used on the stock version. The drag version gets a hood scoop and air intake grilles to replace two of the headlights. The crew version has a rather large-looking push bar and roof flasher.

The body was surprisingly free of flash and had minimal mold lines to clean up. Detail is still crisp and holds up well, even after a couple coats of paint. The chassis slipped into place without struggle, as did the windows and bumpers. The decals are clearly printed and colorful, but have a rather flat finish.

I’m not an expert on Chevelles, but it looks good to me. Yes, it is a fairly simple kit, but it goes together well and makes a good-looking model. I enjoyed the build – and after all, isn’t that what it’s all about? 


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