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AMT 1969 Hurst Olds

Box art
Olds 455 engine
1969 Hurst Olds
1969 Hurst Olds
AMT No. AMT703/12
Model Type: Injection-moldedstyrene
Molded Colors: White, black, red
Scale: 1/25
MSRP: $20.99
Pros: Clean molds; clear chrome; beautiful pad-printed tires
Cons: Wrong steering wheel and mufflers; missing decal for lower panels

All of the parts are separately bagged, relatively flash free, and require only minor mold line removal and cleanup. Also included is a nicely laid-out instruction sheet, a Hurst decal, and a miniature Hurst Olds Box that can be displayed along with the finished model.

The 19-piece Olds 455 engine builds into a nice representation. Painted engine red, with its chrome valve covers, it looks convincing. The Turbo Hydoromatic transmission is a separate two-piece unit that needs just a small amount of seam cleanup.

The one disappointment I had with the engine is the stock-style Olds air cleaner instead of the correct ram-air style and foam element on the 1:1 car.

The chassis looks nice, with good engraved detail, a poseable nine-piece front suspension consisting of upper and lower A-arms, springs, spindles, and steering linkage. Painted up and detailed, the Oldsmobile chassis is represented  nicely.

The rear is a seven-piece unit with halves for the axle housing, shocks springs and antisway bar.

The exhaust consists of four pieces that have decent generic mufflers, but they are not correct for this car.

One of the best parts of this kit are the beautiful pad-printed Goodyear Polyglas tires. Along with the detailed H/O rims, they really look the part.

The bucket-style interior again represents a stock Oldsmobile Cutlass interior, with the stock-style steering wheel. The door panels have little detail and appear flat, with no raised detail. The dash has some nice engraving and would really stand out if decals were present for the gauges.

The two-piece bucket seats go together well, with just a small amount of cleanup, and between them sits a Hurst dual-gate shifter.    

The body is crisp and sharp, only requiring a light cleanup of mold lines on the C-pillars and along the top edge of the rear quarter-panels. Foil or paint will bring out the fine trim along the top edges of the fenders, doors, and trim around the windows.

The hood is a two piece unit with the nicely rendered hood scoop, which attaches to the hood via pins and predrilled holes for a positive placement.

The European-style mirrors are nice units, as is the signature rear spoiler found on all the Hurst Oldsmobiles.

The chrome tree is clean and clear, with heavy buildup and minimal mold lines. It carries all the parts needed for the Hurst version, along with additional five-spoke wheels, ribbed valve covers, and some strange-looking headers.

The glass is also separately bagged and is clear and free of blemishes.

On the decal sheet you will find the markings for the roof, trunk, hood, and upper side stripe, three H/O emblems for the fenders and trunk lid, and three sets of license plates. The decals are thin and laid down nicely with no fuss.

Surprisingly, AMT did not furnish the gold striping that adorns the lower panels of the car. I used the gold surround from the Hurst sticker found in the box to create the lower gold panels.

Final assembly brought no surprises. The kit goes together well. The stance seems to sit right, after looking at some examples of the 1:1 car with all four wheels squarely planted on the ground.

I highly recommend this kit to anyone who would like to have a replica of a car that represents one of the great milestones in the history of the muscle car era.


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