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Round 2 Opel GT

Opel GT
AMT No. AMT835/12
Model Type: Injection-molded styrene
Molded Colors: White, black, clear
Scale: 1/25
Pros: Extra parts; tampo-printed tires
Cons: Flash on some parts; no positive engine-mounting points on V-6 option
Round 2 has released yet another little treasure with the Opel GT, originally released in the early 1970s.

The kit comes in a flat box with a cool drawing of the Opel in a yellow  street-machine version, which looks quite attractive. I hear there is a yellow plastic version, but the one I am reviewing is the white plastic version.

The buzz around the kit is that it offers quite a few extra goodies like a cool set of tampo-printed Polyglas GT tires, an extra hood, and six aluminum velocity stacks to be used on the optional Buick V-6.
There are four ways you can build this kit: stock, custom, street rod, and drag. Included are two different engine blocks; one is a 1.9-liter four-cylinder inline engine, and the other a Buick V-6.

The instructions show 15 parts for the stock/custom version and 30 parts for the street rod/ drag version. You are encouraged to build a drag race version using the V-6 fan belt and drag-race- style fuel pump, but you would need the supercharger, and this is not included in the kit. I decided to go with the street rod V-6 engine.

The interior consists of 13 parts, as per the instructions, but this is if you want to build the three-piece roll cage that is usually used on the drag version. It is quite simple and includes two bucket-style seats. There is also the small shifter and the hand brake. Everything fits together well.

You get four rally-style wheels, four stock wheels, and four Moon-style wheels. You can only use the Moon-style wheels on the drag slicks or the tampo- printed tires. I decided to use the Moon- style wheels and tampo-printed tires, but not before modifying them to fit into the body a little better. I thought it looked rather toyish without this alteration.

There are five versions for the chassis you can opt for when building the kit. You get the stock, drag, rally, custom and street rod. There are approximately twenty parts for these options included in the kit. At the end, metal axles are utilized to hold the wheels and tires and there are multiple options for the exhaust phase of the build, this of course dependent on which style you chose to finish your model.

The body shell looks great; it looks like a small 1970s-style Corvette. The molding around the windows was faint, so I decided to rescribe it to make it easier to add Bare-Metal foil. You also get the option of three hoods. You might have to do a little sanding on the hood and cowl area to improve the fit.

The emblems and Opel logos are crisp, and if you go light on the paint, they will be pretty noticeable. I decided to use Bare-Metal foil on the letters before adding paint, and expose them at the end after the model was painted.

Other options for the body include a gas tank and front spoiler for the drag/custom version, and a custom grille.

The chrome parts tree looks good and evenly plated, though I thought some parts had slightly heavy mold lines.

The glass was packed in a separate bag, and it was free from scratches, but there is some heavy flash that has to be removed on the sides.

I thought it would have been better to have all the tampo-printed tires offered in the same size, but it looks quite nice and unique when completed.

The chassis-to-body fit went well – something I am always skeptical about when building these reissued kits.

I had a lot of fun building this kit. Go out and get one. I guarantee you will enjoy it as much as I did.


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