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Round 2 1970 AMC AMX

Round 2 1970 AMC AMX

1970 AMC AMX
Round 2 No. MPC814
Model Type: Injection-molded styrene
Molded Colors: White, black, clear
Scale: 1/20
MSRP: $31.49
Pros: Neglected subject; stock parts; good chassis detail
Cons: No stock deals; tires are too big; engine compartment fit
Round 2 1970 AMC AMX
Round 2 1970 AMC AMX
Round 2 1970 AMC AMX
Round 2 1970 AMC AMX
Round 2 1970 AMC AMX

Round 2 has added this to its growing list of reissues with the 1970 AMX. The kit was first reissued in 1982, but has been missing from the shelves since then. It comes in original artwork, with stock parts.

As with most kits, this one starts with the engine, which can be built stock; custom, with four Weber carburetors; or drag, with headers and a supercharger.

The engine builds up nicely and looks correct. AMC Engine Blue is difficult to replicate, so I improvised with a Dupli-Color Ford Teal.

The interior builds up “tub style.” The door panels have decent detail, and the dash and console have good detail.

The seats recline, and have chrome hinges. There is also an optional six- point roll cage with shoulder belts.

The console and shifter are for an automatic transmission, but there is a four-speed shifter for the manual transmission, should you want to omit the console.

The chassis is detailed well, with poseable steering, front disc brakes, separate dual exhausts, and rear axle. Options include risers to bump up the rear axle, and traction bars.

Wheel and tire options include stock Magnum 500s with stock tires, mesh wheels for custom/drag, and optional rear slicks. The stock tires are too tall. and rub the rear fenders when installed

The instructions show three different final assemblies to ease any confusion. Options for this include an oil cooler, rear window straps, rear spoiler, dual scooped hood with a large opening, clear bubble for the hood, and a rear roof spoiler.

This kit also includes simulated side pipes that were popular on the 1968-1970 AMXs. I built mine stock.

I chose an original AMX color – Golden Lime – then added the factory original black shadow two-tone mask

I only ran into a few small issues during final assembly. The glass and interior fit well, but the engine compartment was a little difficult; after the chassis was installed, I found that the locator pins on the bottom of the engine compartment did not match up to the chassis.

The decals are marketed more for the race version than stock. They include some really nice stripes, lots of sponsor decals, “1970” and Michigan license plates, and four amber and red marker lights that are too big for the kit molded lights on the body.

Some underhood decals would have really been great, along with an optional factory “C” style stripe.

I built the last issue in 1982, and it quickly became one of my favorite builds. I was really excited to see this one come back, especially with stock parts and original packaging.

Whether you like muscle cars, AMC products, or 1/20 scale kits, this kit is an excellent build of a neglected subject. Keep them coming, Round 2!


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