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1950 Ford
AMT No. 9299/12
Model Type: Injection-molded
styrene
Molded Colors: White, clear, black
Scale: 1/25
MSRP: $27.99
Pros: Beginner can assemble, but enough detail for experienced mdoeler; many custom options
Cons: Body was twisted on sample kit; needed hot-water correction
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This kit assembles easily enough for a novice builder, yet offers enough detail to please more-seasoned modelers. It was developed during the heyday of the “kustom” car, and the abundance of optional custom parts reflects that.

It builds into a beautiful showroom-stock version with up-top or convertible boot, as well as a pretty-cool-looking dragstrip racer.

There are two optional custom (Styline) front-end treatments that use an extended custom hood, and a pair of wind splits for the rear fenders. Stock and chopped windshields are included, as well as a chopped “deVille” half-top.

Sadly, the Victoria-style chopped roof and full Carson top from the original 1960s version are not present, but the four scale cement blocks and three-piece trophy are still there.

The large decal sheet has racing logos, stripes, and two show-car placards.  

The tire bag has four whitewalls with narrow white bands on one side and period-correct wider whitewalls on the other. You get two Racemaster Dragster pad-printed slicks too. I also found two-piece white plastic slicks in the box.

Wheel options are stock rims with chrome rings and hubcaps, or a set of Cragar GT mag wheels.

Considering the age of this tooling, the flash is minimal, although some of the chrome parts need to be cleaned up along the edges. I found only two sink marks: on the top of the hood above the hinges, and on the front seatbacks.

Some cleanup of parting lines around the headlight area is necessary, and you must carve out the notch in the front of the hood to clear the stock grille.

My main disappointment was that the body had a twist. The rocker panels would not sit flat on a flat surface. Heating in hot water and twisting it back helped a little, but I needed epoxy to get the body to sit correctly during final assembly.

The stock Flathead engine has 12 parts, with optional chrome heads and dual carbs and exhaust dumps for the race version.

Chassis assembly is simple, incorporating separate front and rear suspension pieces with the option of a lowered stance in the front only, using familiar AMT metal axles. A parallel leaf-spring assembly with straight front axle is included for the drag version.

The interior is a tub design, with molded-in rear seat. Options include stock front seat, buckets, console, custom steering wheel, seat belts, shifter, and TV set. The separate horn ring on the stock steering wheel is a nice touch.


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