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AMT 1958 Edsel Pacer

AMT No. 1087
Molded Colors: Clear, white, chrome, clear red
Scale: 1/25
MSRP: $29.99
Pros: Chassis frame molded with a separate floor pan, clear headlights
Cons: Rear window holes visible after installation
Edsel was a marque planned, developed, and manufactured by Ford from 1958–1960. With the Edsel, Ford expected to make significant inroads into the market of GM and Chrysler to close the gap in the domestic American automotive market.

But the public percieved the Edsel as unattractive, overpriced, and over-hyped. It never gained popularity with contemporary American car buyers and sold poorly.

AMT’s kit includes a full and cool-looking continental kit with an extended bumper and rear tire carrier surrounded by a chrome ring. I removed the chrome from the ring (after addressing visible mold lines) and painted it white.

Similar to the 1:1, when using the rear side skirts, note the rear knock-off spinners won’t attach to the wheels.

A few exceptional details caught my eye during the build, like its phenomenal 21-piece engine. The engine, together with the transmission, halves must be glued together. Take time to eliminate the visible line between the halves after the glue dries.

Heads and an intake manifold make the engine look a bit tidier at the end. Detailing the oil filter is tricky as it is attached to the engine.

The radiator wall attaches to the engine bay once the body is joined to the chassis. There’s limited space for the installation of the lower radiator hose.

The Edsel’s chassis frame is separate from the well-detailed floor pan, making it easy to paint and detail. Everything goes together smoothly after a bit of fine adjustment at the front connecting points.

Eight pieces total the rear suspension; leaf springs need to be adjusted for a better fit.

The front suspension fits perfectly, but I refrained from gluing the spindles. This allows me to pose the wheels in any direction upon display. No steering rod is included in the kit.

The interior floor is part of the actual floor pan with separate side door panels. While there is a well-detailed simulated carpet, flocking would be better. An instruction sheet shows factory colors that could be used for the interior.

Body lengths and proportions seem to be right. I rescribed the panel lines and added a few coats of primer to ensure I had a clean foundation for painting.

I wanted to add a true factory color to this build for the interior and exterior, so I ordered two bottles of turquoise blue from Model Car World. Don’t forget to paint the firewall before installation.

The interior front glass had two mounting points in the inside of the body, making it an easy and clean fit. The rear window had holes at the top which are quite visible after installation.

Tires and wheels were a breeze to install with no alignment issues. The kit provides hinges for an opened hood to display if desired .

A decal sheet has few details and no gauge or radio options for the dash components -or anything else, for that matter.

Take your time removing chrome parts from the trees. I used a Molotow Liquid Chrome pen to touch up a few parts after removal from the trees. Be careful removing the fragile hood ornament.

Front light bezels are separate from the headlights making it a more-realistic fascia.

Overall, the kit is well designed and a fun build. There is no doubt that I will be buying a few more!


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