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It’s great fun and a privilege to be stewards of the AMT and MPC brands. While it can be a real challenge to piece some of the old tooling back together, to recreate an “early” release, it’s very satisfying when the end product presents the way you want it to. The recent Gas Man ’49 Ford release was a bit of a hybrid. There was never a box with the Gas Man drag car on the face of it. The illustration always appeared on the side. It was modeling enthusiast and all around good guy, Don Banes, who suggested the idea (years ago actually) of putting it on the face of the box and we couldn’t agree more. Having the opportunity to work with veteran AMT artist Don Greer to recreate the painting and making it all happen was incredibly cool. However, and to the point of this post, it’s just as rewarding to see someone build these cool kits! We just happened to get photos yesterday of a groovy GAS MAN build from mad-man modeler (and Kool Kat) Todd Sargis. What can we say, we LOVE it!

Happy Valentine’s Day to all, and may you receive a model kit instead of chocolate from your sweetheart. (Or both!)

Coming off the Shelf – This bulldog is sure to please

posted by ChuckZ 4:38 PM
Thursday, February 9, 2017

The folks here at AMT are happy to announce the reissue of the Mack R685ST 1/25 scale truck kit! Returning in big fashion, the Mack R685ST includes original features and then some. With over 280 super-detailed parts, including: a CB radio and twin antennas, roof-mounted air deflector and Maxidyne turbocharged diesel engine, this big rig kit is sure to make all the truck builders happy. And if that’s not enough, this Retro Deluxe release now includes: retooled rear spoked wheels, two fuel tank options and an expanded decal sheet with NEW cab stripes and company logos!

So, to all the truck guys out there, keep a look-out for the white box with a green R685ST. Coming this spring to a hobby store near you.

KAT CHAT – Decal Sets from AMT!

posted by JohnG 9:32 AM
Thursday, January 26, 2017

The Kats at AMT are looking to add DECAL SHEETS to the line of Custom & Competition Parts Packs! Themes like Rat Rods, Big Rigs, Racing Numbers & Stripes and more! Our list of ideas is long, but tell us what YOU would like to see the most. Tire lettering? Flames? Stars & Stripes? See you at the Chop Shop!

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Welcome to 2017! The kats here at AMT are kicking off the new year with a snappy NEW item. The 2017 Camaro SS 1LE snap kit. This simple, yet eye-pleasing model kit is chalked full of curb appeal details including: new 1LE parts, a pad printed clear window unit, highly detailed decals and stickers, a super-detailed chassis, and is molded in 3 colors PLUS clear to give it a nice “finished look” with little effort. And with the option to use water release decals or the easy-to-apply stickers, this engine-free kit offers just the right amount of challenges for moderately skilled builders all the way down to those who are just getting started in the hobby. With solidly built results and easy-rolling wheels, you could say that it would make a great starter kit for younger modelers to build with their parents, uncles, aunts or whoever. And to us, that sounds like a great way to build the hobby!

So keep a look out for the snappy Camaro SS 1LE snap kit, coming soon for your building enjoyment!

 

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When Don Garlits proved that the rear engine AA Top Fuel setup was the way of the future, it didn’t take long for everyone else to follow suit. However, when Don “The Snake” Prudhomme decided to build a rear engine car, he went one step further and created one of the more unusual Top Fuel cars of the 1970’s. His way-out wedge design attempted to add additional downforce with a lightweight, magnesium “wedge” body section coupled with a long 220 inch wheelbase. While the setup was great in theory, setting decent initial E.T’s, it proved to be slower than Prudhomme had hoped and the car eventually shed the wedge for a more traditional rear engine dragster body.

When we retooled AMT’s Flying Wedge Dragster last year, we took the opportunity to tool an additional wedge body to match Prudhomme’s car. His had some variations like the vents on the cowling behind the engine, in addition that during the testing process of the real car, the exhaust openings were covered as the headers were re-routed to under the wedge itself.

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We’ve tooled new optional under-body headers, and the flat panels that covered the original thru-body header ports. You have the option to build the car as it was originally configured, or as setup later. We’ve also tooled an optional push bar setup, as that also changed during the course of the car’s run.

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We’re really excited about this release and the kit will feature accurate and complete decals, a photo booklet with fantastic photos from legendary drag photographer Steve Reyes, plus an all-new painting by one of the AMT’s original Kats, Don Greer!

AMT Model kits: 1964 Dodge 330 Color Me Gone!

posted by ChrisP 4:50 PM
Thursday, January 5, 2017

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Racing down the track this month from AMT is the 1/25 scale 1964 Dodge 330 Color Me Gone. A historic car in drag racing lore, the 1964 Dodge 330 Color Me GONE was built and driven by Chrysler transmission lab tech Roger Lindamood. Implanted with a 426 big block, the car could hit a 12 second quarter mile. AMT puts this kit on the starting line. It features white, clear and chrome parts with rubber tires. An illustrated instruction sheet assists assembly and a full color decal sheet rounds out the product.

  • 1/25 scale, skill 2, paint & cement required
  • Iconic drag racer
  • Authentic detail inside and out
  • Opening hood
  • White, chrome and clear parts
  • Goodyear drag slick rubber tires
  • Full-color Cartograf decals
  • SPECIAL FEATURE: Newly tooled Torq Thrust racing rims, stock steel rims, hubcaps, and multiple hood scoop options!

Get yours before it’s GONE!

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***We’ve gotten reports that the boxes say “300” rather than “330”. We are aware of that and we will make a correction on future production runs.

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Coming off the Shelf – Here’s to the New Year!

posted by ChuckZ 4:45 PM
Wednesday, December 28, 2016

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Another  year has come and gone. I know, hard to believe, right? I’ve covered many of our 2016 model kit releases including; Super Bosses, Blazing Bisons, Corvette Convertibles, Ice Cream Trucks, Grand Slams and more, and will continue to do so through 2017.

As noted in the initial Coming off the Shelf post back on March 29th, we do what we do because Round 2 truly cares about the model kit culture. Where it’s been, where it is now, and where it’s going. We do this, in hope of giving all the faithful, veteran modelers out there a chance to relive their past experiences. To build what once was. To be young again. And to all the younger modelers out there, it’s an opportunity to build the same kits your father, or even your grandfather, built many years ago. The heart of what we do is take vintage kits that have been shelved for years, even decades, pull them “off the shelf”, then re-release them as accurately as possible (with added goodies)–for ALL modelers to enjoy. In other words, we’re into nostalgia.

So, in light of that, here’s to you, the classic modeler, and new modelers too. May you all have an incredible New Year, filled with happiness and youthful memories from days gone by.

See you in 2017. Thank you.

KAT CHAT: Holiday Horror Haunts Humans!

posted by JohnG 4:19 PM
Tuesday, December 20, 2016

What’s repulsive, eats pizza and likes to play pinball? Well, it ain’t Santa Claus! You’ll just have to wait until the new year to find out. What we CAN tell you is, monster model aficionado and Kustom artist, Dirty Donny is busy at work in his secret lab (or the pinball parlor, we’re not really sure) creating another hideous-but-hilarious monster model for the Kats at AMT! This creepy creation is going to top the charts of terror and captivate any consumer of cool with its value-packed accessories and cranium-crushing packaging artwork! Score a special with an all new resin monster kit from the Kats and AMT and Dirty Donny! And be glad this monster ISN’T under your tree… Coming in 2017!

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As one of Hot Rod Magazine’s original staffers in 1948, Tom Medley’s cartoons and photography chronicled America’s post WWII car culture. His character “Stroker McGurk” put a whimsical wink on a hot rodding’s outlaw image and was a popular feature in the magazine. MPC originally released two kits featuring McGurk – one of his wild surfboard, the Surf Rod and featured here, The Ghost of America salt flats racer.

Styled around a WWI fighter plane, Stroker’s salt flats racer features a detailed Allison aircraft engine, “Model A” type radiator, machine gun and rolling wheels. Of course, it wouldn’t be complete without Stroker McGurk himself appropriately wearing a fighter pilot uniform and head gear!

MPC’s re-release features expanded decals and a color Stroker McGurk sticker in our Retro Deluxe vintage-styled packaging.

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Be sure to grab both the Stroker McGurk Surf Rod and The Ghost of America at your hobby dealer.

MPC Space:1999 Models: Announcing 22″ Cargo Pod Eagle

posted by JamieH 3:39 PM
Thursday, December 8, 2016

Since our 22″ Space:1999 Eagle hit the market, modelers have been clamoring for more and continue to ask what is coming next. Here is our official announcement that the next Space:1999 kit will be a 22″ Eagle with Cargo Pod! I don’t have much time at the moment, so I’ll dive right into the details as we know them right now.

Of course it includes the flatbed “cargo” pod, but comes with a couple options. It will come with a full winch assembly along with the magnetic hoist. Yes, magnets will be included. The kit will also come with four nuclear waste canisters. You can rig one up to work with the magnetic hoist or use all four to fill the flatbed.

The kit will be a full Eagle kit. We will be swapping out tooling inserts that replace the tools that injected the passenger pod parts for tools that will inject cargo pod parts. I say this to be clear that it will not be possible to produce separate pod kits for our 22″ Eagle. Doing it this way keeps both the tooling investment and production costs lower in order to deliver the kit at the lowest price possible.

We haven’t announced the pricing or release date yet. Due to using one sprue of new parts and including things like the magnets, expect it to be a bit more expensive than the standard 22″ Eagle. It will probably be available in mid-summer. The development of the new parts so far has proceeded at a brisk pace, and we will be tooling the parts soon. Expect to see our buildup at Wonderfest in May, 2017.

While I’m mentioning Wonderfest, let me remind everyone that we offer a substantial award in the model contest for the best use of a Round 2 kit. We give prizes to both the adult category and the best to come out of the junior & teen groups. Historically, we like to see either pristine builds using one of our kits OR the significant use of one of our kits in a creative new design or kit bash. They hope to set a new record of 700 entries this year. Sounds like an amazing opportunity!

I also wanted to mention that due to an unexpected delay with the Special Edition Eagle that spotlights Brian Johnson, we are not certain at this point if the kits will ship before the end of the year. There is a chance, but it is slim. If it doesn’t release by the end of the year, it shouldn’t be much further than a week or two into January.

Anyway, on with the pics of the Cargo Pod Eagle!

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