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KAT Chat: Original Art ’59 El Camino

posted by JohnG 11:04 AM
Tuesday, August 15, 2017

I’m a lucky guy. I happen to own the original vintage AMT painting for one of my all-time favorite kits. Specifically, the 1970s “Street Rods” issue of the 1959 Chevrolet El Camino. Now, I can hear some of you commenting about this issue of the kit, having changes and fewer parts than prior issues. But, if you’re like me, specific kits from certain times in your childhood created special memories, and this is one of those kits for me!

Gather ’round the workbench for a cool story: I remember walking home after school with a buddy in the late 1970s. We were going over to his place to build model cars. He had an older brother who happened to have a body shop in town. He did amazing work and had access to some really cool paints! When we walked into the kitchen at my friend’s place, sitting on the table, there just happened to be an in-progress build of, you guessed it, the Street Rods ’59 El Camino! However, what I saw made my eyes bug out and stuck a memory in my mind that I’ll never forget. The body was painted with amazing rainbow metal flake and glittered like no model I’d never seen! It didn’t matter that the flake was a wee bit too big for a scale model car body. It inspired me to no end and is probably what started my love of “flaked” paint, whether on model cars or real cars!

The kit was barely started and was in the box. I just gawked at the beautiful illustration of the white car with the chrome scoop sticking out from the hood. The colorful orange and purple background really set the car off and I wished that kit with its wild flaked body was mine!

Now fast forward, oh, about 30 or 35 years. During my mad collecting years, I had found a very nice factory sealed example of the kit, but when the opportunity arose to acquire the actual original painting, the world stopped spinning for a moment. Needless to say, the day I saw it in person for the first time was quite a thrill! Here is a scan of the full painting, for your enjoyment!

I would have loved to have been sitting by the artist’s desk when this gorgeous rendering was created! But, I can tell you it was a total blast to be the one who laid out all the artwork for the Original Art Series reissue!

For the decal sheet, I honored my friend and his brother with some special decals related to the types of work they do today. It’s much different and much more fun than the one which came in the Street Rods series kit all those years ago. Check it out for yourself! And of course, inside the Original Art Series reissue, you’ll find a sweet bonus print of the original painting.

Grab the glue, it’s all for YOU!

Happy modeling!

JG

 

Coming off the Shelf – Honoring Camaro’s 50th

posted by ChuckZ 3:00 PM
Tuesday, August 8, 2017

 

 

In honor of Chevrolet celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Camaro, the kats at AMT are bringing back the 1983 Z28 in an all new 80’s style package—complete with 4 fresh illustrations from master model kit box artist, Don Greer. Features include 5-spoke Z28 wheels, custom Goodyear Polysteel radial tires, detailed V-8 engine with crossfire air filter system, and a brand spanking new decal sheet to detail your kit in authentic 80’s style.

So to all the builders out there—get your glue, hobby knives, paint and what not ready. And join Chevrolet in celebrating the 50th anniversary since the release of a true American icon. The Camaro. Coming this month in 1/25 scale to a hobby dealer near you.

AMT Model kits: 3in1 Customizing Boat!

posted by ChrisP 5:13 PM
Friday, July 28, 2017

Summer vacation is not over yet!  Cool yourself off with this hot item!

AMT is bringing back the 3in1! Customizing Boat.  This summer have endless fun by building this kit 3 different ways – an Inboard Runabout, a Sea Going Dragster or a Custom Speedboat.  Features include two detailed motor options, parts injected in white, chrome parts, hinged engine doors and custom fins.  The included trailer features metal axles, rubber tires, hubcaps and optional fender skirts.  The decals are remastered for better fit and realism, and include new decals to match the vintage box art that were unavailable in previous releases.  The packaging includes vibrant, vintage graphics and a full color tray displaying photos of the 3 completed versions.
So keep a lookout this summer for the AMT 1/25 3in1 Customizing Boat.

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Coming off the Shelf – A Hot Classic

posted by ChuckZ 10:01 AM
Thursday, June 29, 2017

A few weeks back the kats here at AMT told you, “something hot is coming your way”. For those who picked up on the subtle hints/clues of that message, here it is. Another great kit for all the fire truck fans out there! The American LaFrance Custom Pumper. With well over 300 parts, including more than 100 chromed parts, the Custom Pumper is guaranteed to test your building skills—offering potentially great results you’ll surely be proud to display. Originally scaled from American LaFrance official factory blueprints, the assembled Pumper measures out at over a foot long! This latest release packs in all the familiar details you’ve come to know and love from years past: authentic siren, bell, horns and flasher lights, two suction hoses, a two-stage “twinflow” pump, hollow vinyl hoses, three ladders, a supercharged Detroit Diesel V-8 engine, authentically detailed decals, vintage packaging art, and more!

So get your glue and paint ready. The Custom Pumper is headed your way. Available for purchase at your local hobby dealers, or online, later this summer!

KAT CHAT: Beautiful Box Art!

posted by JohnG 12:40 PM
Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Yes, yes, we know: “It’s what is INSIDE the model kit box that counts.” But how many of you can say (when you were a young modeler back in the day) you never bought a model kit based on the box illustrations? That fantastic commercial art of yesteryear drew us in and inspired us to build a kit “just like the box art.” Or, to take it any number of steps further and create our own unique interpretation by kit-bashing, restyling and outlandishly customizing those plastic parts!

Here’s one very memorable AMT box, and despite it being beat up, creased and yellowed, it still inspires fun and creativity in modeling. What are some of YOUR most memorable and favorite kit boxes?

Coming off the Shelf – “Worth” the Wait

posted by ChuckZ 11:36 AM
Friday, May 19, 2017

OK truck fans, get your glue, knives and other essential tools ready! After waiting for over 30 years, it’s finally on the way. The Kenworth Conventional W-925 is on the boat and will be available in about a month for your building pleasure. She’s fully loaded, with over 300 parts —including retooled sleeper and battery box parts. Also included are 3 large chrome trees with plated wheels, exhaust, lights, rear fenders, bumper, grille, air horns and so much more! To top it off, the kats at AMT have also thrown in an expanded decal sheet with new and improved graphics, so you can take your build to a higher level.

To all our truck folks out there… thank you, once again, for your support.

Lindberg Model Kits: Mini Lindy’s: An Illustrated History 1980s & 90s

posted by ChrisP 10:22 AM
Thursday, May 4, 2017

This is the 3rd and final part of an illustrated history of the Lindberg’s Mini Lindy line based on found images, catalogs and info from some modeling sites.

Part 1 – 1960s

Part 2 – 1970s

In 1980 4 more garage kits were made under the Truckin’ Big series.

All new tractor trailer kits were made in 1982.  A mix of 2 semi-trucks (GMC Astro & Ford CL-9000) and 4 trailer variations made up the 8 releases.  The first 4 in these series were reissued in slightly different packaging at some point before 1987.

In 1984 the addition of a tanker trailer lend itself to 4 more truck kits.

In 1990 the Miniature Mint Collection 2-packs were introduced.  The 1990 catalog showed 6 kits, No. 72301-06, showing 8 previous cars and 4 new ones. Ultimately only 4 of the 6 two-packs were released.  In 72303, the 1932 Ford was replaced with the newly-tooled 1990 Corvette ZR-1.  In 72304, the MG-TD was replaced with the newly-tooled Lamborghini Countach.  From what I can tell the 1990 Camaro Z28 and the Ferrari Testorossa were never tooled.

The final Mini Lindy release was the Super 8: Street Machines in 1991 feature 8 cars: 1964 Corvette, Jaguar XKE, 1970 Corvette, 1967 Mustang, Corvette ZR-1, Chevy Pickup, Lamborghini and 1968 Camaro.

Some of the dates and images were found on these fantastic sites….

87thscale.info

Diecast Destination

Swifty’s Garage

 

Commenters let us know……Should we bring these back? What kits do the modelers want to see?

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Lindberg Model Kits: Mini Lindy’s: An Illustrated History 1970s

posted by ChrisP 2:38 PM
Friday, April 28, 2017

This is part 2 of an illustrated history of the Lindberg’s Mini Lindy line based on found images, catalogs and info from some modeling sites.

Part 1 – 1960s

In 1970 the existing kits from the 60s were rereleased with new packaging and item numbers; 8 under the name 1971 Hot Shot and 8 under the name Mod Rod which included psychedelic flower decals.  Other Mod Rod versions of previous cars were made available though a mail-in promotion; they came in plain boxes but included Mod Rod decals and instructions. These included the Porsche Carrera, the “1971” Corvette, the Ford Mustang, the Jaguar XKE and probably more.

In 1971 8 of the original trucks were rereleased under the name Big Wheels. That same year seven new cars were released under the name 1972 Super Sport.  The ’68 corvette was included to round off the 8.  New cars included the Cadillac Eldorado, Lincoln Continental Mark III, Chevrolet Vega, Buick Riviera,  Gremlin, Monte Carlo and Pontiac Grand Prix (in catalog as Grand Ville).  The Super Stock series are some of the more difficult to find Mini Lindy kits.  One interesting thing to note is that the Pickup Camper was a Ford now it is a Chevy.  The box art is the same as the 1960s but has been altered slightly.  I believed the pickup was altered for a dealer promotion, because the Camper can be found in pink & orange striped Chevy promo boxes.  The chrome grilles look different but the bodies are similar enough that the tool may have just been altered.  It still has the number 22 on the underside of the body.

In 1972 some of the trucks were released in 2-packs.

In 1975 10 trucks, vans and bus were released under the Hi Rollers series.  The back of the packaging showed all the releases except for the 2 buses.

In 1976 8 cars were rereleased in the Speedy Wheels series.

In 1977 the Van Go series added a new twist to 8 previous cars with bold graphics and glitter in the injection plastic.

In 1979 the Car and Garage Kit series include a plastic garage with windows and an opening garage door. The Cadillac Eldorado and Lincoln Continental Mark III returned for the first and last time.

Look for my next post for part 3 – the 80s & 90s.

Some of the dates and images were found on these fantastic sites….

87thscale.info

Diecast Destination

Swifty’s Garage

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Lindberg Model Kits: Mini Lindy’s: An Illustrated History 1960s

posted by ChrisP 5:12 PM
Friday, April 21, 2017

This is an illustrated history of the Lindberg’s Mini Lindy line based on found images, catalogs and info from some modeling sites.

Part 1 – 1960s

The first 24 Mini Lindy cars were produced between 1967 and 1968 with the first 16 appearing in the 1968 catalog.  The vehicles were HO scale plastic kits that included clear parts, chrome parts, metal axles, rubber tires and a decal sheet. They came in black boxes with the model illustration appearing in a white oval.  On the reverse side appeared a rear view of the vehicle.  Three variations on the packaging appeared: a basic box, box with a flap for hanging and a cellophane version that was just the basic box with the back illo cut out. On the back of the flapped version was a list of kits numbered 1 to 32, though at that time only 24 had produced.  The list also changed a bit on kits 17-24.

In 1969 7 “red box” kits were released; kits were numbered 25 to 31.  An oddity… #32 Ryder Moving Truck appeared in a black box.  Not sure of the release date but given that the kits were released in groups of 8 generally I would think this would have been released with #25-31, but I don’t know.  The list on the flaps changed again to reflect the final 32 kits.  Seems as though #25 Pontiac Firebird, #28 Jaguar D, #29 Bobtail T, #31 Station Wagon Vista-Cruiser, #32 Stake Truck, and #32 Oil Truck were unproduced.  The 1969-70 catalog still only showed the first 16 kits.

Look for my next post for part 2…….

Some of the dates and images were found on these fantastic sites….

87thscale.info

Diecast Destination

Swifty’s Garage

Coming off the Shelf – Honoring 75 Years…

posted by ChuckZ 2:47 PM
Monday, April 17, 2017

With Freightliner celebrating 75 years, the kats at AMT decided to offer a “commemorative edition” kit in honor of such a special occasion. With the option to build either the SD or DD, this 2-in-1 kit has more to offer than simply a familiar build. For starters, the box features new artwork by AMT’s legendary artist, Don Greer. Next up, is a brand new colorful decal sheet featuring multiple striping options which can both be used for either your SD or DD build—plus, custom Freightliner 75th Anniversary logos, plates, numbers and more. Finally, when your build is complete, show it off on the bonus super-sized display base. The first ever, included in our current line of big rig kits! And as an added bonus, the extra parts you have left over can be stored away—then used for future “custom builds” that you may have in mind!

So put the hammer down, and keep an eye on the horizon for this “commemorative edition” kit. Coming soon to a local hobby store near you.

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