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Coming off the Shelf – Cheverra, It’s A Snap!

posted by ChuckZ 12:09 PM
Wednesday, August 24, 2016

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AMT is proud to offer the Cheverra 1980 Z/28 Camaro snap kit, once again! Shot in two colors, this easy-to-assemble snap kit includes just over 2o parts, making it one of the easiest kits you’ll ever assemble. The body is shot in an eye-catching metallic brown, so painting the body is optional. We’ve also taken the liberty of refining the decals, while also adding a few extra goodies to the sheet – just for kicks! As an added bonus, the Cheverra kit now includes a set of tasty pad printed tires, to give your build that extra little something.

Look for it at your local hobby shop!

Lindberg Model kits: 1620 Pilgram Mayflower!

posted by ChrisP 5:12 PM
Thursday, August 18, 2016

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This month set sail with the Pilgrims on the Mayflower.  Build this 1:250 replica of the famous ship that establish the first English settlement in the new world.  The Mayflower is joining Lindberg’s growing fleet of small scale sailing ships.  At 5.5 inches long the kit is packed full of detail with molded flags, preformed sails, decorative hull and wood grain deck.

The Mayflower includes new packaging featuring the 1963 boxart, easy-to-follow instructions, display base with nameplate and Cartograf decals.   The new decal sheet includes flags, name for display and stern decoration.

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Hot on the heels of our release of Don “The Snake” Prudhomme’s 1972 Yellow Feather Top Fuel Dragster, we’re getting ready to produce the car that was raced by Don’s famous rival, Tom “The Mongoose” McEwen. This pair of drag racers brought modern showmanship and marketing to the sport with their match races and rivalry and paired that with sponsorship from Hot Wheels and made history in the process.

Now you can build and display both The Snake and The Mongoose in all of their 1972 glory. Just like the Yellow Feather kit, MPC’s Mongoose top fueler features newly-tooled rear wing struts and injector scoop, along with pad-printed rear drag slicks. Plus, as both a collectible and guide for the serious modeler, the kit includes a color photo booklet features great images taken by famous drag photographer Steve Reyes with additional image supplied by McEwen himself!

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We’re also including a display base to show off your finished kit and while we featured a backdrop from Lions Drag Strip in the The Snake’s dragster, this time the base replicates another of California’s famous tracks – Orange County International Raceway.

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Slated for a December release, be sure to catch this Mongoose when it hits the shelves!

Kat Chat: Skinny Slicks Are In!

posted by JohnG 11:09 AM
Tuesday, August 9, 2016

The Kats at AMT are stoked to report that the all-new “skinny, pie crust” slicks tooled for the reissue of the Barris Surf Woody have been very well received! Modeler feedback continues to be spectacular and so we included a variant, pad-printed with Firestone lettering, for the landmark reissue of the AMT 1929 Model ‘A’ Ford. Now, for our next trick, how ’bout a wide-whitewall version with simulated raised Firestone lettering! Check it out…

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If your eyes are like ours, you’re gonna’ need glasses or a magnifying glass to appreciate the fine detail in the reversed-out pad-printing on these tires. By “knocking out” the outline of the Firestone letters, a raised look is suggested that will give your next rat rod, old school custom or vintage drag racer build a top shelf super-detailed appearance!

But wait, what kit will these irresistible tires be included in? Well, we’re glad you asked! Look for them later in the 4th quarter this year, as an option for the upcoming AMT “GAS MAN” ’49 Ford Coupe!

Grab the glue, it’s all for you!

Lindberg Model kits: 1959 Century Coronado Boat!

posted by ChrisP 4:30 PM
Thursday, August 4, 2016

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For those fans of mid-century chrome and bubble tops Lindberg has a kit for you.  We found a few boats hidden in our tool collection that haven’t been seen since the 1960s and the first one to be released is the 1959 Century Coronado.    The 21-foot Coronado was the flagship of Century’s line of runabouts and was known for its luxury and styling.  The boat was designed by Richard Arbib, mostly notable for his watch and automobile designs, including the 1957 Hudson Hornet.  If you would like to know more about the Coronado and see some pictures check out “The Cadillac of Boats”on WoodyBoater.com.  Also check out some of the articles at Forgottenfiberglass.com or CarStyling.ru about Richard Arbib’s car designs.

Features include: full color decals, vintage boxart, display base, chrome parts, plastic flags, sliding canopy, and a removable engine cover.

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Above: Richard Arbib’s Coronado designs and photos of the real thing.  Below: More of Arbib’s designs including the 1957 Hudson Hornet, the 1952 Packard Pan-American Roadster, the 1954 Ford Atmos, and the 1956 Astra-Gnome.

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Star Trek Model Kits: U.S.S. Excelsior buildup

posted by JamieH 11:01 AM
Friday, July 22, 2016

I promised a while back to show some photos of the buildup from our upcoming release of the U.S.S. Excelsior kit from Star Trek. I was kindly reminded of that, so here I am to honor my word.

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As you know the fan-favorite ship was featured in two films Star Trek III: the Search For Spock…

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and in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country…

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Between the films the original shooting miniature made and appearance in the debut episode (among others) of Star Trek: The Next Generation…

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Along the way certain details changed and our kit includes parts to build either the NX-2000 or NCC-2000 version.

Another smaller miniature was later built for an episode of Star Trek: Voyager which featured a few additional variations in paint scheme.

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Later still, a CGI version of the Excelsior-class ship was used for some memorable episodes of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.

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The CG model was faithful in shape to the earlier appearances, but the color of the “strongbacks” was shifted. As an additional bonus to add to our aztec decal set, we have included alternative registries and names of the key Excelsior-class ships as well as the deeper blue strongbacks as featured in DS9.

Without further ado, here are a slew of pics of our buildup.

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And here is a look at the decal art for the sheet included in the kits as well as what to expect in the Aztec decal set.

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Ask your retailer for AMT843 U.S.S. Excelsior and MKA017 U.S.S. Excelsior Aztec Decal Set. Both should be out by the end of August.

A quick word about our friendly competition’s entry into Star Trek modeling… I hope they fair better than George Kirk did in his voyage into the new frontier…

OK modelers, we’ve got a real treat for you this week! It’s an inside look back at the development of one of the most anticipated kits that we announced this year… Tyrone Malone’s AMT Super Boss Kenworth Drag Truck! You don’t get to go behind the scenes like this too often! And who would be better to tell this amazing story than the man who did the development of the kit itself! That’s right, it’s a veteran AMT Kat and talented designer… John Mueller! John played an integral role in more ways than one, but allow us to step aside and let John tell it like it was…

The Tyrone Malone Super Boss kit was one of my most memorable projects, perhaps even my favorite.  Either way it was due to meeting and knowing for a while, Jerry “Tyrone” Malone.  He was a real character – a “wild and crazy guy!”

I think it was spring or early summer of 1977 when AMT’s president (“CEO’s” hadn’t been invented yet) said to me, “There’s a guy who calls himself Tyrone Malone who drag races a customized semi-truck.  He says we should make a model of it.  He’s going to be at a truck show in Cincinnati; go down there and see what he’s all about.”

The CB radio/trucker show was held in an older convention or sports arena.  Malone’s display booth was close to the parking lot entrance so he wasn’t hard to find.  After our introductions, he began his story of getting started in promotional operations, beginning with “Little Irvy the frozen whale”, the “Boss Truck of America” custom Kenworth, and the “Super Boss racing truck”.

Then, while I was explaining model kit design & development, tool costs, etc., to Malone, who should walk up to us, dressed in “Viva Las Vegas” white buckskins, but none other than Evel Kneivel!

Well, the brag-fest started immediately and was more fun than watching an ape eating ice cream!  They bragged about who had the best “show”- sponsors, displays, haulers, etc.  And then a photographer showed up and took pictures of the two of them doing mock “face-off challenges.”

After Knievel moved on, Malone says, “c’mon, let’s go outside an’ I’ll show you what I do… you got a camera”?  We went out to the parking lot where the Super Boss truck was parked on display; he warmed up the engine and told me to station myself with the camera about 40-50 yards down the center aisle of the lot.  Mind you, there’s a lot of cars and trucks parked in this lot.  Then Tyrone Malone commences to do burn-outs & hole-shots right down the middle of it all!

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Tyrone Malone doing one of his trademark burnouts in Cincinnati, 1977

J.W. Mueller photo

That evening over dinner, Malone told me how it all got started by his having dinner in a California restaurant that had a live shark in an aquarium; the owner said his business doubled after he got the shark.  Malone decided he just needed a bigger fish – like a whale!  Well, technically a whale is not a fish, but that shark gave him the idea for “Little Irvy” the frozen whale- that he could haul around the country and people would pay to see it.  Do an internet search for “Tyrone Malone” and you’ll probably find the story.

Anyway, when I got back to AMT and told management about Malone and showed them my photos, I said a Super Boss kit would be a refreshing addition to our truck kit line.  Plus, I thought Jerry Malone was such a good promoter he just might be our best salesman.  But then came the inevitable, dreaded cost vs return question: “It’s a one-trick pony- what else could we do with the tooling”?  With that, the meeting adjourned.

Malone called and wrote several times after that, asking if anything was happening on the model kit idea.  Regretfully, I had to say no, the execs were not convinced it was a good idea.  Finally he says, “I think I need to come up there and show them my trucks”.  I said, “OK, I’ll back you all the way, but there’s no guarantee that they’ll say yes.”

I think it was mid-to-late July when Jerry Malone showed up at 1225 East Maple – for the first time.

One of our security guards called saying, “There’s a guy down here, says his name is Tyrone Malone asking for you and he’s got some kind of custom truck on a trailer.”  When I got to the parking lot and saw that it was indeed “Tyrone” I called our president and VP of operations and asked them to come out to meet the “Daredevil Diesel Driver.”

Introductions were made and while Jerry was giving everyone the 50 cent tour, a local TV station news truck pulled into the visitor’s parking lot.  What we didn’t know was that Malone had already contacted the TV station, giving them a quick run-down on himself and advising what was going to happen that afternoon would be newsworthy.  Turned out he was right!

The main entry driveway for AMT was on the west side of the building and ran north from East Maple (15 mile road) to the rear of the plant about 350 or 400 feet, where shipping/receiving was located.  Malone unloaded and warmed up the Super Boss, told the TV news crew to get ready, and then did a brake-lock burn-out and speed run up the driveway alongside the AMT plant!

Then he turned around and did the same thing on a return run toward the front of the plant.

Just as Malone was racing back toward the street entrance, a UPS truck pulled in to make a delivery.  Needless to say, there was a heavy application of brakes on two trucks – one brown and the other red, white & blue!  I think the UPS driver might have made an unexpected delivery that day!

By that time, there was already an audience of AMT employees who got away from their duties.  Our president, recognizing that a major PR bomb had just exploded in front of him, shouted to his secretary, “Get me a contract, get me a contract!”  The Super Boss model kit was a go project, right now.

We were to start the project as soon as arrangements could be made for Malone to bring the Super Boss back for photography & measurements – he was in the area at this time for sponsor commitments – canny devil, eh?  I would do the reference photography, measuring and design drawings myself, and leave the other designers to work on already scheduled projects.

Malone brought the Super Boss back to AMT sometime in August, and he and his wife stayed in their motorhome on the AMT property – you could say we were definitely “plugged in.”  And as I recall, I think they were suitably entertained at our president’s home in Birmingham during their stay.

I still remember that day he drove the Super Boss inside the plant so I could photo & measure the underside.  He had installed an air horn from a GM Diesel locomotive; when he parked the truck inside the plant he let off a “Casey Jones” blast on the horn. To say that Tyrone made a startling appearance would be an understatement.  More than a few bathroom breaks ensued for the assembly line ladies!

With the exception of the tires, which were drawn later by another designer, I created all of the part design drawings, starting around September of 1977, thru mid ’78.  So, for better or worse, I’m the guy to blame for any design flaws.

During this time, Lesney-USA negotiated the purchase of AMT.  In August/September of ’78, manufacturing moved to Baltimore, Maryland.  A reduced AMT office staff remained in Troy.  The next time I saw Jerry Malone was in Baltimore, when the first Super Boss model kits ran down the final assembly lines.  A few of us got autographed, “first editions” and we all celebrated the event.

Back in ’77 the question had been, “what else can we do with this tooling?”  Thanks to “Tyrone” Malone’s promotional drive (and Kenworth connection), he followed up the Super Boss truck with the “Bandag Bandit.”

Through regular communication regarding radical changes, we were able to economically produce the “Bandag Bandit” from the Super Boss tooling.  And then came the “Papa Truck” & “Hideout” hauler truck models from new Kenworth Aerodyne COE kit tooling.  As I said previously, I thought Tyrone Malone would do as much good for AMT as AMT would do for him.

I think the last time I saw Jerry “Tyrone” Malone was at the fairgrounds in Minneapolis/St. Paul in August 1978, when I photographed the Bandag Bandit truck, along with the rest of his “100 million dollar truck show.”

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Bandag Bandit & Hideout truck Minneapolis, MN, Aug. 1978

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I don’t think I’ve ever had a more enjoyable, slightly crazy working relationship with a vehicle owner during all my years as a model kit/die cast product designer.  Had it not been for the short-lived Lesney ownership of the AMT brand and lack of follow-up by ERTL, there might have been more model Malone vehicle replicas for those interested, to enjoy.

So there’s my Tyrone Malone story.  Now I’ll just recall sitting across the table from Jerry Malone a couple of times, hearing great stories, joking and laughing. What a hoot!

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5/25/16

… and there you have it folks! We are extremely grateful that John took the time to tell us this awesome tale from the glory days of model kit manufacturing. Thanks again John!

We’re also excited to say that the reissue of the Super Boss Kenworth, after a thirty year absence, turned out great and will be available at select retailers real soon!

Coming off the Shelf – Blazing a Trail

posted by ChuckZ 2:24 PM
Friday, July 8, 2016

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AMT is getting ready to turn a powerful classic loose, a Blazing Bison to be exact. This monster machine was a spectacular show vehicle that amazed fans – pulling 20-plus tons of steel and climbing mountains of cars. It was the show and the go, and now the Kats at AMT are set to turn this incredible machine loose for all to build once again! This 4,000 horsepower modified puller tractor leaves nothing in the bag, featuring three powerful 575 cu. in. Arias V-8 racing engines, two fully loaded chrome trees, two monster sized rear wheels and vinyl tires, a detailed driver and full color decal sheet. Parts are molded in golden yellow and black. But wait, there’s more. The Blazing Bison kit is loaded with highly detailed accessories such as a wagon, batteries, cooler, tool box with tool set, safety helmet, fuel can and weights. And just for kicks, we’ve included a sneak peek of the packaging side panels in this post, which showcases all the rip-roaring features mentioned above.

So, for all the Blazing Bison builders out there, a chance to get reacquainted with this amazing puller tractor is just around the bend.

Arriving soon, at your local hobby stores.

Enjoy!

Kat Chat: Lost AMT Funny Car REVEALED!

posted by JohnG 12:07 PM
Friday, July 1, 2016

OK modelers, I know you’ve been waiting since my last post with baited breath, to find out which AMT funny car has gone MIA! Well, here it is…

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Yes, the rather unique and extremely cool looking Astre/Vega body insert slides and front/rear cap inserts are nowhere to be found. At this time, we have no plans to (ever) retool the missing bits, so those of you with the kit in your collections, consider yourselves fortunate!

To clarify, we DO still have the chassis tooling for this series of funnies, it’s under the upcoming Larry Fullerton Trojan Horse kit coming later in the 3rd quater!

Happy 4th to those in the USA this coming Monday, and stay tuned for another episode of “Kat Chat” in a few weeks!

 

Coming off the Shelf – A Car Culture Classic

posted by ChuckZ 11:18 AM
Tuesday, June 21, 2016

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Time to take a peek into a kit AMT is bringing back with photographic style. The Car Culture Series, 1957 Convertible Corvette – featuring the eye-catching work from one of America’s premier car photographer’s, Lucinda Lewis. Lucinda’s retro-style photography is featured on all panels of the box lid as well as on the dynamite diorama included with the kit, which can be used to proudly display your ’57 Vette.

Key features of the kit includes: over 115 parts, detailed chassis, motor and interior with authentic engraving throughout, Firestone Deluxe Champion tires with pad-printed wide whitewalls (not available to show at this time, sorry) and, it will be available in two different colors – one molded in white plastic and one in aqua plastic. The choice is up to you. Buy it in white, or buy it in aqua!  Also included, will be an ALL NEW set of decals which can be used to customize this classic beauty. As an added bonus, I’ve included a couple workup images, showing how the new flame decals will fit onto the body.

So, for all the die hard Corvette fans out there, here’s an opportunity to add an old friend with a NEW twist to your collection.

Coming soon, to your local hobby stores.

Enjoy, and I’ll see ya soon!

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