Archive for the ‘Round2 Models’ Category
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!)
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
MPC is getting ready to release another appetizing kit, honoring the legendary George Barris. Here comes the Ice Cream Truck! The second release in our Barris Kustom Commemorative Edition series. This kit is loaded with more goodies than you can shake an ice cream cone at, which includes: an ALL NEW decal sheet – with transparent stained glass window graphics, pad printed Firestone tires, miniature display box and an optional clear blue parts tree! To top it off, we’ve also included an eye-popping display base to show off your groovy build! Some of the “double-scoop” featured parts include: an ice cream cone steering column, twin custom seats, custom exhausts, one-of-a-kind instrument panel, front wheels that turn, stylized wheel covers, rear doors that swing open and an injected Chevy V-8 with scoops.
We have to believe every item in this kit will beg for your attention. Even the belly band! Production samples just arrived yesterday and they are looking good. The Ice Cream Truck is on the water, and should be arriving at to your local hobby dealer before you know it. So, hope you enjoy building it as much as we enjoyed developing it!
To all our builders out there, have a safe and enjoyable Holiday Season. And thank you so much for your support.
Parts are painted, now it is time for assembly.
As mentioned in part 2, I assembled the motor using the “Rear Mill Bucket” instructions. As shown above.
Next I assembled the frame (A1), body (A3+A4+A5+A6), dash (A17), steering wheel (A19), windshield (a9), glass (A25), bed (A7a), grille (A2), tail gate (A8), and interior of the cab (A10) as shown in the Model A Pickup instructions. I replaced the gear shift with the chromed one from the Super Roadster (part R10).
AMT is happy to announce the release of another Original Art Series kit, the Monza 2+2! This vintage-style box is blanketed with rich, colorful artwork – scanned directly from artwork created “back in the day”.
The Monza 2+2 can be built one of two ways: the neat for the street, stock version, which includes V8 engine, super-detailed chassis and interior. Or, you can go all out and build it custom with our Stage II show car, which includes: custom front/rear body caps, backlight/quarter and rear window louvers, sidemount exhaust, “Formula” steering wheel, Ansen “Sprint” mags and a set of ALL NEW pad printed Goodyear “Rally GT” tires! And if that doesn’t get you excited, we’ve also thrown in an expanded decal sheet with all sorts of extra goodies PLUS our signature Original Art Series 12″ x 9″ print, suitable for framing and hanging on your wall.
This tantalizing kit is on the water as we speak and is expected to hit the market any time now. So keep a watchful eye out for the Monza 2+2. A fun-to-build kit that is sure to please!
Goto PART 1
Above are the parts from each kit that were used. Note that I will reference 1930 Ford Model A Pickup kit part with an “A” in front of the part number, “B” for the Lucky Bucket and “R” for the Super Roadster.
First I removed the fenders from the frame (A1). Cutting along the the red lines as shown above. I discarded the fenders (i.e. set them aside for future projects).
Next I separated the hood from the cowl halves (A5,A6), cutting along the red line. The hood halves were not used on this build, so discard. The cowl halves (A5,A6) and the body sides (A3,A4) were then glued together.
I wanted to shorten the pickup bed (A7). The excess is be used in next step, so you would need to remove at least 7mm, I went with 11mm. I will refer to the halves now as parts A7a and A7b. I also trimmed 11mm off the bed on frame (A1). The excess from A1 is discarded.
The body (A3+A4+A5+A6) is missing a firewall so I used part A7b to create it. I cut it into the pieces shown above and then cut 3 pieces down to fit in the cowl (A5+A6). The pieces were about 7mm wide and A7c was cut to fit the curve of the cowl. Parts A7c, A7d and A7e were glued to the body.
Next I cut a “hole” in interior’s floor (A10) to make room for the drive shaft (R30) from the Super Roadster.
I cut the hood ornament from the grille (A2). I didn’t like it.
I used the motor halves (B16,B15) from the Lucky Bucket. I cut a half circle from the end of the support rods that enable the engine to sit perfectly in place on the frame (A1) with very little modification. Note I had to cut a half circle notch off the frame at the front of the engine to leave room for the belt (B43). For the motor assembly I used the “Rear Mill Bucket” version, option B on the instructions for the Lucky Bucket, but with different exhaust. I will show this in my next post.
Next I painted the parts as shown above. My paint scheme was inspired by the vintage Lindberg Freaky Ford kit. (as mentioned in Part 1) I painted the frame (A1), body (A3+A4+A5+A6), dash (A17), bed (A7a), grille (A2), and tail gate (A8) a metallic grape purple, first hitting them with a dull medium blue then the purple to give the color a little more depth. I painted the wood planks on the bed to look like wood and the grille and gauges chrome. The interior of the cab and the seats were painted tan. The front radius rod (A12), headlight assembly (A18), bumper (A20), windshield frame (A9) and 4 wheel hubs (R55) were painted chrome. The small front wheels (R27,R28), rear wheels (R32,R33) and drive shaft were painted black. The rims on the wheel were painted orange and whitewalls were added.
Look for my next post for final modifications and assembly.