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AMT’s 1949 Ford Coupe Is Truly A “Gas,” Man!

posted by Ken Holewczynski 2:48 PM
Tuesday, September 27, 2016

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Coming into the end of the year, we’re pretty excited about our re-release of AMT’s great 1949 Ford Coupe. We’re giving it an extra special Retro Deluxe treatment featuring a all new Don Greer painting recreating the “Gas Man” gasser, and wrapping that into one of our “silent” box faces so you Kats can enjoy the art simply on it’s own.

And if what’s on the box isn’t enough to grab you, we putting in some of those famous goodies we’re famous for. This issue will contain newly tooled “custom” wheels for those who want to build a show car version. These new wheels match the originals lost long ago.


No matter what version you decide on – stock, custom or gasser, we are included four different tire combos! M&H wide piecrust slicks, Firestone narrow whitewall piecrust slicks, wide-white stock Firestones and Goodyear Polyglas GT’s!


The final custom touch will be the red-tinted windshield and headlights, which is in addition to the standard clear parts.


Watch for AMT 1949 Ford Coupe at the end of the year.

Coming off the Shelf – ’68 El Camino Done in Derby Style

posted by ChuckZ 9:35 AM
Tuesday, September 13, 2016




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The Kats at AMT are getting ready to release a tasty little treat for all the Chevy fans out there.

The Derby Champions KIT II, featuring a 1/25 scale 1968 El Camino, will be loaded with goodies!

Key features will include: colorful retro-styled packaging, BONUS Soap Box Derby racing car, Chevy SS396 V-8 engine, 2-in-1 pad printed tires which offer “Red Line” pinstripes on one side and Goodyear Polyglas lettering on the other, Torq-Thrust mags, stock Rally wheels, colorful display base and expanded decal sheet with many options.

Build it stock or custom, the choice is up to you! And when you’re finished,  proudly show it off on the full-color display base provided.

Keep a look out for this retro-styled gem in your local hobby stores late fall!

Round 2 Model kits: Building a Reputation

posted by JamieH 3:43 PM
Friday, September 9, 2016

First a quick apology… Technical difficulties prevented me from posting this yesterday, which would have made it a bit more pertinent.

Nostalgia… We are fully aware that this factor may be the most significant thing that provides the success we have with our AMT, MPC, Polar Lights and Lindberg models. Many of us remember building kits as kids. Some saved their builds and have done their best to hold onto them to this very day, but I’m betting the greatest majority suffered similar fates trying to withstand a black cat or twenty. Even still the surviving “fan” in each of us has drawn us back over time and Round 2’s faithful (and usually improved) reissues of vintage plastic kits supply the kits we remember so well the in WAY that we remember them.


I’ve made no secret of my love for comic books and just as most modelers do, I have my own list of “Grail” comics, but I was lucky enough recently to obtain the one item at the top of my list. It is something I thought I would have to wait a long time to find and had limited hopes of having the cash on hand to purchase when found. But the stars aligned for me this time so I could experience the jubilation of landing the “thing” of my dreams. Some middle-aged men need a hot rod. Others are equally as happy to obtain a 1/350 scale TOS Enterprise or 22” Eagle Transporter. For me, it was a comic book spinner rack just like we remember from our childhood. Some of my earliest memories are of going to our local supermarket (the building still stands and was only ever as big as a 7-11 we have today), going to the cereal aisle to pick out the one box that seemed to offer the best balance of fruity/chocolaty/sugary goodness with the best prize soon to be dug out of the bottom. This was immediately followed by a jaunt to stand in front of the spinner rack while my mother shopped. It was for all intents and purposes my baby-sitter for the rest of the trip to the market. Mom had no fear I would wander anywhere else. And in those days, it wasn’t child endangerment if any other adult was around to ensure I wasn’t kidnapped. Oh, what a difference 40-odd years makes… But now, I have one of my own to fill with reading copies and books I clearly recall buying directly “off the rack.”

I mention this tale as a means to touch on the fact that I know what it is like to finally find a fan-grail and how I appreciate the opportunity to create products that fill that level of demand for our consumers. Though I can’t “regret” it, because it is out of my control, I just wish we were in a position to do more and more quickly. That said, I want to assure you we have the ball rolling on a few big things… Grail-level things. Things sci-fi modelers have been asking for for a long time and I’ve been saying “maybe someday” kinds of things.

As I’ve been filling my spinner rack I’ve taken notice of some of the model kit ads that showcased our brands. Heck, half the fun of looking at old comics is looking at those goofy old ads. Here are a few I’ve found…






Lastly, I’d like to take a moment to officially commemorate the 50th anniversary of STAR TREK. We can all appreciate the future it imagined for us and even the gadgets we already enjoy 250 years ahead of time. With hand held communicators & computers and now replicators, transporters should be right around the corner. The characters are truly iconic and will always be… but because of my relationship with the model kits we’ve developed, I think I like the U.S.S. Enterprise the best. She was a character, and most of the episodes I liked the best featured her as a main component. So, here is to STAR TREK, Captain Kirk & crew, and the U.S.S. Enterprise. Live long and prosper…

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Kat Chat: Create Some FRICTION!

posted by JohnG 4:32 PM
Thursday, September 1, 2016

AMTF103 Ford GT

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Remember the early days of promotional models with “friction motors” in them? Well, the Kats at AMT do, and they’ve put a fun spin on the idea with the new Rev ‘n Roll SpeedKit series! These wild, modified – but instantly recognizable cars are all about fun, easy assembly and playability, for even the most die hard video game-obsessed kid! They’re slung way low with gleaming chrome wheels on wide low profile tires, have pre-painted and decorated bodies and best of all… they screw together in a matter of minutes!

Once built, you can rev ’em up and watch these radical rides roll on their own via the included friction motor! Assembly couldn’t be simpler. Snap in the motor and axle assemblies and screw the rest together with the provided screwdriver! It’s about as close to instant gratification as you can get in model building.

Four different cars are featured in Series 1: a killer Camaro, mighty Mustang, cool Corvette and fantastic Ford GT! Collect ’em all and watch for more to follow!

Give your favorite kid or grandkid a chance to do something fun and creative while their thumbs take a break from the games. Let ’em build an AMT SpeedKit Rev ‘n Roll friction car and get all revved up!

The Camaro is shown below. Dig this bad boy… it looks mean and fast, just standing still!


Until next time, Build It… Rev It… ROLL IT!

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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


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!

mongoose booklet

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…

Skinny Firestone Slicks

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


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  Also check out some of the articles at or 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.




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.


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.


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


and in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country…


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


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.


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


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…