In the late eighties and early nineties AMT released three variations upon the Camaro kit; the regular Z/28, a IROC-Z with slightly different decals and no wing and the ’92 Heritage Edition with appropriate decals. All three had the same kit set up besides the IROC-Z, which had no wing; all had T-tops, all had similar three engine choice set-ups(a Weber carb. engine, the standard tuned port injection engine set up and the turbo charged carb. version) , side pipes, CB radio and a choice of the regular ’92 five spoke wheels or Centerline Pro-Tech deep dish wheels.
So in the end it all had similar options, just slight variations on the default model with extras. And a fair long time ago I built the regular ’91 Z/28 version, and boy was it… mediocre. I mean, especially now after I built the ’83 Camaro Z/28 which was nothing short of superb, it’s a very shallow model. Think MPC standards with very menial engine bay detail, firewall that doesn’t fit no matter the effort, very simplistic and rather bad radiator housing and such, but AMT quality engine block, it’s all a weird cheap spin with ups and downs in quality.
For instance it doesn’t have clear headlights, windows that are meant to be awkwardly glued to the frame, wheels sit nowhere near they’re meant to go(even on the box picture they couldn’t get it or even edit it right) and the interior tub sits far too low. This goes across all three editions of the model, go figure. It’s kind of a sad last hurrah for the third generation of the Camaro models. Coming to think of it, MPC did produce a IROC-Z Camaro model in the eighties so it’s definitely possible AMT Ertl inherited the molds they based those three kits on.
But I digress, on the outside of the model it’s actually pretty damn good looking. With some extra effort, you can make it look pretty good! The body quality is high and with some work here and there, especially on the tail end, you can make this look as good as the real car. The front however’s a bit too shabby for it to look quite as close and the door mirrors are… well, they look like anything but mirrors, but still, putting effort into the body does pay off. Though it helps if you got some decals to steal from other Camaro kits to make it look more complete, like the license plate is from the ’79 Z/28 kit and the front emblem I’m still stealing from the ’02 Camaro SS spares cause let’s be honest, AMT isn’t known for their extended decal sheets.
The whole idea behind this for me was to get all the “Anniversary” edition Camaros on the shelf. This being the first, the Heritage 25th Anniversary edition, soon to be followed by the 1997 30th Anniversary which is also from AMT Ertl and the 2002 35th Anniversary from Monogram, along with the yet to be released “FIFTY” edition from AMT based on the 2017 Camaro. And I have to admit, the ’92 Heritage Edition Camaro does look fantastic once built. The wheels sit wrong and too far out but at least the model exists!
So the point I’d say is that it makes for a nice curbside model, the decal sheet has both the all red and all black stripes along with some engine decals for the A/C unit, battery and so on and despite the slightly nightmare build, the whole ordeal was worthwhile. Given this kit is becoming rarer and rarer by the day and that this is the only one with nice stripes(The Z/28 edition has just some weird 80s TV intro block decals and the IROC-Z has no extra decals at all), you’re still better off with this kit if you just wanna make a ordinary Z/28 cause it has the more accurate looking Z/28 stripes.
Anyway, up next is the ’97 Camaro Z/28 30th Anniversary and boy does it look like a helluva complicated build, slowly building the way to the fiftieth anniversary.
’92 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 Heritage(25th Anniversary) Edition specifications:
Skill Level: N/A
Molded in: White