1970 Chevrolet Camaro SS Baldwin Motion 454 Stage III – AMT Ertl

1970BMotionCamaro (6)And now for another Camaro, why yes indeed! The better of the two Camaro kits(for now), with a crisper mold and arguably a better overall image in the model car kit community. I was holding this one up against the Camaro Z/28 the whole way through that particular article and knowing that I’ve had this kit for a year plus now and it just… sat there, it really could do with being built. The whole reason I initially bought it was to do the decal sheet for it and do it properly. As well as of course do the split-stripe Baldwin Motion 454 Camaro for the 1971 year. And uh… many more.

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Regardless, it sat collecting dust under a table after I scanned in and photographed the body plenty enough. Then, long after I stowed it away, Round 2 proudly announced the re-tooling of the Camaro kit and finally give us a damn full bumper, single headlight Camaro. The first one since 1973, can you believe that? In an age of re-releases where every odd month a tool from 1967 is dug up to be used up after so long, it’s truly peculiar to see one of the best selling muscle cars of all time fall by the way side.

1970BMotionCamaro (2)But, I hear you say, but Mr. Writer Man, that is because they took the tool for the full bumper kit behind the shed and let it closely examine the rifling of the Remington rifle that got shoved in its eyes – and you’re right! They executed the full bumper tool  and re purposed its empty chest cavity for the double headlight split bumper in the eighties, combining this amalgamation of half-MPC guts, half-AMT guts into one gargantuan misshapen, ugly, terrible mess. Also side note, I know the term should be “twin headlight” and “quad headlight” rather than single and twin, but I’m a fool so bear with me.

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Either way, it’s finally happening and in celebration thereof I’m revisiting my, what, third and fourth models respectively? I never did write an article about the Baldwin Motion and the Z/28 article was uh, a thing. So I thought its time to use my tricks that I learned over the years and put them to use with a little elbow grease and actually try to make something nice out of them for once. For the Z/28 350, I went with the dark gray I at first wanted to do this one in but then it occurred to me, all of the Baldwin Motion cars are abrasively out there; they don’t do subtle. The green is honestly the darkest shade you could get the damn thing in, so I swapped the colors out – popping metallic blue under the black rear, why yes, yes indeed.

1970BMotionCamaro (12)Baldwin Motion is one of those four or five big names from the 1960s-going-on-1970s that really latched onto GM’s “COPO” program. They’re all dealers from across the United States, all dealt in GM products and they all fell in love with the Camaro, Chevelle, Corvette and Nova the most. Dana Chevrolet out of Long Beach, CA was the first to transplant the 427ci V8 out of the ‘Vette into the Camaro and that’s where the whole idea of dealers making subtle sleepers came from; the Dana hood for instance is just a simple twin-snorkel hood that on the outside doesn’t really scream “437HP car”. Then you had Nickey Chevrolet out in Chicago, IL where it became quite literally a customization shop to the customer’s taste. But you also had the now ever so famous Yenko, ran by Don Yenko out of Cannonsburg, PA and just like Nickey, just like Dana, Yenko too was a racing car driver with a dealership that just didn’t get enough power out of the supposed ‘powerful’ cars, so he just like the rest, began to offer suped-up versions; namely the Yenko S/C or sYc; the Yenko Super Car. And honestly, I can go on all day and not even remotely do those people’s backgrounds justice, they’re all enigmatic and engineering masterminds who turned the muscle car, into a beefcake car.

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I didn’t even mention the elephant in the room in that little background wade there; Baldwin Motion. Joel Rosen, a racing car driver and engine builder out of Brooklyn joined Baldwin Chevrolet out of well, Baldwin in New York and even before the Baldwin days, Rosen was known for making supremely, over the top, outrageously fast engines that would set a dyno on fire. In 1966 when he joined Baldwin, they began to offer specialty tuned packages on just about any Chevrolet on the lot if the customer so desired. And from these, we get the wide-as-hell selection of everything. The whole point was to create a car that was fast as balls on the road and could be not-at-all compromised on the track still. It had road-going comforts and for the most part it was the customer who chose if the luxury had to go for more speed(weight v.s. power back then was… well, with 3500 pound cars, no-one gave a shit if you had the top of the line luxury added atop of the minivan sized engine), and Rosen made it so that even fully equipped, that car could dominate. Even going as far as to call his cars “super cars”. And you know what, they were. And in 1967, when the all-new Camaro came to the public, those dealers had a damn field day.

1970BMotionCamaro (9)The funny thing is, a 1967 ad for the ’67 Phase III Motion Camaro called out exactly what I just described. Quite literally saying it’s not a sports car, drag car or a family car, yet somehow, still being exactly all of them. Considering they threaded the line of being called a jack of all trades and a master of none, they kind of pulled it off – being exactly a jack of all trades and a master of all nonetheless. It wasn’t until 1968 when the crazy sticker packages started to take off, with the 1968 Phase III having a quite lively stripe set that got further expanded on in 1969(Rosen gone on record saying there’s no Phase I or II, “Phase III” just sounds cool). But lets be fair, it got… it got conkers in 1970. Fresh of the line in mid-1970, the Camaro got a kick up something fierce; a freshly developed 1970 LS6 454 cubic inch V8 sourced once again from the Corvette which was now also offered into the other models by default would make it into the Camaro which at the time didn’t actually get a block bigger than the 396ci V8 and torque-monster 400ci V8 by default.

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And those 454’s… they were huge. They really packed a considerable punch and they were really popular among the dealership cars, right up there with the Yenkos. Though unfortunately, Baldwin Motion was also kind of responsible along with Yenko for bringing the custom dealership car to a painful halt in 1973. Yenko abruptly backed out the EPA testing of his ’72 Vega Stinger with the 4 cylinder cranked up to max via turbocharger cause they required 50000 miles to be driven in one before it was allowed to pass. He did eventually push out the already tested Stinger Vegas without the turbo, but this was quite literally the last Yenko Super Car model that left their shop. And Baldwin Motion ran into a totally different issue, albeit with the same agency and the same damn model: The Motion Super Vega.

1970BMotionCamaro (28)A 454 powered modified(pretty much only in the suspension, tire and engine housing compartment) that got Joel Rosen a cease-and-desist letter from the EPA in 1974 after being featured in Car Craft magazine, and they quite literally demanded that if they didn’t stop putting non-factory options onto any car, they would be given a 10,000$ fine per removed emission device. This was 1974 money, in 2019 money this is 51,000$ per Vega. That’s a staggering, ungodly high penalty. So… he ceased doing exactly that by settling a 500$ fine in 1975 and promising to no longer continue it for on the road vehicles, from then on he marked every car as ‘export only’ and ‘for off-road use only’. From there on out, Motion kind of faded into the background, though it still exists today, go figure!

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And that right there was a six paragraph history lesson on dealer-tuned cars and how… they all went away. Besides Yenko. And technically Hurst. And kind of Motion Performance. Oh fuck it. Anyway! One more thing of interest about Joel Rosen is that in the nineties, he was by this point a massive, avid model enthusiast. Like, of any type: prop planes, tanks, military planes, boats, military ships, it goes on and one thing of considerable import to us car model kit folks: he joined Ertl and Racing Champions back then to help put out the Baldwin Motion Camaro, ensuring its high grade quality with the Motion Performance name. It’s claimed(though I myself can’t verify it) he was also part of Revell’s undertaking of the 1969 Baldwin Motion Camaro around the same time.

1970BMotionCamaro (13)Like I kept rambling on about in the Z/28 350 article, this kit’s… the better one. In terms of mold quality, it’s leaps and bounds ahead, even though they come from the same damn source. The hood isn’t warped and torn to shreds due to crappy plastic quality and stupendously idiotic injector point placement, where you can actually hide the injection part, it’s got clearer details on most the parts cause they’re not soft blobs in the same of car related parts, the front end is… less crappy, which on the Z/28 kit is damn near flat due to the quality of the plastic but on the Baldwin Motion kit is actually kind of reasonable. That being said though, this kit desperately, like to a disturbing degree, separate headlight buckets. It’s awful. There’s no adequate way of describing how much better it would be if they could’ve been separate. Now you have to squeeze 4 transparent headlight pieces into the body and because of the way the body is molded, they don’t fit. They awkwardly get forced in there and they don’t really ever seem to look… right.

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Another problem that is unique to this kit is, and you might’ve spotted in the pictures, is the damn knuckle-dragger stance. There’s no way, no real way of knowing how low your exhausts will be. They should never have made it so the exhaust headers are one piece down to the chassis and have the rest of the exhaust pipes be a separate piece. Instead, a fix would’ve been quite simple: have the exhaust pipes with the headers, you know, the visible piece outside the car, be met halfway in the engine, where they’re covered by the engine block and engine bay, so even if you dicked it up, it’ll be hidden from view. The way they have it now is that the engine, with the headers, will be glued and stuck, incapable to be adjusted, days ahead of placing the exhausts. I mean for Gods sake… it’s pretty, pretty damn bad.

1970BMotionCamaro (16)On the flip side, however! This is the better version, it’s got a far more detailed engine bay, the quality is leaps ahead of the oddly enough exact same version just with different sprues, it has better tires and it has a better decal sheet. So, what did I do to it to make it more unique? Well for starters, only the stripes are used from the kit and I painted them gloss black with Tamiya blacks. The rest are my own decals, even though I screwed up the placement of the tail ones: the left one should’ve been a SS emblem and the Baldwin Motion badge above it, with the 454 emblem on the right, but instead I just put more Motion decals. The engine bay is fully wired, plumbed and decal’d up the wazoo – and holy shit does the air cleaner look good with the decal, I’m so pleasantly surprised by it.

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The body is painted with Tamiya’s TS-54 “Light Metallic Blue” with their clear over it and it’s the first time I’ve used their simple glossy clear and it’s actually supremely nice to use. It dries in a instant, it’s no wet look but it’s precisely what it says on the cap: glossy. Plus, it’s a decal’s best pal. It’s not gonna curl ’em, cause them to rip on the body, so forth, it actually seals them in perfectly. Another little home-addition I did, first time for anything – hood latches. I used some stray wire strands I yanked from the wires I’m using in the engine bay and painted ’em silver, leaving them to dry. Then I forced them in with the grille piece which forced them stuck perfectly and drilled holes in the hood latches. In the end, I gotta say, it’s quite a nice little finishing touch.

Like, all in all – definitely one of my better efforts I’d say. It joins the other Camaro, the Z/28 on the shelf and a little vacant spot’s gonna stay until the full bumper Camaro sees itself being shoved onto hobby store shelves. Until then, it’s gonna be finishing up the 1977 Firebird T/A S.E. and 1977 Pinto Special Accent Group – good time for ’77!

’70 Chevrolet Camaro SS Baldwin Motion 454 Phase III specifications:
Kit: AMT855
Skill Level: 2
Parts: 159
Molded in: Dark Green

Scale: 1/25

2017 Chevrolet Camaro SS 1LE – AMT Ertl

2017CamaroSS1LE (1)AMT’s the proud license owner of the latest Camaro molds and tools, as of 2016 they’ve been responsible for getting the newest Camaro models to the market in all shapes and forms, some are full kits, few others are pre-painted snap-tite kits, but in general they’ve all been quite remarkably nice kits with supremely detailed suspension and interior parts. That’s pretty much the gist of it. Last year it was the 2016 SS and a early release of the 2017 SS “FIFTY” along with two snap-tite versions of the ’16 SS, this year it was a 2017 Pace Car version of the FIFTY, a snap-tite version of the SS 1LE and to close the year off; a full kit version of said SS 1LE.

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And they’ve been “listening” to the builders across the world and they actually learned, albeit at a step-by-step speed. Though by the time this kit came around, I’d say they had fixed most of the problems but at the cost of introducing some significantly worse ones. For instance, some quality of life improvers were made like including side marker light decals and making the tail light lens dark gray instead of chrome which made it a ton easier to detail the lights and get the stark contrast of black-to-chrome/white looking right, they included some decals for the interior and so forth.

2017CamaroSS1LE (4)That’s great and all and honestly, it’s a good feeling that manufacturers listen to their customers to some extend, however, boy oh boy this is one cheap-as-shit kit. You see, the wheels are quality additions, they’re accurate, they’re solid, the tires are good rubber but oh man did they take cheap shortcuts on just about everything else. Again, it’s got the same pre-detailed glass and pre-colored tail lights, which is also amazing and I’m happy that they’re a thing but… I cannot stress the point enough that they literally cut corners on everything else. Though to go back to the tail lights, while it’s supremely nice that they’re pre-detailed, they also look somewhat… odd. It’s possible because you can see into the red through the clear, making it look “soft” on the inside, I would argue it would’ve been a thousand times better if the reverse/indicator lights were separate(think Tamiya’s Nissan Skyline R34, with separate lenses for the inner and outer lights).

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But to go back to the point I keep talking past; this is a cheaply manufactured kit. There’s no beating around the bush on that one, there’s no making up for it, it’s just one fricking awful showing on AMT’s part. The plastic comes pre-colored in the injection process, which is fine I suppose, this is the status quo for most of Asian manufacturers and it’s beginning to bleed into US and European kit makers as well, totally okay. What isn’t okay is the sheer crap quality of the plastic. It’s this cheap, flaky, thin-as-fucking-sin plastic that is somewhat flexible but just… It’s so thin, that even with a coat of primer, light shines through the other side. The yellow its colored in is also this weird, dirty yellow instead of the intense yellow featured on the real deal, it’s just… cheap. What doesn’t help matters is, given that most folks will just primer the hell out of it and do the coloring themselves so that’s not a giant problem, but as I said, what doesn’t help matters is the giant, hideous, crisp mold lines that run over the roof, over the rear quarter, over the fender, over the bumpers, it’s just immense how rough the body is.

2017CamaroSS1LE (11)So I kind of went in with a semi-defeated attitude, having come to terms with the trade-offs with the quality, to just build it and have one last kit finished before the turn of the year into 2018. I mean, despite the rough body, cheap-ass quality plastic and shortcomings in total, it’s still mostly the epic new tool from AMT from 2016. Like I said, the suspension build on this kit is nothing short of legendary, it’s well over forty parts for the rear suspension alone(and weirdly enough, just 8 or so for the front) and while most modern cars sadly hide their engines under some synthetic engine cover, AMT Ertl’s tried to maximize the detail under the hood despite it all. The 6.2L LT1 V8(shared with a Corvette these days!) is detailed supremely well and the whole engine bay just… looks good. I mean, for the sake of modeling, nothing beats the raw engine bay of a late sixties/early seventies engine block but, y’know, given how well engines are hidden under plastic these days, they did pretty good on that part.

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The hood on the SS 1LE is completely blacked out, bit like the old Dodges and Plymouths, which they provide a decal for but hoooo-boy, it just doesn’t A) fit, B) look right and C) sit correctly without rippling like crazy. I mean, they tried. But you’re just better off spraying the thing semi-gloss black. For the rest, they got rid of the chrome parts all together when they made the swap to gray headlight lenses so you get these dull medium gray exhaust pipes which were… disappointing looking to say the least. But luckily there’s things like chrome spray paint that make it look pretty damn close to the real deal, so thank goodness for that.

2017CamaroSS1LE (15)For a last 2017 build, it was semi disappointing. I mean, it’s still a perfectly fine kit but given the standards they achieved in 2016 with this kit, it’s odd to see them take the cheap-as-chips plastic route with the weird half-metallic half translucent yellow paint and sprues with so much flash on them that you spend a third of the time chipping bits of plastic of the parts so they frickin’ fit. I mean, Monogram nailed the process in 1983 for Christs sake, it shouldn’t be so hard to get a decent quality plastic for your kits. But ah well, it’s just all that, still a fine kit all in all.

’17 Chevrolet Camaro SS 1LE specifications:
Kit: AMT1074
Skill Level: N/A
Parts: 112
Molded in: Yellow, Black & Gray
Scale: 1/25

2002 Chevrolet Camaro SS 35th Anniversary Edition – Monogram

2002camaroboxThe second to last generation of Camaro has received a lot of love from both AMT and Revell Monogram, especially by AMT who have been releasing a model of the car since the 4th generation kicked off in 1993 all the way through 1998, even though it was the same kit every year just with different wheels, trim level or sometimes even a convertible.

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Revell Monogram on the other hand picked and chose the ’93 model, releasing it as the ’93 Indy 500 Pace Car kit in the same year and Revell of Germany released the standard Z/28, which was the same kit just with less decals. However, while AMT was awesome enough to ensure the ’97 30th Anniversary saw a release in kit form(article coming soon!), it was Revell that produced two kits of the last 4th gen Camaro with the facelift. Technically three, if you count the Pontiac Firebird release from 1998, which is the same kit, different front end, updated engine, so forth, just like the real relation of the 4th generation Firebird and Camaro. In ’02 they released the 35th Anniversary edition Camaro kit(along with a regular SS/Z28 kit as a separate release), again, the same exact kit as the ’93 one, just with updated tail lights, front fascia and of course the updated LS-1 V8 engine, just like the Firebird.

2002camaro35th (6)The kit I got here is the 2010 re-release, only this time they made it a two in one kit. Even though it mentions on the front it’s 2’in’1 but it’s so subtle that I can believe most folks don’t even realize that the kit has half the decal sheet dedicated to either version and comes with the SS wheels as well as the SS Anniversary wheels!

I gotta give Revell credit though, normally I’d say it’s a bit lazy but expected that companies wear out their molds so that making it was worthwhile before going onto a new tool, but man this kit just goes together so well. It did on the 1993 kit, it did with the 1998 Firebird and it still does on the 2010 kit. It’s such a sturdy build, especially the body and the chassis. The way the glass is slid into place onto specific parts of the body and the way the weight of the chassis feels even, it actually comes into die-cast territory of just feeling tough and not a flimsy plastic model.

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It’s kind of amusing to see all the legacy of the kit still being a part of it, there’s still the little Firebird ram-air inserts, the ’93 Camaro rear brake light, the little prong that you needed to be able to place the lights deep in the front bumper and such.

2002camaro35th (11)The whole kit is really, really good. The mold quality is fantastic and of course the decal sheet has enough to cover either the whole 35th Anniversary edition or the Z28 or SS model(there’s little logos for all three of ’em and I will be the first to admit that the decal sheet’s usefulness lasted three years for me, with most third generation Camaros having the same Z/28 design and AMT doesn’t really do big decal sheets), plus all the logos, sheets and dash knobs for the engine bay and interior. Even four silvered ones for the seats, little extras that count!

Downsides? Well there’s a few, I mentioned in the other articles that the kit’s really prone to warping. Lots of the parts are meant to either connect or slip right into place and they sit perfectly forever, however if you got a older version of the kit and say the front bumper, chassis or rear bumper’s a bit warped? Shit outta luck. It’s gonna look off, sit off or just never attach correctly no matter the effort. Another downside is that the front axle’s real prone to bending under its weight too, causing the wheels to sit at a ugly angle.

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Speaking of the wheels, the car usually has a unnaturally high stance by itself, usually caused by the fact that the kit’s such a perfect little puzzle where all shapes have to match or it’s a total damn mess; the interior tub is molded slightly off, by 0.2mm at most, which causes the prong that holds it to the body to eventually buckle and let loose, causing the chassis plate to go a bit lower than it’s meant to, causing the wheels to sit hilariously high. This whole one-thing-leads-to-the-next issue was a problem on every single release so far and hedge your bets if you don’t wanna do the extra effort to get it to sit correctly. Oh and it has a giant negative impact on the front bumper/fascia, as you might’ve seen as it’s meant to sit perfectly aligned with the chassis to the body or… else the droopy front happens.

2002camaro35th (21)But to mend the giant ride height, I cut the rear coil springs in half, took out the sway bar and bend the axle arms by 40 degrees, only then would the wheels sit somewhat in their wells and not look like a raised 4×4 in a Camaro shell.

And another thing that may be considered a downside, but that’s totally up to how the builder sees it. The later Camaros got their good ol’ T-tops back… And the model was never updated to have ’em. Weirdly enough, the Firebird does have molded in lines for the T-tops but even then still resorted to two decals to “fill” them in. This kit has a giant decal slab you place on the roof to simulate the T-tops and boy does it look… off. I mean, it’s more a dated print quality issue cause you can clearly see the inkjet pattern even from a but of a distance.

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But I digress, it is a 2 in 1 kit after all. Molded in T-tops gets rid of the choice to have ’em or not and variety, I suppose. Regardless, it’s still a stupendously great kit that’s been on my to-do list for some time, and not to mention it fits in line perfectly with AMT’s ’92, ’97 and ’17 Camaro kits. Now all that remains to complete the Anniversary line is the 1997 Camaro Z/28!

’02 Chevrolet Camaro SS 35th Anniversary Edition specifications:
Kit: #85-4273
Skill Level: 2
Parts: 90
Molded in: White
Scale: 1/25

2016 Chevrolet Camaro SS – AMT Ertl

2016camaro_2I’ve been awaiting this one for months ever since they announced it back in April. A full new tool release from AMT? Hell yeah! A month or two ago a post by Tim Boyd at the Model Cars Magazine forum showed just how deep the detail went with the kit before the release, that for once a kit would give as much detail to the suspension as to engine bay.

The mold quality is top of the line, pre-detailed windows which is a very welcome addition and a bunch of pictures of the car itself on the side for reference saving a ton of Google searches. They really planned this one out. The whole kit has this feel as if they’ve got big things planned for this kit in the long run.

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Right from the get-go, the parts feel like a step above anything AMT’s done recently. Especially with some of the extra detailed parts like the tail lights, which have the 2016camaross-13indicator and reverse light lenses already molded in clear, as well as the pre-painted windows(including defroster, that’s a rarity!). Other nice extra detailed parts are the engine, which has all the tubes, wiring(well, not all the wiring) and extra bits that go missing or overlooked in most kits properly molded and added to the frame.

It looks incredibly crowded in the engine bay, which let’s be honest here, is really nice on a modern car where most the engine is hidden below the plastic engine cover. Besides, it’s just molded really nicely and the instructions go out of their way to ensure you get the tubes and wires where they need to be for authenticity’s sake.

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The interior is the same story, albeit hidden behind the windows on this model, another rarity in it’s own right, the model has door windows, go figure! It’s very well molded, all the little details are clearly visible and enhanced by the decals you can get in there, though the only downside is that for some reason the seats sit so far back that you can honestly 2016camaross-12say not even stick-figures could sit in the backseats, but hey, that might be a Camaro problem rather than an AMT problem.

Now, onto the undercarriage/chassis. Go Google a picture of the chassis of the ’16 Camaro, that’s pretty much exactly the way you can make the chassis of the model look too. It’s got give or take 20 parts for just the rear suspension alone, separate fuel tank, 10 or so parts for the front suspension, very intricate ways of getting the wheels turnable all the while actually getting the damn things to stay on(looking at you, Revell, you haven’t made a model where the wheels would stay on since the nineties!), hell the only negative point I can bring up is despite the absolute mountain of chassis detail, for some reason the driveshaft is just a generic shape molded onto the chassis.

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I mean, the whole new tool, interior and chassis detail and how absolutely detailed the new instructions are, AMT really raised the standard way, wayyy the hell up. The only few downsides I can name that might bother some modelers, the mold lines on the body are pretty rough, especially on the rear quarter panel and something that might limit some color combination plans; the stripes are considered quite optional and they only come in black. So no white, silver, etc. Which is a shame, I know some folks would love to make themselves a blue/white or black/white combinations.

In the end, it was a very pleasant build, it all went together the way it should, love the detail that literally every bit of the car got from the makers and man, if this is a glimpse at what AMT is gonna offer from here on out, then other’s gonna be playing catch-up with AMT for once.

’16 Chevrolet Camaro SS specifications:
Kit: AMT978/12
Skill Level: 2
Parts: 101
Molded in: White
Scale: 1/25

1967 Chevrolet Camaro SS “NICKEY” 427 – Revell

nickeycamaro_0The Nickey Camaro’s finally come around, luckily done by Revell. Another new milestone for Revell is this being the first of the supposed “new skill level” 5. So yay, one of the harder kits right off the bat!

However, this is literally the ’67 Camaro SS Revell kit done in a different jacket, granted since the Nickey is a variation upon the car itself. But it’s been 5 years, you’d think they fix problems that plagued that kit before using it as the template for another, with wheels that don’t for the life of me fit no matter the force you put on them. The rear valance not fitting no matter how much tape you use. But, those are the only issues I came across, for the rest the kit is downright amazing. Well, bar some decal problems but suppose that comes with the difficulty.

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nickey3So far this is the only kit that Revell has put out that features a Camaro with the closed grille and this actually marks the moment that the only dealer specialty model that we’re missing is the ’67 427 Dana Camaro.

On the outside, the kit is pretty daunting to put together. But it’s pretty damn faithful all the way down to the engine being of the correct color(yellow) and the interior being a tier higher than the standard SS model, also part of the Nickey option. Single bar tail lights, Nickey decals and the unique Rocket SS rims are all faithful representations of the ’67 Nickey Camaro. So honestly, this kit does accuracy really, really well.

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My problems with the kits were returning problems from the ’67 SS kit as mentioned before, however they did improve here and there with some things. Such as much sturdier and better fitting engine struts, the interior actually slid right into the body without a hassle or having to forcefully fit stuff, the one thing I didn’t quite like was the mirror and the mirror stand being two separate pieces, putting them together felt like I was attempting to connect them at a molecular level.

The kit features a huge decal sheet, with seat decals, a ton of Nickey decals, three colors for the stripes(red, white and black), locks, SS logos, even down to the little three dials and the radio on the dash. It’s really impressive.

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Speaking of decals, I mentioned before that I had some issue with applying the tiny stripes that follow the curves on the side. They are absolutely tiny and even with decal solvent, some soap and warm water they were a fight to get right. But like I said, suppose with this degree of difficulty, it’s something you gotta overcome.

All in all, this kit is beautiful, even though I couldn’t quite get the wheels in as deep as they should go, it’s still just… gorgeous. If I wasn’t making every Camaro I get my hands on yellow, I’d have made this metallic blue just for the sake of beauty. Props to Revell for this one, despite the issues here and there, it’s all worth it.

(Edit August 11th, 2016: Added some new clearer pictures since this is one of my most popular posts!)

’67 Chevrolet Camaro SS “Nickey” 427 specifications:
Kit: #85-4377
Skill Level: NKS5
Parts: 128
Molded in: White
Scale: 1/25