The Ford Fairlane Crown Victoria surely is a charming car. You know by now that this car means something to us at Modeljunkyard. My brother wrote about his real 55 Vicky some time ago. Now it is time to check out the kit.
This kit is one of AMT’s finest, in my opinion. It has very well moulded detailes and many custom parts. The body is very well shaped and reproduces the look and feel of the real car. The interior comes, as usual, as a separate “tub”. This isn’t very bad – however, for those building a junker, this may mean extra work. For example, cutting the floor of the interior part, filling the moldings of the chasis part and making rust holes through the floor – but well, if you are doing something special, you will have to go through the extra work!
The working doors are a great feature of this kit! The hinges are very well molded, so you won’t need much extra work on top. There is one thing about it, though. The doors are just too thick. Maybe not too much, but still a little too thick. This is usual in “tub” interiors with opening doors Depending on how much you are into kit customizing, you may want to make the interior part of the door a bit thinner and fit it to the rest of the kit interior. For those making a junk model car out it (like me), you may want to make the inside of the door with no door pannel (like I did for this ebook on how to make doors open and close) and once you are at it, you can correct the door thickness.
Customizing is one this kit’s strengths! The kit features several front grilles and other parts such as custom rims, custom taillights and much more! You can put the typical CrownVictoria chromed body trim over the top – or leave it out – as this is a special chromed part and is not moded on the car’s body!
These are the other chromed parts. As you can see, there is enough to work with and the quality isn’t very bad either.
This kit also comes with the special glass top – a special feature back then in the 50′s. Putting the glass top takes only a careful cut – as the roof is properly marked from the inside, so you know exactly where to cut. The front lights are clear parts too (instead of chromed ones, which doesn’t look very realistic). Here you can also see that you have two different set of tail lights to choose from – another great detail, red clear parts instead of chromed tail lights to be painted in red. The vent windows are sperate parts too – which makes sense, as the doors open. The front and rear windows are single parts as well – this is a nice detail too. I don’t really like kits with a big single clear plastic part for the front and rear glass because it makes the interior (insid of the roof) look pretty much like a toy.
To sum up…
- Over 170 parts
- Many custom options (Stock, Street Machine and Drag Racer) with many optional parts such as rims, bucket seats, special tires and much more!
- Working doors!
- Many Chromed parts, specially the Crown Victoria trim
- Glass top
- Special junker feature: plain steel rims. Not every kit has them and they make the car look much better as a junker
- The doors seem to be too thick
- The instructions are not too handy, as they are one big single piece of paper
This kit definitely counts to one of my favorites! Great work by AMT.