This kit was styled by Gene Winfield for AMT. Gene Winfield, as a car customizer, was well known for movie cars (Blade Runner, Robocop, The Last Starfighter, and some more). He joined AMT during the 60s as a consultant to design kits. This kit is one of those designed by Gene. I really like these kits with the original box art.
The body is a typical delivery van. The kit is clearly based on the 1940 Ford Coupe by AMT that you also may know (I’ve build that as a junker a long time ago). Good thing is that the rear door is a separate part, bad thing is that it doesn’t have a hinge – but you can build one by your own. The interior “tub” includes a loading bed for the rear – I would definitely build a hinge!
The kit doesn’t come with many parts, just the same as that 1940 Ford Coupe I quoted before. The detail level is just ok – it has some options such as two engines – the stock V8 flat head by Ford and a Buick engine, with either three carbs or a blower. Besides, you get two sets of rims (including original steel rims with hubcaps), a custom flat grille and decals.
You get all kind of decals to customize your build. Even if you don’t use them all, you can save many for your spare parts box.
The tires are pretty cool. This usually a very neglected part – or sometimes, it just gets the wrong attention. I really like the way the tires are moulded, the lettering is really cool – not too big as in many other models.
The chromed parts are just ok. The same as with the 40 Ford Coupe, you get some customizing parts such as the exhaust, custom rims, custom caps, custom bumpers plus some chromed engine details.
The instructions are pretty simple but clear enough so you know what’s to do. I don’t like that the colors are referenced instead of written directly.
All in all, this is a great kit. I was able to buy it for a very good price at Mike Decal’s website (www.mikesdecals.com), so I’m very happy with it.
- Highly detailed tires
- Decals with many options
- Several customizing options
- Not so many parts
- The details aren’t as good as in modern kits (this is a reissue from an old kit)
- The instructions use references instead of writing the colors directly.