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AMT/Ertl 1969 Plymouth Barracuda

December 2005
1969 Plymouth Barracuda
AMT/Ertl No. 38275
Model Type: Injection-molded styrene
Molded Colors: Gray, clear, clear red
Scale: 1/25
MSRP: $14.00
Pros: Accurate body, rare stock wheels
Cons: Poor chassis, vague overall details, metal axle, low parts count
This kit is another AMT/Ertl veteran. It originally saw life under the MPC brand, and definitely shows its age: the construction is simplistic, there are relatively few parts on the trees, and there's plenty of flash.

One plus is the optional street machine parts found in the kit which include engine options, wheels, body moldings, and interior goodies. I chose to use only the wheels and hood scoop.

The chassis is, in a word, bad, and is the low point of the kit. It features a molded-in front suspension, rear end, exhaust, and sports a metal axle for the rear wheels and pins for the front.

To top it off, the chassis had a slight warp. I detail-painted the chassis as best I could, but if I built this kit again I would leave it primered and label it a curbside or find a suitable replacement.
Representing a 383, the engine also falls short of modern kit detail. I dechromed the valve covers and intake, painted the block, heads, valve covers, pan, and manifold orange, and detail-painted the remaining molded-on parts. The air cleaner looks accurate, but the kit doesn't include an engine displacement decal for it.

The door panels are molded to the interior bucket, and the dash, front and rear seats are separate pieces. I applied a coat of white to the seats, flat black to the floor, and painted the dash semi-gloss black with chrome accents.

All in all, not a bad interior; just a bit light on detail.

I find the first-generation Barracuda body style attractive, and this kit hits the mark. I considered painting the body a stock 1969 color, with the supplied 383 side strip decals, but decided to use the cool-looking optional hood scoop and aftermarket wheels.

The kit does include a set of rare rims (pulled from production on the 1:1 cars, I believe) that would be a nice touch for a stock build.

I chose to paint the body using Testor's Model Master Custome Lacquer System Hemi Orange (No. 28107) followed by chrome foiling.

I found several challenges fitting the front and rear bumpers and lower body moldings to the body. The pieces don't mate securely to the body, and they have to be carefully glued on (and the instructions are vague at best).

The chassis didn't fit well; it's too small to fit flush to the front, sides, and rear. The best way to get it to stay in place would be to pinch in and glue the body sides to the chassis - a task I decided not to attempt.

Further, because my kit's chassis was slightly warped, the interior wouldn't sit on it properly, so the finished model sits a bit lopsided.

Regardless of the annoyances I encountered, I did enjoy building this old diehard once more. Then again, I am partial to Mopar muscle!


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