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AMT 1956 Ford Victoria

1956 Ford Victoria
AMT No. 807/12
Model Type: Injection-molded styrene
Molded Colors: White, black, clear
Scale: 1/25
MSRP: $22.99
Pros: Many custom and race parts; wheel/tire combinations
Cons: Flash; parting lines; fit of some parts
Opening the box, I was presently surprised to find the same 1956 Ford Victoria that has been reissued a number of times by AMT since the 1960s. With its retro packaging and instructions, this kit brings back memories of when I was a kid just starting out in the hobby.

First thing you notice is all the bright, clear chrome and the additional custom and race parts. I decided to build it as a Day 2 car, meaning the car is mostly stock, with just some minor custom parts added.
The engine for my version is the 272 Y-block. The 20-piece stock engine builds up nicely, with no real complications. All external parts, such as starter, oil filter, and fuel pump, are molded to the engine and must be detail-painted carefully. Painted Ford Red with black valve covers, this engine looks great. The only issue is the valve covers; after I did some research, I found they should have Thunderbird on the covers, not the Ford logo.

The chassis, has a molded-in exhaust and features fairly simplistic 1960s build procedures. With a steady hand and a variety of blacks, grays, and other assorted metallic colors, it can be brought to life and create a convincing undercarriage.

On many chassis parts, the old molds are defiantly showing their age. Flash and parting lines were abundant and required exorbitant amounts of cleanup.

This kit contains multiple sets of wheels and tires. For my Day 2 car, I decided to use the stock steel wheels with the baby Moon hubcaps and whitewalls that were so popular during the 1960s.

The interior can be built in stock, custom, or race trim. For me, stock is the way this car shows its true colors. Using a two-tone 1950s pink-and-white theme, the interior looks spacious and inviting. I hope future kits can include decals for the gauges; the gauge details are vague at best, and after a coat of paint, they almost disappear.

There are many different parts to customize the body to create the stock, custom, or race versions. I chose to create the Victoria that best fit the 1960s look and feel by leaving the body stock, with just some minor bolt-on parts.

The body has opening hood and doors, which are finicky and tempera-mental. With more time and a lot of finessing, the doors may open and close correctly without unsightly gaps. I did manage to get the plastic hinges to open and close without binding.

Final assembly can be a challenge. The glass fits great, but does interfere with the seating of the dashboard. Modifications were needed to the edges of the dash to sit correctly within the interior and to allow the doors to open and close correctly.

The chassis-to-body fit was probably the easiest part of this build, and required just minor flexing of the body to install.

Decals are for the race version, and come with all the 1950s and 1960s speed equipment manufacturers logos, a stripe, various numbers, and one California license plate. The decals are printed clearly and registered well, and would look correct for a vintage race car.

Anyone who would like to build this kit should have moderate building skills and be patient, as this is not a kit for the faint of heart.

This car can be built into many versions, and any one of them can be made into a convincing replica of this 1950s icon.


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