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AMT Cheverra Z/28

Cheverra Z/28
AMT No. AMT1007/12
Model Type: Injection-molded styrene snap kit
Molded Colors: Burnt orange, black, tan, clear
Scale: 1/25
MSRP: $22.99
Pros: Nice-looking model; minimal flash; good for all skill levels
Cons: Slight discrepancy between body sides
This reissue is of a customized 1980 Camaro Z/28.  It consists of 19 styrene pieces, plus four soft vinyl tires. The tires are pad-printed, with Goodyear GT Radial lettering.  

There are no options regarding the parts, but the nicely printed decal sheet provides a choice of (partial) Z/28 markings or the custom Cheverra graphics.

It is molded in metallic burnt orange for the body parts and wheels, and the main body is a one-piece affair. The rest of the parts, except the windows, are molded in a tan color.

The windows have an exceptional shine.

The mold lines on the body are not too bad, and the flash is mild. There is a good, glossy finish to most of the body.  My sample was less shiny around the nose, but for those who may not want to paint it, a little polishing and waxing would likely remedy that issue. 

There are a couple of sink marks in the whale tail, and I opted to sand them out, starting with 220 wet sandpaper, rather than filling them.

There is plenty of material, and the shape is so nebulous that if a mild change in the contour occurred, it would probably go unnoticed.

I filled the panel lines where the nose meets the front fenders. It is a custom, after all, and it made dealing with the transition of the mold and panel lines at the spoiler and flares easier. 

The front side marker lights that were molded in came off too; they aren’t shown in the box-art rendering (they are noted in the instructions) and it looked clean without them.

I mixed a similar color to the plastic from Testor’s enamels, using Pearl Orange, Stoplight Red, Turn Signal Amber, and International Orange.  I used Tamiya XF-1 Flat Black for the hood and roof. 

Red decal stripes from Scale-Master sheet SS-1 were used to make a border between the black and the body color.

The interior tub and seats were sprayed Tamiya AS-15 Tan, and the carpeted areas were brushed with Testor’s Military Brown. The dash, steering wheel, console, and package tray were accented with flat black. All of those parts fit fine, but the front seats are a bit tall.

The three-piece chassis/suspension assembly fit well. I sprayed the parts satin black and lightly dry-rubbed them with aluminum powder for some highlights before they were DullCoted. 

The wheels fit to the axles without a problem, but any paint should be removed from all but the end cap portions; otherwise the fit is too tight, and may lead to breaking off the stub.

I applied the large side decals first. I aligned them with the flares and the front door lines. In retrospect, it would have been better if I had applied the smaller decals that frame the rear wheel wells first.

There is a slight discrepancy between the two sides of the body. It’s hardly noticeable until you try to line up the decals. In any case, there will be a darker red line at the edges of each of those decals. 

The taillight decals are a great inclusion; a little decal solvent was needed to get them to wrap around and conform to the engraved details.

For as simple of a kit as it is, it builds into a nice-looking model. It’s perfect for beginners, as well as more-seasoned builders who want to build something relaxing.


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