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AMT 1992 Toyota 4x4 Pickup

RELATED TOPICS: AMT | TOYOTA | TRUCK
Toyotabox
Round 2 No. AMT1082/12
Molded Colors: White, clear red, chrome, clear
Scale: 1/20
MSRP: $35.95
Pros: Easy build, timely rerelease of good subject matter
Cons: Weak instructions, tricky glass installation, ill-fitting rear glass, back bumper too high
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I jumped at the chance to review this kit because it would be my first foray into  larger scale models. I bet that would hold true for many readers, because, let’s face it, 1/24 and 1/25 are regarded as ideal, or right in our niche automotive hobby, while everything else is sort of weird or different. So would this build intrigue me, make me a fan of big scale?  Would I want to come back for more?

Let’s find out!

The box itself is impressive. Rather than an artist’s rendering, the box top depicts a wonderfully finished model; the side panels show four additional angles of the model, including the undercarriage and beneath the hood. These photos are extremely helpful when you’re not 100% clear on how a part should fit; kudos to Round 2! And something rarely (if ever?) seen: a credit given to the builder, Mike Wherry. 

This kit was originally released in 1992 under the Lindberg brand, then reissued with a few new parts in 1995 as a Baywatch TV show beach patrol vehicle. In this rerelease, you get all the parts for both versions, including a ladder rack with a light bar, telecommunications device, and those iconic personal rescue flotation devices made famous by the show. However, there’s no mention of these extra parts on the box or in the instruction booklet.  

Inside is the typical bag of white styrene sprues, plus a clear tree, a chrome tree, four vinyl tires, two clear-red taillight covers, and a small sheet of waterslide decals. While the front bumper appears an accurate factory-stock item, the rear is a twin-tube piece you’d find in the aftermarket world. There also are two optional pieces I chose not to use: a roll bar complete with a fire extinguisher and road lamps, and a brush guard. 

The chrome tree has 15 parts; I stripped the chrome from eight of them: the wheels, upper fuel-injection system, alternator, and taillight bezels. I painted them with Testors metalizer or black lacquer.

The basic instructions are likely a carryover from the original release.
 
A few connecting points are a bit vague, particularly concerning the rear axle. I had to clean up some mold lines on the body, but not too many.

I really wanted the functional tailgate rather than the optional mesh tailgate cover. The tailgate needed extra attention to make it fit and work. Furthermore, the Toyota 4x4’s rear bumper interfered and prevented the tailgate from completely opening; I lowered the bumper by 1/8 of an inch for better operation.  The windshield and rear glass install from outside the body, which is good for the final appearance. On the other hand, it makes for delicate and difficult installation; it’s hard to hide the glue; and (oof!) the back glass is a little too small for the opening and practically falls into the cabin. Creative gluing fixed this last challenge.

So, how did the pickup build?  Despite difficulty with the rear glass and realigning the back bumper, it went together quickly and was fun to assemble. All its wheels rotate, the front wheels swivel, and the tailgate works. I like the stance of this aggressive 4x4 and it’s something I would definitely drive if I had one. For the paint, I chose Model Car World Montana green, a 1992 Volkswagen color that

I’d ordered for a different project.

I’d definitely recommend this kit for just about anyone — go familiarize yourselves with a large-scale kit!


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