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AMT 1966 Buick Wildcat Hardtop

Build review of this 1/25 scale Buick with good looking tires
Kit No.: AMT1175-200
Scale: 1/25
Mfr.: Round 2,
Price: $29.99
Comments: Injection-molded parts (white, clear, clear red, and chrome plated); four black, pad-printed, vinyl tires; decals
Pros: Good looking tires; decals; many custom parts
Cons: Minor fit issues with chassis; no radiator
Buick’s Wildcat started life as an option for the Invicta line in 1962 and became its own model in 1963 with a standard 401 V8 engine. In 1965, the Wildcat got an upgrade with a new body style and an optional 425 power plant. In 1966, the Wildcat “Grand Sport Performance Group” package offered a choice of a single, four-barrel 425 V8 or dual four-barrel carb that churned out 360 horsepower.

I appreciate Round 2 bagging all the parts separately, including the tires and metal axles. What’s more, for a kit with its roots in the days of promotional model kits, the parts appear crisply molded and almost flash free. 

Assembly starts with the 19-part Buick 425 dual-quad V8. Easy to build, a hole through the engine’s block to accommodate the metal front axle (a holdover from the model’s origins) mars the overall appearance.

Even though the simplified chassis sacrifices details one would expect in modern kits, overall, it rides square with all four wheels firmly planted. As for rolling stock, you’re given two options: the factory Buicks or smooth, custom, chrome wheels with well-shaped no-name, pad-printed whitewall tires. 

The wide range of stock and custom parts lets you mix and match for the interior you desire. I used the custom seats, Hurst shifter, and the stock steering wheel for a mild custom interior. Without decals for the interior, you’re left to your own devices for painting and detailing the molded gauges.

The smorgasbord of custom parts doesn’t end with the interior. Outside, you have your choice of three grilles, three different hoods, and three tail treatments — for stock, mild custom, or show custom cars. The custom parts do require minor bodywork and some putty to smooth it all out. I went with show custom parts, added the unique side exhaust, and shaved the emblems for a streamlined appearance.

The glass and interior fit well, but I had a bit of a challenge lining up the locator pins on the chassis with the body mounts. A little pushing and pulling on the front and rear of the body eventually allowed me to pinch them together. Patience wins the day on this one.

AMT’s ’66 Buick Wildcat would make a fun build for modelers of all ages and experience levels. The simplified design combined with custom parts for personal touches can satisfy beginners who want to experiment and expand their skills. For advanced modelers, it can be a quick, relaxing build or serve as a starting point for something more extreme.

Note: A version of this review appeared in the October 2020 issue.


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