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AMT 1969 Plymouth GTX Hardtop Pro Street

Build review of this 1/25 scale Plymouth GTX with good decals
Kit No.: AMT1180M/12
Scale: 1/25
Mfr.: Round 2,
Price: $29.99
Comments: 114 injection-molded parts (white, clear, clear red, and chrome plated); four black vinyl tires; decals
Pros: Parts fit; stance; decals
Cons: Carburetor detail; flash on small chrome parts
AMT’s 1969 Plymouth GTX Pro Street melds muscle car and dragster to take high-octane racing to the street.  

The 22-part 426 Hemi builds into a fair representation of Chrysler’s iconic “elephant engine” with a three-piece intake manifold. The two plain carburetors can be topped with a set of velocity stacks or triangular air filters. A two-piece four-speed transmission fixes to the rear of the engine.

I deviated from the kit instructions for painting purposes and built up the floor pan and engine bay as one assembly without attaching the front subframe and K-member. Doing this allowed me to paint the whole unit and then detail the engine bay. 

At this point, I attached the complete engine and transmission assembly to the five-piece front subframe and installed it from underneath just like on the real car. 

The awesome looking rear suspension consists of a three-piece axle, two coil-over shocks, driveshaft, and a detailed set of ladder bars. The mold lines on the chrome parts were particularly glaring, so I de-chromed the parts and painted them to match the car. The whole assembly went in without any fuss and sits the tires squarely in the tubs. No-name front street tires and pad-printed Mickey Thompson M/T rears mount to a set of chrome centerline wheels.

The 11-piece interior consists of a multipart tub with well-engraved door panels, dash, and floorboard. Two racing-style bucket seats and a three-piece roll bar round out the race-inspired driver’s compartment.

The GTX’s body lines mimic those of the real car and represent the classic Plymouth style of the time. Final assembly, including the interior glass, brightwork, and joining the body and chassis, went as smoothly as I could have hoped. The kit subassemblies aligned cleanly and all attached parts fell into place without a hiccup. 

The new decal sheet was definitely inspired by the 1980s with a stripe reminiscent of ZZ Top, a multiline hockey stick stripe, and Plymouth markings. Various license plates are also included, along with side marker lights and an option for a sweep gauge or round gauges for the dash. All decals went down and conformed with little or no setting solution.

Overall, the fit, finish, and stance for AMT’s 1969 Plymouth GTX Pro Street are all good. It represents a car ready to shred blacktop at the change of a light. I enjoyed building it so much that I bought another for a fully detailed build.  

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


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