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AMT ’65 Chevelle Modified Stocker

Build review of this 1/25 scale Chevelle with pad-printed tires
Kit No.: AMT1177/12
Scale: 1/25
Mfr.: Round 2,round2corp .com
Price: $32.95
Comments: 89 injection-molded parts (white, chrome plated); four vinyl tires; decals
Pros: Popular subject; good decals; pad-printed tires
Cons: Vague instructions; stance issues; misaligned molds on roll bars
Round 2 has brought back the AMT ’65 Chevelle Modified Stocker. It appears to be a direct reissue with four, wide, pad-printed tires, a fifth pad-printed “floater” tire, and new decals.

The engine comes with 20 parts, including a set of headers with side dumps. The radiator has an upper hose, but no lower one. The kit shows its age with a hole through the block to accommodate a metal axle, and only the oil pan secures the engine to the chassis. I added a homemade mounting bracket at the transmission cone.

The multipart roll cage features molded safety padding. A bit fragile, I recommend pinning the joints for more strength. The gauge pod on the roll cage has raised details but no decals. The steering column does not go to the floor, and there are no foot pedals. The seat has a molded harness, and the floor features rivet detail.

I mounted the firewall to the frame rails at the front edge of the floor. This created a couple of issues. First, I had to add 1/8-inch of plastic to the top of the firewall to close a gap. Then I had to cut down the front frame braces to fit through the holes in the firewall. In retrospect, I think the firewall should be mounted on top of the floor.

The simplified front suspension consists of lower control arms molded to the frame and blocks for the metal axle to pass through. The rear axle is a quick-change type with a metal axle that mounts to leaf springs. 

Test-fitting the body showed that it was going to mount too high in back and the rear track was too wide. Too get the body down, I cut about ¼ inch from the vertical frame braces (No. 11 in the assembly sequence). I also deepened the mounting pockets in the rear springs and notched the axle tubes. To narrow the track, I cut back the boss on the drum brakes to get the tires right up to the frame rails. The instructions don’t indicate where to place the battery and fuel tank. Check references to get an idea.

The body has no sink marks and few mold lines. I did need to extend the rear of the hood with plastic so the front would reach the end of the fenders. Clear film with molded netting forms a half windshield; don’t forget to remove the protective covering.
The decals provide a variety of numbers in different styles and colors for you to paint just about any scheme you want, and it also includes several driver names.

Even though they have been around for a while, AMT’s Modified Stocker models have always been popular. A little challenging, the results you can get from this kit make it worth the effort.

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


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