AMT/Ertl SNAPFAST PLUS
By Donald F. Atherton
Every now and then I find myself wanting to do a simple project after finishing a big one. I can't think of anything better than the newer Snap kits on the market today.
The subject of this review is an unassembled promo. Looking at the parts layout shown on the bottom of the kit box, one would think this model has been prepainted and detailed at the factory. Although the parts shown are in the box, they are far from being prepainted or detailed as the box image would indicate. But if you happened to notice the tiny white print at the lower left corner of the box, you would know this. It says "Detail and color may vary".
The body and front and rear facias are molded in a metallic copper color. It is about three shades too dark if compared to the box image. The parts shown on the box image have been painted and detailed by someone for the camera. I really do think it would be best if AMT/Ertl had shown what actually is in the box. Just goes to further my point that you can't judge a kit by the box cover.
None the less, the body is cleanly molded and has a nice shiny gloss to it. The chassis is one piece with good engraving for a promo style kit. It is molded in black and has a promo style serial no. printed on it.
The wheels on this kit are nothing short of fantastic! They are molded in a satin steel color and come with separate disc brake detail. Pretty good for a promo style kit.
The tires are molded in soft black vinyl and the tread pattern appears to be a little on the lite side. Side markings only say GoodYear.
The interior will build up into a nicely detailed piece. There is a separate steering wheel and dash with the pedals molded on. There are decals for the instruments. The engraving is good. The inner door panels are separate pieces! Yes, separate well engraved pieces and on a snap kit no less! The seats are separate as well and have been molded in one piece each. No separate back pieces to glue in. The only thing that is strange about all of the interior parts is that they are molded in a dark purple color that will be difficult to paint the copper areas.
The windshield and frame are a one piece molding. You will have to paint the frame copper to match the body. This is not desirable in my opinion.
There are separate side mirrors and a reflective adhesive backed material is included for the mirror itself.
This is a nice kit with good clean engraving and molding. It will be necessary to paint the body as the molded color is too dark and the windshield frame and some interior parts need to be painted copper anyway.
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