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AMT/ERTL 1/24 1962 Corvette 'Boyd Coddington' Kit First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review May 2005 Manufacturer AMT/ERTL
Subject 1962 Corvette 'Boyd Coddington' Scale 1/24
Kit Number 38250 Primary Media Styrene
Pros Straightforward build, new low-profile tires Cons  
Skill Level Basic MSRP (USD) $13.90

First Look

American Hotrod Kit
American Hotrod Kit
American Hotrod Kit
American Hotrod Kit
American Hotrod Kit

AMT/ERTL has been turning out cool car subjects for many years now, many subjects of which have not been produced by other car kit manufacturers.

The 1962 Chevrolet Corvette is no exception. This stylish road machine featured a style that was short-lived. Its clean lines, large hood area and a two-place cockpit spoke volumes about speed and performance.

This kit has been around for a little while and retains many of the original options (including blower, alternative grille, wheels, and more). In this release, the car features new-tooled wheels and low-profile tires. Under the banner of Boyd Coddington's 'American Hotrod' series on the Discovery Channel, the car kit is dressed up with new custom wheels to match the low-profile tires. Unfortunately, the original tires were not retained in this release, so if you're wanting to model a stock '62 Vette, you'll need to hit your spares box.

The kit is cast in white styrene. The detailing on the kit is buildable out the box by junior modelers and can be easily tailored by any experienced modeler.

Three trees of parts are provided that are pre-chromed. The chroming on the two new-tooled parts is nicely done and should produce a great look. The original chrome parts tree has the appearance of having a bit too much chrome on the parts of my example.

One thing that I wish all car kit producers would consider is that if they must chrome a parts tree to appeal to the fledgling modeler, that they would add a duplicate tree in the kit without chrome to save the more experienced modeler the time and hassle of removing said chrome.

This reissue is a still a nice kit and coupled with the Boyd Coddington wheels and low profile wheels, you'll add a contemporary custom look to your classic kit. This kit is recommended!

My sincere thanks to RC2 for this review sample!

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