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AMT 1/25 scale 2005 Cadillac Escalade EXT plastic model kit review

Follow the instructions for a model that looks just like the real pickup
Kit:AMT1317/12 // Scale:1/25 // Price:$28
AMT (Sample courtesy of Round 2)
Accurate body; chassis detail; optional wheels
Various parts fit issues; lacks interior detail
Injection-molded plastic (white, clear, transparent red, and chrome); 125 parts (9 vinyl tires); decals
Originally released in 2005 and then again in 2010 with different box art, AMT’s latest reissue of its 1/25 scale 2005 Cadillac Escalade EXT includes DUB-style wheels along with the originals and an updated decal sheet. The new box art, I must say, is the best one yet. I have the 2010 version of this kit, and the box states that it is a Skill Level 2 instead of Skill Level 4. After putting this kit together, I agree with that assessment.

The engine consists of 11 parts, including separate engine halves. The pulleys and belts are molded as one piece that attaches to the engine front. I de-chromed the oil and transmission cover and finished it with metallic paint to match the engine for a more realistic look.

The parts for the rear bed and tonneau cover needed mold lines removed and test fitting before assembly. Make sure the assembly is square for a better fit to the body. You can leave the tonneau cover removable or glue it in place.

Inside, the front seats have separate rear backs, and the side door panels are separate, which I always welcome. The rear seats are molded into the floor, as is the center console. Pedals are a separate part, along with the steering wheel and column. Assembly went smoothly and looks convincing once completed. Make sure to check reference photos to help you paint and detail the interior—the instructions are light here.

I went with the DUB-style wheels, but if a stock look is more of your taste, the kit provides the option. Either way, you get the rear sleeves and disk brakes, but the brakes aren’t plated, so you’ll have to paint them.

In my view, the chassis is the best part of this kit in terms of parts and accuracy. Although chassis instructions look a bit intimidating, it really isn't if you follow the steps as presented. Take some time to address the various mold lines and do a thorough cleanup before assembly.

While assembling the body, I had a hard time aligning the front bumper — make sure to study the fit well and modify the part to make it look correct. Both front and rear bumpers are painted in the body color, so these steps can be completed when painting the rest of the body for cleaner results.

I found it best to glue the bed to the body separately instead of following the instructions. It is much easier to align and tweak it in place to create a cleaner and more accurate installation. Otherwise, make sure to follow the steps in the order on the instruction sheet, including placing most of the engine bay parts. I found mating the body, engine, and chassis challenging, but with patience, it can be done.

I had fun assembling AMT’s 1/25 scale Cadillac Escalade EXT. Though I thought the interior lacked detail, after I smoked the windows, it looks the part. The completed kit appears accurate, with scale lines on the body that capture the real subject. My sample came with a slightly warped hood, but it was nothing a little heat from a hairdryer couldn't fix. If you are a fan of scale model pickups or SUVs, this is a kit you will want to add to your collection.
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