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AMT 1/25 scale Hot Wheels 1932 Ford Phantom Vicky plastic model kit review

It comes with stickers, but don’t let that fool you
Kit:AMT1313 // Scale:1/25 // Price:$37.99
Round 2 (Sample courtesy of manufacturer)
Well-designed; crisp molding; colorful decals; excellent tires
Translucent and difficult to apply stickers; steering rack too long
Injection-molded plastic (white, clear, clear red, chrome-plated); 108 parts; 4 black vinyl tires; decals
First released by AMT in 1999, the 1/25 scale Phantom Vicky is back in new Hot Wheels packaging! Yes, the parts (all 108!) match the original kit, but the markings (both decals and kid-friendly stickers) bring the Hot Wheels flair. The fold-out instructions include 22 steps with exploded views featuring part numbers and color callouts.

Unsurprisingly, I started with the kit’s well-detailed version of a Cobra 4.6L DOHC V8. The molded plug-wire assembly was a nice touch. The engine area includes upper and lower radiator hoses and an electric fan on the backside of the radiator.

Moving on to the frame, the instructions would have you attach the dual exhaust (parts 38 and 39) before gluing the lower frame center section (Part 40). To ease painting, I deviated from the instructions and separated each exhaust pipe at the engine side of the mufflers. This allowed me to snake the front section of the exhaust through the frame rails after painting. Rather than install the engine at this point as per the instructions, I shortened the transmission locating pin so I could slide the engine in later.

The rear axle assembly features separate coil springs, shocks, and a sway bar. Chrome upper and lower control arms, coil springs, and spindles are the basis for the front suspension.

The steering rack measured 3/32 of an inch too long, which means the wheels wouldn’t align with each other. To fix this issue, I cut the tie rods loose at the steering housing, drilled through the housing, and inserted piano wire, cut to the correct length, through it. This had the additional benefit of making the front wheels posable.

Another option would be to remove the tie-rod end locating pins on the spindles and glue the spindles and tie-rod ends in position.

The instructions would have you build the platform-style interior on the frame. Again, I deviated and glued all the interior parts to the body, including the floor (Part 41). If you take this approach, the rear seat needs to be maneuvered into position after attaching the floor.

With the interior and body complete, I glued the assembly to the chassis. I left the top loose to allow me flexibility when displaying the model.

Throughout the build, I used Tamiya spray lacquers: Mica Blue (No. TS-50), Pearl Light Blue (No. TS-58), and Smoke (No. TS-71); Alclad II was used for natural metal components. I applied Smoke in a single coat over all the chrome to give it more depth.

The decal and sticker markings are identical but do not quite match the box art. I wanted to give the stickers a try but found them translucent and not particularly flexible, wrinkling when applied. Returning to the decals, they went on well, but they are fragile and require setting solution and heat to conform to curves.

I’m glad the AMT 1/25 scale 1932 Ford Phantom Vicky is back. This is the second time I have built it, and hindsight definitely made it easier for me. However, don’t let the Hot Wheels theme fool you: This is a challenging kit, and I recommend it for builders with advanced builds under their belts.
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