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1957 Bel Air

This is the 1/25 Scale 1957 Chevy Bel Air Plastic Model Kit by AMT. Suitable for Ages 10 & Up.

AMT 1957 Bel Air Plastic Model Car Kit 1/25 Scale #638
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Specifications :
  • Scale: 1/25
  • Skill level: 2
  • Parts: 70+
  • AMT Product Number: AMT638
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"Should've bought the Revell Model"
I originally bought this kit as I wanted a 57 Chevy hotrod in my model collection. This kit may work if you're looking to build a box stock model. I wanted to put custom V-8 with headers in it but there wasn't enough room. Also, the engine that comes with it is just a basic 283 with dual carbs. There's not even an option for the mechanical fuel injection. There's also waaaay to much flash. I constantly had to trim parts to make them fit as well as sand the chrome pieces to get them to stay in place. I was rather disappointed with this kit as I couldn't really build the model I wanted using it. Most of the time AMT was good about offering other options for the engine as well as tire and wheel combos. This kit is only good if you're looking at building the model on the box. Which most of aren't we want options.

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  • Molded in aqua blue and clear.
  • Chrome and black vinyl tires.
  • 283 Chevy motor.
  • Removable hood.
  • Detailed chassis.
  • Accurate interior.
  • Colorful decals.
  • Illustrated instructions.


  • Scale: 1/25
  • Skill level: 2
  • Parts: 70+
  • AMT Product Number: AMT638


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"oldie but not a goodie"
I finally finished this one last night. I know this is a very old kit, but I build old kits all the time. It was made in the early 60s so I was expecting typical metal axles in the front and the back etc. I bought it because I kept reading about how accurate the body shape was and I wanted to build it to compare it to more modern models. The roof line is accurate for a 2 door coupe but that's about all I can see good about this kit. People have mentioned flash already, detail is sparse due to the kit's age. Very little fits without a lot of work. Kitbash it, or use it for parts if you're not too interested in how they look, but save yourself the agony and buy one of the newer Revell 57s or even better, one of AMT's more recent molded but out of production 1957 Chevy kits.

"Worked for me"
I'm sorry some fellow builders had problems with this kit. I guess I got lucky. It fit together just fine with few problems. There aren't a lot of modifications possible without doing them with other parts. It brought back memories of when I was in high school and friends had a '57. Love those fins! I'm about as retro as you can get.

"Not good, but not all that bad"
chriskca (Bothell, Washington)
Overall, it's a complete kit, simple engine, simple front & rear suspension, exhaust modeled to bottom. There's some nice trim detail. The kit contains parts for a stock 1957 Chevy Bel Air, no custom options. On its own merits, it's a kit I would've probably like when I was a kid in the '60s...something I could slap together. However, there are better alternatives of representing the real thing. Build wise; this model required a lot of sanding, some filling — lots of flash and heavy mold lines. Fortunately, the plastic is, in general, quick thick and can take a lot of filing and sands. The body has several issues. There's an unexplained rectangular hole in the middle of the firewall (which is a molded part of the body). And a visible verticle crease/dent in the rear fin fender panel (driver's side). Removing molding lines in the area of the trim required care. The interior was an assembled box with door and side panels, the rear bench seat, the floor, and mocked up pedals. The dash is a separate piece. There's not a lot of depth to the gauges, handles, trim and other detail, some of which can get easily lost in a couple of coats of paint. I could go on; tires don't fit on hubs, suspension systems are oversimplified. The heater doesn't fit properly. Instructions are less than adequate. The decal sheet has only one trim item (aluminum trim in fin quarter panel), no gauges, no logos, no placards. Truth is, I bought this kit as something I could practice my modeling skills. And it has not disappointed. I owned a beat-up '57 Chev as a kid. As bad as it was (...gas filler tube dangling in the air of a rusted out fin), I fondly remember the shiny, THIN, horn ring. I looked so cool. On this model, the horn ring is larger than the steering wheel. Was it fun to build? Was I happy with the finished product? Yes, but from the perspective of practicing skills. I gave this review a below average rating because it falls below the standards of other examples (Monogram, Revell). Can this be a trophy car? Yes, with a lot of work.


Due to small parts that could cause a choking hazard please keep away from children 3 years of age and younger.

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