'78 FORD PICKUP 1-25

This is the 1/25 Scale 1978 Ford Pickup Plastic Model Kit from AMT. Suitable for Ages 10 & Older.

AMT 78 FORD PICKUP 1-25 Plastic Model Truck Kit #858
 AMT/ERTL # amt858
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AMT/ERTL Item # amt858
Specifications :
  • Scale: 1/25
  • Skill level: 2
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Spotlight Review

Great model. Ford truck models are always fun to build. This model has 2wd, 4wd suspension choices, and bed cover, rollbar with lights. Pay close attention when building as to which front end setup you want, 2 or 4 wheel drive..the transfer case and all driveshafts are a nice touch. Only con, is the cheap plastic the models are made of these days. Thay need PRIMING BEFORE PAINT, if not the colors will vary due to cheap pastics. Not like the models of the old days when you could paint right over the base shell. Primer a must for a nice paint job. Also, truck details out nice.

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  • Highly detailed plastic pieces molded in white.
  • Off-road suspension, wheels and tires.
  • Colorful decal sheet with Firestone graphics.
  • Long-bed body style with authentic details.
  • Waterslide decals.
  • Illustrated instructions.


  • Scale: 1/25
  • Skill level: 2


One plastic model

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"Great subject, challenging build."
jacumbo (Ohio)
I came into this project knowing it is old tooling. Because of that, it is a fiddly kit. The chassis takes a lot of care and patience to look acceptable. The odd proportions of the camper special can be a bit off putting from styling point. If you want to build a late 70s Ford F series, this is the only game in town until another company comes out with all new tooling (Mobeius perhaps)?

"For the more advanced modeler"
If you’re looking for a late 70s pickup this is it. However, be it known that this is a typical amt kit with vague instructions and many fitment issues. Although there are potentially many things to talk about with the cons of this kit, my biggest issue was with the tires, wheels and wheel backs. Like a square peg in a round hole. Good candidate for aftermarkets. Having said that, time and patience will produce something nice, and creativity can produce something stellar. Pics will soon follow.

"This kit was a difficult build"
roblively1982 (Cantonment, Florida)
I really loved Ford Pickups, and I owned a 1974 Ford Pickup that was just so much fun to work on and drive. This kit was, from the beginning, difficult. You ever heard that a model directions are really just suggestions. Well, that is very true with this kit. This kit requires test-fitting and many of them I had to tack in place just to make sure everything went together. Some parts required augmentation to fit properly. I even had to trim both vent windows so they wouldn’t stick past the vent frames. The proportions of the truck looks funny. The rear wheels look too far back on the frame. The paint scheme was a bear to complete and I strongly suggest you use the decals as a placement stencil for the paint job. The interior is dull and steering wheel sits almost on the floor of the cab. The dash paints up really nice, but there are decals, if you choose. The decal are nice, but are fragile and hard to settle over the contours. I would suggest that you cut them up before applying – rather than as a unit. There is no interior rear view mirror. The tires have raised lettering, but are unpainted/printed and look small on the truck. The engine is okay, but the engine well is empty, save a battery and a small partial fan shroud. This model was just a slog to build. However, the result is nice and the concept is unique and cool, but the model engineering is sloppy and corner-cutting. I really don’t recommend it, but if you need a ford chassis, go for it.


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

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