Mat Irvine: With this AMT reissue (above) showing the shrink-wrap with a small sticker to tell you the colour of the plastic, in this case, red.
In the box, you get a multi-piece interior with separate floor pan, side panels, plus front and rear seats. In the original annual kits, the interior would have been a one-piece ‘tub’, the sides and rear seat moulded in, and in many cases, the front seats as well. This set-up made painting more difficult than if the interior structure had separate parts, hence the new approach. This time round, there are also more details under the hood, such as separate breather pipes, fuel pump, and oil filler cap for the engine block.
Of the decals (below) only the license plate is really necessary, though oddly you get three of them.
Parts layout (below) is far more comprehensive that would have been if this kit was a 1958 annual kit. Note the separate interior side panels, and chassis frame at bottom left.
The ‘Belvedere’ name (below) is inscribed on the rear quarter panel. Strictly speaking, it should be sanded off.
The completed model (below). The roof, once suitably primed and painted gloss-white, was masked off, then red applied over the rest of the bodywork.
Christine available here.
AMT 1958 Plymouth Belvedere ‘Christine’
Assembled length: 100 mm (8 in)
Manufacturer’s ref: AMT801
As a comparison (above) an AMT 1959 annual kit, actually a Buick. It shows the one-piece interior tub and one-piece chassis.
A Christine car at the Volo Auto Museum, Illinois (above, below). This almost certainly isn’t one of the actual movie cars, and is probably a Belvedere, less the nameplate. It does, however, have the correct licence plates.