MAT IRVINE: The kit is a reissue of the AMT Chevrolet Nova, first issued in 1972 as the Nova SS Pro Stocker. This time, it is boxed as the drive of street-smart detective Alex Foley, as played by Eddie Murphy in the 1984 movie, Beverly Hills Cop.
* Vinyl roof
* Stock wheels, not custom
* No hood intake grilles
* Small vent between each door and front wheel arch
* Bodywork has chrome trim down the sides
* Front grille and rear panels lack the SS logo
Chopping SS from the chrome rear bumper (above), replacing it (below) with sheet styrene.
However, I used the Testors spray, after masking off the rest of the body. The process was then reversed, with the roof masked off for the light blue body coating. This was Testors Blue 1208, but other model paint companies make similar shades. When the paintwork was thoroughly dry, the roof masking was removed and chrome trim applied all round, using Bare-Metal Foil. The car was, after all, made in the era of chromed windshield surrounds, as well as trim.
I built this diorama setting to mimic the kit box’s Los Angeles setting. The palm trees were originally from UK manufacturer Britains, though they are long out of production, unfortunately.
Overall it is a bit of work to get the model looking correct, but it’s worth it - even for a ‘Crappy blue Chevy…’
AMT Beverly Hills Cop 1972 Nova
Assembled length: 180 mm (7 in)
Manufacturer’s ref: AMT836
Thanks to Round 2 for the review kit.
Screen grabs from the movie - dents are optional!
The original 1972 issue (below) and - nice, this - the Beverly Hills Cop version still comes with enough parts in the box to build a Pro Stock racer, if you wish.
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