Mat Irvine: The kit is one of AMT’s simplest. In fact, it was issued the previous year in the Motor City Stocker range, and these were, like the original ‘Annual’ kits from AMT a decade earlier, basically unassembled promotional (promo) models. They had a detailed body, but no separate engine block, with a one-piece chassis and metal axles.
The box art (header, below) is a reproduction of the original 1971 Annual kit. The ‘Retro Deluxe Edition’ sticker is on the shrink-wrap covering, so it leaves the box itself free of adhesive. You can build the kit in stock form, the side panel showing how this could look.
Parts layout (below) shows the metal axles (bottom right) plus the new transparent blue window option.
The lower front and rear body pans are moulded into the chassis (below) which will need painting in the body colour.
The model on an aftermarket display base, with built-in mirror to show off the underside. Not every kit benefits from this sort of treatment, but if there's something to look at down below, then a mirror like this doubles the viewing opportunities, especially useful for show displays.
A simple but stylish kit, especially worth building for display if you are a 1970s-era nostalgia buff.
AMT 1971 Ford Thunderbird ‘Bird of Paradise’
Assembled length: 210 mm (8.25 in)
Manufacturer’s ref: AMT920
Review kit supplied by Round 2.