Ice Cycle Show Trike 1:25 Scale AMT Model Kit #31917 Review

2015 October 16
by Doug

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Ice Cycle Show Trike 1:25 Scale AMT Model Kit #31917 Review

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Originally released as MPC kit # 415a from the 60’s this is a fun model kit of a pedal bike ice cream delivery cart like you might see in a city park. The actual vehicle never existed in this form but this is a model company’s idea for a different kit at a time when the bike and chopper style kits were popular. Somewhat realistic it has the general look of the Ice Cream cart but has wide custom tires instead of the typical thin tires. The model companies were taking full advantage of the thirst for different styles of show cars and gimmick style builds back then. You can find many examples of the custom trikes, bikes, cars and really; almost anything with wheels from this era.


For the Modeler: This review covers the 2002 re-release (Re-Pop) of the MPC Ice Cycle. This was Kit # 31917 in the AMT/ERTL catalog and has been discontinued but can be found online for sale at a reasonable price. The AMT version lists this as 1/25 scale but it is 1actually 1/12 scale based on the original box. AMT considered this a Skill Level 2 build for moderate abilities. The kit is very basic with a low parts count of 75 parts molded in White, Chrome, Clear and Clear Red and Vinyl tires. Waterslide decals are included. In the kit you get a bunch of parts unrelated to this build, they actually belong to another bike kit called the Boss Bike. Overall dimensions are: Length: 7-1/4”, Width: 4-1/4”, Height: 5-1/2”.


Covered in this Review:  If you want to perfect your build; basic construction; preparing parts for better finishing; alternate assembly sequence suggestions for fit and ease of finishing; complete paint and adhesive selections and applications; test fitting; surrey/seat color scheme; kit history information; front suspension build sequence; detailing the ice cream box and contents; using “clear” glue for glass installation; front/rear tire Installation; masking methods for the surrey top; mold seam identification and repair; where NOT to use glue for functionality; using decal setting solutions for that “painted on” look; frame construction and detailing; are all fully examined in this 11 page, full-color Step-by-Step review in PDF format.



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