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Round 2 AMT reissue of Carl Casper's Young American...just heard from my contact at Round 2/AMT that....


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#1 tim boyd

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Posted 26 August 2012 - 04:50 AM

... this reissue is on track for a November release. Sounds like they've really put alot of care and attention into the reissue and packaging of the model, even down to securing from Carl Casper a revised, higher quality preiod picture of the car in action for the new box top.

This is the model, of course, based on MPC's original circa 1970 tooling of the last Don Garlits front engine rail dragster. The "Young American" version was a spinoff kit added to the MPC line around 1973 IIRC. Since that release, the kit has never been available in this form - a gap of nearly 40 years!!! The frame and engine were reissued once more in the late 1970's as part of a not-too-well-done Fiat Altered kit. Since then, even the frame/engine have never been reissued.

Only a couple of months away, and counting.... TIM

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Posted 26 August 2012 - 05:33 AM

That is good news. I like those long, long wheelbase FEDs that ruled just before the mid-engined cars took over. I may have to fire up the "jaws of life" to get my wallet open to buy one!

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Posted 26 August 2012 - 06:11 AM

Tim, was that the one with the real long frame?.

I always thought that Fiat dragster kit was kinda cool. I may have to get a couple of those CC kits and do one as my own version of a Fiat bodied car.


Yes, that's the one! TIM

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Posted 26 August 2012 - 06:12 AM

That is good news. I like those long, long wheelbase FEDs that ruled just before the mid-engined cars took over. I may have to fire up the "jaws of life" to get my wallet open to buy one!


Andy...I keep forgetting that you are a rail dragster afficianado among your many automotive and modeling interests....needless to say we'd love to see your build/interpretation of this kit....TIM

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Posted 26 August 2012 - 02:05 PM

Here's the OLD box art for those of you that don't know it.

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Posted 26 August 2012 - 02:11 PM

Thanks Pat! TIM

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Posted 26 August 2012 - 02:39 PM

I want one.

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Posted 26 August 2012 - 03:07 PM

Terrific!!! The Garlits/Young American kits are among my grails but totally unobtainium on Flea-Bay, trading for nose-bleed prices. For those of you who know, could someone please confirm that, like the shorter wheelbase MPC Dragmaster kit, it featiures full round tubing in the frame? I'm nervous because the frame, which is a one piece affair, looks too similar to the Tommy Ivo/Digger 'Cuda/Two Much chassis which has half-round tubing designed to be covered up by the full length bodywork...

Edited by Bernard Kron, 27 August 2012 - 03:56 AM.


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Posted 26 August 2012 - 04:17 PM

I am looking forward to this re-issue too!

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Posted 26 August 2012 - 05:00 PM

Gotta get me one of those when they come out, love FEDs, not much into rear engins though.

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Posted 26 August 2012 - 05:46 PM

I'll have to get me one as I love those FED's from the 60's. I used to be a young American once but I've aged a few years since then.

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Posted 27 August 2012 - 01:26 PM

I'll have to get me one as I love those FED's from the 60's. I used to be a young American once but I've aged a few years since then.


Nick...you made me laugh out loud with that response. Same thing applies here, btw! TIM

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Posted 27 August 2012 - 01:29 PM

. For those of you who know, could someone please confirm that, like the shorter wheelbase MPC Dragmaster kit, it featiures full round tubing in the frame?


Bernard, I just checked, it has a three part sliding mold (top/left/right) one-piece frame (other than the roll bar and the crossmember that locates the driveshaft, so yes, that means it does not have the round tubing on the inside edges of the frame. Having fought the AMT Garlits and MPC Ramchargers two piece frames for decades, it's an action I can live with.

Man, I can't wait for this one...sounds like many of you share the same view. TIM

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Posted 27 August 2012 - 01:39 PM

Bernard, I just checked, it has a three part sliding mold (top/left/right) one-piece frame (other than the roll bar and the crossmember that locates the driveshaft, so yes, that means it does not have the round tubing on the inside edges of the frame. ...


Thanx for the info, Tim. That's a bummer in my view but...

I reviewed the instructions for the kit ( you can see the instructions on Bob Black's excellent Model Kit Instructions site here: http://public.fotki....oung-american-/) and it has an awful lot going for it - sort of half way between some of the pluses of the Garlits and Ramchargers kits and the minuses of the AMT Ivo based kits. It will definitely find a place in my stash even if I will land up remplacing the forward half of the frame if I don't run the car full bodied.

Edited by Bernard Kron, 27 August 2012 - 01:45 PM.


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Posted 30 October 2012 - 01:58 PM

New box art?:

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Posted 30 October 2012 - 02:18 PM

Is this one out already, ?

I'll need a couple to build and a few more if for nuttin else but a parts kits

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Posted 04 November 2012 - 06:38 AM

For those of you who know, could someone please confirm that, like the shorter wheelbase MPC Dragmaster kit, it featiures full round tubing in the frame?

Perhaps Evergreen makes a half round you could use to finish the other half. Chances are it would require sanding to finish the radius.
Joe.

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Posted 05 November 2012 - 03:34 AM

Perhaps Evergreen makes a half round you could use to finish the other half. Chances are it would require sanding to finish the radius.
Joe.


I thought that could be a solution.

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Posted 05 November 2012 - 03:46 AM

I've tried using half-round rod to round out these D-shaped frame rails- sometimes it works okay, and sometimes it doesn't work so well. The 'half-round' molded frame rails in some of the old AMT dragster kit frames sometimes aren't really half round. It is worth a try, though.

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Posted 05 November 2012 - 08:20 AM

Any plans to possibly release it in the future as a 2-in-1 version with the Fiat altered body? I kinda want to replicate a car that used to run at our local strip in the 1960 - '61 years. It was from the Klamath Falls Oregon area, & was named the "Zombie"
For those that are into drag racing, a real piece of history is about to go by the way, the Redding, California strip that is the oldest continuously operating NHRA drag strip in the U.S. is going to die, it is being taken over by the City of Redding to use as a taxi-way (its original use from the mid '40s when it was a U.S. Army Air Force field, until 1953 when it was "loaned" to the Shasta Roadsters to use as a Drag Strip) this is being done to keep a flight school that is for training Chinese pilots for airline service in the area. It is a mixed bag of feelings, I can remember a lot of Sundays their both as a young boy, & in my high school years, but it is needed to keep a rather large company from locating to a different location with a loss of income for the local airport services.