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#41 mnwildpunk

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Posted 20 November 2013 - 10:33 AM

Great wouldn't ya know I trashed a rare kit that stinks

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Posted 28 November 2013 - 04:39 AM

I have the 74 issue showing a Gold built with the Motorcycle too..and has 400 onder the front fender turn light. I have never seen this befor.

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Posted 30 November 2013 - 03:12 PM

MPC's First LONGbox Stepside issue

I have a near mint Unbuilt, (Would still be if I had not opened it!!!)

and 3-4 Built for parts/resto.

 

The Black version was called 'Heavy Pedal'

The Blue "Rolling Thunder"

 

I have 2 Unbuilt of the Heavy Pedal

Got one With the Model King "Deluxe Parts Pack"

 (Open Road Mini Motor home/Racer's Wedge) kit

Only paid $30.oo + shipping too!!

CHEAP!!!!!

 

All that is missing from the Gold box art 74 issue are the hubcaps/rims

and F70 or G70 tires for a Complete Stock build!



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Posted 03 December 2013 - 12:45 PM

Forgive me if I missed it, but I didn't see the red AMT?Ertl issue of the fleetside in the list. I bid on one a little while back on ebay but didn't win. Missed it by a dollar. :(

 

Photo was from the auction.

 

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Again, I hope I didn't just miss it, but I had never seen this one and thought it should be mentioned.



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Posted 04 December 2013 - 02:39 AM

Well lookit that! I'll need to find that auction to figure out when that kit was issued.



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Posted 04 December 2013 - 10:51 AM

Well lookit that! I'll need to find that auction to figure out when that kit was issued.

 

 

I believe that was issued after the original yellow and white re-issue in the 90's and before the "hot trucks' series that had a blue and white version.



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Posted 05 December 2013 - 02:14 AM

According to my research, it was issued in 1998. Updated the initial post. :)



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Posted 25 December 2013 - 12:51 PM

I'm not sure if this kit shares the same tooling, but I thought I would include it for completeness sake. In 1998 AMT released a metal body kit of a 1969 Blazer. This kit also has different wheels and tires than the usual Blazer kits which suggests a separate tooling.

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This diecast had to be done from newly-cut tooling, simply because while injection-molding is injection-molding,  the difference in materials used for the injection molding process are completely different--each has its advantages, and its limitations.  The biggest, and most important difference will be the inside surfaces of the body shell:  Where styrene plastic can flex a bit to allow demolding of a body shell having some "undercuts" inside, particularly on the inside surface of the body sides--which cuts down some on the amount of plastic being used, which means the cooled body shell has to flex outward a bit to come away from the inner core mold--Zamak (the metal used virtually universally for diecasts) does not give any tolerance for such--therefore, the inner core mold for a one piece body shell mold must have straight sides  with a few degrees of "draft angle" to allow the solidified metal body shell to come away from the inner core mold freely--with no chance of any flexing outward of the body sides themselves.

 

In addition, raised details on the exterior of a diecast body almost always will be thicker/heavier than those on a plastic counterpart; and the door & other recessed panel lines perhaps twice as wide and that much deeper.    In the case of recessed panel lines, those require raised "ridges" in the tooling.  While molten styrene plastic doesn't readily harm such tiny, thin-section "ridges", with the much higher heat used in Zamak diecasting (heated to very dull red heat), over time that heat from the molten metal will destroy the hardness of those little ridges, causing them to begin breaking off, resulting in noticeable imperfections in door and panel lines.  For this reason, diecast tooling doesn't last nearly as long as that used for injection molding styrene plastic.

 

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Posted 25 December 2013 - 02:11 PM

I believe Ertl offered that 69 Blazer as a Toy then decided to offer it as a kit

It was offered Before the Yellow box art Styrene 72 kit.

 

I have tried several times to get one, but have missed out

 

One thing about this kit. The body is in 2 main pieces.

The primary body with sides, etc, but the Hood & windshield frame are

the second piece.

The Roof is a separate Plastic piece.

Tires, as far as I remember from the Blueprinter/Replica newsletter are Hollow-Back

hard styrene!



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Posted 26 December 2013 - 03:44 AM

I always liked the GMC Grande pickup...had one as a kid...nice model 



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Posted 26 December 2013 - 01:44 PM

Wish RC2 had not butchered the GMC stepside into the "72 Chevy"

Fleetside we have had re-issued 4 times since the yellow/white box art.

It would be nice if they could offer the 70-72 Sierra Grande again

Hopefully a resin caster out there does or will!!!

 

What happened to the Cooter's Tow truck Tooling??

How did they loose that almost While In production, causing the

re-tooling of the GMC in the first place????



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Posted 27 December 2013 - 10:38 AM

Wondering...is the fan base for this model bigger then that of it's successor ('73-'86 model).

If the Moebius Ford P/U kits do well who knows what they will tackle next...


Edited by Luc Janssens, 27 December 2013 - 10:40 AM.


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Posted 27 December 2013 - 02:47 PM

Judging by price trends, the 73-87 seems to be more popular. The MPC kits for that generation are pretty darn good for the era. With some corrections they build into a good kit and hold up well, IMO.



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Posted 27 December 2013 - 04:04 PM

I believe Ertl offered that 69 Blazer as a Toy then decided to offer it as a kit

It was offered Before the Yellow box art Styrene 72 kit.

 

I have tried several times to get one, but have missed out

 

One thing about this kit. The body is in 2 main pieces.

The primary body with sides, etc, but the Hood & windshield frame are

the second piece.

The Roof is a separate Plastic piece.

Tires, as far as I remember from the Blueprinter/Replica newsletter are Hollow-Back

hard styrene!

I have one of those Blazers. It's not bad overall for a die cast. It was originally a promotional die cast, the Wix Filter version seems to the the one I've seen the most of, both alone and with a trailer/race car ('69 Camaro I think) combo. Mine is the unassembled version, painted orange, and has solid no name versions of the MPC Desert Dog tires.

 

Judging by price trends, the 73-87 seems to be more popular. The MPC kits for that generation are pretty darn good for the era. With some corrections they build into a good kit and hold up well, IMO.

I'll take any of them that Round 2 will reissue!



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Posted 27 December 2013 - 04:57 PM

Since there were No Wix locations near me, I never saw the Promo/Toy items.

I do wonder how many different liveries were offered on that Blazer.

 

I do remember the Kit in Toys R Us once or twice. But never had the $$ when they were there.
Now they go too high!!!

 

I can build one of th e M-K issues as a 69 Though!

I have a few extra 69 Pickup grills!!

and 2 complete kits, as well as a few Parts lots that should yield at least 2-3 More builds.

Though I MIGHT bash a couple into a Suburban of that era



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Posted 27 December 2013 - 07:18 PM

The only issue, Dan, is that the pickup and Blazer parts don't quite swap. The hoods are just different enough to not fit properly, and the pickup grilles are just a wee bit too small for the Blazer. I lucked out and managed to get the correct '69-70 Blazer grille in a parts lot; I just need the proper hood!



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Posted 28 December 2013 - 12:45 AM

Question: Were there many changes to the stock SBC engine in these kits over the years? My '67 lacks an engine and if a later-reissue version is the same, it will be easier to replace.

I've been cleaning up a damaged set of decals from the '67 Chevy pickup; if anyone else can use them here you go. Might need a bit more work but it's way better than it was:

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Also have this in a larger version (1965 x 1500).



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Posted 28 December 2013 - 12:59 PM

For the most part, They engine is the same in all issues.

But, The MPC kit had One air cleaner design, and AMT had a different one

Also take into account, the AMT GMC versions.

AND the Blazer/Jimmy kits as well!!

 

MPC's kits had Single Exhaust with Cross-over mainfolds

while AMT kits had twin exhaust.

The recent issues of the 72 are based on th e Original MPC Fleetside box, And

AMT GMC Stepside kit cab/chassis.

The grill & front bumper are one piece and Not as acurate as one from 

a Cooter's Tow Truck issue!!

That one had separate grill & bumper Like the 71 & 72 Annuals

or the 74 issue Longbox stepside and 2 modified versions. 

Heavy Pedal & Rolling Thunder.

These 2 had a Heavy duty type bumper not the stock one,

 while Heavy Pedal actually shows a Stock one in the box art.

Heavy pedal had a Deep set stock grill, but likely was a re-tool/modification

of the Tube type in the Rolling Thunder as I have read that Rolling Thunder

came second in this series with Heavy Pedal being the third and Final.

 

I like those decals, but for clearer printing, the larger file might work better.

 

I am not surprised that the Pickup & Blazer gills don't swap between kits.

The pickups have ALWAYS had the headlights cast in place, while the

Blazers/Jimmy's have Separate lenses.

Look at the M-K re-issue too.

Not only do you still get the GMC Jimmy headlight lenses (all 4)

you also get the Chrome Jimmy Badges.

All that kit needs is the GMC grill/bumper and we have a 2n1 kit!!!

 

MAYBE we can talk round2 into offering it that way soon!!

 

 

I do not have pictures of the engine parts, built engines or instructions at hand.

Give me a day or 2 and good Sunny weather with No wind, and I can take a few pic's

and if I remember, can look for instructions on the DPMCC fotki site, or in my files.

 

Sorry about this part, but, the camera I am using is an OLD 1.3 MP Sony, and

Does NOT like to take INDOOR Pic's At All!!

No matter how many and how BRIGHT the lights I add.

 

if anyone Has good pic's post them.



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Posted 28 December 2013 - 10:40 PM

 

I like those decals, but for clearer printing, the larger file might work better.

PM me your email and I'll send the file. Anyone else want a copy?



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Posted 23 November 2014 - 06:24 PM

 

Is it just me, or is the name on the bed of this tow truck kind of creeping you out? :blink:

 

 

Kevorkian (translated: "son of Kevork", which name along with Giragos is usually translated to "George"),  is a fairly common Armenian name, Mike. And while they might be related, who knows?

 

Charlie Larkin

 

Could be the same family- "Dr. Death" was born in Pontiac, and AMT often did use the names of real local businesses (remember they were based in the Detroit suburb of Troy back then), so it is possible.

 

That's the version of this kit I'd like to see reissued above all the rest- Kevorkian Bros. decal graphics or not.