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#21 LongRoofNut

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Posted 17 June 2013 - 09:00 PM

It is crazy how some of this stuff goes off the scales in price. I think I will dive into cutting my "Vantacy" reissued kit and go from there.



#22 1972coronet

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Posted 18 June 2013 - 02:46 AM

Was there a 454 option in the early issues of this van kit ?

I could swear that the Red Alert racing team van listed a 454 as an option instead of the 350 (yes , I am aware that the Red Alert was an LS-6 Chevelle ; I'm referring to the van's engine choices) .


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Posted 18 June 2013 - 06:42 AM

Was there a 454 option in the early issues of this van kit ?

I could swear that the Red Alert racing team van listed a 454 as an option instead of the 350 (yes , I am aware that the Red Alert was an LS-6 Chevelle ; I'm referring to the van's engine choices) .

 

John,

 

I had this kit soon after it was released and if I recall my kit had the 454 for the Chevelle and the 350 for the Chevy van..



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Posted 18 June 2013 - 07:33 AM

I've only seen these kits with the same basic 70's truck small block, even the 80's A-Team one. Also, while I don't know about back in the 70's, but these vans could be ordered with the TBI 454's in the 90's (A-Team van and 454SS truck kits would work well there ;) )

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Posted 18 June 2013 - 03:18 PM

I couldn't find a listing for any big block engines as an option in the second generation Chevrolet vans until '88. Even then, it was limited to the G30 1 ton vans.



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Posted 24 October 2013 - 08:50 AM

Is there anyone who has an original kit and can take photo's of the contents?

Because IIRC the side panels (behind the front doors and between the upper beltline and roof) were separate parts, so if the inserts of window option still exist, it would be neat just to include it as a option for those who can handle a saw and knife ;^)

 

The side panels have been permanently and irreversibly "installed", so this body can never go back to the original version with upper separate inserts without a major reworking of the body shell. I'm guessing Round2 looked into that possibility, but considering the most recent "Dirty Donny" version is what currently exists, and the Rescue version's box art depicts a panel van, going back to the original body shell isn't something I'd expect to ever see happen.

 

Here's the original Rescue version:

 

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Posted 24 October 2013 - 08:51 AM

I'm guessing this '72 Chevy Sportvan Strip 'n' Surf version, kit T518, came after the Rescue version, but here's a look at that kit, courtesy of a current eBay listing:

 

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Posted 08 December 2013 - 09:23 PM

Thank you for the pictures Casey.



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Posted 09 December 2013 - 03:09 AM

I have the(mini motor home)and stock Chevy window van from my dads old collection been trying to restore was hoping the new release had the original options too....bummer!...there great kits!   My mini motor home one needs the raise roof parts and glass...other is rough..they also had opening hoods.



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Posted 16 January 2014 - 11:55 AM

looks like this van is in stock on Tower's site! Who is getting one first?



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Posted 23 January 2014 - 06:41 PM

I just ordered one from Model Roundup (the red-moulded version at that) and am now anxiously awaiting its delivery .

 

The box art alludes to having the sidelight ( colloq. , "windows" ) inserts ... remains to be seen . I don't care either way ; just nice to have this bad boy back in the mix !



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Posted 24 January 2014 - 02:16 AM

I just ordered one from Model Roundup (the red-moulded version at that) and am now anxiously awaiting its delivery .

 

The box art alludes to having the sidelight ( colloq. , "windows" ) inserts ... remains to be seen . I don't care either way ; just nice to have this bad boy back in the mix !

If it has the optional side panels I will get one or more of them.



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Posted 24 January 2014 - 06:11 AM

Please post contents when it arrives!

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Posted 24 January 2014 - 04:18 PM

The box art alludes to having the sidelight ( colloq. , "windows" ) inserts ... remains to be seen . 

 

If it has the optional side panels I will get one or more of them.

 

The side box art has been updated to reflect the lack of any side windows, so as stated in post #2, this is strictly a cargo van now:

 



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Posted 25 January 2014 - 03:20 AM

That is a bummer Casey....Hopefully there wont be any porthole windows per-opened at least as the box art shows...at least that will get some possible optional building choices to the builder with extra parts from a parts bin they might have.  Too bad though...the window van was a cool option.



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Posted 25 January 2014 - 03:56 AM

Perhaps someone will offer the original "optional side panels" in resin.  I would imagine that the cut outs for the side panels would be on the inside of the van body, unless they retooled it.  Just a thought - "hint, hint, hint"...

 

 

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Posted 25 January 2014 - 04:33 AM

Perhaps someone will offer the original "optional side panels" in resin.  I would imagine that the cut outs for the side panels would be on the inside of the van body, unless they retooled it.  Just a thought - "hint, hint, hint"...

 

 

David

That would be nice David...I have the window van and the one they called the Mini Motor Home open road both build ups needing work and parts from my dads old stuff...very cool kits.



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Posted 25 January 2014 - 04:53 AM

I'm guessing this '72 Chevy Sportvan Strip 'n' Surf version, kit T518, came after the Rescue version, but here's a look at that kit, courtesy of a current eBay listing:

 

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Wow Casey...I never knew any version of this kit existed with a set of surfboards and a blown 454 option!  Thanks for posting this....TIM



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Posted 25 January 2014 - 02:03 PM

Sadly, The retooling of the body did NOT leave markings for cutting out

the sides for  use of the Window panels!

I have the A-Team issue I have been working one since First issued!

 

You CAN see the marks for the windows in the rear doors though.

However, it would be MUCH easier to cut them out After cutting the

doors loose from the body!!

 

I did that on my Blue department Rescue Built from a "Sunchaser" issue!



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Posted 26 January 2014 - 11:10 AM

Thanks, Casey!