Round2 Models announces Legends of the Quarter Mile kits and diecasts
Posted 12 April 2012 - 02:21 AM
"Round 2, LLC, is thrilled to introduce Legends of the Quarter Mile™, a new line of drag racing memorabilia including 1:25 scale plastic model kits, 1:64 scale slot cars and highly detailed die cast 1:18 scale replica Funny Cars. Round 2 is going back to the heart of the sport of drag racing with these desirable collectibles.
Legends of the Quarter Mile will honor the Funny Car racers of the late 1960s through the 1970s, when the sport of drag racing was starting to gain real momentum. Fans flocked to the tracks to see the flashy and unpredictable over-the-top racers, with their flip-up bodies on a tube chassis, filled with the growing technology of the era. These cars set the stage for drag racing as we know it today. Legendary names in drag racing like what they’ve seen of the new line, and can’t wait to get their hands on these new products.
“Cars like this are what drag racing stands for,” said “Big” Jim Dunn, NHRA Hall of Fame member, former Funny Car driver and current NHRA team owner. “These are truly legends of the sport, and I’m honored to be a part of this history.”
The Legends of the Quarter Mile model kit series will feature MPC, Polar Lights and AMT kits 1:25 scale. Legends model kits will kick off with Arnie “The Farmer” Beswick’s 1969 “The Super Judge” GTO Funny Car in September, followed in October by another famous flopper to be announced soon. This will be the first time in decades that many of these kits have been reissued and they are rated as skill level 2 with paint and cement required.
Additionally, Auto World is creating 1:64 scale slot cars in the style of the classic drag racers as well. The Legends line of slot cars will feature Funny Car bodies on Auto World’s 4Gear chassis, which has an extended wheelbase and large dragster-inspired wheels and tires. Best of all, two neodymium traction magnets make them the perfect “engines” for these classic Funny Cars.
Also being released is a slot car drag strip track set. It includes the vintage race cars along with 13 feet of track, two variable speed controllers and an LED Christmas tree with in-track sensors and win lights, letting you bring the thrill of drag racing to your own living room!
Auto World is investing in all-new tooling for the Legends die cast line, which will debut with four cars in 2012, and is projecting six to 10 cars next year, all as limited editions. The Legends line represents the first time that vintage Funny Cars have been replicated so authentically in the 1:18 scale.
Shirley “Cha Cha” Muldowney, NHRA Hall of Fame member and renowned Funny Car and Top Fuel dragster driver, is excited to be included in the 2013 lineup, too. “These cars look beautiful. I can’t wait to see my old Mustang in this large-scale replica,” said Muldowney, also known as the “First Lady of Drag Racing.”
The 1:18 scale is an ideal size for Auto World to create such a detailed model, with room to include all the features that bring a Funny Car to life. These die cast cars will have over 100 parts, including soft rubber tires, authentic replica plastic Funny Car bodies styled just like the real thing with historically accurate graphics, detailed wheels, and manufacturer-specific engines that are fully wired and plumbed.
“Everything about these cars looks fantastic,” Round 2 President Tom Lowe said. “We’re the first one to do it in this level of detail. This era of drag racing was the start of all the excitement and noise, and we’re proud to be able to be a part of it in our own way.”
Look for these exciting race cars at your local hobby store in the third and fourth quarters of 2012 and see more information online at www.autoworldhobby.com/legends."
(end of press release)
LG COMMENTS: The next kits in the series following the Beswick Super Judge will be the Tommy Grove "The Going Thing" 70 Mustang (from the Polar Lights Gas Ronda/Blue Max tooling) and the Candies and Hughes '69 Cuda (from the Polar Lights Don Schumacher/Big John Mazmanian tooling). More reissues will be coming from AMT, MPC, and Polar Lights tools. Keep 'em coming Round2!
I say that with a tear in my eye, as Slixx is going the way of the dodo just at the time we really need them!!!
Posted 12 April 2012 - 02:41 AM
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Posted 05 August 2012 - 10:03 AM
The model kits will be re-releases of MPC's Arnie Beswick's "Super Judge" '69 GTO & (pictured) Connie Kalitta's "Bounty Hunter" Mustang, from AMT will be Ohio George Montgomery's '33 Willys. In December a Legends slot car drag strip set with working LED Christmas Tree. Sound like a good year!
It looks like the GTO Judge MPC Bounty Hunter Mustang F/Cs will be out in October and November, respectively.
Posted 05 August 2012 - 10:36 AM
Posted 05 August 2012 - 05:07 PM
Wow can't wait for these to hit the shops or the internet sellers. I will be getting a few.
Posted 05 August 2012 - 05:13 PM
Posted 05 August 2012 - 06:09 PM
Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't the '69 GTO Judge kit the same kit which was released by Model King a few years ago?:
Looks like it might be the same kit but w/ different decals and box art..
Posted 17 August 2012 - 05:30 AM
The next kits in the series following the Beswick Super Judge will be the Tommy Grove "The Going Thing" 70 Mustang (from the Polar Lights Gas Ronda/Blue Max tooling)
Tower Hobbies lists the Tommy Grove and Barracuda F/C kits as June 2013 releases:
Posted 21 August 2012 - 02:55 PM
Glad to see the Tommy Grove kit is still coming - I had not heard anything about it in 2 years I bet. I'd like another Charger f/c for all the extra parts it had, but now that Revell's Chargers have massively trumped T/Ls, I doubt we will ever see those P/L Chargers again.
Posted 22 August 2012 - 06:41 AM
Posted 22 August 2012 - 07:00 AM
The Jungle Jim Monza FC kit a few years back had both Jim and Pam figures included!
Yeah, but Pam looked like a shaved Gorilla.
Posted 11 September 2012 - 09:56 AM
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Yeah, but Pam looked like a shaved Gorilla.[/u]
Some of her features looked reasonably accurate: