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#1 wrecker388

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Posted 30 May 2012 - 04:49 PM

I`m wanting to build one ,my parents have the car and told me i could have it,wanting a kit to get idea of what looks good... One of the land boats like this

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Posted 30 May 2012 - 05:02 PM

if not i`ll try to scratch build,mostly square so shouldn't be all that hard

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Posted 30 May 2012 - 06:03 PM

The only one that exists is a Lindberg 1/32 and they're very hard to find. I've been wanting one in 1/24-25 cuz my first car was a 78.

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Posted 30 May 2012 - 06:06 PM

There's the body style before this, and the one after (the first Fox body variant) exists as a NASCAR stocker, but not a '78. Wouldn't mind having one myself in 1:24 or 1:25. I've never even seen this body done as a resin body for a NASCAR model, which kind of suprises me.

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Posted 31 May 2012 - 07:15 AM

Any survey I see from a Model Maker , this is my first request . I am in for three . A three in one to be exact . All three years of this one :'77 - '78 - '79 . A '78 is what I owned , 1:1 . Great car . Thanx ..

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Posted 31 May 2012 - 10:35 AM

i would cast one if someone can master it

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Posted 03 June 2012 - 01:39 PM

I would love to have its cousin in a vintage 79! Xr-7 to be exact like mine! So i can add the little details to make it japanese!

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Posted 03 June 2012 - 09:27 PM

A while back on this board this particular car came up, along with the 1977-79 Lincoln Continental Mark V. Someone posted a link to another board that showed a fellow doing a master of the Mark V, and in the background------there was a master for a VERY well done '77-'78 T-Bird.

The Mark V was very well done too as a matter of fact!

I wish I could have saved the link, but unfortunately I didn't, nor can I remember the fellow who made the master or what message board it was on. I don't think he's a member of this one.

Anyone out there remember this thread?? :unsure:

I too would LOVE to see a resin (or even a full kit) of this car, as this was one of my favorites from my end of high school days back then. I was tickled when Ford first came out with the '77 as the previous one was WAY to big and bloated for what it was.

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Posted 05 June 2012 - 12:05 PM

There's the body style before this, and the one after (the first Fox body variant) exists as a NASCAR stocker, but not a '78. Wouldn't mind having one myself in 1:24 or 1:25. I've never even seen this body done as a resin body for a NASCAR model, which kind of suprises me.

They weren't NASCAR's ,Torino`s were.

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Posted 05 June 2012 - 02:54 PM

Not in 81 they weren't using Torinos.
The 81 T-Bird IS a Nascar kit Only.
Otaki/Arii still occasionally offers the 72+ 'Bird kit. But as a Japanese market only
kit, it is rather expensive here.

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Posted 05 June 2012 - 03:03 PM

MCW does a NASCAR resin 77-78 Thunderbird. And as Cup cars of this era are very close to stock...start with that. Add a chassis from a JoHan or AMT 1972 NASCAR Gran Torino stock car kit and all you will need to build is an interior. I have one part finished but stalled for a while now. The Lindberg 1/32 is junk....way off in all details....I know I have it.

You may be able to source a few interior parts from a Model King AMT 71 Bird....they are still out there.....contact MK if you need one.

Edited by Dave Van, 05 June 2012 - 03:04 PM.


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Posted 05 June 2012 - 03:08 PM

Not in 81 they weren't using Torinos.
The 81 T-Bird IS a Nascar kit Only.
Otaki/Arii still occasionally offers the 72+ 'Bird kit. But as a Japanese market only
kit, it is rather expensive here.

That '72 is also WAY overscale- it's listed as 1:24, but it's a bit closer to 1:20-ish.

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Posted 07 June 2012 - 11:11 AM

Talk about a missing in action model.

I would like to see one of these in 1/25, too. I always thought these were nicely-styled, well-proportioned cars.

Charlie Larkin

Edited by charlie8575, 08 June 2012 - 09:58 PM.


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Posted 07 June 2012 - 03:59 PM

Not in 81 they weren't using Torinos.
The 81 T-Bird IS a Nascar kit Only.
Otaki/Arii still occasionally offers the 72+ 'Bird kit. But as a Japanese market only
kit, it is rather expensive here.

'78 T-birds were`nt NASCAR's Torino's were in 78 , in '81 they were using Thunderbird's but the body style had changed in '79

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Posted 07 June 2012 - 09:13 PM

Got this picture from my sister, would love to build this in model form.
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Posted 08 June 2012 - 02:30 PM

Bobby Allison drove Bud Moore's 77 T-Bird, Not Torino!!

the other mag showed one of the Lindberg 1/32 scale built as the Nascar!!

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Posted 08 June 2012 - 02:32 PM

Every time I suggest something like this, I get shouted down.
I even made a fake box art for it.

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Posted 08 June 2012 - 02:59 PM

Bobby Allison drove Bud Moore's 77 T-Bird, Not Torino!!

the other mag showed one of the Lindberg 1/32 scale built as the Nascar!!

Never had seen one,sorry lol

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Posted 09 June 2012 - 06:20 PM

Every time I suggest something like this, I get shouted down.
I even made a fake box art for it.

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I love that box art! We just got my 1:1 car out today,and it moved under its own power ,not kidding the old 302 still fired

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Posted 10 June 2012 - 12:18 AM

Cars from this era still don't get the exposure they deserve.
They were not nearways as bad or ugly as common folklore wants us to believe.

This Thunderbird:

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has paced each and every stockcar race in Holland since it was bought new in 1978 and is still used today. I don't even want to know how many races it has paced, or what the current mileage is. It is also used to haul a trailer full of equipment back and forth between the various tracks.
The only thing I have ever seen going wrong with it was a snapped fanbelt on a pace lap.