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#1 Casey

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Posted 04 September 2012 - 07:46 AM

Here's what's inside of the 1/25 MPC '77 Chevy Chevette kit, billed as a two-in-one kit with either a Stock or Rally version possible: http://modelkitrevie...-chevy-chevette



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Posted 04 September 2012 - 08:01 AM

Didn't know it was coming back. Nice. :D

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Posted 04 September 2012 - 08:52 AM

Neat...I built that kit as a kid back in the day..still have it, in it's brushpainted glue bomb form as I built it at age 8...

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Posted 04 September 2012 - 08:58 AM

Sure would love to get one of these kits, not sure why but they have always had a soft spot in my heart.

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Posted 04 September 2012 - 11:33 AM

Looks like a neat little kit (if you're into Chevettes, that is... :D ). The extra diorama parts and figures are cool.

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Posted 04 September 2012 - 11:51 AM

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Posted 04 September 2012 - 12:38 PM

Definatly want one, I've owned 2 Chevettes, a 77 and a 76.

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Posted 04 September 2012 - 01:40 PM

It looks like a nice kit , but why ? Did MPC sell a lot of these or did they end up on the "sale" tables ?
I'll apologize now since I'm sure I'll get blasted for that comment .
BOB .

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Posted 04 September 2012 - 02:49 PM

It looks like a nice kit , but why ? Did MPC sell a lot of these or did they end up on the "sale" tables ?
I'll apologize now since I'm sure I'll get blasted for that comment .
BOB .

BLAST!!!! :lol: :P

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Posted 04 September 2012 - 03:11 PM

When I first started selling cars in 1978, the very first car I sold was a new Light Blue Metallic 1978 Chevette. I have one in my display case which was a built up I bought on Ebay. I would like to get two of these kits somehow to do the car right, as the one I sold was a 4-door, and MPC' Model was a two door.

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Posted 04 September 2012 - 03:13 PM

It looks like a nice kit , but why ? Did MPC sell a lot of these or did they end up on the "sale" tables ?
I'll apologize now since I'm sure I'll get blasted for that comment .
BOB .


Bob,

Those were the days of annual kits and for some strange reason, I always thought the Chevette was a neat little car. My best friend from the neighborhood had a couple of different ones and they were simple little cars to drive and maintain, if they were not abused.

I wish the couple I had back in the late 70's didn't get tossed when my Dad decided to clean the basement out one weekend but there were some other more valuable kits he tossed too! I guess it was payback for the missing tools from my bicycle building days!

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Posted 04 September 2012 - 03:20 PM

The 1:1 was a re-badged Isuzu Gemini, they sold in Australia as a Holden Gemini

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Posted 04 September 2012 - 03:34 PM

Thanks for the retro-review , Casey !

I've built a number of these when I was young (back when these annuals were new) , and , yes , they were typically in the bargain bins at the fledgling department stores ( Penney's , et al. ) .

I'd like to have one of these now a days ! I'd build it as a fictitious Baldwin-Motion Phase III !

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Posted 04 September 2012 - 07:38 PM

The 1:1 was a re-badged Isuzu Gemini, they sold in Australia as a Holden Gemini


I seem to remember seeing a variation of the Chevette on one of the earlier modern Dr. Who shows (the Dr. was being played by the villn from the second "Gone in 60 Seconds") and I thought those were sold by Opel too.

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Posted 04 September 2012 - 11:43 PM

There was a Pontiac version called the Pontiac T-1000 for at least a couple of years.

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Posted 05 September 2012 - 03:17 AM

The 1:1 was a re-badged Isuzu Gemini, they sold in Australia as a Holden Gemini




There was a Pontiac version called the Pontiac T-1000 for at least a couple of years.


http://cars.about.co...et-Chevette.htm

"The Chevette was one of General Motors' early examples of global platform sharing. The "T-car" was developed concurrently as the Chevrolet Chevette in North America and Brazil, the Pontiac T1000 in the US and Canada, the Vauxhall Chevette in England, the Opel Kadett in continental Europe, the Isuzu Gemini in Asia and the Holden Gemini in Australia. Each model had styling and powertrains suited to each particular market. The Chevette was a success, as was the concept of global platform sharing."

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Posted 05 September 2012 - 03:29 AM

http://cars.about.co...et-Chevette.htm

"The Chevette was one of General Motors' early examples of global platform sharing. The "T-car" was developed concurrently as the Chevrolet Chevette in North America and Brazil, the Pontiac T1000 in the US and Canada, the Vauxhall Chevette in England, the Opel Kadett in continental Europe, the Isuzu Gemini in Asia and the Holden Gemini in Australia. Each model had styling and powertrains suited to each particular market. The Chevette was a success, as was the concept of global platform sharing."


And all this was a precursor to the "J" body cars that debuted in 1982 which ultimately led to the demise of the "T" car. Who could forget the wonderful FWD Cavalier from Chevy and of course the luxury version Cadillac Cimarron?!?!?!

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Posted 05 September 2012 - 03:35 AM

And all this was a precursor to the "J" body cars that debuted in 1982 which ultimately led to the demise of the "T" car. Who could forget the wonderful FWD Cavalier from Chevy and of course the luxury version Cadillac Cimarron?!?!?!


I would say the GM H-body cars (Vega/Astre/Monza/Sunbird/Firenza/Skyhawk) were the J-body's predecessors.

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Posted 05 September 2012 - 03:51 AM

I tend to buy more old kits than new so I'm grateful for retro reviews.
This was my first opportunity to look inside this kit and I appreciate the clear photography and text.

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Posted 05 September 2012 - 05:21 AM

Cool. Thanks for the pictures. I like the Chevette kit because it represents an era of model manufacturing that, for some reason, thought people would want models of cars that were mundane.

Really, the Chevette is an ugly slug - my wife had one for a time. The design is really void of anything interesting and that 4 cylinder put out a whopping 60 hp or so. It did get decent gas mileage though.

I like the model (and the accoutrements), just not a fan of the real deal.