what ever happened to mpc and they heyday of model kits?
Posted 08 October 2012 - 04:11 AM
Posted 09 October 2012 - 01:57 PM
as a kid, i preferred mpc over revell as they had metal axles and were 'tougher' than the fragile revell suspensions. as a mature modeller, i prefer the detail and realism of revell's kits. i guess that's how priorities change.
MPC's heydeys were long over by the time I got into models in the early '80s, so MPC kits didn't appeal to me at all.
Posted 09 October 2012 - 02:46 PM
Wouldn't have traded it for the world , they built up quite nicely for their time and place . I find it hilarious when I hear guys griping about this and that kit in today's model world . Most have no clue , they would have gone berserk back then ! We were just thrilled to get new kits every year .
The really sad part about it all ....... We are in a golden age right now when it comes to kits and most are totally oblivious to the fact .
Posted 09 October 2012 - 05:31 PM
as a kid, i preferred mpc over revell as they had metal axles
Maybe that's why I was a Monogram loyalist- no metal axles...just ill-proportioned bodies.
I think my first MPC kit was the "Ram Tuff" Dodge longbed monster truck, but I also bought the '74 Pro Street 'Cuda, Jeep Commando (which did get built/finished), Toyota Supra, and the best (and last?) MPC kit, the '69 Olds Cutlass. I currently have two MPC '74 Dodge vans, a '77 Chevette, and a half-dozen ZIngers!, but I like to think I now have the skills and interest to make better what I couldn't or didn't want to thirty years ago.
Posted 09 October 2012 - 06:37 PM
Posted 09 October 2012 - 06:40 PM
and the best (and last?) MPC kit, the '69 Olds Cutlass.
I've always wondered if that kit had a different design team at MPC or if they just decided to go out on a high note & offer one last, great 1/25 car. Either way, it was leagues better than most of their releases. The chassis is very well designed and features poseable steering and a fairly accurate suspension. The grille utilizes paintable glue-in inserts (instead of making you detail paint the grille's chromed surface), and it features clear plastic headlight lenses instead of MPC's usual molded-in chrome units. MPC's "optional" wheels can be hit-or-miss, but this kit has a very nice set of 5-spoke mags that are period-perfect.