The release of the MPC Young American front engined dragster was a big huge bit of great news for me. You see, this kit is the same plastic that was originally released as the Dan Garlits car way back in the Dark Ages. And that is a kit I have been searching for for years and years. On the very rare occasion that one did show up on eBay, the price immediately soared up into the 1:1 scale car payment category. Too much for me.
So, of course, first chance I had to get these new re-issues, I immediately bought two. (More about the second one in a minute)
This is a photo of the car as it sits in the Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing in Ocala, Florida.
I have the 'scraps' of several decal sheets from the original kit, enough to do the car, but they're pretty old and brittle and I wasn't sure if they would work or not. And so, just on a hunch, I checked the Slixx decal website and what to my wondering eyes do I see? They have a new sheet for this very car coming soon. I placed my pre-order immediately.
So, here's a photo of the mock-up to show the progress so far.
Mostly straight out of the box except for the engine. The engine that comes in this kit, like most MPC 426 Hemis, is notoriously poorly done so I've replaced it almost entirely with the engine from an AMT Tommy Ivo kit. A much better representation. The blower and injectors, however, are from my spares box. (They are both available in resin too)
So that's where I'm at with this one. I will finish the engine and then wait for the decals to arrive from Slixx before going any farther.
Oh yea, that second kit.
This kit can also be used to built SR 12-C's successor, Swamp Rat 13, shown here again in the museum.
This one will require building a new frame from the engine forward but that's easy and something I described in the April 2010 issue of Model Cars Magazine. The big problem with this car will be the markings because none of the decals from any previous Gralits kits are exactly right. Maybe Slixx will come through for me on this one too!