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1/16 MPC Nascar Petty Charger; a kit change just announced


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#41 navistar

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Posted 10 January 2013 - 12:08 PM

i wondered if i was the only one that remembered the 1/16 buddy baker charger.k&k insurance i believe molded in red plastic. ihad them both as a kid. i painted the clear body on the petty charger anyway.wonder if they will reissue the baker charger?

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Posted 11 January 2013 - 02:39 AM

Hello David....I'm glad you too remember the Buddy Baker kit, it was molded with a red body and the front wheel openings were reshaped from the the Petty kit.   I had both of these kits when I was many years younger.

For thier time these kits were fantastic and from what I remember go together very well.

 

It shows the model companies had the capability of building detailed kits back then.

 

At any rate I've got three of these kits coming, and will defintely build them this time around.   Hope we see some aftermarket decals and lots pictures in this forum.

 

One last thing,  back around 1975, we had a local department store go out of business and as part of thier markdowns, they were selling both the Petty & Baker kits for about $3.00 each.   Yes, I said $3.00 each.  As a kid of about 15. I never thought to cut a few more yards for the extra money to buy everyone they had.

 

Happy modeling, and I hope everyone enjoys this GREAT reissue as much as I will.   Vernon



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Posted 11 January 2013 - 02:07 PM

I just bought one off eBay 35.99 free ship. I'll post pix unless someone beats me to it by mid week.

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted 11 January 2013 - 03:18 PM

I just bought one off eBay 35.99 free ship. I'll post pix unless someone beats me to it by mid week.

 

 

 

 

 

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I paid just a little more than that from my usual supplier. I'm expecting it by Mon. or Tues. 



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Posted 11 January 2013 - 04:41 PM

The opaque body doesn't bother me any. I'm pretty sure I still have a couple of cans of Clearveiw 2000 in my paint stash :lol:  :lol:



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Posted 11 January 2013 - 04:45 PM

Take a look at the vintage instruction sheet and see how many more parts there are for this car as compared to the DOH and Street Charger kit. Or, just enjoy the images.

 

None of us will know how many parts have been restored [hopefully all], till we tear open our kits when they arrive.

 

 

 

 

http://public.fotki....car-ch/001.html

 

 

Enjoy

 

 

 

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Posted 11 January 2013 - 05:21 PM

Got mine today....good job R2 on the restore....not 100% restored but about 99.5% so it's all good.

No screen material for the grille and decal sheet is a bit short.....but OK.



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Posted 11 January 2013 - 05:27 PM

I was hoping for the screen material.

Oh well. Just have to find it through Walther's or see if the R/C manufacturer

in Del has it in his Storefront Hobbyshop



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Posted 15 January 2013 - 09:51 AM

Interesting kit, but is it worth bying? I understand it´s a kit that dates back to the 70´s, but can it be built into a decent model?



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Posted 15 January 2013 - 10:33 AM

Interesting kit ? Worth Buying ? You'd have to ask your self if you are really into 1/16th scale kits, or if you have the room to display such a kit when finished. Then you might look at the instructions http://public.fotki....car-ch/001.html and answer that question for your self.



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Posted 15 January 2013 - 12:21 PM

@Futurabat - Thanks!

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 12:26 PM

@Greg Myers - I' ve allready seen the instructions, but thanks anyway. I find it hard to judge the quality of a kit by the instructions.

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 03:22 PM

I really think it's a big kit thing. Do you like them? Do you have room for them? Other wize, yes, it's a great kit. Lots of room for detailing. Do your home work. The detail parts included are worthy.



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Posted 15 January 2013 - 05:36 PM

I'm looking forward to getting one,  not looking forward to masking for the red area, hopefully easier on a big body!



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Posted 15 January 2013 - 06:15 PM

Stefan, My first contact with this particular kit was back in 1982. I was a Petty fan club advisor for the state of Ohio. My family and I went to Pocono that year and I wound up helping out with the fan club meeting as the Pennsylvania advisor couldn't be there. I bought the Petty and Baker 1/16th kits from a vendor there and was blown away. Having actually spent time inside of the #43 Charger I was absolutely amazed at how well MPC had captured all the details of the car. I suggest replacing the vinyl hoses and spark plug wires. The Petty's used either black or blue spark plug wires and the rest of the hoses were braided with A&N fittings. That will make it even more accurate.

Richard himself it turns out, had given MPC access to one of the backup cars and every bit of help he could at the time. It paid off big time. If you like NASCARS and larger scale cars you cannot go wrong with this vintage piece no matter what colors you put on it.

 

P.S. Word is at least one aftermarketer is doing Baker decals for this car as well. :) 



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Posted 15 January 2013 - 10:02 PM

@MAGNUM4342 - Thanks for the info! Yes, I do like NASCAR - especially cars from that era. Even if I prefer 1/24-1/25 scale models, I don´t mind building large scale model cars. I think they´re pretty cool (or should that be: Petty cool?  :) )



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Posted 16 January 2013 - 02:29 AM


My first response is to Bill Burmeister, If you have any extra cans of the Clearview 2000, could I get one from you.   I bought some back when Scale Auto first ran the add but over the years it seamed to disappear.

 

I'm glad someone else remembers the greatest April Fools Day joke of the modeling world.  I'll never forget all the people calling the local hobby shops trying to find this stuff.

 

Second, The Petty kit is well worth the money.  I'm not a big 1/16th scale fan, but as a Petty and MOPAR fan, it's a must have.

It's a shame MPC never appled this technology to the 1/25th scale kits.

 

I built these kits as a kid and was impressed at how well they went together.  Now as an adult (and hopefully better modeler) I can hardly wait to get started on the reissue.  The first of my pre-orders just came and looks fantastic. The big difference I see is the front wheel openings are the same shape as the Buddy Baker K&K Insurance version.

 

Other that it is missing the screen for the grille, no big deal. 

 

Take my word on it, this is one nice kit.  Hope everyone enjoys these kits and we see a lot of finished pictures in this forum.

 

Vernon



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Posted 16 January 2013 - 03:17 AM

@Vernon - Sounds good  :) I´ve just ordered a kit, looking forward to its arrival. Does anybody know where to purchase 1/16 scale braided lines & A/N fittings? Any ideas (or alternatives) are welcome.

Thanks for all input & response.



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Posted 16 January 2013 - 03:37 AM

Hello Sjoberg.....I thought Model Car Garage offered it, but after checking thier site, they show 1/25th scale hose but not 1/16th scale.

I may have some info at home and will check after work.  I'll try to get back to you in the morning.

Vernon



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Posted 16 January 2013 - 03:42 AM

Sjoberg....Try the guys at detailmaster.com.  They might be able to help you.

Vernon