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#121 Casey

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Posted 07 March 2013 - 05:03 AM

(presumably for the same reason Monogram called their Road Runner a Satellite--to avoid paying for the naming rights).

 

I think it was because MPC held the license from Warner Brothers to use the Road Runner cartoon and name at the same time the Satellite kit was new on the market...1984 or so?



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Posted 07 March 2013 - 05:05 AM

 

I think it was because MPC held the license from Warner Brothers to use the Road Runner cartoon and name at the same time the Satellite kit was new on the market...1984 or so?

The Monogram Satellite was in the '82-84 range IIRC.  No idea if MPC still had the license...they released the '74 RR as a 'GTX' in the mid '80s because I assume they didn't have a license then.


Edited by Rob Hall, 07 March 2013 - 05:06 AM.


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Posted 07 March 2013 - 06:42 AM

Funny that everyone complains but have any of you taken the next step?

 

Remember the kid that complained during a price freeze that Testors raised the price on the bottles of paint?

 

The best thing to do is file a complaint with your local District Attorney, they will then investigate - here's a link to the forms in Orange County and yes it works.



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Posted 07 March 2013 - 06:46 AM

 

 

The best thing to do is file a complaint with your local District Attorney, they will then investigate - here's a link to the forms in Orange County and yes it works.

That would be silly w/ a model car, wouldn't it?



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Posted 07 March 2013 - 06:47 AM

One blunder IIRC in the '90s was the instructions of the AMT Ford Ranger mentioned checking w/ your local Chevy dealer for color codes, etc.   Or it was vice versa w/ an AMT Chevy S10 kit.  



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Posted 07 March 2013 - 06:48 AM

That would be silly w/ a model car, wouldn't it?

 

It's the principle. False advertising is false advertising, no matter how "trivial" the product may be.



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Posted 07 March 2013 - 06:50 AM

Here's a neat one from Premier or Palmer.  Ford Falcon? 

 

Aside from the fact that that "Falcon" looks a lot like a T-bird...  :P

 

WHY is there a snowman on the box??? 



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Posted 07 March 2013 - 07:23 AM

That would be silly w/ a model car, wouldn't it?

Why would it? Deceptive advertising is a big deal in today's market, once the DA sends the complaint on to the manufacturer they can respond, correct the problem or it moves to the next level.

In cases like this it involves product crossing state lines and has more weight.

 

Until you take the manufacturer to task they will keep repeating their mistakes, I don't believe fraud is involved just some poor marketing/production mistakes. The current Revell '50 Olds produced without the wide whitewalls advertised on the box is a prime example, sure Revell will send you the tires they should have provided IF you know about that program. The point is they should have had to pull the product and have an advertising campaign to inform the injured parties.

 

The laws are there to protect consumers from abuse, use them or lose those rights.



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Posted 07 March 2013 - 07:42 AM

I still love the AMT S10 Xtreme with what appears to be a 5-speed, manual or automatic since it has 3 pedals and both shifters  lol



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Posted 07 March 2013 - 04:52 PM

Something always seemed off about the 4wd wheels & tires on those kits...I read somewhere that they may have been 1/20th scale parts.

 

Same with the AMT '84 GMC/Fall Guy truck. The wheels and tires look like they'd be more at home on a 1/20 scale kit.



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Posted 07 March 2013 - 06:56 PM

 
Same with the AMT '84 GMC/Fall Guy truck. The wheels and tires look like they'd be more at home on a 1/20 scale kit.


Those are 1/20 wheels and tires. I believe originally from one of the 1/20 vans???

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Posted 07 March 2013 - 06:57 PM

Makes sense then. :lol: They do look good on a lifted truck though.



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Posted 08 March 2013 - 04:38 AM

Yeah, the Fall Guy wheels are from I think a 1:16 scale kit or some such. The rims and tires exchange perfectly with those from the MPC Dodge kits. I think in 1:25 scale they end up being around 20" rims or so...



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Posted 20 March 2013 - 12:03 PM

 

WHY is there a snowman on the box??? 

 

Because it was some poor kid's Christmas present!  Probably from a well meaning aunt or the school dollar gift exchange!

 

I have a Revell  SS United States kit with a Christmas sticker on it.



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Posted 20 March 2013 - 01:59 PM

Not on the box top, but I just got the Revell '69 Camaro Z/28 RS kit (yeah... I actually bought a Camaro kit...), and the car in the photo on the instruction sheet is lowered and has large diameter billet wheels and low profile tires, but the kit is stock-only.



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Posted 20 March 2013 - 04:21 PM

 

Because it was some poor kid's Christmas present!  Probably from a well meaning aunt or the school dollar gift exchange!

 

I have a Revell  SS United States kit with a Christmas sticker on it.

 

I went back and looked at it... yeah, that must be it. At first I thought the snowman was printed on the box!



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Posted 21 March 2013 - 03:48 AM

I call it false advertising. Big difference between box art and actual parts.

 

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Posted 21 March 2013 - 11:20 AM

:lol: Makes a snap kit look difficult!



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Posted 21 March 2013 - 11:43 AM

It sure does !  : )



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Posted 22 March 2013 - 03:25 AM

How about this one I'll let you guys figure out whats wrong with this one.

 

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