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#21 1972coronet

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Posted 10 February 2013 - 07:38 PM

Gosh darn it ! I knew I shouldn't have bid-max on that Teddy Ruxpin doll ! The same amount of money would've brought this baby home instead ... *GrUmPH*



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Posted 11 February 2013 - 05:54 AM

I have a built up of a 1968 Chevrolet fleet-side that I am going to convert to a ramp bed hauler (someday )

 

These trucks  can bring some pretty crazy money,, why I simply don't understand. Something tells me the tooling style exists and deep down my gut says if the Moebius Ford does well  I would not be surprised to see the Chevy  re-appear in some form


Edited by gtx6970, 11 February 2013 - 05:54 AM.


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Posted 11 February 2013 - 02:37 PM

These trucks  can bring some pretty crazy money,, why I simply don't understand.


This is what happens when certain versions were issued only once and the tooling modified. Look for any original tooling versions of kits and you will see ridiculous prices.

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Posted 11 February 2013 - 04:44 PM

Forget Originals, Look at the last 4 re-issues of the 72 Chevy and see Ridiculous Prices!!!!

The Yellow/White Ertl First, the Blue & White, the Rides, & the Red 1:1 Shortbox 

box art kits ALL go over or start at $30.++!!

 

I want more of these, but at the prices they demand, I won't be getting any!!



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Posted 11 February 2013 - 06:08 PM

 

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Is it just me, or is the name on the bed of this tow truck kind of creeping you out? :blink:


Edited by Custom Mike, 11 February 2013 - 06:09 PM.


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Posted 12 February 2013 - 05:23 AM

I saw that too Custom Mike. I would like to have a set of those decals for a "thinking outside of the box" build.



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Posted 19 February 2013 - 10:23 AM

Hi,

I haven't found any place for introducing me so I will do here:

My name is Jens, I live in Germany. I build (well, currently I rather collect) virtually anything that can be built into a stock American car or truck. As long as it is old enough...

 

Concerning this topic:

I have the 69 MPC Fleetside annual (red plastic). I found this one as not very accurate. It rather is a 68 MPC annual with the new for 69 hood and a bit of changes around the side markers, IIRC. At least MPC did nothing to update the side trim which changed for 69. My opinion is that the AMT 69 kit is by far the better one. Don't have any 1970 kit, so I don't know if these are better.

As someone already said the 69 AMT kit was available in another box (T330) with spectacular box art. It is shown in front of an open garage. The contents of the box are the same as the annual kit, even decals and instructions are the same.

Also I have a 72 GMC Jimmy (T428), the orange car with the Honda bike. I have an issue with the box bottom of the 1973 25th anniversary, as someone already told. Decals date from "73". My version differs from another one I found on the net as it has clear windows, the other one's are black tinted. My kit has the deep dish steelies on the chrome tree, the other one doesn't have them. Also one of the stock full wheel covers is in another place on the tree!

71 and 72 GMC Sierra Grande:

The last one the original poster showed is the 1971 kit. The orange one with the stock cab. The red one is the 72 annual in two versions of the box. I believe the one without the "72" is made and sold after the 1972 model year was over. Maybe they kind of made an additional run of boxes for leftover parts ?! I have seen a lot of kits from MPC and AMT with either the year shown or "NEW" or even nothing on it, like on this one. Also I have some boxes of 1970 annuals and the Motor City Stockers where the price suffix after the kit number is either not printed at all or it is blacked out. For me this is a hint that they sold these kits still after 1970, maybe at slightly higher prices.


Edited by JS23U, 19 February 2013 - 10:30 AM.


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Posted 19 February 2013 - 10:42 AM

I would hope that if this subject were ever to be re-released, that they would do a new tool of the chassis/drivetrain so that it's not the lame hunk-o-junk chassis with everything molded in.



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Posted 19 February 2013 - 12:49 PM

And redo the engine bay so that it is right.



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Posted 22 February 2013 - 09:34 AM

I'd love to see some these reissued or new tools created.

 

The tow truck is cool....then again, anything model-related featuring Armenians (Kevorkian's garage) usually are (not that I have any bias....) I do wonder if that was/is a real establishment? Given the address, I could see it as real, but curiosity gets the better of me.

 

From what I remember, wasn't the "Cooter" tow truck re-issued once in the not-too-distant past?

 

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Posted 22 February 2013 - 09:37 AM

 

Is it just me, or is the name on the bed of this tow truck kind of creeping you out? :blink:

Kevorkian (translated: "son of Kevork", which name along with Giragos is usually translated to "George"),  is a fairly common Armenian name, Mike. And while they might be related, who knows?

 

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Posted 25 February 2013 - 05:34 AM

I just now noticed that the Blazer/Jimmy kits have 6-lug wheels up front and 5-lug wheels out back...  :huh:



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Posted 25 February 2013 - 08:43 AM

I just now noticed that the Blazer/Jimmy kits have 6-lug wheels up front and 5-lug wheels out back...  :huh:

 

That only becomes a problem when you go to do a 4 tire rotation!  :P



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Posted 25 February 2013 - 02:35 PM

The spare wheel is 5 lug also. The 6 lug wheels would be the correct ones for that application, the 5 lug are for 2wd.



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Posted 25 February 2013 - 02:55 PM

The Cooter's kit was never re-issued. It was in the line up for a while, but never came back.

The Yellow/White built box art is the first of this truck to return after the Cooter's kit.

And we have been told it is based on 2-3 different sets of tooling.

ie; original bed from 72 Annual, cab converted from 72 GMC Shortbox Stepside kit.

New Chevy grill, etc.



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Posted 26 February 2013 - 12:52 AM

Thank you Chris for your kit history articles.  They are very informative as well as the discussions about them.  Keep em coming it is appreciated.      



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Posted 27 February 2013 - 04:18 PM

http://www.ebay.com/...984.m1555.l2649

 

found this one on ebay



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Posted 28 February 2013 - 09:12 AM

That must be the other box mentioned by Don Sikora back in post #16. Cool!


Edited by kataranga, 28 February 2013 - 09:19 AM.


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Posted 19 November 2013 - 09:20 AM

Oh my brother probably still wants to kill me over the fact that I was a lil guy and loved playing with his models especially his rolling thunder mpc kit I killed that thing. I've always wanted to find another to build it again but have never seen one

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Posted 19 November 2013 - 03:36 PM

The "Rolling Thunder version of MPC's Longbox Stepside is evidently the Rarest version

of that kit.

I have the 74 issue showing a Gold built with the Motorcycle, and 'Heavy Pedal'

black built on the box.

 

Rolling Thunder is Blue, and includes the "Sleeper Box" behind the cab.

 

I too wish Moebius, or some one else would do a new Modern tooling of this era Chevy/GMC pickup series!

 

And Yes, Many have the Same side trim over all years. Interior is the same too.

Though Some issues have an arm rest, or center seat, while others don't

 

I would be very happy to have the 72 re-issued again as it was last time. It has gotten So expensive

for such a Recent & Common kit!!!!!