I was lucky enough to be able to snag one of The Modelhaus' new 1957 Dodge Coronet D-501 2 door sedan kits at NNL East. In a word, this kit is fantastic. Don & Carol have outdone themselves with this one.
The body is superb. It is made as a curbside, with the hood molded in, but it has great detail, moldings and emblems that are clearly visible. The interior is a platform, with separate side panels. Its based off the 57 Chrysler 300 with new side panel detail and correct bench seats. The chassis is a one piece, but will do the trick for a curbside. Chrome is excellent, vacuum formed f&r glass is super clear, and lots of small detail parts are in there, too. Tires are wide whites with dog dish caps.
It is possible to do some surgery and combine this one with the chassis from the 57 Chrysler, but its not a drop in. The Chrysler chassis needs to be shortened a scale 4". The engine should be good as-is, as the blocks were the same, but the air cleaners were a bit different on the D-501s.
This will make a real nice replica of a car never before kitted. Of course, those who know me know it'll be a replica vintage police car when I'm done. My research so far show that this car was used by the Ohio Turnpike Patrol, Missouri State Highway Patrol, Nebraska State Patrol and of course, the CHP.
Its priced at $95, but well worth it.
Edited by tomsheehy, 22 April 2013 - 03:17 AM.