Worst decals ever included in a series of kits? I think so, but Revell's Lightnng Rods series might give these a run for their money. I honestly can't say there's a good looking vehicle in this series based upon what's shown on the box, but somehow they made it through to production, all twelve of them. I cite these as examples of just how bad the early '80s were: http://modelkitrevie...isin-usa-barris
AMT's "Cruisin USA by Barris" Kit Series
Posted 23 April 2013 - 11:15 PM
I remember getting into the hobby as a kid in the 1980's. Hate to say it, these pictures pushed me away from buying these. I remember thinking "where are all the stock versions of these" not knowing you could build these stock.
Posted 24 April 2013 - 01:32 AM
I remember building 5 of these around 1980 as a kid..was dissapointed in the lack of stock parts in the Grand Prix and Riviera. And I did use the dreadful 'rub on' decals and silver decals. Live and learn...
Posted 24 April 2013 - 01:42 AM
I think I would build one with those old tacky decals now because they are so very different and would look great on a contest table in the box stock class.
Posted 24 April 2013 - 04:25 AM
I built the '40 Ford coupe as a kid. I managed to get the flame decals on with plenty of wrinkles, but I couldn't get the machined aluminum peel and stick stickers to work at all. Over the following years,it got several different paint jobs. I actually hung on to most of it and restored it a couple of years ago. I wouldn't mind having another one to give it another go.
Posted 24 April 2013 - 06:24 AM
Seeing these for the first time makes me kind of glad I missed it !
Posted 24 April 2013 - 06:25 AM
Some were molded in color IIRC also...the GP in brown, the Riv in gray, the Mustang in a vile bright green. IIRC the Galaxie was white.
Posted 24 April 2013 - 07:00 AM
I have the 53 pickup, the 51 chevy, the 40 Ford, the 49 Ford coupe, and two of the 50 fords. All but one of the 50 fords are still untouched. They aren't all that bad, save for the dry transfers, and were all I could find circa the mid 80's. As far as I can tell, the pickup has everything the original release had except for wheels/tires and decals. The 40 is the same as the later "Avenger" version ( blue car on box top ) except again, for the decals.
Posted 24 April 2013 - 09:50 AM
I have a few of the 49 Merc. and recently go the 51 Chevy Convertible.
Though All the Stock parts are in both, the instructions do not show a stock build.
The Merc is molded in a Dark Burgandy Red (Similar to the Last Ertl box art pic)
and the Chevy is a Deep Electric Blue and almost translucent.
I already had the Bel Air & Sedan 51 Chevy's, and Severa;l Older issues of the Merc,
so would have No problem with building them Stock.
I used one of the Cruisin' Merc/s for Parts.
The steering is under the 63 Galaxie Convertible converted from a Sports Roof.
Hubcaps are on the MPC Snap Police Custom Merc.
Posted 24 April 2013 - 11:09 AM
That Grand Prix looks just awful on the box. What did they do to that?
Posted 24 April 2013 - 04:44 PM
First one I had as a kid was the '70 Impala. Remember being very confused by the dry transfer decals. I might actually have all of these except the '63 Corvette & '53 F-100 in my stash.
Posted 25 April 2013 - 01:57 AM
I tried using the '49 Merc transfers on an 80's styled Revell '49.
They failed which was a shame as I sorta designed the colour scheme round them.
Still got the prismatic sticker saved for something in the future.
I'll take any unwanted '70 Impalas people care to send my way...
Posted 25 April 2013 - 02:29 AM
l am glad l missed them and never owned any. l never knew there was so many..
Posted 25 April 2013 - 05:12 AM
the 51 Chevy has a nice 6 cyl, with split manifold and dual exhaust..
Edited by thatz4u, 25 April 2013 - 05:13 AM.
Posted 25 April 2013 - 07:48 AM
I was around 13-14 years old when theses came out and I built all of them, I liked that they were molded in color.
Posted 25 April 2013 - 10:56 AM
Yep, the box art builds were garish, but so was a lot of stuff in the very late '70s-early '80s. Look at the real cars from that time period, or the clothes, or hair... watching some TV shows from then makes me wince. Get rid of the graphics; the rest of the kit (in most cases) is good stuff.
Posted 25 April 2013 - 11:58 AM
The Riviera can't be built stock.I bought one a year or two ago (cheaply,thank goodness) and it has only the custom items in it.