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#1 MsDano85gt

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Posted 11 February 2014 - 02:50 PM

Hello  all,
 I love  mpc  kits the  80's  seemed to have  been  a   good  time  for the  manufacturers at  mpc,
    There were all sorts of  cars and  trucks  being  pumped  out,   dodge  trucks of all years  throughout the  70's
    mini  mopars   omni's   daytona   chargers,  very  cool  stuff indeed all foxbody  mustangs lots of  very  cool  stuff
 
 I have  for  probly  2  years  been trying  to  get  a  ford   EXP  there is  always a  1/32 scale one for  sale  usually  on the  flea bay,
     when the  EXP  1/25 scale  ones  show  up  i always   get  out  bid!!  they  get way  out  of  hand!!

think i'm going to heed Evil benny's advice/ suggestion place my "yamaha" powered v6 sho taurus motor in the exp....
 
  I finally  got the  yellow  kit  for a  fair   price will post  pics  when it  arrives  because  yes i am going to  open  up the  sealed  kit
  i'm also  trying  to  get a   blue  one  sealed... see how  that  goes.....

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heres the next one i'm after..... wish me luck!
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#2 Tom Geiger

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Posted 11 February 2014 - 03:04 PM

What is the difference between those two kits? I see the custom front end on the box top of the yellow kit, on the side of the blue one, so that's not a new part.  I have a blue one but not the yellow.  I have always passed up the yellow assuming it was just the same kit I already had but with some custom stuff I wouldn't use.

 

A lot of those old MPCs were like that. For instance I had the Bear Bait, later model Chevette.  I wanted to build the earlier car so I kept bidding on eBay. I finally won one and what's different between the two kits?  Two parts! The hood and the grill.  Same with the Pacers.



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Posted 11 February 2014 - 03:09 PM

I'm certainly aware of that Tom probly idenical except for the front facia and some other minor parts one engine may be turbo vs. the other being non turbo, it was alot of the same like you said with other kits of the era i have many of the foxbodys they all share parts, the mini mopar dodge daytona chargers are all similar some years had different parts its all fun tho i'd like to build one of each version thats what its all about!! :)

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Posted 11 February 2014 - 03:28 PM

Are you going to put the SHO engine in the back? Leno has a yellow Fiesta built like that. They call it the Shogun or something like that.

Keep  us posted on the blue EXP.



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Posted 11 February 2014 - 03:38 PM

hopefully noone here outbids me on Evilbay over the blue one lol :lol:



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Posted 11 February 2014 - 03:44 PM

hopefully noone here outbids me on Evilbay over the blue one lol :lol:

 

I used to have a bunch of them!  When a chain called ChildWorld discontinued models (back in that era) they put them all on deep sale for $2.50 a kit. I went to several of their stores and literally put a shopping basket under the shelf and just pushed all the models into it.  The only ones I didn't take them all were the Revell '57 Ranchero with the chopped top!  And they had a lot of those.  

 

I had at least a half dozen of that EXP.  Then eBay came about and I sold a lot of stuff for big money!  I probably sold them for $10 each! Which was quadrupling my money  :D   So I have one left in my collection.



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Posted 11 February 2014 - 03:58 PM

shucks  tom  should  have  held onto them  a  little   longer!  i feel like  I got the  yellow  one  for a  fair  price  at  16.50$ plus  shipping  but  i feel  any  older  factory  sealed  kit  for   20  bucks  or  less is  fair  since  most  new  kits  from  even  hobby  looby  average  about  18-25$  depending  on  which  ones ya  go  for



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Posted 11 February 2014 - 04:03 PM

The blue one is the '82 annual, the yellow one is the '83.  I don't think there are any differences in the parts, except the '83 has clear parts that are tinted dark enough to use as welding goggles.  MPC did that with a lot of kits from late '82 (when the '83 annuals appeared) through '84 or '85.  I remember most, if not all, of the early production '67 GTO reissue kits having those dark windows.



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Posted 11 February 2014 - 04:25 PM

 

shucks  tom  should  have  held onto them  a  little   longer! 

 

That was just a little aside,  over the years I sold lots of kits that would bring bigger money today...   early on a dealer friend of mine came into a hoard of mint condition, still in cases, models from the 1962 era.  I bought an entire case of the Revell '62 Valiant customizing kit for about $20 a kit!  And that darn eBay, I sold many of them for $50 each thinking I was making a killing.  But it was fair at the time and I used the money to buy different kits that I didn't have. Those sparkling mint kits today would bring over $100 each!   At least I still have the empty case!



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Posted 11 February 2014 - 05:39 PM

Cars are exactly the same - orange and blue. Blue has clear glass, orange tinted (as mentioned above). Decal sheet is different.

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Posted 11 February 2014 - 07:52 PM

Hope you find one without tireburns on the clear parts.



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Posted 11 February 2014 - 09:24 PM

Are you going to put the SHO engine in the back? Leno has a yellow Fiesta built like that. They call it the Shogun or something like that.
Keep  us posted on the blue EXP.


I was wondering the same thing, that little thing would be a monster with any of the SHO motors in them...........wonder if it would be possible to put one of those SHO motors in each end.............

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Posted 12 February 2014 - 05:04 AM

Hope you find one without tireburns on the clear parts.

 

I'm hoping the same thing.  I picked up an MPC Toyota Supra from the same era awhile back...you can actually read "B F GOODRICH RADIAL T/A" imprinted on the windshield.



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Posted 12 February 2014 - 07:26 AM

 

I'm hoping the same thing.  I picked up an MPC Toyota Supra from the same era awhile back...you can actually read "B F GOODRICH RADIAL T/A" imprinted on the windshield.

The 1984 Corvette "Golden Anniversary" kit that I bought had a partial-imprint on its backlight . Grumph !



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Posted 12 February 2014 - 07:31 AM

I like the idea of installing an SHO engine in the tiny Escort EXP !

Personally , I'd do it like the Renault R5 Rallye Turbo ; rear-mount (mid-mount , technically ?) and all . In the 'real' world , an SHO engine mounted in-place of the stock powerhouse I-4  would turn that EXP into a pretzel  instantly !



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Posted 12 February 2014 - 07:40 AM

good luck getting the blue one. they are pretty neat cars, I have 1 that I am planning on building like this...

 

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.. so I may have some leftover parts. unfortunately, nowhere near the bench right now. I will be watching yours for sure.

 

 



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Posted 13 February 2014 - 10:02 AM

BTW remember those XS tuning wheel sets?

Well they're a perfect fit for those compact car kits



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Posted 13 February 2014 - 10:25 AM

The name "EXP" has always reminded me of that Jimi Hendrix Experience song from "Axis : Bold As Love" (1968) .



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Posted 14 February 2014 - 01:15 PM

Dude!

 

Epic score on getting the yellow/orange EXP!  It is, as you have read, the same as the blue one save the colour of the glass.

I've built the blue one here:

 

http://adamrehorn.wo...-1982-ford-exp/

 

It is a good kit and a lot of fun to build. The EXP's are lame looking and weak-driving; perfect abaassadors for what Motor Trend called "the era of lowered expectations". 

 

I am with you on loving 80's MPC's!! I wish they'd done a Tempo/Topaz, I can tell you. 

 

Good luck finding the blue one!



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Posted 15 February 2014 - 03:29 PM

didn't  win the  blue  one  :( thats  ok tho    i  did  get  a   factory  seale d  "wild  breed " to add to  my  "sealed"   stash  of    fox body  mpc   early  foxbody kits.....

   tempo's  were  almost  indestructable  and  would   breeze  thru the   minnesotah   winters  as  sure  footed   and   with  ease  as  could   be!  friend  had  one  that was  his  grandma's   a   5  speed  manual  car that car  was  sooo much  fun!!