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#1 Custom Hearse

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Posted 26 December 2007 - 05:35 AM

I bought this at my LHS last week. It's a 3-1 curbside kit(stock, custom and stock car racer), with a removable roof.

It comes with a nice set of decals, but the decals shown on the box don't match the ones shown in the instructions. They include a choice of red or yellow stripes that turn into dots, and they include the Imperial name within the stripes. You also get mustard yellow flames, which include the Imperial name within. License plates: You get 8 sets of plate to add to the car: one set of '59 South Carolina plates, '59 Alabama plates, one set of "personalized" Texas plates(did people personalize plates back then?), 4 "current California "personalized" plates, and one set of "imperial" black and yellow plates(they look like older Ca. plates, but without the date. You get two large, and two small pinstripe sets, Three bumper stickers, a state inspection sticker(too small for me to read what state.... I'm old)one tachometer decal, and one instrument panel decal, two roundels with black "59's", and your choice of red, or white lines for your tires.

The body is really nice! There are only six spots of flash on it(between the top front side trim, just behind the doors on the top, and just below the taillights), and no sinkholes to fill. The frame has all the details molded in, with no realistic detail for the front suspension, and use solid metal axles. Four screws are included to attach the chassis to the body promo style. The interior is three pieces stock(interior pan, dash, and steering column), and five pieces race, and custom(add a tach, and a floor shifter). The front and rear seats are molded into the interior bucket.

The custom parts are interesting, to say the least. You get quite a few choices of parts to adorn this kit with. Scoops, louvers, grills, exhausts, spare tire covers, taillights.... One thing of interest.... Do you like big fins? Well.... You can make these fins at least two scale feet taller, and add a custom tail fin to the center of the trunk! YIKES!!!!

The stock car racer is just the basic stock vehicle, leaving off the car, and according to the instruction sheet, using the masking tape decals on the decal sheet(none to be found).

There are 15 steps all told on the instruction sheet(The wheel assembly looks like it'll be the most work.... to insert the wheel into the tire, you need a wooden block, and a hammer.... watch them thumbs kids!!!!), and they include a section of tips for the stock car, and, customizing tips....



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Posted 26 December 2007 - 10:06 AM

was the issue with the steering wheel corrected? where the spokes are oddly positioned

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Posted 27 December 2007 - 05:46 AM

No tooling changes were made in this re-issue....just new box and decals....which are great! The instructions are a repro of the first issue of the kit...so thats why some decals may not match...but I like the repro instructions and the new decals are much better than the old. Good stuff!

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Posted 27 December 2007 - 06:15 AM

I'm glad it's been repopped. I bought one of the older issue intending to build it factory stock but as we speak it's been sliced every which way and covered in putty so I better buy another one if I'm gonna have that stocker! :)

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Posted 27 December 2007 - 06:16 AM

Yes! The box art for this car is MUCH nice than the previous one! Should be a good seller for that alone. :)

Ditto on the '57 Chrysler 300 for a donor chassis...............the engine though IIRC wouldn't be quite correct as Imperial didn't use the 392 Hemi for '59. :D


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Posted 29 December 2007 - 08:18 PM

was the issue with the steering wheel corrected? where the spokes are oddly positioned


As stated by Chris V, no. But with some careful shaving and trimming, the appearance can be much improved. Do some image searches, I recommend the Online Imperial club for reference pics. Also, the 60 Imperial wheel is the same, and the one that came in my 60 Imperial kit was molded correctly, so maybe someone could resin cast one of those.
Steering wheel is pretty much the same through 63 so maybe a later kit can be used for a donor or hit the parts boxes..

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Posted 30 December 2007 - 04:04 PM

I'm in the "wish I had waited" camp with the Imperial; while it was nice to get the reissue before, I wish I'd waited and gotten the latest release instead, not only for the new boxart but also for the decals. Oh well, at least the Model King is getting it right the first time around with the newer stuff. I'm not compelled to buy more kits just for better decals and boxart.

Funny about the steering wheel issue; I have an original '60 and it's steering wheel is just as poorly centered as the reissue, but also found that it's not hard at all to fix w/a few minutes of careful X-acto and file work.

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Posted 30 December 2007 - 04:29 PM

Also, the 60 Imperial wheel is the same, and the one that came in my 60 Imperial kit was molded correctly, so maybe someone could resin cast one of those.


Modelhaus has the '59 Imp steering wheel with no centering problem.

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Posted 30 December 2007 - 08:49 PM

Modelhaus has the '59 Imp steering wheel with no centering problem.


I should have known and good to hear! With Modelhaus that means no quality problems and quick service too! Yes, I like Modelhaus.. :D

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Posted 09 May 2013 - 01:58 PM

Okay i never even knew this kit existed until today, while browsing ebay i thought what the heck and typed imperial and saw this as the first result, it was the only one on the website and i could barely find any info on this one, it was about 44$ so i bought it right away, its not here yet but will post pictures of whats inside once it gets here, has anyone ever built this kit? When i google model king i can never find anything about them online whatsoever, wish more kits of this type would exist because Imperials are just so cool, only one i ever saw in real life was as a child in Finland. 

 

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Posted 09 May 2013 - 02:00 PM

nice score!



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Posted 09 May 2013 - 02:46 PM

Now if they could add a 60 Lincoln , a 59 Mercury, a 59 Pontiac , 58 Ford ..................



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Posted 09 May 2013 - 03:56 PM

I have that one too. I do Like them OLDIES!!!!!

And yes, Please Find some of the other Original 59's and 58's to re-issue!!!!

 

Maybe the 2 Odd 60 Chevy's Nomad wagon & El Camino!!!!

Drop the Fort Knox price off those originals!!



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Posted 09 May 2013 - 04:06 PM

i really really want the 1969-1973 imperial model, i find that car to be the most amazing designed luxury car ever. 



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Posted 09 May 2013 - 04:08 PM

But, I think the 61 is the last Imperial AMT/SMP offered!

 

Not sure we will get an All new tooling of one any time soon

 

CAN Hope, but......................................



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Posted 09 May 2013 - 04:18 PM

http://www.ebay.com/...=item2a2c985b4c

 

would love this too but price is too high! 



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Posted 09 May 2013 - 04:43 PM

I'm in the "wish I had waited" camp with the Imperial; while it was nice to get the reissue before, I wish I'd waited and gotten the latest release instead, not only for the new boxart but also for the decals. Oh well, at least the Model King is getting it right the first time around with the newer stuff. I'm not compelled to buy more kits just for better decals and boxart.

Funny about the steering wheel issue; I have an original '60 and it's steering wheel is just as poorly centered as the reissue, but also found that it's not hard at all to fix w/a few minutes of careful X-acto and file work.

I was lucky enough to get both re-issues and the one I opened had the original decal sheet in it. Hopefully I'll build this soon.



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Posted 10 May 2013 - 07:39 AM

But, I think the 61 is the last Imperial AMT/SMP offered!

 

Not sure we will get an All new tooling of one any time soon

 

CAN Hope, but......................................

AMT made Imperials through '66.  But the '66s got butchered into a version from a short-lived TV series ('Hero') and a pickup version.    The '60-63 are the ones I'm lacking in my collection.



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Posted 10 May 2013 - 07:56 AM

Johan or AMT or maybe MPC  made them up till approx 1968 as a promo, ( not to terriblly hard to find either ) and not sure of any other years or if there was a kit avail

 

EDIT,

 

just ck'd - there were  1966 1967 and 1968 , but all were promos based .

 

I can't find any evidence there was a 1969 or later


Edited by gtx6970, 10 May 2013 - 08:01 AM.


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Posted 10 May 2013 - 08:02 AM

Johan or AMT or maybe MPC  made them utp till approx 1968 as a promo, ( not to terriblly hard to find either ) and not sure of any other years or if there was a kit avail

 

EDIT,

 

just ck'd - someone  did a 1966 1967 and 1968 , but all were promos based .

Johan did '67-68 promos;  AMT did kits and promos through '66.  IIRC, AMT's '66 kit was available as a stock convertible only before it was butchered.  But previous years ('60-65) AMT did ht and conv kits.


Edited by Rob Hall, 10 May 2013 - 08:03 AM.