I'm interested in getting this kit because it reminds me of my dad when he had one when I was a kid. I wanted to know if anyone has built this kit and what were there opinions about it. This build would be more for sentimental reason so I'm not to worried about detail. I just wanted to know if its a good kit and how is the fit and finish and if its worth buying. Any comments would be appreciated.
MPC 76 chevrolet caprice
Posted 08 July 2014 - 07:53 AM
This is based on the 1971 Impala Custom Coupe model (a convertible promo was also available in Sunflower Yellow, but never issued as a kit). The kit was updated annually and has good detail. I have the 1973 Caprice kit, which I built exactly like the Caprice Classic 454 Coupe my Dad ordered and I reluctantly sold in 1991. The chassis has good detail with a separate exhaust system, and it came with a detailed trailer, too. I'm not sure if the trailer was still included in the 1976 kit. I don't think you will be at all disappointed, and it was the only full-sized American model car offered that year, so you are really lucky there.
Posted 08 July 2014 - 08:50 AM
Here is some progress shots of mine
So far so good while building it. the only issue I had was the rear lower window trim . Its not even there anymore. vary hard to bmf
Posted 08 July 2014 - 10:33 AM
It's a decent Kit but if you want more detail you can use the engine, and all from the revell 66 impala kit as the parts fit very well. the only parts you would not use from the revell kit would be the body,interior,Chrome and clear parts. As I said these two kits combine to make one awesome 76 caprice. BTW the trailer still comes with that kit.
Posted 08 July 2014 - 06:46 PM
Posted 09 July 2014 - 03:54 AM
Its a great kit, if you take it for what it is. It's a LAND YACHT from the '70s.
You can back date it to a 1975 using Modelhaus parts and build the last BIG Chevy convertible.
It is also great for spare parts if you find a '71-'75
The trailer is really neat.
Posted 09 July 2014 - 02:32 PM
Thanks guys for your comments and info its really helpful.
Edited by carcrazy19, 09 July 2014 - 02:33 PM.
Posted 09 July 2014 - 02:33 PM
Thanks for sharing your pics of your car its looking really nice and it gives me a good example of what mine would look like when I get it.
Posted 09 July 2014 - 02:54 PM
Posted 10 July 2014 - 06:15 PM
It's a great kit for what it was. Kits from that generation weren't as detailed under the hood and through the chassis as they are now. That said, they made fantastic shelf models with a lot of presence. The body is pretty nice. Score some lines around the window trim (Especially the backlight) before priming, and you will thank yourself when you go to foil the trim. These were huge models of huge, slab sided cars. Smooth, even paint really makes these models stand out on the shelf, and the interiors looked pretty decent too. Use a black wash to detail the grill and wheels, and use a color wash to add a bit of dimension to the interior and these can be really striking models on a table. Land yachts rule!
Posted 20 July 2014 - 06:29 PM
Posted 20 July 2014 - 07:43 PM
One of the nicest builds of that kit I have seen..
Posted 21 July 2014 - 02:23 PM
That is really a nice job you did. Now that I'm seeing some of the pics of this kit I can't wait to get mine and get started. My dad's was red with black interior. It also had vinyl seats...man I remember when me, my brother and sisters would try to get in it on a hot summer day and his car had been sitting in direct sun all day...it felt like we were roasting. We were like a bunch of jumping beans moving all around trying not burn. Thanks for sharing your pics I really appreciate it,
Posted Today, 05:49 AM
I'm pretty sure the 74-76 Caprice and Impala Custom coupes did not have a lower rear window molding. I know my aunt's 76 didn't, I waxed her faded out maroon trunk paint at least a dozen times before she had it redone. Here's the best brochure photo I could find, and it looks like there is nothing there.
Edited by txsportrider, Today, 05:50 AM.