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Too much collecting, not enough building

02 October 2014 - 03:22 AM

An example of how I end up getting sidetracked rather than actually building models LOL


I like to build all kinds of cars but tend to gravitate most toward 50s-70s American iron and even more to some of the less popular early 70s versions I remember on the road as a young kid.  Anyways- I decided I should to do a '71-'73 Mustang as there was none in my current stash and the only one I had previously was the minimalistic Matchbox issue AMT racer years ago


Further thinking left me undecided as to what version to build- '71 429, Boss 351, '73 Mach I, '72 just because it seems to get "skipped"?


Then color schemes- red with stripe delete like James Bond drove, dark yellow like the original Eleanor, blue with silver stripes, I always liked white for the Boss 351, black with silver stripes was sharp, dark green would be cool.........


Then what kit?  I remember from discussions years ago that the recent reissues were really only good for building a stock '73 and that the original AMT and MPC annuals each had their quirks, weren't the greatest but neither was greatly superior to the other


Went online, did some shopping and purchased the following at what I thought were fair prices- '71 MPC annual brush painted and built but very restorable and complete plus the unused parts, decal sheet and original box, '71 MPC annual new in the box and almost complete, '72 MPC annual factory sealed, '73 buildup with the original box but huge slicks and butchered rear wheelwells, MPC stock body from a "funny car" kit (when MPC provided a stock wheelbase body and a generic chassis for all their FC kits) with some cool blue tinted glass, a complete and restorable built MPC '73 and a Boss 351 reissue kit


So instead of simply getting a building a model I made it more complicated than necessary and ended up with another half dozen projects on the "to-do" list :)

Buying ugly buildups

11 September 2014 - 04:56 AM



I'm sure some others have purchased built models that aren't exactly in the style you would choose to do them yourself  either for parts, restoration, or just because they looked like they needed to be adopted-


Show off your ugly cars :)



MPC 70-74 Barracuda History/ Review

08 September 2014 - 11:04 PM

The MPC 'cudas are pretty much what you'd expect from a promo based annual kit of the era- a very nicely done body, simple but detailed tub interior, so-so engine, and simple chassis with fenderwells and exhaust detail molded in and designed to use screws to attach the rear. A metal axle covered by a separate rear end/ leaf spring is used in the back with separate plastic pins mounting the front wheels (at least we're spared an axle through the engine block). The interior is made up of a tub with molded in door panel, console, and back seat for stock original issues with separate bucket seats, shifter handle, dash, and steering wheel/column. The engine provided has been a 426 Hemi with separate automatic trans- even after the 1:1 hemicuda was no longer available from Chrysler.

The body has always been the strong point of these kits- even if certain details and dimensions were a bit off the model just seemed "right". Part of this comes from the 1:1 using lots of design tricks to make the outside look smaller and sportier. These cars were designed to share much of the engine bay, cowl, floor pan, suspension, and mechanical components with the upcoming 1971 B bodies but compete and have the pony car style of the Mustang and Camaro which had started out as reskinned Falcon and Nova compacts. Many of the styling "tricks" didn't translate directly to scale visually so some liberties taken to make the promo look how Chrysler thought it should.

The Annuals



The 1970 kit was molded in lime green and features a shaker hood with separate scoop, chrome bumpers with a one piece plated front grille shell and bumper piece and dual exhaust tips molded into the rear valance. The interior is upscale featuring the optional leather and vinyl upholstery, Rallye dash, console, and three spoke steering wheel with partial horn ring. Wheels included are a set of stock Rallyes and some nice Keystone Klassics with four shortfalls and a pair of vinyl slicks.

Building options included a "High Rise" suspension with a leaf sprung straight axle for the front and exaggerated extensions for the rear spring mounts, traction bars, and coil assist shocks (all rather crudely done). A "Barris custom" version offered custom grille inserts, a strange triple hood scoop, and spoiler. Interior options were limited to a simple roll bar. Decals included some generic drag striping, sponsorship stickers and Plymouth Rapid Transit System logos.

A Candies and Hughes funny car kit was also offered featuring funny car chassis and firewall but a stock promo style body with the hood and shaker molded in.



For 1971 the body was updated with the new cars styling and the grille shell now molded to the body. White plastic was now used. The interior was unchanged other than the disappearance of the horn ring, the dash emblem changed on the real car but was left alone on the model. A new high rise intake option was offered featuring long criss crossing tubes that came up through the hood to high dual scoops. Decals were provided for a Don Grotheer drag version. The Schumacher Stardust funny car kit was offered featuring a photo of a real funny car on the box but stock promo style body inside.


The 72 was again restyled with the kit reflecting the changes. The shaker hood was now gone replaced in the kit with a flat base Barracuda piece (and new flat air cleaner to fit under it for "stock" version. The interior was revised with the new upholstery pattern and two spoke steering wheel. The Hemi was unchanged although the largest factory engine in the 1:1 was now a 340. Chrysler also changed the design of Rallye wheel center cap for 1972 but this change didn't come to the MPC annuals till the '74s. Decals were included for a Sox and Martin version as well as black factory style side stripes like th ones provided with the promos. 1972 was the last year for a factory Barracuda promo.


Styling for 1973 was mostly unchanged, most noticeable on the kit was the addition of the huge "crash" bumper guards. "Barracuda" scripts were added to the quarter panels and the "cuda" disappeared from the taillight panel. Stock whitewall tires were replaced with Blackwell Polyglas. The biggest change in the kit had nothing to do with the 1:1 car but rather custom parts. The "High Rise" and drag options were replaced with the "Gasser" version. Injection stacks and a barrel fuel tank were provided for the Hemi, an optional dash, race seats and a "tinwork" cover to hide the back seat was added for th interior. A whole new front end setup requiring the front of the chassis and fenderwells be cut off and replaced with new stub frame and straight axle setup. The rear was less radical than the earlier versions and now had wheelie bars. Custom wheels were now dragster mags and a panel was provided to cover the headlights and grille



For 1974 the "Barracuda" scripts disappeared from the quarters and the "cuda" was back on the tail. The big front bumper guards found on the 1:1 went away and th factory Rallye wheels were updated. A pointy extended custom front end was added as well as a spoiler, sidepipes, and a blower for th Hemi.

What color to paint my 1:1 project

06 September 2014 - 07:22 PM

After 23 years of owning it with no budget the two oldest kids are over halfway through college and I'm seeing light at the end of the tunnel and starting to accumulate parts and pieces- hope to get some serious work done in the next few years

Car is a 1970 Challenger R/T, the original drivetrain long gone but was a 383 automatic car, came with a 68 440 but I'm leaning towards building a 470 inch low deck stroker from a good running low mileage 400 pulled from a rusted out 74 Monaco. Plans are to keep it looking pretty much stock, it sits up a bit with Super Stock leaves in the back but plan on running 15 inch radials on Rallye wheels or Cragars

Looking at staying with one of the 18 available original colors but still trying to decide Top choices for me now are:

Deep burnt orange with burnt orange cloth upholstery, the combo the car was originally built with. Originally hated the color but it's grown on me

Black with burnt orange interior- love the look but worried about getting and keeping the bodywork flawless enough for black

Go mango. Always loved orange, especially with hood blackout

Plum crazy was the plan for years but now seems a bit overdone on these cars

White especially after watching vanishing point

Lime, yellow, blue, or red never excited me on these cars

Your opinions?

74 Dodge Challenger rebuild

20 August 2014 - 03:39 PM

Another eBay purchase in not too bad of shape - no big plans for this one, just a basic rebuild keeping the MPC "character"  I had a resin '74 hood in the parts box.  For the engine I'm thinking of using the much maligned MPC Volare LA/ Torqueflite combo.  Wheels will either be slotted mags or Keystones