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Nitro Neil

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Missed Opportunities by the model car companies over the years

24 November 2014 - 10:40 AM

The new release of the Starsky and Hutch Torino has gotten me thinking about all the missed opportunities by the model companies over the years. If they had only made a kit of (insert the name of a famous car here) they could have sold millions of them. I'm sure Revell will sell plenty of the Starsky and Hutch car, but not nearly as many as they could have if they had made the kit when the show was a hit.
Here's my list, starting with the most obvious one. 
Batmobile from Batman TV Series - 1966-1968 - 2011 - 45 years late
I was eight years old when this show first came on, and ALL of the boys I knew watched it. We all had to get special dispensation to stay up late to watch it. And we ALL wanted a model of the car. And sorry, the 1/32 scale kit from Auroro doesn't count. Even back then no one wanted small scale stuff.
Kookie Car from 77 Sunset Strip - 1958-1964 - never
OK this series and the car began a little early for the plastic model car hobby, and the show was really was for adults, but the car was cool enough to be on kids radar. I've always been surprised that no one ever even did a set of similar decals. It would have made a pretty good tie-in with some of the T-bucket kits over the years.
Steve's 1958 Chevy Impala from American Graffiti 
Not really a missed opportunity, since AMT has had a 1958 Impala forever, but how about a tie-in with some decals and custom parts to make the car in the movie? 
Starsky and Hutch Torino - 1975-1979 - 2014 - 39 years late
This one I can kind of understand, since the show came out right in the middle of the two OPEC oil embargoes, and prices on plastic model kits basically doubled and even tripled, and the model car hobby suffered because of that. And there is evidence that this new kit was originally intended to tie in with the recent movie. But that's still almost 40 years late in my book. 
Tucker when the movie came out - 1988 - never
This one is a stretch, but the Tucker has always been one of those cars that people have asked to see in model kit form. Probably too late for this one.
So, what missed opportunities have you seen over the years?

For those interested - The AMT 1925 Ford Paddy Wagon is now available from Auto World

31 October 2014 - 10:43 AM


2013 Builds

30 December 2013 - 02:33 AM

Badman Redux
Mazarine Blue - 1957 Buick Roadmaster Custom - Modelhaus body, Revell 1958 Chevrolet chassis, AMT Nailhead
Revell 1957 Ford Ranchero
Mooneyes Dragster
AMT Diamond Reo and Fruehauf Trailer in ATL livery
Don Garlits' Swamp Rat 12B - Young American kit with Slixx decals



Determination Model A drag car

27 November 2013 - 03:54 AM

By a special request from Tim Boyd (how can I say no to him?), here are some pix of a model I built back in 2010 of the Determination Model A that ran in the Detroit area back in the early 1970's. I based the model on a photo I found on the internet.






I used the body from old Monogram 1930 Ford Model A, and chopped the top a scale 4 inches. The chassis was scratchbuilt using Evergreen plastic and parts from the AMT 1933 Willys kit.





The engine the Chevy Mark IV Large Block, aka "Big Block" from the AMT 1967 Chevrolet Impala kit with resin injector intake and scratchbuilt headers.




The finished model isn't perfect. It doesn't have a radiator, so it's technically not a legal gasser like the car in the picture, and I never put the shocks or trailing arms on the rear suspension. I filled the rear tires with A+B plumbers putty and drilled holes into them and the base at an angle so I can display it with the wheels up.