Oh yes! I remember seeing this on the shelves when I was a kid on my trips to the Hobby Shop! Need to get one and build it like the injected box art version! I look forward to seeing what you do with it.
Sadly, not all good old fashioned styrene kits or manufacturers make everything we would like to see or get. Hence, the aftermarket. Yes, it is mostly a custom deal and some are more specialized than others, hence waiting times and availability. Hand crafting a product vs. making one with an injection machine is a bit different and require a different set of skills. I appreciate casters who have taken the time to vest into something that they are doing for the joy of it and rather the profit of it. Making your own masters vs. sourcing them out from others can be quite time consuming,but, you will in the end get a better product. I have purchased from vendors who used other folks masters and either botched them by trying to "perfect them" or avoided giving credit to the original master maker. Mark makes his own masters and molds. And the quality is top notch, because that is what he wants for himself and he was kind enough to share it with us who shared the same interest. Yes, it took some time to get some items done, but, they got done and shipped to the end user. A lot more than I can say for some other casters and vendors, who I will not mention a the risk of starting a whole new can of worms! I consider myself luck and quite happy to have a few of Marks engines and if he decides to sell them again, I would gladly order them up.
I thought I had replied to this thread, but I guess my stuff was either deleted, not the first time, or it must have been another thread. I am glad Chris got his stuff and that Mark has spoken his peace. But, I am not glad about what some had said about all this. With no skin in the game and based on what other are saying, it is easy to disparage someone who is not fighting back. Some are comparing what Mark was doing to some other casters out there, and that, is totally wrong. Yes, there have been some horrible resin casters out there, either in quality or delivery of product, who have taken advantage of builders. Sadly, most of them never made it right with their customers and money and time was lost. Mark made it right and yet some are still jumping in and making comparisons. I believe I was one of the first to buy from Mark when he first offered to us large scale types and the stuff that showed up in my mail box was beyond compare. He offered it to a small group of us and we where happy to get it. Then he went online and that is when things changed. Like Mark said, he is not a full blown resin business and I can understand how he might have been overwhelmed with it. But, he was never out to cheat anyone out there. Mark is making it right where others just ran, and that to me is a class act. As for some of you who just threw rocks without really knowing much, you kinda dropped a notch in my book. Mark - Glad to hear you around here again, you rep is fine in my book and I am sorry I have not started that Pete car yet!
In 1972, a 24-year-old man got the bargain of a lifetime when he happened upon the Bullitt car, with documentation, for what he says was "an unbelievably low price." Because he is now a successful businessman and has no intention of selling the car or considering any offers, we had to promise him total anonymity in exchange for his cooperation -- we'll just call him "Joe." Why do we believe this is the bona fide product? Well, Joe sent us several pages of documentation, including copies of the first owner's card (registered by Bob Ross on Dec. 14, 1968, license plate VVE 590) and the latest (registered by "Joe" in his home state on March 7, 1978, license plate 850 IPZ). Both cards give the vehicle identification number as 8R02S125559, which matches the number from the Warner Bros. letter. Joe told us that he had not actually seen the car in almost six years because it is stored in a relative's garage on the East Coast, several states away from where he now lives. He was surprised to hear that his car had been the source of such speculation. He is not a hardcore Mustang enthusiast and tells us that his initial interest in the car was a combination of the low asking price and the fact that Steve McQueen had driven it. Joe's anecdotes about driving the car back up Bill Norton's stories about it being a real handful to drive and noisy at any speed. In fact, during a rainstorm, Joe did some Frank Bullitt-style driving when he lost control of the fastback and slid 360 degrees around, resulting in some minor body damage. According to Joe, he has made no changes to the car but it was equipped with an aftermarket shifter and non-stock steering wheel when he bought it 18 years ago and that's exactly how it sits now, with approximately 40,000 miles on the odometer. "Otherwise," he told us, "the engine compartment, interior and paint all look original." Despite the fact that he doesn't get to drive it much any more, he insists that it will never be for sale. Steve McQueen himself tried to buy it back in 1977 (click here to view) but Joe had already promised that it would not leave the family, flattered though he was by the offer. What are Joe's plans for the car? Does he foresee a restoration? Steve McQueen's request not to restore the car matches Joe's own feelings about keeping it in original movie condition. Joe says that the fastback is protected from the elements and should be well-preserved for years to come.
This kit fits a couple of bills for me, one, it is a "Show Biz" kit, which I like to collect and, it has parts for future and different projects. A street blown HEMI, Daisy American Wheels, which have been hard to find, and some other goodies that Mopar fans will undoubtedly use in other Mopar builds. When the stocker comes out, it will offer once again a chance to build some showroom types, some Drag Types and some Stock Car types. A movie tie in will sell it to the younger and not really in to model building crowd. The stock version will be aimed more at the Stock Type mature modeler. Overall this should be a win win for all, and I am sure that the other Chargers sold for Revell, hence more tooling for the same car. Could this be the New '57 Chevy or '32 Ford?