Nice patrol cars guys! Here's my only cop car: NC State Highway Patrol Impala flat top using the Revell SnapTite kit. Decals were for a Crown Vic. The antennas, hidden lights and the radar were scratch built. The laptop computer came in the kit. Most of these in NC SHP service had aluminum wheels, but I finally found a reference pic of a flat top with steelies and hub caps, so that allowed me to use the kit wheels..
Wow, the new site is horrible! It's arguably prettier, but pretty useless as a resource. I can't believe they took all the instruction sheets offline. I just sent Round2 an email expressing my disappointment and telling them that I'd probably buy more Revell kits now since they have the instructions online for my review before purchase.
Revell's awesome. Round 2 is good. Both are better than Academy. I had a 747/shuttle kit where the fuselage was short shot and a huge chunk of it was missing. I sent them the UPC off the box, the form with a description of the part, the number on the sprue and the kit#. After like a month, I got a box from them that was way too small. They sent the wrong part.
I notice that the instructions have a section showing how to cut the body, attach some alternate parts and fit it to a truck chassis/cab for a standard "straight job" dump truck. However, at the top it says that this section is for "nostalgia purposes only".
Does anyone have any idea why they say that? It seems to me that all the parts are in the box to do this.
I was thinking that it might make a cool dump truck on the MPC Mack DM 600.
Here's why. If you look at the kits that are available, they reflect the periods from which the kits were designed. (Revell Dueces with 1980/1990s Airbag suspension and Ford 302 for example, vs the earlier period AMT 1925 'T' twin kit) .
What if you want to build a car as it might have been put together in the 40's, 50's, 60's or 70's? Those would be four fairly different cars with different techniques and parts.
So you need to be able to have a discussion about what kit to start with and what kits to rob parts from.
'Traditional' is too broad a term, means different things to different people, and covers too wide a period to be useful.
If you want to represent a car built today, it's all moot. You can use any parts or techniques that strike your fancy.