My son and his wife gifted this model to me a couple of years ago. I decided this year I would work on models they gave me over the years and models I had started. I decided to build this one as the Fuzz Buster street machine. I don't usually build optioned models, just build them stock. I saw a couple finished online and the blue in the graphics was lost on a black finish. What to do, what to do? Thinking about colors that would work, I decided a metallic grey or silver should be OK. I used Tamiya Silver Leaf with pretty good results.
The model was built mainly box stock with a few substitutions. Wheels came from the parts box. AMT 1969 Dodge Charger 500 optional wheels. Headers came from a AMT 1966 Chevy II Nova and were modified to fit. A prewired distributor from eBay I purchased years ago and recently found. I also used supplemental decals from Rays Kits. That's what took the longest. Took two months after I ordered. One day after deadline for that months print, argh! Then another five weeks due to a mistake in shipping.
The model is fairly easy to build. Typical 1970s-80s MPC promo to kit model simplicity and incorrectness. The body is fairly OEM for a 1980 Volare. Would have been nice if the removable molded in T-tops had replacement clear glass that could've been tinted instead of plastic. The interior is correct for 1976 (never updated). The rear window louvers are also correct for 1976-78, but became horizontal in 1979. Under the hood typical MPC. It does have an overflow bottle for the radiator (incorrect), washer bottle, wiper motor, battery (won't fit properly without modification), master cylinder (incorrect too). The engine is OK for an LA small block. The box art incorrectly identifies it as a V-6. I guess the art department never heard of Siamese exhaust. The chassis shows it's promo heritage too. Single exhaust attached to rear axle and springs. Driveshaft is molded in (heavy sigh). The front suspension is almost nonexistent. You can see hints of the transverse torsion bars. There was no really heavy flash or bad parting lines. Only four places with severe sink holes. Unfortunately, two were the chrome mirrors. The others were on the steering wheel which was a warped mess. Hot water and patience fixed it fairly well. Overall, I'm happy with it. Looks good on the shelf. Never contest worthy. I could have used taller rear tires, but alas none in the spares or unbuilts that I liked.
I do like Tamiya paint
Decals from Rays Kits. Nice if you're building stock. Mine were initially missing the silver decals. See next photo
1975 Dodge Dart Lite
How about those flares!
I didn't have large replacement square headlight lens. I tried something different. I mixed clear and a touch of white and I put it on the parking lights too. Meh
These taillight decals from Rays aren't perfect, but they are so much better than the stock lenses.
Oh, those tread patterns. Old NASCAR and dirt track
Next, a model I started over thirty years ago. Johan 1973-74 AMC Javelin AMX. It came in the box with the yellow 1972 AMX on the box. I have the Modelhaus correct rear taillights and missing spoiler. Those were mail ordered. Pre-internet! I've recently discovered the resin rally wheels are the earlier versions. I'm going to rob my Gremlin kit for it's wheels and maybe the steering wheel. Thanks for looking!