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  1. The built kit looks to be sitting very low. Nothing that can't be corrected. The top of the side window opening/roof rail still looks a little low and straight to me, doesn't seem to have been improved from the test shot photos.
  2. Usually I am very picky especially about proportions. This one really looks fantastic to my eyes. Well done! Can't wait to get it into my hands...
  3. Thanks guys, I really appreciate your comments!
  4. Thanks to all who replied. I really appreciate it!
  5. JS23U

    53 Corvette AMT

    Thanks to all who replied. I really appreciate it!
  6. You mean the uptop? The Kyote buggy is very small. I'd say the one from the Monkeemobile must be bigger, though the style looks identical.
  7. I had this AMT Corvette laying around for at least 25 years. I had the bodywork and paint finished and it always went back into its box. Finally I managed to finish it. The Monogram kit is probably the better one but I tend to avoid 1:24 for its size. So I had to deal with this kit. Like other AMT kits of the mid 70s it was quite a hassle. Relative simple detail, parts fit so so, bad chrome plating, stance needed to be corrected and so on. I used Model Car Garage etch-parts for the headlight covers. These were of course made for the Monogram kit and much larger. Not ideal, but at least better than the AMT kit solution to paint the clear headlights. Given the inaccuracies and hassles I am quite happy with the result. And glad that it is done...
  8. I finished an MPC Kyote. Built out of the box except for self designed and printed tires. I wanted that balloon look on them. And I exchanged the instruments with aftermarket faces and aluminum tubing. A nice little model, I really enjoyed it.
  9. I'd probably be interested in a copy of that model. I always thought the 72 Montego GT is a nice looking car. There is a "Cyclone" version of that car, possibly the one with 429 engine. I'm not that knowledgable about these cars, also they are quite rare...
  10. I would be interested as well. Trying to buy a 73 Hornet wagon for some time...
  11. I heard similar things, that's sad. There are other (non-Craftsman) kits that fall into the same category of unknown whereabouts (for me). Like 63 Ford pickup, 64 Pontiac Grand Prix. Did they kill these as well?
  12. All these cool Craftsman kits make me wonder if the tools still exist. Many of these had their last run in the Craftsman series and have not been not butchered for Modifieds, Funny Cars or whatever. The kits that come to my mind are (not complete): 60 Bonneville 60 Starliner 59 Buick 59 Parklane convertible 59 Impala convertible 59 Lincoln 59 Edsel 59 Galaxie 60 Chevrolet Nomad wagon 57 T-Bird (we only have the glue kit version) And then there were some that were annuals in Craftsman disguise, also never reissued or modified: 63 Falcon convertible 63 Comet convertible 64 Corvair On the topic of the 59 Buick and Lincoln I always wondered why the '59 model year still existed in the sixties and not the '60. Both annual kit molds should have been changed for the subsequent model year. Or did AMT have more than one mold each? With all the new technique... wouldn't it be great to have some of these back?
  13. Welcome Joe. That's a very nicely built model, especially for a resin conversion. Clean workmanship!
  14. Thanks guys for the kind words. John Shoe: Yes I do. You can read Mopar VINs... ?! ;)
  15. I built this kit twice over the years. First the Matchbox version as a kid, that one is long gone. But I liked it so much that I bought and built another one about twenty years ago. I changed the tires for the MPC ones, just like others did, and it is a real enhancement. I remember also that I slightly upgraded the chassis parts. I detailed the leaf springs and made the front axle steerable. I also made the spare tire mount movable. I think the rest (engine, body) is more or less out of the box. In my opinion it is a great kit even without my slight upgrades and I was very happy with the result and it made a lot of fun. It built up quite well, although I had problems with a warped bed cover. Here is an old photo of my build, obviously inspired by the box art. The details are so much better than on the F-350 pickups. Especially the grille is much better compared to the 78 F-350 version. I tried to fit the grille into the F-350 but forgot the results. At least I remember it was not a drop in. Requires a little work, but seems doable.
  16. Maybe the Custom Corvette is the "Eckler Corvette"? Although in my eyes there isn't much of a 68 on it. But that's what left of the AMT Corvette annuals from 1969 to 77.
  17. I would love a modified reissue as a 4 door sedan CHP cop car. Just dreaming...
  18. The mid 80s was the time I got deeply involved in building car models (had built nearly every sort of model before). Over here in Germany supply of american car kits was quite good at the time. I started with Matchbox/AMT kits, then got to know MPC and Monogram kits, and of course some Revells. Even back then I liked the cars the MPC models were depicting (Cuda, Chargers, 2nd gen Camaros/Firebird etc.), but the execution of the models, fit, quality of chrome plating, amount of flash, missing stock parts annoyed me. I liked AMT kits much better, although the line is thin. All those MPC molds seemed to have worn and beaten to death by the mid eighties already, I noticed that even with my child's eyes. Of course back then I didn't know why some of these kits existed, that they were successors/modified reissues of kits that originated in 1970, for example (like Camaro, Firebird, Cuda, ...). But for me as a young builder the kits and also the box arts turned me off. If the subjects weren't that exciting to me, I would have moved on to other topics. Today I see it slightly different, but if I'd want an MPC Cuda for example, I'd rather search for and pay an annual than an 80s Harry Bradley kit. But still they are a big part of my childhood and I had/have many of them, don't get me wrong!
  19. Thanks guys! This one started about 15 years ago as a built up NASCAR kit. I managed to round up resin and styrene replacement parts like interior and front bumper. The running gear is from the Revell Torino.
  20. Roger, these look great, although I currently can't imagine from which kit they could be. I'll send you a pm, thanks!
  21. Thanks for your offer, Roger. These look like MPC parts to me. I have several of these (and some AMTs). I'd love to find a correct Johan wheel. Aside from a slightly different design, Johan wheels are most always a bit smaller in diameter. Thanks again, Jens
  22. I would love to get an early GT-40 version with small block engine. I could have lived with the Fujimi 427 models as is. No one has ever done a real well proportioned early car.
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