I can' say we went off topic. It started with; "Does anybody want to see what's in the in the box?" paraphrased. Those pictures were worth a 1000 words. It is worth knowing that kit issue is the very best of a 40 year run. This Round2 box looks exactly the same as the AMT kit issued in 1974 or so. But it is not the same exact kit because it includes the small block and no 1967 backup light. Early ones only includes a big block 427. This Retro box only gives the mag wheels and the Corvette turbine wheels. Except for the split window, the 327 engine, 63 hood, 63 fender vents, seat pattern and removal of the backup light, it's a copy of the AMT annual 1967 kit. The Round2 USA-1 version of this kit appears to swap the Corvette turbine wheels for the common '63 Vette wheel covers. I would say that if you want recreate the Mystery Engine, either kit would be fine. These stock Vette wheel covers have only been issued in 1963 (Original), 1987 (Prestige) and 2015 (in the USA-1 kit). Some may complain that this AMT Corvette kit has a boring chassis. It's typical pre-1965 kit design. Can not compare to today's new kits. However, the shape fidelity of these old AMT kits are very good. Anybody reading this thread should get a pretty clear picture of what this kit is, and is not. I bought both.
unclescott58, that is a good question. On the original 327, the valve covers and other parts are on the chrome tree. The ERTL 327 has parts by themselves un-chromed. The ERTL 327 has a unique double snorkel air cleaner not from the original. Sometimes the parts look the same, but under careful examination, you can see they are a different tool. The original chrome tree and post-AMT ERTL chrome tree have few common parts. They include the 8 wheel locations, bumpers and rear license plate frame. The 327 parts were swapped for 427 big block parts. This new Retro '63 interior uses the 1963-1967 hardtop interior with seats molded to the bucket like a promo. The convertible interior from 1965-1967 with separate seats is missing. The ERTL hardtops and convertibles and Round2 hardtops are clearly the warmed over last annual issue which was the 1967 hardtop. It looks like the order of the tool was; 1967 annual hardtop, Funny, Candidate, '63 A163, '63 A163 ERTL, '63 Prestige conv, '63 conv ERTL, several more '63 split window, and Round2 Retros
I forgot, ERTL made have made a 327 small block from scratch in the 1980s. Doesn't appear to be like the original AMT which was used last in the '67 convertible kit. Maybe some of you remember better than me.
I needed parts to restore another 1963-1967 AMT Corvette, so I opened a sealed A163 AMT '63 Corvette which box cover is the same as this Retro Delux '63 Corvette. It had no advertisements on the box bottom which means it was after 1975 and it showed AMT in Michigan so it was before 1979 when Lesney took AMT. When I opened it the plastic was black, but everything else was as I remembered the kit 40 years ago. It had a 1967 backup light so it appears AMT Michigan never fixed that. The body shows 327 engine badges but there is only a 427 engine, no small block. The seats are molded to the interior tub like a promo. In addition, the '63 front fender slots are very poor. I compared it to the 1987 issue by ERTL and this body is very bad. The side is wavy and the slots too big. Give ERTL credit, they did improve the mess AMT made. Even the split window was a little funky. It was clear AMT quickly converted the '67 into a '63. The front nose did have the tab to hold the working headlights on the '63 convertible and T.H.E CAT kit. The glass had T# kit which indicates it was from the 1967 Corvette Candidate kit or funny The chrome tree looks like it hasn't changed in format for at least 47 years. All in all, It appears that it is a good thing ERTL and Round2 had use of this Corvette kit. Both made improvements to the mess AMT produced in the 1970s.
I am glad somebody mentioned the Motion V8 Vega. I think that version would generate sales for Round2. In addition, GM built a V8 Vega using a 283ci leftover from their CERV project. They presented it to Hot Rod magazine in 1972 for a road test. GM dropped the V8 Vega and decided to move with the Cogsworth and Wankel engines.
The Bruce Larson Vega probably would sell better than a stock Vega, but the 1971-1973 Vegas are hot. Much hotter than the big bumper 1974+ years. Even a 1971-1973 Vega could be built as a Bruce Larson Vega.
I wouldn't say we are negative. More like saying the way it is. Unfortunately, it's not a simple reissue of a Vega. Everybody wants a 1971/1972 Impala but we all know it morphed into the 1976 Caprice which would be a considerable amount of money and work to backdate it. I am sure Round2 will make the kit eventually. If they backdate the body, it might be a better seller to go with the 1971-1973 Vega body?
Round2 may have bit off more than they could chew when they announced it. It sounded like a great idea to make a Bruce Lawson Vega, but MPC left the Vega tool as a Monza. I would guess that front end contributes a bag of trouble.