Well, you do have to be realistic. If you go into this expecting everything you put on the list will be on the shelves by Christmas, then of course you're going to be dissapointed. Of course most of the stuff we put on these lists is never going to happen, but that doesn't mean that it's a waste of time. It never hurts to tell the companies what you want, and sometimes you find out there's a lot of other people who'd also like the kit you think nobody else would want. And while the odds may be low, that doesn't mean they're zero. That '56 Chrysler 300B that Moebius released? That was something I'd wanted for years but figured that's never going to happen. You think wanting more classics is a pointless effort? Try wanting brass era stuff. The number of 1/24 and 1/25 brass era car kits that weren't made in the dark ages could be counted on one hand, with fingers left over, yet ICM is releasing some very nice Model T kits. I participate in these because every so often, it works.
Actually, I had forgotten about the Ebbro kit. Thanks for the reminder! Yes, there is a thread about what could be made from existing tooling, but this one seemed pretty clear. Never mind the restrictions, what would you like to see made into a kit? Revell does do a lot of business in Europe as well, so it is worth considering what we'd like to see from that side of the Atlantic. I'd certainly be interested in a Volvo p1800, and I'd love to see someone do a Citroen SM kit. Ferrari and Lamborghini already get lots of love when it comes to kits, but how about some classic Maseratis? The Ghibli was a gorgeous design that deserves a model. A couple of American cers I missed the first time around, but I'd love to see as a kit are the '67 Oldsmobile Toronado, and the 1971 Riviera.
Eccentric old men and hot rod builders. In other words, people like us now. I thought 60's cars were really cool back then. My Dad had a '67 Toronado that I thought looked like something out of the future, back when that was considered a good thing. I also devoured anyting I could find on the history of the automobile, and people were singing that same tune. They just change the dates periodically. It was also when Exner was pitching his "revivals" concept, after trying to add 30s touches to his designs for Chrysler. Mitchell was doing the same thing at GM, but with a little more subtlety. In fact, I guarantee that 30 years hence, people will be moaning about why we can't have cars with real style like that one you posted. Don't believe me? Check out this guy on the Hemmings blog singing the praises of an 80s Camry.http://blog.hemmings.com/?p=630672
I was a kid when the 60s cars were new, and the ones from the 50's were still plentiful, and you know what people said? "Why can't we have cars with real style like we did in the 30s, instead of this hideous stuff?" People never appreciate how good they have it until it's too late.
Let's start with hot rod stuff: 1927 Model T roadster. A stock version would be ideal, but something to fit the frame of the Model A roadster and coupe kits might do well. Go the traditional track roadster route with a track nose and bellypan, but Deuce grille would be a nice option. An old school flathead V-8 would be nice, but not essential, and a set of Kelsey Hayes wires would be nice if you wanted to make a new set of wheels. For the traditional custom crowd, how about a 1940 Mercury? For reissues, I'd like to see Revell follow up the "Blue Bandito" with a restored Little T and Little Deuce. For something contemporary, how about the Tesla Model S, and Buick's Aspire concept car? Now for the classics, and here I realize we're getting deep into "wish" territory Bring back the Monogram classics, but in particular the Cord and Lincoln Continental. There does seem to be some interest in them about the custom crowd, and they are so much nicer than the Lindberg versions. As for new tools, I would like to see someone do a decent Auburn Speedster, and Bugatti's Type 57 Atlantic Coupe just begs for a kit version. The swoopy styles of Figona and Falaschi seem to be popular. Perhaps join forces with the folks at Heller to use their existing Delage and Delahaye kits as a starting point? For American classics, how about Packard's magnificent Twin Six, and a Mercer Raceabout in the same scale as MPC's Stutz Bearcat would be most welcome. For postwar classics, Moebius has been putting out some kits I thought would never see the light of day, so lets go with 1956 Lincoln capri, 1956 Continental Mk II, 1953 Buick Skylark, 1955 Cadillac Eldorado, 1957 Studebaker Hawk, and '62 Hawk GT. For European postwar, how about a 1/24 Citroen DS, Morris Minor, Facel Vega, or Lamborghini Espada? Since it is a wish list, let;s finish off with some dream cars, in particular, the Buick Y-Job, The original LeSabre, the Firebird III, and the original Bertone Stratos.
Thanks! Definitely looking forward to seeing how this one turns out! I have the Torpedo Phaeton in my build pile. My inclination is duplicate the original car, though I'm still undecided as to which stage in its life I want to duplicate.
Okay, to expand it a little more, probably the most prolific maker of car bodies at the times would be Ford's River Rouge plant, also known as "The Rouge". This is relevant because the body is not a replica of any specific Duesengerg sedan, but is in fact a 1932 Ford Tudor sedan stretched out to four doors. How did I do?
Converting a PII into a PIII? Think trying to convert a '62 Corvette into a '63. Going on a bit of a tangent, It does occur to me that with the Italeri Rolls kit, you could get pretty close to the title car from the film The Yellow Rolls Royce.
1/24 is also easy to calculate (1/2 inch =1 foot) and it's one of the scales on architectural rulers. And in practice, these kits are seldom exactly to scale, so 1/24 and 1/25 end up more or less interchangeable.