"Anyway, I'm looking to buy a 70 Eldorado customizing kit (green car with ski rack on box), and I was just wondering how detailed and accurate a representation of the actual car it is?" If you're concerned about the accuracy of the taillights, the '67 taillights on the real car differ from the '68 and '69, and the '70 is slightly different from the earlier ones. The '70 parking lights are slightly different from the '68 and '69, and are not used on the '67. The cornering lights on the '70 differ from the earlier ones. All in all, it's a good model. The dual snorkel air cleaner is incorrect on all years. That was a Toronado part that was copied for the Eldorado kit. In the model car world, they are all essentially the same and are not that rare. I suggest you keep looking for a better kit or buy this one and another to make one good kit.
If I recall correctly, the Eldorado Rancher was originally a 1974 kit. The '71 and '72 box art have a ski motif, and I think the '73 also does. I don't think there was a '75 kit. I believe the '76 was also in the Rancher box. A Snap Kit of the '76 was issued later on. I had one molded in an ugly blue. I have listed the basic differences between years below. '71: louvered trunk, block ELDORADO letting on trunk, 8.2 litre emblem on front fenders below block ELDORADO emblem, vertical taillights surrounded by chrome bezels '72: script Eldorado emblems on front fenders in front of wheels, script emblem on trunk, 8.2 liter emblem on front fender, same taillights as '71, revised grille, chrome eyebrows on hood above headlights '73: eggcrate grille, wraparound front parking lights, retractable bumpers, new taillights above bumper, round rear side markers, full vinyl top '74: revised grille, vertical taillights integrated into rear bumper, landau vinyl top '75: eggcrate grille with large squares, sunroof, no fender skirts, rectangular headlights '76: eggcrate grille with small squares, slight changes to panel below trunk, slight revisions to front fender ends I know quite a bit about Eldorados as I own a '68 and '77 Biarritz, and my first car was a '71 Eldorado.
Hopefully the '48 Ford sells decently and Revell comes out with some other '40s cars. I haven't seen the IMC version in decades, and I don't remember if it's good or bad as I never built one. I have the wagon kit and the promos are pretty cool, too.
Hopefully the H/O will sell well and result in more '70s and '80s cars. I'd like to see a few Rancheros, Indy Pace Cars, mid-'70s GM intermediates, Mirada and Magnum, Cyclone and Montego GT. I wonder if the '48 Ford coupe is an updated IMC kit. Promos were made of the tudor sedan (Master Caster) and fordor sedan (AMT). For kits, I think IMC had a convertible, and Revell has the woodie. It has been a topic well covered. Why can't we get some other '40s cars like the '40 LaSalle, '41 Buick and Cadillac, and late '40s Pontiac and Olds fastbacks?
It looks like a '52. How easy would it be to convert the Lindberg kit into a '52? There is a resin '52 hardtop kit I've seen on Ebay, but the body has an obviously incorrect slope to it. I was thinking of taking a typically warped AMT '52 Ford promo for the front grille. Does anyone make the correct '52 side trim? Thanks, Jim
That's a great suggestion, Mike. However, how much effort does it take to mold separate 442 and H/O emblems instead of using decals? It's another $20.00 to spend to make the kit the way it should have been in the first place. Revell did the same with the '50 Olds 88. When I checked a while back, I couldn't get Model Car Garage emblems for that kit. I AM glad to have some of these kits that I never expected to ever see - even with these minor faults.
Art, So was he able to buy the missing wheel and restore the car? The Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn has had one in their collection for decades. It has the wire wheels and is proclaimed to be the actual Pace Car. According to this link, 2000 replicas were built, making this probably the first Indy Pace Car replica offered to the public. http://collections.thehenryford.org/Collection.aspx?keywords=1953+Ford