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  1. Robberbaron added a post in a topic '74 Vega Bruce Larson USA-1_FYI Reissue Update   

    The 305 didn't debut until 1976.  A smogged-out 350 2-barrel WAS in fact the top engine for California or high altitude cars, but only in 1975.  Not sure if it's still around, but there used to be a guy that showed up at local cruise nights and car shows with a factory '75 350 Monza he got from California.
  2. Robberbaron added a post in a topic Round2/MPC Charger Street Machine.   

    The currently available MPC '79 Trans Am also has a set of Spyders in it, I believe they're all the same depth (similar to the ones in the Street Shark pic).  Of course, you better like the entire kit, since Round 2 decided to overpriced it for some reason (lists close to 30 bucks at most retailers).
    If you just want the wheels, resin is definitely the way to go...
  3. Robberbaron added a post in a topic Round2/MPC Charger Street Machine.   

    Not sure why my original post didn't allow me to comment after the pics I posted?  Anyway, who's betting on which of these will be the next reissue?  Kind of interesting that all these other kits are Corvettes.  I'm kind of partial to the '67 Streaker Vette - seems like it had a nice set of big and little slot mags.
    The intriguing thing about the '57 Corvette gasser is the set of 6-slot American Dragmasters it had, even though the rears appear to be almost cartoonishly deep.  Nevertheless, there's no other currently available kit with a set of those wheels.  Something tells me they probably won't be reissuing that Street Shark Vette - a bit too Covette Summer-ish..
  4. Robberbaron added a post in a topic Round2/MPC Charger Street Machine.   

    Notice that Round 2 is indicating that there will be additional reissues from "The Great Street Machines" series.  The only other ones I'm seeing show up in a Google image search are the following:

  5. Robberbaron added a post in a topic X-Files: Your opinions on the premiere episode?   

    My wife and I have watched the new episodes so far, and it seems like they've done a good job of continuing the style and atmosphere of the old series.  Will be interesting to see how they explain some things away, such as CSM still being alive, since the end of the original series pretty much unequivocally showed him being completely incinerated in a cave.
    I also always preferred the "standalone" episodes vs. the vast conspiracy ones.  I usually saw most of the original episodes back when they were new, but if you would ever miss one of the "conspiracy" ones, you'd then be out of the loop of all the running plot lines.
    Due to these new episodes, my wife started watching some of the original first season episodes on Netflix.  Amazing how different Gillian Anderson looks now compared to those original episodes.  Of course, she was 23 years younger then, too.  She's still a very gorgeous woman today, especially considering her age, but she actually seems to have lost a little TOO much weight, she's almost looking gaunt.
    Always liked how she was almost a little chubby in some of the early seasons. OK, done with my chauvinism for today!
  6. Robberbaron added a post in a topic HOBOY! HOT NEWS! 1974 Dodge Monaco Police Cars Coming!!!!   

    'Bout time somebody did a Monaco in 1/24 (or 1/25)!  Most of the Green light stuff I've seen seems to be done pretty well, as far as proportions, so I'm cautiously optimistic that these will be worth getting.
  7. Robberbaron added a post in a topic Revell 1984 Olds 442   

    If you're not a scale bigot, the Monogram 1/24 Grand Prix stocker is much more accurate, including quarter window shape, trunk profile, rear bumper with rub strips, etc.  Gotta bash it with a Monte SS or Grand National kit.  This generation GP was available with the Chevy small block, so mechanically the Monte would be closer, if you're doing factory stock.
  8. Robberbaron added a post in a topic Revell 1984 Olds 442   

    I was thinking it kind of looked that way in that test shot picture, but I couldn't tell for sure, so I didn't comment for fear of looking like a dunce if I was wrong.  Those instructions sure seem to indicate that, though (thanks also, MartinFan).  Looks like Revell is keeping a close eye on Moebius' methods.
    Sure seems like that's the case, very similar to the Starsky Torino.
    Since I have a soft spot for both the Monte SS and GN kits, I also have no problem with that.  As far as I'm concerned, 90% of the credit for a kit hinges on whether or not it looks right sitting on the shelf.  If this H/O kit does that, I'm all good.
  9. Robberbaron added a post in a topic Revell 1984 Olds 442   

    At a glance, all the '80s G-bodies might look similar, but each GM make actually used mostly unique sheetmetal, bumpers, taillights, etc.  About the only shared body parts are the roof skins and most of the glass, but even the quarter windows are unique to each brand.
    For the Regal we already have the Monogram Grand National/GNX kits as a starting point.  For a Grand Prix, your best bet is to bash the Monogram NASCAR body with either the Monogram Monte SS kit or the GN kit.  That GP body is pretty close to stock, and I've seen a couple people turn out pretty nice conversions doing this.  Biggest hurdle would be making a correct Grand Prix interior.  Just like the bodies, each make's interior had a unique dash, door panels, upholstery, etc.
    I know, another drawback to the above is that the Monogram Monte SS and Grand National kits are 1/24 scale vs. 1/25.  If you can look past that, they really are very good kits with good detail.  They were designed right when Monogram was finally hitting their stride, as far as body accuracy, separate interior side panels, etc.  Don't think we'll ever see 1/25 versions of those cars from a different manufacturer.
  10. Robberbaron added a post in a topic Revell 1984 Olds 442   

    Very happy to see the nose as a separate piece from the body shell - leaves open the possibility of a future 87-88 version.
  11. Robberbaron added a post in a topic Revell 2nd QTR 2016   

    Shoot , MCG can easily do a photo-etch set for just all the different 81-86 Cutlass grille variations!  There's easily a half dozen different grille patterns for this basic front end design, between the different years and different trim levels, such as basic Cutlass Supreme vs. Calais, etc.  Definitely would be nice to get the badging and rocker moldings, too.
    I agree, if Revell has gotten this one right (along with the rumored follow-up 442), I'm looking at buying several.  Never owned one of these Cutlasses myself (we were a Monte Carlo family), but there were LOTS of these cutlasses in my past, owned by friends, relatives, co-workers, neighbors, etc.
  12. Robberbaron added a post in a topic Revell 2nd QTR 2016   

    Looking forward to the '30 A coupe (which we all already knew about) and glad to see the '83 H/O is finally here.
    Pleasant surprise on that stock '48 coupe, been wishing for that to eventually happen, but didn't actually expect it.  Never got the Revell chopped coupe since the roof just didn't appeal to me, and I missed the boat on the IMC coupes, since they were before my time.
  13. Robberbaron added a post in a topic Moebius 61 Ventura exhaust system locator holes   

    Literally just came home from my LHS with one of these kits, haven't even got the cellophane off yet.  Thanks for the heads up, Dave.
    Very minor issue IMHO - should only take a minute to open those little guys up.  FWIW, as he was ringing me up, the owner of my LHS commented about how many of these kits he's already sold.
  14. Robberbaron added a post in a topic Moebius '65 Mercury Comet Cyclone news   

    Thanks for the update, Dave!  This one's definitely on my future purchase list.
  15. Robberbaron added a post in a topic AMT 1976 Chevrolet Nova "Street Custom"   

     Not sure if I understand your post.  The box contents that Junkman posted are the AMT Street Machine kit, right down to the CB radio 😀  (and wipers) The picture of the purple car on that box is also the AMT Street Machine kit, looking pretty much built out of the box.
    The red box art car that he posted is also an AMT, but incorrectly showing factory style wheels/tires and a stock-style flat hood (the hood is included with the hole molded closed, but once you build the engine with the tunnel ram, you must open up the scored hole from underneath).  I guess the red box art car doesn't appear to have wipers, but that's the least of the problems in that picture...