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    Robert J. Barron

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  1. Agreed. Might be a good opportunity for someone like me looking for oddball stuff like that.
  2. If both of these bodies are newly tooled, does that mean the old "Twister Vega" body remains intact? (really the 1978 Monza S). Not much love for that one, I know. But I've always wanted to get a hold of one of those to do a mashup with the roof from the AMT Vega wagon funnycar to create a Monza Estate wagon. I suppose you could do a similar combo with one of these new Vega bodies instead.
  3. Stopped by the Merrillville, IN store today on my way home from work. Picked up an '06 Chrysler 300 and the '49 Mercury Snap Police. Had probably about 15 of each. Probably had about 15 of the 2006 Camaro concept car. No interest in that since it wasn't the production version. Also had 2 of the AMT-branded (MPC) '69 Charger Daytonas, and some of the non-automotive Lindberg non-sense. I believe this would be the closest Ollies to the Chicago south suburbs, if anyone on that side of the border is considering an outing. The Hobart Hobby Lobby is a minute down the road, to make the trip more worthwhile.
  4. As stated, the Dukes of Hazzard kit had the correct exhaust/chassis and dash. It also had the factory stock Roadrunner stripes, except WITHOUT the Warner Brothers bird. Apparently Round 2 didn't want to pay for the rights for the cartoon Roadrunner, in addition to the DOH royalty. Seems weird since both are WB properties. I seem to recall the only difference with the tin box version that was issued right after the DOH version is that the decals did have the bird. However, you had to pay quite a bit more for that version, which was pretty irritating at the time.
  5. Debating which one is worse is kind of subjective, so I won't argue with anyone that feels different than me on this issue. All I know is that this thing looks WAY worse to me than the old Monogram Camaro. At least certain portions of the old Monogram looked kinda sorta OK (I think the taillights/back end looked fairly correct, I really should dig out my old built-up and have a look again). This thing on the other hand, NOTHING on the body looks right to me. This really is Palmer territory here. And we have to assume that the new release will be a straight reissue of this, because otherwise Round 2 would have made a point of heralding a "newly-tooled, accurate body" or some such description. The fact that they're willing to reissue garbage like this makes me scratch my head, especially compared to most of the good business decisions they make the majority of the time. Others are right, they will sell a fair number of these just because of the subject matter and the nice box art. But man, are they going to P.O. a bunch of people once they all see the contents!
  6. Huh, never saw that CJ-7 before, bet Round 2 could sell some of those if they repopped them. Think that might be another that's never been reissued? I guess AMT made more of those Big Scale Snap Fits than I remembered.
  7. Those were Kelsey-Hayes "Stripper" wheels (yeah, seriously!). They do nothing for me, but their main claim to fame is that Yenko installed them on some of their COPO Camaros, I believe. Close up pics of the Hursts from the 1969 "Super Street Rod" reissue: I believe the next reissue was the late-70s Countdown series, which replaced the Hursts with the K-Hs. Pretty disappointed that they didn't retool the Hursts. That would have been the only reason for me to pick up the new reissue. While the Americans that they swapped in are nice, Torq-Thrust style wheels are a dime-a-dozen since they're in so many different kits.
  8. I've always liked this kit, and I recall zero assembly problems when I first built it as a kid. My brother did point out to me that technically it's a mish-mash of an 85 and an 86. The interior is correct for an 84/85, since it has the older style gauge cluster, dash, console, and upper door panels/pull straps. These items were redesigned for 1986. Can't recall, the upholstery pattern might possibly have changed then, too. It does have the correct 1986+ door mirrors and alloy wheels. In all honesty, only the biggest MC geeks would ever notice the interior differences. And 30+ years later, many of these 1:1 cars that have managed to survive have been pieced together and rebuilt with parts from different model years, so there's nothing unbelievable about this combination of parts. The Monogram Buick Grand National kit has the correct mirrors to backdate the Monte to a pre-86.
  9. Huh, got my final paragraph to post after I removed a set of parentheses. Maybe that's my 404 solution?
  10. OK, so that woked...next paragraph: Those bowtie versions would be correct as the base hubcaps for converting the 1970 Z-28 kit to an SS - or a base Camaro. Pretty sure they were also the base hubcaps for Novas from about 1971? to 1974.
  11. I'll try to post just my first paragraph: Really hope the original-style "bowtie" poverty caps are provided! If the original tooling for those didn't survive, let's hope that Round 2 accurately recreates them, instead of throwing in some generic baby moons instead.
  12. I got a couple of the recent "Stovebolt" reissues, admit I didn't look real close at those wheels. Need to dig one out and take another look, thanks for the heads up! Actually the JoHan '68 Cadillac "Boss Man" convertible also had a really nice set. A bit narrower than the ones in the '65 Chevelle wagon, about the only demerit is that the openings were molded shut. Very easy to sand the backsides to open them up, though. Pairing them with the '65 wagon Cragars made for a nice big & little set, which I used for a '70s style street machine Revell '69 Camaro back in the nineties.
  13. IMHO, the Cragar S/S rims in this kit are the most "correct looking" versions that I've seen in any kit (of course the same applies to the sister 1965 El Camino). Center cap size and detailing look just right, and the shape of the spokes seems spot on too. So many other kits seem to get one of these aspects wrong.
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