Yes, just to clarify - I'm not looking for "super detailed" right out of the box - just something that is well-proportioned and accurately represents the major mechanical components, and could respond to the input of an advanced builder. Maybe something along the lines of AMT's '67 Shelby Mustang, which is usually held up as the best representation of a mid-sixties Falcon-based unibody chassis and small block Ford engine and has thus become the donor of choice for builders wanting to do a more detailed Falcon or Comet. Based on what I've seen, I have a good degree of confidence that Moebius can get it right.
Well said, Dave - pretty much my thoughts, too. I think there's a middle ground between the extremes "if it ain't absolutely perfect, forget it" and "I'll buy it no matter what, just happy to get a kit of it". I'm not buying kits much at all these days (too many already), but if this kit is reasonably close (the way the other Moebius kits seem to be) it's a "must have" for me because of the subject matter - we owned one for a while. In addition to the exterior/visual issues you mentioned, I'm pretty particular about the mechanical details (can I say Trumpeter Falcon?) since I know them rather intimately, so I'd like to see those done right.
While the paint's drying on the body I've been doing some work on the chassis. The frame is painted the same color as the body.
Since this is a custom, I'm not too worried about being factory correct.
Even though I'm obviously not building this "out of the box", I have to put in a plug for this kit - everything fits and goes together really nicely, with a good level of detail. Engine and interior are coming along, too - more on that soon.
Cool find, Casey. I'm thinking this means the Black Max and Cobra trikes were issued slightly later? And as far as I know, they've never been re-issued, so finding one of them for a bargain price is probably pretty unlikely, unfortunately.
I started attending college in Los Angeles in the fall of '73 - I happened to be walking around Hollywood one day taking photos when I saw this coming down the street:
It parked in front of a theater where they were showing the film.
This must have been several months after the film came out - towards the end of '73 or even early '74 - but they were having some kind of event to promote it, maybe a re-release already as the buzz grew?
Nicely done, Tim! I'll second what you said about the Retro Hobbies re-issue. Here's the only one I've built from that set - the Taco Trike (aka Wedge Chopper) - pretty much out of the box with just some ignition wiring added.
I'd be inclined to go for that if the price was reasonable. A little while back there was someone who was going to do a more correct version of the Mail Box Chopper (including the Crosley engine) but I guess there wasn't enough interest to make it feasible.
I have the Retro Hobby re-issues - I'd like to get a Black Max, but it seems they are fairly rare and go for pretty big $$ when they come up. As you can see on the box, the Black Max was designed by Harry Bradley, who also designed the Deora, among other cars. http://www.kustomrama.com/index.php?title=Harry_Bradley