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  1. It is what it is. Differences in proportions and shapes between different manufacturers' versions of the same car used to bug the heck out of me, now I see them as interesting. Each kit is a document of the period in which it was made, and the methods that were used in creating it (which differed between companies also). It's hard to figure how the headlamps on the '62 got so small...the annual kits are better in that respect.
  2. One 427 Cobra too, if I'm remembering right (the ex-Bill Cosby car, one of two with dual Paxton superchargers). Cosby drove it only a couple of times, a subsequent owner drove it off a cliff, then it was parted out to build an AMBR contender (not sure if it won or not). I don't recall ever seeing anything about that car being dismantled, but somehow the Cosby car still exists. One of the Pontiac gurus out there once claimed that about half of the GTOs in existence aren't really GTOs...the original cars were totalled at some point with the unique parts transferred to a LeMans or Tempest. A lot of the Thunderbolts and early Hemi Mopars that ended up with altered wheelbases later on got "rebodied" and live on in closer to original form. When they "rebody" a car, do they call in a witch doctor to transfer the aura of the original body to the replacement one?
  3. A good percentage of restored Shelby Mustangs, as well as Hemi Mopars and more than a few GTOs, likely changed hands "in an envelope" at some point.
  4. Fingers crossed, hopefully the chassis speed equipment pack (axles, radius rods) is plated this time around. The chassis itself can, and probably should, be left unplated, but the accessories really ought to be chrome. Personal preference here, but if it came down to that or the optional engine, I'd take the plated suspension parts.
  5. Looks like this kit will include the round tube chassis, as opposed to the one included in the Mooneyes dragster kit. I wouldn't bet on seeing the Chrysler engine as an option, seeing as how it was pieced into the Miss Deal Studebaker. Maybe, just maybe, we'll get the Buick? Yes, a little rework and maybe a dive into the spare parts box will be in order. But, we're getting some parts packs that haven't been widely available in over 50 years. Atlantis deserves an "atta boy" for getting these items out there when previous owners just let them sit in the tool crib.
  6. Some of those Stylizing parts don't necessarily fit the original kits that well. I'm thinking that could have been done on purpose, to sell an extra tube of putty or two...
  7. And, for anyone who cares...if you stumble into a bunch of these parts, most of them are actually a decent fit on the newer tool '62 convertible kit.
  8. Airfix issued those kits in every combination you could think of, plus a few others. I've got a Sportwagon that I pieced together from two or three kits I picked up a a junk store. I remember grabbing a Camaro version of the wagon, to make sure I had enough clear parts.
  9. Not only are the wheel openings different on the second-gen cars, so is the profile of the outer body panels. The fenders and quarter panels are different of course, but so are the outer door skins. A Bird door will bolt onto a Camaro and vice versa, but there will be a mismatch between the panels. The creases on the Camaro doors are sharper. This doesn't apply to first-gen cars, as the '67-'68 Firebird was a rush job and the '69 was known to be a one-year-only redesign. Third-gen cars were cheapened by GM to where they shared doors (the divisions had to fight for unique quarter panels).
  10. But the snapper hasn't got T-top inserts, and those side pipes are molded as part of the chassis, to hide where the body snaps in place. I'm wondering if this one isn't an ex-Airfix kit. Those kits use the same body for both Camaro and Firebird versions, with the body being more correct for the latter. If anyone has to bother with those, the one to have from that bunch would be the Type K Sportwagon.
  11. That doesn't look like the Monogram glue kit. I know the stock wheels were changed at some point, but don't recall that style being in that kit. The wheel openings look funky too, as if this body could be shared between this and a Firebird kit...
  12. There was a Styline '61 Thunderbird hardtop kit, in the large flat box ala the Ranchero and Galaxie Club Victoria hardtop kits. There was a "regular" 3 in 1 '61 convertible, but not a "regular" (non-Styline) hardtop as I recall. '61 convertible kit had an engine and separate hood, hardtop did not.
  13. I had a Miss Deal Studebaker kit in AHM packaging. I remember when those AHM kits first appeared in the early Seventies, the retail prices were higher than AMT, MPC, or Revell.
  14. Moebius' Plymouth kits have the 8-3/4" axle. You might be thinking of the Lindberg '64 Mopars, those have the Dana 60 axle as the 1:1 car used in development of their Dodge kit had one (as well as widened rear wheel tubs).
  15. The picture is of a '70, so the '71 kit will have a different grille and front bumper.
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