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  1. RDean58 added a topic in Car Kit News & Reviews   

    Flashback Review! - 1981 MPC "Turbo-Z"
    Box isn't in as good of shape as the 92 was :-)

    Nothing is wrong with the kit, I just didn't have the frame in right.

    The instruction sheet.



    I'm using this kit for the frame and engine.

    Thanks for looking!
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  2. RDean58 added a post in a topic Flashback Review - AMT 1992 "Heritage Edition" Camaro Z-28   

    That is a cool looking set of Camaros!
  3. RDean58 added a post in a topic Flashback Review - AMT 1992 "Heritage Edition" Camaro Z-28   

    Yes, you are right, the 82 does not have the lower body skirts or the rear wing. I'm not sure when they were included in the kit but otherwise, everything else would be the same. Here is a picture of the 82 I built back in 84.

  4. RDean58 added a post in a topic Flashback Review - AMT 1992 "Heritage Edition" Camaro Z-28   

    Pictures would be appreciated!  Thanks
    I have the MPC 1982 version of this kit and I do believe it is an exact same copy of this one except for the wheels, decals, and the stock injection system. So you could basically get any of the 1982 to 1992 MPC/AMT kits that are out there and use these pics as a reference.
  5. RDean58 added a topic in Car Kit News & Reviews   

    Flashback Review - AMT 1992 "Heritage Edition" Camaro Z-28
    A couple of weeks ago I managed to get this kit from Evil-Bay & thought I'd share the contents. When I got the kit it was still sealed :-) so I just had to smell that smog laced 1992 air that was in the box :-) The box cover models look really good, I give kudos to the person(s) who built them.    One side showing the red "custom" version and 2 of the 3 engine options..The other side giving the specs of the car and kit. Cool huh? The sheet is not too bad, two sets of stripes in red and black, the trunk lid "25th anniversary" decal, and some under hood markings. Not to shabby although I wish they had included a dash decal as well. The stock wheels are molded closed, so I'm going to have to open up those slots by sanding down the back of them. A pretty good set of Goodyear tires. The only bad place on the body after a quick examination. Shouldn't be too hard to fix. One of the better small blocks AMT/MPC made, lots of detail and separate parts :-) The funky "O Ring" equipped exhaust manifolds are for the turbo installation. Yes, they were still putting on a single exhaust system on Camaros in 92! Roll cage & car phone! Remember those? A fairly decently detailed suspension system with pose-able front wheels, cool! To do the nose right, I should cut out the driving lights and open those slots up. Not sure if I will or not though. Some choice selections from the instructions. The basic engine assembly, here you choose which intake to use. We can't forget that radar detector now can we? Cool place for the car phone. Thanks for joining me in this trip down memory lane :-)
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  6. RDean58 added a post in a topic AMT '57 Ford Hardtop News   

    Okay, my bad.  I am not as familiar with the earlier issues of this kit.
  7. RDean58 added a post in a topic AMT '57 Ford Hardtop News   

    The "original" rims are a set of baby moons that go on the open rims that are included in the kits. I think the one below had this tree not chromed, so the baby moons, exhaust pipes, custom steering wheel, and fuel injection tubes were white plastic.

  8. RDean58 added a post in a topic AMT '57 Ford Hardtop News   

    I just happen to have an original AMT 57 Ford kit.  Here is what was included in it.  From what I understand, the box art of the one shown on Round2s website was the LAST version to have all the custom parts in it.  We shall see if Round2 was able to restore it all.

  9. RDean58 added a post in a topic 3 model sets   

    Of the ones I have had (trucks, street rods, muscle cars), the kits included were the actual kits with all the trimmings.
  10. RDean58 added a post in a topic MPC's '75 Vette on the road again!   

    The "AMT" 75 Corvette is the very same kit as the MPC "75 Corvette Convertible" kit with the yellow car on the box cover. The "new" Retro MPC 75 Corvette kit is an updated version of both of these kits although from the pictures I have seen, the "working front suspension" cannot be used because this kit is missing the correct type of spindles. What is included in the kit are the spindles and front lower control arms of the 78 and later kits. So while the springs and chromed lower control arms are good if you need them for a 75 or earlier kit, they can't be used in the current kit the way it comes from the factory.
    There is on of these AMT 75 50th anniversary kits on ebay right now with a picture of the contents and they look exactly the same as the older MPC 75 Corvette.
  11. RDean58 added a post in a topic AMT (Round2) 1961 Chevrolet Impala   

    It's not just the shallow interior that stops me from building this kit. It is the "squashed" look of the engine, and the shorter height of the body as well.  Lindberg compromised the whole kit by making it's height shorter than other kits. You can really tell the difference when you compare the Lindberg 409 to either a Revell or AMT 409. I have three of these (2 hardtops and a convertible) in various stages of assembly and just can't bring myself to complete them.

    Revell 1965 396, Revell 1966 396, Revell 1960 409, Lindberg 1961 409
  12. RDean58 added a post in a topic 1965 Grand Prix ...   

    And now a link to the GP
    MT Test of the 1965 Grand Prix
  13. RDean58 added a post in a topic 1965 Grand Prix ...   

    I think the reason why AMT originally included the road test equipment in the kit was because the complete Pontiac lineup of 1965 was voted Motor Trend's car of the year.
    Here is a link to the MT Road test of a 65 Bonneville
    Pontiac Bonneville Road Test
  14. RDean58 added a post in a topic MPC 1975 Corvette Kit   

    A slight problem with the new "MPC" Corvette Roadster issue. I inspected some photos of the box contents and it the spindles are missing the "hooks" at the end of the mounting pins. The original spindles had mounting pins that were longer and had a hook at the end to fit into the grooved notches on the upper and lower A-arms. While the kit has the separate chromed lower A-arms, springs, and center frame locking part, the spindles are those from the later issued kits that did not have the operating suspension.
    Luckily Round2 included the combined lower A-arm and spring assembly on one of the trees. It is on the tree with the catalytic converters. In the picture below you can see the hooks that I am referring too.

    The next picture shows the none working suspension front suspension.

    I also see the frame mounting tabs for the tow bar, but not the A frame for it. The rally gauge cluster that mounts on the dash is there and also the racing helmet, plus a four point roll bar.
    Also included at no extra expense is the funky small block style fuel injection system on the chrome tree along with the single 4bbl & tri-power intake plus the "good" bag of snakes side pipes. There are two sets of "rotors" included, one on the chrome tree (like the original early MPC Corvette kits) and 1 set on the white plastic tree that has the catalytic converters.
    I like the expanded decal sheet but would have liked to of had some gauge decals on it.
    So, kind of kudos to Round2 for this kit with the metal springs and metal injector stacks (there is also a set of plastic ones on the chrome tree).
    The original hooked spindle molds were probably modified a long time ago to remove the hooks and convert it to just a pose-able front end that (I think started with the 1976 version) but it's sad that Round2 is advertising a working front suspension when OOB it is not possible without modifying the spindles. A task that any reasonably talented modeler can accomplish if they wanted.
  15. RDean58 added a post in a topic Another Monogram 1957 Ford Del Rio Wagon   

    Thank you all for the nice complements on my Del Rio!!!  A couple more photos.