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  1. I got mine from Spotlight hobbies and I did not have too bad of warpage. A little on one side but glue and holding the part to the bottom of the ramp fixed it pretty well. Don't get too excited by the "extra parts" in the kit. There is one 4x4 front axle, 1/2 of the transfer case, an automatic (useful), a set of 5 lug wheels, and a set of 150 control arms. Not really much that can be used in other builds unless you are missing some pieces from another Moebius kit. One of my tire wheel bars was warped but I managed to get it glued into the tire rack. It looks like maybe someone tossed a tire up there and hit the bar instead of getting in between them, scale damage 🙂 I also got the release of the 76 Caprice for the trailer, that trailer is very warped and looks almost like a banana!
  2. When I was a kid, I probably had about 20 of these tri-fives from Revell. I kept trying to get them better 🙂 The only thing I don't like about this kit is the way the front bumper looks like it's drooping and the headlights. I used the custom headlights from an AMT kit along with the custom nose on only of my builds of this kit and it turned out good. I've not tried the new Revell headlight and grille/bumper on one of these old bodies, but they would probably work as well as the AMT stuff. I may have to get one of these and try my hand again at building one. although I may wait until they release the 57 Nomad kit, the only 1/25 scale 57 Nomad that has the correct rear bumper in it. n
  3. Just thinking here, the RETAIL price may not come down, but what about MANUFACTURING costs?
  4. I did find some 1/25 2016 Corvettes. A could and convertible. I ordered one of the verts.
  5. 2014, 2015, 2016 Revell gave us a snap together 2014 kit, then followed up with a Foose 2015. Finally, a full detail 2016. 2017, 2018, 2019 I could not find any kits or promos for these years, but if you can find one of the Revell 2014 or 2016 kits you could probably recreate these years. 2020 (Eighth Generation) Only one available is a 1/24 diecast.
  6. 2005, 2006 I could not find any AMT kits for these years, but that's okay, Revell did some excellent kits for these two years. One even has the stuff to build a ZO6. I could not find any visible difference in this generation of Corvette so you could use the Revell 2005 kit to fill in the gaps of missing and/or promo only years. 2007 I found a promo of this year. 2008, 2009 AMT came out with a series of unassembled promo versions of these years. Two were Indy 500 pace car kits. I don't have the 08 or 09 pace cars but here are pics of the boxes. 2010, 2011 In 2010 Revell updated their kit to do the ZR-1. AMT put out the unassembled promo convertible. For 2011, I could only find a promo by Revell I think. 2012 Unassembled promos from AMT filled the gap this year. The last year of this generation was represented by some AMT promo kits of the 60th Anniversary edition. We are getting to the end now, next up, the last two generations of Corvettes.
  7. AMT did Corvettes for two years, both coupe and convertible in 1997 & 1998. I don't have any of those kits, but I do have the really great Revell Corvettes. On the real Corvettes I could not find any visible difference between the years of these cars so in theory you can build any of these years from any of the kits available. For the 1999 year Revell concentrated on building the ZO6 coupe and that was pretty much what the made for the next few years. 97, 98, 99 2000 For this year I only found a snap tight convertible. I don't have it but here is a pic. 2001 Revell updated the ZO6 coupe 2002, 2003 I could only find promo versions of these. Again one can use any of the kits available to make their own on these years since there was no visible difference between the years. 2004 The last kit I found for this generation was another ZO6. Next up, Corvettes from 2005 to 2013
  8. For this generation of Corvettes, the manufacturer was MPC until AMT bought them out, then this gen of Vettes was packaged with AM branding. These are all the same basic kit with updates on the body and wheels when needed. Monogram started making this generation Corvette in 1985 and I believe did kits for 86, 87, 88, 89, 90, 91, and 92. Monogram also did a 1985 in 1/16th scale. Included in the Monogram series was a Callaway roadster. Revell also did this Gen of Corvettes, not sure if they were just rebadged Monogram kits or new ones. All(?) of these are 1/24. 84 The new generation Corvette jumped a year since it was not ready for prime time, so there are no 1983 Corvettes around. Instead, the new generation came out in 1984. MPC did the honors with a couple of 84 versions, one in black while the other was in gold. 85, 86 Basically, the same as the 84 just repackaged as 85 or 86 Corvettes. 87, 88 Retread of the original with updated wheels. MPC did both convertibles and coupes. I think the 1987 Corvette convertible has the same box top as the 86, or it could just be the same kit marketed as an 86, either way it works as there was very little difference between the two years physically wise. 1987 1988 89 Figuring out the years for the next few versions of AMT Corvette kits is confusing. I may have some of them wrong, feel free to correct me. With the 1989 versions, AMT took over the badging. Pretty much same kit except AMT put in different tires. All the MPC kits had small BF Goodrich tires in them, AMT did new tires that more closely matched what was on the real car. In 1989 the ZR-1 Corvette appeared, so AMT concentrated on doing the ZR-1 instead of the standard coupe until 1996. Monogram did a high performance version of the ZR-1 in 1/24 90 AMT did a Guldstrand Grand Sport kit too in 1990. I don't have one but here is this box art for it. 91 I could only find a promo version. 92 93 Besides AMT, Monogram did 1/24 Corvettes in 93, including the 40th anniversary edition. 94, 95 AMT put the years on the boxes for these years, so it is easy to tell what year they are supposed to be. 96 This was the last year for this generation of Corvette. AMT did the coupe GS while Monogram did the convertible GS. We come to the end of this generation of Corvettes. They started out as unloved machines but ended up being pretty good. The next generation was much better received. Next will be the listing of Generation Five Corvettes.
  9. Yes, they did. I have the AMT 74 roadster kit and it is not as good as the MPC version. The front and rear panels didn't fit very well on the body, and I had to do a lot of sanding and filling to get an acceptable fit. MPC 74 AMT 74 MPC 1974
  10. Aha! My first quote from the internet was wrong as it only listed 350s. You are exactly right, a 454 was available in 74. Thanks for the correction.
  11. 75 MPC to the rescue again. Still using the wrong engine but still having the spring-loaded turn able wheels. Also still has the non-plated open rally wheels, ORIGINAL issue only though. This was the last year for this generation to also have a convertible. 76, 77 For the 1976 model year, MPC redid the front suspension, removing the springs. It still had the incorrect big block engine though. The 77 was a recycle of the 76 with an updated rear license plate that said 1977 instead of 1976, yeah! 78 MPC updated the frame and engine this year and put the correct small block engine in it. They also updated the exhaust to incorporate the Catalytic converters. MPC wanted to get their money's worth from the updates so put out two kits. One an anniversary special while the other was the Indy Pace car kit. 79 There was no 1/25 scale Corvette kit made for the 79-model year. Fortunately, MPC did make a promo version. 80, 81, 82 MPC kitted three kits to cover these years while Revell/Monogram did a 1982 special anniversary kit which I don't have. These three kits can be had for cheap money. The chrome is pretty bad in the examples I've gotten (two of the Voodoo and Spoiler, one of the Dragon). The custom wheels are not plated and the 82 kit, even though it says "cross-fire Injection" on the fender, does not have that system in the kit. I used one from the Revell 82 Camaro on my build of the 82. So, the C3 Corvette saga ends. I'll do the C4 tomorrow. Thanks for looking comments, corrections and additions are welcomed.
  12. You are right, and I am wrong. Here is the generations 1.1 First generation (C1; 1953–1962) 1.2 Second generation (C2; 1963–1967) 1.3 Third generation (C3; 1968–1982) 1.4 Fourth generation (C4; 1984–1996) 1.5 Fifth generation (C5; 1997–2004) 1.6 Sixth generation (C6; 2005–2013) 1.7 Seventh generation (C7; 2014–2019) 1.8 Eighth generation (C8; 2020–present)
  13. 68 Starting off with the AMT 68 kit which I don't have, basically it is a one-piece frame kit in line with all of their C3 Corvette kits. I have MPC and Revell versions of the 68. I do not have the roadster MPC 68 kit. I much prefer the MPC version over the Revell/Monogram kits. MPC really went overboard for the C4 vettes, putting in metal front springs, poseable front wheels, and a detailed rear suspension. MPC also included open faced non plated rally wheels in this kit. They are great to use on Camaros, Novas, and Chevelles of the late sixties. I find the MPC big block engine acceptable as far as accuracy is concerned, although it could be improved. Revell makes the (IMHO) most accurate looking big block Chevies in their 65 & 66 Impala kits. 69 Revell a coupe and MPC did coupes and roadsters. I don't have a 69 roadster yet. Both of these kits are pretty much a repeat of their 68 issues. The MPC 68 roadster is the same as the hardtop except for the body. 70, 70 1/2 AMT has an excellent LT-1 (350 small block) hardtop while MPC did their tried-and-true big block powered hardtops and roadsters. No roadsters for 70, but I did get both hard tops. 71, 72 AMT decided to do their 71 and 72 LT-1 kits as roadsters with both a hardtop and soft top included. MPC did a coupe and roadster big block powered cars. 73, 74 I believe MPC is the only game in town for these years of Corvettes. Same as the previous year except for the updates on the body. In 1974 the biggest engine available in the Corvette was a 350. Unfortunately, MPC did not update the frame and engine in their Corvette kits until 1978, so the kits for 74, 75, 76, and 77 are incorrect as far as the engine choice goes. An interesting addition was a 4 rotor Wankel engine included in the 72, 73, and 74 kits. All of these still had the spring-loaded front suspension. End of part one, all comments and additions welcomed.
  14. Thanks for the new updated information! I always get confused as to what actually is a 60 or 59 Corvette from those two issues, you made it clearer.
  15. 63 The only plastic model of the1963 Corvette split window with an engine is the very old AMT version. Revell also has both the split window and roadster in snap kit form. I am using the frame from the Revell 67 Corvette and the interiors from the Revell snap kits to build both of these kits. I'm using the interiors because they have separate seats and door panels whereas the original AMT interiors were all molded together. 64, 65, 66 AMT did both the coupe and convertible Corvettes for 64, 65, and 66. I don't have any of them, but I do have the MPC versions of the Sting Ray. Only problem with the MPC versions of the 64 and 65 are no stock wheels. I have enough 63 Corvette kits to source a couple of sets of the turbine wheels for it though. The 66 kit does have a set of turbine wheels. Don't be fooled by the "427" listing on the 66 kit. This consists of big block heads installed on the small block engine. The induction options for the 327 include fuel injection and 2 4bbl carbs. Neither of which was stock options in 1966. Some kit bashing will be required to build a stock 66 from this kit. 67 AMT did convertible and sting ray versions of the 67 and MPC did a stock version of the 67sting ray as well. The MPC version lives on as the "Streaker Vette." The 67 MPC version is pretty much the 66 kit with an updated body. I do not have any of the AMT kits, but I do have the excellent Revell versions of this year. Some people have been critical of the fender bulges on the convertible kit. The convertible comes with the turbine wheels, three deuce setup, and side pipes while the coupe has the rally wheels and a single 4bbl intake. The Revell convertible is cheap on Ebay and the frame can be used to update any of the AMT 63 to 67 kits if desired. The C3 Corvettes had a short run, but the frame and IRS lived on under the C4 cars for many years. Feel free to comment and add suggestions.
  16. I'm sorry, this is for C1 and C2 Corvettes
  17. 58 Revells 58 is equally as nice. Comes with a convertible up top and options for duel 4bbl or fuel injection. In a lot of ways, the Monogram 59 is the same kit sans he hood louvers and twin chrome trim on the trunk lid. These come with an opening trunk lid, probably to allow Revell/Monogram to make both years without doing a lot of kit modification. 60 The only 60 kit I have is this one, which by all accounts is actually a 59. MPC has released a 60 Corvette that I don't have but I would imagine it suffers from the same larger rear wheel wells that the 56/57 kit has. The multiple piece body Revell 1960 kit is IIRC, actually a 60. 61 The old AMT 61 kit is hard to find, expensive when found in good shape, and suffers from 1960s engineering. So my fix is to combine these two kits to make a 61 The nose of the 61 resembles the 59 back to the end of the doors while the rear resembles the back half of the 62. I managed to secure a 62 body from ebay for this conversion. 62 The old standby, AMT 62 Corvette kit. This suffers from too small of headlights. This can be fixed by removing them from a 60 model and putting them on the 62 body. Or you can find the excellent Revell 62 Corvette kit. That's it for the C1 Corvettes. I'll post the C2s later. Feel free to comment and add suggestions.
  18. Over the course of years, I have amassed a bunch of these kits and can tell you a little bit about them. 53, 54, 55 The 1953 and in a lot of respects, the 1955 Corvette kits are not very good. Frankly a lot of its problems can be overcome by getting an AMT 1957 Corvette and using the frame and engine (if building a 55). I checked and a 4-speed manual was available in late 55 in the Corvette, so no modifications need to be made to the engine/transmission from the ANT 57. AMT redid the 53, 54, and 55 Corvette promos in I think the early 2000s. These promos are superior to the kit and earlier promos. 56 The MPC Corvette can be built as a 56 or a 57. The only problem with this kit is the rear wheel wells are super big to allow for slicks. I got one of the cheap AMT 57 Corvette kits and modified it to be the 56. How? I swapped in a duel four-barrel intake and sanded off the crossed flags on the side scoop. 57 The AMT version is a pretty much dead-on accurate model. It can be made into a 56 easily. The only problem with this kit is there is no hardtop or soft up top for it unless you find one in an MPC version of the 57 or 60 kits then I'm not sure about the fit.
  19. Ah yes, this build. I originally had fixed the A pillar break and then while moving the body around I dropped it. The repaired piece went flying along with the hood scoop so I sourced a new body from ebay. Right now it is waiting to be prepped and painted. Thanks for asking.
  20. It looks like MPC got them right! 1964 1965 1966
  21. Thanks for the heads up. I just got my 64 and 65 Corvettes in the mail today and will check them out.
  22. An old annual kit I just got. Thought I'd share the contents for anyone interested. These contents are pretty much the same for the 64, 65, and 67 MPC corvettes as well, except the 65 does not have the stock wheels, the 64 has the turbine wheels. When I build this one it will be with a Revell 396 from the 69 Camaro SS I'm putting a 350 in. When I get the 65 Corvette, I'll put the fuel injected 327 in it, since that was the last year for the FI in corvettes. MPC advertises a 427 for this kit, but it's a joke. Basically, what you do is put the big block heads and valve covers on the small block chevy block. Nowhere near correct 🙂 But, that 327 is a neatly detailed engine block and does come with two fours as well, which was last seen as a factory option in 1961! It does seem to me that in order to build this stock, one would need to find a single 4bbl intake and air cleaner, or swap in a better big block since, well, Fuel Injection was not an option in 1966.
  23. I recently scored this off eBay. My collection of Corvettes from 1955 to 2016 is now complete as I was able to pick up a 64 and a 65 this week as well. I thought I'd share the box contents of the 66 kit since it is pretty much the same for the 64 and 65. More pics and instruction shots here
  24. MCW rally green with Tamiya TS-13 clear. Thanks for looking all comments welcomed.
  25. I am wrong. The Daytona charger used (according to something I read) modified 70 Charger front fenders while the Superbird used modified 70 Coronet front fenders.
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