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  1. Now Tom- you probably know as well as I do that almost every slightly distressed '63-'65 Valiant promo & kit out there is missing it's taillights and rear bumper, so, at least for those parts, there is a decent market Still- there would be no reason to repop some parts that were in their catalog...like for instance, AMT '63 Corvette parts, since that kit has been in almost constant production since the '60's. The Modelhaus' catalog did have a few things in there that there seemed to be no real need for.
  2. Thanks, Steve! It's definitely not something I do all the time, but I do have to admit that opening that puppy was a real gas!
  3. I usually avoid older sealed kits (especially ANYTHING Jo Han!). I just like the idea of seeing what I'm buying. Also, as I do "collect" a few models, I don't see the attraction to a sealed kit that you can never view. At least with old Hot Wheels and action figures, for instance, you can see the item through the blister pack. True Confession Time: I once (about 10 years ago) bought a sealed kit like this off of the 'bay. It was a 1973 MPC annual kit, that's all I will say. It came up as a "buy it now" for a fairly low price- low enough where I felt I could roll the dice. Let's say about 2-3x the cost of a new kit. The shrink wrap looked right in the pictures, and the box looked excellent. I bought it. I received it. In no time, I opened it. It was exactly what you would expect- a perfect, sealed kit. I don't even think it had any tire burns anywhere (by 1972, the 'white" parts came in their own bag in MPC kits, so as long as that stayed closed, all that were vulnerable to tire burns was the glass pieces & the decals). The chrome usually did not get tire burns as I think the plating protected the plastic underneath. It was super nice. It was quite an experience opening that shrink wrap. No regrets here!!! If it were an MPC 1968 Coronet R/T Hardtop, perhaps my actions would have been a little more sinful. There is now one less sealed one in the world thanks to me, but this one probably still remains as nice as it was when I opened it. At least now, the contents can be perused. Call it a public service. Still- it was too nice to build, so I sold it off again about a year later, for a good deal more than what I paid for it.
  4. I think Clearly Scale was working on a whole Hellcat package, however, it seems that their business might be on hiatus right now. It would be nice if we saw some newer (2015-2020) Challengers as kits. This subject might fit the "multiple variant" model very well, as we could see R/T's, Scat Packs, Hellcats, Demons & Widebodies all from the same basic tool. If Revell were still truly "in the game" right now, this would be where they would revisit their 2008 SRT 8 tool and have at it...
  5. Just wait: maybe they’ll do a ‘69 General Lee...and you’ll be that much closer to stock. This one looks pretty nice, but a little toylike in areas, big exposed Phillips screws in places, too...
  6. I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that Fireball Modelworks does a super-nice intake and carbs for this engine. You might not want to spend the $$$ on it, but since your intake is missing, this is almost begging for an upgrade. The Fireball carbs & manifold are much, much nicer than the kit supplied pieces. It’s up to you if getting one of these makes sense to you... http://www.fireballmodels.info/
  7. NOSTALGIA!!! I built one of these when I was about 9. I thought the huge decals, side pipes, and T Tops were super cool at the time! It was a muscle car before I knew what muscle cars were (along with the contemporary “Killer ‘Cuda ‘69 Barracuda, etc.). It spoke to me as a really cool car, something besides the endless Vettes, 70’s Bandit Firebirds (which were still cool), custom pickups and vans, and lame-mobiles like Mustang II’s, Dodge Sports, and the like that made up the “Annual” releases back then. I dd acquire an orange-on-the-box ‘69 to recreate it, but thought better of it, perhaps. I’m gonna cut T-Tops into and side-pipe a ‘Cuda body instead.
  8. Agreed- other casters seem to be filling in with rare parts production here and there. Harts Parts comes to mind- I have seen more replacement hoods and bumpers on their site. Also- there's a caster on eBay ("Kittypurrs?") who seems to be doing more by way of replacement hoods, bumpers & taillights & other replacement parts for Mopars lately. Still - it was nice to have a one-stop shop where you could get nicely chromed bumpers for old cars. The Modelhaus really did fully enable the part of the hobby that restored old built kits, as otherwise, it will be nearly impossible to hunt down some of the parts that they offered. This is where the Old Kit Breakers on eBay are stepping in and, while offering some bumpers & such for $20 a piece (!!!), they're the only game in town for some subjects. Another unkind cut to all of this was that Chrome Tech went out soon after. It seems that Chrome Tech got the bulk of their business from the Modelhaus, so, once MH went out, Chrome Tech hung it all up, too. I used to occasionally send orders to Chrome Tech, as they would take parts in any condition, and charge depending on how much prep they had to do (untouched, stripped, or stripped/ mounted). I preferred to strip and clean them up myself, and leave the mounting to them. I'm not sure there is another model chroming operation out there who will take un-mounted parts right now, & I still have some stuff I want chromed.
  9. Agree. If you want to go with that effort, just use the decals, roll cage & push bar from the MPC/AMT kit, on the Revell '69 Charger kit. The Revell's body is much better in a few key areas: grille, wheelhouses, hood, really overall a superior kit, and a better build. Save the effort making another chassis work, and get a whole Revell '69. You might even want to rework the push bar and roll cage depending on how much effort you want to go to. The AMT/MPC kit's body has REALLY been through the mill. The grille inserts were inherited from the old MPC '72 Charger annual kit, so, totally incorrect. The hood was tooled to a '70 Charger hood (see the vents on top- they're '70 or '69 Daytona only), and back again (the leading edge is very messed up); same for the door vents (covered with the '70 R/T door scoop for the annual release, then, half-heartedly "restored"). The rear valence was cut and relieved for better de-molding, but is now a total mess. As much as I love that old MPC/ AMT General Lee kit, and as much as the body proportions are really spot-on, the Revell '69 really is a much better starting point. It drives me nuts that Round 2 hasn't at least fixed the grille inserts or hood in these kits. They had a nice correct '69 hood in their Charger 500 kit from the '80's, but that was never seen again after the first issue of that version. Even the snap kit repeated those mistakes!!! Lastly- if you want really nice Vector wheels, look for the ones that came in the AMT '69 Riviera reissues, or the ones that came in the AMT Eckler's Vette/ Farrah Fawcett Vette. The General Lee Vectors are just so-so, they'll do in a pinch, but the AMT Vectors are just about perfect. The General Lee snap kit Vectors are poor copies of poor copies, so- avoid those. If you want to go with Aftermarket wheels & tires, Fireball Modelworks does a General Lee wheel and tire set. I have seen pics (but not the real pieces), and judging by the pics, they also look really good. Fireball's quality & service are first rate, so, no worries there!
  10. Let's muddy the waters some more: Looking at some old built ups I was able to get some time ago, the MPC Hemi Under Glass kits used 1968 and 1969 annual bodies, with hoods molded in. The chassis for these, as far as I can tell, eventually moved (with a few detail changes: mostly in the transfer case, headers, and wheels/slicks) over to the MPC L.A. Dart (and later, "Hemi Hunter") Dart Swinger wheelstander kits. It does appear that the chassis in the MPC H.U.G.'s was designed using the 1:1 H.U.G. as a template. It has a Mopar K Frame, and a simple roll cage. The only real downside is that this chassis doesn't mount very well either in the Barracuda or Dart bodies, and for the '66 body, you might have to do some trimming. The L.A. Dart and Hemi Hunter have been reissued several times recently, so if you can find one of these, you could either combine that chassis and powertrain with a newer MPC '69 Barracuda body and build a "69" H.U.G., or perhaps use that chassis for a '66 body which might get you something more accurate than the AMT chassis. To my eyes, both the MPC and AMT kits appear to use generic Gen I Hemis, rather than the Gen II's that the H.U.G.'s used, so I would replace the engine, too. Fortunately, in the 1/25 world, good Hemis practically grow on trees. I agree that research is key...also, over the years, the H.U.G. changed greatly, being run by Bob Riggle until pretty recently. I got to see both cars (the '66 and the '68) run at different times in the '90's. Very cool to see in person!!!
  11. Seriously, though: what about a reissue of a '70's custom van with Coke packaging & decals, with two building options: one for a stock-ish period delivery van, and the other for a Coke themed wild custom van? The AMT Ford or Chevy, or the MPC Dodge would be great candidates. The box art for such a kit could be killer. We haven't seen the MPC Ford van in some time (basically since the early 80's), that would be a really nice one to have back. This would be a great excuse to get it back. Some of the custom parts in some of those (Sunrunner, Sorcerer, Juke Box?) were fantastic. I'm thinking they had the option to flip that tool back and forth from 2wd to 4wd configuration; the 2wd would work better for this purpose. I seem to remember these kits having stock dog dish hubcaps in them, they would work well for the delivery van option. Didn't they do a Ford Ranger pickup with Coke graphics in the 90's? Even that one was pretty cool. Oh wait- I see that in the thread. Yeah, pretty cool!
  12. Curiosity - we still want to see it (and can admire the workmanship), even if we don't want to buy one.
  13. I don't think those seats exist in scale. The Revell/ Monogram 1/24 Hemi Cuda seats were the "leather" pattern, same for the original MPC annual seats. The Jo Han Pro Stock 'Cuda came with racing buckets only. I'm not 100% sure about the Testors Diecast kit or the 1/24 cars from the "Mints", but I think they also had the "leather" seats. That being said, I always wanted to try to make them from existing kit seats- the patterns look very simple, mostly "flat" fabric panels. Revell could do worse than to come up with a spinoff of their new '70 Hemi Cuda tool, revised to a '71 'Cuda with the standard interior. While they are at it, they could fix that body, too!
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