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  1. If you wanted to do a better Hemi in 1/24, you could always try to start with a Monogram 440 block, and add Hemi heads and an intake from another engine that fit that 440 block. The 440 and Hemi blocks weren’t all that different in 1:1. Also, the Hemi Cuda Hemi doesn’t have a water pump, while the Monogram 440’s (Super Bee, Road Runner, GTX) do.
  2. Now normally, I would usually get a little hot on the back of my neck at a suggestion like this 😡…and think of other subjects that are more sorely needed 😁…but in this case, i think it would be really nice if we got an all-new, detailed and accurate ‘57 Nomad and ‘57 Sedan Delivery. Surely they could be done from the same tool? 🤔
  3. From what I understand, Round 2 should have this tool. They change it back and forth from a ‘70 (which was last issued pretty recently) to a ‘72. Also, Round 2 should still have the old MPC ‘72 Chevelle. That was last issued in the 80’s. They could make just a few changes to that one (add back stock wheels, and unblock the “mild and wild” parts) and get pretty close to it’s original annual form. I seem to remember there being some issues with one or the other bodies. Some inaccuracies. I’m not that familiar with either body myself. If I ran Round 2, I would try to find the MPC tool, massage the body if needed, and give it the retro release treatment. The MPC kit had some nice drag parts (roll bar, ladder bars, hi rise intake, multi-piece headers) that would be nice to have back. I agree that it seems that some sellers on eBay are absolutely out of their minds when it comes to some of the prices they’re asking for out of production, but somewhat common kits.
  4. Revell 77 Monte Carlo, snap kit. AMT 72 Chevelle MPC 1968 Dodge Coronet body- rear 1/2 Looking for one of each, any version. They don’t have to be mint, I can use good builder kits or clean restorable builts. I would need most of the Monte Carlo so that I can build a stock-ish Monte Carlo, and for the Chevelle, I would really just need a good, untwisted / unsanded body, stock interior, hood & rear bumper (I have a front bumper). I have kits to trade, lots of Mopars, but I also have some other American and Foreign kits to trade. The last one is a long shot. I have a body that’s damaged in the rear. If you have a body that has damage in the front, or bad pillars, etc, I could use that to repair the body I have. I just really need a clean tail panel / quarters / trunk area from an MPC ‘68 Dodge Coronet. Thanks!
  5. You have hope for a few of these. The MPC ‘67 Charger was put out just a few years ago. Same with the Pinto Wagon. The “Smokey” Dart was done as a special limited release about 20 years ago, so it looks like Round 2 can change some of that tool around and produce it either as the stock/ drag Dart or the Smokey kit. The rest of your list gets a little dicey. The Force 440 will probably never be coming back, as MPC changed the body and interior for that kit from a 2 door Monaco Sport to a 4 door nearly 40 year ago. The 2 door body and interior might be gone forever. You can still find buildable Force 440’s for not too much money sometimes. The Cop Out was a Monogram kit, and that one has been rereleased numerous times. The 70’s Dodge Pickups are questionable. It depends upon whether or not they still have the 4x4 parts. The Warlock is basically a 4x4 Lil Red with bed rails, while the 4x4 pickup could be done if they can find the long bed 4x4 parts (which really might have become shortbed parts, if they were modified for the Warlock release in around 1978). I think Round 2 should look at reproducing the Dodge long bed 4x4 parts and Warlock wagon wheels, use the old Desert Dog Formula tires, tool up a new roll bar, and release a long bed Macho Wagon. They could do a retro box in the style of the old Warlock, Road Runner Super Pak and Firebird Blackbird boxes from ‘78 (with factory photos and illustrations) and offer that “missing link”. That would be a super cool offering that I think would sell very well. The last 2nd gen Camaro tool they have left is the MPC kit from about 1981. From what I remember, that one was a bit of a hot mess (big block engine left over from the early 70’s releases, bumpers and flares that don’t fit too well). Still, the originals finally seem to be drying up, so that could be worth a shot. One of the ‘72 Chevelles could be nice, but from what I remember of that one, the grille was butchered. They would have to tool up a decent grille for it, otherwise, it would be neat to see that one get the retro box/ expanded decals / new tires treatment.
  6. I’m in for a Bluesmobile Monaco kit! I would be fine with a curbside, as long as the body’s proportions were very good. Round 2 could work off of their 1/18 tool, as that one has the look of that car down, I would say it has the edge over Greenlight’s 1/24 diecast. Round 2 could perhaps tool the body so that different grille surrounds and grilles could be used, so that they could offer the later “Royal Monaco” (hidden headlight) front grille setup, as most of the Illinois State Police squads chasing the Bluesmobile in the movie used that front end. I believe all Monacos made after 1975 used that hidden headlight front end. Also, Plymouth front end styling could be tooled up, so that Plymouths could be offered. My Dad drove a ‘76 Plymouth ex-Philadelphia service Gran Fury for several years, and he also briefly had an ex-highway patrol ‘76 Royal Monaco, so I would love to be able to build both of those cars. Those Dodges and Plymouths had the majority of the Police market share in the US in the ‘70’s. Many, many state and local agencies used those cars, so lots of State and local police cars, as well as TV and movie cars could be offered from one well designed tool.
  7. The slot wheels in the Salvino’s kits are much nicer than the ones in the Polar Lights kits. The Salvino’s kits come with 3 sets of wheels each- chromed slots, unchromed slots and unchromed steel Holman Moody wheels, so- lots of extra parts in those Salvino’s kits!!!
  8. The Salvinos kit is much stronger than the Polar Lights kits mostly in the body. The PL bodies are almost cartoonish. Elements of the PL Chassis are better than the Salvinos, as the Salvino’s kits use more of a generic chassis. Both chassis have unusually large transmission tunnels. I’d give the Salvino’s kit the nod in the engine department. It’s a generic block for which you use either Hemi or wedge heads, depending on the year you’re building, but I think overall it presents a bit better than the Polar Lights kit. If I were to buy just one of these to build, it would be a Salvino’s, hands down. Myself, I’m trying to bash a Salvino’s body with a PL chassis and a AMT ‘68 Road Runner engine block, heads and transmission, but then again, I had all of these parts to start with. I’m still stuck on fixing that transmission tunnel. The Salvino’s body is much better to my eyes. I do like the PL chassis a little better than the Salvino’s, as it looks more “Mopar” under there.
  9. I don’t want to hijack this thread too much… 1) I’m in for a Larson Vega. I like the looks of the ‘75 much better than the older one. There, I said it! :) 2) a Pro Stock Cuda would be great, but man- that tool needs some work first. It was never that great to begin with. At a minimum, the body needs to be improved. It was last offered as a Snap Fast Plus kit (no under hood detail), which wasn’t such a loss. The under hood area was that kit’s greatest weakness, closely followed by the chassis. Those areas of the kit weren’t even all that great when the original annual kit came out in ‘70. I think a rework of the body, and a return to the “Hemi Cuda” configuration would be best- that was a fun kit to build with all of the optional parts in the box, at least. If they could find the gasser style front suspension clip & the ‘Missile hood, throw in some enhanced decals and tinted windows, all the better. I always found it useful to throw a Jo Han ‘71 Cuda under the MPC kit when doing a Pro Stock. It’s a shame the Jo Han ‘Cuda mold can’t be found and combined with the MPC stuff!
  10. I read somewhere that Volvo created a concept car about 15 years ago which was an electric/ turbine hybrid. It had a small turbine unit that you could drop almost anything combustible into that could recharge the battery if needed. It got a chilly reception in the US because it was not zero emissions. What killed turbines for Chrysler was that while they could run on pretty much anything, and they had fewer moving parts, they could never get decent gas mileage out of turbines, especially as mileage became more important as the ‘70’s wore on. If a turbine is there more or less as a backup for the electric power plant, then fuel efficiency becomes much less of a problem. Until the range problems are minimized, like many have stated in this thread, people in the US will be leery about electric cars. At least the hybrid arrangement, even with a turbine allows better range and capability until infrastructure and/or range catch up.
  11. Maybe you can try here, message the creator, I think he posts on this forum. Looks like old Y Block speed parts are right up one of his alleys… https://www.shapeways.com/shops/maple-leaf-modelworks?section=1%2F25+Hot+Rod+Parts&sort=&page%5Bnumber%5D=2&page%5Blimit%5D=48&page%5Border%5D=asc
  12. What exactly are you looking for? There isn’t much in 1/16 by way of aftermarket parts. You’re almost better off looking at swaps and online auctions for other 1/16 kits. The Revell 33/34 Ford Street Rods have some nice bits in them that you might use…sometimes you find builts or parts lots of these kits that could be useful. Lately on eBay, the old AMT ‘55/‘57 Chevies, ‘64 Mustangs and MPC Cobras have been showing up as builts and parts lots. Competition Resins or Ted’s Modeling Marketplace sell some 1/16 things…they’re more drag oriented, but you might find some things there. If you want to customize it with more modern stuff, it gets even tougher. You could try looking on Shapeways, several creators there have some 1/16 parts.
  13. You might be able to make something out of thin cloth, cardboard or colored paper. I would think plastic would be too hard to work with and wouldn't look realistic. Cloth would have to be very thin to start, and I can't imagine you could actually stitch something like that in 1/25 scale. You would have to glue it. Or maybe look in the toy aisle at Target or Wal Mart? You'd be surprised what you might find sometimes.
  14. I'll pitch this one just one more time: I think Round 2 should tool up a Hellcat engine with a miniature Hellcrate box (and the appropriate items that come with it: wheels, tires, tools etc.), and offer it in their Garage Accessories Series. They could do a Mopar themed offering that includes two complete engines that could be used either for dioramas or for customizing cars. Throw a few other bits in the box, offer at the same retail price as their other garage accessory sets, and I'm sure they will have a seller on their hands. For that matter, they could also do some GM and Ford themed crate engine accessory packs. With two engines in each box, with one wheel and tire set and some extras such as hood scoops, decals, posters and tools, I think there would be a lot of interest in something like this. Round 2: you're welcome.
  15. The MPC Chevette annuals had a canopy that you could probably add to to make a tent. Looks like it came with some other things you might find useful, too...
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