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  1. These are very imaginative builds. I have a soft spot for this generation of Mopar B-Body. Very nice work, Peter!!!
  2. I don't think so...it was never an uncommon kit. They did a lot of Mopar wagons that I think the masters were derived from the '60 Plymouth, they did some of the replacement parts, and at some point I think they did a '60 Plymouth 2 door kit, but never the '60 Plymouth wagon. If they repopped something as a kit, it was usually harder to find than that particular kit. If you can find the "Modelhaus" '60 Plymouth Wagon kit on the auction site, I'm sure you could find at least 1 or 2 in styrene on the same site every week. I think I have seen several other auctions by the same seller. While decently built, some are not Modelhaus resin kits, or at least, they are relatively common kits that were never done by the Modelhaus, but they all get that "Modelhaus" label. The thinking might have been: Modelhaus= $$$. Stick "Modelhaus" in the subject line, and - cha-ching! I think it would perhaps make sense for some Modelhaus kits to be considered fairly valuable- at least, the ones that were unique (never offered in plastic or by any other caster, like some of the Mopar wagons, etc.). Time will tell, but I do expect that their unique stuff will become pretty valuable. It doesn't make sense for a Modelhaus kit copy of an old annual subject to be worth any more than a clean copy of the original annual subject (for instance - the MPC '68 Coronet. I wouldn't pay more for a resin copy, no matter how nice, than I would for an original).
  3. I think this has always been a pretty nice kit. It would be great if Revell gave it the "enhanced" treatment with some new alternative stock parts, or even a revision to '68 specs. Fireball Modelworks does a nice Six Pack set up, as well as some alternative wheels and hubcaps (I think their '69 14" wheel covers are scaled too large for 1/25 but would look perfect on one of these). Hart's Parts does some parts for these: a bench seat (!), a base Super Bee power dome hood, and a Ramcharger hood.
  4. I did one of those back then, too! I just sprayed Testors Transparent blue onto the body. I think I have some of those packets of Turtle Wax somewhere…
  5. Hmmm...I was hoping for a '72 rear bumper like the movie car, but that's a no-show. At least we got back the 4 bbl intake, carb, and air cleaner. Looks like you could more or less build it stock, too.
  6. Cool idea Tom- I noticed the VW taillights, too. If it were me, I would build a follow-up with an electric motor to display with it, and call them "Heresy" and "Heresy II"...
  7. "Legacy" tooling. There is a lot of it out there. Many kits offered by Round 2/ AMT/MPC are older 60's and '70's era designs. Generally speaking, if the tool for a given subject still exists, this will discourage other companies or even the same company from developing a new tool, since, if the tool is still in good shape, the old one can always be reissued. There are a few exceptions however, the '69 Charger being one of them, as Revell developed a "modern" tool for the '68-'69 Charger about 20 years ago or so. MPC, AMT and Jo Han created "annual" kits back in the 1960's and 70's, from around 1961- 1980. The same basic tool would be used for the same generation of car (for instance, for Dodge Chargers - '68, '69 and '70 kits), and a new tool would be developed for the next generation (for instance, the '71-'74 Charger annuals). Each generation was updated yearly, so some years were offered only once as an annual kit. The annual kits were developed as more or less state-of-the-art in the year they were developed. Dealer Promotional models (promos) were also crated from these basic tools- these were curbside pre-built showroom stock cars in an assortment of factory colors that were sold or given away at car dealerships. Original annual kits and Promos are very desirable on the collector's market due to their sometimes-vast building options, box art, and most of the time, very accurate body shapes. Many of these tools had a much longer production life than the original designers ever intended (if they survived, see below), sometimes being reissued 40 or 50 years later. The recent releases, while being crude by today's design standards, still often have a strong nostalgia factor with long time builders. Here's an example by model. MPC really made the most of their tooling back then, switching and borrowing parts of tools to be combined with other kits, using bodies on Funny Car and NASCAR chassis, etc. Dodge Charger: 1966 - with stock, drag, custom and NASCAR/USAC style racing options. Also, "spy" parts (machine guns, rockets, and interior "controls" were included. I suspect that some of the tool (chassis, some of the engine) was based on those from the AMT (really MPC) '65 Dodge Coronet kit. 1967 - with stock, drag "funny" (a stock body mounted on a stock chassis that was made to tilt at the rear bumper), custom, and NASCAR/USAC style racing options. The body, bumpers, and interior were updated for 1967. Color Me Gone funny car: the '67 body was modified into an altered wheelbase form. A new funny car chassis (which probably was shared with other MPC kits, but I don't remember the specifics) was used. It was only issued once in the late '60's. I seem to remember that at some point, whomever had the MPC tooling back about 15-20 years ago floated the idea of reissuing this kit, but nothing ever came of it. The '67 annual tool mostly survived all of this. The 1967 was reissued in the early '70's as a street machine (sliver on the box) with new 5 spoke mags, and some new drag parts, and M/T slicks, while the custom, racing parts, and some stock parts (wheels) were deleted. In the '80's, it was released (black on the box), molded in black, with new ('80's-style) modular wheels, fat rear tires and side pipes added, along with a supercharger set up for the big Hemi. The custom, racing and stock parts that were deleted last time did not return. In the late 90's, it was released more or less in the same form as it was in the '80's, but in gray plastic and with a yellow built on the box. Just a few years ago, it was released again, in a retro box that looked just like the early '70's release. The old M/T slicks from the '70's were added back, along with new 5-spoke mags that looks mostly like the ones from the early 70's release. That's just the '66-'67 Chargers. The '68-'70 tool's history was MUCH more complicated (the MPC 2nd gen Charger tool had one of the most active and convoluted histories in the history of model cars, thanks in no small part to the Dukes of Hazzard). Here's a short (haha!) rundown of the 2nd gen MPC Charger tool: '68 Annual & Promo, '69 Annual and Promo, '68 and '69 Color Me Gone and Mr. Norm's funny cars, '70 Annual & Promo, #71 Bobby Isaac '70 Daytona stock car with stock chassis, #22 Dick Brooks '70 Daytona stock car with generic NASCAR chassis, '69 General Lee (which took a LOT of restoration, and even then it not done very well), '69 Charger 500, '69 Daytona factory stock, various General Lees again, Fast and Furious, and reissues of the Daytona and 500 in between those. Oh yeah- and one last parting shot, done as the "Country Charger" (basically a Lee kit molded in black with new decals and 5-spoke mags added in). Did I miss any? The first (1979 issue) Lee kits had a racing interior (from one of the Daytona stock cars) with stock bucket seats and dash. Later issues had the stock interior added back, as it was found for the 500 and Daytona kits that were to follow. The General Lee pictured at the top probably still has the old "500/Daytona" window. That was changed for the Daytona in 1970 or so, it was not corrected for the General Lee in '79. It was left that way, correct as it was for the 500 and Daytona variants created in the late 80's / early 90's. The rear window was finally fixed (although it was not as nice as the original annual) with the Fast & Furious release in the 2000's. I started building these MPC General Lee kits when I was about 9. I had to have a General Lee back then, and bought a bunch more to build as street machines & race cars, as it was the only game in town for Chargers in scale back in the early 80's. With some extra parts and some imagination, I was able to do a lot with those kits. While they are basic, they still do come together reasonably well. My biggest beefs with the MPC '69 Charger tool are: 1) the hood is a '70 or Daytona style hood, per the vent design. The correct hood was available in the old '68 and '69 annuals, and the first release of the 500 kit. I wish Round 2 would bring that old correct hood back. 2) the rear valence panel is terrible. It was part of the body mold to start. My guess is that MPC put cuts into it in '79 so that the rear bumper could be inserted easier, it's held together with an oversized (structural? ) license plate, it's terrible as you can see. Round 2 should just cut it free from the body mold and tool a new one. 3) For the '79 General Lee, they added in grille inserts from their '71-'72 Charger kit. The original '69 inserts were nothing to write home about however. Round 2 could always tool up new ones for this kit. As the license for Dukes of Hazzard stuff is essentially a dead issue (maybe rightly so, I won't get into that here), they could do worse than to tool a new hood, rear valence and grille inserts, and try to make it a modern 3-in-1, with a cool box and decals. I suggest you try to have some fun with that kit. Test paint on it, cut it up, do what you like. Make it something that it is not. You could always try to find a 500 grille and make it into a 500.
  8. I didn't know the GTX was out yet! Where did you get them? Did they by any chance tool a new rear bumper ('72 style) for the Plymouth? That El Camino is a gem of a kit as well!
  9. I'm really looking forward to seeing what you'll do with this, Steve! This kit has always looked fairly right to me, I never noticed the grille issue before. I actually have a 1:1 '68 Coronet grille stashed away in the basement. I got it at a swap meet back when they were inexpensive. Is there any way to scan a part (or in the case, 3 assemblies) and make 3D files out of them? I would like to do that in order to create a '69 Charger 500 grille in 1/16 scale, but we could also use a better grille in 1/25 while we are at it.
  10. I'll say this again: I think it would be a great idea if Round 2 developed a Hellcat Challenger or Charger kit with full engine detail...and took two of those engines and put them in a parts pack. There are a TON of old Mopar kits out there that could use a "crate" engine such as this...extra points if they create replicas of the Demon Hellcrate items some other diorama items to go along with the engines. I think a Mopar-branded entry into their "Weekend Garage" series would be a very, very good seller.
  11. I got my order back from Little Motor Kar Company, and it was beautiful!
  12. I checked with Dale a few weeks ago- this pricing ($28 per rack) is current. He confirmed to me that he only does racks, I don't know why he has "by the part" prices on this sheet. The first racks I did were not too easy for me to make, but I think I eventually got it right with a few re-dos. I have heard a lot of goods things about Dale's service and have interacted with him at the local swaps over the years (he sells rechromed bumpers and old kits at some of the local shows). I'm eagerly awaiting the first two racks I have ever sent to him.
  13. I think this is good news!!! It DOES CLEARLY show that Revell is still in our game, product-wise! They're 3D scanning the body- HOPEFULLY, this will ensure that the body shapes are right. Some of their more recent efforts (koffkoff'70HemiCuda) really have been terrible, shape wise (and I'm sticking to that assessment of the '70 Cuda kit- I owned a 'Cuda for many years- I'm thoroughly familiar with that body- and that kit's body does NOT look like a 'Cuda. To say that I'm disappointed with that one is a grave understatement.). I'm a Mopar guy, but this is a car I like, and I'll probably buy one if it's a good kit. It may be something considered common, but it should be a money maker, so it should hopefully justify future investments in that kind of subject matter. Hubcaps? C'mon- Magnum 500 wheels are probably the single most common wheel available in kits today. That's a simple fix. I probably have about 10 extra sets. If they get the body right, for all I care, they can put "teddy bears" in the kit. Seriously, let's support this one.
  14. You know I keep stumping for this...we need a '62-'71 Dodge Pickup kit. I believe I read that Moebius / Model king is doing a ramp for their Ford truck kits soon. The Fords seem to be doing well sales-wise. I think a '60's era Dodge pickup kit would sell surprisingly well.
  15. I had envisioned that this would be the way it would go down. Different casters buying their molds to things that are in their wheelhouse. That's fine by me. The Modelhaus' catalog was so vast, I don't think there was ever a chance of finding one party who could take the whole thing on. It was nice to be able to buy a built or incomplete old American classic model, and knowing "The Modelhaus probably makes the missing parts for this one".
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