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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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!!!
  4. 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.
  5. 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!
  6. 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.
  7. 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
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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...
  12. I gotta say- the artwork for this Daytona is spectacular. That’s a beautiful, dynamic rendering. If they ever sell a print of this, I will have to get one. The first Daytona I ever saw up close was at an indoor car show in Philly (I’m not sure if it was an ISCA show, or???). There were lots of custom cars there. One guy had a Daytona- orange with the black stripe and wing, just like the car on the stamp/ tin art. His was mostly stock, with 80’s Cragar wheels on it 🤢. That car still really made an impression on me.
  13. The Hatboro PA store on Blair Mill Road had several Gremilns as of yesterday. They seemed to be running low on the Hurst Olds, but had everything else.
  14. Like said above, the MPC '68 & '69 Coronet Hardtops and the '70 Challenger had the trailer. The Annual MPC Chargers never came with the trailer. I think the '70 Challenger was the last kit to come with the trailer. I think the axle for it migrated to the MPC '71 Cuda (to be used as a straight axle). I don't think the MPC trailer ever came with dedicated tires and wheels for it. I think the builder always had to use either spare mags or spare stock wheels (whichever was left over from their car build) to complete the trailer. I think that also meant that the builder had to either use slicks to complete the trailer, or put the slicks on their car and use stock tires to complete the trailer. 😲 From what I have seen, the MPC Trailer looked more squared off, more modern, and to me, more prototypically like a late 60's U-Haul trailer than the AMT trailer did. The MPC trailer would be great for Round 2 to find. I think the decals in the Coronet kits (at least the '68's) had decals for the trailer that looked like U Haul logos, but said "U-Haul-It" instead.
  15. I went to my local Ollie's on Tuesday, they only had a few Lindberg military kits, leftovers from last time. I went again on Thursday. They had what has been shown in the thread so far: '69 Hurst Olds, '69 GTX, '69 Chevelle convertible, '69 Charger Daytona, Chrysler 300, Gremlin, '97 Mustang, new Camaro, Scirocco, the Pumper, Diamond Reo, '57 Ford, '72 GTO, '49 Mercury, a Peterbuilt, etc. I think this is exactly the same stuff they got the last time around several months ago. I'm hoping they get some new stuff from Revell. A few years ago, they got some nice stuff in and I regret not having picked up more then. One guy had one of those Wacky Willy's in his hands at checkout And- it begins. I have seen a flood of some of these kits on eBay, some with the price tags still on and the prices blacked out, or others with pieces of the price tags. A few sellers start them at $10 each, but most are listing them at $20-$30 each. These seem to sit around if they're overpriced. The GTX and Hurst Olds are excellent parts cars. The GTX comes with both a nice stock Hemi and 440 with 4 barrel and 6 barrel intakes. While the body is a little wonky, the chassis makes an excellent upgrade for almost any '68-'70 B Body kit. The Hurst Olds comes with an excellent chassis you can throw under almost any '68-'72 GM A-Body, and pad printed Goodyear Polyglas GT Tires.
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