The 1967 Revell kit is not former Monogram, It was an all new tool by Revell. The 1965 kit is former Monogram. That one is 1/24th scale. The only hitch with using a 1967 chassis under a 1963 is that in 1965, they redesigned the front cross member to accommodate the big block engine. Most people probably wouldn't notice this, but... Another donor would be the old MPC 64-67 Corvette chassis. The 65-67 annuals have working coil spring front suspension, all have steerable wheels and separate rear suspension, The re-issues of the 1967 (Streaker Vette, StingRay, and Night Stalker) returned to the 1964 chassis front clip, which only has the posable steering. The exhaust has also been removed. And for some reason, (maybe they modified the 1967 interior for the Cosma Ray?) these re-issued kits have the 1964 style interior, which is probably pretty close to the 1963. This gives you separate bucket seats as well. This kit also has a very nice 327 and 4 speed that is definitely nicer than the one in the AMT kit. The Revell kit has the big block 427. I realize this is long after the fact, but still good information for those wanting to add detail to an AMT 1963-67 Corvette. MPC 1984 Corvette chassis. Re-issued 1967s are similar, minus the molded in exhaust system.
I know that some of the folks that love the old tool 57 Chevy are complaining, but the new tool 57 is far superior to the old one. The side trim on the old tool 57 is way too high on the body. The only way I would want to see it return would be if they'd open the gates to all of the old styline custom parts that I know are still in there. (See the ghost portion of the rear extension on the upper left...)
I asked John Greczula about opening the gates a few years ago, and he told me that it likely never be re-issued because the tool is just flat worn out.
I did a little digging in the collection today and pulled out some of my vintage 1929 Model A kits. Better than that, I took a few photos.... Here is an original Ala Kart Chrome tree (One of two included per kit.
Here is the a chrome tree from the Street Rods Issue Model A (Bottom), with the corresponding tree from the2002 issue on top. Note: the Street Rod tree is slightly incomplete. The headers, rocker covers, oil pan, timing cover, and one of the headlight buckets are missing here. There might be a couple of other pieces missing as well
Here you can see how they modified the Ala Kart Fenders for the 1973 Street Rods issue. The cut-outs (and bulges) for the side pipes are gone. 7\
The bulge to match the scoop on the hood was removed from the front of the cab,
As was the pleating on the back....
The parts to the right of the wheels in the below photo are the mechanical brake linkage and the stock 29 A front axle. Why Lesney/AMT felt it necessary to move these parts to the chrome tree is beyond me.
That was done for the below issue, which was reissued twice by Ertl/AMT in maroon, then again in 2002 with a bunch of gates opened up. All of the gray parts in this post are from the 2002 issue.
I am an old hand at posting photos on message boards, but ever since the MCM message board changed configurations, I cannot post. I click on "Insert Other Media", and choose "Insert image from URL"/ Then I paste in the image URL, click "Insert into post and....Nothing. spinning donuts, I've tried it in IE 11, Chrome, and Firefox, all with the same results.
Judging by the last issue of the 1929 Model kit, the Ala Kart fenders (though modified) are in there. However, the Ala Kart front axle, and a few other key pieces were cut out during the Lesney era to allow the stock 29 A front axle and brake linkage to be on the chrome tree for the A Venger issue. I think the quad headlamps are likely also long gone. Might have to go down to my stash and compare some trees. if I do, I'll shoot some pics.
Close, but not quite. The issue just before the Street Rods version is the one on the bottom right. The one with the Yellow Mod Rod on it. That was also the last issue you could still build an Ala Kart from.
Actually, that last reissue of the MPC 60 Corvette kit (AMT - gold car on box top) does have the metal coli springs. However, RC2 neglected to restore the spindles to work with the coil springs. (They originally had a 90 degree 'hook' on each end to keep them in the control arms.