The Aurora book is also excellen and well worh the read, if you have any interest in the history behind our hobby.. I too regret that we've not seen books of the Graham quality on AMT, MPC & IMC but I keep my hopes up.. There have also been histories of Matchbox, Airfix, Frog and ESCI written. I will admit that I enjoy the history behind the models I build just as much as the building of the kit.
Adam, You might want to pick up a second of this kit since with a little extra work it can be converted into a '74 which minus the black bumper caps is a more attractive car. Other work will involve scribing a line down the rear tail, sanding off the gas door emblem and the bumperettes. I replaced the wheels with rally style from an earlier Vette and sourced better looking tires from my spares box, I also replaced the steering wheel (kit used the one year only style) and the seats.The engine is also more accurate for a '74 then a '75, There may have been a few other changes that I don't recall making but the conversion is relaively easy especially considering that '74 Vette kits are hard to find. Enjoy your build its a fun and basically good kit.
The recently reissued MR Porsche 914, but like most of us the challenge of overcoming the various problems has dragged me in and I working on one. Problems include a chassis/interior that must be installed before the body with its front and rear clips are built or painted. Both clips fit poorly and require losts of putty and sanding to make them fit, the opening rear trunk lid doesn't fit and there is a space between the trunk and mid engine hood. That's as far as I've gotten so far, I'm just waiting for the nightmares ahead.
Well done! So few people do these wierd little cars but I do enjoy seeing them and have built a few myself over the years. Scratch built the Citroen panel about a year before the kit came out and have built a couple of Trabant sedans but not the universal yet. You' done a great job on all three and I'd be proud to have models this well built on my shelf.
Proof that you can turn a sow's ear into a silk purse. You've taken a mundane basic promo and turned it into a very nice shelf model that I think most would be happy to have in our collection. Well done !!!
My age is showing. I built the Get Smart Alpine but went with a stock 4cyl look. As I recall I used a set of AMT 13" ? tires that were very common in AMT compact cars produced in the '60s. Even used a set of wire wheels from the past to add a little bling to the Alpine. Picked up one of the reissued kits but haven't decided what tires I'll used to build the Tiger.
I believe the box you found is the only release that this kit had in North America. It also represents the european prototype rather then the car that was eventually sold here. Despite that it's a fun kit to build, if you want to do something different.. I found that it fit better if you reduce the size of the snap tabs and built it as a glue kit. I built my first one as the coupe but have another one to do as a convertible someday.
There was also a vacuform kit of the Stingray Racer by a company called Scudaria Scale, I believe it was meant to be used over a slot car chassis. I suspect that the resin kit was based on the vacuform.
The Tiger kit is available again. Was in my LHS a couple of weeks ago and there was one sitting on the shelf, just about got into a tug-of-war with my buddy as to who was going to get it ( I won ). Already have it on my winter build list.
Looks great. Built the same kit a few years ago and ran into the same problems as you described in your write up. I used some Tamiya primer under paint and it worked on the vinyl interior (I left the seats as they were). The Gunze sports car series were fun builds and often the only choice if you wanted that particular car in your collection but all unfortunately came with the vinyl interiors. The Ghia was the only one that I built that had interior fit problems. I'd love to see these kits available again.
Have a copy of that magazine that I bought new (whoa am I ever showing my age) and I remember that article and the feeling that I could never accomplish something like that, not sure I could even do it today. You sir are to be congratulated for recreating a unique model from the early days of our hobby. It deserves and I'm sure will be given a place of honour in the museum.
I try to forget what I've begun to pay for kits. In the last few years it has become a much more expensive hobby. One expects to pay $60 and up for resin kits but even mass produced re-pops of old '60 &'70 kits can cost $40 and up (at least here in Canada).. I'm glad that I don't build the large scale Tamiya level a/c that easily sell in the shops for well over $100. While I may sound like I'm complaining I'm still quite willing to lay out what ever it costs to buy any kit that I want, example I have the Ebbro kit of the Citroen DS19 on order and I expect it to cost at least a hundred here in Canada. Where I've rebelled at the high prices is by not buying buying two or three of each kit. As to the original question I've picked up a number of AMT/mpc C2 Corvette kits in original boxes for well over a hundred each so I would think they're my most expensive buys.