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.
Built this kit a few years back and it goes together very nicely with few fit problems. I used a little chrome foil on the trunk strips, running boards and around the side mounted spares. The three chrome strips on the leading edge of the rear fenders are missing so I carefully scribed three small trenches on each fender and after painting I used a small amount of glue to glue down small strips of electronic silver solder then sprayed my clear, the solder has remained shiny and glued in place.. The tires are plastic and required painting in white then careful masking before doing the black. The second windshield could be wound down into the body so I cut a slot to fit it into, it now looks more like the real thing and the fit of the windshield is more secure in what otherwise is just a butt joint.. Some engine detailing and the kit was finished. In someways I prefer to builld the Italeri brass era classics better then the Monogram ones (a little better detailing). Painted mine in TS-11 Maroon with a beige interior. Mine was the first of the pre-war classics that I had built in many years and I was pleased by how well it went together and how impressively big it looks sitting on the shelf. I think you'll really enjoy your build.
Yep...looks like the old mpc kit with the hood that doesn't sit quite flush with the body. I believe that kit is coming back out sometime this year. With some extra work it can also be converted back to a '74. You've done a great job building it as it is. I love the exterior colour although I think it would look better with standard factory rims, but then that's just my opinion.
I like the colour scheme that you have right there, the light blue metallic over a grey interior is sharp. I've done a couple of models in colours similar to this one using rattle cans. One was done with Tamiya TS-58 Pearl Light Blue, and another was a Ferrari done in a duplicolor color called Avignon Blue. As the previous poster suggested check out the duplicolor rack at your hardware or auto supply store I'm sure you'l find something close and also check out the Tamiya rack at your LHS Tamiya have put out some very nice blues in their synthetic lacquer range and Tamiya is so easy to apply. Good luck and look forward to seeing what will be a beautifull model once it is done.
While most of these are a little off topic for a model car board I recently obtained a small cache of partially built & unbuilt kits from a family member who has had to go into a care home and can no longer model. I'll enjoy building or restoring a number of these kits but I've also enjoyed researching the history of a few of the oldest kits. Some of the kits include: -a small Wells Fargo stagecoach dating to a Revell/Adams collaboration in the early '50s -a 1o 1 early European flintlock handgun by Pyro, another modelling company from the distant past -a large civil war style canon, maker not yet determined) -several open wheel race cars -several Star Wars kits from the '80s -some armour kits, a couple of semi kits, several Monogram brass era classic cars
It's not that I needed more models to build but I wasn't about to turn freebies down.