I think the version prior to the monster truck was the "Scavenger" "tow truck", like so:
There will still be some stock goodies and a few still-close-to-stock parts, but the hinged nose is the real deal breaker here. I *think* the monster truck specific suspension is shared with MPC's other monster truck kits of the era (Dodge pickup, El Camino), too, so I guess if you've been wanting a set of Rockwell axles you'll be happy about this reissue.
Why is a rant about not being thanked in General Discussion? It only seems fair if other long term members are publicly scolded about not posting in the proper place, all members should receive the same treatment, for the sake of consistency, right? Oh look, it's deja vu all over again. :
I picked up a built version a few years ago for the 5-slot wheels, and while nice, they had the look of a generic stamped steel, chrome plated wheel, but maybe that was intentional. The rest of the kit was up to MPC's usual late '70s standards, which is to say not terribly impressive, but not Palmer level either. Here's a peek at the chrome parts:
I would argue the F&F franchise/brand is quite successful, and that tie-ins, such as model kits based on the movie cars, follow suit. I highly doubt Revell would pursue the licensing for the F&F brand a second time if they were money losers the first time around. While the 40+ age crowd might form the majority of Revell's customers, they aren't going to ignore the rest of their customer base, either. The F&F series is absolutely aimed at the 8-35 year old demographic, and vehicles like the Honda Civic EK series are considered classics to younger generations, so it makes sense to reissue them with F&F branding and with F&F 8 due in theaters next year. It's good timing and smart business. Both versions of this kit will sell very well IMHO. I'll buy one of each without hesitation, even if I only buy the F&F version for the wheels.
^Bingo. The torque boxes are now molded completely closed and the K-member up front is definitely different, so same master pattern/design specs, slightly different model...much like the '32 Fords and Rat Roaster IMHO. I'm sure that grill can be worked with until the stock version comes out, which, based on past history ('67 Camaro grille/surround), may be a moot point.
I wonder if something's been heavily modified or a significant portion this kit is missing. I can't find the image, but I think it was in the '96 issue of SAE containing the forthcoming releases, and within the article was a picture of a '72 Road Runner roundy-round (Grand American or whatever it was called) car in Petty Blue...but it never happened. 1987(!) was the last time the MPC '71 Plymouth Roadrunner was available, IIRC. As for the "Super Charger" kit, I doubt it would be a hot for Round2. The '71 R/T has been reissued twice since 2009, and is far nicer is every respect, so maybe Round2 isn't willing to devote it resources to a kit which to the average buyer looks a lot like the '71 R/T?
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Revell-83-Hurst-Oldsmobile-plastic-1-25-scale-Special-Edition-car-model-kit4317-/282006135265?hash=item41a8e021e1%3Ag%3ArAEAAOSw3mpXERa3&nma=true&si=dqp1qInwMLujkbPBH56jQB0Dh%2Fk%3D&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2557 Looks like all four sold. Probably that Kevin guy from Ohio!