I was surprised at the dimensional differences between the parts in the Revell and AMT kits.I wanted to use some AMT pieces to customize the Revell body(dual headlamp housings,front roll pan/grille housing,tail lamp bezels) but with size and shape differences I'd be looking at something of a putty blob as a finished product.Even the stock bumpers are very different in size.
I thought of something else that should qualify as "fun in a car". One day,when my daughter was very young we were in the car and she asked me how a traffic light worked.Seizing the opportunity for some humor I told her that Traffic Light Munchkins lived in the lights.I said that they would count off X number of cars and then flip a switch to change the lights.Little did I know that she believed me and it wasn't until a few years later when she was in grade school that her classmates told her the truth.I believe she was profoundly embarrassed.
A few times come to mind: 1)Being a total novice and bracket racing my '79 Malibu (305-4v,factory 4 speed) at Lapeer Dragway and making it all the way to the final round before nerves got to me and I redlighted. 2)Getting a ride around Michigan Speedway in a PPG Pace Car Corvette and seeing 165 m.p.h. at the start/finish line. 3)As a 7 year old boy in 1961 getting to sit in the Buick Wildcat II show car at the dealership where my Dad was service manager. 4)Being season class champion twice in my local autocross series. 5) Being fastest in class at the local CCM July 4th time trials at Waterford Hills race course with my '84 Z-28(and in other years beating guys times in their own cars) 6) Anytime driving my '27 Chevy woody before it was wrecked in a road accident. 7) Winning a TSD rally put on by the sports car club I'm in with a friend in his Baja style Beetle.There's a long story about that win.
Last night I compared the Satellite to a Polar Lights Coronet(same basic real cars).The bodies in general are close enough to each other so I'd say they're good.What I did notice was the difference in roof shape between the two kits.The windshield angles are different,the vent window framings are different thickness, and the roofs are noticeably different shapes.Is one more correct than the other?Beats me.
If it's an inside the box only build you want,here's an idea.You can use ANYTHING in the box for the build.For example,if you want to lacquer up a piece of the instructions for a spoiler,go ahead.Or use sprue for lake pipes.Or something else-use your imagination. This is something that we in metro Detroit have been kicking around for inclusion as a type of "box mod" class for our shows as an expansion of Box Stock(which is a rather vague definition anyway).
Went back to one of the local Michaels,no luck on a Dart kit.But I did score a Revell '67 Chevelle Pro Street kit for $6.99 whose SKU came up as the '77 Trans Am kit that was on clearance(the Chevelle wasn't supposed to be a clearance item).
What I noticed before the size if the axle was how short in height the body side seems.I'm gonna break out a Polar Lights Coronet and make a comparison.I realize that both models may not be to exact scale but I want to see how similar they are to each other.
I bought the Moebius '65 Satellite,some paint for the interior of the '53 Hudson I'm trying to finish,and I scored a deal at Michaels where I got a mismarked Revell '67 Chevelle Pro Street kit for $6.99-the SKU said it was the "77 Trans Am kit.OOPS!
Recently I scored the Revell '57 Bel Air,'63 Chevy California Wheels edition,and a Monogram'70 Challenger on clearance there.Even though I have those kits already,at that price I wasn't going to pass on them.Now I'll have to back and see if the Darts are at that cheap clearance price here.