I don't think the production kits have landed yet, but they should be on shelves very soon. This kit had a few minor glitches typical of MPC kits of the period (the door hinges in particular might require some tweaking/test-fitting) but the finished kit looks pretty good. I have no idea what they're doing for decals, but it wouldn't surprise me to see the red/blue/gold hood birds like they included in the 1/25 kit. Note-the glass is all clear. If you notice the tinted T-tops, that was done with Tamiya smoke.
Thanks, Casey; The box-art kit actually sat on my bench for a few weeks while the guys at Round2 searched for the honeycomb wheel insert. Nice to have parts in the box that enable you to build a "regular" T/A as opposed to the one-color-scheme-only anniversary version. I'm hoping they include decals in different color schemes like they did with the 1/25 version. The hood bird shown on the box was applied (or photoshopped) after the fact.
The lower right set looks like the AMT 66 Riviera stock turbine caps minus the separate knock-offs. They're pretty much identical to the late 60's-early 70's Chev turbine caps as Christopher stated; I actually used a set on a '71 Impala
Sorry, I guess my post wasn't clear enough. MPC 872 will be a reissue of the '75 annual as pictured in Casey's original post. The stock version's parts are all present and accounted for except the plastic tires which will be replaced by vinyl tires. A couple of bits had to be retooled for the custom version as well.
This is indeed the correct box art. A pic of a built stock version. This one (built from an original '76 annual) wears the original (plastic) annual tires. The upcoming release will have different (vinyl) stock tires.
The only issue I'm aware of was an incorrect hood in the original-issue GTX hardtop (pic below). The kit contained a '68 Road Runner hood. I don't know when Ertl corrected the mistake. I'm pretty sure the Pro Street and convertible kits had the correct hood
They both look like good restoration candidates....although I hope you keep the blue one as-is. It's a well-preserved example of the way we all did them back then. I'm sure you already know this,,,,the Ertl reissue of the Skylark Modified Stocker has a few extra parts in the box left over from the annual, including a set of the stock five spoke wheels. They're the only 1/25 scale Special/Skylark/Century five spokes out there (yes, non-Buick folks, the Wildcat/Riv wheels are different).
Right you are, Snake. I love the way AMT molded the pinstripe just high enough that you can scrape the paint away for a nice fine white pinstripe. It almost didn't work on this one due to the crazed body, and how deep I had to go smoothing it out. The "BUICK" lettering on the hood and decklid are just about gone. ,
Nice to see this thread back from the dead. I glue bomb (more like a "lacquer-bomb") I just finished. This one looked like an easy restoration when i got it, but under that thick Testors yellow enamel was a severely crazed body that had been painted with green automotive lacquer (I should have taken pics). I almost gave up on it, but I figured I might as well finish what I started...and I can't just go to the LHS and pick up another '66 Skylark.
The chrome wheel faces shown on the Gee-T box are on the Serpent test shots, and will be included in the kit as optional pieces along with a few other bits not used on the built-up I posted. The old Serpent instruction sheet I used (photocopy-no idea re it's origin) specified the chrome faces, not the knock-offs I installed. The knock-offs were used as they wanted the build to match the Serpent box art.