It the time this kit came out (1988) it was lauded as one of the first true domestic kits to go after the "enthusiast" market. Designed and made for the "serious" modeler because of the parts breakdown and subject matter. I remember it quite handily one a lot of awards that year in our hobby. With the exception of the rearview mirror/windshield issue (which was addressed by AMT after it's initial release with a mold revision) the stock version of this kit is still highly regarded. And because it sold well it is credited for opening the door to other serious subjects in the early 90's
Guys, I'm pretty sure this is all in fun. If it takes you more than a hour to type up this proposal they you're probably doing it wrong. While Luc does do this on the off chance that a manufacturer may be looking and intrigued by the proposals, I view it really more as an educational exercise for all of us to see a little slice of what actually goes into the process.
I can recall a few Revell kits from 10-15 years ago had an issue, specifically the 59 Chevy Impala 2n1 kit. The tires with the separate whitewalls are known to melt the really sweet 4 bar spinners wheels you put in them, along with anything else. But aside from that I don't think this is much of a problem with kits made in the last 20-30 years at all.
Some of the newer bodies I've gotten from JF have a very stubborn mold release on them. So, after you clean it, shoot it with primer before doing any bodywork. You will be able to tell if you got it all because the primer will not stick.
Very cool build Wish Round2 would release those wheels and tires as a parts pack. I don't remember what the parts breakdown is in the kit if that would be workable, but at least the tires could make a great parts pack
I enjoy this kit, I've built a couple of the coupes already. I really like your accent color on the molding, and the added benefit is that it will help hide the gap between the roof and body. It's a small gap, but on lightly colored painted bodies it's very difficult to hide it.
This is a cool build, and I've been following along. I give you credit for the way , when you've come upon an issue, have found your way to work around it. Just a small nit from me, but would you consider swapping out the seats, or at least modifying them? IMHO, they are far too tall. I know you're probably keeping them because they are from the Viper, so if you could possibly sever the seat at the bottom of the back and remove some of the height. This is just my suggestion. And, so you can keep the Buick style brakes, but simulate a performance upgrade to discs, there is already a 1:1 solution in place. The aftermarket sells disc brake sets that look like the Buick brakes. On a quick glance the only way to tell is there is a scoop on the backing plate to facilitate cooling. You could replicate this by adding the scoop. Sorry, I don't have an image, but try Googling it.
Just to be clear guys, this is brand new tooling from just a few years ago. It's based on the 60's Sizzler dragster, and shares similar box art. But the Sizzler was larger than 1/24-1/25 scale. John, your buildup of this kit is really sweet. I love your choice of colors. Looking forward to seeing this done.