Interesting thoughts about car design. As a kid in the '60's I could tell even then what cars were what. I might not have known if they were new or not, but I could tell by the "signatures" of the windshield pillars/rooflines, or the tailights what kind of car it was. I have to look twice today, and I consider myself a car guy. One reason as mentioned that cars look the way they do today is government regs. Cars need to be taller (pedestrian safety), side impact standards affect the appearance of most cars------one of the main reason you no longer see true pillarless hardtops today. But OTOH, society has changed a great deal today than what it was even from the '90's. Lets face it people ARE bigger these days, and not many folks want to cram themselves into small cars. Sure they sell, but then SUVS/Crossovers sell that much better. One of the reasons I like my Challenger is that while it may be "retro", it's still a modern design by my eyes, and it CERTAINLY is distinctive. Some may sniff at the fact that it takes a lot of its styling cues from the original 1970 model, but the fact remains that FCA sells practically every one they make, and the Hellcat model is simply outta this world. One of my wishes is to see "traditional" body styles make a return-------a scooch lower beltline, longer dash to front axle ratio, longer/lower trunks. Time will tell if these styling cues make it back into the mainstream. I'm excited to see what the new Barracuda will look like-----I'm sure it will be a good seller as Chrysler seems to know how to style a car well IMO. One more point--------let's face it..........there are MANY more manufacturers cars on the roads today than there were in the '60's! One can only style their cars so many ways without looking totally awful (some come to mind though), so you're bound to have quite a few similarities in the designs. Just my 2¢ worth!
As the owner of a current gen Challenger, this is great news! I love my car, but it'll be good to see FCA carry on the tradition of the pony car with a more modern chassis. I've read from other sources that the 'Cuda will be available in coupe AND convertible styles. This would be more in keeping in competition with the Camaro and Mustang. Unfortunately, with the switch to Alfa's chassis (this includes the Charger), that may spell the end of the Hemi.
FCA wants to fit their future super high performance models with a twin turbo V6. I'm all for this if the cars are indeed lighter and a bit smaller than their current incarnations. BTW, the car pictured on the site ('99 Charger show car) is said to heavily influence the next Charger. I say HOORAY as that what's the Charger should have been in the first place! The current Charger looks worlds better than the last version, and I can't help but wonder if the current car WAS supposed to debut back in '06 before Daimler stepped in and changed things.
My slow but sure progress of the Mustang marches on. Work was halted for a bit as it was quite hot here in Central PA, and the front bedroom I use as my model work room was just too dang hot to work in! I don't have the luxury of central air, and I'm not crazy about a window unit simply because of all of the other power stuff I have in the room. Not to mention, keeping the room shut at all times is an absolute MUST as I have a new kitten and he's VERY CURIOUS!! Just the same, I'm quite bugged about the too small headlights that are in the kit. While not bad, to me it somehow takes away the "character" of that familiar Mustang front end. Using some advice from a good friend and excellent model builder Dale Beaver (aka 935K3), he suggested putting some headlight rings around the lights to make them appear larger. Well, I just happen to have some 1/4" aluminum tubing lying around, and using K&S's tubing cutter, I made some paper thin rings which just happen to fit around the kit's headlights. Here are some pics to show the difference............................ Before the headlight rings........
And here they are in my hand showing how paper thin they are.............;)
OK.......now to use some white glue to keep 'em in, and then I can move on to finish this thing up............that is if the weather doesn't turn hot again! Thanks for lookin'!
One word of caution if one wants to go the route of heating up the windshield header and flattening it like I did. When the time comes to wash the body, DO NOT wash the body in hot water! The plastic still has the memory of how it was molded, and the arch will return once it's heated up. Better to wash the body in cold to lukewarm water to avoid this. Also, one will have to VERY CAREFULLY file down the windshield itself to get the glass to fit------not much, but enough to get it to fit well. This car has me so intrigued, this might be my next build once cooler weather sets in again, and I can finish the Mustang. Just too dang hot in my model work room lately to do anything!
Let me make a correction about the uptop for the '69 Chevelle. I'm not really sure that the one I got came from Missing Link------I may have got it from Time Machine Resins. Here's some pics I have of how it fits on an older issue '69 Chevelle Convertible.
Here's a pic of a 1:1 off the 'net of how that top should look in relation to the body......................
This is on my "someday" pile. As you can see the top is too long for the Chevelle body. If the top did indeed come from the '72 Cutlass, either the Chevelle is not quite 1/25, or the Cutlass is a bit larger than 1/25 as in 1:1 these were basically the same car built on the same platform. My apologies as I'm not quite sure where this resin top originates from. I do happen to have the '72 Cutlass uptop, and if I can find the kit and dig it out, I'll see if I can do a comparo and try the top on this body.
I have the resin one from Missing Link and it's too big for the 1/25 '69 Chevelle. The one from the '72 Cutlass would be a better bet......might have to do some tweaking with it to make it look correct though.