I never gave the back seat of my Challenger a second thought..............until I wanted to clean the inside of the back window a while back. Yup! I had a hard time getting back there and getting out! With me over 6 ft, it's not for the tall of stature! I find the trunk though to be very roomy for a car of its size and type. But no matter! 99.9% of the time I'm the only one in it so back seat room is a moot point for me as I have no wife or kids to haul around. Hey! I resemble that remark! (says Bill's Challenger)
With what looks to be a super nice '16 Camaro kit on the way, lets hope this is the start once again for AMT/Round 2 to recapture that momentum, and give us some nice surprises in the way of kits that haven't been touched before. One can only hope!
From 1976-'78 when I was in high school in Oxon Hill Md, I got to get up close and personal to a '71-'72 Riviera practically all the time. We had a next door neighbor that had one in the driveway, and it was quite a nice car. Not the best color in the world-------I remember it being a silver/gray with a black vinyl roof. However, it was very nice to look at as there were so many things going on with the styling.........all for the good IMO. This type of car is what put GM on the map for so long---daring, bold designs that had no apologies for the way they looked. Think GM's '59 lineup and how polarizing that was to folks back when they debuted. Sure the '60 models were toned down a touch, but at least GM wasn't "playing it safe" like they do with a lot of their cars today. Of course, 1971 was a loooooong time ago, and government regs unfortunately have since dictated the shapes of cars. So no more "sharp edges", true four door hardtops, fins, etc.
It used to be when I first joined eBay back in '02, that you could see the usernames of those bidding on items. This was handy because if you knew the person you were competing against for instance, you might just let them have the item as this kinda kept you from getting into a bidding war. Now eBay hides the usernames in all auctions ostensibly to keep outsiders from zeroing in on super high bidders (cars for instance), and trying to scam them later on. I see their point in doing that but as you said Pete, one has a hard if not impossible task of checking out other bidders. BTW, the original item I first posted about----------the model went unsold, even at the rock bottom starting bid from $9.99. Guess those that saw the auction caught on that there was some funny business going on huh?
Hmmm, Steve I had to dig up a good side view shot of a '71 to see what you mean and sure enough, that's how it is.
The resin one I got is too flat which in a sorta subconscious way I guess on my part, I was trying to fix on my resin what I thought was warpage when in fact, the roof is too flat. All the more reason I'll wait till the plastic one comes about if it indeed ever does. We'll see.
I have one that I got off eBay from Time Machine Resins. It may be the same as the R&R one-----I don't know 'cept to say there are no plated parts, and I'd have to make my own glass. I do know that it'll take some work to make it nice. Not a bad kit per se, but not on the level of The Modelhaus as they did a '72 I believe. Frankly, if there's a plastic equivalent of any particular car, I'd much rather work with the plastic just in case there's some corrections that need to be made. Here's to keeping our fingers crossed that this car is indeed on the front burner and will come out maybe next year or so!
Chris, that looks to be a very good conversion so far! You're a brave man cutting up an old Johan! I can't say anything bad about that as down the road I'll be doing the same thing in trying to convert Johan's '61 New Yorker into a 300G. It's the only way at times to get what we want as we'll never see certain cars come from the major kitmakers.
Definitely Jay Leno's Garage! I get pinged on my phone when a new video of his shows up, and if it's something I'm really interested in (such as his recent drive of the '61 Chrysler 300G), I'll save the video on my laptop and PC.
I've had a smartphone (iPhone) since about 2010 or so and while I'm not on it constantly, I'm on it more than enough. I'm too busy on the job so I don't need my phone for that, but it is my only source of making calls as I haven't had a landline in years. It's also my source of music, weather, watching local news (excellent for that), and yes I've used the GPS on it a number of times, but I don't travel as much as I used to. I have a Facebook account, but you'll seldom see me on there------I don't get the constant posting on what you're doing in the course of a day. No tattoos though! Never wanted one, and I doubt I'll ever get one!
That's the first I've heard that, but I will say that particular car was one of the items listed on the "Wish List" that Revell had folks sign onto at the NNL East, that I posted about a while back. All I can say is how can you NOT love that boat-tail??
IMO, this is one of GM's better bright spots of the '70's and certainly one of Bill Mitchell's most daring designs. Love it or hate it, it's certainly an attention getter and I do remember these very well as a teen growing up back then when these were on the road. The lowrider crowd would be all over this! I say make it as a snapper with options to build a stock and a lowrider version. Leave it to us superdetail guys to go all out and set it apart. I'd build mine without the vinyl roof though.............looks better without it, or as a "day two" car with the half vinyl roof. That option didn't come along till '73 I think, but it complements the roofline all the better. I hope the rumors are true, but we'll just have to wait and see!
Call me weird, but I like the styling of the Aero Grand Prix better than the Monte Carlo. The addition of the aero glass on the Monte always looked like an afterthought to me, whereas the Poncho's seemed better integrated.
Maybe it's the more flowing shape on the Grand Prix as it's not as "abrupt" as on the Monte. However, I'd make a change in the Pontiac's rear spoiler as I'm not crazy about the shape of it. And yes, I'd like to see a kit of the Poncho, but I'm not holding my breath that it'll ever happen.