Back in the early 80's , there was a government employee store (think : prototype membership shopping such as Costco , et al.) called Fedco (Federal Employees' Discount Commerce , or some such acronym) , and they had a grip of mid-late 70's AMT kits in stock . Mostly , the kits were of the Gremlin , Pacer , and Matador (in addition to Pinto Sportroof) , which I found to be amusing . Hey , when you're 11 or 12 years old , a 5-8 year old kit is old ! Any-how , Fedco was selling these kits for next to nothing ! I think that they were priced at $0.50 - $0.75 !! I bought a couple of each , built 'em up , traded some , etc. Thankfully , most of the kits were stock versions ! Those custom versions were so gross ! Ha ha ha . I'd gladly take any of those ridiculous custom AMC's these days .
That LA-Series engine certainly appears to be nicer than the stock 318--340-360 that the vans , Duster / Demon / Dart Sport , etc. , engines ! I realise that it's representative of the 355 cube Direct Connection "R" small block , but at least the base block & heads look nice . Not sure what diff / housing that is supposed to represent ... Not a Dana nor is it the Chrysler 8 3/4 . any ideas ? I'll most likely grab one of these kits for its parts contents !
The finest item on the original , 1988-issue was its moulded-onto the windscreen interior rear view mirror ! I built a couple of them back in 1988 , and I honestly don't recall any fitment issues with it . I'm not saying that to come across as contentious to the others' comments / input , but rather out of personal experiences . That kit was a quantum leap in kit development at the time . Separate interior panels , drivetrain installation points , and that extra short block / long block were so ahead of the curve at the time ! Actually , the kit's release was pushed-back an entire year ; it was supposed to be released in 1987 ... ...which was a remarkable year in the realm of modelling .
Super nice Demon 340 ! The two preeminent yellow colours offered by Dodge in 1971 were : FY1 Top Banana (Plymouth called the same colour "Lemon Twist") GY3 Citron Yella (Plymouth called the same colour "Curious Yellow")
Excellent ! Thanks for the additional photos , too . That speedometre looks perfect ! Good call on scalling-down an actual photo . I remember when I built the 1986 reissue of this excellent kit ; I was 16 years old , and had a rock-steady hand . I painted the speedo with a gloss black background , then tediously hand-painted the numbers (!!) . Last one I built --around 11 years ago-- I added BMF to the speedo , then painted Tamiya Semi-Gloss Black , then rubbed the numbers off with a toothpick . I love those Flatties ! While I'm not up on each years' unique changes , I do recognise that yours are painted to reflect their appliactions ( truck , passenger car , etc. ) . Keep 'em coming , Tulio !
Tulio knocks another home run right out of the park ! That's thee finest factory stock 1953 F-100 I've seen in all of my 45 years ! I have a couple of questions for you , Tulio : 1.) How did the rest of the interior come along ? I know that that kit is void of any detail ... ( that dashboard and gauge clustre looks great !! ) 2.) The drip trough embellishment : is that "correct" for a base model ? Looks great but "out of place" due to the trim level (e.g. , standard grille) 3.) What medium did you employ to replicate the windscreen weather stripping ? Now , if only some-one would make some conversion parts for this kit ; 1954 and 1955 conversions would be awesome !
That's like the 1972 Duster annual from MPC : Arlen Vanke livery , including "Hemi" decals for the hood , but the kit has only one engine : 340 ! Wasn't it the 1968 annual Barracuda that had the 225 Slant and 426 Hemi as its engine choices ? Didn't the 1969 annual have the 383 ?
Perhaps the best thing about D.E.F. (which is synthesised cow urine) is its containers ! Lots of landfill waste is created by the stupid boxes / containers for that non-sense , which , in my mind , negates its short term emissions "benefits" ...