1971-1972 Charger shared the same quarter window and "upkick" design ; 1973-1974 shared that quarter window / c-pillar with the 1971-1974 Satellite , Road Runner , et al. To convert the AMT '71 Charger to a 1972 would be a decent undertaking : door skins , hood (the louvered one in the kit is a '71-only offering , although the bulge is the same) , interior (different upholstery pattern) , would be the most difficult . No outward changes to the 440 ; just paint it in its proper colours ( "1972 Blue" with an orange air cleaner ) . Keep checking eBay , et al. , for the MPC annual . I got a built-up for a song !
It would appear that Dave , et al. , have really knocked one out of the 'park ! WOW !!! The fact that Moebius not only reworked the tooling to the Nth degree , but they also added the seating option ! Not to minimise those decadent 8 lug K-H wheels -- as they'll receive receive their fair share of kudos -- but the overall effort in making sure that this much needed subject is dialled-in --rolling stock included-- shows how dedicated Dave and the team are to producing quality products . Those tyres are perfect ! Most beautiful tyres I've seen in a while , easily . Thanks for the great review , Tim !
Dad's first car was a1949 Ford coupe , flathead w/ column-shift 3-speed and overdrive . Had it from 1954-1962 , when he sold it and bought a new '62 Comet . Mom's first car was a brand new 1957 Ford Skyliner . She sold it in '60 and moved back home to Pennsylvania (after a 3 years stint in Miami) . In 1963 she bought a new Chevy II 2 door pillard coupe whose only options were a radio (AM only that year) , heater / defogger , and a 4-speed (with the base 4 cylinder !) .
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 ?