Try to find the Revell 72 cutlass supreme kit. Not the hurst/olds version. It has an up top that is basically a direct fit for the 69 SS convertible. the hurst/olds version of the kit does not have the up top in it. The box art for the cutlass supreme as a black and burgundy car on it. I read that Revell is supposed to be reissuing the 72 olds kit 3rd quarter 2015. I am not sure if that one will have the up top or not. Check out this link. Lots of great info.
Not sure if you know this or not but the Blue Beetle has two full sets of wheels and tires in it. It has the wide white and the slicks with the Blue Beetle style wheels and it also has the aluminum slots and the Goodyear tires that it has had in it for several issues. The same wheels and tires that the early iron issue had. So even if you have to buy a kit to rob the wheels and tires out of, it can still be built.
I agree with Ace. Kinda hard to tell from the picture (I am on my phone). But both the in and out and the reverser became more common as time went on. The lenco reversers are easy to spot on a car in person. They have "LENCO REVERSE" in raised letters on the case.
Doesn't necessarily have to be a nitro motor but a big horsepower engine is definitely needed. And most of the ones I have seen up close there is a big safety cover over the drive shaft. Usually a heavy duty piece of metal bent in a U shape to cover the top three quarters of the drive shaft. Usually 12 or 14 gauge. In the second pic you posted imagine yourself sitting in the driver's seat. Where are your legs and feet? Plus if catastrophic failure were to happen and the driveshaft broke and got loose what is the first part of your anatomy it is going to come after? This is the same reason they made clutch scatter shields mandatory on higher horse power cars. if you go to Google Images and search clutch explosions there are a lot of pretty wild pictures showing the aftermath of a clutch explosion after they have come apart. Big Daddy Don Garlits actually lost half of one of his feet due to a clutch explosion in one of his Top Fuel Cars.
I have bought a couple of them just for the boat. And then sold or traded away the Grand Prix because IMO that is a pretty ugly car and I know what I would never build it. I have enough cool subject matter that I may not get to to keep the ones I know I will never build.
I think the tooling for the boat is still around. Isn't that basically the same boat as the one that was recently rereleased by the model king in a double kit with the 70(?) Pontiac Grand Prix? Is the tooling from that boat (the MK version) a modified version of the original raysoncraft ski/drag boat from way back when or is that a completely different boat kit?
When I got mine the guy from touch-n-flow told me that you had to put the non hypodermic end in the bottle of glue and let capillary action pull the glue up into the tube. then turn it over and let the glue flow down the glass tube to the hypodermic end. The plast-I-weld glue that comes with the touch and flow system I use for 90 percent of my glueing now. it is very very thin almost water like consistency and it actually melts the parts together for a permanent bond. if the hypodermic tip happens to clog with plastic (very common) I was told just put the hypodermic and in the glue for a couple of minutes and it will clear it. As Ace said some of them come with a little squeeze bottle to force air into the tube. that is also helpful for clearing a clogged tip.I have also found that sometimes when the glue gets down to the hypodermic end it does not want to flow easily out of the tip, I give it a slight flick with the end of my finger and that seems to get the glue down to the very tip.
I'd be happy if they were to release all of the main body and interior parts (minus the fender/frame unit) as a parts pack. Just make those parts available and I'll do the rest. I'd buy at least a case of them.
The kit supplied chrome reverse rims fit very nicely into the tires from any of the Revell Deuce kits. Those tires are much nicer than the kit supplied ones. In addition the modelhaus also has those Revell deuce tires recast with whitewall inserts. They look great with the chrome reverse wheels supplied in the deuce roadster kit you are working on.