I've been seeing this kit by AJ Resins on ebay on and off for some time now: http://www.ebay.com/itm/1986-90-Chevy-Box-Caprice-4dr-Euro-front-resin-kit-lowrider-/112066034090?hash=item1a17a7f9aa:g:jw0AAOSw1DtXJzS6 It looks to be a modification of the Modelhaus Impala. The taillights look good but I am not satisfied with the way the headlights look. And the kit comes without glass, which is a big negative. Any thoughts guys?
Yes, my apologies. I initially coudln't find it. Here is Chuck Most's build of the Revell kit:
Here is where he actually compares the two: http://chuckmost.wix.com/madhouse-miniatures#!Crown-Vic-Smackdown-Lindberg-Vs-Revell/ccly/553500460cf23d0164389507 On a related note, Lindberg just re-released yet another incarnation of the Crown Victoria. This is the 4th release and the 2nd in just the past year: http://www.autoworldstore.com/product_p/hl130.htm
http://www.policecarmodels.com/ Decals: http://www.policecarmodels.com/ohsthipade.html Lightbar: http://www.policecarmodels.com/1lowprledstl.html You get the idea. Search around the site for stuff that you might find useful.
As impatient as I am to get my hands on the finished product, I'm very happy that you're aiming to be as accurate as possible. Concerning the Modelhaus Impala: It covers the 1980-1985 Impala body but it has the 1981-1985 grill. 1980s had a unique grill.
Based on what is visible, they are both 1981-1985 Impalas, so your IDs make perfect sense. The Modelhaus offers this car as a resin kit, though the status of the company is in limbo right now. I myself have two of these kits.
All this talk of technology and social media is fairly spot on, but can we also talk more about kit subjects out there? I was born in 1991 so I grew up around cars from the 80s and beyond. With the exception of AMT and Lindberg in the 90s (generally speaking), nobody has really focused much on those cars that I grew up around. The hobby is very centered on kits representing vehicles from the 1950s-1970s. I'm not knocking those subjects, and I know why companies choose to focus on these decades to appeal to the majority of model builders out there. However, it would be nice to have more contemporary/semi-contemporary subjects to focus on younger generations. Some great kits that fit this bill have been released these past few years, but it is clear where the focus of the model kit companies lie. I am always envious of the wide spectrum of time periods that the armor community has to work with, especially with modern subjects. Just my 2 cents.