I remember when this one came out too. Most of the kits before this one had tub style interiors, leaf springs molded into the rear axle and a lot less detail under the hood than this one. AMT really did stand the modeling world on its ear with this kit. Being the first mainstream U.S. kit with that much detail, it was also a bit fiddly. Later kits ( '71 Duster, '70 Monte Carlo, '70 Camaro, '67 Mustang and many Revell kits.) have managed to pack in the same detail and features, but they have improved the fit and made the kits easier to build. (Except the '66 Fairlane which takes a sledgehammer and plunger to make all of the parts fit fully under the body!) I love this kit too. I have built a couple of stock '66 Novas and I hope to build a couple more before I shuffle off. I have also used the Pro Street kit under a couple of other kits. At the time, that engine was considered one of the best little gems ever built in 1/25 scale!
When I was a kid I liked Mopars because they were loud, fast and came in wild colors. Forty years later, I have matured a bit. I now appreciate old Mopars because they were well styled, loud, fast and came in bright colors! The fact that my family all drove Chrysler products didn't hurt either. My Grandfather worked as an electrician in the old Jefferson Avenue Plant during the late 1920s, so Chrysler was pretty much the only thing we owned when I was growing up. I went through Grade School riding in a 1968 Fury, Middle School riding in a 1976 Volare Wagon and High School riding in a really rusted out Volare Wagon. (Other things were a bit more important than a new car at that time.) '80s and later Mopars were terrible. Front wheel drive cars always have more mechanical problems than their RWD brethren, and Mopars seemed to make unreliability a standard feature. Once Mopar had to get bailed out in the '70s, they kind of lost it for me. My first new car was a K car, and I regretted it. I was ready to trade it in on a Mustang, but my girlfriend decided we wanted a Neon. Big Mistake! I think that car was what caused me to ditch her, but I never could get rid of that stupid Neon. It was the most unreliable thing I have ever owned. I finally sold it for scrap 20 years later with less than 30k on the clock. When the Government went to bail them out again, I was screaming , "Let them die!" at the top of my lungs. Now, I am a Ford guy, but I would consider a G.M., Toyota or any other non Chrysler product for a new car. As for the old stuff, I still like my Hemis, 440s, Six Packs, wild colors, and pretty much anything pre malaise era. As we speak, I have a 1967 Charger and a 1955 Chryser 300 on the model bench with a '71 Duster and Charger waiting in the wings. I still like building the little Mopars.
I just saw this. Harry, you are in our prayers. The heart can go a little wonky when fluids and infection get in the way. Hopefully, you will make a strong recovery from this and be able to get back on track with your therapy as soon as possible.
I am thrilled to see that they fixed those sink marks. I still have a couple of the early issues that were all but unbuildable because of them. I would have preferred a plain roof, but as long as I don't have to repair sink marks on the textured top, I can live with it. When I saw this kit being released again, my first thought was FLEE! My second thought was to make sure everybody knew about the sink marks before they bought one and realized they were only good for the parts box. Now, I am seriously thinking about getting one or two of these. I always wanted the Soap Box Derby car, and now I can get a usable "Spork" that will build up into a very nice model. (The rest of the kit was fantastic, the roof was the only thing that killed it) With the vinyl top and all of the bells and whistles, this will build up into a mighty fine looking "Cowboy Cadillac". (A bit upscale for my tastes, but a fun build nonetheless.) Awesome job R2. Nice save of a great kit!
Congrats to the Cubs! Harry, you are lucky! I am from Michigan and I am 51 years old. I have seen the Tigers win two World Series in my lifetime. I watched the Pistons win Three championships. I have watched the Red Wing win four Stanley Cups... and I have watched the Lions win.... One playoff game!
I am not buying models any more, but that could break me. I actually flinched when I saw that picture! Moebius... Build it and we will buy I like that longbed '67 so much that I would buy it without hesitation. A neighbor had one of those in Dark Green (Ex D.N.R. Game Warden truck) and I remember the tires humming all the way up the road. You always knew when Mr. Young was driving home! Those old '60s 4wds weren't quiet, between the transmission noise and the tire whine. That truck had a signature sound, even though the engine was quiet as a whisper. Ironically, the neighbor was a retired G.M. engineer! He knew a good deal, though. When the State auctioned off a bunch of vehicles, he picked off the one with the fewest miles and a cosmetic scrape that he could fix. The scrape kept the price down and he got a nice truck for a nice price. He was driving the truck when we moved into that neighborhood back in 1973, and he still had it in 1983 when I graduated High School. I came back from College and travelling work in 1993, and bought a house right up the road. A few days later, I heard the truck go by. The tires are a bit quieter, but the truck still had the same sound. He drove it a couple more years, then had to quit driving. His Son would come up every weekend and take him and the truck to the store. A couple of times, when his Son couldn't come up, I would take him to the store. We took my car at first, but later, he wanted to make sure his truck got driven once in a while, so I got to drive it a few times. That thing was a total pig to drive! Turning radius of a school bus (And I mean a full sized bus, not the little one I rode ) It rode like a buckboard, took a 200 pound guy standing on the brakes to stop and steered harder than a Dump truck. The clutch was stiffer than most semi trucks I have driven, with about a 1/2" range from where it started to engage and where it locked up and lurched the motor. There was no heat in the winter, but you baked in the Summer. The black vinyl seats would scorch or freeze you, depending upon the season. The seats were hard as a rock, and if you took a corner at half the posted speed, you would slide across the bench on that slick 30 year old vinyl until one of the springs caught you in the rear end and impaled you to a stop! I was in love with that truck! It was in great shape, garaged its whole life, no rust or dents, perfectly maintained and a rolling history lesson. It reminded me that pickup trucks have't always been posh cruisers. They used to work for a living. Sometime in the late '90s, I helped him hitch up his old boat (In pretty much the same condition as the truck... Old but functional) and we spent the day fishing out on Houghton Lake. His Son came up and met us at the boat launch, and we all had a great day on the water. A year or so later, he had to move to a home. He had suffered problems after cancer surgery, and he went downhill fast. He only lasted a few Weeks in the nursing home. I told his Son I would make an offer on the truck and boat if he chose to sell them, but I knew he would hang on to both of them. About five years ago, his Son dropped by to see if I wanted to go fishing with him. We walked out to the truck and to my surprise, he tossed me the keys and asked me if I wanted to drive it again for old times sake! It's only 3/4 of a mile from my house to the boat launch, but it was really cool to drive it again. The Son hadn't done anything to either the truck or boat, except to keep them garaged, covered and well maintained. He fixed what needed to be fixed, like a new clutch and fresh tires, but he hasn't touched the paint, interior or anything like that. He still has the A.M. radio tuned to the Public Radio oldies station. (The old man must have had the radio added, because the State of Michigan would not pay for a radio in any of its vehicles back then! If Moebuis releases the '67 4X4 Longbed, looking just like that one in the picture, I will buy it and build the legend! (And I might even try to scratchbuild the boat!) I might even make three figures to go in the boat, and a huge fish to remind us of... okay.... a little tiny fish to remind us of that day on the water. I would actually have to build two trucks, one for me and one for his Son...
The Lindberg kit is pretty decent. The main glitch is the very shallow interior. The dash goes about 2/3 of the way to the floor and is still quite compressed. If you can live with the interior, it is a very nice looking kit. If the interior bothers you, it is a pretty tricky fix, with almost every part having to be rebuilt and stretched vertically. It is not quite as well detailed under the hood as the AMT and Revell kits of the '90s were, but it's pretty well done. The body looks the part, and I have seen some really nice ones on tables over the years. I have one in the to do pile, and I will tackle it as soon as I decide on a color for it. The Impala also looks great as a mild street machine with the wheels and tires from the Revell '32 Ford 3W kit too. I built one like that right when the '32 first came on the scene. I already had my Modelhaus wheels for the '32 picked out and I had the '61 Impala in the bench with fresh non factory paint, so I needed some street machine wheels for it. I was building the two kits side by side and started holding the mags up to the Chevy. The rest was history! It was a long time ago, but I remember it being a fun kit to build, and I don't recall any issues or swearing fits while putting it together. I just built the interior the way it came from the box.
That makes me wonder a couple of things. If the tool is trashed, does that mean the '29 is gone forever too? If the kits were successful enough, since Revell has already invested in the design and measurements, would it be reasonable to reinvest enough to cut a new tool? With the main tool work all being CNC and CAM, it seems like the tool could be replaced for a lot less than the cost of designing a whole new kit. Will this prevent any other variations of the kit from ever being released? (Was still hoping for a sedan!) On a bigger picture, does Revell have any course of action on this? I would guess that Revell has no recourse in the matter.
It looks like the D.R.A.G. site is up for sale. I sure like the looks of that roof. If I didn't have a whole bunch of stuff piled up already, I would be on this, but I'm getting too old, too slow and too mortal to keep adding to the to do list. I need to get some things into the "Done" pile instead. Nice job, though. It looks like it will be a winner!
I think the panel truck would be fairly straightforward. (Of course I have said that about other projects that weren't) I am looking at pictures of 1960 Suburbans, wondering how hard it is going to be to graft the '66 roofline onto the '60 AMT Pickup. Hopefully, AMT sees fit to drop a reissue of that to coincide with the Revell release. It looks like the back half will work out with just a few tweaks. The front part is going to take some work. The front side windows and trim will have to be retained from the '60 pickup, while the rest of the body should be okay from the '66. Either way, it will take a bit of cutting, and I don't think the contours of the '60 and '66 roofs are going to match, looking at the two pickup models. If the 'Burban is compatible with the existing pickups, then the '64 and '65 versions will be easy.
I am wondering if the Suburban will be new from the ground up, or if it will be a new body and interior, but use most of the mechanical parts and chrome from the '66 Pickup. Either way, it should be nice. That '64/'65/'66 pickup was a pretty decent kit. The biggest gripes were the bed and the roof. The underpinnings were pretty nice. If they tool a new body for it, they should have a winner, although I really want to see 4WD too.