I was brought home in what is now my 90 Chevy Astro. When my mom told me I came home from the hospital as a newborn in it I couldn't let it be scrapped when it blew a head gasket. Then I had the option between rebuilding the body on it or mom's 01 century for my first car.Needless to say, the Astro won. It was the only vehicle I really ever rode in for the first 12 years of my life.
The only thing available is the 1/32 scale Lindberg kit you mention. It's fairly rare and has been said by some to be closer to an LTD than a Thunderbird. I feel your pain on the lack of a kit. I currently have a 78 Thunderbird for a project car, and would love to build a replica. For those like us, our only hope would be for Revell to do a tooling from one based on their new Starsky and Hutch Torino.
Here's my contribution. 1992 Mercury Cougar Base kit: RevellWheels and tires: 55 Ford F-100 (Monogram)Scratch built roll cagePaint: Blushed Dupli-Color Gloss Black for the body, Maroon for the interior, Gunmetal on the hood, and cheapo primer on the front bumper.Theme: Built out of an LKQ yard
Heck, I'll let them come and measure mine! The only differences between 77 and 78 were the emblems on the headlight doors and the introduction of the Diamond Jubilee package in 78. They could about do a 2-in-1 kt of the 77 and 78 by just doing the headlight door emblems as decals. I would hope that they wouldn't do a 79 just to mess with us both.