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I got tired of moving this box around so I decided to start it :-) Painted Tamiya TS-35 Park green, the rear wing will be semi gloss black along with the black tail stripe. Engine is from an AMT 68/69/70 Road Runner/GTX/Super Bee kit. Interior will be basic black for both. Thanks for looking, all comments welcomed.
Yup, this: Once again, my local RPP pusher apparently got a jump. and for thems of you what paid attention to the skill level and parts count announcements, allow me to confirm a suspicion you might have developed: This sucker has a lot more in common with the ProModeler '69/'68 variants than it does with the diecast. It's very slightly simplified in isolated spots, but it hews very closely otherwise to the previous masters and design. As it's been with the Rat Roaster, various '90s Monogram NASCAR kits, the running gear of R/M's '55 and '56/'57 Chevys, and confusingly retooled recent Mustang kits, it's very easy to mistake parts for carry-over from the '68/'69 - but except possibly for the tires and axle pins, EVERY PART IS NEW. Many of them may be so identical as to interchange with their '68/'69 counterparts, but virgin steel was cut for this one. Not used for this version are a console and its trim plate on the chrome tree. The rear bumper is the only stock piece on a separate chrome tree that includes the wheels and many of the race parts, including a nicely done injector scoop from a sliding mold - yes, there's an inevitable parting line, but it's pretty faint. The white F&F parts are grouped in a similar way. Not only that, but there are even more blatant clues a factory stock Hemi R/T draws nigh: A private brain trust with whom I first shared this and I are of the opinion that the grille may just be a tiny bit tall for scale - but that engraving is just stupid better than what the preview shots indicated, and the overall piece is comically ahead of what AMT tried to foist on us a few years back. And lookie, an "R/T" badge... And if Revell were going strictly after the Toretto car, I doubt they would have bothered to include the chrome lips around the wheel arches. Remember, this is NOT the '68/'69 shell. In addition to the obvious changes up front, there are subtle revisions to the backlight contours, the door scoops, and the fender arch shapes themselves. This kit is juuuust about to the '68/'69 what R/M's '62 Corvette is to their '58/'59. As in that scenario, the new tooling ditches poseable steering for Revell's current pin axle wheel mounting, and the engraving - still very sharp - isn't quite so razor-edged as the ProModeler antecedent. The interior and body do seem decently updated to '70 specs on a first sweep, but the true MoPar cognoscenti may find some nits I don't immediately see. Sliding molds provide great relief detail on the instrument panel pad in one piece now, and the reintegration of the transmission halves with the engine block, relative to the '68/'69, indicate the Hemi will be the only engine, at least initially. You won't have to de-chrome the valve covers either - but that strange bracket poking up from the back of the oil filter in the '70 'Cuda is also present here, and it makes me wonder if there isn't something I'm missing in all my Hemi reference. But what I'd observe overall is this: unless you've gotta have a street '70 sooner than later, or you want the previous tooling's poseable steering that badly, or you'd really rather a Wedge than a Hemi, I'd hold off on the kitbashing just yet. It seems VERY LIKELY a pretty cool factory-stocker is well on its way. Open for questions and added shots as I can get to 'em. Anybody can slap one together in a week, you're more than welcome, happily invited in fact, to post it here - but let me anticipate certain pot-shooters by making clear I've got other kits in the cue for publication and busy weekends besides, so the MAIN POINT of this thread is the in-box examination of the raw parts, and any snide broadsides about not building it quick enough for somebody's personal taste will MISS the point (as the authors of such generally do, and resolutely).