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MPC Indianapolis Hall of Fame Set

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Picked one up off of Ebay.

It's a tough go in the model car scene if you are into open wheel racing 1950 to 1975.

I think what is left to get is an Eagle Ford and a Lotus Ford and that's about it.

Will report on kits when they get here.

 

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Not easy kits to build. I've finished the McLaren and have stalled out on the other two. I really want to finish them someday. Good luck with yours.

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Tom

You have that picture just to irk me don't you?;)

I blew the deal on a bugeye Sprite in the 90's.

This will make you sick. It had the fiberglass kit on it!

Regarding the kit.

These are milestone cars.

Watson dominated Indy for a couple years. He was from Southern California.

Wife has relatives in Signal Mountain near you.

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It's not Indy, but if you want a nice front engine open wheel racer there's Heller's Talbot-Lago GP, which was recently rereleased, but you're right, it's some pretty slim pickings out there.

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Mr Bartrop

Slim pickens indeed!

AMT needs to get with it and rerelease these kits.

Let me remind them of what they would do in Hollywood.

They would make 'Flagship' pictures.

Pictures that may not be expected to make money but showed what Hollywood could do if they wanted to.

Same thing in auto industry.

1956 Lincoln Continental. Ford lost a good little piece of change on every one they made but they made them!

AMT needs to leave the 'excuse bag' at home and put out these three kits.

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4 hours ago, regular guy said:

 

Tom

You have that picture just to irk me don't you?;)

I blew the deal on a bugeye Sprite in the 90's.

This will make you sick. It had the fiberglass kit on it!

Regarding the kit.

These are milestone cars.

Watson dominated Indy for a couple years. He was from Southern California.

Wife has relatives in Signal Mountain near you.

Stepped out of that little ride in 2003 at Barber Motorsports Park and sold it 3 months later. It was a choice of race or retire. I'd raced but never retired so I chose retirement. At 59, with a lot of motorcycle racing in the 70s and then sports cars in the 90s and 00s, I figure I'd had my fun so I quit before I hurt myself or someone else. :o

I've got the SMER double kit with the Talbot-Lago and Alfa Romeo that I'll get to someday.

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It's easy to talk about taking risks with other people's money.

All the sane, can there really be fewer modelers interested in the Foyt Indy car than say, The Depth Charger?

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Tom

I have built real cars but never driven in a race.

'A man has to know his limits.'- Dirty Harry

American made racing cars are sort of my thing.

I appreciate what McLaren, Cooper and Lotus guy (Colin Chapman I think) for sure.

I follow in the footsteps of Kurtis and Watson and the engine builder before Offenhauser.

Anyhow. These kits are pretty neat. There's craftsmanship even in the rims!

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Mr Bartrop

Already covered that.

If they can't take a hit on two or three kits per year the methods need to change.

Maybe they already are with their 'Exclusive' kits.

The 'Exclusives' might be their Flagship productions.

Probably are. Think they only make 500 of them.

If so they get an 'Atta' boy!' from me.

Thanks for the tip about the 'Talbot-Lango'.

 

 

 

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all about copy rights or ok's from the people themselves is a pity they don't reissues more of those they where some pretty cool kits the on't seem to have that problem with petty kits

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1 hour ago, Crankenstien said:

all about copy rights or ok's from the people themselves is a pity they don't reissues more of those they where some pretty cool kits the on't seem to have that problem with petty kits

There's a good point right there.  If everybody who's name is on an Indy car wants a cut, there go all the profits.

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I found that the mouldings for the Lotus and the Watson were in need of some TLC by the time of the MPC run. The copies I had always had poor fitting body panels and twisted parts. I was fortunate to locate an earlier AMT double kit, and it made a world of difference in assembly. I would also suggest picking up some decals from Indycals or another vendor. I placed the yellow MPC decals on the green bodywork, and they turned out to be a bit...translucent...

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Ken

Do you mean you have the AMT "Indy 500 Combo"?

Just happens to be one up for sale on Ebay.

I had to tear myself away from looking at the box art.

Yes.I would say when there are flames coming out of the exhaust and top of engine a pit stop is in order.

That box cover was made to fire kid's imagination (no pun intended.)

Dug up two more kits.

AMT Aggajanians Willard Battery Special.

Aggajanian ran Ascot Raceway in Gardena. It let you know racing was king in Southern California.

Then MPC Rislone Special.

Think Rislone was an oil additive.

That brings up the STP Turbine car.

Not really on my list. Kind of an oddball.

I worked for Andy Granatelli's tuneup centers for a short bit. Got a pep talk from Andy Granatelli and he shook our hands.

Maybe I will buy one.

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Hi Bob, the Indy 500 combo is the version I have. Completely fictitious graphics, but great for the kids. The Willard Battery car is the same kit as found in the AMT and MPC kits, though there was a 1/32 version. The Rislone Special was a variation of the Olsonite Eagle kit, but with an Offy engine. IIRC, Replicas and Miniatures of Maryland used to offer a transkit. Have you had any luck in tracking down the three IMC Indy car kits?

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I have this set complete and unbuilt in my stash...80s issue, IIRC.

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Hi Ken

'Have you had any luck in tracking down the three IMC Indy car kits?'

What kits are those?

Although these will keep us busy for awhile.

We use them for ideas building real race cars.

Good to have something you can hold and look at.

Fun vintage type ones not cutting edge obviously.

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1 hour ago, Rob Hall said:

I have this set complete and unbuilt in my stash...80s issue, IIRC.

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This is the trio that I'm "working on". Here's the McLaren. The other two are "partially assembled".

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16 hours ago, Miatatom said:

This is the trio that I'm "working on". Here's the McLaren. The other two are "partially assembled".

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That looks great Tom!  I know from experience this is not an easy kit to get together.

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I had that set.  I finished the roadster I think.  Or very close.  I run across them in my stuff once in a while.  Unfortunately, the instructions are MIA and I know I'll never get around to them.  

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IMC produced a few Lotus-Ford Indycar kits. There was a ‘63 and ‘65 Jim Clark cars, and a STP car (I think it may have been a Graham Hill ride, but I am not certain).

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Ken

Thanks!

About the only thing else we are going to get is the STP Turbine car. AMT version. No name on car.

Guy that built STP car pitched the idea to Carrol Shelby who said 'Bunch of nonsense!'. Then Shelby built one. Go figure!

Will keep our eyes open for the other AMT and MPC kits. If it's a good deal maybe grab one.

Took a look inside Hill and Vaughn's restoration shop in Santa Monica one time.

At the time did not know to talk to him about road racing.

They were restoring serious classics there.

Cars were in bays in various stages of completion.

All you had to do was bring it in with a whole lot of money and it came back all restored.

Cars were interesting.

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