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Opinion on Revell ProModeler 69 Dodge Daytona kit

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Here is mine. It is the original pro modeler issue. I built it with a stock Hemi with a few stock parts donated from a 67 GTX kit. The original had tires that had the red lines preprinted as well but not as clean as the new ones in the 70 Charger. Those were nice and recently made it to my recently finished 69 Charger 500 build.

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54 minutes ago, R.J said:

I think 1998 was the release of the first Pro Modeler 69 Daytona if I remember correctly.

That's about right as I know it came after the flub-up with the '69 Charger's roof proportions. I built mine in 2000, and it's hard to believe that's nearly 20 years ago now!

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I want to add  that I wish Revell would include the stock parts to make an actual Hemi car so we don't have to rob other kits for parts and such. The air cleaner comes to mind as well as the intake manifold for the dual carbs etc.

Maybe that's in the cards for the reissue------I hope.

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11 hours ago, Casey said:

Out of curiosity, which tires did Revell-Monogram include to use when building the stock car version?

Included in the old Pro Modeler issue of this kit were slicks that look sort of like old stock car tires, I think they were unique to this kit. They were way too skinny for NASCAR tires of the era- they were made to work with the stock suspension to give an optional building version. I think they were too "square" looking, as well. Some of the stock car pieces in this kit weren't bad, but some were necessarily compromises, to allow building a "Tribute" stock car styled hot rod using the stock body with stock wheelhouses, etc.

There was simply no way the kit designers could have made this a true "2 in 1" kit to be built either factory stock or NASCAR. NASCAR cars even by then had too many modifications to the bodywork and suspension, that to do an era-accurate NASCAR kit, they would have at a minimum have had to have tooled up an entirely new body and chassis/ suspension.   

 

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9 hours ago, MrObsessive said:

I want to add  that I wish Revell would include the stock parts to make an actual Hemi car so we don't have to rob other kits for parts and such. The air cleaner comes to mind as well as the intake manifold for the dual carbs etc.

Maybe that's in the cards for the reissue------I hope.

I don't see them doing that because the kit needs quite a few additional parts to build it as an accurate Hemi car, as I'm sure you're well aware _ a set of 15" wheels and tires, the aforementioned torque boxes ahead of the rear springs and larger-diameter exhaust pipes among them. 

Personally, I wish when Revell toooled this kit that they would have designed it so the second version was a Hemi car rather than that faux NASCAR thingie. I recall that when Revell announced this kit way back when, the promotional material showed a 1:1 Hemi Daytona with steel wheels and dog dish caps.

Edited by Allen Wrench

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Here is my build of the original version - I combined the Pro Modeler kit with the Polar Lights Torino for the full roll cage, air cleaner housing, wheels and tires and used a resin "bathtub" intake. I was happily surprised by how easily the Torino parts fit. The kit does not build a NASCAR version at all, maybe for a shelf version but that is it. I am not sure exactly when I built it but these photos were uploaded in 2003.

 

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Yup, I'll toss in with everyone else on the bespoke racing tires and the wonky rear axle centering. Front suspension/roll bar lowers may hang a bit low for some individual tastes.

Corrected P/M and all its derivatives are pretty gorgeous otherwise.  The new '70 kits will at least have your torque boxes if you want to go that way.

Edited by Chuck Kourouklis

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