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AfterACE-Garageguy"s Post on the McGee Roadster it got me wondering how many Iconic cars have never been kitted, and how many have.

First a look at some that HAVE been kitted:

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14 minutes ago, magicmustang said:

MantaRay !

My first thought when I saw the thread. You beat me to it!

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Just now, RancheroSteve said:

My first thought when I saw the thread. You beat me to it!

Yep, been patiently waiting for a kit to be released of this for 50 years!  

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The closest thing to a Mantaray was a clear slot car body done about 1970ish, not to be confused with the 'thingie' body. The slot body was fairly accurate. A friend has one and I have been asking for years to have it cast in resin but no luck :( 

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48 minutes ago, Greg Myers said:

. . . and some that haven't :

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That one was sort of done, but only  in 1/32 scale with some serious goofs...

 

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1 hour ago, Howard Cohen said:

The closest thing to a Mantaray was a clear slot car body done about 1970ish, not to be confused with the 'thingie' body. The slot body was fairly accurate. A friend has one and I have been asking for years to have it cast in resin but no luck :( 

Nichimo had a slot car Mantaray that was fairly accurate. Speed City Resin has asked for a donor of one to do a resin cast but we're still waiting. The MPC slot car of one was poor.

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4.0l XJ Cherokee, here's a pic of mine from at least 15 years ago, but any year, really.

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Iconic - the term varies from person to person. As Joe just pointed out.

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So far, most of what I've seen have been one-off cars.

I had a 2006 HHR for 12 years and put almost 150,000 miles on it. I'd love to see a kit for that line.

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Posted (edited)

IIRC, the HHR is available as a resin body, made from a toy. I currently drive an HHR myself.

Edited by Brian Austin

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I'd like to see a Chrysler Airflow model in plastic.  This Tamiya kit is probably as close as we'll get in 1/24.

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The McMullen Roadster was specifically proposed to one of the kit makers as a derivative of an existing kit tool. 

The project was not pursed due to concerns about the degree of tool modifications required for an accurate replica and the difficulty of tracking down intellectual property rights and permissions (as most of you know, the builder Tom McMullen and his wife perished in an aviation accident in the mid-1990's).    TIM  

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The California Kid is one of those inescapably RIGHT cars that's made it impossible for me to look at a '34 Ford coupe and not think "black, flames, chopped, nerf bars" no matter how unoriginal the thought is. 

I would also add, and somewhat critically...

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No more iconic British car. The predecessor to the Mini, made from 1948 to 1972, 1.4 MILLION produced... lets get one of these from Ebbro before wasting any more design and tooling time on a bunch of same-o same-o one-off hot-rods (;-P)

best,

M.

 

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There are a lot of iconic Australian cars that have never been kitted, even though there is a large hot rod/collector community. Are there enough modelers down under to make a local company successful with kits of, for example, the FX Holden or the GT Falcon, or the many many utes that have been produced?

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Many years ago I got a resin Holden panel truck on eBay. Its donor kit is an AMT '69 Chevelle. Sorry, too lazy to go take a pic of it...

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Auburn 851 Speedster.  Sure, there's the Pyro kit, but it deserves better.

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Miller 91.  About as iconic an American racer as you can find.  A few multimedia kits, and AMT almost released one in styrene.

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Everyone loves Figoni & Falaschi, and this Delahaye is an iconic example of their work, yet never offered in styrene

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Ths Cisitalia coupe is possibily one of the most iconic pieces of Italian coachcraft, just as far as I know, never offered in kit form

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And is there a more iconic piece of Americana than the Cadillac that gave us the tailfin?

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Edited by Richard Bartrop

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Two iconic hot rods that have never been kitted ,  Bill Niekamp's and Dick Flint's Model A roadsters.

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The good news is that many of the Roadsters and other customs can be done using many of the kits on the market today with just a little modification, we are modelers after all. I have seen some of the concoctions that others here on the Forum have created and the Manatray should be a walk in the park for some of them. 

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Yes, you can, and I have the Bill Niekamp and John Athan roadsters on my project list, but that's not the topic.

Edited by Richard Bartrop

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