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I've just came across this MPC kit  on a Japanese hobby shop website. I'm guessing that its the long awaited Vega that  was originally announced a couple of  years ago in a different livery but never eventuated.

It's saying June release in Japan. I can't find any information about it  it on  American websites yet.

https://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10698514

 

 

 

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It was "announced" in 2016(?) but much work was needed, so the release was pushed back, a new 3D printed master body shell, grille/bumper was created...read more here:

 

And here:

 

Basically, it's still coming but arriving later than first anticipated.

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Grumpy's Toys were such a big thing when I was a kid.   I may do this one right out of the box.  I know there will be inaccuracies and lack of details, but it will be a tribute to my childhood models and HotRod magazines.  

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I built this in the seventies when I was a kid. It only lasted for a day. My dad stomped it. 'nough said. I plan to get it and build it again.

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I remember buying this in Two Guy's dept store back in the 70's I can't wait to buy it again those MPC Drag kits were always at the top of my list

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On 5/21/2020 at 11:21 PM, Roncla said:

I've just came across this MPC kit  on a Japanese hobby shop website. I'm guessing that its the long awaited Vega that  was originally announced a couple of  years ago in a different livery but never eventuated.

It's saying June release in Japan. I can't find any information about it  it on  American websites yet.

https://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10698514

 

 

 

10698514p.jpg

Just did a quick ref-check. It looks like with a little research and some parts-bashing, you could build either Toy IX or X from this kit. And if you want one different from everybody else's, IX ran at least once with all-red sides (sorta like Toy I), and X ran at least once without the red trim (all white). 

Toy XI (the '74) introduced the all-tube chassis. An ACCURATE model of that one would be a lot of work, but I've seen guys here who could pull it off. (Not me!) B)

 

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Two different paint schemes on "X" ? Was that a mid-year change ? 

The red & white version appears to have a Mark IV engine ( the gold anodised rocker arm covers are big like the 396-427-454 )  ---- I didn't know that Grumpy ran a big block anything after 1969 (?)

** It also appears to have aluminium heads --- is that an L-88 in that bad boy ? 

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1 hour ago, 1972coronet said:

Two different paint schemes on "X" ? Was that a mid-year change ? 

The red & white version appears to have a Mark IV engine ( the gold anodised rocker arm covers are big like the 396-427-454 )  ---- I didn't know that Grumpy ran a big block anything after 1969 (?)

** It also appears to have aluminium heads --- is that an L-88 in that bad boy ? 

See my May 23 post. The all-white and red-side schemes were both VERY briefly used. 

Grump ran some big "mountain motors" in match racing, but for NHRA-legal Pro Stock, all small blocks AFAIK. 

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1 hour ago, 1972coronet said:

Two different paint schemes on "X" ? Was that a mid-year change ? 

The red & white version appears to have a Mark IV engine ( the gold anodised rocker arm covers are big like the 396-427-454 )  ---- I didn't know that Grumpy ran a big block anything after 1969 (?)

** It also appears to have aluminium heads --- is that an L-88 in that bad boy ? 

The Red sided vega in the pic is a recreation and runs on the nostalgia circuit, hence the engine being a bit newer. 

https://tamrazs.wordpress.com/2017/01/04/the-midwest-nostalgia-pro-stock-association-recreates-pro-stock-past/

The Midwest Nostalgia Pro Stock Association Recreates Pro Stock ...

This is the restored Vega and engine

DSC_46561.jpg

DSC_4684

 

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2 hours ago, Snake45 said:

See my May 23 post. The all-white and red-side schemes were both VERY briefly used. 

Grump ran some big "mountain motors" in match racing, but for NHRA-legal Pro Stock, all small blocks AFAIK.

 

1 hour ago, Daddyfink said:

The Red sided vega in the pic is a recreation and runs on the nostalgia circuit, hence the engine being a bit newer.

Thanks for the clarification(s) , @Snake45 and @Daddyfink

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On 5/21/2020 at 10:21 PM, Roncla said:

I can't find any information about it  it on  American websites yet.

Tower Hobbies has it listed as an August 2020 release, so it should be widely available by September or so.

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1972 Chevy Vega Pro Stock "Bill "Grumpy" Jenkins"

Item Number: MPC877
Scale: 1:25
*Expected by: 8/15/2020
MSRP: $31.99
Price: $29.95
 
Qty:
Coming Mid-August 2020
Manufacturer: MPC Model Kits
 

MPC 1/25 1972 Chevy Vega Pro Stock/Bill Grumpy Jenkins

 
Tower Stock# MPCS1025  •  Manufacturer Stock# MPC877
MPC - MPCS1025 MPCMPC877 MPC877 849398043127 0849398043127
MPC 1/25 1972 Chevy Vega Pro Stock/Bill Grumpy Jenkins (large view)
 
Early Aug
 

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