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AMT/Model King 1964 Mercury Comet Caliente


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On 3/3/2022 at 10:53 AM, magicmustang said:

Even though it's a curbside kit, it can be opened up to add an engine and detail the bay.1343251622_newdecalsmodels003.jpg.523e29b18b180bf69a685f163a67dd46.jpg 

The revell thunder bolt chassis fits with only small modifications 

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On 3/6/2022 at 10:06 PM, M W Elky said:

The revell thunder bolt chassis fits with only small modifications 

While it fits well, the Gen 1 Fairlane shares absolutely zero structural compoments with the Gen  1 Falcon / Comet. In fact, they don't even really look similar.  If accuracy is your goal, the Moebius 65 Comet should be your first choice, followed by the AMT 67 Mustang / Shelby for a "chassis" donor.

Gen 1 Falcon Note the Horizontal A Frame bolts that utilize shims for camber adjustment. Gen 1 Fairlanes have vertical bolts that allow the A frame to slide back and forth. 

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Gen 1 Fairlane Gen 1 Fairlanes have vertical bolts (accessed through the slots - you can see the fron slot in the photo) that allow the A frame to slide back and forth. 

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The bottom of the underbody is just as dissimilar. I can tell you this, because I've owned several of each, and did all my own work, including suspension repair and engine swaps. 

 

 

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As lightweight as the trumpeter falcons are in detail fidelity, they seem to be the only ones with an attempt at fair early shock towers; as compared to the moeb '65 comet engine compartment having been cobbed directly from the amt '66 fairlane/comet parts. 

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21 hours ago, mk11 said:

As lightweight as the trumpeter falcons are in detail fidelity, they seem to be the only ones with an attempt at fair early shock towers; as compared to the moeb '65 comet engine compartment having been cobbed directly from the amt '66 fairlane/comet parts. 

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I do have to agree with you there. As poor as the rest of the kit is, the shock towers and braces are really really good. I wish the rest of the car was that nice.

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Could this car be built as a Dragster like the '64/65 Chevies from Moebius and the AMT Twister that is coming out? Wolud the Drag Chassis from the Twister or Mustang be a good choice for this?

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Did it say plus? Thought I saw that in other thread with Stevens list. That’d be great if they opened hood or at least tossed in some SS scoops. Love this thing. Thx as always Casey. 

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3 hours ago, Casey said:

@Justin Portermentioned this in another topic, and @SteveGwas prophetic, urging patience a few months ago. 😊

AMT-1334 1/25 1964 Mercury Comet Craftsman Plus Series

 

3 hours ago, keyser said:

Did it say plus? Thought I saw that in other thread with Stevens list. That’d be great if they opened hood or at least tossed in some SS scoops.

'Bout time!

Since the MSRP that Stevens is listing matches the full detail kits, I would HOPE there's something revised or additional beyond the MK reissue.  But.....I wouldn't expect it.

The 1964 Galaxie is being marketed as "Craftsman Plus", and it's no different from previous releases.

 

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12 hours ago, stavanzer said:

It will have fresh Tires, and Decals. If we are really lucky, Round2 will throwing something extra, but I would not count on it.

Everything above plus the trophy and the little dog have been restored.  Also, the pocketed holes for the mirrors and antenna will be revised to blind holes that can be opened from the underside.  Anything beyond that like an opening hood would have required a lot of expensive new tooling, I think that would be better spent on cloning something not previously re-issued.  

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Thanks, Steve.

For those that want this kit, the new version will be great.  It would be great is Round2 would toss in a sprue from on of the newly tooled Garage kits as a Bonus, since this kit is a curbside, but that may very well be a bridge too far. As it is, it will be a nice kit.

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On 3/8/2022 at 9:14 AM, Dave Darby said:

If accuracy (for shock towers) is your goal...

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... you may want to check out the '66-'69 amt falcons as well.

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They were actually tooled with the early shock towers. I believe missing link had a resin copy of that engine compartment on offer at one time.

Hay Kevin! Got yer ears on ?  B)

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On 4/8/2022 at 11:55 PM, mk11 said:

... you may want to check out the '66-'69 amt falcons as well.

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They were actually tooled with the early shock towers. I believe missing link had a resin copy of that engine compartment on offer at one time.

Hay Kevin! Got yer ears on ?  B)

I fully agree. In fact, they look more accurate for a gen 1 Falcon than they do for the 66-up. I suggested the Moebius kit for those who cant handle molded in suspension.

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