Round2 Models announces Legends of the Quarter Mile kits and diecasts

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PRESS RELEASE dated March 21, 2012

"Round 2, LLC, is thrilled to introduce Legends of the Quarter Mile™, a new line of drag racing memorabilia including 1:25 scale plastic model kits, 1:64 scale slot cars and highly detailed die cast 1:18 scale replica Funny Cars. Round 2 is going back to the heart of the sport of drag racing with these desirable collectibles.

Legends of the Quarter Mile will honor the Funny Car racers of the late 1960s through the 1970s, when the sport of drag racing was starting to gain real momentum. Fans flocked to the tracks to see the flashy and unpredictable over-the-top racers, with their flip-up bodies on a tube chassis, filled with the growing technology of the era. These cars set the stage for drag racing as we know it today. Legendary names in drag racing like what they’ve seen of the new line, and can’t wait to get their hands on these new products.

“Cars like this are what drag racing stands for,” said “Big” Jim Dunn, NHRA Hall of Fame member, former Funny Car driver and current NHRA team owner. “These are truly legends of the sport, and I’m honored to be a part of this history.”

The Legends of the Quarter Mile model kit series will feature MPC, Polar Lights and AMT kits 1:25 scale. Legends model kits will kick off with Arnie “The Farmer” Beswick’s 1969 “The Super Judge” GTO Funny Car in September, followed in October by another famous flopper to be announced soon. This will be the first time in decades that many of these kits have been reissued and they are rated as skill level 2 with paint and cement required.

Additionally, Auto World is creating 1:64 scale slot cars in the style of the classic drag racers as well. The Legends line of slot cars will feature Funny Car bodies on Auto World’s 4Gear chassis, which has an extended wheelbase and large dragster-inspired wheels and tires. Best of all, two neodymium traction magnets make them the perfect “engines” for these classic Funny Cars.

Also being released is a slot car drag strip track set. It includes the vintage race cars along with 13 feet of track, two variable speed controllers and an LED Christmas tree with in-track sensors and win lights, letting you bring the thrill of drag racing to your own living room!

Auto World is investing in all-new tooling for the Legends die cast line, which will debut with four cars in 2012, and is projecting six to 10 cars next year, all as limited editions. The Legends line represents the first time that vintage Funny Cars have been replicated so authentically in the 1:18 scale.

Shirley “Cha Cha” Muldowney, NHRA Hall of Fame member and renowned Funny Car and Top Fuel dragster driver, is excited to be included in the 2013 lineup, too. “These cars look beautiful. I can’t wait to see my old Mustang in this large-scale replica,” said Muldowney, also known as the “First Lady of Drag Racing.”

The 1:18 scale is an ideal size for Auto World to create such a detailed model, with room to include all the features that bring a Funny Car to life. These die cast cars will have over 100 parts, including soft rubber tires, authentic replica plastic Funny Car bodies styled just like the real thing with historically accurate graphics, detailed wheels, and manufacturer-specific engines that are fully wired and plumbed.

“Everything about these cars looks fantastic,” Round 2 President Tom Lowe said. “We’re the first one to do it in this level of detail. This era of drag racing was the start of all the excitement and noise, and we’re proud to be able to be a part of it in our own way.”

Look for these exciting race cars at your local hobby store in the third and fourth quarters of 2012 and see more information online at www.autoworldhobby.com/legends."

(end of press release)

LG COMMENTS: The next kits in the series following the Beswick Super Judge will be the Tommy Grove "The Going Thing" 70 Mustang (from the Polar Lights Gas Ronda/Blue Max tooling) and the Candies and Hughes '69 Cuda (from the Polar Lights Don Schumacher/Big John Mazmanian tooling). More reissues will be coming from AMT, MPC, and Polar Lights tools. Keep 'em coming Round2!

I say that with a tear in my eye, as Slixx is going the way of the dodo just at the time we really need them!!!

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Wow, that's some great news!!!!!!!! I want that drag, slot track!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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i have the john force slot set wich is the same track..they are pretty fast..

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This is what I like to see. B)

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Well this is something, I really like to hear!!! We have seen lots of interesting Round Two models, but these will be the most interesting models so far, just like the Double Dragster Kit. I can't wait to see these in the stores.

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Hey Guy's & Gal's, in the newest issue of Drag Racer Magazine (July) on page 57 there is a full page ad from Auto World/Round2 on upcoming new releases & on page 76 is a article on the new stuff. Starting in August Auto World will start releasing 1/18th scale vintage F/C die-casts,the 1st release will be Harry Schmidt's "Blue Max" Mustang, followed each month by Roland Leong's "Hawaiian" Charger,the "L.A. Hooker" Mustang & "Big Daddy's" Charger, there will be 6-8 new cars every year for the next 4 years, they will come with rubber tires,die-cast tube chassis,authentic plastic bodies, detailed Halibrand rims, plumbed & wired engines. The model kits will be re-releases of MPC's Arnie Beswick's "Super Judge" '69 GTO & (pictured) Connie Kalitta's "Bounty Hunter" Mustang, from AMT will be Ohio George Montgomery's '33 Willys. In December a Legends slot car drag strip set with working LED Christmas Tree. Sound like a good year!

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The model kits will be re-releases of MPC's Arnie Beswick's "Super Judge" '69 GTO & (pictured) Connie Kalitta's "Bounty Hunter" Mustang, from AMT will be Ohio George Montgomery's '33 Willys. In December a Legends slot car drag strip set with working LED Christmas Tree. Sound like a good year!

It looks like the GTO Judge MPC Bounty Hunter Mustang F/Cs will be out in October and November, respectively. :)

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Wow can't wait for these to hit the shops or the internet sellers. I will be getting a few.

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Wow can't wait for these to hit the shops or the internet sellers. I will be getting a few.

X2...!!!

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Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't the '69 GTO Judge kit the same kit which was released by Model King a few years ago?:

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Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't the '69 GTO Judge kit the same kit which was released by Model King a few years ago?:

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Looks like it might be the same kit but w/ different decals and box art..

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The next kits in the series following the Beswick Super Judge will be the Tommy Grove "The Going Thing" 70 Mustang (from the Polar Lights Gas Ronda/Blue Max tooling)

Tower Hobbies lists the Tommy Grove and Barracuda F/C kits as June 2013 releases:

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So it looks like the Bounty Hunter is the Blue Max reisssue from a few years back with Kalitta decals? That seems good.

Glad to see the Tommy Grove kit is still coming - I had not heard anything about it in 2 years I bet. I'd like another Charger f/c for all the extra parts it had, but now that Revell's Chargers have massively trumped T/Ls, I doubt we will ever see those P/L Chargers again.

Chris

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I want a proper figurine of Jungle Pam.

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I want Jungle Pam.

fixed

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approved

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The Jungle Jim Monza FC kit a few years back had both Jim and Pam figures included!

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The Jungle Jim Monza FC kit a few years back had both Jim and Pam figures included!

Yeah, but Pam looked like a shaved Gorilla.

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Yeah, but Pam looked like a shaved Gorilla.

Some of her features looked reasonably accurate:

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Hmmm, I though it was Jeff (jeffs396) who mentioned the transmission was too short in the '69 GTO "Judge" F/C kit, but I don't recall where I read that. Has anybody purchased the GTO F/C kit that could check and see if the trans has been corrected?

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I got one at the MAMA meeting last Sat. There is a little part with an extra instruction sheet that calls out the tranny tailshaft and where to install it.

Bob

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LG COMMENTS: The next kits in the series following the Beswick Super Judge will be the Tommy Grove "The Going Thing" 70 Mustang (from the Polar Lights Gas Ronda/Blue Max tooling) and the Candies and Hughes '69 Cuda (from the Polar Lights Don Schumacher/Big John Mazmanian tooling). More reissues will be coming from AMT, MPC, and Polar Lights tools.

Looks like Round2 is releasing a kit of the HOT ROD Magazine sponsored Mustang F/C, presumably based on the same tooling as the Bounty Hunter kit.

MPC-801 1/25 1970's Hot Rod Magazine Mustang Funny Car

The original MPC kit:

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I don't think this was a real car, but rather was a car in model form only. Seems like an odd choice since it has no pedigree nor any sponsor/driver/team owner name recognition, but maybe Round2 has something cooking with the HOT ROD magazine brand, and/or maybe it was cheaper to offer a non-"known" car, too.

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I'm actually kinda glad to see this one, mostly because I built it as a kid. I wouldn't mind seeing Round2 reissue some of the early 80s "generic" MPC funny cars too like the Firebirds and Dodge Omni/Charger. Have a "Burnout Bird" in my stash that I want to build one of these days...and hopefully do a better job of it than I did at age 12!

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Looks like Round2 is releasing a kit of the HOT ROD Magazine sponsored Mustang F/C, presumably based on the same tooling as the Bounty Hunter kit.

MPC-801 1/25 1970's Hot Rod Magazine Mustang Funny Car

I don't think this was a real car, but rather was a car in model form only. Seems like an odd choice since it has no pedigree nor any sponsor/driver/team owner name recognition, but maybe Round2 has something cooking with the HOT ROD magazine brand, and/or maybe it was cheaper to offer a non-"known" car, too.

Probably has more to do with licensing than anything. Then again it may well be a test to see what sells best a no name car such as this compared to say the BlueMax branded kit

Hmmm, I though it was Jeff (jeffs396) who mentioned the transmission was too short in the '69 GTO "Judge" F/C kit, but I don't recall where I read that. Has anybody purchased the GTO F/C kit that could check and see if the trans has been corrected?

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