I know of one all new model kit to be introduced- The TUCKER

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The 1948 Tucker! The desire for this goes back at least as far as the AMT/ERTL surveys. It always made the list. The Tucker frequently makes current lists of most requested kits. The Tucker appears as a “Mint” die cast (actually, two different Mints do a Tucker). It is done in resin. It was the subject of a movie by Francis Ford Coppola (who, at the time, owned two real Tuckers) that starred Jeff Bridges.

So when is the model kit being produced?

Oh, I never said when, or even who! I can’t even say it as fact. Sorry. It’s just something I feel inside. Every year, we get a few all new tools, and with such gems as the Hornet, the Chrysler 300, the upcoming ’50 Olds… when you mix all that in with my previous comments, I just have a feeling about it. Meantime, I don’t plan to lose any sleep waiting for it, which is why I won’t be ranting on and on why they should make one. Until I do, I have plenty of other kits to keep me entertained. It’s a desire, not a reason to develop an ulcer!

There is one downer in this “sure thing” I feel… that every new tool must produce several versions to maximize investment. I have no idea how the model kit could produce alternative versions.

So, how about it? Do you agree? And what other ways could the tooling be “milked”?

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Well that would be great by me! And there was one that did run in 2 or 3 Nascar races so it could be a Model King release. Hey we can dream...

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No possible variations on the Tucker. It never existed as anything other than what came from the factory. We're either going to get a stock Tucker kit... or none at all.

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Stock would be fine by me.

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Well, they could always make the first revision to the IDA Automotive Twin Turbo version...

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...but I wouldn't hold my breath waiting for it. <_<

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Rare? - you bet.

Valuable? - certainly

Ground breaking? - yepper

Ugly as all get out? - Oh my yes..

I have zero interest in this.

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Rare? - you bet.

Valuable? - certainly

Ground breaking? - yepper

Ugly as all get out? - Oh my yes..

I have zero interest in this.

Not in 1948!

But as they say beauty is in the eye of the beholder and I see it as a piece of art! I would love to see it in plastic! But it has been done so many times in diecast it is doubtful.

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I would love to have one of these in a stock kit. Much more easy to make a custom or modified from a stock than to take a custom and make it stock Of coarse a kit with options would be nice.

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Actualy one was raced in NASCAR, it is restored and was in Hemmings Classic Cars mag a few months back.

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Rare? - you bet.

Valuable? - certainly

Ground breaking? - yepper

Ugly as all get out? - Oh my yes..

I have zero interest in this.

X2!!!

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Actualy one was raced in NASCAR, it is restored and was in Hemmings Classic Cars mag a few months back.

Correct.

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Actualy one was raced in NASCAR, it is restored and was in Hemmings Classic Cars mag a few months back.

It was entered in one race in 1950. It didn't even finish the first lap. So much for Tuckers and racing.

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Oh, and one other attribute... the '48 Tucker is now a million + dollar auction/collector car. That meaning, it joins a rare club of big dollar cars. Maybe if worth more in 1:1, then maybe more worthy in plastic kit?

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It was entered in one race in 1950. It didn't even finish the first lap. So much for Tuckers and racing.

*~pop!~* Oh well. But, it did enter. Still, I don't see the Nascar version as a viable 2nd kit version.

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There are other possibilities...

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I'd definately buy two or three. My father in law is always asking if I've ever built a Tucker kit. I'd love to see and build one before he's gone.

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While I think that a lot of us would like to have this kited, It still might not make economic sense for anyone to make it. To bad, I'd realy like to play with one of these.

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I'd hate to be Don Holthaus. He has a really nice cubside resin kit, but that just won't cut it for some! :lol:

I seriously doubt I'd personally buy one (unless I got the itch to build one of Ida's 'Lower 48' customs), but for all the times I've seen this one brought up in 'most wanted' polls and mentioned in 'wish they made x' conversations, I don't doubt it would be at least a modest success.

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The only 1/25 kit that i am aware of is the modelhaus offering.But it is a curbside with no engine or chassis detail.A new kit would be very welcome! 2007_0905Spock0093.jpg

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X2!!!

X3!!! I have zero interest in the Tucker..as far as subjects of that era, I'd love to see the '49 Buick Roadmaster Riviera ht or '49 Caddy Coupe de Ville kitted.

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There are other possibilities...

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Now that's cool! B)

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Now that's cool! B)

Harry I agree!! If any manufacters are listening, I'll buy one! It's been on the top of my want list for years!

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the Tucker is/was a fascinating car, and striking to look at. as an icon of the energy and imagination of the postwar US, it's surprising that so far no plastic kit has been done. that said, i don't see it being a shoe-in for the "next big thing".... there's the few diehard factory stock builders who'd snap up a handful, and the custom builders for half that number again. the rest would doubtless end up on the clearance shelf as a bad risk for the makers. the problem as i see it, is the same as for the 1:1 car; it's a highly specialized and unique machine, unlike any other car of it's time in almost every respect. tooling up a complete kit from which almost NO variants could be derived except phantoms would be laughed out of the boardroom. it would be a fabulous kit to build, though....

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I would LOVE to see the Tucker commited to plastic. One of the MOST beautiful cars ever built.

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Seeing that it is available from two mints, the Modelhaus, from two 1:18 scale diecasters, and several 1:43 manufacturers, I could not possibly care less. The Tucker is more catered for as a model than ever was necessary. Please invest the tooling budget into something less represented in model from.

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