1988 Daytona

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Hey all!

I'm new to the forums, and I build all kinds of things. However, I do have a thing, like most people, for the cars that were rolling around when I was growing up.

However, I grew up in the 1980's, so I have a thing for modelling 80's cars! Thankfully, MPC was particularly active in that decade (before they died).

I also have my own website, where I post all kinds of kits that I've built.

Please, take a look at this 1988 Daytona on my site, The Sprue Lagoon, and let me know what you think!

Thanks!

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i was working at dodge dealers during that time.. i loved these silly little cars..

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Wow that brings back memories. I wrecked a version of that car back in 1984

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Welcome to the board,Great job on the Dodge Daytona.I remember back in high school a few friends had them.

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Welcome to the site Adam, and a great way to introduce yourself, that is one pretty Daytona, great work, and a great job on the write-up to go along with the build!

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I kinda want one of those bodies now to replicate my diends Top Sportsman Daytona... Would we sweet!

I like this a lot. But the blue maybe isn't the best color for it. But that's a personal choice

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Hey welcome to the site! That Daytona really brings back memories for me too. I had a 1991 IROC Daytona in white that I used to autocross with. Nice job on the build! Would love to find one of these to add to my stable.

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Very cool. Everyone needs to go to Adam's website and read the write up on this model. He also has a Ford EXP done just as nice!

Those MPC kits from the 1980s are best kept secrets! They don't get much love in the hobby, but were very well done and build well. I have a Chevy Cavalier I've built and am looking at doing another, modifying it to a notchback. I also have a Plymouth Volare that I seriously need to finish up! The Dodge Omni and Plymouth Horizon kits are also on my shelf and to be done one of these days.

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Thanks a lot, Tom, for the votes of confidence! I appreciate it!

Incidentally, I also have the 1/32 EXP if you like your cars a bit smaller, but it's not as good a job as the MPC one, I agree. I have a few more car kits to do write ups on, as well, but that could take me a bit.

You're absolutely right about those MPC kits from the 1980's. I've got one of the Omnis built, as well as a second one awaiting the light. I've finished the Cavalier in the last year, and I've got their 1982 Camaro and Shelby Charger to do as well. A surprisingly good looking kit from the 1980s is the Monogram Citation X11. The "Lowrider" version is best, thanks to the correct decal sheet for either 1980 or 1982 X11 versions. The box says 1981, but there weren't any X11 notchbacks in '81!

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I like your Daytona! I well remember how cool I thought they looked when first introduced.

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reaaly well done ,those mpc kits never seem to look right when done but this is amazing!!

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Good job on a not so easy kit. It really looks sharp...

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Adam, back when those Dodge Omni kits were current, I remember seeing that someone built 6 or 8 of them, all a little different, and put them on a car carrier! I saw the model at a show back then, before I had the ability to take photos of models. It still sticks in my memory as a daunting task, to build that many of the same kit! Almost like the movie Groundhog Day.

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Talk about going down memory lane... I used to have an '84 Daytona Turbo Z... the one that was red on top and had the silver lower half and all the "aero" stuff. Great car, loved the turbo... until it fried and died. :rolleyes:

Nice model!

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Tom:

I can't even begin to contemplate doing a whole car carrier's worth of Omnis! I've built the one (as a Super Bee, no less, my own automotive What-If!) but figured I'd need a break after that. It would indeed by like Groundhog Day... But more like with rabid wolverines!

I'm glad that this kit has brought up memories for so many people. It makes building it all worthwhile!

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Adam, please do photo and post the rest of your 1980s cars. A few years ago we did an '80s theme at NNL East just to bring out all those great old kits!

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Neat model and nice work.

I just recently bought one if the MPC Dodges...

I had an Omni model back in the 80s that I somehow managed a v8 in it, IIRC.

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Don't worry, Tom. I'll get them posted at some point, but I only have a few of them built.

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Bonus points to Adam just for coming up with The Sprue Lagoon. :lol:

My younger brother had one of those blue & silver mini-Mopars. This being a family board, I can't repeat what he thought of "Chrysler engineering" during the '80s, but you have to wonder why a car's front seats would start to incline toward each other after just a few years. Yikes!

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Thanks, Monty, for the props on the name! You wouldn't believe the number of things I tried that were already taken. It seems everybody and his brother has a "model hangar" or "model garage", so I had to try something else. I like the name, if I do say so myself! :)

While it is a family board, I can definitely imagine what he thought of Chrysler's engineering. Probably the same thing my Grandfather thought about his 71 Charger that was an absolute piece of garbage.

I hear you about the seats. My dad's old 89 Escort was the same. Of course, that was after 10 years...

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Cool Daytona, I have one in my stash I was thinking of trying to convert to a '93 like I used too own.

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Great looking. I was working at a Dodge dealership also and probably had one or two of those as demos.

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I'm always amazed at the polarized opinions on cars like this. People either loved or hated them, but I don't seem to see any "meh" on the topic!

The kit itself is probably as well engineered as the real thing, if that makes anyone feel better!

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Well done Adam - like those "unseen" cars. Dont know, why they are so rare to see ready built...

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Very nice! Love the carphone and antenna. Period-perfect!

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