Got hold of a mpc Ford EXP Finally!

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Hello all,

I love mpc kits the 80's seemed to have been a good time for the manufacturers at mpc,

There were all sorts of cars and trucks being pumped out, dodge trucks of all years throughout the 70's

mini mopars omni's daytona chargers, very cool stuff indeed all foxbody mustangs lots of very cool stuff

I have for probly 2 years been trying to get a ford EXP there is always a 1/32 scale one for sale usually on the flea bay,

when the EXP 1/25 scale ones show up i always get out bid!! they get way out of hand!!

think i'm going to heed Evil benny's advice/ suggestion place my "yamaha" powered v6 sho taurus motor in the exp....

I finally got the yellow kit for a fair price will post pics when it arrives because yes i am going to open up the sealed kit

i'm also trying to get a blue one sealed... see how that goes.....

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heres the next one i'm after..... wish me luck!

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What is the difference between those two kits? I see the custom front end on the box top of the yellow kit, on the side of the blue one, so that's not a new part. I have a blue one but not the yellow. I have always passed up the yellow assuming it was just the same kit I already had but with some custom stuff I wouldn't use.

A lot of those old MPCs were like that. For instance I had the Bear Bait, later model Chevette. I wanted to build the earlier car so I kept bidding on eBay. I finally won one and what's different between the two kits? Two parts! The hood and the grill. Same with the Pacers.

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I'm certainly aware of that Tom probly idenical except for the front facia and some other minor parts one engine may be turbo vs. the other being non turbo, it was alot of the same like you said with other kits of the era i have many of the foxbodys they all share parts, the mini mopar dodge daytona chargers are all similar some years had different parts its all fun tho i'd like to build one of each version thats what its all about!! :)

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Are you going to put the SHO engine in the back? Leno has a yellow Fiesta built like that. They call it the Shogun or something like that.

Keep us posted on the blue EXP.

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hopefully noone here outbids me on Evilbay over the blue one lol :lol:

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hopefully noone here outbids me on Evilbay over the blue one lol :lol:

I used to have a bunch of them! When a chain called ChildWorld discontinued models (back in that era) they put them all on deep sale for $2.50 a kit. I went to several of their stores and literally put a shopping basket under the shelf and just pushed all the models into it. The only ones I didn't take them all were the Revell '57 Ranchero with the chopped top! And they had a lot of those.

I had at least a half dozen of that EXP. Then eBay came about and I sold a lot of stuff for big money! I probably sold them for $10 each! Which was quadrupling my money :D So I have one left in my collection.

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shucks tom should have held onto them a little longer! i feel like I got the yellow one for a fair price at 16.50$ plus shipping but i feel any older factory sealed kit for 20 bucks or less is fair since most new kits from even hobby looby average about 18-25$ depending on which ones ya go for

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The blue one is the '82 annual, the yellow one is the '83. I don't think there are any differences in the parts, except the '83 has clear parts that are tinted dark enough to use as welding goggles. MPC did that with a lot of kits from late '82 (when the '83 annuals appeared) through '84 or '85. I remember most, if not all, of the early production '67 GTO reissue kits having those dark windows.

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shucks tom should have held onto them a little longer!

That was just a little aside, over the years I sold lots of kits that would bring bigger money today... early on a dealer friend of mine came into a hoard of mint condition, still in cases, models from the 1962 era. I bought an entire case of the Revell '62 Valiant customizing kit for about $20 a kit! And that darn eBay, I sold many of them for $50 each thinking I was making a killing. But it was fair at the time and I used the money to buy different kits that I didn't have. Those sparkling mint kits today would bring over $100 each! At least I still have the empty case!

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Cars are exactly the same - orange and blue. Blue has clear glass, orange tinted (as mentioned above). Decal sheet is different.

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Hope you find one without tireburns on the clear parts.

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Are you going to put the SHO engine in the back? Leno has a yellow Fiesta built like that. They call it the Shogun or something like that.

Keep us posted on the blue EXP.

I was wondering the same thing, that little thing would be a monster with any of the SHO motors in them...........wonder if it would be possible to put one of those SHO motors in each end.............

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Hope you find one without tireburns on the clear parts.

I'm hoping the same thing. I picked up an MPC Toyota Supra from the same era awhile back...you can actually read "B F GOODRICH RADIAL T/A" imprinted on the windshield.

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I'm hoping the same thing. I picked up an MPC Toyota Supra from the same era awhile back...you can actually read "B F GOODRICH RADIAL T/A" imprinted on the windshield.

The 1984 Corvette "Golden Anniversary" kit that I bought had a partial-imprint on its backlight . Grumph !

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I like the idea of installing an SHO engine in the tiny Escort EXP !

Personally , I'd do it like the Renault R5 Rallye Turbo ; rear-mount (mid-mount , technically ?) and all . In the 'real' world , an SHO engine mounted in-place of the stock powerhouse I-4 would turn that EXP into a pretzel instantly !

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good luck getting the blue one. they are pretty neat cars, I have 1 that I am planning on building like this...

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.. so I may have some leftover parts. unfortunately, nowhere near the bench right now. I will be watching yours for sure.

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BTW remember those XS tuning wheel sets?

Well they're a perfect fit for those compact car kits

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The name "EXP" has always reminded me of that Jimi Hendrix Experience song from "Axis : Bold As Love" (1968) .

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Dude!

Epic score on getting the yellow/orange EXP! It is, as you have read, the same as the blue one save the colour of the glass.

I've built the blue one here:

http://adamrehorn.wordpress.com/model-kits/cars/mpc-125-1982-ford-exp/

It is a good kit and a lot of fun to build. The EXP's are lame looking and weak-driving; perfect abaassadors for what Motor Trend called "the era of lowered expectations".

I am with you on loving 80's MPC's!! I wish they'd done a Tempo/Topaz, I can tell you.

Good luck finding the blue one!

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didn't win the blue one :( thats ok tho i did get a factory seale d "wild breed " to add to my "sealed" stash of fox body mpc early foxbody kits.....

tempo's were almost indestructable and would breeze thru the minnesotah winters as sure footed and with ease as could be! friend had one that was his grandma's a 5 speed manual car that car was sooo much fun!!

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Heres the kit in all its glory!!

Great over all kit can be built in a boreing stock form, or a more agressive looking stance with body kit front pieces the front look sort of resembles something of the dodge omni of the early 80's...... also a rear spoiler

kit has 2 wheel choices can be build with N/A power engine or "Banks" turbo power nice crisp decal sheet

there is quite a bit of flash that needs to be cleaned up, a few sink marks that will require filler to smooth out the body.

from looking at factory ford brochures and the body in the model kit it looks pretty spot on

going to enjoy this kit greatly as i do with any older mpc kit

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Can't wait to see the build up of this

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Man, that yellow EXP is awesome!

The only thing I didn't like about that kit was that one choice of wheel WASN'T those lame 4-dot wheels that were trying to be all Porsche 928. Those are the wheels on the 1/32 cars. I personally associate them only with the EXP, so it was odd that the MPC doesn't have them. The Revell does, though. I need to get one of those Revells... drat.

If you take a look at my link in my previous post, you can see how the "wire" wheels look. They actually make the car look amazingly modern, which says a lot about styling and the effect of accessories!

Congrats on the Wild Breed too. I need an MPC Fox-Stang, darnit... I have two SVOs, a Monogram 89 soft top and a Revell '79 Capri Turbo RS. One more and I'll have an IPMS-rules "collection" (that's 5 of something with a discernible theme).

Have fun with it - there's no sense hoarding old kits - they were meant to be built!

Go for it, Daniel!

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i have many older mpc foxes in progress at various completion levels ( i have a post ) foxbody frenzy?? maybe it was called

lots of good pics and progress in that one even shots of my kitbashed 85/ 86 gt that never was made in kit form.....

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I always thought they were kinda neat little cars. Certainly a rare sight here. I remember seeing maybe one or two?

I'll keep an eye open for that one.

Charlie Larkin

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