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Hemi Under Glass model MPC 1/25. Any good?

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Has anyone built this model, Hemi Under Glass? Is it fairly accurate? Any feedback on this particular model would be appreciated.

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It goes together well, and looks good, but is far from accurate. Do some research and plan on some scratch building.

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Has anyone built this model, Hemi Under Glass? Is it fairly accurate? Any feedback on this particular model would be appreciated.

Consider this: The Hurst Hemi Under Glass, just as with any Model Products Corporation kit on the market today, is a reissue of a model kit first tooled and introduced several decades ago.

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I've built a couple of them.

It's a pretty simple kit to do . But looks pretty good on the shelf.

Like mentioned, the kits were designed back in the mid to late 60's so plan on lots of scratchbuilding if 100% accuracy is your goal

Do it and enjoy it,,i did

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If you buy the re-issue from a few years ago you will find a totally different car inside the box from that depicted on the cover. I'm not a fulll bottle on Barracudas but the car on the box is a second generation car with a squarish body and a flat back window while the model inside is the first generation with a rounder tail and the full wrap around rear window.

When I built mine, the chassis seemed to bear little resemblance to research photos I had - for starters, the photos showed an OEM style torsion bar IFS with K member while the model has a tube axle on leaf springs. I ended up staying with the original chassis because, sitting on the shelf, it looks like what it is. The original had a boat-like V drive while the model seems to have some sort of transaxle arrangement.

One last thing, those big Hurst Hemi Under glass decals stick on impact - no amount of water or decal solvent would fix it. You virtually have to line the decal up perfectly and gently slide the paper out without moving. I have never had this happen before or since - anyone else had this problem?

Shelf model - loks great! Full detail contest model - keep the body and throw everything else out!

Cheers

Alan

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Yes it goes together pretty esy,and looks good,but the driver would have to be a contourtionist to drive it.

I know,it's only a model....

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I think I'll go with the K-frame and torsion bars. What would be a good donor kit, maybe the Revell 1/25 '68 Hemi Dart kit? Also, could I get a V-drive from one of the motorboat kits? Also I'm thinking about a transfer case from a 4X4 kit.

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Only MPC, AMT and Aurora made HUG kits, and the Aurora kit is in 1/32nd scale.

From what I have heard, the kit was supposed to really be the Plymouth Dealers Barracuda that was driven by Tom "The Mongoose" McEwen, but, for some reason, it was not done and turned into the HUG car.

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As you can see, it is really close to the kit, with the exception being that it is a '65 and the kit is a '66. The car was later driven by Fred Goeske, who took over after McEwen crashed the car in a freak accident.

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As you can see, the HUG has a stock front end and the engine sits farther back, as where the PD car has the layout we see in the kit. Engine right behind the driver and separated by the large firewall.

The PD car was supercharged and the HUG was injected.

So yes, you can use this kit to build either car with some mods and a donor body!

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There was a 66 Hemi Under Glass and a 67 Hemi Under Glass the newer kit seems to be a 67 , the older kit from what I can find out is a 66

Edited by Jon Haigwood

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The R2 re-issue is the `66 kit. The initial run had the incorrect box art showing the `69 version (flat hood w/ peaked header panel and no hood call-outs) which was an MPC kit.

But why is the re-issued kit labeled MPC when the original was AMT?

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MPC's Hemi Under Glass is a 68 Barracuda.It has the flat header panel and small taillights.

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I did a Goggle search for "hemi under glass model kit" and found some cool stuff. If you want see a very nice build up of the '66 version, just go to a Sven's World of Wheels. Sven posts his models on this web site also. So it might be somewhere in here also. Sven is one of the all time great moders.

Found a few images of boxes to share.

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And finally this came up in my search. It's not a Hemi Under Glass model kit. But cool none the less.

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Scott

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The above picture of the 4 `68 annuals is mine……. :rolleyes:

Actually, MPC used the annual promo body of the Barracudas to do the H.U.G. There's a 67-8-9 kit of each. The `66 was AMT. Aurora did the `66 in 1/32 scale, which is the only one I don't have.

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The R2 re-issue is the `66 kit. The initial run had the incorrect box art showing the `69 version (flat hood w/ peaked header panel and no hood call-outs) which was an MPC kit.

But why is the re-issued kit labeled MPC when the original was AMT?

OriginalHUG-vi.jpg

Not to change the subject, but I have run unto this AMT/MPC issue myself. I purchased a "Switchers" '32 ford sedan/phaeton on Ebay that I'm currently working on that has no company ID on the outside of the box. The instructions mention AMT & Fun Dimensions (I think) but the underside of the interior is marked MPC. Who's tooling is this? Please move this if I'm not posting it where it belongs.

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The above picture of the 4 `68 annuals is mine……. :rolleyes:

Actually, MPC used the annual promo body of the Barracudas to do the H.U.G. There's a 67-8-9 kit of each. The `66 was AMT. Aurora did the `66 in 1/32 scale, which is the only one I don't have.

Can you post photos of your H.U.G kits? I've never seen a 67 H.U.G. kit.

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I don't think there was a '67 Hemi Under Glass kit. AMT issued the '67 Barracuda annual kit, then somehow MPC got the tooling for it (and the Chevy Fleetside pickup) after that. The '67 versions were AMT, both had AMT tires. They weren't an "MPC kit in an AMT box" deal like the '65 Coronet.

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Can you post photos of your H.U.G kits? I've never seen a 67 H.U.G. kit.

I stand corrected. I have a '67 built-up HUG I acquired years ago. Obviously it was kit- bashed with a promo body. One day I'll strip it and see what color it is when I rebuild it.

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Here are a couple more pages from that Rod & Custom article:

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As you can see, it's mechanically closer to what's in the HUG kit, but of course the body is a different year. Also, in case it hasn't been mentioned - Slixx did the decals for the McEwen car. I'm not sure if they're still available?

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Yes, the decals are still available from Slixx.

The McEwen car was rebuilt and then driven by Fred Goeske, same guy that drove the only 69 Road Runner funny car, and the car eventually ended up in the Don Garlits Drag Museum. A few years back, the cars owner came for it and Garlits would not let it go, but, eventually relented and the owner got the car back, minus the engine. I assume the car in is currently housed in some collection and who knows when it will be seen again.

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I like the pictures of the real car. But, how about some pictures of the actual kit? See the boxes and photos of the real car are all great, but they really tell us little to nothing about the actual kit. Is it any good?

Scott

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