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Hi, is it possible to ignore one of the most beautiful sports cars of the fifties, the MGA, Roadster or Fixed Head? Why such a model kit never appeared? Did anyone make one MGA model from scratch?

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MGAs were made by Strombecker and by Southeastern Finecast.  This is my Le Mans MGA built from a Strombecker kit with Herb Deeks wire wheels and tires.  It is very simple and was meant to be motorized.  It is a bit big like most of the Strombeckers back then, more like 1/23rd.

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The Finecast kit is a multi-media kit with a metal body.  Finecast also does the coupe version.

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Sorry, but this bugged me. MGA is I think a movie studio.

The automobile discussed here is MG A (space between MG and A, just like it is shown on the kit box above).  'MG" stands for "Morris Garage" and "A" is the model designation.

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I think, technically, the model is an “MGA”, made by “MG”:

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Like how a Miata is called a Mazda MX-5 not a Mazda X-5, even though part of the name is redundant.  Or like a PIN Number ?

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Haha!  

Wasn’t trying to rag on you - I only knew that because I had a family member who imported MG parts to North America for a number of years...and I always thought it weird that even the official parts were labelled, say, an MG MGA fender or whatever.  Seemed like, as you say, “MG A” would have made more sense.

I’ve driven or worked on all MG’s “Greatest Hits” EXCEPT the MGA, but I suspected it would have the same naming convention as the MGB and the MGB GT which were a lot more common I think.

I owned one of their Midgets for a number of years...fun little car when it ran properly, but it was plagued with electrical issues (go figure) and was determined to rust itself into the ground.  Same as this one, but with a black interior:

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Thread hijack over ?

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No offense taken. :)

I have one of the South Eastern Finecast MG TF kits.  While it looks to be well cast, it will be quite a bit more difficult to put together than a typical plastic kit.  The multi-piece body will require some "massaging".

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17 hours ago, hack-n-whack said:

Didn't Lindberg make one back in the day?

 

I remember an MGA kit back in the day but I'm thinking it was maybe 1/32. I know there was a Jaguar kit of that vintage ( I built one that I barely remember the details of probably around 1960 or 61 that was smaller than 1/25 or 1/24). I think there was a Triumph kit kit too. I was into hot rods though or totally stock sedans and such, so barring time they also weren't sharp on my mind anyway and I surely could be wrong.... Also they may have been Lindberg but Aurora sticks out in my mind really.

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31 minutes ago, jokar124 said:

Both Lindberg and Monogram made 1/32 scale models of the MGA. Monogram's version was also available as a slot car.

 

Ah hah ! I knew/thought I had seen it in 1/32 long ago.

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On 3/29/2020 at 7:17 PM, Gramps46 said:

MGAs were made by Strombecker and by Southeastern Finecast.  This is my Le Mans MGA built from a Strombecker kit with Herb Deeks wire wheels and tires.  It is very simple and was meant to be motorized.  It is a bit big like most of the Strombeckers back then, more like 1/23rd.

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The Finecast kit is a multi-media kit with a metal body.  Finecast also does the coupe version.

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Thank you very much for your answer; but I learned for extensive search that they are all three looong out of production... couldn't find one everywhere/anywhere...

I think the only option is scratch building one, did somebody try to do it?

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Gary is correct..... the Scalelink people in UK took over the South Eastern Finecast kits, and the MGA or MG A is still available to purchase, in both hard top and soft top versions....... I have built the MG K3 Magnette original Finescale Auto Kits white metal model, which was a very old kit, and although it was a bit challenging it did build up into a very nice model car.

The Finescale kits that come up on Ebay tend to be a bit expensive, and I was very lucky to pick one up that was cheaper.

David

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Thank you David and Leslie for confirmation on the availability of the MGs.  The one I pictured above is actually my kit and I hope to build it one day.

I hope soon to post a build report  by Scott Kercher (Cobra, Cunningham, Stars and Stripes Corvette) who is a doing  a build of a Sebring entry. 

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On 3/30/2020 at 4:41 AM, peteski said:

Sorry, but this bugged me. MGA is I think a movie studio. 

The movie studio is - MGM - Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. 

Sorry to digress. 

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