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Dan66
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From: Round Rock, TX USA
Registered: Jul 2004

posted 07-07-2004 06:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dan66     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Anyone else bought this thing yet? I've gotta say that I'm pretty disappointed in what I found... There's basically no way to build this thing other than an all-out race car. No stock seats at all, no "regular-sized" tires, and not even gauges on the dash! There are two complete sets of aftermarket wheels with ONE correct dog-dish. That's right: a total of nine wheels - one of which is correct for this particular car.

I suppose it's worth buying simply because of how seldom these kits come out - perhaps just to be built as a back-of-the-shelf model. But we should all hope the forthcoming '71 sportsroof is better!

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MLariviere
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posted 07-07-2004 09:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MLariviere   Click Here to Email MLariviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I haven't seen one yet. I do have the Testor's Diecast 1:24 cars though. They all come with a Boss 429,and the engine compartment is like a Chevelle . I also have a Lindberg car that is a slaughter too. I think if they can't do it relatively close,they shouldn't bother.

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Merc Man
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posted 07-18-2004 01:14 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Merc Man   Click Here to Email Merc Man     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The kit is based on an early 80's AMT/Ertl Street Machines kit.Mine says part numbers are Ertl#6531 and AMT#4167. The 80's kit says says it comes with a Boss 351, but actually has an FE big block and Trans Am Boss 302 air box on top. The side marker lites are not on the body, so it would be a good start on a race car, as it comes with a full race interior.Think Trans Am Boss 302 style chassis in the "big" Mustang.

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mach1mike
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Registered: Apr 2004

posted 07-18-2004 05:06 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mach1mike   Click Here to Email mach1mike     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I built up the Testors diecast kit too, & I begin to wonder who researched this model-
71 grille, 73 front impact bumper, 69-70 boss 429 engine, 71-72 Hockey stick stripes with 73 Mach1 rear stripe, & air vent grille at the base of the hood, still, it was fun to build.
I'm planning to make a fairly accurate 73 Mach1 using the Arai 71 & AMT 73.

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MLariviere
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posted 02-09-2005 10:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MLariviere   Click Here to Email MLariviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This was the last one I built,and it was a POS. The parts don't jive with each other,the interior detail is bad and the cast is cheap. I burns me to see GM wheeltubs under the hood of these cars! I think it would be a good parts kit. I had to build it,though,because I got it for Christmas. The A-pillar on the right side broke. It does have a nice set of Cragar S/S's,though.

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Hemikiller
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From: Killingworth, CT
Registered: Feb 2002

posted 03-29-2005 11:16 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hemikiller   Click Here to Email Hemikiller     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I was just looking at some of the AMT/Ertl kits on the shelf at a store the other day. I can't understnd how they have had such good success with their diecasts, yet they put no development $ into their plastics line. They keep selling and re-issuing the same crap they had from the early 70's and 80's. Even their new stuff is sub-standard in both detail and parts fit when you compare it to Monogram or Revell. Don't even want to think about Ertl vs any Japanese kits.

Heck, I think Lindberg is a better kit, but they don't do much in the way of "cool" vehicles......

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MLariviere
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posted 03-29-2005 10:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MLariviere   Click Here to Email MLariviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
With AMT/ertl now,the quality is hit or miss. You don't know till you open the box. Take a close look at the box art,especially the engine bay. It will tell you what kind of detail the casting has. The 73 Mustang was a joke. Then again,the 62 Tbird roadster was great! The car had AC,and even the lines for it!

Plastic modeling is almost a dead art,IMHO. It's all us old fogies doing it. The kids of today want to open the box and have it immediately done,or jut put 4 screws in it at most.

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DidgeyTrucker
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From: Greenbrier, TN USA
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posted 03-30-2005 08:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for DidgeyTrucker   Click Here to Email DidgeyTrucker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
4 screws, now that brings back memories (of early 1960's AMT kits).

The '73 Mustang kit was originally released around 1975 as a race car kit. There are other '71-'73 kits AMT is re-issuing that are actually the old MPC kits from '71-'73.

That '62 T-bird was a new-tooling kit, like the 1960 Starliners.

Let's all write the model companies asking how to strip the paint so you can paint it the color of your choice!

Tracy

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