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When did they stop making common factory stock models?

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When did they stop making common factory stock models?
Posted by Rob Gronovius on Saturday, November 11, 2017 8:34 AM

As a kid, I remember MPC, AMT, Revell and Monogram making various models of vehicles you'd see on the street. My parents drove a Chevette and I remember making an MPC model of one. When they drove a Chevy Citation, I made a Monogram model of one. When I got my first new car, a 1984 VW Rabbit, I built a model of one.

Even when I bought a 1988 Mitsubishi Montero, I got a model of the Japanese version, the Pajero. When I bought a 2000 Ford Focus, the only versions of that car were the Tamiya and Hasegawa WRC, not quite the sedan version you'd see on the highways.

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Posted by oldcarguy on Saturday, November 11, 2017 3:55 PM

Hi ;

 As far as plastics , I think it sputtered out in the 70s . There wasn't much demand for factory Stock anything . Mopar had so many Muscle machines that is what dominated .Fords , Chrysler products and G.M. There was no apparent interest in a stock Pontiac version of the Vega for instance or Other smaller cars .

 The Diecast industry kept some going though . Albeit in the smaller scales .

 I personally miss the plastic versions of what could've been a honey jar full of inventive builds .  O.C.G.

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Posted by Rob Gronovius on Saturday, November 11, 2017 6:10 PM

I know the MPC Chevette and AMT Rabbit both came with optional parts to customize or make into stock versions. I remember building a Plymouth car that came with all sorts of fender flares and such.

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Posted by midnightprowler on Sunday, November 12, 2017 6:17 AM

Revell did a stock version of the Focus.

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Posted by Moparlover64 on Monday, November 13, 2017 2:29 AM

They were known as anuals if im not mistaken. There were the staple kit cause back in the day you could get an impala every year or a corvette or galaxie etc you could count on the same model line. Now they change model line more often after annuals the did customs and submodel my theory anyways 

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Posted by mrmike on Monday, November 13, 2017 8:25 AM

The need for mainstream stock models is not at all in demand.  This may be the reason why you see top-of-the-line muscle cars.  Some resin casters offer 4-door versions of some mainstream cars.  As for when, I don't believe there is an exact cut off date.  It is something that has happened over time.

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Posted by Moparlover64 on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 7:03 PM

Dam pcs cell phones and playstations

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Posted by Rob Gronovius on Friday, November 17, 2017 11:01 AM

mrmike

The need for mainstream stock models is not at all in demand.  This may be the reason why you see top-of-the-line muscle cars.  Some resin casters offer 4-door versions of some mainstream cars.  As for when, I don't believe there is an exact cut off date.  It is something that has happened over time.

 

That's what I was thinking was happening, slowly over the span of a few years until they just died out. I think Lindberg with their various Chrysler vehicles ended up being near the end of the line.

RobG

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