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Posted by Wild Bill 426 on Tuesday, October 03, 2017 11:45 AM

I am in the process of building the R2 Don Prudhomme Yellow Feather dragster.  I really want to compliment Round2 for the kits they're providing.  First, the moldings are clean (NO flash) and the way they pack them parts like the one piece chassis don't get warped or broken.  The chrome plating is above average, and the new parts they made look great.  Also, the decals are the key; they are clear, in register, accurate, and go on well, AND respond to setting solutions.  They really make it easy to BUILD, not just look at the kits.  I hope to finish this one then do the Prudhomme wedge, which was high on my bucket list of cars I wanted to see produced.  Great job, guys, your kits are really worth the money!

Wild Bill "Plastic cars are better than real cars cuz' they're a lot cheaper to fix. You don't even need duct tape and wireties"
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Posted by littletimmy on Tuesday, October 03, 2017 4:52 PM

I LOVED Amt kit's ! They always made the best cars and they were pretty much the only game in town if you wanted tractor/ trailers.

When they stopped production it was like a reletive died.

Now theres Round 2.   It's like  "son of Amt". now I'm happy again !!!

Dont worry about the thumb print.... paint it rust and call it battle damage

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Posted by 195X on Tuesday, October 03, 2017 7:46 PM

littletimmy

I LOVED Amt kit's ! They always made the best cars and they were pretty much the only game in town if you wanted tractor/ trailers.

When they stopped production it was like a reletive died.

Now theres Round 2.   It's like  "son of Amt". now I'm happy again !!!

 

CLOSE! But Round 2 is actually the spawn of Polar Lights, which took it's name from Aurora (borealis). Then Mr. Lowe began buying up pretty much everyone but Revell Monogram. SO glad he did!

Between R2 and Moebius the hobby's looking pretty bright.

My favorite color is clear. I am also ambidexterous, I can screw up equally well with either hand. I am 53 years old and been building for most of that time. :)

On the bench... somewhere. Pink Panther show car, 1978 Dodge Magnum Charger Daytona Midnight edition SE 300. Mongrel T.

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Posted by Wayne Farmer on Tuesday, October 03, 2017 7:55 PM

I personally like AMT kits..I think when they did the 66 Nova and 62 Bel-Air were amoungst the best..Very nice to build and just the right amount of parts..Now with the re-releases the flash is unreal..Too much work to be fun project..

 

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Posted by Racer H on Tuesday, October 03, 2017 10:01 PM
Round 2 LLC is the reincarnation of Playing Mantis (formed in 1987 as Safe Care, the Playing Mantis name change took place in 1994). True masters of retro-marketing, Playing Mantis marketed toys and models and was well known for Star Trek-licensed items. Originally, the Polar Lights brand of model kits was a registered trademark of Playing Mantis, the parent company. In 1999, Revell-Monogram, Inc. manufactured kits for CineModels. Aurora, at this time, was a trademark of CineModels, Inc. Aurora/CineModels kits were distributed by Polar Lights. In 2004, Playing Mantis was purchased by Racing Champions then owners of AMT/Ertl. In 2005, Racing Champions eliminated the brand name Playing Mantis. And by 2006, the name Polar Lights was also history. However, the next year Round 2 LLC purchased the product line and revived the Polar Lights brand.
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Posted by midnightprowler on Wednesday, October 04, 2017 5:08 AM

The one thing I wish Round2 would do is add factory stock detailing decals to their kits and drop the stupid miniature box. it's useless.

1 Corinthians 15:51-54
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

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Posted by Bainford on Wednesday, October 04, 2017 8:46 AM

That's great to hear, Bill. I am also a big fan of Round2s efforts to keep the AMT/MPC tools alive and think they are doing a great job. I hope we get to see a couple pics when you are finished.

Power matters in the straights.
Lightness matters everywhere. - Colin Chapman

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Posted by Wild Bill 426 on Wednesday, October 04, 2017 10:58 AM

Midnight P, On the kit I'm building, there aren't 'underhood' decals but there are added small decals that go on the engine, and brand names for the seat belt harness.  Certainly the same idea, and I think those decal additions add a lot; Tamiya is the master of non-body decals.  I'd have to agree on the box, but we may be in the minority; as stated above these guys KNOW how to retro-market, and there may be a lot of folks who like that extra.  Maybe someday I'll make them all and do a scale hobby store shelf!

Wild Bill "Plastic cars are better than real cars cuz' they're a lot cheaper to fix. You don't even need duct tape and wireties"
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Posted by midnightprowler on Wednesday, October 04, 2017 2:44 PM

If the box was 1/25, it would be good for a diorama, but it is something like 1/4 or 1/3. There arent even any kits that size. Give me gauge decals and underhood stuff any day of the week. Everyone I have talked to sees that box as a waste.

1 Corinthians 15:51-54
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Posted by littletimmy on Wednesday, October 04, 2017 7:45 PM

midnightprowler
Everyone I have talked to sees that box as a waste.

But........ But......

My cat's LOVE those little box's !

I'm with you. If they were an actual in scale miniature box of the box I would be more likely to display them with the finished kit !

Dont worry about the thumb print.... paint it rust and call it battle damage

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Posted by littletimmy on Wednesday, October 04, 2017 7:52 PM

195X
CLOSE! But Round 2 is actually the spawn of Polar Lights,

 Son of Polar Lights   ???? NAAA..... it just does'nt have that "ring" to it.

195X
Between R2 and Moebius the hobby's looking pretty bright.

 DEFINATLY !!!!!!!!!!

 

 

 

Son of Playing Mantis ?????   Does'nt work either...... Sounds like an Indian name.

I am Glueparts down.              Son of  Paint the fender...................................

Dont worry about the thumb print.... paint it rust and call it battle damage

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Posted by Digital_Cowboy on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 1:10 PM

Wayne Farmer

I personally like AMT kits..I think when they did the 66 Nova and 62 Bel-Air were amoungst the best..Very nice to build and just the right amount of parts..Now with the re-releases the flash is unreal..Too much work to be fun project..

 

 

 

Wayne,

While I am glad to hear that some people have nothing but good things to say about AMT kits.  I have recently worked on some and they were a nightmare.

When I commented on it, in another forum I sadly ended up in “a difference of opinion” with another member.  Who apparently, and sadly couldn’t handle someone not agreeing with them and they ended up not only leaving the forum in a huff.  But they requested that the moderators remove ALL of their posts.  Predictably that painted me as being the “bad guy.”  In spite of the fact that said member was being very insulting towards me.

So that it is good to hear good words about AMT kits, I still have a low opinion of them.  And I know a few people who share that opinion of them as well.

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Digital Cowboy
Live Long and Prosper
On the bench: Star Trek: Romulan Bird of Prey; 1964 Ford Fairlane

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Posted by Big Gary on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 2:32 PM

I started building AMT kits in 1962. (Yes, I can hear you saying, "Wow, he's really old.") I remember looking forward to the annual release of each year's new models.  I built almost exclusively AMT.  I was aware of ERTL, MPC, etc. but AMT was what I usually bought.

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Posted by Rob Gronovius on Sunday, October 29, 2017 1:26 PM
As a youngster growing up in the 60s, I was given Aurora and Lindberg car models. In the 70s, Monogram and MPC were my car models of choice. I've picked up a couple of Round2 reissue kits and the chrome is pretty thick.

RobG

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Posted by High octane on Sunday, October 29, 2017 6:31 PM

I've been buying AMT kits since the late 50's or very early 60''s and I was a "happy camper". Back then I didn't care for Revell kits as they were too fiddly and fragile to work on. Today Revell makes some great stuff. I have Monogram, Polar Lights, Moebius, Aurora, Ertl, ESCI, JoHan, and Lindberg kits in my stash that I'd like to build someday. I guess I could find something good about any model manufacter's products. To each their own.

High octane

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Posted by Bucky on Sunday, October 29, 2017 7:23 PM
I agree, High Octane! When I was a lad, AMT and Jo-Han were my favorites. Nowadays, I'll tackle any of them, and some of all of them are in the stash!

Kit instructions? What's that??

MOPAR...by far!!!

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Posted by Rob Gronovius on Monday, October 30, 2017 11:30 AM

High octane

I've been buying AMT kits since the late 50's or very early 60''s and I was a "happy camper". Back then I didn't care for Revell kits as they were too fiddly and fragile to work on. Today Revell makes some great stuff. I have Monogram, Polar Lights, Moebius, Aurora, Ertl, ESCI, JoHan, and Lindberg kits in my stash that I'd like to build someday. I guess I could find something good about any model manufacter's products. To each their own.

 

Yes, I thought that about Revell kits as well. The opening hood, trunk, doors with their fidgety hinges never looked right to me. Also trying to glue on the chrome trim to make different versions of kits like the 57 Chevy was too tough for my meager skills.

Monogram kits were simpler to asssemble and the hood usually snapped into tabs so it could be raised to show engine detail. Now since the merger of Revell and Monogram, their newest car kits lean towards the Monogram style and not the Revell style, which is good.

I've bought a few Japanese automobiles by Tamiya, Fujimi, Hasegawa and Aoshima. They are nice and assemble well.

RobG

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Posted by 60Buick on Sunday, November 05, 2017 7:33 AM

I agree with High Octane and Bucky. AMT was the number one go to kit For me. Johan second. Strongly agree with High Octanes remarks about the quality of the Revells. Wasn't a fan of Monogram either. When they merged they did improve. Revel more so. Now days, great kits.

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