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questions about a jo-han 1969 AMX and a mercury comet pro stocker

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questions about a jo-han 1969 AMX and a mercury comet pro stocker
Posted by modeller123 on Sunday, November 19, 2017 9:14 PM

hi there. I bought a jo-han 1969 AMX super stocker and a mercury comet boss 429 pro stocker and I had a cuople of questions. first what year is the comet pro stocker? is there another chassis from a different kit for for either of these cars? because as you can see in the pics the cars has the the suspeinsion and stuff moulded into it's chassis. also on some of the AMX's parts it looks like some sort of stain and I was wondering if any of you guys now what it is and how to remove it? thanks for any one who can help.

 

 

 

 

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Posted by TarheelRick on Monday, November 20, 2017 3:35 AM

Not sure how much help this will be but the stain looks like aging in the plastic.  It may cause some problems in paint or it may not, couldn't tell you one way or the other.  As far as chassis, I would suggest trying a Mustang chassis under the Comet, again not really sure of the wheelbase or other isues.  I'm just throwing out some thoughts.

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Posted by modeller123 on Monday, November 20, 2017 8:51 AM

so after some more research I have determined that the comet kit is a 1971 and from what I understand the comet shared a chassis with the maverick until 1977 and I think it was the same body style the entire time wich means that any 1971-1977 comet or maverick kit should work. dose any body know of any good comet or maverick kits?

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Posted by Bainford on Monday, November 20, 2017 10:30 AM

I'm afraid that all 1/25 scale stock or 'stock based' Mavericks and 70s Comets were made by Jo-Han and have the same basic chassis.

As mentioned above, modifying an AMT '67 Mustang chassis is the closest available substitute for the Jo-Han Comet. It's not perfect, but it's pretty close. An MPC Mustang II or Pinto chassis may work as well, though not as accurate in style. Alternatively, paint the one piece Jo-Han chassis black or some dark murky colour and forget about it.

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Posted by Wild Bill 426 on Friday, November 24, 2017 10:40 AM

JoHan used to be a source of models of real drag cars.  As you can see the AMX was based on Shirley Shahan's Super Stocker, which back in those days was very close to stock.  The Comet, a 71 as I recall, was issued for Fast Eddie Schartman and I think also Dyno Don Nicholson.  Those were Pro Stockers but in those days they were more like todays Super Stockers, pretty much stock with some extra engine work.  I think the Comet has a pretty good dual quad 429.  Both built up from the kit will be fairly authentic, but you are right about the crudity of the chassis.  Think about Revell's Thunderbolt as a donor for the Comet.  I don't believe there is an accurate kit of an early pro stock car as a donor, but again they were so much like Super Stockers back then you have artistic license.  The first 'modern' Pro Stock/Door Car was Grumpy Jenkin's Vega in 72 (and MPC is reissuing a pretty good kit of this car in Bruce Larson livery), and it wasn't until 73-74 that Pro Stocks started to look like something different with attention paid to minor aero tricks like removing drip rails and making door handles flush.  If you can find some info on Roy Hill's Duster from back then it will get you a lot of info.

One last donor car as I'm thinking about this; Sox and Martin 70 Cuda based on the Revell new tool kit will give you a lot of neat stuff for Chrysler.  Good luck with your builds; I would LOVE to have either of those kits in my collection.

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Posted by modeller123 on Friday, November 24, 2017 4:26 PM

hi wild bill 426 I'm not to worrie about how close to the real car it is as long as it will fit with as little modification as possible. also you are right about the comet being a 1971but the cars for eddieanddynodon were 1969 cougars

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Posted by Wild Bill 426 on Saturday, November 25, 2017 8:20 AM

You're right, but they also had Maverick/Comet bodies a couple of years later.  Google it; you'll find some pix

 

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Posted by Wild Bill 426 on Saturday, November 25, 2017 9:33 PM

And when you have time, Wiki Shirley Shahan.  She was the first lady to win an NHRA National Event, and her history is pretty fascinating.  Happy modeling!!

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Posted by rickcaps55 on Sunday, November 26, 2017 9:36 AM

Hi i have both kits and i am going to build them both stock i have not started with the AMX yet but as for the Comet you can contact Kenin at missinglinkresin he makes a compleat Mavrick kit I have that kit from him it's a awesome kit the Mavrick and the Comet have the same interior and chassis he will sell you the parts i got the interior and chassai witch fit the comet perfect all the work is done for you he's a great guy to deal with i have been buying kits and parts from him for over 10 years good luck.

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Posted by aliasT.W. on Monday, November 27, 2017 5:04 PM

the '67 mustang will work for the comet, as for the amx you might do best to leave the existing frame. i can't recall a full detail amc frame,,,,, ever.

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Posted by modeller123 on Tuesday, November 28, 2017 7:04 PM

how much grinding and filling is needed if I did use a 1967 mustaing as a donor car and what kit would you recommend?

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Posted by aliasT.W. on Tuesday, November 28, 2017 8:03 PM

Mr 123; gonna be the round2 67 fast back, never done the actual surgery. just know that the parts look closer than most, you'll have to check wheelbase etc. you'll be able to use the firewall and inner fenders with some slight reshaping.

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