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Best kits for mid 60s to 70s US cars
Posted by its_ok_matt on Tuesday, June 04, 2019 7:49 AM

I just got back into modeling and already got myself some kits of european and japanese cars. I'd also like to build some US cars from the mid 60s to mid 70s and wanted to hear your opinions on what you think are the best kits (no matter if current or vintage).

I'm specifically looking for sedans, hard-tops or station wagons - no convertibles, muscle cars or trucks.

Cheers,
Matthias

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Posted by Goofy62 on Tuesday, June 04, 2019 12:38 PM

You can't go wrong with Johan kits!

They are probably some of the most accurate kits ever produced as far as body proportions go.

They are pretty simple in the chassis and engine departments, as all annual kits from the 60s and 70s were, but many times newer kit parts can be swapped for them.

Unfortunately, they have been out of business for decades and the kits are very rare in some instances, and very expensive.

AMT and MPC did fantastic work on most of their early annuals as well.

As wagons go, there are not many options.

Hubley did several years of Ford wagons in the early 60s, (1960-1962)

There's a great big world of very interesting big cars out there if you don't limit yourself to new kits.

Just as an example, if you would like to build any Plymouth Fury kit at all, you will get zero help from the current kit producers.

If you go to vintage kits, Johan made Plymouth Fury kits from 1959 all the way through 1968!

I sure miss the days when there was some interesting subject matter for American cars other than Camaros, Mustangs and 20s-30s Fords.

 

Steve

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Posted by Plowboy on Wednesday, June 05, 2019 3:48 PM

My advice is get on ebay and look through the kits section. Also check out the promo section. There you'll find almost every kit and promo ever made. Pick out the ones you're interested in and ask about them here. Else it becomes a back and forth guessing game. We don't know which cars you like. Only you know that. 

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Posted by Goofy62 on Wednesday, June 05, 2019 6:55 PM

Plowboy

My advice is get on ebay and look through the kits section. Also check out the promo section. There you'll find almost every kit and promo ever made. Pick out the ones you're interested in and ask about them here. Else it becomes a back and forth guessing game. We don't know which cars you like. Only you know that. 

 

Very good response! Wink

 

 

Steve

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Posted by its_ok_matt on Thursday, June 06, 2019 1:19 AM

Thanks guys!

Plowboy

My advice is get on ebay and look through the kits section. Also check out the promo section. There you'll find almost every kit and promo ever made. Pick out the ones you're interested in and ask about them here. Else it becomes a back and forth guessing game. We don't know which cars you like. Only you know that. 

Well, I would rather pick the kit that has a better quality (accuracy, fit of parts, detailing etc.) than the one which resembles a car I like more. Actually, i didn't find any kits that I would not like to build, because it's already hard enough to find something from this period that isn't a muscle car or convertible. Big Smile

So maybe the better question would have been "Which was the best kit of a mid 60s to mid 70s car you ever built, that isn't a muscle car, convertible or truck?" Smile

Cheers,
Matthias

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Posted by Bainford on Thursday, June 06, 2019 11:15 AM

Hands down, the best model I've built of that description was the full detail version of the Jo-Han Chrysler Turbine car. Not being a regular production car, perhaps it still doesn't meet your criteria, but it was one of the most incredible 1/25 scale car kits ever made, rendered in excellent detail with a high parts count. Unfortunately I was a kid when I built it and I glue bombed it. I'd love to take another shot at one now.

AMT did most Ford Galaxies of the 60s, though the '64 is just an unassembled promo. The body proportions and engraved detail is good.

AMT does an old tool '65 Chevelle wagon, and Revell does a modern tool '66 Chevell wagon.

AMT does a nice second generation Corvair.

AMT made a '70 Ford Galaxie 4 dr police car, and back in the day did a '70 4 dr LTD. Probably questionable chassis and engine detail (as most were back then when compared to modern kits) but good body, etc.

AMT also did Buick Rivieras through the 60s, some old tool and a very nice modern tool '66.

And as Steve mentioned above, if you are willing to search and shell out for Jo-Han kits, they were the kings of 60's sedans. Chryslers, Buicks, Ramblers, Cadillacs, Oldsmobiles, some in wagon version.

As mentioned above, keep an eye out for promos. Lots of run-of-the-mill cars there. And then there is the world of resin models and transkits. Very many options there.

That's just a few off the top of my head. There are many others.

Perfection is achieved not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.
       - Antoine de Saint-Exepury

Trevor

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Posted by Goofy62 on Thursday, June 06, 2019 4:29 PM

If you are interested in the "BEST" models, you are likely going to be disappointed in all of the old annual kits from the time period that you are searching for.

A large majority of them had very rudimentary "slab" chassis and engines with little detail.

Interiors were rarely better.

More modern kits are much better in the detail department, but the subject matter of these kits is extremely limited.

When you eliminate muscle cars and convertibles from that group and consider cars from the mid 60s through the 70s, there is almost nothing!

Moebius has done some very well engineered kits in the past few years, but virtually none of them fit into the categories that you seek.

The moebius 1955/'56 Chrysler 300s rank with some of the absolute best kits that I've ever built!

In terms of other models that are stalwarts and great kits, I would consider the AMT '58 Impala, and '56 and '57 Fords to be among the best.

But here again, they do not fit into your interest pool.

Basically, if you are okay with the standard '60s annual detail level, nearly everything from AMT, MPC and Johan would fit the bill, they all go together pretty much the same, and have nearly the same detail level.

With a little care and some creativity, these models will build into better representations of the real thing than many modern kits, which as of late, have been plagued by all sorts of accuracy issues.

You will have virtually zero accuracy issues, at least with the bodies, with these old annuals.

I guess if you ask me what my favorite models that I have built to date are, I would say the AMT '63 Bonneville, '67 Ford Galaxie, '61 Buick, and '62 Ford.

Likewise, I enjoyed building the Johan '62 Chrysler 300 and '66 Chrysler 300 as well as the MPC 1965 Dodge Monaco.

Some of these are possibly too early to be in your realm of interest, and some are convertibles, but all of these old annuals were also available in hard top configuration.

Most of these are quite rare, if not nearly impossible to find, but they are out there.

Good luck! Wink

 

 

Steve

 

 

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Posted by Goofy62 on Thursday, June 06, 2019 4:34 PM

The rest.

 

Steve

 

 

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Posted by nottheband on Thursday, June 06, 2019 7:16 PM

G'day Matthias.  I enjoyed building Lindberg's '64 Dodge 330, Revell's '68 Dodge Charger, and AMT's '62 Chev, all have clean details and good fit. 

I have in my stash Moebius' 61 Pontiac Catalina, AMT's '67 Chev Impala and '66 Buick Riviera, Trumpeter's '60 Pontiac Bonneville; they look quite accurate to me.  I believe they will be just as much fun to build, which is what it's all about.  I hope this helps you, but only you can decide what you'd like to build.  Cheers.

Steve

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Posted by Goofy62 on Thursday, June 06, 2019 9:40 PM

nottheband

G'day Matthias.  I enjoyed building Lindberg's '64 Dodge 330, Revell's '68 Dodge Charger, and AMT's '62 Chev, all have clean details and good fit. 

I have in my stash Moebius' 61 Pontiac Catalina, AMT's '67 Chev Impala and '66 Buick Riviera, Trumpeter's '60 Pontiac Bonneville; they look quite accurate to me.  I believe they will be just as much fun to build, which is what it's all about.  I hope this helps you, but only you can decide what you'd like to build.  Cheers.

Steve

 

Some of these are good choices, some not so much.

The Lindberg Dodges have some pretty noticeable problems with the front fender appearance and the Trumpeter Bonneville, at least the hard top, is a mess.

The hard top on the Trumpeter kit is horribly out of proportion.

Just a couple of the accuracy issues that I mentioned.

The Revell '64-'66 Impalas are good choices, as well as the AMT '67 Impala.

The Revell Charger would be classified as a muscle car, but the AMT '62 Belair was a pretty good kit.

I can't say anything about the '66 Riv as I haven't owned one, but I hear it's a nice kit.

The Lindberg '64 Belvedere isn't bad either.

 

 

Steve

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Posted by its_ok_matt on Thursday, June 06, 2019 10:04 PM

You guys rock, thank you so much! I'm sure I will find more than I can build using your information.

Moebius Models seems to be a great alternative to the better known AMT or Revell, I didn't know of them before. I'll definitely check them out.

Cheers,
Matthias

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Posted by Goofy62 on Thursday, June 06, 2019 11:06 PM

its_ok_matt

You guys rock, thank you so much! I'm sure I will find more than I can build using your information.

Moebius Models seems to be a great alternative to the better known AMT or Revell, I didn't know of them before. I'll definitely check them out.

 

Moebius produced some great stuff!

The '55 and '56 Chryslers were great, as well as the '52,'53 and '54 Hudsons.

I haven't built a lot of them, but so far, they've done some really nice and unusual stuff.

 

 

Steve

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Posted by gulftarpon on Sunday, June 09, 2019 7:57 AM

Non-muscle cars are not too common, but there are some. Johan is about the only one who ever put out sedans or wagons on a regular basis. They haven't been in business in decades so their stuff can usually be found on eBay. You can sometimes find decent rebuilders on there for no too much. Hubley did the early 60s Ford wagons. MPC's Pinto wagon was re-released a couple years ago and it's still around on shelves but that's about theonly one I can think of. AMT's 1970 Ford LTD police car has been out over the years and can be found pretty easily. Lindberg released some mid 60s Mopars and I think they may have come with slant sixes. Some of the Muscle cars can be de-contented back into daily drivers.

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