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MPC SSlasher Chevelle
Posted by amt68 on Friday, December 20, 2019 4:57 PM

Purchased this relatively rare almost 40 year old kit recently as much for the vintage box art as for the model itself. Kit was open but complete with all parts intact and the chrome still shiny. I noticed on the body itself there is a mold error or distortion around the drivers side window. In the first picture you can see the mold line around the window is improperly curved. In the second picture which is that of the passenger side the shape is correct with only a mold or parting line to be easily cleaned up. Just wondering if anyone has one of these kits and is this common or did I just get a distorted model. Any suggestions on how best (if at all possible) to reshape this defect would be appreciated. Thanks. 

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  • From: Nova Scotia
Posted by Bainford on Sunday, December 22, 2019 12:11 AM

I built one of these back in '82, and its remains are still swimming around my parts box. I just dug it out and sure enough it looks just like yours. 

"A common mistake people make when designing something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools."
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Trevor

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Posted by amt68 on Sunday, December 22, 2019 7:51 AM

Bainford

I built one of these back in '82, and its remains are still swimming around my parts box. I just dug it out and sure enough it looks just like yours. 

 

 

Thanks Trevor. I guess MPC never bothered to correct the mold defect. I'll have to decide whether or not to invest the time in this one. Unfortunately '72 Chevelle kits are less commonly found with the newer AMT releases sporting an incorrect eggcrate grill. The mid 1980's "Street Machines" '72 SS-454 molded in blue would be the one to acquire. From what I've read it is a different mold with the correct grill and not the same as the MPC version.

 

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  • From: Nova Scotia
Posted by Bainford on Monday, December 23, 2019 10:17 AM

amt68
I guess MPC never bothered to correct the mold defect.

Yeah, pretty typical of the era.

I'm actually in the market for a 72 Chevelle for an upcoming project. I've been checking ebay once in a while to see what is out there and what it costs. They come up for sale rather infrequently. Having built the MPC kit in the past, I know it will provide what I need for my project. I have considered widening my search by including the AMT kit, but have never actually seen one built in person, and so don't know how it measures up to the MPC kit (thanks for the heads up on the incorrect grill, BTW).

The AMT kit may well be the better kit, but I know the MPC kit Provides what I need for the project, including the nicely done rear bumper/tail lights. This part would have to be at least as well represented on the AMT kit for me to consider one.

"A common mistake people make when designing something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools."
- Douglas Adams

Trevor

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