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What 70s cars would you like to see model kits of?
Posted by Oldcarfan27 on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 11:08 PM

Here's something I was wondering about. Lately I've been craving to build cars from the much maligned and often scorned 1970s. But these are the cars I remember from my childhood.

The reissues of the Plymouth RoadRunner "Fuzz Duster", Dart Sport and Ford Pinto wagon only fueled the fire. So here it is...

What cars from the 70s (1970-1979 only please) would you like to build? It can be a new tool or a reissue,  or a restoration of a lost or butchered kit from that time period. Let your imagination wander. What if a model company said "we want 10 of your most interesting suggestions" think of variations or possibilities for 3 in 1 kits.

Who knows,  they might be reading this. 

Here's my 10:

1. Any Lincoln Continental Mark. Classic car, different and big!

2. 77-79 Cadillac Sedan Deville 4 door. Possibilities for limos, lowriders and stock. Please include stock wheels this time!

3. 77-79 Ford Thunderbird. Classic lines. Last of the "big" birds.

4. 74-77 Camaro. The original issues weren't very well done. The nose just always looked wrong. Typical 3n1 options would apply here. AMT probably has the best base to use with their 70 Z28/Baldwin Motion. If they made a 74, they could do a Z28 version with the "Last Motion" option. Or maybe a Transformers Rumble Bee '75.

5. 74-76 Firebird with Formula and/or Trans Am options. Anyone else but me want to do a "Rockford Files" Esprit?

6. 71-76 Caprice Kingswood Estate wagon. With woodgrain and all! Preferably an earlier year so we can bash it with the MPC Caprice to make different years. I can see it with optional race crew/towing parts and maybe even a canoe and camping gear. How about correct Dayton wheels and stretched tires for the lowrider guys? How 'bout adding the car trailer from the Caprice? 

7. Here's a no brainer, AMT reissue the '72 Chevy pickup with the Open Road Camper. We know both tools still exist, so what's the hold up? I'd buy a few.

8. AMT Chevy van with mini motorhome parts AND restore the window van options. I hope these parts still exist.

9. Restore the MPC 77 Vega to stock and make it the Cosworth limited edition. Supply all the gold decals Please. I'll decide which color to make it.

10. I know this one's a long shot, but I'd like to see Round 2 reissue the stock MPC Mustang II kit and include the extra body parts and decals for both the Cobra II and King Cobra versions. I have a feeling that won't happen, because I believe that kit was modified into  the Pro Stock (Firefighter) version we've seen reissued so many times already.

10 1/2. Honorable mention:

I'm probably the ONLY one who'd want this, but I think the '79 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz would be an awesome kit. But I'm weird like that.

What do you think?

"I keep trying to complete my junkyard diorama, but everytime I add more clunkers, I get the nagging urge to pull them out and restore them!!!

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Posted by rickr442 on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 11:41 PM

'73 Pontiac Grand AM

'70-71 Lincoln Mark III

'73 Olds Cutlass Supreme

'77 Impala 'bent window' coupe 

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Posted by Oldcarfan27 on Thursday, February 01, 2018 12:23 AM

rickr442

'73 Pontiac Grand AM

'70-71 Lincoln Mark III

'73 Olds Cutlass Supreme

'77 Impala 'bent window' coupe 

 

rickr442

'73 Pontiac Grand AM

'70-71 Lincoln Mark III

'73 Olds Cutlass Supreme

'77 Impala 'bent window' coupe 

 

Good choices. I'd like those too! 

"I keep trying to complete my junkyard diorama, but everytime I add more clunkers, I get the nagging urge to pull them out and restore them!!!

Romans 3:23-25

John 14:6-7

 

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Posted by Oldcarfan27 on Thursday, February 01, 2018 12:28 AM

Anybody know how I can move this to a different forum? I think I put it in the wrong one. Maybe it should be in Factory Stock or Did they ever make? Help.

"I keep trying to complete my junkyard diorama, but everytime I add more clunkers, I get the nagging urge to pull them out and restore them!!!

Romans 3:23-25

John 14:6-7

 

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Posted by ford57bucket on Thursday, February 01, 2018 12:41 AM

72 Ford Gran Torino Sport Coupe Fastback full detail,not a nascar or snap kit just a stock full detail kit.

don;t throw that away,i can use it!

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Posted by aussiemuscle308 on Thursday, February 01, 2018 1:28 AM

Oldcarfan27
1. Any Lincoln Continental Mark.

yep, i'd like a MkV

3. 77-79 Ford Thunderbird.

agree!

7. Here's a no brainer, AMT reissue the '72 Chevy pickup with the Open Road Camper.

better than the camper/wedge combo like model king did.

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Posted by Oldcarfan27 on Thursday, February 01, 2018 7:13 AM

ford57bucket

72 Ford Gran Torino Sport Coupe Fastback full detail,not a nascar or snap kit just a stock full detail kit.

 

Ooh yeah, Revell could do it using their Starsky and Hutch Torino!

"I keep trying to complete my junkyard diorama, but everytime I add more clunkers, I get the nagging urge to pull them out and restore them!!!

Romans 3:23-25

John 14:6-7

 

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Posted by Bainford on Thursday, February 01, 2018 7:54 AM

71-73 Pinto sedan.

71 Mustang (new tool)

Maverick Grabber

70 Javelin

AMC Hornet

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Posted by JohnDB on Thursday, February 01, 2018 8:14 AM

I'd love to see a '71/'72 Dodge Demon, '76/'77 Pontiac LeMans or Grand Prix, any year Ford Maverick, '78 Chevy Malibu, '70/'71 Plymouth Duster, '71 Plymouth Roadrunner(not GTX). I'll probably think of more after I post this,lol. What I would really like to see is Tamiya make some American cars/ hot rods.Revell, Round 2,etc, could take some cues from Tamiya and Revell-Germany on making highly detailed, excellent fitting quality models. Another thing I would love to see is this, ALL models should be a 2in1 kit. Stock and custom/hot rod parts in every kit (we want options!!!). If you put two sets of rims in the kit put two sets of tires, etc.With the price of an average kit pushing $30, they should be giving us more!!! I could go on all day about this, but I won't, lol. Just my two cents worth, here.

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Posted by High octane on Thursday, February 01, 2018 9:22 AM

I'm not much of a 70's car guy, however I have owned a couple of Cadillacs. How 'bout kits of the '73 & '76 Coupe de Villes?

High octane

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Posted by Oldcarfan27 on Thursday, February 01, 2018 10:37 AM

JohnDB

I'd love to see a '71/'72 Dodge Demon, '76/'77 Pontiac LeMans or Grand Prix, any year Ford Maverick, '78 Chevy Malibu, '70/'71 Plymouth Duster, '71 Plymouth Roadrunner(not GTX). I'll probably think of more after I post this,lol. What I would really like to see is Tamiya make some American cars/ hot rods.Revell, Round 2,etc, could take some cues from Tamiya and Revell-Germany on making highly detailed, excellent fitting quality models. Another thing I would love to see is this, ALL models should be a 2in1 kit. Stock and custom/hot rod parts in every kit (we want options!!!). If you put two sets of rims in the kit put two sets of tires, etc.With the price of an average kit pushing $30, they should be giving us more!!! I could go on all day about this, but I won't, lol. Just my two cents worth, here.

 

JohnDB

I'd love to see a '71/'72 Dodge Demon, '76/'77 Pontiac LeMans or Grand Prix, any year Ford Maverick, '78 Chevy Malibu, '70/'71 Plymouth Duster, '71 Plymouth Roadrunner(not GTX). I'll probably think of more after I post this,lol. What I would really like to see is Tamiya make some American cars/ hot rods.Revell, Round 2,etc, could take some cues from Tamiya and Revell-Germany on making highly detailed, excellent fitting quality models. Another thing I would love to see is this, ALL models should be a 2in1 kit. Stock and custom/hot rod parts in every kit (we want options!!!). If you put two sets of rims in the kit put two sets of tires, etc.With the price of an average kit pushing $30, they should be giving us more!!! I could go on all day about this, but I won't, lol. Just my two cents worth, here.

 

I like Tamiya kits, but my experience with Japanese kits is - for some reason they don't usually do American cars accurately or they tend to motorize them. How many Japanese kits have we gotten that were COMPLETELY accurate? Body proportions right, accurate 1/24 scale, opening hood with complete engine assembly - not just a cover plate,  full chassis detail - without oversize steering mechanism, steering wheel on left side, unique subject matter. To ask for all that you're looking at a kit costing over $45-55, and we're already balking about kits costing $30.

I know Tamiya and Fujimi can do awesome kits. But for some reason they can't do American cars with all the details we're used to and at a price we're willing to pay.

Besides, Round 2 does make kits like that - they say Moebus on the box. It's just that they use the AMT, MPC and Lindberg names for their reissues.

"I keep trying to complete my junkyard diorama, but everytime I add more clunkers, I get the nagging urge to pull them out and restore them!!!

Romans 3:23-25

John 14:6-7

 

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Posted by mrmike on Thursday, February 01, 2018 11:30 AM

Oldcarfan27

 

Besides, Round 2 does make kits like that - they say Moebus on the box. It's just that they use the AMT, MPC and Lindberg names for their reissues.

 

I'm going to disagree with you on this one!  Moebius is not owned by Round2 and I just checked on their web site.  Moebius is a stand-alone company from what I can tell.  Round2 owns AMT, MPC, Polar Lights, Hawk, Classic Metalworks, AutoWorld, Forever Fun, Lindberg, and American Muscle.  Tamiya is a Japanese hobby manufacturer and their models kits are generally what we call "foreign" cars.  They did produce the Mustang and Jeep Grand Cherokee at one time and I believe they were not big sellers, so they have stuck with Japanese and European market cars. 

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Posted by Oldcarfan27 on Thursday, February 01, 2018 2:30 PM

mrmike

 

 
Oldcarfan27

 

Besides, Round 2 does make kits like that - they say Moebus on the box. It's just that they use the AMT, MPC and Lindberg names for their reissues.

 

 

 

I'm going to disagree with you on this one!  Moebius is not owned by Round2 and I just checked on their web site.  Moebius is a stand-alone company from what I can tell.  Round2 owns AMT, MPC, Polar Lights, Hawk, Classic Metalworks, AutoWorld, Forever Fun, Lindberg, and American Muscle.  Tamiya is a Japanese hobby manufacturer and their models kits are generally what we call "foreign" cars.  They did produce the Mustang and Jeep Grand Cherokee at one time and I believe they were not big sellers, so they have stuck with Japanese and European market cars. 

 

OK, I stand corrected. I thought I saw that brand on their site.

I have the Grand Cherokee,  the body and interior look great. But if I recall the chassis is promo style and if it has an opening hood (I can't remember) the engine is molded in place. I do know there wasn't a separate block in the kit.

I also remember it wasn't popular because it cost twice as much as regular domestic model kits did at the time. Probably the same with the Mustang, which we already had 2 American companies making copies of.

"I keep trying to complete my junkyard diorama, but everytime I add more clunkers, I get the nagging urge to pull them out and restore them!!!

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John 14:6-7

 

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Posted by aliasT.W. on Thursday, February 01, 2018 3:12 PM

Thinking about a full detail AMC Hornet 360SC, a reissue of the '70 or '71 mercury cyclone, and a stock Chevy Laguna. That's all for now.

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Posted by notstock on Thursday, February 01, 2018 4:08 PM

any chevy truck, blazer, suburban, dually of that era

I can't leave anything stock!

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Posted by smokewagon on Thursday, February 01, 2018 5:23 PM

77 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme.

77 Impala stationwagon or Caprice classic stationwagon

Any of the 70 Monte Carlos

77-78 Ford Tbird

77 Mercury Grand Marquis

any Truck from that era

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Posted by charger74 on Thursday, February 01, 2018 8:36 PM

Chevy vega cosworth

1972 mercury montego gt

1971 plymouth fury gt

1974 pontiac ventura/gto

1974 trans am sd455

1977 amc hornet amx

1973 chevy monte carlo

1973 buick century gs

1971 buick riviera

1977 oldsmobile 442

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Posted by OrangeR/T on Thursday, February 01, 2018 8:50 PM

Real simple, 1971 or '72 Dodge Demon 340, and a 1971 Hemi'Cuda convertible (that's one i'm very surprised isn't being produced with the mega $$ value and rarity of the real cars!!)

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Posted by dragon3870 on Thursday, February 01, 2018 8:51 PM

Any of the old 70's station wagons and vans

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Posted by Oldcarfan27 on Thursday, February 01, 2018 10:04 PM

charger74

Chevy vega cosworth

1972 mercury montego gt

1971 plymouth fury gt

1974 pontiac ventura/gto

1974 trans am sd455

1977 amc hornet amx

1973 chevy monte carlo

1973 buick century gs

1971 buick riviera

1977 oldsmobile 442

 

A 73 Buick Century - Yeah! I never thought anybody else would suggest one of those. My parents bought one of those new back then. A Century Luxus - basically, one step down from a Regal, but we thought it looked better! It was midnight blue with a white half vinyl top and interior. We loved that car, had lots of happy memories with it. I've been trying to make one from a Johan Cutlass for decades, I had the body almost finished and ready for primer when putty started popping off and the roof cracked. Aaarrgh! So it's back in the box again.

Sure would like to have a kit of it though.

"I keep trying to complete my junkyard diorama, but everytime I add more clunkers, I get the nagging urge to pull them out and restore them!!!

Romans 3:23-25

John 14:6-7

 

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Posted by spencer1984 on Thursday, February 01, 2018 10:06 PM
The first company to make a boattail Riviera already has a case of them sold. Same deal with anyone who wants to make the third-gen Caprice or 74+ Checker
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Posted by Oldcarfan27 on Friday, February 02, 2018 8:55 AM

I'm seeing a trend here, a lot of requests for big luxury cars. Keep it up, guys! Let's see more.

"I keep trying to complete my junkyard diorama, but everytime I add more clunkers, I get the nagging urge to pull them out and restore them!!!

Romans 3:23-25

John 14:6-7

 

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Posted by avidinha on Friday, February 02, 2018 12:20 PM

High octane

I'm not much of a 70's car guy, however I have owned a couple of Cadillacs. How 'bout kits of the '73 & '76 Coupe de Villes?

 

Agreed, my first car was a '72 Sedan DeVille, I'd love to have one in scale. I was luck enough to get a '76 Coupe DeVille from Modelhaus before they closed.

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Posted by Oldcarfan27 on Friday, February 02, 2018 11:31 PM

Heads up! I just saw a modeler named Jeff D has a post of his build of a 79 Dodge Magnum XE in the Factory Stock forum. Converted from a Nascar body no less! Now THAT would make a cool kit! MPC on the box with 2n1option - stock and race versions, just like the old days. Or how about the Chrysler Cordoba/Dodge Charger twins? With optional T-tops. Where's my white suit and platform shoes, I gotta go boogie down to the Disco!

"I keep trying to complete my junkyard diorama, but everytime I add more clunkers, I get the nagging urge to pull them out and restore them!!!

Romans 3:23-25

John 14:6-7

 

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Posted by Scale modeller on Saturday, February 03, 2018 8:43 AM

Chevy luv pick up

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Posted by Katana on Saturday, February 03, 2018 3:53 PM

My father had a really sweet '78 Datsun 280z with a straight 6 and all the trimmings. Burgundy/black. What an amazing car to drive. I had a '74 Gran Torino (hated it), a 1968 AMC rebel SST 343 (miss that one the most), a '76 Triumph Tr7 (can you say Lucas?...I knew you could) and my first car was a '79 Camaro base model. numerous cars have gone through my hands, but that AMC beast...wish I had been able to keep it. Sadly the only way to build it is to either convert something expensive over or scratchbuild one....which I might do.

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Posted by KWT on Saturday, February 03, 2018 4:20 PM

75 Chevelle

75 El Camino

71 Impala 4door

 

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Posted by Corvairv8 on Saturday, February 03, 2018 4:56 PM

A better 69 Chevelle kit.

66 Belair/Biscayne L-72

2 door post cars, Buick Skylark68-72.  69 Chevelle 300 (SS) . LeMans 70-72 Post

 

66 Belair 2 door post

70 Buick Skylark

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Posted by gulftarpon on Saturday, February 03, 2018 5:24 PM

I woulde love to see the Firebird out again, maybe a 3 n 1 with the Trans Am, Formula and  the Esprit version as well. Start with the 78, then backdate to the 76 for another issue. Same thing with the Camaro. 78 Z-28 with a Berlinetta option, then backdate to the 76. The Dodge and Chevy vans in early 70s style with the full window van treatment. Of course all of the Pinto and Vega kits in all the body styles nad year models would be appreciated. Moebius seems to have the Ford trucks well in hand after decades of being ignored, except for the 74-up. How about a new 74-79 in short bed and long bed? They could also redo the 72 Chevy back into a 68 with step and wide bed versions. I wouldn't say no to some new 60s and 70s Dodge trucks either.

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Posted by Oldcarfan27 on Sunday, February 04, 2018 2:01 AM

gulftarpon

I woulde love to see the Firebird out again, maybe a 3 n 1 with the Trans Am, Formula and  the Esprit version as well. Start with the 78, then backdate to the 76 for another issue. Same thing with the Camaro. 78 Z-28 with a Berlinetta option, then backdate to the 76. The Dodge and Chevy vans in early 70s style with the full window van treatment. Of course all of the Pinto and Vega kits in all the body styles nad year models would be appreciated. Moebius seems to have the Ford trucks well in hand after decades of being ignored, except for the 74-up. How about a new 74-79 in short bed and long bed? They could also redo the 72 Chevy back into a 68 with step and wide bed versions. I wouldn't say no to some new 60s and 70s Dodge trucks either.

 

I totally agree with you on the 78 Trans Am retool -  MPC could just tool up a new nose piece,  make 2 hoods (a formula one and a base hood with a provision underneath to cut out for the Trans Am version, use the separate fender flares and rear spoiler as options. How about adding base hubcaps and honeycomb wheels too! The only body modification I could see is filling up the fender vents. But those could be added as options too. Oh yeah, and change the upholstery pattern to either the deluxe horseshoe or the standard pattern interior. Add the gold decals to match the 1976 50th anniversary Black/Gold edition AND the Formula panels for the bottom of the doors.

The 74-77 Camaro on the other hand, would be a little harder to do using the 78 as a base,  as the fenders were completely different from the earlier years, which used fenders from the the 70-73 with headlight covers to update them from 74-77. The dashboard was redesigned in 78, taking a more squared look. However, AMTs 70 Z28 could be used as a basis with minimal changes (nose, taillights, seats). Leave the back window and you have a '74. Curve the back window for the 75-77 years. Give us Z28 and/or rally sport decals for the specified year. Like I said earlier - make a Transformers Rumble Bee version to attract fans of the movie if it helps sell more kits.

I'm with you on 67-68 Chevy truck version. Although this thread is dealing with cars from the 70s. But, a CORRECT 70s  2wd Chevy fleetside pickup (or Suburban) would also be nice. 

"I keep trying to complete my junkyard diorama, but everytime I add more clunkers, I get the nagging urge to pull them out and restore them!!!

Romans 3:23-25

John 14:6-7

 

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