Tag Archives: MPC

Venomous Spyder!

Trying to choose among many cool things is never easy. A good example of this is choosing which of many Monza kits to buy while I’m at hobby shops. The answer there is simple; all of them. However, it’s less obvious where to start with all of them. I guess others had the same problem, […]

Monza Mania!

They say you can’t get enough of a good thing. However, if good things are in short supply, then you have to turn  your attention to what’s available. Thankfully, it seems that Chevy’s sporty-looking Monza 2+2 was available when it was needed! For reasons beyond current human understanding, everybody and his brother made a kit […]

Summer’s Last Bounty

With fall in full swing, and cold, rainy weather encroaching on us (at least where I am), I thought it would be a good time to think of nicer weather and get together my haul from the last of the summer’s road trips. It was pretty fun going from Michigan to Hamilton, Ontario, and hitting […]

Cross Border Car Bonanza!!

If happiness is where you find it, then my brother and I found it big time in Michigan a couple of weeks ago. We did a hobby shop tour, and I think we did pretty darned well. With a trunk full of vintage car model goodness, you can’t say we didn’t get our cheap American […]

Slot Mags and Shotguns. Pick Up Your Toys!

All good things must come to and end, and so it was with the once-illustrious “Chevy Nova” nameplate. Bowing out in 1979, the final Nova was a de-tuned, lacklustre ghost of it’s former self. Now, MPC had always had a way to taking outdated models and making them into something fresh and new, or at […]

Wheezing off into the Sunset

The end of the ’70s saw the final nails driven into the coffin of automotive excitement and performance. The Gas Crisis and government-mandated emissions standards choked all the fun out of driving. However, as the sun set on what had been a glorious chapter in the history of the car, a few car makers were […]

Paralyzed by (Odd) Choice(s)!

For me, finding unusual car kits that appeal to me is an ongoing quest, and one that meters out results in “ones and twos”. While I may find a treasure trove of Luft ’46 kits at one vendor’s table and a model show, or a tonne of Matchbox kits at a flea market, finding large […]

I’ve got Sunset… on a Cloudy Day

Not much screams “lame ’70s performance package” like trying to cover up a lack of power and refinement with stripes and graphics. A common theme in this era was the “Sunset Stripe”, a combination of many small stripes in the colours of a sunset, often found in some rather inappropriate places! Even the mainstream manufacturers […]

Pinto Update 3: Inside, Underside… TNT

Because the outside of a car is the part of the car that everyone else sees, it’s part that designers work at making the most visually interesting. Colour, shape, profile; these all combine to give a first impression of a vehicle.  However, if you think about it, the part of a car the driver most […]

MPC Ford Pinto Update 1: Not-So-Wild Horses

Let’s face it: by the late ‘70s and early ‘80s, engine performance had pretty much reached a new low. It was the height (depth, is more like it) of the Automotive Dark Ages and performance was not only a memory, but almost a four-letter-word to the government-overseen pollution control watchdogs. This is reflected in the […]