Tag Archives: MPC

Small Pick, Big Ups

The gas crunch of the ’70s gave the Japanese an excellent opportunity to invade North America with decent quality, cheap, efficient and overall reliable cars. Against their bigger American opponents, these lightweights did well. However, it was surprising how well Datsun’s small pick up resonated with a buying public more used to big, burly, open-back […]

Road Runner’s Last “Meep”

By the time 1980 came around, the Mopar muscle car was well and truly dead. The final nail in the coffin was also the last Road Runner until the advent of that badge on Acclaim. The 1980 Road Runner was just a gussied up Volare with some decals and a few appearance options. It is […]

Volare Mid-Build Update: Sit Down and Feel the (Lean) Burn!

If it’s one thing that cars from the late ‘70s and early 80s had it spades, it was anemia. No matter how many gaudy decals, flares or other overwrought “appearance packages” they had stuck on them, there was little that could change what was stuck IN the cars of the time. Of course, what was […]

One Bad Glance!

If you are superstitious, then you know the power of the “Evil Eye”. However, in the early ’80s, there was another, much less malignant Evil Eye, and that was the Fast 111’s racing rig by the same name. Sporting huge pipes and an even bigger spoiler, this customzied bruiser was not just a 1/64 die […]

Flare(s) for the Dramatic!

If there’s one thing you HAVE to say MPC knew how to do, it was take an out-of-date annual model and really dress it up for the following years. There are few examples of this “lipstick on a pig” approach more optically violent than the 1980 Volare Road Runner that was dolled up as “Fuzz […]

Wide Open, but Still Awfully Slow!

It’s hard to argue with the overall appeal and mystique of the Corvette. That’s why there are so many kits of them. So, does the world really need another one? Well, I think it does, especially when that model is the Round 2 re-release of the 1/25 MPC ’75 Open Corvette Roadster! That’s right, you […]

MPC: More Pics Coming!

Just thought I’d take a few minutes to update my MPC Cars collection pictures. I’ve had the good luck to amass EVEN MORE awesome MPCs in the last while, so I thought I’d throw up some more cool box art pics from the heyday of my favourite car kit maker. Check it out on the […]

Return of the Sweaty Man-Horse!

They say you can’t put lipstick on a pig, but it seems that putting stripes on a horse is a totally different thing! To cash in on cash-strapped would-be Vanners in the late 1970s and early 1980s, Ford did just that, and created the Pinto Cruising Wagon!  Not surprisingly, MPC kitted the 1980 version, but […]

Gold Rush Update 2: No Guts, No Staffroom!

To me, the best part of doing a custom van kit is the interior. That’s why I love the old MPC vans (and of course the Sundance Express); the full interior really gives you a chance to cut loose and let out your inner Vannin’ Design Demon. Thankfully, the good folks at MPC made darn […]

The Van that goes up to 11!

We all know that Street Vans have pretty much unlimited potential, and MPC set out to prove it with several of their releases. One of the lesser known of these seems to be one of the wildest: Gold Rush! This extreme Show Rod Van is a testament to a time when there was no such […]