Tag Archives: Round 2

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 […]

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 […]

Frog Prince from Kenosha

We all know that the 1970’s were a weird time for the auto industry. Choking emissions standards and big bumpers were the main design points of the day, and style and performance suffered accordingly. However, AMC could be counted on to take things that wee bit further and came up with some of the oddest […]

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If there’s one thing you HAVE to say MPC knew how to do, it was take an out-of-date annual model and really dress it up for the following years.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 […]

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 […]

Back in Black!

Recently, we’ve seen a number of old, valuable and hard-to-find kits being reissued. It’s a golden age again, and Round 2 is leading the charge! Suprisingly, they’ve taken to reissuing a number of the larger, 1/20 kits as well. Surely, the king of this proverbial hill is none other than 1/20 Econoline-based HighJacker, a crazy, […]

Fishbowl Resurrected!

So, it has happened. Those below are wearing their parkas and I’m holding the Round 2 repop of the classic 1978 Pacer X kit! What’s this styrene representation of one of the 70’s most awkward cars like? Well, bust out your leisure suit and let’s find out! Check it out on the Out of Box […]