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Coming off the Shelf – We All Scream for Ice Cream!

posted by ChuckZ 1:31 PM
Tuesday, December 6, 2016


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MPC is getting ready to release another appetizing kit, honoring the legendary George Barris. Here comes the Ice Cream Truck! The second release in our Barris Kustom Commemorative Edition series. This kit is loaded with more goodies than you can shake an ice cream cone at, which includes: an ALL NEW decal sheet – with transparent stained glass window graphics, pad printed Firestone tires, miniature display box and an optional clear blue parts tree! To top it off, we’ve also included an eye-popping display base to show off your groovy build! Some of the “double-scoop” featured parts include: an ice cream cone steering column, twin custom seats, custom exhausts, one-of-a-kind instrument panel, front wheels that turn, stylized wheel covers, rear doors that swing open and an injected Chevy V-8 with scoops.

We have to believe every item in this kit will beg for your attention. Even the belly band! Production samples just arrived yesterday and they are looking good. The Ice Cream Truck is on the water, and should be arriving at to your local hobby dealer before you know it. So, hope you enjoy building it as much as we enjoyed developing it!

To all our builders out there, have a safe and enjoyable Holiday Season. And thank you so much for your support.

1:32 Kitbash: 1930 Ford Model A Roadster Pickup – Part 3

posted by ChrisP 7:22 PM
Sunday, November 27, 2016

Goto PART 1 PART 2


This is the final part of my 1930 Ford Model A Roaster Pickup kitbash using the Lindberg 1:32 Customizable Show Rod 2-pack and Lindberg 1:32 1930 Ford Model A Pickup.

Parts are painted, now it is time for assembly.


As mentioned in part 2, I assembled the motor using the “Rear Mill Bucket” instructions.  As shown above.


Next I assembled the frame (A1), body (A3+A4+A5+A6), dash (A17), steering wheel (A19), windshield (a9), glass (A25), bed (A7a), grille (A2), tail gate (A8), and interior of the cab (A10) as shown in the Model A Pickup instructions.  I replaced the gear shift with the chromed one from the Super Roadster (part R10).

Front axle (R13) was slid into slot at the front of the frame.  I attached wheel hubs (R55) and small wheels (R27 & R28) to front axle.
I attached drive shaft (R30), wheel hubs (R55) and large wheels (R32 & R33) to frame and engine.
At this point I also attached the exhaust (B33 & B32).
Before I could attach the radiator (A2) I needed to make supports.  For this I used part A12.  I cut two segments from A12 and glued them between the radiator and firewall.
I glued the headlight lenses (A26) in to the headlight assembly (A18).  I cut the assembly as shown above and cemented the headlights to the side of the radiator.
I finished it up by attaching the hubcabs (I went with B38) and the radius rods (R44).
Here is the final 1:32 1930 Ford Model A Roadster Pickup Rod.
I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out.  Next I am going to see if I can do something with the remaining parts from this build and maybe another one of the Lindberg 1:32 kits.


Coming off the Shelf – A Little Monza Madness!

posted by ChuckZ 11:21 AM
Wednesday, November 16, 2016

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AMT is happy to announce the release of another Original Art Series kit, the Monza 2+2! This vintage-style box is blanketed with rich, colorful artwork – scanned directly from artwork created “back in the day”.

The Monza 2+2 can be built one of two ways: the neat for the street, stock version, which includes V8 engine, super-detailed chassis and interior. Or, you can go all out and build it custom with our Stage II show car, which includes: custom front/rear body caps, backlight/quarter and rear window louvers, sidemount exhaust, “Formula” steering wheel, Ansen “Sprint”  mags and a set of ALL NEW pad printed Goodyear “Rally GT” tires! And if that doesn’t get you excited, we’ve also thrown in an expanded decal sheet with all sorts of extra goodies PLUS our signature Original Art Series 12″ x 9″ print, suitable for framing and hanging on your wall.

This tantalizing kit is on the water as we speak and is expected to hit the market any time now. So keep a watchful eye out for the Monza 2+2. A fun-to-build kit that is sure to please!

1:32 Kitbash: 1930 Ford Model A Roadster Pickup – Part 2

posted by ChrisP 5:49 PM
Thursday, November 10, 2016

Goto PART 1


This is part 2 of my 1930 Ford Model A Roaster Pickup kitbash using the Lindberg 1:32 Customizable Show Rod 2-pack and Lindberg 1:32 1930 Ford Model A Pickup.


Above are the parts from each kit that were used.  Note that I will reference 1930 Ford Model A Pickup kit part with an “A” in front of the part number, “B” for the Lucky Bucket and “R” for the Super Roadster.


First I removed the fenders from the frame (A1).  Cutting along the the red lines as shown above. I discarded the fenders (i.e. set them aside for future projects).


Next I separated the hood from the cowl halves (A5,A6), cutting along the red line.  The hood halves were not used on this build, so discard.  The cowl halves (A5,A6) and the body sides (A3,A4) were then glued together.


I wanted to shorten the pickup bed (A7).  The excess is be used in next step, so you would need to remove at least 7mm, I went with 11mm.  I will refer to the halves now as parts A7a and A7b.  I also trimmed 11mm off the bed on frame (A1).  The excess from A1 is discarded.


The body (A3+A4+A5+A6) is missing a firewall so I used part A7b to create it.  I cut it into the pieces shown above and then cut 3 pieces down to fit in the cowl (A5+A6).  The pieces were about 7mm wide and A7c was cut to fit the curve of the cowl.  Parts A7c, A7d and A7e were glued to the body.


Next I cut a “hole” in interior’s floor (A10) to make room for the drive shaft (R30) from the Super Roadster.


I cut the hood ornament from the grille (A2).  I didn’t like it.


I used the motor halves (B16,B15) from the Lucky Bucket.  I cut a half circle from the end of the support rods that enable the engine to sit perfectly in place on the frame (A1) with very little modification.  Note I had to cut a half circle notch off the frame at the front of the engine to leave room for the belt (B43).  For the motor assembly I used the “Rear Mill Bucket” version, option B on the instructions for the Lucky Bucket, but with different exhaust.  I will show this in my next post.


Next I painted the parts as shown above.  My paint scheme was inspired by the vintage Lindberg Freaky Ford kit. (as mentioned in Part 1) I painted the frame (A1), body (A3+A4+A5+A6), dash (A17), bed (A7a), grille (A2), and tail gate (A8) a metallic grape purple, first hitting them with a dull medium blue then the purple to give the color a little more depth.  I painted the wood planks on the bed to look like wood and the grille and gauges chrome.  The interior of the cab and the seats were painted tan.  The front radius rod (A12), headlight assembly (A18), bumper (A20), windshield frame (A9) and 4 wheel hubs (R55) were painted chrome.  The small front wheels (R27,R28), rear wheels (R32,R33) and drive shaft were painted black.  The rims on the wheel were painted orange and whitewalls were added.

Look for my next post for final modifications and assembly.


MPC Models: 22″ Eagle Special Edition

posted by JamieH 1:28 PM
Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Okay, guys. Time to let a cat out of the bag. We will be offering a special edition of the 22″ Eagle. This release gets a few very special extra goodies thrown in for the Space:1999 aficionados out there.

It starts off with an 18″ x 24″ poster featuring the box art from the kit. Logos have been minimized to really show off the great art on its own. We have gotten several requests to offer this poster. So here is your chance.

Next, we are adding a big sheet of additional decals that feature some specific paneling arrangements that were shown on the filming miniature. It comes with additional marking and “weathering” to randomly spread across the model. This allows the builder to use no paint, or just use a base coat, then apply all these new decals to achieve a great look without additional masking and painting. This special sheet is has been produced by Cartograf of Italy, known world-wide for their outstanding quality.

Last, and best of all, this edition comes with a signature card signed by the Eagle Transporter’s designer Brian Johnson! This is not a blind draw, “chance” offering. Every kit will come with an authentic hand-signed card. Brian is a BAFTA and Academy Award winning special effects wizard with credits on films like 2001: A Space Odyssey, ALIEN, ALIENS and The Empire Strikes Back, not to mention his contributions to other Gerry Anderson productions such as Thunderbirds. This is a truly unique opportunity!

So… details…

If things go well, (and they are so far) the kit will be available before Christmas. We suggest it should retail for about $200, but you will need to check with your usual retailer. The kit will be available for a limited time and in limited number. Right now, we are looking at an edition of 500 copies, but if we get an overwhelming response, we may do more. When they are gone, they are gone.

I’m sure many will wonder if we will ever sell the add-ons separately. The answer is that we may offer the decal sheet later on, but not for a while and definitely not until we have sold out of this edition.

Click on this preview to see all the details.


Then, either click and print this form and fill in the info for your usual hobby dealer.


Or download a PDF here. Fill in the form fields and email it to your dealer to reserve your copy.



KIT CHAT: Look who’s comin’ back to town!

posted by JohnG 12:10 PM
Thursday, November 3, 2016

There are those who thought he was gone forever. But a few of us simply knew better! An infamous, clever character from decades past is coming back to town and a hobby dealer near you! Can you tell who it might be? Check out the “slightly modified” first test shot image below…


If you guessed STROKER McGURK, you’d be… CORRECT! Stroker, the “Hot Rodder’s Buddy” and was created by the talented Tom Medley in 1948 for the pages of HOT ROD magazine. Medley was a photographer and humorist for HOT ROD, dating back nearly to the publication’s inception. During the 1960s, Model Products Corporation released three different Stroker-themed model kits that captured the essence and fun of Medley’s character.

Sadly, Tom passed away in 2014, but he has not been forgotten! His son, Gary, has been working hard and a beautiful new book on the life and times (and incredible creativeness) of his father is to be released soon. In a coincidence of good fortune, Gary contacted us about the MPC kits around the same time the Round 2 team was thinking they’d be great to see again, after so many decades of disappearance. A conversation was struck, positive plans made and now MPC is crankin’ on a radical reissue of the first Stroker kit selection early in the new year!

With Gary’s very kind help, the kit will include a couple added goodies inside! You’ll just have to wait and see what those are… We will say that the kit will include an exclusive coupon – mail it in when you order a copy of the book on Tom Medley, to get it at a special price!

As well, with thanks to the fine folks at Hot Rod magazine, the kit will retain its original splendor, sporting the vintage HOT ROD logo on the packaging! We love it when a plan comes together…

Stay tuned for the official release date, coming soon.

Grab the glue, it’s all for you!

1:32 Kitbash: 1930 Ford Model A Roadster Pickup – Part 1

posted by ChrisP 5:19 PM
Thursday, October 27, 2016


As mentioned in a previous post the Lindberg 1:32 Customizable Show Rod 2-pack will be out soon and one of the cool features is the many parts that can be used to customize the kits – 125 parts to be exact!  The kit includes instructions to build the 2 cars in three different ways but with the parts being interchangeable you could customize many more.



Often not seen in 1:32 car kits are detailed engines and the Show Rod kit includes 2.  I realized the Lindberg line has many older 1:32 releases that could be kitbashed with the Show Rods.  My goal is to use the parts in the new release to customize the Lindberg 1:32 1930 Ford Model A Pickup, item number 72134.  For the paint inspiration I will use the 1975 boxart of Lindberg 1:24 Freaky Ford.  Check out my next post to see my progress.




Coming off the Shelf – Honda Road Racer Makes A Comeback!

posted by ChuckZ 9:35 AM
Tuesday, October 25, 2016


The folks here at MPC are happy to announce the re-release of a classic race bike. The Dick Mann Honda Road Racer! This BIG 1/8 scale kit, is packed with a whole lot of chrome, a 4 cylinder 750 CC engine, velocity stacks, four exhaust pipes, racing fairing with windscreen, racing gauge and short racing handle bars. Not to mention, improved decals and an awesome vintage package featuring a classic painting of Dick Mann in action!

So, for all the bike fans out there, keep a lookout for this sweet build. Coming soon to a hobby store near you!

MPC Models: And now for something completely different…

posted by JamieH 5:37 PM
Friday, October 14, 2016

This blog entry is based on true events. Every last word of it. I can assure you. Really…


[harp strings]



[race car sounds. Yes, we know it is in the silent vacuum of space, but race car sounds are cool.]




Smallnier: Hey, watch where you aim that thing.


Hoodstrom: I think the batteries are worn out.


Smallnier: Just shake it a little.



Smallnier: See. Told ya.


Smallnier: Smile, you’re on Candid Camera.


Hoodstrom: Professor Mortonman, it’s Jamie Hoodstrom. We just passed through the laser barrier and we should be able to take a few manual measurements off the Nuclear Waste covers in a couple of minutes.


Professor Morton: Alright, Hoodstrom. We are watching you closely.


Hoodstrom: Something seems off about these things. Let’s see how big this one is…


Hoodstrom: They seem a lot smaller than they did in that footage of the Eagle crashing into waste area 2 last week. They looked like they should have been 8 feet tall or more.

Smallnier: It might be your imagination.


Hoodstrom: I dunno… They don’t look like the ones closer to the center of the field where the waste gets unloaded off the Eagles…

Smallnier: Probably just a different model.


Hoodstrom: But they were almost the same diameter as the waste cannisters. When we moved the storage caps off those last week, they were bigger…

Smallnier: That’s because they used the 22” miniature for one shot instead of the 44”.


Jamie: What?

Smallnier: Oh, nothing…


Hoodstrom: something also seems different about them compared to the ones I see outside my apartment near the Eagle landing pad.

Smallnier: Now, see. That really was an interesting camera effect. You see, the shot used the 22” Eagle miniature. (You can tell it by the fact that it doesn’t have the elbow linkage behind the landing gear) But yet they made the cones at yet another scale to force the perspective in the background…


Hoodstrom:… Anyway, these control handles look a lot different too.

Smallnier: You are right. They don’t look anything like Plastruct relief valves. Hey, what is wrong with your eye?



Professor Morton: It’s an increase in brain activity. Smallnier, get Hoodstrom out of there. I think he is in trouble.


Hoodstrom: What the heck is Plastruct? What do you mean different models? These cones must have been built in four different sizes. That is just crazy! I’m losing my mind!


Smallnier: Well, it isn’t anything to get too upset about. Hey, watch out for those boxes! In the moon’s lessened gravity they are bound to bounce far up into the air!


Smallnier: Okay, maybe not. Let me help you up.


Hoodstrom: I’m suddenly in the mood to dance!

Smallnier: Okay, why not? Not one else is around…


Hoodstrom: I feel so funky I bet I can jump over the moon buggy!

Smallnier: Showoff! Hey, watch out for the laser fence.


Hoodstrom: Wha!?!


Hoodstrom: AAAHHH!


Stay tuned to this space for some upcoming announcements about MPC’s Space:1999 kits. And this blog was only based on fact so much as the Texas Chainsaw Massacre was based on true events. Your mileage may very…








Coming off the Shelf – Papa in the Works!

posted by ChuckZ 10:15 AM
Tuesday, October 4, 2016

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It’s time for a sneak peek at the companion kit to one of our most recent releases… Tyrone Malone’s Papa Truck! We gave a hint last month, and to those who caught on, congratulations! So, here it is.

This 1/25 Scale, skill level 3 kit excited builders back in the day, and is now “in the works” to make an encore appearance in just a few short months! With a “few” meaning around December, if all goes well. Regardless, the Papa Truck is on the way, and as usual, the KATS here at AMT have added a few extra tasty upgrades to make it well worth your while.

For starters, the Papa Truck features all of its original, super-detailed Kenworth truck tooling. In addition, builders will find 10 pad printed tires (to spice up their builds), PLUS a large decal sheet with improved graphics — including: extended exterior stripes that now wrap around the back of the cab, more accurate colors/details, and ALL NEW interior cab stripes.  To top it off, this delicious kit comes wrapped up in retro-styled packaging featuring authentic photos!

So, to all the builders out there that already have the Super Boss, get ready, cause the Papa Truck is right around the bend!

Hope you enjoy it, and we’ll see ya soon!