Dukes of Hazzard: Not Just For Daisy! by Mark Budniewski

posted by JohnG 8:00 AM
Thursday, October 14, 2010

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One of the muscle cars that bridged the gap between the true early muscle cars and the “tape stripe muscle car” era was the ’73-’74 Plymouth Roadrunner.  Governmental regulations were putting a damper on horsepower, and the manufacturers were still getting a handle on how to deal with all of the new rules and still build in some excitement.  The basic hardware was still there under all the hoses and wires for anyone who was able to do a few sub rosa “workarounds” in order to find it.  And the styling was still quite good, even behind those “five mile per hour” bumpers.

Starting with the 1971 models, MPC was handling all of the scale promotional model business for the Plymouth Division of Chrysler.  They had produced the Barracuda promo models starting in 1968, but now had the midsize Plymouth too.  As in most instances, what was offered as a promo usually made it into kit form, and the Roadrunner was no exception.  The Roadrunner was pretty typical of the MPC promo-turned-kit in those days: accurate body styling, good engraving, and standard interior and chassis detail including the molded-to-the-chassis exhaust system.  The ‘Runner had been reissued a couple of times before Round 2 Models entered the picture, but some of the details weren’t quite right. Some parts were altered for use in later kits and not backdated to correct ’73-’74 spec for the reissues.

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Until now!  The box might read “Dukes of Hazzard“, but what’s inside is 100% stock Roadrunner, with stock stripe decals in three colors so you can lay the body color of your choice over the white plastic.  There are even extra air cleaner decals in case you want to do some parts swapping and use a different Mopar engine from some other kit.  For the first time since 1974, you get not only a chassis pan with dual exhaust detail, but also the correct instrument panel.  So, if you aren’t a Dukes fan, you can still add this generation of Mopar muscle to your collection!



12 Responses to “Dukes of Hazzard: Not Just For Daisy! by Mark Budniewski”

  1. crowe-t says:

    Will the “Ghost of the General Lee” be out soon? I assume the body will be molded in “glow in the dark” orange. Any pictures you can post?

    • JohnG says:

      We hope to have it out in December. The kit will be molded in “ghostly white” but when you charge it in sunlight, it will then glow ORANGE in the dark. Also, the white portions of the decal sheet have a “crackly” greenish glow.

  2. Ziz says:

    As long as we’re talking, DoH, you guys have to hunt down the molds for Cooter’s Tow Truck. Boxed versions of that kit show up on eBay for upwards of $100. There was also an AMT Ford pickup from the 70′s called Star Truk (no, not Trek related, this was bi-centennial style – stars and stripes) that is a close enough match for Uncle Jesse’s pick up.

  3. crowe-t says:

    On another car kit related topic, will you be re-releasing the AMT PRO STREET 1968 Roadrunner and the AMT PRO STREET ’69 Plymouth GTX Hardtop kits?

  4. Bats says:

    I just wanted to chime in real quick and eat a little crow. I made a stink in another forum here about the use of the ’73 Roadrunner vs. the ’72 body. I recently caught several episodes on t.v. and it would seem contrary to my memory, both cars got nearly equal time so this model is as correct as a ’72 would be…although I would still rather have the 1972 car.

  5. firestang says:

    Please reissue Cooter’s Tow Truck model kit, it would be a great addition to the General Lee and Daisy’s Roadrunner that you already reissued!

  6. Patrick Costello says:

    Just a note…

    Daisy’s ’73 car had Magnum 500 wheels; not the Rallye wheels on the box art of this kit. They’re easy to find in other kits — my parts box is full of them — so it’s not a big deal but it’s worth mentioning to save the “D’OH!” factor of building it with incorrect wheels. :)

  7. Bats says:

    I never cared much for the magnum wheels, so I have a parts box full of them myself. I preferred five slot dish on my mopars.

    Since we’re on the subject, will we possibly see Boss Hogg’s Caddy or a 1/25th General Lee with a correct (non 500) roof pop up in this series? ‘Cause I been using revell ’69 Chargers for all my General Lee’s.

  8. Bats says:

    Okay, I don’t know how many times I missed it but I just saw the Ghost of General Lee WITH correct tunneled rear window. Can’t wait. Built one once and tried mixing glow in the dark powder in orange paint…didn work!

  9. JohnG says:

    The General Lee body has been correct since Round 2 reissued it in 2009… Any General Lee kit made by Round 2 will have the right body. Enjoy!

  10. Bats says:

    That’s really good news John. I’ve been passing them up in favor of the Revell kit and after market decals, but i’m definitely going to grab a ghost General.

  11. Patrick Costello says:

    Why not do a couple of tweaks on the this body to fit it to the much-superior ’71 Charger chassis? THAT would be a great kit!

    While you’re at it, fix the distributor on the ’71 Charger’s 440. It’s a Mopar; not a Ford. ;)

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