X-RAY: ☼RARE☼ 1966 Cadillac Fire Rescue Ambulance 1/25, Jo-Han

1966 Cadillac Fire Rescue Ambulance by Jo-Han

This X-Ray is an extremely rare kit of a 1966 Cadillac Fire Rescue Ambulance by Jo-Han. This kit includes:

1 set of tires and rims; V8 engine; full medical interior; tons of glass for the wagon; reasonable decal sheet.

Good: Really authentic rescue vehicle – Cadillac style; lots of chrome (hopefully shiny like this one); RARE!

Bad: Still short on pieces number; red everything makes for more painting/primer; not crazy expensive, but expensive nonetheless.


1971 Dodge Demon

This is a review of the 1971 Demon Kit by MPC – kit#0450-225

Back in the mid-eighties, I used to ride my bike everywhere. Back then, times were different and much more carefree. Two streets over from my house, my Aunt and her family lived in a nice house at a “T” in the road. Parked in the driveway was a 1971 Dodge Demon 340 – along side a 1969 Plymouth Roadrunner 383. Back then, I can only imagine how damn cheap they were and how much of my house I’d have to mortgage to buy both today. Since looking at the Demon – with the devilish little decal on the side – I have wanted one ever since. Someday, I will own one, but for now…

This IS the only kit ever made for the 1971 Demon. The model companies could make a FORTUNE re-doing this one, but for now, there is only this one, never-reissued kit.

And, boy is it expensive.

1971 Dodge Demon advertisement

CAR BACKGROUND :: Yup, they got the front of the box straight from the original ad back in 1971. And, yeah the performance wasn’t just painted on. The 340 Demon has many tests on the internet that show the car was a legit 14.5 second car in the quarter. Beyond that, the Demon was the Duster’s best look. Between the pronounced front grille and rear slatted lights, the Demon was far the more aggressive look. And, no this isn’t the crazy sprinter that the new Demon is, but then again it wasn’t supposed to be. The Demon was a relatively cheap muscle car that carried fantastic looks – and it that it succeeded as well as any other. Shame they made this body for just one year (’72 was different and not as cool) and now they are overpriced to death.

1971 Dodge Demon MPC kit

My cousin’s car was not yellow. Not even close. I decided to go my own way instead of with blue. See, I owned a 70 Duster and wanted to make it look like the above. Mine was yellow…. faded and awful. I was 19 and stupid. My 225ci was not going to morph into this and it certainly wasn’t going to be this cool. Oh well. My father in law and I had good times workin on it and it eventually looked really cool – to me.

Anyways, the Tamiya Yellow worked really well. I can say that the kit’s decals – by this point – are useless. Mine disintegrated the second they hit the water. I had copied them before trying them, so I was able to redo them myself. For the record, this MPC kit doesn’t have the the rear taillight stripe – I had to make that myself. On top of that, the side stripes aren’t quite the stock stripes – they are shaped slightly different. They work, but aren’t what you’ll find IRL. I also used a side mirror off of a 1970 Roadrunner as the ones from this kit are small and awful looking.

1971 Dodge Demon MPC kit 340ci

The engine that comes with the MPC kit is LOUSY. It is small and very un-detailed. I decided to take the 340 out of a 1971 Duster kit and use that instead. The finished product looks better than what would have been there. The battery was used from the Duster kit as well. I didn’t wire this one since the rear engine distributor makes it unnecessary and I will probably make a decal for the cleaner, but otherwise it is a tidy engine bay.

1971 Dodge Demon MPC kit side view

This interior is typical MPC flare with low detail and a floaty fit. I had to find a better rear-view mirror and added a directional stalk. The gauges are look good and are the actual Demon circular openings and the seats are very realistic. Not more than a “B-“, but presentable.

1971 Dodge Demon MPC kit underside & exhaust

With using the headers off of the MPC kit, the exhaust fit well. The bottom is otherwise disappointing as there is little else to put together. I ditched the MPC rims and tires for white-letter ones and a Krager look. The ones found in the kit were faded and the tires were boring. In addition, I used the tips from the Duster kit – probably the best Mopar tips anywhere.

1971 Dodge Demon MPC kit rear

The kit IS mediocre. There is a lot of flop to the fit; there is a good deal of flash; the engine is small and poorly detailed; the decals are a bit of a sham; and the tires were junk. I still paid… $403 for it. Yup, you read right. FOUR HUNDRED. And, I’d do it again tomorrow for this car. It is a favorite and always will be. Unfortunately, a used one is $300-$400 and a mint, sealed one might cost more than you can imagine. If you have one, it is a prime time to sell before they decide to reissue it. Otherwise, make the damn car!

6.5 – Mediocre

*** And now for something completely different II ***

Thankfully, not done this one! LOL!


X-RAY: ☼RARE☼ 1960 DeSoto Adventurer 1/25, Jo-Han

Jo-Han 1960 Desoto Adventurer model kit parts picture

This X-Ray is an extremely rare kit of a 1960 DeSoto Adventurer by Jo-Han. This kit includes:

1 set of tires and rims; V8 engine; whitewalls.

Good: Super rare kit of a famous marque; low flash; easier build.

Bad: Jo-Han quality; not a lot of pieces and NO speed parts; pricey and getting pricier every minute.


*** WANTED! :: 1974 or 1975 Pontiac Firebird MPC kits.

I am looking for a MPC Firebird kit – either 1974 or 1975. I just recently missed one on Ebay and I would very much like to find one. I will pay as well as I can for one. Please let me know through my contact tab here at my site.


X-RAY: ☼RARE☼ 1969 AMC AMX 1/25, Jo-Han

This X-Ray is an extremely rare kit of a 1969 AMC AMX by Jo-Han. This kit includes:

1 set of tires and rims; 390ci V8 engine; STOCK HOOD.

Good: The BEST 1969 AMC you can get; stock hood is RARE; exhaust may be molded, but at least dual.

Bad: Jo-Han quality; not a lot of pieces and NO speed parts; pricey and getting pricier every minute.


Comparison :: 1940’s HOT ROD CLUB

Three popular coupes… done my way!

I am NOT a fan of early model cars. Anything before 1955-ish would typically be something that I wouldn’t give a second look to. It is just me, but I’ve only recently gotten the care for these types of vehicles. With that, I’ve built a few of these oldies as something different to look at and I’ve loved them.

1940 Willy's, 1940 Ford, 1941 Plymouth

Three different views of the same type of fun. They are old, heavy cruisers and have been given new parts to augment their style and speed.

Overall, I think a stripe or two might have looked good on one of these, but I just didn’t have anything I wanted to use so they are all straight colors. The Ford is Tamiya Purple and the Plymouth is Tamiya Bright Red. The Willy’s is a mix of three sprays… and I cannot remember which ones. I think black/color change, Mica Blue and another, but oh well… it’s blue.

Willy’s cars are well known as drag champions. The Swindler & Stone Woods & Cook vehicles were some of the faster cars to run the 1320ft lane. This one is a Swindler minus the decals and with that would most likely run the quarter right at 11 seconds without a hitch. The other two would just be shifting into second while the Willy’s finished. Laughable.

1940 Ford with 428CJ engine, 1941 Willy's with supercharged V8, 1941 Plymouth Coupe with 340ci.

Ford’s kit comes with a very low-key V8 and is not very exciting. This 428 cobra jet from a Cougar and open cleaner from a Cobra make for more of a statement… and of horsepower. The stock engine was 335hp, but I figure with a cam and such, it’d be closer to 400. I think it looks far more imposing than what the kit came with. The exhaust has been changed to dual pipes with a Corvette quad set of tips at the end.

The Plymouth is probably the least modded of the three and runs a regular 340ci V8 (possibly a 318, but not the ’41 engine). it is running different wheels and rims and has a Challenger T/A exhaust system (with megaphone tips), but otherwise would be fairly stock. I was going to try and shoe-horn in a Hemi, but too much been-there-done-that to bother. The 340 looks nice anyways.

This interiors were all just a shade different than normal production, but nothing outlandish. I didn’t use any roll bars in the Willy’s – which would have been a no-no on the track; the Ford was done in a light purple to somewhat match, and the Plymouth’s was done in a basic red with chrome accents. These all have decent interiors and could be further customizable if desired.

Really, I’m always more interested in outward appearances than the view behind the wheel.

1940 Ford Coupe
1941 Willy's Swindler / Stone Woods & Cook
1941 Plymouth Coupe

The Revell kit is definitely better than the 2 AMTs, but not in an other-worldly amount. The AMTs are also cheaper than the wiley Willy’s and every bit as fun to work with. The Ford and Plymouth have been recently reissued as well, so not overly expensive OR a quality investment. That is great news to the builders as they are 2 really cool looking coupes. The Willy’s is a great kit, so I cannot say it isn’t worth the extra to get it.

If you like these types of rods, get em all… they were a blast!

8.75 – 9.0 Very Good+

X-RAY: ☼RARE☼ 1963 Plymouth Fury 1/25, Jo-Han

1963 Plymouth Fury by Jo-Han

This X-Ray is an extremely rare kit of a 1963 Plymouth Fury by Jo-Han. This kit includes:

1 set of tires and 3 sets of rims; V8 engine; body molded in gorgeous lackluster green.

Good: Awesome drag car from the early ’60s; tons of customizing pieces, plenty of chrome.

Bad: Jo-Han quality; more flash than you’d like; covering the darker green would be daunting; staggering price.


X-RAY: 1955 Chevrolet Stepside Street Machine 1/25, AMT

1955 Chevy Stepside by AMT - parts

This X-Ray is for a 1955 Chevy Stepside Plus Pack by AMT. This kit includes:

1 set of tires and rims (street size); V8 engine; body molded in gorgeous burgundy; small decal sheet. Plus pack includes paint and glue – most likely dried and useless with age of these kits, but a nice touch just the same.

Good: One of the best color molds you will find anywhere; excellent designed pickup; plus pack is a cool rare feature – especially if kit is sealed.

Bad: Not much besides the ho-hum decal sheet. This is a nice kit with decent AMT quality as well.

Price: $25+

X-RAY: 1958 Chevrolet Impala 1/25, AMT

1958 Impala
Parts for 1958 Chevy Impala AMT kit

This X-Ray is for a 1958 Chevy Impala kit by AMT. This kit includes:

2 sets of tires and 3 sets of rims (two chrome, one standard rim); V8 engine; small decal sheet.

Good: Wonderfully full set of pieces; tons of custom parts, good chrome; reasonably priced for the time being.

Bad: Not an “SS”, so not sporty; opening doors are fussy to get right; AMT build quality.

Price: $20+