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FROM THE August 2010 ISSUE

MPC Daisy Duke Plymouth Road Runner

MPC Daisy Duke Plymouth Road Runner
Rear end
Front end
Daisy Duke Plymouth Road Runner
Daisy Duke Plymouth Road Runner
Plymouth Road Runner
MPC No. 708
Model Type: Injection-molded styrene
Molded Colors: White, clear
Scale: 1/25
MSRP: $19.99
Pros: Accurate body; plenty of decal options
Cons: Simplified subassemblies; lack of detail; no small-block engine

Although most Dukes of Hazzard fans remember Daisy riding around in Dixie, her white 1980 Jeep CJ-7, my favorite Daisy vehicle was her bright yellow 1974 Plymouth Road Runner. Unfortunately, it met its fate when it took a plunge over a cliff during the second season.

The rereleased Daisy kit is relatively low in parts count, primarily because of simplified subassemblies – a common trait of kits from earlier days. The front suspension and the interior are the biggest offenders in this case.

The sprues show their age too, with a large amount of flash; plenty of prep time is a must. The chrome parts are well-plated, though; and the decals, although thin and fragile, lay down nicely and are accurate.

The instructions are a bit vague and don’t always label the parts correctly, and decal-placement guidance is nonexistent for all but the body stripes.

The chassis is the weakest point. The entire front suspension is molded to the chassis, and so is the exhaust. In back, the rear axle and the leaf springs are one unit, and the two-piece rear wheels mount via a metal rod through the axle. Detail is at a minimum, and I’d recommend using a donor kit if you want accuracy here!

Inside, the doors and rear seat are molded to the interior bucket. The front seats and dash/steering wheel are separate units. With some fine detail brushwork, the interior easily becomes presentable.

Although decals are included for the 340 (which wasn’t available in 1974), 360, 400 and 440 V-8s, the engine in this kit is definitely not a small-block. If you’re looking to build the 360, you’ll have to transplant an engine from another kit. It can be built into a presentable big-block though, but again the details are a bit soft.

The detail level on the firewall is also a bit sparse, and there is no detail on the underside of the hood.

A great body and hood are what makes the kit worth buying. The overall dimensions look very accurate to me, and the hood is just killer cool-looking.

I used a yellow acrylic lacquer right from the can to replicate Daisy’s car color. The body decals come in white, black, and red, and they fit nicely – but the Road Runner character is absent on the C-pillar areas of the stripes.

The headlights are molded in and would look better if they were separate pieces, and there are no side mirrors, but overall the body looks great.

So is this kit worth your time and money? It depends on what you want to do with it.

If you want a mid-’70s Road Runner that builds up into an okay shelf model then go for it.

If you want an accurate showpiece, then it’s a good starting point – but you’ll have to find a donor kit for the chassis and engine.


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