Moonscope v1
(Moonscope kitbash #1)

Built by: Ira Dahm in Cotati, California

I built the MS-1 for a Car Model Magazine article featured in the June 1972 issue. The illustration below is scanned from a 30 year old Car Model magazine. These are new photos of the original model.

MS-1 represents a pollution-free alternative form of transportation for around-town transportation. Electric cars are pretty common these days but back in the 70's there were very few. The MS-1 is based on the original AMT Moonscope kit, with wheels and tires from the MPC Zingers kits.

A new reproduction of the MS-1 could be built using the 2002 release of the AMT Moonscope. The original MS-1 article was 6 pages long, here's a short outline of the construction steps.

The MS-1 conversion was built backwards--the Moonscope rear will be the front of the new MS-1 body. Most of the front of the Moonscope body was removed to create the new shortened wheelbase of the MS-1.

The rear Moonscope roof section was cut down to make a windshield frame and the excess was used to form the rear roof and side section of the MS-1 driver's compartment. Sheet plastic was used the make the new rear section, doors, trunk lid, fenders and roof section.

The frame was shortened and the axles were narrowed. The interior was shortened and installed backwards. Auto World hinges were used on the doors. Straight pins were used for door handles. The carpeted interior was done with Testors putty applied roughly to create texture.

The MS-1 was painted with Testors Gloss White and the interior was done with flat red. Micro Scale Checkered decals were used on the rear and seats. Testors Glosscoat was applied over the decals.

Click on magazine to the left


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