Join Date: Oct 2005
Here's a little model kit history for you guys from The Mad Cap Romanian on a Monday evening.
MPC was it's own company that rivaled AMT up until 1990 when it was bought by AMT.
Under the new merger, the MPC name was dropped, but AMT began producing MPC kits under their own logo. Therefore, kits that were previously owned by MPC, such as the original Star Wars model kits, the Dukes of Hazzard kits, the Smokey and the Bandit Firebird, the 1967 Pontiac GTO, the 1969 Dodge Charger kits, and many others soon came out under the AMT/ERTL banner.
How do you tell an MPC from an AMT kit today? Easy! Any AMT model car that has a crazy ammount of flash to it, tires don't fit square to the table, front wheels that have a little axel that attaches through a hole in the backing plate to the frame that is 1/2 thinner than the hole it fits into, and interior / hood fit issues. Also, any antique car AMT kit that has a live gear steering colum. (Turn the steering wheel and the front wheels rotate.) Those are older MPC kits that AMT is re-releasing.
As for the MPC logo making a return, I would agree that these are just "Nostalgia" kits and/or special interest kits with a limited run. It's hard to say if AMT has re-released them as such or if they are allowing other companies to do so. Both examples are feasible.
The Vampire Van kit was re-released by AMT a few short years ago along with The Beverly Hillbillies kit and the Jolly Rodger kit. these 3 kits were also originally released by MPC.