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GLM 1971 Plymouth Hemi 'Cuda convertible - an almost slam dunk

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Harv Goranson
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Depending on your source there were 7 or 11 or maybe some other number of genuine 1971 Plymouth Barracuda convertibles made with the 426 hemi engine - in any event just a handful, and those are multi-million dollar cars today. The crown jewel of the muscle/pony car world. And now we finally have five versions in 1/43 from GLM - purple (top up or top down), blue (top up or top down) and this Winchester Gray Poly version with black "HEMI" accents. I'm no Mopar expert, but they did a great job - I'd score it a "10" but for one little thing - the only version I found online, and there is one in this color, had slotted hubcap-less wheels instead of the dog bowl hubcaps this one has. 

GLM 191105 Plymouth Hemi Cuda 1971 pic1
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GLM 191105 Plymouth Hemi Cuda 1971 pic2
GLM 191105 Plymouth Hemi Cuda 1971 pic3

They really did a superb job with the front end grillework. And here's a sunshine pic of the paintwork.

GLM 191105 Plymouth Hemi Cuda 1971 pic5
GLM 191105 Plymouth Hemi Cuda 1971 pic4

There is a blue version in 1/1 out there with the little hubcaps, but its top is blue and the GLM has a black top. Finally the purple one with a black top and interior seems to match a 1/1 the most precisely. This is based on the pics I came across, so maybe there is a variant or two.


   
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Jack Dodds
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This is a very nice model but I do wish there was another wheel option.


   
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Ben Lampson
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I really need to get this one!

I like the poverty dog dish hubcaps on big block cars....it kind of gives the impression that the owner bought the car knowing that all the money is in the motor.

I really like the shaker hood, the '71-only cheese grater grill and slots in the front fenders.

Thanks Harv for a great post and super pics of a fantastic model.


   
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John Merritt
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It is an excellent model. Mine just arrived yesterday.  Mine is this one as well. I am still thinking about one in blue. 

John Merritt
South Lyon, Michigan - USA


   
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Roger Kerr
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@jcarnutz I was going to get this one (been planning to get it for months) and then the open convertible blue one with light blue interior mesmerized me. I find some shades of blue alluring and calming - must be a brain-chemical thing, like sometimes a red car model has too much "energy."

Roger Kerr


   
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Keko Romero
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The model looks terrific. GLM made a good effort. Not a big fan of muscle and pony cars, but is very tempting.

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David Green
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Thanks Harv. I had not realized that the Hemi version of the Cuda was so rare. Great post and images!


   
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Ben Lampson
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This one has the dog dish poverty hub caps, but no Hemi billboard.


   
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Harv Goranson
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@ben-lampson And that one has a black roof. Maybe I should get the blue one too.


   
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Ben Lampson
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@mg-harv Ya can't have enough Hemi Cuda convertibles Harv! 😁

Do you know if a coupe is coming?


   
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Harv Goranson
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@ben-lampson Not from GLM yet, but there is the American Cars version (whose wheels would look better on the TSM perhaps).

DeAgostini 9 Plymouth Hemi Cuda 1971 pic1
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Jack Dodds
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@mg-harv I have this green coupe too Harv and IMO it is very well done for its price.  I had decided to be satisfied with this one and not get the GLM convertible but after revisiting this post 4 times I weakened (again)......I bought the grey one, dog dish caps and all!  Lol.


   
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Ben Lampson
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Harv, in your 1st image of the GLM model, did GLM spell Hemi backwards on the passenger side billboard callout, or is it just a backwards picture, like a mirror pic?

87898 GLM 191105 Plymouth Hemi Cuda 1971 pic1

   
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Bob Jackman
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Good catch Ben.


   
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John Merritt
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I just looked at mine and sure enough, the right side is printed backward. Now that is very unfortunate given how great this model is otherwise. 

John Merritt
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