AMT MOONSCOPE CONVERSION
BUILT BY IRA DAHM (1972)
MORE COLOR PHOTOS BELOW!
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
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 drivers 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
The MS-1 was painted with Testor's Gloss
White and the interior was done with flat red. Micro Scale Checkered decals
were used on the rear and seats. Testor's Glosscoat was applied over the