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In Topic: While they're at it, Why not open up the 1940 Ford Pick Up ?

05 July 2015 - 02:03 AM



 Thanks a lot for the break down of parts you cast AND ESPECIALLY the techniques for making stock seating and door panels !  I can appreciate the efforts and your reasoning for discontinuing the conversion kit...what I can't understand is why Monogram hasn't put the parts that were available back in the truck kit ???





Because the original parts that were removed probably no longer exist.  Comparing the plated tree in the current kit to one from an original, the parts still in the kit are arranged differently in relation to one another.  That would indicate that the original tooling was reworked (possibly cut apart, or individual inserts removed from it and rearranged).  When that happened, it was seldom done with the thought of putting it back together later in the original arrangement.  At the time (early Seventies) the thought was probably "let's dump these outdated custom parts".  Like the Tom Daniel kits show rod kits that were restored to original versions, reworking the Ford pickup back to the original near-stock version would likely have to be done with newly tooled parts. 

The same type of alteration (rearranged parts) was done with one of the other early Ford kits I checked; if I remember right I checked the '30 Ford phaeton kit when I had an original one a while back.

In Topic: 57 Chevy side trim-how do I treat it?

03 July 2015 - 09:00 AM

I did one of the Revell kits last summer; on it I did the "washboard" area with the matte aluminum Bare-Metal Foil, and the rest of the trim with the regular chrome finish foil.  Painting the washboard area with aluminum silver would work too.  You're looking for something of a contrast between the anodized aluminum insert, and the polished stainless trim.

In Topic: Jaguar XJ6 V8 Swap - Worth It?

02 July 2015 - 03:06 AM

If I were going to dive into a project like this, I'd start with a solid car. 

In Topic: Petty Belvedere

01 July 2015 - 10:40 AM

The body is more accurate than the Lindberg Belvedere, but the Jo-Han chassis has stock exhaust detail molded in.  Combining the Lindberg chassis and interior with the Jo-Han body would give you the best of both kits, though the Lindberg kit has some inaccuracies ("too new" rear axle, too-wide rear inner fenders).

In Topic: Johan kits - that good or just out of production?

01 July 2015 - 08:50 AM

I've never had much trouble with "tire burn" in Jo-Han kits; certainly nothing on the level of MPC or (the worst) early Sixties Revell kits.  Revell used to bag their tires back then; trouble is, they put the taillight lenses in the bag with them!