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In Topic: Ghost Kits - Shown But Never Released

Yesterday, 04:02 AM

The side panel of the AMT '62 Corvair (and SMP '62 Valiant) Styline kits list the other kits in the series...at the bottom of the list is "El Camino".  Presumably this would have been a third issue of the 1960 kit with Stylizing parts added (there was a straight reissue of the original version in 1961).  Between production of promotional models, toy store frictions, and kits in '60 and '61, the El Camino tool was probably shot even at that point.

The Jo-Han 1969 kit "sell sheet" lists 1969 GTX and Cadillac convertibles, neither of which were produced.  The 1969 Auto World catalog lists the GTX convertible also, not a Roadrunner convertible as I had previously posted. 

In Topic: Garlits Wynnscharger

Yesterday, 02:59 AM

The reissue kit's box is actually a bit larger (taller) than the original.  Round 2 uses the same size box for AMT and MPC branded kits, while when they were competitors (back in the day) MPC used a box that wasn't as tall as AMT's.  The box bottom might be just a bit narrower because of the box top being double layer, though.  Some of the chrome trees had tabs added later to stick them in the vacuum plating chamber, which sometimes made them a tighter fit in the boxes. 

MPC did use a slightly bigger box for some kits (Open Road camper, '71 Chevy ramp truck) but the dragster kits were in the regular box.  The dragster chassis fits in, but diagonally.  I'm surprised the transfer got wrinkled.  The display in the Meyers Manx kit was put in the box without folding the large bottom section, unlike the original issue of that kit.

In Topic: Round2 2015 Second Quarter(?) Releases

18 October 2014 - 07:32 AM

All that horsey stuff, for a show that lasted only a dozen episodes...

In Topic: Anyone in the auto business know about Car Fax?

17 October 2014 - 03:06 PM

Would you be able to get Carfax info on a government vehicle?  I always thought most of those are self-insured, like rental vehicles.  I've heard good and bad about ex-rentals..."they don't change the oil, they change the filter and dump the drain oil back in", things like that.  I rent a minivan every year for the NNL East weekend; lately all of them have had those little stickers all over that denote previous damage.  I'd think it would be hard to find an ex-rental that hasn't had body work done, or doesn't have dents and scrapes all over.

In Topic: Curious; why are there so few tuner classes at a lot of model shows/contests?

17 October 2014 - 02:34 PM

Can't speak for anyone else, but me, I'm heavily into Living In the Past. And that means my car modeling interest lies mainly between about 1964 and 1972.

That's where my interest in modeling lies, as well as music, movies, TV shows, you name it.  I wouldn't build a tuner, but I do try to check out the stuff I'm "not interested in" at the shows, whether 1:1 or 1:25.  Something usually catches my eye...paint quality, some added detail, overall workmanship.  The idea of a "tuner rod" has been rolling around inside my head for some time, but I have a lot more ideas than interest in following through...