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#121 62rebel

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Posted 26 January 2012 - 05:25 PM

sorry Ed, i was referring to the Chevy truck-based kits, the vans were an unfortunate casualty of being disappointed with kits like Midnite Express, etc, with generic smallblock engines and non-typical frames. i was so peeved with those i swore off Revell kits for a long time and missed some of their really accurate stuff.

the vantasy won't have roof ribs? shoot; i thought they were ALWAYS on vans.... so... ahhhh... hmm. curiouser and curiouser.

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Posted 26 January 2012 - 05:41 PM

I'm planning out a build-up of the new Vantasy, and eye-balling the decal sheets. I'd thought of doing a Candy/Emerald Green paintjob, and using the green panel decals........until......??.........my decal sheet has two passenger-side green panels!!......no driver's side. One of the decals has a cut-out for the sliding side door handle, and the other doesn't. Has AMT since revised this, or, are all of them this way?

.....compare the green panels to the correctly-printed purple/pink versions below them on the same sheet in the pic.

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Posted 26 January 2012 - 05:42 PM

Hmmm..that looks like an 'oops' on the decals. Haven't looked closely at mine yet.

#124 Chuck Most

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Posted 26 January 2012 - 08:48 PM

I'm planning a 'Dajiban' style build for one, minus the 'Daji' part, perhaps.
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Posted 26 January 2012 - 10:21 PM

I have thought about that too Chuck......think the AMT Camaro Concept Car would make a good parts donor?

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Posted 28 January 2012 - 06:41 PM

Just noticed something interesting while watching an A-Team re-run and they were being chased in the van (what else is new, I know), and I noticed that the van used for the chase looked like it had those Addco "coil over" shocks.

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Posted 29 January 2012 - 10:29 AM

Interesting. How could anybody worth their salt in graphics miss something like that? My guess is that they know about it by now and probably offer a corrected sheet if you ask for it, especially when the box art specifically boasts of the decal graphics.

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Posted 29 January 2012 - 01:40 PM

That could have been more of a print setter error or something along those lines.

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Posted 29 January 2012 - 01:50 PM

Got a phone call from my hobby dealer telling me that the Chevrolet vans had arived via U P S . I haven't picked up my van as yet as my expense check is delayed yet again for the month . Soon as I get some money, Ill go check it out an see ........... Meanwhile , I'm going to be doing mine as the van I used in Houston to deliver products with , Yeah "Cheap magnetic signs" that said Art- Forms design 7676 North Freeway #603-5. . Well, thats what my van had . Ed Shaver

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Posted 29 January 2012 - 04:43 PM

I have thought about that too Chuck......think the AMT Camaro Concept Car would make a good parts donor?

Ugh... about all that's any good from that kit is the rolling stock. I'm thinking of using some of the spare parts from the AMT '34 Ford kit engine (I'm assuming this kit has a 350), with some Minilite wheels I already have laying around.

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Posted 29 January 2012 - 04:48 PM

got mine going the 80s route doing graffiti on the sides
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Posted 29 January 2012 - 05:53 PM

The A-team reissue (most recent one) had some pretty shallow panel lines, but I don't recall there being any issues with the drip rails fading in and out.

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Posted 29 January 2012 - 06:20 PM

after seeing how rough the body looks i've decided to pass on this one.

where did the rain gutters go? some places they are sorta there and other places, nowhere to be seen.

i don't remember the A-team issue kit being this bad. does that kit have the same body issues as this one?



Dave,
Don't be afraid to give this one a chance. It's not bad at all. You can't really tell by pics......you need to see it in person. I was releived to see that it was fairly authentic to the original kit from back in the day.

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Posted 29 January 2012 - 06:27 PM

I honestly think they should have fixed the drip rails instead of removing those roof ribs, the tooling could use more of a clean up and resto.

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Posted 29 January 2012 - 06:51 PM

Yeah, this kit is typical AMT of the era- for better and for worse. I'm kicking around the idea of cutting it down to a shorter wheelbase. I know the Revell kit is short wheelbase, and it's coming back out, but that's just as typical of its era engineering-wise as this kit, and something about the Revell body just looks weird to me.

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Posted 29 January 2012 - 07:08 PM

not sure what's with the plating in kits lately, and Round2 seems to be getting worse about it IMO.


Perhaps they are experimenting with this kit's chrome?

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Posted 29 January 2012 - 07:09 PM

Yeah- thick AND it doesn't like to be stripped. The last few Round2 chrome sprues I've stripped really like to hang onto their clear coating. The mid '90's stuff would practically fall off if you so much as rubbed on it with your fingers too hard- this stuff, not so much.

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Posted 29 January 2012 - 07:23 PM

Thing is, I don't have the same issues with the chrome sprues in Lindberg or Revell kits. Moebius appears to use a clear coat under the chrome plating as Round 2 does, but the chrome comes off pretty quickly. The enamel coat underneath takes a bit longer, but in some cases it's so thin you can get away with just spraying a thin coat of primer over it.

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Posted 30 January 2012 - 04:37 AM

I'd be willing to bet that the *issues* with the chrome plating are due to :
1.) Environmental Standards ( and , yes , I'm factoring China in here )
2.) Shipping Durability
3.) Storage Durability

I've recently bought the 1962 Catalina SD , "Class Action" Monte Carlo , Buick 225 , and 1960 Starliner kits , and the plating looks very nice in each one of 'em .
Not certain if any stripping will be necessary as of yet ...

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Posted 30 January 2012 - 09:00 AM

This is an A-Team van i built when they first came out, I was going to refurbish it but i have a sealed original issue kit in my stash. But you can see there are some similarities but not everything.
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