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#1 Dr. Cranky

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Posted 01 March 2012 - 03:36 PM

I just saw this one is schedule for a March release. Has anyone seen it or have pictures, other than this? I can't wait to get my hands on it.

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Wow, 140 pieces, Skill Level 3. Sweet.


All right, folks, just found a copy at my LHS and have decided to do an unboxing video of it. Enjoy:
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#2 Tommy Kortman

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Posted 01 March 2012 - 04:19 PM

Hey Doc,

From what I know, you will (may) have some interference issues between the headers and the upper A-arms. At least the first release from Acc Min did. Harold Bradford @ Historic Racing Miniatures makes the correct parts to fix that issue. He also has a transkit to do the roadster version. If you want some reference material, I have some photos of Gran Sport chassis #002 on my Fotki page. Here's a quick pic and the link.
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The original 377cid all aluminum small block. The car currently has a 427 in it.
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Here's the link to more pics.
http://public.fotki....ds-of-motorspo/

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Posted 01 March 2012 - 04:23 PM

Thanks, Tommy, that"s great reference material!

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Posted 02 March 2012 - 02:55 PM

Thanks for the link. They are excellent reference shots

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Posted 02 March 2012 - 03:31 PM

I built one of the AM kits shortly after getting back into the model car hobby in the '90's. It got swiped from an unlocked case in a local hobby shop where I had it on display. I just wonder if it's still going to have the fiddly-but-cool photoetched hood louvers.

#6 Chuck Most

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Posted 02 March 2012 - 07:53 PM

PLEASE tell me those aren't the tires it comes with. I have no idea if they're accurate or not, but they look terrible. And that ride height- is it 4WD or something?
Now, that one Tommy built is more like it. B)

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Posted 03 March 2012 - 05:38 AM

PLEASE tell me those aren't the tires it comes with. I have no idea if they're accurate or not, but they look terrible. And that ride height- is it 4WD or something?
Now, that one Tommy built is more like it. B)


I'll let you be the judge. here is the real thing at Sebring in 1965...

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Posted 03 March 2012 - 09:53 AM

Ride height looks acceptable given the 1965 pics, but gawd those tires still look awful!

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Posted 04 March 2012 - 02:46 AM

It has to please the builders eye, and sometimes that means doing something that may not be 100% accurate. If that means lowering it a bit, go for it. I bet most people will comment how good it looks, not even realizing that the car was lowered a bit.
I always wanted to build the Grand Sport, but considering what little it takes currently for me to abandon back to the box, I know the GS wouldn't have a chance of completion.

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Posted 04 March 2012 - 05:05 PM

If you took the gloss off the tires and sanded the tread it would go a long way.

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Posted 05 March 2012 - 07:25 AM

I appreciate the link, Tommy. I have the aforementioned Historic Racing Miniatures' Transkit, and several of the Accurate Miniatures Grand Sport Kits. Also, the Model Car Garage did a beautiful Photoetch set for this kit. I started on one years ago, using this kit. Now if I can find it.

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Posted 05 March 2012 - 07:27 AM

Looking forward to this kit, never had one of the AM GS kits, so it's new to me...

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Posted 05 March 2012 - 09:00 AM

I'm really looking forward to this kit, since it looks like it'll be cheaper than the AM issues. I've been drooling over the engine with those awesome side draft carbs, but couldn't stomach the high price just for the engine.

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Posted 05 March 2012 - 06:18 PM

yeah i always dug that motor and the induction set up myself; i was thinking about using it in something one of these days. i have one each of the AM kits and maybe even a double also, but if they are going to be selling for 20$, i am going to have to get at least another just for parts.

it was always obvious the model car sat high because its prototype did. i much prefer it lowered and probably slammed lowered. not sure how easy that would be without taking obvious and unacceptable liberties with the wheel to axle mount (off centering the axle on the wheel to lower it...cheap easy and not really very esthetically pleasing to my eye). but that faired out body would look great in the weeds.

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Posted 05 March 2012 - 06:50 PM

OK, apparently I missed a memo somewhere along the line. I'd heard rumors that Accurate Miniatures was either no longer in existence or they had relegated themselves to only producing aircraft models. So who, exactly, is releasing this kit?

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Posted 05 March 2012 - 07:17 PM

OK, apparently I missed a memo somewhere along the line. I'd heard rumors that Accurate Miniatures was either no longer in existence or they had relegated themselves to only producing aircraft models. So who, exactly, is releasing this kit?


Revell.

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Posted 27 March 2012 - 11:49 AM

Ride height looks acceptable given the 1965 pics, but gawd those tires still look awful!

look like "no names" we're getting stuck with on a lot of other kits.

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Posted 29 March 2012 - 09:07 AM

Here's the unboxing video. I also posted it to post number 1.



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Posted 29 March 2012 - 09:32 AM

Looks like the same gray plastic that Accurate Miniatures was using.

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Posted 29 March 2012 - 09:34 AM

Oh, I see that it even says "Accurate Miniatures" on the bags. So these kits really are just re-boxed AM kits!