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#61 Dave Van

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Posted 04 April 2012 - 02:59 PM

FUJIMI!!! Dig out that 1/16 Maverick!!! PLEASE!! Any one ever see one in person??

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Posted 04 April 2012 - 03:10 PM

Rat Nasty on the forum has the Maverick.

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Posted 04 April 2012 - 03:13 PM

FUJIMI!!! Dig out that 1/16 Maverick!!! PLEASE!! Any one ever see one in person??


I bought one in '99 or so, and cut the body up to make a Funny Car. The kit itself is typical "can-be-motorized" '70s Japanese, which is to say the body is accurate for the most part, but everything else you can immediately see (engine, chassis, interior, etc.) is kind if generic and half-thought out.

I think Chuck "ratnasty" has one currently.

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Posted 04 April 2012 - 03:51 PM

wow that is some out of sight stuff.. that last nissan copper would b pretty cool to have built up


That Sankyo Mokei Nissan is kit no. 13. I would really like to know what kits 1 to 12 were...

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Posted 04 April 2012 - 03:58 PM

This thread made me dig out one of the oddballs in my stash... anybody else ever seen one?


Something I regret deeply. The 1:67 scale 20 Mule Team kit has been produced since 1958 and AFAIK is still being made!
They are (were?) sold in the gift shop at Scotty's Castle. And believe it or not, I passed on it when I was there.

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Posted 04 April 2012 - 04:16 PM

Something I regret deeply. The 1:67 scale 20 Mule Team kit has been produced since 1958 and AFAIK is still being made!
They are (were?) sold in the gift shop at Scotty's Castle. And believe it or not, I passed on it when I was there.

What that means... not very rare. Guess I'll go ahead and build mine, one of these days. B)
Anyone know of a good tutorial on how to get an accurate finish on a mule?

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Posted 04 April 2012 - 04:17 PM

Something I regret deeply. The 1:67 scale 20 Mule Team kit has been produced since 1958 and AFAIK is still being made!
They are (were?) sold in the gift shop at Scotty's Castle. And believe it or not, I passed on it when I was there.


Yea, there are 9 on ePay right now! But it really is a cool kit. I might have to pick one up to accompany my "non-automotive" shelf, which only has this so far:

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Posted 04 April 2012 - 04:31 PM

What that means... not very rare. Guess I'll go ahead and build mine, one of these days. B)
Anyone know of a good tutorial on how to get an accurate finish on a mule?


Maybe not that rare, but very obscure nonetheless. Apparently they never hit the shelves of the toy or hobby trade, so not too many modellers know about it.
It is my understanding that they were either available by mailorder from the laundry soap company that used the borax, or in a handful museum and gift shops in or around Death Valley, that's it. As I said, the only place I ever saw them was in the gift shop at Scotty's Castle.

Oh, and there is a life-sized model at the Pacific Coast Borax Company in Boron, California:

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This should give you an idea of what a model mule could look like.

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Posted 04 April 2012 - 04:33 PM

There's some real interesting stuff in scale in this world lol

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Posted 04 April 2012 - 04:33 PM

I remember seeing ads for the kit in magazines probably 30 years ago. I've never been up to Death Valley...will have to go sometime...usually when I drive across the void I'm in a hurry to get to the coast...

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Posted 04 April 2012 - 04:35 PM

I remember seeing ads for the kit in magazines probably 30 years ago. I've never been up to Death Valley...will have to go sometime...usually when I drive across the void I'm in a hurry to get to the coast...


I never said this, OK? But that 'void' contains more interesting stuff than New York City.

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Posted 04 April 2012 - 04:39 PM

Hey Erik now that u mention it that lil body might b cool as a throwback drag build too? lol

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Posted 04 April 2012 - 04:43 PM

I never said this, OK? But that 'void' contains more interesting stuff than New York City.

I find the desert pretty boring....I find big cities way more interesting..

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Posted 04 April 2012 - 05:27 PM

Holy cow i thought that was just a saying.

What was that team really used for?


http://en.wikipedia....ki/20_mule_team

To haul wagons full of borax from mines across the desert to the railroad..

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Posted 04 April 2012 - 05:38 PM

Something I regret deeply. The 1:67 scale 20 Mule Team kit has been produced since 1958 and AFAIK is still being made!


In the 1980's I sent off to Borax for 2 of the models. Cost then was $1 and two box tops for each model!!! About a year ago I did find them online but were in the $20 something range!

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Posted 04 April 2012 - 05:44 PM

I bought one in '99 or so, and cut the body up to make a Funny Car. The kit itself is typical "can-be-motorized" '70s Japanese, which is to say the body is accurate for the most part, but everything else you can immediately see (engine, chassis, interior, etc.) is kind if generic and half-thought out.

I think Chuck "ratnasty" has one currently.


Some of you may not be aware of this gem. I have three of them. One built and two mint kits. I had the Super Digger dragster as well which is kind of a companion to this kit. This kit is 1/12 scale and features a motor and gearbox behind the drivers seat area that when you press the seperate "foot" shaped gas pedal, it raises and lowers the body.

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Posted 04 April 2012 - 05:47 PM

FUJIMI!!! Dig out that 1/16 Maverick!!! PLEASE!! Any one ever see one in person??

That's one I never knew existed. Didn't realize Fujimi did any American subjects back then.

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Posted 04 April 2012 - 05:49 PM

Heres a few
Escort
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Maverick
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Unchopped ranchero
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Posted 04 April 2012 - 05:57 PM

Gray07 I have that escort kit . I love it. . I have a couple kits I post later after I get back from work.

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Posted 04 April 2012 - 06:01 PM

Escort street machine= do want. lol