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#41 Joker

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Posted 17 February 2013 - 12:40 PM

Anyone got any Bass boat pixs?



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Posted 17 February 2013 - 02:45 PM

... the one you just scored is my most favorite kit. I actually did an article on this exact kit in Model Cars back around 1987 or so - IIRC it was pictured on the cover of that issue.

I think you'll have a ball putting this kit together. Congratulations on your score. TIM

 

 

Looking forward to it, Tim, especially after reviewing your excellent gallery. Heck, any of your galleries or buildups are motivating. It unfortunately is a builtup and I can see I might need some parts. Hope maybe you can point me in the right direction for those. Also picked up a hemi hydro as well.

 

 

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Posted 17 February 2013 - 03:48 PM

Hope maybe you can point me in the right direction for those. Also picked up a hemi hydro as well.
 
 
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Mike...many of the parts (other than the hull and interior) of the Rayson Craft were recycled as the 1968 "Hull Raiser" kit. This later kit was reissued three more times with the most current reissue - the circa 2005 Model King Combo kit with the MPC 1970 Bonneville Convertible - being the most readily available and affordable.

Good luck with the reconstruction and please show us pictures....thanks TIM

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 12:27 PM

Neat subjects...IIRC, wasn't one of the AMT boats reissued in the late '90s?



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Posted 26 February 2013 - 12:34 PM

Neat subjects...IIRC, wasn't one of the AMT boats reissued in the late '90s?

 

Looks like the Customizing boat was reissued no too long ago. I think this is mid-'90s packaging?:

 

 

The UPC appears to have been added to distinguish it from earlier issues:

 



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Posted 26 February 2013 - 03:27 PM

I have the 90 issue,I built it to go along with AMT's 53 ford PU.It's a decent kit but is very basic. I'm thinking about redoing it.



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Posted 18 March 2013 - 08:23 AM

Here's a pic of the motor, showing how it attaches to the transom:

 

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'nother of the boat and trailer:

 

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Posted 31 January 2015 - 03:44 PM

Dennis Doty tells an interesting story about this...turns out the boat was a product of a side company run by one of AMT's executives back in the day. The "west" in "westcraft" came from part of his last name.

 

As in Tom West, or someone else with the same surname at AMT?

 

Not sure if this Vega Panel Wagon Truck on display at the '71 Chicago Auto Show is pulling a Westcraft boat or not. Looks like it has a front mounted engine unlike the rear engined Westcraft in the '64 ElCo kit:

 

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Posted 31 January 2015 - 04:03 PM

IIRC it was Wes Gallogly, who was one of AMT's top executives back in the late 1950's/early 1960's.  

 

Tom West was never associated with AMT to my knowledge; he did work for Revell, Aurora (via the wonderful 1/16th scale funny car series), Accurate Miniatures, and Galaxie Limited, and also did artwork back in the day for some of the car magazines, as well as DieCast manufacturers.    

 

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Posted 31 January 2015 - 04:32 PM

OK, thanks. I see there are/were both WestCraft and Wescraft boat companies...confusing, and not much info on either one online.



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Posted 01 February 2015 - 02:49 AM

These are COOL... I have to find some now....LOL...