Ala Kart by AMT?
Posted 15 August 2012 - 02:11 PM
Posted 15 August 2012 - 05:03 PM
Many suggested the older version of the kit mixed w/ some parts of the new version would yield an acceptable rendition.
Posted 15 August 2012 - 09:30 PM
Posted 16 August 2012 - 12:36 AM
I've actually measured a real 1:1 Dodge Red Ram engine and '39 Ford 3-speed gearbox (and you know, divided by 25?) as represented in the kits, and the first version is pretty close, the newer version is a joke.....it's so badly underscale. I have both versions on the shelf, multiple articles from 1958 onwards about the car, my own reference numbers and photos of a real Red Ram and gearbox and have spent (wasted?) considerable time contrasting / comparing the two. Pretty amazing that in this day of digitizing everything and the ability to have a computer do the scaling and design most of the tooling, that the dimensions could be so far off, but it is, period. The decals are not great in the newer one either, but aftermarket was available.
I've also been involved in several online arguments about the correct scaling of the newer-release engine, all of them apparently with folks who have never actually measured the engine and scaled it themselves. Measure it, divide by 25, and the numbers don't lie. The popular argument is that the Red Ram is the "small" hemi, and that therefor the tiny motor in the newer kit is correct. Uh huh. A real Red Ram is almost exactly the same width across the heads as the bigger early hemis, but a bit shorter in overall length.....which is why Barris used it....to fit in the engine bay lengthwise. The original issue engine WILL fit in the later issue car, by the way.
All that said, either kit builds up into a good looking model, and the Red Ram and 3-speed in the early kit are cool swaps in anything, though the Hilborn FI detail is a little light. The newer kit has some nice parts for bashing, most notably probably the best "dropped and filled" front axle available for building a period rod.
Edited by Ace-Garageguy, 16 August 2012 - 12:37 AM.
Posted 16 August 2012 - 03:38 AM
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Posted 16 August 2012 - 01:06 PM
PS. I see you're in Bend. Too bad about losing Cessna. Do you have anything to do with Windward Performance, by any chance?
Edited by Ace-Garageguy, 16 August 2012 - 01:16 PM.
Posted 16 August 2012 - 01:44 PM
Posted 16 August 2012 - 06:40 PM
i think its a kool kit and certainly parts are usable but like others say its a bit of a challenge especially if you start looking closely.
i remember building up the original as a kid and it turned out pretty good for my limited skill set in the basement at 13 years old.
Posted 16 August 2012 - 07:28 PM
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