well picked up a fairly trashed original Attempt 1 kit the other week on ebay and after surveying the contents decided I got less than what I bargained for so I decided to make some lemonade out of these lemons.
first of all that kool berserk half a Pontiac V8 with the supercharger hanging off it! and there are TWO of them in the kit, plus a totally kool engine stand to display the second motor on if you don't want to "upgrade" to two of them in the frame!
I actually bought the thing for the trailer to use in another project, but it is terribly warped; I'm letting it sit with weights on it to see if that helps. I will probably end up reinforcing it with plastic tubing but I was trying to avoid a major job.
but meanwhile this display engine is a terrific slump buster and is pretty darn detailed. I believe I remember 30 some parts per motor, and some of those are very detailed (cogged drive belt and gears for instance with nicely engraved hex nut heads) but some are just totally ruined with deep sink marks, check out the valve cover breathers...the bigger ones in the center cover I stripped and cleaned up and then reshot with Chrome Silver and foil but the small ones I could hardly see and what I could see I didn't like! the headers which I don't show here because they are still in a rough state, are some nice weed burner downswept pipes that were one manifold piece and four pipes that had to be jigged up to keep straight during assembly. typical early 60s Revell fiddlyness, but it looks good when its done halfway cleanly.
paint on block is Tamiya metallic blue and rest is mixture of metalizers and mostly model master enamels and metallic shades.
nearly complete now so probably first and only post here, comments and criticisms gladly accepted!
Now am I correct in thinking this Attempt 1 only came with the trailer and open parachute, and none of the reissues through the years included those pieces? this one I have has the trailer and all the pieces to it including a nice trailer hitch, but does not have the open parachute, though the exploded open pack for it is with it. I always liked that open chute when I was a kid, used a couple of them on different builds over the years.
many thanks again!