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  1. Thanks! I have a Fusion on the bench (2 years) I need to finish. Now that I have my room finished, I just need to get my butt in gear and finish it.
  2. Yeah, the green one was released at the same time as the red one and I've had mine at least eight years.
  3. They make a nice Challenger R/T. I have the Red with White stripe 383 version. If you just picked that up, that has been lying around for a long time.
  4. 1993 marked the fourth decade of America’s sports car with a very special commemorative edition- the 40th Anniversary Edition. This was an option package that was made available on all 1993 Corvette models, Coupe, Convertible, and ZR-1. All 40th Anniversary Edition Corvettes (and only 40th Anniversary Edition Corvettes) are Ruby Red from the inside out. With a unique deep-shining metallic, special 40th anniversary emblems, and stunning ruby red interior, these Corvettes truly are a celebration of Corvette history. Ever since it stormed onto the sports car stage in 1990, Corvette ZR-1 has been front and center, the ZR-1 made history. It put Corvette in league with the fastest Ferraris, Porsches, and Lamborghinis, and while doing so the US-born ZR1 maintained Corvette’s comfort and civility level. The ZR1 made more history in 1993, the LT5 V8, which is exclusive to ZR-1, jumps 30 horsepower to 405 at 5800 RPM, Torque is 385 lb-ft at 5200 RPM. Specifications of the 32-valve LT5 V8 are legendary; all-aluminum construction, four overhead camshafts, Multi-Port Fuel Injection with a 16-runner inlet manifold and two Multec injectors per cylinder. There is no distributor; ignition is via a four-coil “direct-fire” system. The result is totally uncompromised high performance. But the intriguing aspect of the LT5 engine is its ability to combine high-RPM power with a smooth, refined around-town attitude. A dual-mode induction system contains the secret of LT5 tractability. Within each cylinder, the intake ports, valves and cam lobes are divided into two groups, the primary and secondary. Below half-throttle, or 3000 RPM, the engine breathes through the primary ports only. So operation, in effect, is on three valves per cylinder. But the ZR-1’s full potential is unleashed when you put your foot down. The secondary port throttle valves open to permit fuel-air mixture to enter the secondary intake valves. At this point, the engine is running on all 16 injectors and all 32 valves. The secondary intake valves are actuated by cam lobes with more duration than the primaries, providing true variable valve timing, for both tractable low-speed and impressive high-speed characteristics in a single engine. (National Corvette Museum) Franklin Mint created a nice model of this 40th Anniversary Corvette when it was released in 1995. I saw somewhere, pictures of the details of this car and was surprised it was one of Franklin Mint's Corvettes, because most of their efforts until the 2000s are pretty lame. Especially when compared to almost any Corvette from Danbury Mint. I also noticed they are really inexpensive if you can wait for bidding and good examples. This one came with everything and only needed a paint touch up on the fender and a light clean up. $25 plus shipping. I've seen cars by themselves in good condition go for around $20 or less plus shipping. Now this still isn't up to the Danbury Mint's 40th Anniversary Corvette in details, but that one was released in 2006, comes with an LT-1 instead of the LT-5, and there just seems to be something off on the front end slope. Anyways, here it is. Pop-up headlights! Well, flip-over. The Danbury mint shows you the removable top will fit under the hatch behind the seats. Franklin Mint doesn't mention it in their literature, but it does fit. They also painted the door panels correctly with the driver's armrest and controls being black. The orange buttons on the instrument panel are a little too much though. My picture's not the best, but the 40th anniversary logo is in the center of the headrest. Nicely rendered underhood detail I always liked the look of the square taillights the ZR-1s came with and then eventually all C-4 Corvettes. Simple, but nice chassis details. So from what I can tell from Legacy Motors forums and Tony Perrone's comments, the Franklin Mint 40th Anniversary ZR-1 Corvette came with two type of wheels, painted and chrome. The early released were chrome and apparently they didn't look like the machined aluminum finish of the 1:1 car so they started painting them. I think the ones I have which are chrome, look more like the real thing than the painted ones, but that's JMHO. You can see they did a good job on that tiny logo in the wheel too! I don't really like Corvettes, but somehow in the last year I've acquired four of them.
  5. I've been looking online for ideas on how to display some of my 1/64 diecast. I have mostly Racing Champions with a smattering of Hot Wheels, Matchbox, Johnny Lightning and Auto World. I didn't want to remove the cars from the card, so that limited the types of displays available. I looked at a couple wood board style displays made locally, but they were more money than I wanted to spend. Plus they looked like something I could make anyways. Then I found this hanging system https://www.collectiblehangers.com/ consisting of a piece of aluminum tubing, some plastic strips with holes and what looks like automotive interior push pins. Once again way too expensive for what is provided. I did some more searching online and found a lady with instructions who had essentially simplified what one of the local makers in my area was producing. She used a piece of thin (1/4") fiberboard and glued PVC Prefinished Vinyl Wall Panel Molding tracks around the sides, bottom and between the rows. Now she used only the J style on the left and butted them up to each other between the rows. I saw the I style piece on the right and used that instead between the rows. I also found a 48 X 32 piece of beaded wainscot panel that fit my needs perfectly. I used Gorilla brand all purpose glue and used heavy books and tape to hold the pieces in place until they dried. I just happened to have a piece of 1/4 X 4 pine paneling stock that was 48 inches wide. I used that on the backside at the top, to affix heavy duty hangers. I should have taken pictures of it as I progressed, but I was on a roll. Here's the final product. My favorite part is it cost about a 1/3 of what the local maker wanted for his. Also his are meant for Hot Wheels and Matchbox only, so Racing Champions won't fit. I may build another one for the other wall because the 48 X 32 will fit in the space to the right if I build it portrait style.
  6. I remember watching an episode of something on cable TV where Indian Larry twisted the iron for the front springer on this bike. It was incredible!
  7. The old Monogram Ford Thunderbird NASCAR models. The chassis is the same on all of them. The bodies were the only difference and I've built a bunch of them over the years. Not sure if Salvinos JR Models has made plans to release any yet.
  8. It's funny too that the interior is for a convertible.
  9. The first picture struck me odd with the Porsche alloys. So as I progressed down the topic, and saw the underhood was empty and the Beetle taillights, I knew something was going to be cool! Judges can be stupid and I'm glad you kept entering anyway. Look where you are now. Jokes on them.
  10. Nice save Randy! I like the big Danbury Mint cars. I've been looking out for a decent looking Cord L-29.
  11. I've never painted Tamiya's fluorescent paints, but all the other brands I've painted are flat and kind of transluscent. That's why it's suggested to paint over white primer to make the color pop. I think your can was mislabeled, cause that's awful shiny for a fluorescent paint.
  12. This arrived today. Franklin Mint's 1993 40th anniversary ZR-1. I don't have any Corvettes from Franklin Mint and this seemed to be a worthy one from pictures I had seen and sells for way less than they're original cost on eBay. Came with box and all papers $25 plus shipping and I've seen nice cars without boxes and paperwork for less than $20 plus shipping. This one needs a polish and a slight touch up on the driver's front fender. I'll take more pictures and drop a separate thread after polishing. It may have an oddity, but I'll reveal that if it's true in the separate thread. The infamous 375 hp LT5 I also picked these up at Wally world the other day. The 917 Hippie is what caught my eye, so I looked for others. They didn't have the Panamera or 918 to complete the set. I'll scout the other WMs to see what they have. I haven't collected any HW in about 5 years.
  13. Man, must be nice to have a NAPA nearby. We haven't had one in Wichita in about fifteen years or so. These are some impressive looking pieces I must say. I'll have to do some eBay hunting soon.
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