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  1. Corvair rampside

    Regarding the chassis, only Mike Hanson (who mastered this kit) can tell you for sure, but my guess is that he took a casting of the engine and drivetrain from an AMT '62-'64 Corvair car kit; the front suspension likely was copied from an SMP '61(?) Chevy pickup kit (with the "A-Frames" cut off to make room for the wheels). Trust me; having owned many 1:1 Corvairs, the AMT '69 Corvair "chassis" bares NO resemblance to the actual Rampside "chassis" (other than the location of the engine). I agree with Bob Downie - what's provided with the kit is good enough for me for this particular replica. I'm so pleased to finally have a decent Rampside kit! ๐Ÿ˜€
  2. Corvair rampside

  3. '66 Ford Falcon

    Thanks, Kevin. I've got the Falcon on my evilBay watch list. Problem is, I'd have to sell a kidney to afford that one! ๐Ÿ˜
  4. '66 Ford Falcon

    Looking for an old original AMT kit #5126, 1966 Ford Falcon. Would prefer an unbuilt kit, but will consider a decent "rebuilder" (no glue bombs). I realize that this request is a long shot, but you guys have always come through for me before. I have a good selection of vintage kits to trade! Not to be confused with another "want ad" here on the Forum; I'm looking for a complete kit. thanks! Mike
  5. Wanted Johan 64-68 Caddy convertible

    PM sent
  6. '66 Ford Falcon

  7. Cincinnati Model Car Show & Swap Meet

    I'm sure that the Cincy club will be posting some much better photos of the contest cars. I saw someone running around with an expensive-looking 35mm camera, so the pix will undoubtably be 100% better than those from my humble cell phone The club's website is cincinnatiautoreplicas.org
  8. Moderators - feel free to relocate this article as you see fit. Today I attended the annual model car show and swap meet hosted by the Cincinnati Auto Replicas (C.A.R.) club in suburban Cincy. Lots of good looking models on the show table, and lots of temptations in the swap meet area. As usual, I ran into some old friends from the hobby, and had a good time hanging out together. Many thanks to the guys at โ€œC.A.R.โ€ for hosting the event. Following are a few snapshots of some fun stuff I saw on the contest tables:
  9. Cincinnati Model Car Show & Swap Meet

    It was perhaps my favorite at the show! Well done job on the โ€œweatheringโ€, rust, etc. Note the miniature magazines laying around. Of course, this is the kind of vehicle my mother told me to avoid as a child.....๐Ÿ˜
  10. Cincinnati Model Car Show & Swap Meet

    I was looking for you, Bill! Ran into a lot of old friends today....
  11. What did you get today? (Model Car Related Items)

    Attended The Cincinnati Auto Replicas (C.A.R.) show & swap meet today in suburban Cincy. Lots of good stuff in the swap meet, but Iโ€™m broke as usual. picked up the following little unbuilt gem for $5.00๐Ÿ˜† Revell reissue from 1976.
  12. What did you get today? (Model Car Related Items)

    A couple of recent additions to my collection. Both are unbuilt and complete. Love that old box art!๐Ÿ˜„
  13. Can anybody HELP

    No, it's a version of "Murphy's Law"....a model car part dropped on a perfectly clean floor in an empty room will disappear.... Sorry to hijack your thread, Bill. I think we could start a new one about lost/found parts. Many, many years ago, I lost the grill to a built-up "Orange Hauler" custom truck, which was in a shipment I received at my then current place of employment. I searched high and low for it; never could find it. It wasn't until I was cleaning out my humble cubicle years later on the eve of my departure from the company that I finally found it under some file boxes. I have no clue how it could have wound up where it did๐Ÿ˜ฎ BTW, I think I have one of those Lindberg kits of the '64 Dodge. If no one else has already come to your aid, drop me a note and I'll see if I can find it in my stash.
  14. 1965 Lincoln Projects

    Andy: Limo looks great! I've got an AMT '68 Lincoln that I cut up to build a Limo. The project kinda stalled, as I couldn't decide how best to go about building the chassis. Can you provide some details and photos showing how you built the chassis? thanks!
  15. Johan Amx

    Brandon: Check with Okey Spaulding at JoHan. The last I knew, he still had some of the AMX parts. eMail = okeyisnow@gmail.com
  16. Long Shot - 64 Cadillac hood and grill

    His eMail address = okeyisnow@gmail.com probably the easiest way for you to get in touch with Okey.....
  17. Four-door 'Cuda

    Sorta like a "Corvette America"๐Ÿ˜‰
  18. Show Car Display Stuff

    The easel is in the original AMT '57 Ford kit; not sure about the reissues of that kit....
  19. AMT 1969 Corvair engine

    Jon - if you think that's crowded, you should see the engine compartment in my '65 Corvair with factory air conditioning๐Ÿ˜† As an alternate engine source, yes, the Revell "Road Agent" is Corvair powered. The engine is so-so. Corvair engine also available in the "T-Bone Stake" kit, too.
  20. Hi Fellow Plastic Heads: Just received the new resin 1961 Corvair Rampside pickup truck kit. I'll post this review and some photos here for your amusement. First of all, for those of you not acquainted with me, let me mention that I am a total Corvair NUT, having owned (and worked on) nearly 40 of them over the last 43 years, including one of every model year and body style. While I may not be a total "expert" on the marque, let's just say that I have more than a passing acquaintance with it! If you're not familiar with the Chevy Corvair, just do a quick "Google" on it to get a history lesson. Basically, it was General Motor's (poor) answer to the Volkswagen Beetle. There were several variations of the Vair, including 2 and 4-door sedans, convertibles, stations wagon, van, high-performance turbo-charged specials, and of course this interesting pickup truck. Over 1.7 million were produced from late 1959 until May 1969. I have had a blast driving them and working on them over the years! As a Corvair nut, I have tried to buy a sample of every Corvair model and toy I could find (and afford). Aside from some "slush-cast" weak attempts at resin models of the Corvair van and/or truck, the only styrene model of a Rampside (that I know of) was produced by the "Premier" model company back in the early 60s. For those of you not familiar with Premier kits, let's just say that they often looked like a kit that was mastered from memory, and sometimes bore only vague resemblance to the prototype. Their Rampside sorta kinda looked like the real thing, but was a wierd scale somewhere between 1/32 and 1/25 scale, and had a multi-piece body that was a PITA to assemble. Even so, that's all we had until now, and I've seen unassembled kits going for $300 bucks! A limited-edition resin copy of Premier's kit showed up around 14 years ago, and even these fetch high $$$ these days. This new kit was mastered by Mike Hanson of "Best Model Car Parts" from California. Many of you have purchased some of his other resin goodies, and he is particularly well known for his excellent model car instrument panel "decals". The kit retails for $79.00/each, plus shipping. In my humble opinion, this new resin kit is *gorgeous*. My photography skills don't do it justice. I've heard that Mike did a lot of homework trying to get the details right, including getting photos and input from owners of the real McCoy. I haven't measured it yet, but the body looks spot-on in 1/25 scale. It includes well detailed separate side ramp and tailgate, interior panels, head light bezel units, and a well engraved bench seat. Not seen in the photos, the kit even includes a rear view mirror, side mirror (take that, Harry ๐Ÿ˜‡), license plate light fixtures, even a detailed headliner with sun visors! The dashboard is nice, too, and even includes a detailed instrument panel decal. While there's some flash to clean up, as in most resin kits, my sample of the kit has a very smooth body with scarcely any "bubbles" or other imperfections to deal with. That's the "Pros"; now the "cons". Panel lines around the doors are light, and will probably not stand up to even a modest coat of paint. Be prepared to get your scribing tool out and work on that before priming. The kit does not contain any tires, no steering column, nor any "glass" (some items I would expect in this price range). The outer wheel halves seemed to be a bit "off center". Of interest to factory stock modelers, when you test fit the inner/outer wheel halves together, it appears that the wheel is kinda wide, and I'm wondering what kind of tire I'm going to find to fit it (those of you who normally like to use "Pegasus" rims and tires wont have to worry about that, of course). The prototype would have ridden on "skinny" bias-ply tires of that era. Some compromise was obviously made with the chassis. Although it fits well with the body, and the basic detail looks good, it falls short on being true to the prototype. Since this is a "curbside" kit, most folks won't even notice (or care). Incidentally, this kit models a "Powerglide" automatic transmission unit. The dashboard does not contain provision for the Corvair's goofy little Powerglide shift lever, nor for the shift indicator in the instrument panel itself. Once again, items that only the most picky modelers would likely notice. All-in-All, I think it's a great kit, and I looks forward to building it in my usual showroom stock mode. I can see a lot of you having fun with this one, as a modest custom, a period-correct tow vehicle in a diorama, commercial class applications, etc etc. I purchased my kit through dealer Okey Spaulding, who will be selling them at a lot of upcoming shows in Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana. He can be contacted at (859) 307-3087 eMail = okeyisnow@gmail.com Of course, you can purchase direct from Best Model Car Parts at WWW.bestmodelcarparts.com I believe they are also starting to show up on evilBay as well. Enjoy!
  21. Actor/Comedian Jerry Van Dyke passed away yesterday at age 86. I greatly enjoyed watching his shows over the years. In particular, I loved watching the 60s show "My Mother the Car" when I was a kid. I know that a lot of folks considered it to be cheesy, even by 60s standards, but I thought it was hilarious.๐Ÿ˜‹. I still have the model car kit associated with the show. R.I.P., Jerry....
  22. Jerry Van Dyke, Dead at age 86

    Yeah, having lost Rose Marie just a few days ago, and Mary Tyler Moore last year....
  23. MEl Tillis dies at 85

    Lost Glen Campbell this year, too. So many of the good ones gone....
  24. Terrible Box Art

    Here's a photo of a built-up Premier kit of the Corvair (photo courtesy of Tom Geiger). This one looks like it was mastered by someone on LSD๐Ÿ˜ฎ
  25. Mayberry's top mechanic has passed away at age 87. Wonder if Sgt Carter will be waiting to greet him (I can't hear youuuuuuu!)