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ToyLvr

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  1. 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!
  2. 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....
  3. Jerry Van Dyke, Dead at age 86

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

    Lost Glen Campbell this year, too. So many of the good ones gone....
  5. 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
  6. 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!)
  7. Dan - you're right, the windshield area is not too curved. The kit instructions include a template for the "glass", and recommends 0.015 acetate sheet.
  8. Unique TV/Movie vehicle

    How about Gene Winfield's "Reactor" show Car, as seen on the "Bewitched" TV show back in the 60s๐Ÿ˜†
  9. Terrible Box Art

    And another classic for this thread....
  10. No, Chris, this one was mastered the good old-fashioned way by Mike Hanson of Best Model Car Parts. The kit shown above is the result of 18 months worth of work. The research included field trips to photograph and measure a 1:1 "Rampside" and a "Loadside" pickup, as well as a lot of work to find era-correct parts for the master. The hubcaps, for example, are from a rare SMP '61 Chevy pickup kit. I think that the 3D unit you're referring to was done by Robert Burns, and it has no relation to the Hanson project. If my info is correct, the 3D unit sold on evilBay for a crazy amount ($300 ???). Not to say anything bad about the 3D, but the Best Model Car Parts Rampside is very nice, and a fraction of the cost of the 3D.....
  11. Terrible Box Art

    You could probably put that extension up for sale on evilBay and make a few bucks.๐Ÿ˜† We've been poking fun at this, but Porsche got away with on a real *production* car.... Anyway, I still think the box is UGLY.
  12. Terrible Box Art

    Okay, so the photo itself isn't too bad, just the subject matter๐Ÿ˜œ
  13. Terrible Box Art

    Don't know which is worse; graphic art or the car....
  14. What did you get today?

    Best Model Car Parts I will endeavor to write a review and post it (and more photos) in the Resin category of the Forum. UPDATE: I posted a kit review in the Truck forum, Resin category...
  15. Star Models

    X 2 I've bought several kits from Steve over the years, both regular styrene and resin. As mentioned above, resin kit quality depends on the manufacturer. I had an issue with a deformed part on one of the resins kits I purchased. A replacement part was sent to me promptly, no hassle.
  16. What did you get today?

    The new resin kit of the 1961 Chevy Corvair "Rampside" Pickup truck!
  17. Revell 1968 Pontiac Firebird Engine?

    MPC produced a firebird kit that offered a *Turbine* engine as an option. Now that would make your build really interesting! ๐Ÿ˜†
  18. AMT Cobra What the ?????

    Kelmark, in this case. Chevy 283 in the back seat๐Ÿ˜‰
  19. AMT Cobra What the ?????

    And sometimes a V-8 winds up where you don't expect to see one...๐Ÿ˜†
  20. DELETE

    Looking for an unbuilt kit of the Monogram #PC-61 "Green Hornet" T-Bucket roadster. The reissued version would be fine. Must be unbuilt and complete. I have stuff to trade. Thanks for looking....
  21. DELETE

    I finally got the kit! Thanks to everyone who tried to help out....
  22. I know that some of you guys collect diecast also, so here's an opportunity for you. Up for trade is a 1/24 scale Franklin Mint 1926 Mercedes "K". As you can see from the attached photos, it's in nice shape; even has the original tag (no box, though). However, one small problem - rear bumper was broken. That will take a little bit of work to restore, but given the modeling skills of y'all here on the Forum, I don't think that will be much of a challenge. I have some parts to help with the repair. As for trades, I'm looking for an *unbuilt* AMT #928 '70 Chevy Monte Carlo (or older release of the kit), or an AMT Ford Econoline van kit (most any version of the Ford van kit will do: "Vantom", "Matilda", "Disco van", "Six-Wheel van", etc, so long as the body is the basic Ford Econoline). Also looking for a Monogram #PC-61 "Green Hornet" (reissue would be fine). Thanks for looking!
  23. DELETE

    Bump STILL LOOKING
  24. Harry Pristovnik

    Amy: Here's the box from the original MPC "Bearcat"...