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  1. I worked in a Ford dealership service department from 1966-1972. I don't remember any of the F100-F350s of that era having dual exhaust from the factory. I don't ever remember a Bronco having dual exhaust either like Revell's Bronco. Maybe the could include one of the aftermarket dual conversions out there for these trucks as a performance option, as they were in the 1:1 world? A.J.
  2. Great start on your Volvo. I guess back in the day, plastic modelers weren't willing to accept the die cast parts, so these kits weren't popular. These do build up nice thought. Here are sone pics of one of mine. Looking forward to your finished rig. A.J.
  3. I learned to drive a car in our family's '63 Ford Custom 300, with a 240 CID and a 3 0n the tree. I learned to drive a big truck in a company '60 B7000 10 wheel 8 yard dump truck with a Detroit 8-71 and Spicer 10 speed. A.J.
  4. The way I understood it is the date on the back of the decal sheets is when the sheets were printed. I have several kits that the same exact decal sheets will have dates that were as much as a year apart. A.J.
  5. Looks just like the couple of originals that I still have. Those original were the ones with no plated parts. A.J.
  6. Actually most diamond plate is aluminum, and on fire apparatus (which I'm most familiar with), it is left either in its natural state or polished to a chrome-like appearance. Keeping it bright is labor intensive which is why you seldom see polished aluminum diamond plate on surfaces like running boards or tail boards. The same applies to its use on trucks where it can be polished or left natural depending on the owners wishes and willingness to keep it bright. A.J.
  7. 11:00-22 tires also used on AMT Autocars, White Freightliner COEs, old Western Star, Diamond Reo, and probably more that I can't remember. A.J.
  8. I built everyone of those Hubley kits back in the '70's. They were definitely different from a plastic kit, but with a little Bondo and tweaking, they could turn out very nice. Unfortunately, I gave them all to my nephew who was about 8 at the time, and he played with them like they were toys until they were destroyed. But I had a good time building them, and he had a good time destroying them. So a good time was had by all. LOL
  9. Took a tour of the Pierce Fire Apparatus plant in Appleton, WI awhile ago, and here's the paint sample chart that they have in the paint shop. A.J.
  10. Those red tubes from the Gum Out and WD-40 make great tubes for decanting. But what I've done is to take a couple of old spray can nozzles and popped the atomizers out. The I've inserted a piece of aluminum tubing (I think it was either 1/8 or 5/32") the size of the hole in the nozzle, and then epoxied the tube in place. It probably allows 3 or 4 time the flow of paint out of the can into my decanting jar that I have a filter on top of to keep and errand paint from escaping.. A quick clean-up, and it's ready to use again later. My guess is that the three decanting nozzle & tube assemblies that I have are probably 15 years old, or older. Thanks, A.J.
  11. I've been building model cars and trucks since 1958, so I've got a little experience under my belt. He's a few tips I've learned over the decades. When it comes to spray paints, I've always stored them upside down, until the last few years when I've been storing most of them on their side. The reason? The solids in the paint always settle to the bottom, which is why you have to shake them for at least 5 minutes before using them. If the solids build up too much on the bottom, and you try to spray them, what will happen is that the will clog the nozzle, or worse the entire pick-up tube. To get out of trouble when this happens, and still use the paint, I'll take an old nozzle (TIP: always clean and save the old nozzles) that I've removed the pressed in atomizer, that little colored piece that the paint comes out through. I'll then place the can in a container with warm water (if it doesn't feel almost hot when you dip your finger it is, the water needs to be a little hotter.) until the spray can and contents are about as warm as the water. I'll then shake the spray can some more before I put the nozzle without the atomizer into the can. Then hold the can UPSIDE DOWN and press the nozzle down to get the thick paint solids out of the pickup tube. Heating the spray can did two things; it increased the pressure of the propellant in the can and the warm solid will breakdown and mix with the thinner easier when warm. This will usually save the spray can and paint. I used a can of 1:1 spray parts cleaner from Gum Out to clean my nozzles after EVERY USE. The little tube on the Gum Out spray nozzle fits perfectly inside the tube in the paint nozzle. If you have a spray paint nozzle that just won't clear, throw it into a sealed jar/container of lacquer thinner, and let it soak. I try and remove as much of the paint solids plugging the nozzle using a needle before I let them soak. I've had success probably 95% of the time doing these simple things. And always take the spray can and turn it upside down and spray the paint in the pickup tube and nozzle to clear them out. (Tip: Different spray can nozzles have different atomizers which will allow thinner layers of paint. I'll only use the black nozzles with the white atomizer in Testors spray cans. Throw away the white Testor nozzles with black atomizers, and replace them with the black nozzles, and you'll never be sorry.) I still have some spray cans that I use from time to time from back in the '80's that I had specially mixed. Amazingly, the propellant in these cans, and the paint, have lasted this long! As for what spray paints I use, I will usually stick with the Testors, Tamiya, Krylon, Rustoleum, Duplicolor, and have been known to use cheap 1:1 automotive primers under all of my paint jobs. If you've got an Ollie's in your neck of the woods, stop by regularly and you can pick up cheap cans of spray paint for $1.99 for a large can. If you don't like using spray cans, this paint can even be decanted for use in an air brush. Hope some of this helps everyone. Happy New Year! A.J.
  12. Looks like Ollie's shipment is sitting in one of those containers on a ship off the west coast. It is my understanding that Ollie's kits are not excess inventory from Round2, but are produced especially for Ollie's by Round2. A.J.
  13. They do have flat black, not Testors, in bottles in the craft area. Or at least my local H.L. does.
  14. You can raise the height between the racks making spacers by going to your local hardware store, Home Depot, or Lowes and buy some aluminum flashing. The flashing I bought was 10" wide, so I just cut a piece long enough to go around the circumference of my lower tray, with a 2" overlap at the end so you can attach the two ends together. (I riveted mine, and sealed the end with a piece of duct tape.) I made 3 of these aluminum "spacers", so I can dry at least three bodies at a time if I needed to. Pretty easy and cheap.
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