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  1. Beautiful build. There's a great story in the Nov/Dec 2021 issue of Vintage Truck magazine on a 1937 Ford pickup from the Early Ford V-8 Foundation in Auburn, IN. (FordV8Foundation.org) It's the small 60hp V-8 version, also in two tone green and black, and there are quite a few great reference photos for anyone wanting to build a stock '37. The same issue of Vintage Truck also has a great article on a restored 1979 Dodge Warlock II. A.J.
  2. Don't forget Great Lakes Hobby on Van Dyke in Sterling Heights. HUGE collection of models, maybe the largest I've seen in the mid-west, plus the prices are discounted 20-30% off retail.
  3. In addition to the temperature concerns, there is also humidity to worry about that can affect decals. The plastic can handle the temps in the 90's, but not resin which may warp. If possible, build some shelving at least 6 feet off the ground, and consider putting the model kits in larger boxes that can hold multiple kits. You may also want to consider putting the boxes into large garbage bags and seal them up after getting as much air (and humidity) as possible. I stored several dozen kits like that in a storage unit while we were selling our last home and moving to our current one. They all came through in flying colors.
  4. I remember driving west on I-80 in Iowa back in 1974 around 11:00 PM. Off in the distance, straight ahead of me was this orange glow in the sky. It grew pretty bright, then faded somewhat. About 10 minutes later, I came upon what had once been one of the GMC motor homes with only the wheels and frame rails still in tact, everything else was just still burning on the pavement or had burned out. The two occupants, along with other passer-by's were standing on the shoulder just watching it as the Highway Patrol and a fire pumper were just pulling up. Amazing how quickly and completely that thing burned. A.J.
  5. If you think model kits are expensive now, just wait until inflation, soaring oil costs, and skyrocketing transportation kick in. 2020 prices will be the "good ole days". A.J.
  6. The chain is metal and just put loose in the bag. Personally, I've never used the Monogram chain. If you have a Hobby Lobby or Michael's nearby, the both have a selection of chains used in jewelry making. I've probably got three or four different sizes that I use on my truck models. A.J.
  7. One thing everyone is over looking is the increase in oil prices since January. Remember when you bought gas for $1.87 this past January, and now it's $3.39? Yep 181% price increase. Plastic is based off oil, so expect ALL plastic kits prices to once again take a big leap. And that increase in oil prices affects shipping and transportation costs as well, which are jumping way up as well. A.J.
  8. Actually used that technique waaaaay back then on coloring Easter eggs, as well as on models. PLA enamel was what we used back then. A.J.
  9. To prevent the bleed through, you can also use clear if you are short of the original base color. A.J.
  10. 60 years ago I was blowing them up with M-80's. Today, I hang onto them in my display cases.
  11. Most electric cars have to have torque limiting software incorporated into their electronics, otherwise you break the tires loose from a dead stop unless you feather the throttle like you're driving on ice. Even back in the '90's when I worked for Chrysler, we had the TE-Van, and I got to drive several of them. With the diagnostic scan tool hooked up, you could disable the torque limiting software and make the front tires smoke like you were doing a burnout at the strip. The difference was, it was in a parking lot and the surface was bone dry! Despite their with, the TE-Vans could really haul, but that would kill the battery life. 😁
  12. Interesting that Round2 has a disclaimer in the instructions for the turbine kit that they don't know which kits it would fit. The sprue with the exhaust parts included the crossmember, exhaust stack bracket, battery boxes and mounts, along with ethe auto trans shift tower and shifter for the GMC Astro. In the original instructions, the turbine engine assembly was actually step 1 with the Detroit diesel the next option.
  13. Just think how many more Astros that they would have sold just for the turbine engine. I bought several of the original T510 GMC Astro kits that included the turbine as an optional engine in the kit back in 1971, and still have one! I actually spoke with a Round2 rep at the Warren MI toy show several years back and showed him how the original turbine was on it's own sprues, so if they could find that tool, they could reissue the turbine either with the Astro or as a stand alone kit. At the time, the rep didn't know about the turbine engine option in the original Astro. Maybe it was still part of the original tool, but it had been blocked off so it never got reproduced until now. I might just build one as a stand alone engine for display.
  14. Would have been nice to throw in the turbine engine in this one.
  15. The torque alone put out by electric motors can't be touched by ICE powered vehicles. Most EV's have torque limiting software so that you don't sit there and spin the tires when you takeoff at anything other than light throttle from a stop. EV's will have a hard time taking hold in developing and third world countries for at least another 50 years or longer, so auto companies who say that they are going to completely stop producing ICE powered vehicles within the next 15 years have decided those markets are not worth supporting, except for used vehiclesbrought in from outside.
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