Soon as I dig them out I'll take some pictures of them, the early years in the later years and the tailgate inserts and Post. Right now I'm in the middle of a basement remodel so it might take a few weeks to dig them out of storage. I think Lee my brother still has a set. I'll bug him to see if he can post some pictures sooner probably than when I could get to it.
Boy, This brings back some old memories of the late 80's early 90's. I created all of Don Holthaus's GMC grilles and tailgate inserts, as well as the 2-Ton Chevy/GMC cab conversion. And, yes it is true GM did approach Don with licensing issues and Don decided to pull his GMC products. I still have my masters, 60-63 (rounded letters) and 64-66 (squared letters), hoods, grills, and tailgate inserts. I also did Don's 57 Chevy "Apache" grille before AMT came out with theirs.
The 358 conversion kit is my kit. I mastered it back in the mid 90s. Clint Freeman and I entered into a partnership and I gave him the rights to cast my masters until he and I decided to shutdown because of so many thieves copying our work. I then brought it back with Eric until his health gave out and other issues develop.
You do have to go through legal negotiations with the major mfgs in order to be licensed to sell products that bear their name. Generally speaking, you also have to carry a Liability Insurance policy of at least $1M. Then you have to track and send into the company the units you sold and pay your royalties. All this does take time and money. There are several cottage industry companies who take the time and effort to be legit. I know of a few people who were selling Mack and GMC products without legally being licensed and they both were issued letters to cease their operations or legal action will be taken.
As far as copyrights go, you can go to their website and read all about it. Only the master modeler knows his secrets that he can truly identify a counterfeit from the original. No matter how many times a counterfeiter will try and cover it up it they will know it will be there for identification.
I agree with you on the shows. I've been down that road also with a person who was taking claim to fame on my products, until I introduced myself to him. I asked all sorts of questions about his resin casting with a large crowd standing around and he proceeded to tell everyone how he made the truck masters and then molded them and all that, but when I popped the question "Isn't that Bill Drennen's W900L?" His chin hit the floor and didn't know what to say. Then I said to him, "I'm Bill Drennen and that is my work you are taking credit for." Then we had a discussion about making sure he is doing the right thing and not being a pirate.
It is true, Eric is having health issues as well as other issues also, you can see that by reading his FaceBook page. I have pulled all my products from him and started selling them direct now. If you want any of the Kenworth 900L/T800 or Petebilt 358/379 kits Bill Drennen produced you can send me a PM and I will get with you on them.
You can google copyright on the internet and find their website. You will find that if you keep all your plans, pictures and any information on your build you are legally considered copyrighted. You also have the option to register your master patterns by sending them all your info on your creation. Hope this helps.
I don't have a list because I dont have that much to keep one. I have most all of my kits execpt for the 1/24th Pete hood conversion. I have in stock my Pete 379, ($90) KW 9L ($90), Pete 358 ($40), and the suspension trunions ($5) to update the Revell Germany 8 air bag with the KW logo in the center. I also have several of my spun aluminum Vortox air cleaners($30). If you want any of these let me know though a PM.
Yes Jim, they did get sold unfortunately. It takes eBay awhile to pull the auctions. I found them about a 1-1/2 days before the auction ended. eBay said when you make the report you get put into a queue, so they didn't get to them in time before they were sold. I have had eBay pull auctions before in the past on this issue. eBay has a program named VeRO that allows you to file the Copyright Infringement charge. They said they would give him a violation for selling them.
The Verified Rights Owners program (VeRO) allows intellectual property owners to report listings that infringe their rights on the site.