Bob Ellis

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  • Location Concord, MA
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  1. Bob Ellis added a post in a topic New 66 Ford Galaxie   

    I don't know how many people have heard it, but 1966 is the last year that Holman Moody supplied stock Galaxie bodies for NASCAR racing. They never used real stock bodies again. Using stock bodies was born from the requirement that any car raced had to be sold in the quantity of 500 units to the public.
    From what I understand, when Ford went to using a Fairlane body for racing in 1967, it was a uni-body which was unacceptable for safety in racing. From there it evolved into tube frame bodies specifically made for racing.
    That is what is interesting about this 1966 Galaxie kit as a NASCAR racer.
  2. Bob Ellis added a post in a topic We need a '60 El Camino   

    I think if there was enough demand for a '60 El Camino, it would have been done in the last 40 years. I'm sure AMT and Revell considered it but got no bites from distributers or stores.
    It also hurts that there are tons of reasonably good built (and sometimes unbuilt) original AMT '60 El Caminos for sale on eBay and other places. Then there are resin copies, and Do It Yourselfers that marry a '59 AMT with a Revell '60 Impala.
    If somebody made one new, I would buy it. I think the chances are low.
  3. Bob Ellis added a post in a topic This ever happen to anyone else?   

    I am going to have to agree with Harry P.
    While I have not seen this with spray paint cans, I have seen it happen with soda cans that just sit in a controlled environment and no agitation.
    Over the years it has been the can companies goal to reduce the material used with no adverse affect on performance. About 30 years ago, there was a soda company in Massachusetts that had tons on cans releasing their contents with nobody doing anything to cause it. The problem seemed to go away as I never saw or heard about again. But, the cans are not as robust as they were 40-50 years ago, and probably less now.
    It wouldn't hurt contacting the paint company and telling them what happened. Maybe they have fixed the problem already if some have complained. I am sure they don't want it to continue.
  4. Bob Ellis added a post in a topic '58 Impala Rebuild   

    Nice job restoring it to a convertible.
    Those wheels did not come from that kit for sure, but I don't know the Tom Daniels kit well.
    I bought that same '58 Impala kit at Sears when they used to sell models. It's the first of the AMT foldable boxes which I think began about 1971. Should have a T273-225 kit number, I think. -225 means $2.25
  5. Bob Ellis added a post in a topic Kits gone at WalMart again   

    Walmart in Hudson, NH carries model car kits but the Walmart in Hudson/Marborough, MA does not. About a 30 mile separation.
    Last time the Massachusetts Walmart had models was in the ERTL checkered box days.
  6. Bob Ellis added a post in a topic New modeling tool from Kitchen Table Resins   

    Just say $12.99 shipped to your door
  7. Bob Ellis added a post in a topic Revell 57 Ford Sedan - Starting corrections   

    Comparing new and old kits based on the same car is a mixed bag. Newer kits have more separate details, but the older ones seem to have better fidelity to shape, in a lot of cases.
  8. Bob Ellis added a post in a topic "60 CHEVY WAGON (Paint/Weathering)   

    Tom, you are correct. It has to fit before paint and assembly.
    I am guessing that maybe there is a 5% shrink in a resin copy versus original. Even still, the body is thicker in the resin that original and it is not consistent in thickness.
    There are 2 Modelhaus '60 rear bumpers. One is the Impala shown above used in the AMT Craftsman Nomad kit. You need to order the promo '60 rear bumper for the Nomad which has 4 tail lights.
  9. Bob Ellis added a post in a topic Back In Stock   

    Brian, which General, old or new tool?
  10. Bob Ellis added a post in a topic 1962-issue Revell '56 F-100   

  11. Bob Ellis added a post in a topic Aftermarket headlights for Olds 442?   

    While 1975 is the first year rectangular headlights showed up on new US cars, I believe the Federal law changed a few times over the years . It dates back to 1940 when a new law stated that only 2 round sealed beam headlights were allowed. In 1957 it was revised to 4 round headlights and again in 1974 to allow square shapes. A lot of the European spec headlights used replaceable bulbs that did not fit the law. Headlight covers were allowed in 1983 with replaceable bulbs. This allowed more aerodynamic car body shapes for efficiency.
    Those rectangular shaped bulbs on both Olds were illegal until 1974.
  12. Bob Ellis added a post in a topic 59 Ford Skyliner retractable - built last year   

    I just bought one of these Skyliner kits. I was thinking about making a 57 using the AMT kit.
  13. Bob Ellis added a post in a topic Strange business practices?   

    And the Samba name came from Brazil.
  14. Bob Ellis added a post in a topic Looks like the Mobius Ford is a hit after all!   

    Some people forget, it isn't just a built model car, it's a model car built by him.
  15. Bob Ellis added a post in a topic Cars of American Graffiti   

    Watch the movie carefully as Toad is driving through the city streets. There is a '68 Impala parked along the street. Where were you in '62, I mean '68.