Bought a cheap glue bomb Revell '69 Camaro Z28 RS off ebay pretty much because the seller's photo had the wheels looking oversized, as though they were mismatched out of the Revell '77 Chevy van kit. They measure out to .688" in diameter, multiply by 24 and it would be 16.5". But they have the same metallic blue plastic under the chrome as the rest of the kit, and in 25th scale, that would measure out to 17.2". So I suppose the next question is whether the rest of the Camaro is actually 24th scale despite what it says on the box, or if they just used the tooling from the '77 Chevy van wheels?
Via a rather pricey ebay auction from earlier today, the aforementioned R&R resin cast repop may have instead been a long out-of-production SC Miller resin cast. Using that name in a search, I turned up a January MCM forum thread I must have missed, which had just a bit more on the Miller resin casts.
Separated the engine block/tranny into four pieces, mostly for having an easy time creating deadly sharp color line separations between what will be an orange engine, silver bellhousing and slightly different silver tranny, but also in order to have a totally cylindrical oil filter / starter instead of those two being molded-on lumps. So, there's a parts-box starter, and the beginnings of a period-correct early '70s oil filter, along with a more detailed mounting spot for the filter. Started on a better looking distributor, and put a larger block of plastic at the front of the crossram intake for the upper radiator hose. I won't go overboard with carburetor detail since I intend to bury that area with a single oval air filter with the cowl induction foam perimeter around it. I don't know my engines well, but it sure seemed this kit's Z28 one lacked that big round thing at the lower front, I assume a harmonic balancer. And, I used my motor tool cutting wheel to gouge in the rectangular hole in the blog of a water pump at the top front, in order to make that look more realistic in shape. Oh, dear, the battery seems to have gone flat.
Thanks for the interest, guys. Yep, I'm lagging behind a bit on posting at least one progress pic, which I can do when I get back to my apartment early next week. At least got a question answered about the silver foil version decal reproduction over at this thread. Meanwhile, having had a lot of fun with the Y-block engine in my last silly build (photo links malfunctioning until maybe an MCM forum system update restores 'em), I thought the flip front of this Quicksilver kit would be a great excuse to present a more detailed Z28 engine. So, I've turned the kit's entire too-simplistic engine/tranny lump into separate parts of tranny / bell housing / oil pan / oil filter / starter, along with separating the distributor and creating a better outlet for the upper radiator hose. You'll see.
Yep, Gooche features those regularly on ebay, found easily in a search of Quicksilver in its models/automotive section, but in a quick inquiry with that seller, he says foil printing requires the Alps 5000 printer version which he doesn't have. He sent me to "426ratnasty", the seller of many Alps-printed reproductions decals, but it turns out he (who apparently just departed from the MCM forum over issues I have no clue about) doesn't have the foil-printing Alps version either.
Did you end up with this one? http://www.ebay.com/itm/311479710618 More expensive than I could budget, but the only thing I need out of it was the decal sheet. For my own project, reproduction decals with silver metallic lettering would be ok, but I'd still prefer the original silver foil kit decals. Another one of these popped up on ebay today with the decals, but the negative feedback for the seller is a turnoff....
If that's who I talked to when I pumped up my shape material & paint supplies a few weeks ago and when he allowed me to measure a wheel on one of his 1/32 scale die casts a month or three ago, I can vouch for him as well.
But is it art? 6x6 Freightliners from horizon to horizon, which would be hard to spot in foresty conditions .... except for the one with the white fifth wheel. Same basic parking spot as where I saw the 4x4 custom station wagon back in early January.
I've been keeping an eye on ebay parts listings for rally wheels, and in a reply from ebay seller "kit-parts", I have a related answer on the diameter of the rallys in the Revell '69 Chevy Nova SS kit that he is selling here , where he replied, "I didn't have a good, detailed ruler for inches, but I did for CM. I have approx 1.6 cm.." Fabulous that he could answer that question. That would be almost .63", too small for what I'm aiming for in a 24th scale rally wheel.
Tom Geiger showed the general condition of the 25th scale promos over at this other thread on the smaller Revell kits, and I chimed in one comment later with a photo of a Franklin Mint diecast. Haven't yet found any R&R resin repop that Tom mentioned there, though. Assuming that is not an available item anymore, it would be entertaining if someone could take a not-so-warped promo body, straighten it out via bondo efforts or something, and cobble it back together well enough to get a resin cast from it. Tempted to try that myself, but haven't landed a promo body cheap enough yet.