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Motor City

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  1. Motor City added a post in a topic Advance Preview - Round 2's new AMT Camaro "FIFTY" Full Detail Kit...   

    Thanks for another great review, Tim.  Like you, I got spoiled by all of the great annual kits that came out in the 1960s.  Those days are over, but this proves that the model companies are trying to produce kits that people want to buy today.  I hope Round 2 does well with this kit and can continue restoring old tooling as well as producing new kits. 
  2. Motor City added a post in a topic Model rubber tire rot, has it happened to you.   

    I've seen photos of early AMT and Jo-Han kits on Ebay where the tires and wheels don't fit well together.  I'm guessing that the tires shrunk, but don't really know. 
    Has anyone had success softening up tires on old metal promos (Banthrico, National Products, Master Caster) to eliminate flat spots due to the weight of these early models?  
  3. Motor City added a post in a topic MPC 1979 Trans Am'   

    As I recall, the original promo kit doesn't have as poor a fit stuffing the interior tub and chassis into the body as the regular original kit.  It's not a very good tooling.  The comment regarding the hood scoop is correct, too.
  4. Motor City added a post in a topic Automotive Production Numbers?   

    Jerry Heasley also published a book in 1979 called something like "Production Figures for U.S. Cars".  It covered roughly the 1920s to early 1970s.  I have a copy of it at home.  What are you looking for specifically as I also have the Standard Catalog of American Cars?   
  5. Motor City added a post in a topic How do I carefully dismantle a promo to restore it?   

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  6. Motor City added a post in a topic How do I carefully dismantle a promo to restore it?   

    Thank you for the information, Chris.  I'll make sure to be careful.  I did repair the windshield frame, so it is barely noticeable. 
     
    Jim
  7. Motor City added a post in a topic How do I carefully dismantle a promo to restore it?   

    Thanks for the great suggestion, Bill!
    Jim
  8. Motor City added a post in a topic How do I carefully dismantle a promo to restore it?   

    Hi Steve,
    The resin wheels looks slightly different than the originals and the resin grille doesn't fit as well as the original, so I'm inclined to replate all of the original parts at this point, or buy a kit that has a bad body.  Other than with this car, I've rarely seen a  steering wheel in a promo that looked to be molded as part of the dash.  There usually is a slight gap that can be seen where the stem would fit into the hole.  I am a little reluctant to drill through the existing wheel, but putting in a full steering wheel would probably hold up better than just gluing the rim onto the spokes.  I thought maybe running the tires under hot water would soften them up enough to remove them easily?  This car has the typical promo wheels with thick, ribbed axles.  Thank you for all of the other great tips.
    Jim
     
  9. Motor City added a topic in General   

    How do I carefully dismantle a promo to restore it?
    I was eating at a Bob Evans a while ago.  They had model cars on display all over the restaurant high up on shelves.  I noticed a '63 XL convertible with a broken windshield frame, but it was all there.  I told the store manager that someone should repair it before it was broken off.  So he gave it to me!  I took it home and removed the hand painted silver accents from the cowl vent area (below the windshield).  It was quite filthy as you can imagine.  While cleaning it up with soap and warm water, most of the chrome came off of the bumpers and wheels.  The steering wheel rim was missing, and the glass was missing part of one vent window area.  So I ordered chrome, glass and a steering wheel from Modelhaus.  How do I safely remove the wheels from the tires, the taillights from the rear bumper (which are heat sealed into the bumper), the top-of-fender ornaments (also heat sealed, and the convertible boot (also heat sealed)?  The steering wheel and dashboard appear to be molded as one piece, so instead of drilling out the old column, I expect to snip off the new rim, paint it, and bond it to the original column.  Any thought on this?  Thank you, everyone!
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  10. Motor City added a post in a topic Fuzz Duster - Round 2 serves it up LAME!   

    Customized vans started to become popular as the muscle car era was dying off.  You know, shag carpeting inside (including on the walls and ceiling), garish paint jobs, custom wheels, flares, and a pop-up sinroof - errr. sunroof.  Then you could order a FACTORY custom van (remember the Pinto Cruising Wagon, and various full-sized vans).  These were, and are, lame.  I would have preferred spending the money tooling some Rancheros, Cougars, Thunderbirds, Regals, etc.  Hopefully we'll eventually see some of the popular cars from the '70s.  If not, pimping out a van is the next best thing!     
  11. Motor City added a post in a topic Fuzz Duster - Round 2 serves it up LAME!   

    Adam,
    Hopefully someone will give you a Superfly Grand Prix just to read your humorous review!
     
  12. Motor City added a post in a topic Fuzz Duster - Round 2 serves it up LAME!   

    a very entertaining review, Adam!
  13. Motor City added a post in a topic MPC '73 Mustang?   

    Thanks for the tips, guys.  So to get the molded 'Mustang' script I would have to buy the original kit.  I wonder if the script is excessively large like MPC's '73 Z-28?
  14. Motor City added a post in a topic MPC '73 Mustang?   

    After having read this entire thread, I'm disappointed that it doesn't come with the correct decals to make a '73 Mach 1.  Does anyone make the correct 'Mustang' script for the front fenders? 
  15. Motor City added a post in a topic Two more iconic cars we need kitted   

    Speaking of mid-engined cars, what about the Pantera or Mangusta, both designed by DeTomaso?