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  1. Robberbaron added a post in a topic What did you get today?   

    New Moebius '54 Hornet Special (2 door sedan) and the MPC '70 Bonneville convertible.
  2. Robberbaron added a post in a topic What kits did you miss ?   

    I was lucky enough to get a pretty good assortment of Johan kits, but most of what I have is from their later period.  When I was just starting to build basic snap kits, I remember standing in my LHS admiring all the different glue kits that I hoped to build when I was older.  I clearly recall seeing the 1970 Rebel Machine, the Hornet funny car, and 1968 Chrysler 300.  By the time I was able to build glue kits, those were already no longer available.
    I also didn't appreciate certain subjects at the time.  I'd love to have the '62 Dodge and Plymouth kits now, but at the time I didn't appreciate their "creative" styling.. I never got the '63 Plymouth kit because I didn't realize it could be built stock, and I thought the custom version shown on the box art was ugly as sin.
    One other factor was finances.  I was just a kid, so I couldn't get every single kit I wanted.  Could have gotten the '62 Cutlass, the '63 Starfire, and a bunch of others, but passed them up to get something else.
  3. Robberbaron added a post in a topic Chevy Engine Red/Chevy Engine Orange   

    While GM may have started switching to corporate blue for other divisions, from what I've seen Chevy engines installed in actual Chevy-branded vehicles didn't switch until part way through the 1977 model year.  The 305 in my old 1977 Caprice was painted corporate blue, same for the 305 in my old 1977 Monte.
    However, my 1977 Malibu Classic's 350 is painted Chevy Engine Red, and was built early in the model year.  I bought this car from a little old lady with 63,000 miles on it, so I can say definitively it was factory original and correct.  Family friends also had a very early build 1977 Impala 4-door sedan that also had a CE red engine.
    From what I've seen over the years from junkyarding and shopping for used vehicles, the vast majority of 1977 Chevys had corporate blue engines, maybe 10% that I've seen had CE red, so I'm guessing (and it's ONlLY my educated guess) that it changed only a month or two into 1977 MY production.  I suppose there's also a chance it was dependent on the manufacturing plant (my Malibu was Canadian built)
    FWIW, I've always considered the color on my Malibu's engine to be red/orange - seemed like the Duplcolor Chevy Engine Red was a close match.  The 350 in my brother's 1975 Caprice is the same shade.
  4. Robberbaron added a post in a topic "Squad Rod" '79 Nova   

    Real glad to see the Squad Rod returning, just a few months ago we had a thread discussing this possibility.  I suppose the Pontiac engine is no big deal to me, no shortage of SBCs in my parts box that I can throw in there.
    Of course I don't plan to use the police parts, but it's always nice to have them for the parts box, especially the 1/25th scale arsenal that's included on that parts tree.
    All these smog era reissues are getting my hopes up that we might see the Chevette reissued, and maybe a Monza 2+2.  I've got an old Pro Street Rick Dobbertin J2000 chassis that I've been wanting to slip under a small body, preferably a Chevette.
  5. Robberbaron added a post in a topic Round 2 new releases for 2016   

    Good news on the Pacer having the stock build option.
    Custom-only would be pointless for most people...
  6. Robberbaron added a post in a topic Revell 1984 Olds 442   

    Now THAT is cool! 
    I think I've stated it before, but I'll say it again: I'm totally fine with the slightly reduced parts count/simplification in kits like this, so long as Revell nails the basic body and proportions.  If it looks correct sitting on my shelf, I'm good.  From Bill's pics, this sure looks pretty good to me...
    Knowledgeable sources have indicated the next version of this tool will be a 442 (I believe they say it will be a 1985), with the option of building it as an FE3-X (prototype created by Olds with ground effects package, never offered for production).  The 442s did not have the add on power bulge, so that version should offer a basic flat hood.
  7. Robberbaron added a post in a topic Toy show in highland indiana   

    Was able to sneak over there right when the doors opened, quite impressed by the number of vendors selling kits.  Way more people selling models than I've seen previously.  Wound up getting some rockin' deals on some stuff, but I behaved and only spent what I had in my pocket (no trips to the ATM) 😀
    They have another show scheduled for April in Crown Point, going to need to try to make that one, too.
    Really need to dig out some of my junk that I'm never going to build and try to sell it, just don't think I'll be able to get around to it in time for the April show...
  8. Robberbaron added a post in a topic Toy show in highland indiana   

    Might have to try to sneak over from my work, maybe at lunch time.
    Haven't hit one of the "Santa" shows in quite a few years.  Glad to hear you'll be there selling.  I used to attend these shows regularly, but here were usually very few people selling kits.
  9. Robberbaron added a post in a topic A Detailed Preview of Revell's Upcoming '30A Chopped Five Window Hot Rod....   

    I also suspect that you don't always drink beer, but when you do, you prefer Dos Equis! 😜
  10. Robberbaron added a post in a topic Some more Round2 surprizes!   

    Did notice that the $36.95 version is the "Original Art Series" version.  The "regular" version is listed for $34.95.  LITTLE bit better, but still...
    Other observations: anyone else notice the AMT 1977 Pacer wagon? Guess the MPC Pacer must have sold well enough. Hoping it can be built stock? (I believe the last time it was available in the late 70s/early 80s, it was that custom-only version with the Monza-looking headlights) Also listing an AMT 1961 Impala SS. Sounds like another one of the "good" Lindberg tools that they're reissuing as an AMT, like the "Lawman" Plymouth. Or is it possible that it's actually the '62 Impala, and Stevens mistakenly listed it as a '61?
  11. Robberbaron added a post in a topic Some more Round2 surprizes!   

    I also have serious concerns about some of Round 2's recent pricing on certain kits.  Even with some of the retooled parts in some of the recent kits, 90% + of the box contents is identical to previous, recent reissues.  Yes, Round 2 does add value usually by including their awesome pad-printed tires, and nice retro decals and box art.  But it's often awful hard to justify ~$30 MSRP on some of these Round 2 kits when some of the completely new (i.e. totally new tooling) Revell and Moebius kits are retailing for less.
    I've given up guessing how Round 2 determines when they're going to retool parts for certain reissues.  Some reissues, such as the '36 Ford, receive extensive retooled parts.  Many other reissues have no changes from the last time the kit was available (except maybe tires/decals/artwork).  A couple recent reissues were disappointing to me since I was hoping Round 2 would take the initiative to add or correct some details that have been wrong for decades on some of their tooling:
    The rear bumper/taillight assembly for the AMT '69 Chevelle kits was mangled back in the '70s, and the only way to get one of these builds to look decent is to use the Modelhaus repop parts from the original issue.  I really expected Round 2 to retool/correct this issue in their recent reissue of the '69 convertible, but it's still the same mess it's been for decades.
    Similar situations are the new MPC Barracuda reissue that's still is missing it's backup lights, and the '84 GMC "Deserter" that still has the mis-matched grill/bumper and only 1/20 size tires.
  12. Robberbaron added a post in a topic What did you get today?   

    Hobby Lobby finally dropped their sticker price by $3 on the MPC '79 Trans Ams (originally when they showed up they were $29.99).
    The cost decrease plus the trusty 40% off coupon got the price down just enough that I was willing to spring for it.  (Been on the fence for a while about this one - Round 2 was, shall we say, a little overly optimistic on their MSRP on this one)  Didn't go there planning to get it, but they didn't have any of the new releases I was looking for.
  13. Robberbaron added a post in a topic History of MPC's Rounded Line Trucks   

    The more I look at the box art posted on Round 2's site, the more I'm suspecting that this may really just be a quick and dirty reissue of the RC2 era kit, with new retro looking box art (I don't believe this "Deserter" version ever was originally issued in the '80s).
    If you look closely at this new box art you will see that they are still showing the goofy panel lines that were added for the Fall Guy storage compartments.  Also, if the box art is accurate, it still has the bumper mounted turn signals, which I believe were 81-82 only, not correct for an '84. (This would also be unchanged from the RC2 issue)
    Biggest red flag for me is their repeated description of "oversized" tires.  Sounds like they might still be including the 1/20 scale rolling stock:
    If these are hitting the shelves now, I guess we'll find out soon enough.  Gotta admit I'll probably still get one regardless, since it's the only game in town for an '81+ C/K...

  14. Robberbaron added a post in a topic A Detailed Preview of Revell's Upcoming '30A Chopped Five Window Hot Rod....   

    I seem to recall that the first set of test shots for the roadster that Revell publicly displayed actually had a Dana rear end, so maybe it changed more than once from the initial design.  At least the 9" is a common choice in the 1:1 world, which is probably the reason they switched to that from the Dana.  Imagine the bellyaching if they'd followed through with that one...
  15. Robberbaron added a post in a topic A Detailed Preview of Revell's Upcoming '30A Chopped Five Window Hot Rod....   

    Don't forget the Caddy mill in the Revell Merc kits, or the 348 in their '58 Impala.  Come to think of it, I think the only first generation GM OHV V8 NOT recently tooled by Revell would be the Pontiac, but there are other sources such as the AMT '62 Pontiac, the new Moebius '61 kits, or the old parts packs...