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  1. The first new Monogram car kit in 1/25 scale was the '59 Cadillac convertible, in 1993. As I understand, it was started as a 1/24 scale kit, but management switched horses midstream and tooled it in 1/25. That begs the question, what was the last all-new car kit prior to that one? Or, did they tool any all-new NASCAR kits after that? They stayed with 1/24 for those, to remain consistent with those already produced.
  2. In short, if you want to speculate or dream about whether or not Atlantis has a particular kit tool, take a look at recent issues of the same kit. Made in USA = there's a chance Atlantis has it. Made in China = nope.
  3. Probably doesn't match any particular maker exactly. I think Daniel got the inspiration from a CAR MODEL magazine two-part article from a couple of years earlier. Phil Jensen scratchbuilt a drag version school bus using a balsa wood body and the frame from an Aurora 1/32 scale fire truck kit. Jensen's bus had the four Pontiac engine setup from a Revell Mickey Thompson Challenger I kit. As for the S'cool Bus front clip...while at GM (for a short time) in their styling studio, a young designer came up with a facelift idea for the '62 Chevy trucks. The '62 hood was cleaner and also a lot cheaper to make than the '60-'61 hood. After a short time with GM, Tom Daniel left Detroit for California, where he'd been while in the Navy.
  4. The Skip's reissue has different (custom only) wheels as I recall. Tires were the rubber Goodyears that were used in the stock early Eighties Firebird and Camaro kits if I remember right. Parts like bumpers do fit between the Nomad and hardtop but aren't exactly the same. You'd have to have both kits open next to one another to tell which is which in some cases.
  5. I'd bet that either: -the parts are being pulled out of the tool before being completely cooled (which would happen when production is speeded up) -the heat involved in the vacuum plating process is enough to cause this. Parts tree design (location of where the part is attached to the tree could be to blame also) What happens when the windshield frame is separated from the tree? The more mildly warped examples look like it wouldn't take much to put them right, and attaching the glass would force them the remainder of the way. Not the best solution, but should be workable in many cases.
  6. I have two credit cards, one exists only as a backup. If I'm out of town and the main one is locked or otherwise available to me. I use the main one for pretty much everything, but use the other one for one recurring Venmo transfer every month. That way, I get an e-mailed statement every month (and a paper one too) so I can monitor the activity on the less active one.
  7. I looked into it locally, they don't want styrene in the recycling bin. I do recycle wherever possible, I put that bin out to the curb more often than my trash bin (though admittedly it is the smaller of the two, but not by a lot). With 3D growing as much as it has, sprues might eventually by cutoffs from the printer...
  8. Well, the automobile itself started out as an unreliable, tempermental, not particularly useful toy for wealthy people. Over time, it got sorted out, then the light bulb came on for a few people that, if we can make a bunch of these things at lower prices and sell them to the masses, we can make a bunch of money. Same with calculators, portable phones, computers, and a lot of other things.
  9. Did you ever fill out their surveys? A lot of those asked subscribers to name, and list, their favorite channels. Just perfect for them to decide which channels to move to the premium package! I never had cable. Besides being cheap and not wanting to watch a lot of TV, I didn't see the need to pay for channels I wasn't going to watch: channels in other languages, ten channels of "futbol", and so on. They'd always deny having the ability to offer a personalized selection or individual channels on an ala carte basis. At the same time, they were offering pay-per-view where they could literally offer an additional channel for a specified time window! By the time they came around to breaking out individual channels, too late...I'd gotten used to living without it...
  10. Chassis parts for those trucks were tough to find prior to the '78 reissue. I bought a couple of Express Trucks to get parts before the '78 reappeared. That didn't take care of wide box taillight lenses or bezels though, it seems most of those trucks were gluebombed back in the day.
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    Those weren't available back in '76, the demand increased along with the popularity of Mustang II front suspension swaps.
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    The drag version wouldn't use a stock rear axle. The new one would be five-lug. Front brake rotors or hubs can usually be redrilled to a five-lug pattern and the wheel studs pressed in. On occasion a rotor from another car is a direct swap.
  13. AMT and Revell made '62 Imperial kits. AMT made a convertible and two-door hardtop (some convertibles were in "SMP" boxes). Revell made a four-door hardtop. That bumper looks like AMT, detail is a bit finer than Revell's. AMT rear bumper has "1962" license plate while Revell's is blank.
  14. AMT '58 Impala has a plated one.
  15. The Pumpin' Iron truck is a '79. Note the difference in the cowl detail between it and the other one, which is the more common one. Hoods seem to interchange between the two styles, but the Pumpin' Iron is correct for '79 and newer. If you get a later hood and grille, use them with that cab.
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