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  1. Mark added a post in a topic Tweedy Pie II question   

    The rear end isn't a quickchange, it's a Ford closed-drive unit, from around 1940.  Transmission is late Thirties/early Forties Ford, adapted to the Chevy engine.  The frame is a (way) cut-down '32 piece.  The engine is a late Fifties small-block ('58-up) with provisions for side mounts, and a bolt-on oil filter which was used through about '66.
    The kit was tooled in the early Sixties.  The 1:1 car was not built by Roth, but he did finish the engine swap (original build had a flathead) and he added some other touches to it.  The Tweedy Pie II kit isn't fully restored back to what the 1:1 car ever was.  Revell has issued the kit again, this time with more restored and new parts to match the 1:1.  Any issue of that kit (and there are a lot of them) have the same basic engine and chassis parts. 
  2. Mark added a post in a topic Throwing Away Old Stuff..   

    I'm slowly learning to get rid of stuff.  A couple of years ago, I started selling off kits that I hadn't thought about since buying them.  Still have a long way to go, though.
    With things like tools, if they are damaged, out they go!  With clothes, if they don't fit (or if I haven't worn them in a couple of years) they get donated (if they're in good shape, of course). 
    Glasses can be donated also.  I don't know if anything can be done with the acrylic lenses if they are scratched, but the people asking for them don't specify one way or the other.  That reminds me...I really should get an appointment with the optometrist and get going on a new pair of glasses.  
  3. Mark added a post in a topic Will Slow Down of Cottage Industry Slow the Hobby?   

    I only went to the NNL event once during my time doing the Toledo shows, but I didn't have a problem with the separate admission.  I had it figured pretty much as Art says, that the club hosting the NNL had to recover the cost of the room. 
    Lately, I've cut most of the "antique toy shows" out of my schedule.  I only set up at a few things a year now: a local 1:1 automotive swap on Super Bowl Sunday, the annual local IPMS event, NNL East, and the Three Rivers show just outside of Pittsburgh.  I've missed another local show the last couple of years (my employer does a fundraiser the same day) but this year they don't conflict with one I'll add that one back in this year.
  4. Mark added a post in a topic AMT '57 Ford Hardtop News   

    The last couple of Racing Champions issues of the '57 Ford were a mixed bag.  One had a box that was a copy of the early Eighties AMT/Ertl box, but the parts inside were basically still from the 1993 revised version.  The instructions and decals were from the early Eighties issue, and other than the stock version the parts didn't match up with the instructions.  The original plated tree-and-a-half from the early issues was split up, with things like the rear axle and injector tubes left unplated.  The Round 2 issue will no doubt match up the parts in the box to what is shown on the box.
  5. Mark added a post in a topic AMT '57 Ford Hardtop News   

    Nope, the injector tubes are set up as they would be on a small-block Chevy.  Y-block guys know the pairs of tubes need to be "clocked" 90 degrees from the way they are on most other engines, to line up with the Y-block's peculiar intake port arrangement.
  6. Mark added a post in a topic Will Slow Down of Cottage Industry Slow the Hobby?   

    I set up at Toledo for about five years (first went there to check it out in early '88, set up at at least two shows a year through '93).  I remember that first show; it was huge, bigger than anything like that I'd ever seen.  When my brother and I got to the other end of the building, we noticed people walking in from that end.  Holy cow, there's another whole room!  John Carlisle was always good to deal with.  He's from near where I live, and for some reason he hasn't been able to keep a show going around here.  For a long time, every couple of years he'd try again, and just not get enough traction to keep going.  I've been to other shows of his (not recently, though) in Pennsylvania and Ohio in addition to a few in New York.  I've never been disappointed.
    The Beanie Baby/NASCAR diecast/new Hot Wheels vendors helped do in a couple of other shows around here too.  But it's partly the show promoter's fault.  All of a sudden, those new vendors swell the waiting list for tables at a meet, then the promoter gets an inflated ego and starts throwing in new/arbitrary rules and demands, thinking he/she has a bunch of other people to sell a table to if you don't bow and kiss their ring.  After those vendors dry up and fall out of the picture, the original ones have moved on and don't come back. 
    The promoter then starts letting in other vendors that water the thing down even further.  One guy putting shows on around here used to send out "toy show" flyers.  His shows were pretty lame to begin with, but this one was practically within walking distance so I went.  I'm standing in line holding a flyer that says "toy show", the guy behind me has one for a "comic book show", the people behind him have one that says "movie memorabilia show", someone else's flyer says "record show"...all the same show!  Probably should have left before handing over the five bucks to get in... 
    It's similar to the 1:1 automotive swap meets letting in the chainsaw carvings, wind catchers, cheap tools, and craft vendors.  Before long, what was a decent automotive swap meet becomes a rusty lawn mower bazaar.
  7. Mark added a post in a topic Super Clean   

    Then don't ever take a tour of a water treatment plant!  I worked construction (as a clerical worker) for twenty years, the first ten for what was the biggest contractor in my area at that time.  They were building a lot of treatment plants the first few years.  You wouldn't want to see the solids they pull out of the water...let's just say that every Monday morning, the "latex navy" pulled into port.  That said, it's nothing short of miraculous how plain old water comes out of the faucet, clean and safe in the vast majority of places.  Like Snake says, a lot of the bottled water out there is just that: out of the tap and into the bottle.  I was glad to have that a couple of months ago though, when a water main broke and we were out for a day or so. 
    As for the disposal, how about straining out the solid stuff and disposing of it separately?  Or maybe dump some sawdust into it to absorb everything, then toss that as a solid?  Around here, to get rid of unused house paint, we're told to open the can and let it dry out (for small quantities), then toss the can.  There's a product you can buy and mix into a more full can to dry it out for disposal.  As for unused meds, a lot of towns have places where you can take those.  Even the pharmacies should be able to help, or at least steer you in the right direction.  There's no excuse to just dump stuff down the drain.
  8. Mark added a post in a topic Fuzz Duster - Round 2 serves it up LAME!   

    hey hey, it's the Fonz' dream rod...
    The half-top probably changed the car enough for MPC to not have to give anyone a royalty on it, other than the Happy Days folks...
  9. Mark added a post in a topic AMT '57 Ford Hardtop News   

    Customizing parts were the more basic ones: front/rear pans, skirts, scoops, things like that.  Those were usually designed as glue-on items, though molding some of them in would be desirable.  Sometimes, the bumpers would be designed to overlap where the pan attached to the body, to reduce/eliminate the need for putty.
    Stylizing/Advanced Customizing parts were the ones that really had to be molded in to look decent.  Kits with those parts introduced in '61 and '62 were called "Styline" or "Stylizing", starting in '63 they were "Advanced Custom".  The Advanced Custom stuff hung on through '65, though on occasion parts like that would turn up in annual kits after that.
  10. Mark added a post in a topic AMT '57 Ford Hardtop News   

    Recent issues of the '50 Ford have a lot more than half of the Stylizing parts.  Only a few are missing: skirts, fins, a rear bumper piece, and the Victoria roof.  The Carson top was altered to create the half-top that has been in the kit since the second issue.  The Round 2 issue had the drag version parts that, until now, were only in the second issue.
  11. Mark added a post in a topic Round 2 Dodge Drag Racing Kits   

    The 1:1 wasn't too different from the Little Red Wagon.  There's a magazine article on the Dodge Fever truck in a magazine from back in the day.  I think the headers were different, but that wouldn't be a deal breaker.
  12. Mark added a post in a topic New added to Round 2's in the Meyers Manx kit also.  Both used the same chassis, as did the recently issued Teevee dune buggy.  The wheels and tires shown are MPC pieces, those weren't in any of those kits.
  13. Mark added a post in a topic AMT '57 Ford Hardtop News   

    The original Flashback-box issue did NOT have the Stylizing parts.  The issue prior to it did.  In 1971 or so, both the Ford and the '57 Chevy were reworked to remove those parts, and were reboxed.  The Ford got the Flashback box, the Chevy became the second (turquoise) Pepper Shaker.
  14. Mark added a post in a topic 68 Impala   

    MPC.  AMT didn't make a '68 Impala kit; they made a "for 1968" "Chevrolet SS 427" which was a custom-only modification of their original '67 kit.  The body was detrimmed (and had no rear window opening!), interior was custom only, and no stock bumpers were included.  MPC made the Chevrolet promotional models for '68, and AMT couldn't get advance information on the cars MPC was doing as promos.  AMT's Camaro and Firebird kits were "for 1968" also, meaning they weren't replicas of 1968 cars, but rather "something we're throwing out there for the 1968 model year". 
  15. Mark added a post in a topic What are the differences between AMT 39/40 Ford Tudor sedan kits?   

    The first issue box calls the sedan a 1940, and mentions "optional 1939 parts".  It's splitting hairs, but they weren't necessarily saying that a correct '39 could be built.