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  1. And now for something completely different...

    I'd like to see the chassis...how'd he get that much engine setback? Did he ditch the stock X-frame? Boyd Coddington did one of his builds ('59 Chevy) with about that much setback; the engine/transmission got raised a bit so everything cleared the "X". He'd already chopped off the frame ahead of the firewall, and behind the front seat, leaving me wondering why he didn't just lose the rest of the frame and start over. The car looks neat. As for the front end treatment, it works as-is but would look better with a chrome bumper. But then again, the whole thing "works" just the way it is.
  2. AMT Ala Kart

    No. That's the newer kit, which can only be built as the Ala Kart (though with a choice of intake setups).
  3. AMT Autobahn 300SL Gullwing

    The issue with the display base is probably the toughest one to find. It's a decent enough kit (not Tamiya level quality, but not Tamiya level price either!) but, being 1/25 scale, it's the odd man out. European subject matter is almost always 1/24 scale and seldom 1/25. That, combined with the fact that AMT never put correct tires into this kit, is what does it in with most collectors.
  4. What did you get today? (Model Car Related Items)

    The AMX was a Jo-Han deal. All of the Jo-Han chassis shared a lot of parts (mainly suspension) and some engine parts like the blower. There were several sets of side rails, two sets of wheels, and different engine mounts for AMC, Mopar, Olds, and Ford. The Jo-Han version of the Logghe Brothers chassis is still the best in my opinion. The Jo-Han chassis stayed with Jo-Han, it was last used under a '74 (!) Hornet body in the late Seventies. I never checked the parts against one another, but supposedly the AMT Vega chassis (used under the Gremlin and Pinto also) is based on the '69 chassis from the first Funny Hugger Camaro (also used under the AMT '69 Cougar, '70 Mustang, and '69 Longnose Mustang with longer side rails). The subcompacts aren't really accurate as funny cars (not many of those ran the stock wheelbase, those that did had a hard time going straight!) but they're cool kits nevertheless. I let go of a Vega at NNL East earlier this year (got another, built one on the pile, don't need two of them) and snagged a Pinto not long afterward.
  5. Lil John Buttera Coupe

    If you have, or can check out, an original-issue Revell chopped coupe kit, the assembled "prototype model" pictured on the box (a red car) has a Monogram 1/24 scale body, with the Buttera chassis pieced in! Revell did a lot of that back then; several of their 1/25 scale funny car kit boxes use photos of assembled 1/16 scale kits with the wiring left off. The wheels and front tires usually give those away. If you shorten the Buttera chassis (and fender unit) and do some slicing and dicing on the coupe body, you could maybe get a semi-acceptable Model Y coupe (with widened fenders) out of it. It'd probably be a phantom body style, as I'm pretty certain all of the coupes were of the five-window style, some having a "sport coupe" top covering that blocked out the quarter windows. The Y actually predated our '33-'34 styling; it's been said that the Y fender/grille/hood styling was enlarged for the North American '33 Fords.
  6. Lil John Buttera Coupe

    There's the Revell snap kit (chopped '34 three-window), and the ZZ Top Eliminator which is a '33 three-window.
  7. Nope, the Old Pro was the first. In fact, I can't think of an issue that doesn't have those decals in it. It'll sell. I can't recall seeing many references to the reissued '63 Corvette fastback, and it has been around for several years...someone out there is buying them...
  8. Heads Up - Revell '70 Torino on sale

    I've snagged a couple of those Torino kits, even a started one or two, when I saw them cheap, for the 429 engine. It's the only one out there; other kits claiming to have it only have warmed-over FE-series engines. Unless you specifically need the corrected body and bucket seats, the early issue kits are as good as the corrected ones for these parts. The GT kits have some optional engine parts: headers, Ford Motorsport valve covers and air cleaner. The underbody slips under the MPC '70-'71 Cyclone: annual kits, resin copies, or the reissued stock car body. You'd have to track down interior parts, bumpers, and a hood for the latter to build a showroom stock version, but I've seen one done. There are lots of other good parts too: separate door handles, 9" rear axle, and other stuff.
  9. Think the production Edsel was bad????

    No worse than some (most, actually) of the first-draft GM workups for 1959 (the ones based on the 1958 bodies, before a realignment brought an all-new one for '59).
  10. AMT 1969 Corvair engine

    That's a mid-Seventies kit, the "budget series" that I described earlier. It's the first one without the side glass, fog lamp lenses, and other clear parts. A number of other optional parts were eliminated also, and a bunch of engine parts that were plated in other issues are not in that one. Those kits came in narrower boxes, like the ones some of the Trophy Series kits came in in the Sixties. AMT issued a number of kits in that series: the Opel GT (stock only), the '40 Willys (individual coupe and pickup kits as opposed to both versions in one box), a few of the altered-wheelbase funny cars (with "street" parts like radiators, passenger seats, and side pipes added) and the Watson Indy roadster and Ford/Lotus Indy car. The '32 Ford roadster was issued in this series also.
  11. There has to be more than five TD kit tools in China. I've got a Badman kit that was molded there. The Jinx Express reissue was molded here, though.
  12. Think the production Edsel was bad????

    It is. The Comet was originally conceived as an Edsel. Early workups on the Comet were closer to the Falcon, and got more distinct as they evolved. The squared-off roofline (and possibly the slightly longer wheelbase) weren't adopted until after the Edsel branding was removed. '60 and '61 Comets don't have any Mercury emblems, letters, or script on them.
  13. If you just want headers with longer tubes (collectors further back under the car) you're probably better off starting with the headers in that kit, then just lengthening them. If you're working on a Revell '69 Camaro, you've probably got one of the big-block variations already...just start with those headers. Usually these things don't swap easily from one kit to another, even if they're supposed to on the 1:1 car. I fitted a set of AMT '67 Chevelle pro street headers (which incidentally are quite long before they enter into the collectors) onto an AMT Baldwin-Motion Camaro. They fit everywhere I didn't expect them to fit (didn't need to cut or reroute any of the individual tubes) but to make them fit would require flattening them out quite a bit. In fact, the headers already in that kit are flattened out where they get near the subframe. I wasn't ignoring the advice I gave above about sticking to the parts from the same kit...the reason I made the switch was because the kit headers are side exit (for use with side pipes), and I wanted typical under-the-car exit headers instead.
  14. The question is moot now that Modelhaus parts aren't available except second-hand. The conversion could have been done, but nobody was paying attention to the '67 as a conversion. Those who did make conversion kits concentrated on the '68 because of the Super Stock version. I never compared the parts but the '67 chassis/engine being a copy of the '66 rather than the actual parts makes sense to me. Why AMT didn't make the '67 more different from the '66 (like including a V8 engine, as opposed to the slant 6 that doesn't fit with the exterior trim) is beyond me...
  15. Who is this resin seller? Any info?

    The back window area on the Edsel station wagon doesn't look right: it should wrap around at the ends just as the Revell Ford wagon's does. Jimmy Flintstone offers a two-door Edsel wagon body that looked better to me, he might have a four-door also.