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    Mark Budniewski

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  1. Most (if not all) were molded in light blue, same as the first issue '59 El Camino. The hood doesn't stay on though, so a lot of the built ones that do turn up are minus the hood. If it has the hood, it may have been glued shut. Add in that a lot of these kits got modified, and that doesn't leave any loose hoods. If one of those eBay "sell the individual parts" vendors ever lists one, I'd bet it would fetch absolutely stupid money...
  2. Sometimes I hate Hobby Lobby

    If anyone is looking for the Revell Foose FD-100 '56 Ford pickup kit, HL is restocking those. I saw them at a store in my area the other day.
  3. Moebius Dyno Don Maverick

    The Maverick could conceivably be tooled as both Stock and Pro Stock, but the Vega would have to be done as the drag version only. It's just too different from stock. A stock Vega kit would be a non-starter anyway.
  4. AMT 1965 Pontiac GTO

    Nice save. The slicks are Jo-Han, the front tires are actually original to the kit. Ertl did some strange things early on, they hadn't gone through the tool crib and identified everything yet.
  5. Yes. In addition, #1 is from the Revell '56 Chevy, #2 MPC '69 Mustang, #3 appears to be the Revell Henry J/Willys pickup/Austin seat, #4 AMT seventies Camaros, #11 AMT '55 Nomad, #12 MPC Mustang II, #14 MPC Vega pro stocks (Jenkins, Larson). The upside down seat might be from the Monogram Hurst Hairy Olds.
  6. Hobby Lobby 20% Off All Kits

    They might do 30% off next week, and alternate with the 20% until after Christmas. If you absolutely have to have something, hold off until then.
  7. The Revell Willys pickup, Austin, and Henry J kits have the fiberglass seats as pictured (though the upholstery pattern is probably different). The new-tool Willys coupe has one seat. (The old, opening-everything Stone, Woods, & Cook coupe kit has different seats altogether.) The Revell Anglia and Thames panel truck have what look like 'glass seats, with headrests molded in. Their '53-'54 Chevy kits have similar seats, but those look like crude copies. Other kits I can think of would include the AMT '33 Willys, and MPC '69 Mustang (those seats are a lot smaller than the others). I've got a set of MPC seats that look a lot like the "Ted's Aircraft Interiors" units pictured. I think they are from the '73-'74 Challenger and Barracuda annual kits with the gasser version included. Not positive about that, not that you'll trip over one of those kits anytime soon...
  8. Those particular seats weren't fiberglass, they were some sort of solid, lightweight plastic, molded around some steel inserts here and there for mounting purposes. Those were first used by the dune buggy crowd, with drag racers later picking up on them. I remember first seeing them in Pro Stockers early on. Those were really light. A guy I worked with bought a '58 Corvette with a pair of those seats in it. The seats were mounted without tracks and couldn't be adjusted, so he decided to replace them with stock seats. I bought those for my brother, who was putting together a Ford Prefect at the time: rectangular tube chassis, aluminum interior floor, the whole bit. I hauled those over to his house in my hatchback, and remember those things were really light even with the upholstery on them. If I remember right, the upholstery was pretty easy to remove, but I don't remember how it attached. Fiberglass seats for drag race cars came in in the early Sixties, around the time 'glass bodies and body panels came into widespread use. (There were T-bucket bodies and other parts in the mid-Fifties, Dee Wescott started making early Ford fenders in the late Fifties, but IMHO it was Cal Automotive that really got the ball rolling around 1960.) Cal Automotive made fiberglass seat shells; if you have any of the Revell parts pack body kits, all of those include at least one.
  9. The same body side tooling is used for both the hardtop and convertible. The original '69 El Camino (unrelated to the current '68) used different tooling for its body, so it didn't have that trim.
  10. I've got a couple each of the X-Acto right angles (the "L" shaped one, and the triangular one). I've also got several stainless steel rulers, one is thick and heavy so it stays where I put it. I thought I had one with cork on one side, but I was mistaken.
  11. The plastic stubs go in front. Ertl eliminated the front wire axle and filled the holes in the engine block halves years ago. The stubs should be shown for the front suspension assembly, unless someone at Round 2 scanned/copied an early instruction sheet.
  12. BAD or GOOD "BADMAN"?

    Nope, the driver is on the right side. Judging by the Holden in the other lane, that car was in Australia.
  13. A-Team van vs. Rescue Van (AMT)

    None of these kits ever had recessed areas or cut lines for the windows. The pre-1975 issues all had open side panels on the body, and separate inserts (with/without window openings) that went into the body from the inside. The early bodies had a separate hood also. The revised body had the open side panels eliminated, round portholes added to the quarter panels, the rear door window openings eliminated, and the hood molded shut. The A-Team van had the quarter panel and roof ribs added, sunroof and spotlight holes added to the roof, and portholes filled in.
  14. A-Team van vs. Rescue Van (AMT)

    To make the body "more like the earlier versions" which didn't have the ribs. Only the A-Team issue had them. No big deal to add them with Plastruct strip stock, but then again I would have just left them on.
  15. A-Team van vs. Rescue Van (AMT)

    The roof is the same in that respect. There are differences between the two bodies, but those involve the raised ribs on the roof panel and quarter panels (A-Team body has them, Rescue Van does not).