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Mark

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  1. Mark added a post in a topic '60's AMC straight sixes   

    The '66 annual kit engine is carried over from the earlier Jo-Han American kits.  The first American kits with engines were the '63s, then the axle hole in the block was altered and the engine used again in the '64-'66 kits.  It's the earlier ('56-'65) engine, not the 199/232/258 series.  The automatic transmission with those kit engines is the Borg-Warner unit AMC used through 1971; the Jo-Han piece ought to fit with one of the Pacer engines. 
  2. Mark added a post in a topic '60's AMC straight sixes   

    The switch to the Torqueflite was made for '72, though some late '71 fleet cars got them.
  3. Mark added a post in a topic '60's AMC straight sixes   

    For the late Sixties AMC six, the Pacer unit makes a good starting point.  The AMT wagon and MPC hatchback are totally different kits, tooled by (then) competing companies.  IMO the MPC hatchback engine is the better one.  The Javelin would probably have a different air cleaner, fan, and pulleys, and definitely a different automatic transmission. 
  4. Mark added a post in a topic What Irked You Today?   

    Comic Sans belongs at lemonade stands and garage sales, and NOWHERE else.
  5. Mark added a post in a topic C'mon USPS!   

    Someone at USPS is extremely proud of the fact that the trucks in their area are all filled to, or near, capacity...
  6. Mark added a post in a topic re-wrapped kit ?   

    Monogram was later than most companies in bagging parts.  I'm thinking they didn't bag them until the late Seventies.  I was going to check a '57 Chevy kit that I have, but I can't find it right now.
  7. Mark added a post in a topic Bare Metal Foil Questions   

    The matte finish foil is no thicker than the standard BMF.  It's probably even the same foil, only with the adhesive applied to the other (shinier) side.
  8. Mark added a post in a topic Bare Metal Foil Questions   

    You'd have to burnish the daylights out of the matte finish foil to change it to chrome finish.  Unless you're using some unknown, more rigorous application method, there's no need to be worried about that.
  9. Mark added a post in a topic What Irked You Today?   

    Black cars look great when they are clean...but they're never clean.
  10. Mark added a post in a topic Information on this build   

    I've actually got an early Fifties Chrysler kit.  It was made back in the day by a company called F-B.  It's mostly precut sheet balsa wood, with a piece of thick stamped foil (or, very thin aluminum sheet) that you are supposed to cut detail parts from (grille, bumpers, wheel covers).  The main body is built up from pieces of sheet material as opposed to being a roughly shaped block like the Berkeley wood car kits.  They don't tell you how you are supposed to shape the aluminum foil bumpers without putting wrinkles into them.  My kit is incomplete and the instruction sheet is falling apart, but I measured the main parts of the body (the ones that are here) and the thing actually measures out pretty close to 1/25 scale!  It's supposed to be assembled as a hardtop, but leaving the roof off would probably be easier.  
    R&R Vacuum Craft may have made a resin body for this car also, but if they did, it was a  l-o-n-g  time ago.  They're out of business too.  I did get a couple of pace cars from them in the early Nineties, but even then they didn't have the Chrysler...if they had, I'd probably have bought one. 
  11. Mark added a post in a topic superbird/daytona parts   

    Which one?  They are different.  The only parts those two cars share are the retractable headlight assemblies and the horizontal piece of the rear spoiler. 
  12. Mark added a post in a topic Information on this build   

    Looks way too good to be a TKM (resin) piece.  I'd bet it's a S.C. Miller resin, probably made in the Eighties.  He passed some years back, don't think anyone else picked up his product line.
    The '48 Ford promo was, ironically, the only cast aluminum piece AMT did.  They switched to plastic for the '49 Fords.
  13. Mark added a post in a topic No more Centerline racing wheels....   

    It was the original Cragar Super Trick wheels that were made up of interchangeable, spun halves.  The Centerline wheel halves were stamped, and permanently riveted together., at least all the ones I have ever seen.  Maybe they made some early ones that copied Cragar's design.  One of my older brothers bought a bunch of original Super Trick wheels some years ago.  I borrowed a couple of the halves to measure for a project.  The bolt-together Super Tricks weren't intended for street use, Cragar sold a "street version" that was made up of a steel rim and aluminum center section like their other wheels.  The street wheel was chrome plated, heavy, and really didn't look anything like the racing wheel. 
  14. Mark added a post in a topic No more Centerline racing wheels....   

    The early Centerlines were better looking than the Cragar "street version" Super Trick wheel, which didn't look much like the racing version at all. 
  15. Mark added a post in a topic Hobby Lobby made my day   

    I looked at the website first thing after reading about this, and wasn't able to find them there even though HL carries other Molotow products.  Stopped at one store this morning, and they had all three sizes on the rack.