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  1. Both '65 and '66 convertible kits have clear raised tops, I believe one has the rear window molded "down" or "open" while the other has it in place, as part of the top. Not sure which is which, but I think the '65 has the rear window.
  2. Jimmy Flintstone used to sell just the tires from that kit. I believe those were also used in a couple of the short-run resin kits he made for Testors. By accident I found that a lot of Monogram wheels fit those tires (wheels that fit their Goodyear Rally GT tires, like the Early Iron Series kits). He sets up at NNL East every year, for a long time he'd have bagged sets of tires available. Not sure if he still has any though.
  3. 1953 or 1954. Dodge only had one car line in several trim levels back then, no compact or intermediate cars, all were the same size. Not having looked anything up, I'd guess 1954. Dodge supplied the pace car for the Indy 500 in '54. Back then pace cars were chosen because of some sort of advancement and not because the manufacturer got a deal to do so.
  4. Palmer sold out to another company around 1975. The new owners changed the box art to photos of assembled models for their 1976 kits. That's what drove the stake into Palmer!
  5. It all boils down to subject matter in most cases. If the only available kit is an older tool, then that's what you have to work with. What kills a lot of Aurora and Lindberg stuff (military/planes) is that their products were often the first of a particular subject to hit the market. They usually became obsolete if/when someone else brought out a better one.
  6. I've heard early dragster chassis being called "skidbar chassis". Not sure if that refers to the roll cage design (which would seem to let the chassis skid if overturned) or the "underslung" design (lower frame rail below the rear axle) which would let the chassis skid if a rear wheel came off...
  7. Jo-Han (the real company, not someone selling off previously molded stuff) has been gone for going on twenty years, so it's not surprising that prices on that stuff have risen. The only surprise is that it took as long as it did for that to happen...
  8. The original annual kits included only four tires. In fact, no "annual" kit prior to 1964 included anything but stock tires. Some kits had printed whitewalls, while others had blackwalls with a sheet of stickers. The stickers were die-cut to allow for narrow or wide whitewalls.
  9. I don't understand the logic behind cutting parts (even unneeded ones) out of individual kits during production. Spend more (on hand labor) to give less.
  10. The Ed Roth '57 Chevy is the 1963 tool, with opening everything and poseable front wheels. Molded in white, and cleaner than some Seventies and Eighties issues.
  11. No issue of that kit included plated parts. As for wheels, the tires in the Honcho were originally rubber but later changed to Monogram 4 x 4 tires. The wheels were altered to fit. For different wheels, you might look at Monogram 4 x 4 kits that use the same tires.
  12. I wasn't saying those bumpers were anything but '63 Chrysler. They have "1963" plates, Jo-Han never did a '63 Studebaker in any form. A number of 1:1 cars did use the same bumpers at both ends. Several AMC cars, the '63 Chrysler ('64 has a different front bumper), and some Studebaker Larks.
  13. The ex-Hollingsworth Nomad does still exist, it's in western Canada. Repainted candy red but otherwise pretty much the same. For some reason, the inner doors and door jambs weren't repainted and are still in the gold paint scheme. Rodders' Journal ran a small feature on the car as it now exists.
  14. I'm referring to available kits, not 1:1 cars...
  15. There was some strong lobbying by associations on behalf of construction companies. The road work "opened up" relatively soon, but the state did drag its collective feet regarding work at schools. You'd think that the school stuff (parking lots, athletic fields) would make sense to get done while there aren't any students or faculty there, but nope...letting contractors start those jobs took a while.
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