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  1. Mark added a post in a topic MPC 79 FirebirdT/A   

    Same tires that were in the MPC Firebird and Camaro annual kits from '73 through '78 or so.
  2. Mark added a post in a topic JoHan Maverick Pro Stock Grabber   

    The AMT-boxed Jo-Han kits were just that...produced by Jo-Han and packaged in AMT boxes with AMT decals and instruction sheets.  Parts in these were not bagged (AMT started bagging unplated parts around 1969; Jo-Han kit parts were never bagged until the Seville era).  The plastic used was the more brittle Jo-Han type also.  Had these been manufactured by AMT at their facility, parts would have been bagged like other AMT kits, and the plastic would have been similar to what AMT was using in that time frame.  If anyone out there knows which company initiated the deal, why it was done, why particular kits were or were not shared, who ended the deal, and why it ended...they've kept it to themselves.  All of the higher-ups from that era in both companies are now deceased.  Jo-Han started the USA Oldies series in '74; maybe they wanted to keep those for themselves (or maybe AMT didn't want to try selling those under their brand name).
    Jo-Han kits sold by AMT include Olds Toronados ('67, '68, and '70), Olds 4-4-2 ('69 and '70), two-seater AMX ('68-'70), "Coke bottle" Javelin/AMX ('74), and non-stock items like the Hornet hatchback funny car ('73), pro stock Maverick, Dodge Challenger funny car, '72 Torino NASCAR, and Mark Donohue Trans-Am Javelin/AMX.  Some were offered by Jo-Han at the same time the AMT versions were sold; others (two-seater AMX for example) were not sold by Jo-Han in their packaging while AMT sold them.  The kit-sharing started in late '66 with the '67 Toronado which was included in AMT's '67 annual kit lineup, and ended with the NASCAR Torino, pro stock Maverick, and Challenger funny car in the AMT '74 catalog.  It's been a while since I looked, but I don't think any of those kits carried over into the AMT '75 catalog.
  3. Mark added a post in a topic What Irked You Today?   

    I worked for a commercial (no residential work) roofer for nine years...same story.  Among other things, I did the payroll and sometimes got involved with HR.  Guys wouldn't show up when needed, would disappear during the winter so they wouldn't be called in for repair jobs (they'd even change phone numbers).  But when springtime rolled around, they were back, often owing money that the owner loaned out over the winter.  I told the boss to try not calling a couple of the worst ones back, to make an example and bring the rest into line...nope, can't do that because they're hunting buddies.  I'd set up savings deductions with the credit union for these clowns; when I went to the CU office to drop off the check, half of them are standing in line waiting to withdraw the money.  It's not perfect anywhere else, though...hard to hire good people when you are competing with "off the books" work (no taxes, no child support deducted) and/or just sitting at home waiting for the monthly check...
  4. Mark added a post in a topic Buying kits at swap meets   

    The automotive swap meets are a mixed bag.  Most times, you'll walk away empty-handed after seeing half a dozen guys trying to resell stuff they picked up at the clearance store, but then again there's that one-in-a-hundred deal that makes you forget the previous 99 trips...
  5. Mark added a post in a topic Death of the "Camera Counter"   

    I had one (actually, still do) was great for taking to the outdoor car shows.  I could stick it in my pocket, and it was easy to use and took decent pictures...
  6. Mark added a post in a topic $7.99 models back at Ollies!   

    I'd be patient and wait a bit...I'm betting Moebius will be doing the A-990 themselves at some point.  Extra Lindberg underbodies are good for slipping under Jo-Han bodies, though.
  7. Mark added a post in a topic $7.99 models back at Ollies!   

    No Cougar II kits in my area (would have snagged one if I'd seen them), but I did pick up an MPC HOT ROD '73 Mustang funny car.  Mostly Lindberg stuff (I'd have grabbed a Dakota had it been molded in white, got enough red ones!), only a handful of Round 2 items (couple of curbside 'Vettes, couple of snap-together Willys, and the Mustang).
  8. Mark added a post in a topic $7.99 models back at Ollies!   

    If the stock 330 box has a red car, the kit will have the A-100 bucket seats.  (Earlier) kits with a light blue car on the box will have the bench seat.
  9. Mark added a post in a topic W   

    It's all fun and games, until someone loses an "I"...
  10. Mark added a post in a topic Revell 51' Henry J Gassers   

    Color is definitely different; the Model King issue is white, probably the first time that kit was molded in white.  Decals are also different, tires might be different, rest of kit should be the same.
  11. Mark added a post in a topic Buying kits at swap meets   

    A lot of swap meet and eBay sellers try to sell recently dropped kits at inflated prices..."it's out of production, you know!"  The reason it's out of production is because people stopped buying them.  I was at the Three Rivers show/swap last Sunday...a couple of vendors had kits on their tables that I have been seeing every year since I started going.  There are a couple of sellers at NNL East that air their stuff out every year too.  I still manage to spend some money at both events; other guys were there to actually sell stuff...
  12. Mark added a post in a topic Buying kits at swap meets   

    The Matador has been reissued a couple of times, but the later issues are different from the first couple of issues.  The FIRST issue (T-430 "Penske Matador") was issued before the first showroom stock one.  The body has recessed areas where the door handles go (handle detail wasn't engraved yet!) and doesn't have any emblems.  There's another Penske issue in a different box (probably different product number too) that was issued after the '75 annual kit.  The second Penske issue probably has the same parts as the first one, except the body would have the door handle and emblem detail.  That version is the one that was included in the racing team set with the trailer and Chevy van.
    The later version (Bobby Allison Sportsman) was done after the last ('77) annual, and has some different parts (wheels, grille, among other things) from the early Penske issues.  Lesney/AMT did the Allison version, and made some alterations including putting a fuel cell on the chassis and wiping the emblems from the body.  The showroom stock versions can't be reissued unless those changes are undone.  AMT/Ertl reissued the Allison version a couple of times.  The early Penske versions (all should be molded in white) should be worth more than the later Allison version (AMT/Ertl molded in gray; not sure about the first Lesney issue).    
  13. Mark added a post in a topic Some more Round2 surprizes!   

    The Seventies reissues have '68 side markers on the body; a couple of those were called '68s in spite of the '69 hood, grille, and taillight panel.  Several resin casters made '68 conversions for those in the past; if you scour the tables at swap meets, you might turn one up (I did, a few years ago).  The '68 Hemi Dart chassis and engine are way ahead of the parts in those kits, and should fit without too much trouble (wheelbase might need adjustment).
  14. Mark added a post in a topic Bird of Paradise   

    The five stock wheels go back to the kit's origins as a promotional model.  AMT put five wheels (and three headlamps in some cases) on the plated tree in some of their kits in the early Seventies.  Extras for the parts bins for the promo assemblers, in case one got dropped or a chunk of a part broke off while they were being removed from the sprue (which, I presume, was done as a separate step from assembly).
    I don't know the brand of the custom wheels, but I'm pretty certain that the centers in the 1:1 wheels were magnesium.  I've seen pictures of dragsters and funny cars with those wheels on the back.
  15. Mark added a post in a topic Beware of American Express   

    I've never had, or applied for,  an American Express card.  Every solicitation I ever got from them mentioned a $75-$100 annual fee.  They want me to pay for a credit card, when they are making two or three percent on every purchase at my end, and who knows how much from businesses who accept the card?  And that's not even getting into interest payments from people who carry an outstanding balance (that group doesn't include me).  I dumped another credit card earlier this year...instead of standing up for me in a dispute, they rolled over and became a toadie for the rental car company.  Of course, I paid every month and didn't carry a balance, so they don't make as much money off of me as they think they should...