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  1. Mark

    AMT economics

    Losing the separate taillight lenses in the Craftsman series kits meant no tiny parts tree floating around in the box. Remember too, the parts weren't bagged in those days. One less step in manufacturing, one less molding machine tied up. They started doing this with the regular kits in the Seventies, again to eliminate personnel. They also tried plastic rod axles, those didn't work too well because they were the same gauge as the wire ones. AMT wasn't alone in this. Jo-Han got rid of wire axles (and metal screws) in the early Seventies, and substituted plastic ones. Small additional amount of plastic, easily cut tooling to produce axles and chassis pins. The USA Oldies kits also eliminated decals and (in all but a couple of kits) optional parts.
  2. Palmer is Palmer, except for a couple of 1/32 scale cars they did which are outright copies of other companies' kits.
  3. The Pinto and Vega suffered from their manufacturers' not really wanting to build small cars, because they felt they would make less profit per car with them. HFII's popular remark was "minicars, miniprofits". Apparently they felt that younger folks would buy Toyotas and Hondas, then switch to GM, Ford, or Chrysler products when they wanted or needed a bigger car. Where they whiffed was in thinking that Toyota, Nissan, and Honda would never build bigger or more expensive cars.
  4. The downsized GM intermediates (particularly the station wagons) were bad in respect to rear impacts too, particularly in areas where cars rusted. The frames would rot out behind the rear wheels because of the winter slop tossed up by the rear tires, leaving the rear part of the frame separated from the rest. The Pinto was worse in that it had no "frame" back there. A book I read about Ford awhile back blamed the design on cost-cutting, or "thrifting", as directed by the guy who was running Ford in that period. His own book distanced himself from the Pinto, of course. Where they really screwed up, is when someone at Ford weighed the cost of fixing the design against the estimated number of accident claims, and decided it would be cheaper to pay out the accident claims. The cost per claim was supposedly based on guidelines established for use after plane crashes.
  5. HL "resets" their stock twice a year, usually around September and March. Round 2 hadn't received the second shipment of Dodge pickup kits until after the last reset, they had none to sell anyone until that second shipment arrived. HL on rare occasions replaces an existing item midway between resets, but not often. If they do decide to carry this kit, they probably won't do so until the next reset.
  6. There were two versions of that '57 Chevy supercharger: one eas called S.C.O.T., the other Italmenica (sp?). One was a refined/perfected version of the other. Not sure which came first. The first version didn't work well, nor did it last long. The second company straightened it out and started selling the improved version, only to be undercut by someone dumping the original, poorer version at a much lower price, which wrecked the reputation of the good one. If I remember right, there was an article in Rodders' Journal about them.
  7. Yes. The 9-1/2 box contained 11 boots. No 11 box or boots marked 9-1/2 to be found.
  8. Mark

    Paint OCD

    OCD should be called CDO. Put the letters in alphabetical order as they ought to be!
  9. Mark

    Paint OCD

    All of us have pretty much the same work bench...it could be 50' x 100', and we're working in the only clear space which is about 6 square inches....
  10. I'm far from being a "people person" but still prefer to do my shopping in person, and see what I'm getting. One guy I work with buys clothes online, I can't see it. A couple of weeks ago, I bought a pair of winter boots. I wear a size 9-1/2 shoe, went to the store, grabbed the box marked 9-1/2, tried the boots on, they fit just fine. I then looked for the size as marked on the boots themselves, and they were actually size 11. Had I ordered 9-1/2 online, I'd have had to send them back and wait another week to get something that fit.
  11. Mark

    Paint OCD

    I'm the same way, but with tools, paint brushes, and putties. A couple of weeks ago, I bought another brand of two-part epoxy filler, even though I've already got a couple. I was using some Bondo two-part glazing putty on a project...while looking for something else, I found an unopened package of that. Same with tools. I've sold off duplicate sets of files that I bought by accident, no foul there because I actually resold them for what I had spent. I've got tons of paint brushes because I'd buy packs of them whenever they turned up at closeout stores. I'll buy every X-Acto knife I see on the "ten cent pile" with the blade busted off in the handle, then take them home, soak the blade end in penetrating oil, and stick a new blade in. Can't help it...
  12. AMT made the '70 promo models, coupe and convertible. The convertible had the correct smooth trunk lid, but I believe it had coupe quarter panels as did the MPC convertible kit. If i remember right, both convertibles had incorrect upper windshield frames also.
  13. AMT didn't make a '68 Impala, hardtop or convertible. MPC made those, as they had the promo contract that year. AMT made a "for 1968" "Chevrolet SS427" hardtop, basically a '67 Impala hardtop minus stock bumpers, exterior trim, and rear window opening.
  14. Mark

    69 AMX parts

    I just bought some (more) clear resin, and am (again) testing it with various dyes and acrylic paints. My thoughts are to cast taillight pieces with a red tint, then give them a coat of transparent red if needed to darken them, and get rid of potential surface tackiness. I want to do a few headlight lenses too (for kits like the MPC '87 Mustang and Lindberg Dodge Dakota which have plated ones). I messed with a drop of pearl white in one mix, hopefully to counter eventual yellowing of the resin. The hobby resins are likely to yellow a bit, as they are probably repackaged industrial stuff that is near (or past) its original "use by" date. For taillights, I'll probably try '73-'75 Duster pieces first, as they will be easy to do and I need three or four sets. The AMX/Javelin piece looks more difficult, but I am interested in a few of these myself also. Just need some time for experimentation, as I haven't done any casting in some time...
  15. Mark

    69 AMX parts

    There's only one taillight piece in that kit, it goes all the way across the back.
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