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    Mark Budniewski

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  1. The last round of rumors (prior to the bankruptcy and subsequent sale) involved Revell deciding not to do a Ranchero, because it would require tooling yet another body. Whether or not the new company does one, I'll likely stick with the conversion, as the kit is already paid for and taking up space here! If I want a second Ranchero, I can use the leftovers from the first one to fix the door and roof length on a multi-piece-body kit that is also "in stock"...
  2. Annual 68 or 69 Impala SS Button Hubcaps

    They were on the '68 promotional model only, they were not in any of the kits.
  3. I started on a conversion from the two-door sedan, long before the wagon kit came out. I'm using pieces of the old Revell Ranchero (the one with the body molded in sections). The parts I cut off (parts of the quarter panels, and the rear piece that goes around the tailgate) actually fit pretty well. Of course I got distracted and set it aside. Now that the Ranchero kit is officially a no-go, I'll probably get back on it at some point.
  4. looking for instructions, mini bike

    It was included in an issue of the AMT '72 GMC Jimmy also. I believe it was called "Bushwhacker".
  5. NEW Round2 AMT 2018

    The custom roof is done by cutting the stock roof (lines on the inside of the roof) and then adding a trim band to the rear portion. The trim piece is on one of the plated trees. The kit doesn't build a 100% accurate Villa Riviera: the 1:1 was a '63, it had extended front fenders and hood, and rounded wheel openings. It also had taillights (Rambler turn signals installed upside down) that didn't make it into the kit. IIRC, one of the HOT ROD annuals has a series of articles on the construction of the 1:1. For the wheel openings, weld some conduit to the fenders, then back up the Bondo truck...
  6. Seriously??

    The Cadillac kits are still readily available, at least around here. I did see a pickup kit at HL a week or two ago, but it was gone by the next time I was there. Most, if not all, other Revell kits are still available in my area. There hasn't been any sort of speculation run on them as far as I can see. They'll be back in one form or another. Meanwhile, if I see some goober laying out $100 apiece for these kits, he can have my third pickup (and maybe even my second Model A coupe).
  7. Sealed or open?

    New kits: buy 'em, open them up to check everything. Most stuff with a bar code isn't ever going to be worth big money (there might be a couple of exceptions, like the Revell Model A coupe if the reissue never appears). Anything missing, contact the manufacturer and get replacement part(s) pronto. Old kits: if you intend to build, buy opened ones so you can check condition and completeness (and make sure you aren't getting a rewrapped box with something else inside). MPC kits are notorious for tire-marked clear parts and decal sheets. Jo-Han plastic is brittle compared to other manufacturers', leading to broken parts. The nightmare scenario with a Jo-Han kit is a part that is warped AND broken. If you don't intend to build it, a sealed one might be preferable. But you have to have a feel for knowing if the wrap is original. Store price stickers from back in the day can be helpful.
  8. Need help Identifying some 1/25th Tee Buckets

    I'd have to check to be 100% sure, but I believe that is the AMT '23 roadster. It was issued only once back in the Seventies, and shares a lot of parts with the delivery truck that Round 2 has reissued a couple of times.
  9. Soapy Sales Challenger decals wanted

    There's a set on eBay...buy it now, three bucks plus shipping
  10. Name those parts #4

    Those parts would make the Nova look something like a Pontiac...too bad the rest of the kit doesn't look much like a Nova...
  11. Couple of questions

    MPC never changed tires in their kits...maybe the materials changed, but the tires themselves didn't, they always had one-piece vinyl tires in 99% of their kits. Maybe they knew something about these materials that AMT didn't?
  12. Name those parts #4

    That orange hood might be the custom hood from an AMT '76 Nova. There would be a custom front end piece to go with it. I've never had that kit, so it's a guess. There was no stock/custom '75 Nova, and the '77 had all of the optional parts eliminated. So, if it's from the Nova, it has to be a '76.
  13. Couple of questions

    The two-piece tires were a mid-Seventies deal. Probably cheaper to make than the one-piece vinyl tires. The sidewall detail on some of those is actually not bad, but the tread detail is poor as it always is on two-piece tires. Too, those weren't 100% plastic, nor were they vinyl. They had too much flex in them to be able to mold them together, and styrene cement didn't stick to them. Much later, a couple of kits were issued with two-piece slicks from that period, but molded in black styrene. Those could be cemented and molded together, which was better but still not as good as vinyl.
  14. Y Block Tri Power ?

    The air cleaner pictured is from the AMT '49 Ford. The AMT '58 Impala doesn't have anything like that.
  15. AMT's 1975 Duster

    First off, that kit builds a Dodge Dart Sport, not a Duster. That issue lacks stock wheels and a stock exhaust system. If you want a 100% stock '75 Dart Sport, get the Round 2 issue. It's molded in white and has the missing stock parts restored. If you want a stock '75 Duster, be prepared to crack open your wallet, as it was issued in late '74. Never reissued, because it was then converted to the Dart Sport.