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  1. No idea right now, but something to indicate their size would help.
  2. Look at the pictures of the mockup...it's an R/T badged convertible, same as the original kit. Those who want a 500 or other variation can turn to the aftermarket for whatever they need in conversion parts.
  3. The Cad engine would work. George Montgomery used one in his '33 Willys up until '63 or so. The instructions suggest using the four-speed transmission from the Ford engine pack; however, there is an in/out box on the Cad engine parts tree. Back to the Man-A-Fre discussion: they apparently didn't make an intake for the Cadillac engine. Even if they had, the one in the engine pack doesn't resemble one. The Man-A-Fre design appears to position one carburetor over each of four pairs of intake ports, similar to a fuel injection setup.
  4. It's amazing Subaru survived the Malcolm Bricklin era. They imported cars but nowhere near enough parts. Cars under warranty sat on dealers' lots, sometimes for months, waiting for parts. One of my brothers managed a muffler shop near a Subaru dealer, he got a fair amount of business bending exhaust pipes for them because there weren't enough manufactured ones to go around. That was before those fancy computerized pipe benders, too...he did them manually.
  5. The '28 sedan has both upper hinge tabs intact! I've got an unbuilt one with one broken off. The "brass" car is a small plastic toy painted gold. It's marked "Peugeot" underneath. The other small one is metal, but it's generic. It does have a pencil sharpener built in, though.
  6. Went to a small outdoor swap meet this morning after seeing info about it. Not a lot of vendors, but one guy was giving stuff away. Probably the first and last time I'll run into that. Yes, that's an AMT '28 Ford sedan at the right. There's an MPC '28 pickup behind it, which is based on the sedan. The yellow cabriolet is Monogram. The smaller car is a Pyro '34 Ford Victoria, one of the more desirable cars from that series. All of these have bad chrome and are dusty (may have sat on a shelf before being boxed up later) but they're pretty well assembled. The doors open and close on the sedan, there are some loose parts but everything is there. The guy who built them managed to make all of the parts stay with them without overdoing the glue.
  7. Cadillac engines were used in the late Fifties and early Sixties. The Ford would be borderline for this particular car, as the chassis design would have been going out as the Ford engine came in. There is one error on the Ford engine, the rear mounting position for the magneto with the supercharged version. The chassis looks like it would be a super light weight piece if assembled with the straight tube front axle and hairpin radius rods, and either the spoke or magnesium front wheels. That would beg for a high-revving, lightweight small-block Chevy. Atlantis already put one in the Mooneyes dragster kit, they probably didn't want to put too many of the same parts in the first two kits based on parts packs. That engine has a crank drive blower anyway. The other parts pack Chevy engine is in the Atlantis '57 Chevy kit, and includes the conventional top mount blower setup. Since all the Revell Chevy engines from back then interchange with one another, one of those with the blower setup would be right for the Fiat. If you really want a Chrysler, the Studebaker funny car kit has the one that used to be in a parts pack.
  8. The Atlantis Fiat is definitely not a "shake the box and it assembles itself" kit. But I figured that going in. I never had any of the original Revell double kits, but I'd guess they were the same way. The parts packs are compatible, but they weren't necessarily designed to fall together. The instruction sheet is vague in a few areas, and doesn't describe the many alternate parts. Again, I'd figured on that. With this kit, the assembly sequence should probably be: -assemble the chassis and get it on four wheels but without the floor or roll bar. If you intend to use the belly pan, you'll have to work out how to attach that, and how the body attaches to it. -fit engine/transmission, then fit the floor if desired. You'll probably have to cut the floor to fit around the bell housing or transmission. Once all that is in, then the roll bar and steering setup can go on. -Fit the body, trim the hole in the hood/nose. Inner rear wheel houses are included, but will need trimming to fit the chassis. Once body fit is established, it and the belly pan can be painted. Firewall needs to be fitted also. -Fit small items like fuel tank, headers, etc.
  9. Krispy Kreme only lasted a year or so here. They had that one donut that was good, the rest were so-so. Strange they didn't catch on here, as the "good" donut was supposedly cribbed from one that originated here...
  10. The convertible has pretty much all of the optional stuff that the hardtop kit had. Anyone finding one of those now will probably build it stock anyway.
  11. Haven't heard much about this kit here. I'd never own a 1:1 Porsche, but I like the looks of the 356 and early versions of the 911. After getting this one, I saw the European box Targa version for about the same price and bought it. European and North American versions, left and right hand drive. Instruction booklet is amazing, paint directions for all parts including mixing proportions for some of the colors and tones needed. Engine is slightly simplified compared to Fujimi Enthusiast Series, but in the car you won't notice that. The rest of the kit is comparable and looks like it will be easier to build. I'd say it's easily 90% of the Fujimi kits, at the price of a current Revell or Round 2 offering. Someone who knows more about the car might find something to nitpick, but I doubt it.
  12. I've got a Dunkin' Donuts at the corner of the street I live on. Haven't been there in more than five years. Coffee isn't anywhere near as good as Tim Horton's, and the donuts aren't as good either, be it the quality or selection. There are a couple of two-or-three shop local places that are better, though. DD opened a bunch of stores in my area about ten years ago. One of my brothers knew one of the guys who was behind the move...guy was bragging that they were going to "knock Tim Horton's out of the box". Didn't happen, DD shuttered about half of the local locations pre-Covid. The guy didn't account for the many Canadians that cross the bridge and shop here, also that the first Tim's outside of Canada opened here, and is still in the same location nearly fifty years later.
  13. For all purposes the TV car is the '69 convertible kit. It has all of the stock parts included. I bought one years ago off of a seller's list. It was listed as a "MPC 1969 Coronet convertible". When it arrived and I saw that box, my first thought was "the convertible boot had better be in there, or this guy is getting this thing back!"
  14. MPC couldn't make that kit as a '68 because they had already altered the tooling to produce '69s for the promo contract. They probably had the custom parts already worked up for the '69 kit, and just rebranded it as the TV car.
  15. I've never seen that at a donut shop or fast food place. But, the times I went to the DMV office downtown (on work business) the line would always be super long, winding back and forth, meaning you'd be in line an hour or so before being served. It never failed...after half an hour or so, some joker would walk in claiming he just stepped out of line to get some piece of paperwork he'd forgotten. Of course, he was just trying to cut the line. When the line was that long, they gave everyone numbers like at the supermarket meat counter. No number...hey guy, we saved you a spot in line right at the back.
  16. The four carb could be a Cragar, same as the one Ed Roth used on the Excaliber/Outlaw. (Cragar made speed equipment starting around 1930). I'm not positive but I believe Man-A-Fre came later, after Revell tooled most of the parts packs in 1962.
  17. If they do a Falcon GT with the "Super Roo" package, count me in!
  18. I can't find the issue right now, but there is a Joe Henning article in Rod & Custom (not the short-lived models magazine) about scratchbuilding a 1911 Marmon Wasp Indy car (first winner). I'd swear that that article mentioned that he'd used tires from a "long forgotten" AMT 1915 Chevy kit. He might have had that confused with the "1911" kit though. Now I've got to dig out that magazine...
  19. I've always thought MPC chose the wrong body styles for their '32/'33 kit. I'd have picked a coupe first, the open version should have been a roadster and not a cabriolet. A sedan or sedan (not panel) delivery would have been good choices too. Pre-1932 Chevies weren't popular as rod material because of the structural wood in the bodies. The running gear wasn't as robust as with same period Fords. Other prewar Chevies that would have made good model kit material include the '34, '40, and '41. Coupes first, then roadsters or convertibles. Sedan or delivery would be good too.
  20. This one is only a concept, no dimensional info or scale drawings. Making it into a kit would be starting from scratch. They'd have to locate a 1:1 example, and photograph and measure it. Not many of these exist. It would be a neat idea, but there are other early Chevies with better sales potential.
  21. Left: Seventies Banthrico, probably 1/25 scale. It's about the same length as the one I built, but a bit wider. Right: Eighties Ertl, 1/43 scale. I'd guess a stock version was also offered.
  22. At least one of us thought that there should have been a kit. I built this in 1978. Body, trunk, fender/frame unit, windshield (no glass, didn't think ahead on how to install it cleanly), radiator scratched from sheet plastic. My mom headed up the custodians/cleaning personnel at Fisher-Price Toys' home office in East Aurora, NY. She got passes to bring home things the design staff were tossing, as long as nothing gave away any future product plans. Among that stuff was a couple of partial sheets of styrene. I couldn't get the stuff locally back then, and thought that was a real score. All of these parts were made from that styrene. Fenders were bent with a heat gun. The rounded cowl corners were cut from some long-forgotten kit part. Mine is an Amesbury Special. I couldn't figure out how to do the cowl on the Royal Mail body. Front suspension is MPC Ford Pinto. Engine/transmission/rear end are AMT '55 Corvette. Seat is cut down from an MPC Dodge van piece. Wheels are the Jackman white spokes from an AMT Ford van. Those were a fad on street rods for about fifteen minutes back then. Paint is Dodge pickup light gray, airbrushed on. Left over from a Lionel train restoration I painted for my brother, who would have the train colors matched with automotive paint. The train restoration paints weren't very good. The original mockup was dark metallic green, with '63 Corvette knockoff wheels and the front suspension from an AMT '65 Nova funny car. I don't know why I changed it, nor why I used those Chevy pickup taillights! Built from a couple of basic dimensions and a single photo in a Petersen Publishing Chevrolet book. I keep thinking I'll come back and do a better one...
  23. I've got the Bearcats kit. "From the hit TV show!" Someone brought a built one to the club meeting a few years ago, along with the DVD "set" containing the entire series. As I recall, one disc...six episodes...
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