I have read the book and seen the series and both are great (even if it is as usual as the book is better). In the book the main character goes back to 1958 (in the series it is 1960) and he buys a 1954 Ford Sunliner.
Cool conversion. Here in scandinavia (where firetrucks are often just normal trucks with a fire apparatus addon at the rear) it is not uncommon for restorers of classic trucks to buy old firetrucks to convert into whatever they are building. The reasons is usually (as Danno had already pointed out) that the firetrucks never get that much miles on them and are most of the time parked inside with someone taking good care of them all along. Not at all uncommon to find a 30-40 year old firetruck with something like maybe 40 000km on the clock and usually rustfree and with good mechanicals.
I can't think of a kit that I have built several times and liked, the only kit I'm aware of that I have built more than once is the AMT Ford C-series truck and that was not a nice journey but a kit I would love to build again is Hasegawas Nissan Sunny pickup kit. I built the first version they came out with and had a blast building it. I got another on the shelf so one day I'm going to build it again.
The Nat Gas you are talking about, is that the same stuff they write about here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Natural_gas ? And is that the same as LPG? I know there has been many cars converted to run on LPG but for some reason it has never gotten very common to do so.
Sorry for bringing up an old thread but I recently found a toy boat that I had as a kid (I got no picture right now but will have for later). It is 270mm long and 82mm wide at the widest part of the hull. The hull is just about 40mm from the bottom and up to the deckline. I was thinking of converting this in to a 1:25 boat and started doing the math. 270mm in 1:25 is 270 inches or 22,5 feet. I then remebered the Owens cabin cruiser that had been reissued by Lindberg recently. It is said to be a 22 foot cabin cruiser on the box it self and the boxart drawing makes it look really nice but on the pictures of the real thing it looks kind of odd. I took it out of the box and measured and there it was: the hull is only 215mm long, in 1:25 scale 215 inches and that is just under 18feet (17,91 to be exact). So that is why it looks so stubby But then again, when you consider what manufacturer made this kit the first time it may not be such a surprice afterall, it was made by Palmer
Here in Norway there has been talks of banning all use of so called "fossil" vehicles from 2025 or 2030 and now there is also talks of banning all cars that are driven by human drivers from 2030 or 2035. For me, such news only makes me sure, I'm moving to somewhere else. I was thinking of UK but after the latest news the UK is off my list.
I was one of many to start using photobucket because it was free and fotki was not. I started using PB in about 2005. A couple of years ago I did start to pay for a PB account as I wanted to get rid of the ads and I was running out of space. Now, after the latest changes I'm considering something else. I do however read this on the PB site: Since I have the Plus 20 account I will have until the end of next year to change to something else unless PB changes its policy in the meantime. I am currently also not building so many models and not sharing as many photos as before so I don't have the greatest problem with it, not yet at least.