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CapSat 6

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    Bill Secules

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  1. BRAT comes out ahead - so in we go!

    I’m looking forward to this build. When I was 13, a friend of mine named Walter had a dad who had one of these. We went for a long ride up PA 309 (speed limit: 55 mph) while Walt and I were sitting in those lawn chairs in the back. In a rainstorm. I’ll never forget that ride, of course...
  2. Ollie's strike again

    Saw those 1/32 Jeeps at an Ollie's in Bristol, PA a few weeks ago. I did not buy one.
  3. Included in the old Pro Modeler issue of this kit were slicks that look sort of like old stock car tires, I think they were unique to this kit. They were way too skinny for NASCAR tires of the era- they were made to work with the stock suspension to give an optional building version. I think they were too "square" looking, as well. Some of the stock car pieces in this kit weren't bad, but some were necessarily compromises, to allow building a "Tribute" stock car styled hot rod using the stock body with stock wheelhouses, etc. There was simply no way the kit designers could have made this a true "2 in 1" kit to be built either factory stock or NASCAR. NASCAR cars even by then had too many modifications to the bodywork and suspension, that to do an era-accurate NASCAR kit, they would have at a minimum have had to have tooled up an entirely new body and chassis/ suspension.
  4. Modelhaus Inventory Sale!!!!

    Same here- no access.
  5. AMT MPC Put Out the Good Stuff!

    Well- it's a big scale kit...1:1...and it's prebuilt. I'd call it a diecast, but I think it's going to be in the original hammered aluminum...it's going to be hefty, in any case...
  6. 1/25 AMT '71 Plymouth Duster 340

    Hart's Parts does the '70 Grille, bench seat, and Six Pack Hood for the AMT Duster.
  7. The wrong "Actor" for the part.....

    Now- back to Donna. We had a Donna in our neighborhood. Sandy. She was a good 10 years older than me, but she made an impression She always drove cool cars, too. She had a really nice 1976 Grand Prix, black with Rally wheels, a dark red interior and matching pinstripes...
  8. The wrong "Actor" for the part.....

    That is too funny! These shows have a great way of coming up with prototype characters. I think we all become the dads from these shows in one way or another. Like the old joke in the Looney Tunes cartoon with Charlie Dog- "I am 50% Mike Brady, 50% Red Forman, 50% Bob Pinciotti, 50% Murray Goldberg..." "The Goldbergs" is another one that I like to watch- it doesn't hurt that it's set in Philly in the 80's, like my life was...
  9. AMT MPC Put Out the Good Stuff!

    Well...the Ramchargers Dart Funny Car- that's one that would be tricky to reproduce. That body became the LA Dart/ Hemi Hunter wheelstander. The rear wheelwells, front bumper, trunk, and "Swinger" emblems were modified or eliminated in order to make the LA Dart. After that, it became the Hemi Hunter. It's doubtful that the body for that one will ever come back, as much as you and I would like to see it. If you wanted to clone it, you might be able to take a Hemi Hunter or LA Dart body, and combine it with some bits from a Petty Dart short tracker (that's another one we thought we would never see again!). The chassis ended up somewhere, maybe under the recent Arnie Beswick GTO? So- it's possible to recreate it somewhat, but I doubt we will ever see Round 2 go to that trouble.
  10. AMT MPC Put Out the Good Stuff!

    MPC used whatever tools they had, however they wanted to, in order to maximize as many different releases as possible. Back in the 60's and '70's, MPC simply looked at their tools as product, so, if they made modifications to update a stock annual body in order to put a new kit out as a Funny Car or NASCAR Stock Car, they had no guilt whatsoever in making alterations. The 1970 cars were preferable to the 1969 and 1968 cars, as the market wanted the newest versions of the latest cars from Detroit, so annual updates were made (as well- the promo contracts from the Big 3 that essentially paid for the annual kits dictated that the newest cars be offered). I'd love to see the MPC 1968 Dodge Coronet back, but to date, that seems like a lost cause. MPC in particular (and the other manufacturers in general), also seemed to have great engineering and artistic know-how during this period, enabling them to make these changes on a regular basis. They were absolute masters at making something out of something else. It's wasn't all good, though- sometimes you got Pro Stock kits that were more "Stock" than "Pro", and funny cars that were perhaps too funny (or not funny enough). Compromises were definitely made. Over time, some of that know-how might have been lost. Employees move on or retire. New facilities and processes are adopted. The market changes, so that fewer models are sold, and consumer tastes change so a business case can't be made to invest in engineering and tooling like the glory days of the 60's and early 70's. As a result, some tools can't be reused to put out exactly the same products they were able to 40+ years ago. An example of this is the recent reissue of the Petty 1/16 Charger. The announcement originally stated that it was to be offered with a clear body. That never materialized, the rumor was that Round 2 tried it and had too many problems with the process of offering a clear body, or that the bodies they could produce were substandard. We did still see the Petty Charger released, which in my opinion, is a great kit. Some small things had to be redone or undone in order to get it back, and Round 2 seemed to handle that well. To me, the clear bodies were overrated anyway, as they were tougher to work with. Having that kit back at all made my decade! I can't think of any other type of commercial item being offered that is so dependent on tooling and trade dress that was created so long ago, except for maybe Hot Wheels. I think it's an absolute miracle that we get what has been coming out. Round 2's very existence as it is today is against any reasonable odds. That is a fire that has been fanned expertly for 30+ years. Now if FCA will just start manufacturing new 1968 Chargers, I would be really happy. If they don't have airbags, I won't be upset. I'll go right down to the local dealer and get one. Nick Scratch will skate to work before that happens, unfortunately... I did just read that Aston Martin will be making 25 continuation DB-5's, complete with 007 style gadgets. They'll only be $2.5 million each. There is hope that I will win the lottery in time to get one. Sign me up!!! I'm really happy to see ANYTHING come back, and Round 2 does seem to do a great job of creating exciting box art and adding extra value with new or restored parts when they can. It sure beats the "repop in gray plastic and put it in an awful ugly box" stuff we had seen up until about 10 years ago...
  11. The wrong "Actor" for the part.....

    Growing up in the '70's (I would have been about 10 years younger than Eric), I think that most Dads WERE Red Forman. Every once in awhile, you had a Bob, but most of the time- they were Red. I spent a fair amount of time in back alleys (hanging out while my Dad would help a friend repair their car), on barstools, auto parts stores & in junkyards before I was 10 (thanks to my Dad and my Grandpop), and I had a few uncles who, while they were mostly gruff, slightly mean (meaning: they obviously enjoyed teasing little kids sometimes), and imposing - they still cared when it counted. We were always looked out for, even if we didn't know it.
  12. I will agree that the chassis for that Barracuda kit is pretty close to terrible. The grille is shot from overuse, so getting an older casting helps if you can find one. At worst, do some web research on the rare Savage GT Barracuda, you could always try to clone that grille set up and eliminate the stock one. I still think the body and interior are not too bad, though. The hoods usually don't fit too well (too tight) on these, so I'll warn you to maybe consider going curbside. If you don't want to waste an AMT '71 Duster, an alternative could be to use the chassis from the MPC '75-'76 Dodge Dart Sport. While it's not a modern kit chassis by any stretch, it's a step up from the one in the '69...at least the inner fenders are shaped much more like the real ones, and it seems to fill the fenders better. Also, the rear axle is separate in that chassis. You might be able to prowl the swaps or check eBay for one, and also, you won't need the body from the kit to complete it. The only downsides to the Dart Sport chassis are: some versions have the mid-exhaust pipes molded in, the firewall was hogged out to accommodate the optional Hemi in that kit, and also, the front suspension/ K member detail is light. Maybe use an extra front suspension set up from a new Revell '70 'Cuda, as you get two in the box in each kit. Also, you will have to grind the bottom of the interior tub in the back to make this one work, but again, it's a step or two above what comes in the kit... Personally, I kind of like improving kits like this, but that might not be everybody's cup of tea...
  13. You're welcome, Casey! I get it now...and I agree that many 3D parts do look too angular (or simply wrong!). I do see some parts on that site that look pretty acceptable, though. In a pinch, I would use that Dana, maybe knock some of the sharp edges off of it...Danas do tend to have a more organic look to them than that. I know that 3D has been discussed over and over again here on the board. I for one am pretty excited about the potential for 3D in general, and for 1/16 parts, they seem to be the only game in town.
  14. Just some thoughts: the R/T emblem is on the driver's side headlight door. Depending on if you're doing a Revell or MPC kit, you could either carefully grind the R/T emblem out of the headlight door, or, you could make a foil casting or other quickie mold of the passenger side door (or cut a passenger side headlight door from a donor grille), flip it upside down, and replace the driver's side headlight door with a copy of the passenger side headlight door, or, you could just cover the R/T emblem in black paint.
  15. Here’s a pic of the axles from that kit. I did think of those as a source. I scored some as parts a few years ago... I think the rear is meant to be a Dana 60 and the front is meant to be a Dana 44. That would fit with the applications for stock Chevy 4x4 pickups in the 70’s. Both axles are a little light in detail. I’m thinking of massaging the 60 a bit and casting a few for myself. I don’t cast “professionally” unfortunatlely, and my work output is somewhat glacial. If I could find a caster that was both trustworthy and interested, I would probably want to have them do it instead. In my eyes, the Shapeways piece doesn’t look too bad- it looks as least as good as some 1/25 kit pieces. Casey, why would you not recommend the Shapeways piece? Just curious...