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CapSat 6

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    Bill Secules

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  1. Sealed or open?

    Also- I open ALL of the new kits I buy, and check them over. I could only imagine opening a kit years after purchase, just to find that something is missing or broken. I know that hurts the value, but then again, they're more valuable to me if I know they're right.
  2. Sealed or open?

    If it's an older, pricier kit, I almost always go for a nice opened one. I have heard on rare occasion that some old kits get resealed, and that the contents might not be what they are supposed to be. Also, in the case of old MPC kits in particular, tire marks could be there on glass, decals, critical parts of the body, etc. At least if the kit is open, you can see the condition of the parts. Some of this goes back to my entry in the hobby: I could never afford to buy old unbuilt kits when I stared out in this, I almost always bought built kits to restore, or builders in the box. The rarer ones were almost always less than pristine. I try to get the best condition that I can, but in order to build it, if it's really old or rare, it can't be TOO nice. I also only go for opened Jo Han kits, the reason being: some of those were molded in colors that I do NOT like (like the Sox & Martin 'Cuda, Petty '64 Plymouth or '70 Superbird in dark green). Also, often times, they had short shots, poor chrome and/or incorrect parts. I have opened a few Jo Han kits that really disappointed me afterwards, so at least when I see the contents, I more or less know what I'm getting into. I only ever bought one vintage kit as a sealed kit. I won't say what it was, except to say that it was REALLY nice, approx. 35 years old at the time, and was had for a "Buy-It-Now" for about 1/3 of it's worth at the time. I hated to gamble on it, as it was against my nature, but I did anyway. I of course opened it the minute I got it. It was in really nice shape, really better than most of the old kits I have ever had. It was so nice in fact, that after a few years of not opening the inner bags and leaving everything as it was before I opened it, I really felt I would never build it, so I resold it.
  3. Dick Landys 68 Charger

    That's an option. I have tried it and it always looks a little homemade to me. My pickiness is greater than my actual skill in this regard. I think the little resin bits would end up being easier and looking better. Maybe I'll try to do some myself, doing some foil castings from a Revell Dart or MPC '68 Coronet...
  4. Dick Landys 68 Charger

    These kits appears to have always been engineered to be offered either as '68's or '69's from the beginning. The stock '69 kit came out first- it initially had a body that looked like it had a chopped top. It was awful. To Revell's eternal credit, they revised the body pretty quickly, making it a running change in kit production, and also, offering replacements for anybody who bought the ones with bad bodies. I had bought 4 of them when they first came out, as I was really psyched for this kit. They actually sent me 4 whole replacement kits. It was probably easier for them to do it that way, since not only the body, but the glass was also revised. The Landy '68 kit came out soon after. It had the same carryover '69 body, complete with '69 style indicators in the fenders. This time, they wiped the vinyl roof detail, though. These kits did come with stock '68 seats, grilles and tail panels, so all you had to do was combine them with the stock hood, wheels, and engine from the '69 kit and you had a stock '68. Later, the body had the indicator lights filled in, and decals were supplied either for the '68 or '69 style lights. This was a concession to not having to change the body tool every time each variant was issued. It's a small matter to me, because these are really excellent kits. Somebody should do the '68 marker lights in resin, since they're raised just a little bit from the fender surface. I would buy a bunch of those.
  5. 68 GTX grille

    Rico, I would like to second this request, for a different reason...I’d like to see a 1968 Coronet grille but in 1/16, this would be the same grille in 1:1 that was used on the special Charger 500 NASCAR Model. It could be used to help convert the 1/16 General Lee kit to a Charger 500. Would you be at all interested in doing that piece in 1/16? If you did one, I would probably buy 2 or 3.
  6. Wild 2021 Dodge Viper

    I think the design language in that proposal is pretty sound...it looks a lore more Viper-y than Vipers have looked in a long time. I am a fan of the Gen 1 Vipers, so this look appeals to me. While I'm a little bummed that the V-10 might go away (it was, after all, based on the LA V-8), how undeniably BOSS would it be if they could work up the new one with a V-10 based on the newer Hemi V-8???
  7. Johan prices $$$$

    How dare we suggest that? You can't take away the "naïve/ stupid act"! It's the only one some sellers have! I have seen some sellers at swap meets stay in character LONG after being educated about their "ignorance". They should work in Hollywood. Generally speaking, I wouldn't buy anything from some of these clowns, even if it were a good deal (usually, of which they have none to offer anyway). There are some sellers, for which I routinely walk right by, after YEARS of observing such nonsense. Still (!?!), they find buyers. Agreed, so at least when looking online, I try to inventory kits using the available pics. If the text calls out prominently that the kit wasn't checked (as in: to very conspicuously cover the seller's rearward bits), and / or if the pics are substandard (as in: taken in a way to obscure some of the contents, which seems to be more common lately), I tend to move on. It's mind boggling how some online sellers ever manage to sell anything with how poorly they represent their products, but then again, there seems to be an art to sucking people in to buying incomplete or substandard stuff.
  8. Johan prices $$$$

    Remember that some of these Jo Han kits were actually still available new until at least the 1990's. I remember a few local hobby shops who had a few Jo Han kits here and there, for prices just below what retail would have been for AMT and Revell kits. There seemed to be a few that were common (SC/ Rambler, Petty Superbird, Sox & Martin Cuda, Comet Pro Stock, 70 Olds 442, some of the Caddys). I remember one last run of the '68 Fury Police cars in the 1990's- they came with green tinted windows. I bought a few then, thinking they would be the last. It does seem that if you hunt around, you can still find some of the "newer" Jo Han kits for almost reasonable money (especially if you don't mind buying an opened one molded in a weird color, like dark green for the Superbird for instance), but it does also seem that prices for all of them are on a steady rise. I stay away from sealed Jo Han kits, simply because either you might get short shots, bad chrome, missing/ wrong parts, or a weird color. "Quality control" was spotty at best for many of these kits...
  9. Early 60s Mopar Dog Dish Hubcaps

    This is a little vexing to me...but I think the caps shown on the red car in Steve's 2nd picture are the correct ones. My call would be that the closest in scale would be the new '64 Lawman stock caps. The Lindberg '64 Dodge caps are obviously meant to be the '69-'71 style caps. So- those kits come with the wrong caps for that car. The Little Red Wagon and Jo Han '68 Police caps do appear to be the '68 (maybe '67?) only caps. Though the A-100 didn't change much in it's entire 1:1 production run, that would make the kit version representative of a '68. The cars in pic 1 and pic 4 appear to be wearing early Dart caps of two different styles, which I don't think are available in scale at all.
  10. 1965 Plymouth Satellite

    That's a great build, Chuck! That's very much like a '65 Satellite that a good friend of mine owns- he bought a survivor '65 coupe from an elderly gent about 18 years ago, it was gold with a cream painted top, and a 273 V-8. He improved the cosmetics of the original-paint car without a full repaint (he's a Paint & Body Guy), added a Hemi Hood Scoop & mags, ran the 273 for awhile, but then eventually replaced it with his "Doomsday Engine" (a built 440 with Max Wedge heads & intake). It's uncanny how you captured the vibe of his "Fun Car". I will have to see if I can dig up some pics of his car and post them.
  11. Chopped Hemi Hornet

    I dig it!
  12. Anyone buying Revell kits just in case?

  13. Desirable Reissues

    Round 2 could certainly do more: - any pickup trucks would seem to do well...’90’s Chevies, anything, really. I would really like to see them reconstitute the ‘70’s Dodge pickup as a 4x4 longbed, though. Can you say: “Power Wagon”??? -The MPC 1:16 ‘63 Corvette was a real gem. They have done some other 1:16 kits, and at least one or two of the choices have been a little questionable. This Corvette is really one of the nicest replica stock 1:16 kits ever done. It would be super if they unblocked all of the molds so that we could get all of the old custom parts (mags, blower, etc). We could be due for the 1:16 Cobra, too! -how about doing “one run of fun” with the Sweathogs Pontiac Grand Prix, and then converting it back into a factory stock ‘72? -it’s been a little while since we have seen the MPC ‘57 Chevy gasser. -how about the 1974 Charger? Fix that one up a little, find the custom parts for the station wagon option, offer it in a retro box? -where did all of the Pintos go? We got the wagon back, but I have to believe that they still have the AMT Coupe in some form. How about the Mercury Capri while they are at it? -1971 Road Runner. ‘Nuff said!
  14. Revell Super Spyder Monza re-release

    The MPC Monza wasn’t so bad...last seen as the “Pro Street Monza”, it had similar IMSA flares, and other custom goodies. You could still build a stock-ish Monza, too - I think the only things for a stock build the last MPC issue didn’t have were stock wheels and tires. The only downside to the MPC Monza was that the rear axle was molded in to the chassis. Round 2 reissued their AMT Monza back about a year ago...maybe that will scratch your itch? Or maybe Round 2 will also run the MPC version, much like they did with the AMT and MPC Pacers?
  15. Dukes/ Hazzard Charger

    Here’s a buy it now for just the interior set up from an original Lee. This seller also has the roll cage listed seperately: https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.com%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F112982062331