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CapSat 6

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    Bill Secules

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  1. Regardless, I would really like one of these. It looks great! I’m hoping for a ‘71 like was mentioned before, preferably so I can make a ‘70 out of if.
  2. I thought from what I read of the auction was that the Ford interior was being supplied, and a ‘68 Chrysler 300 style chassis? The firewall definitely looks like the one from the ‘68 300 or ‘68 Fury Cop Car. In any case, if it’s the ‘68 300 Chassis, it will be somewhat correct, if very basic. I would think the builder would be better off using the chassis (or two) from a Revell ‘68-‘70 Charger or AMT ‘71 Charger and modifying to suit.
  3. Change......

    Sorry to see you go, Dave- especially tough because you’re one of the Good Guys. I looked forward to maybe getting one of my Mad Max builds off the ground someday and maybe showing it off to ya. Best of luck, ENJOY your time, and if conditions permit, don’t be a stranger!
  4. any good model stores within 2 or so hours of nj

    Another one in PA with a good selection (all new stuff, though) is Modelbahn Ott in Boyertown, PA. All of the actual hobby stores we used to have are folding up, unfortunately.
  5. any good model stores within 2 or so hours of nj

    If you want to venture into PA, there is Nicholas Smith Trains and Hobbies. They’re in Newtown Square, PA. Large selection of auto kits. Mostly new stuff, but a few older (last 5 or so years) releases are there, too. Staff is nice, it’s a large store with toys, slot cars, Lego, some die casts, and a huge Train section upstairs.
  6. The AMT kit is a revised old (circa 1968) MPC kit that has elements to the body that just do not fit too well, along with the fact that since it was originally engineered in the late 60's, it just does not compare, detail-wise to the Revell kit. It's been revised over-and-over, first being the annual kits for 1968-1970, then revised to a NASCAR kit, back to sort of stock as the General Lee, and then as a Daytona / Charger 500, etc. My guess is that it's actually the most revised model tool in existence. The Revell kit in any form is a much better build than the AMT kit. You can't go wrong with any boxing of the Revell kit. The Pro Modeler kit comes with optional 'NASCAR replica" parts as Dave notes above, meaning they could either be used to build a street "tribute" NASCAR-styled car, or they could be used to get to get you started towards building a NASCAR replica. It's actually a neat set of parts, but you can't build an accurate NASCAR racer from the box by any stretch. It's also been reboxed a few times without the Pro Modeler stuff- essentially offering a very nice 440-powered stock Daytona. Quality and accuracy of the stock version of Revell's Daytona are very high.
  7. Positives to come from the Revell Deal?

    One question in my mind is: what is their goal? Are they looking to flip the company for a fast buck, or are they really going to put effort into making the company competitive? I’m tending toward the latter, as it seems to me the “investment group” approach of turning the company for a fast buck seems to be more of an American thing. So- if they are looking to put an honest effort into the model business, then of course they will see what they have, do some rigorous analysis as to the existing market, etc. I see that perhaps under new management, the new subjects they choose to do might skew less towards what we have traditionally seen. Still- they have a vast bank of tools that reflect American Car Culture, which also has great appeal worldwide. I can’t help but thinking that once they come to the US to see what they have, they might realize that their tooling inventory is very large, and that it might make business sense to keep at least some production in the US. I don’t know for sure, but my guess is that some of the tooling is in China and some of it is here. I can only imagine how much they really have, when you factor in Airplane, military and auto kits. I can’t imagine they would want to pay to ship it all to Europe. They might yet end up setting up some operations here as a result.

    Yikes! Yes, they had the wrong grille inserts, hoods, and the first version of that kit was more “Stock Car” than street car. Probably up to 1,350,000 sets now!!!
  9. MPC 1/16 Firebird parts?

    Also, you might get part of the way with getting an old AMT 1/16 Pontiac Grand Prix stock car (Petty or Lake Speed / Nationwide) kit. You could use the wheels, shifter, some other bits from that kit in a street build. Sometimes those kits come up relatively cheaply on the auction site, especially as builds or partial builts, although the parts in those kits are not especially detailed...
  10. MPC 1/16 Firebird parts?

    I got a Tremec 5 speed from Shapeways in 1:16 with the Firebird kit in mind...also, some shifters, seats, carbs, EFI throttle bodies, other things are available there, right up to SB and BB Chevy engines if you are so inclined. Not much at all in regards to wheels and tires though...

    Yes, the new snap Charger comes with ‘71 style grille inserts. By my count, there are about 450,000 MPC and AMT 1969 Charger kits that need correct grille inserts and hoods (the hood in the glue kit is a ‘70 Charger piece, and has been since the original Dukes days, the snap kit at least shows a better, more “69-ish” hood)... ...hey, maybe Round 2 could tool up correct 1969 grille inserts and hoods, and offer them as a parts pack!
  12. why have new cars gotten so expensive 1:1 scale

    The manufacturers have been pushing trucks and SUV’s for many years now, because they are more profitable than lower priced sedans and economy cars. The markup by percentage is greater the higher in price point you go, and of course that’s a greater percentage of a higher price. You hear all the time things like: “Americans prefer SUV’s and trucks, so it doesn’t pay to build or stock standard sedans”. Well, the manufacturers have been doing their part to condition their buyers. Even back in 1996 when I sold cars very briefly, the store where I worked stocked something like 40 Jeep Cherokees, 30 Grand Cherokees, but only maybe 5 Cirrus, 1 LHS, 2 Eagle Visions, 2 Breezes and 5 Neons. They were only going to stock what was hot of course, but also, that meant that your selection in standard cars was wanting. You would think that they would have stocked more of the cheaper cars, but that’s not how it worked. Also, it would have served them better to move people who were looking for cheaper cars into used cars, because the margins were MUCH higher on used cars at the time (think 4% on a Neon at sticker vs. 20-40% on a given used car). I will say that I have not been in the car sales business for a long time, so some things may have changed, but I still can’t see the incentive the manufacturers have in offering standard sedans vs. SUV’s and pickups these days. Also, it does seem that there are always deep discount deals on trucks, I saw an ad this morning for around $10k off of the sticker price of a GMC Pickup. I think that’s about the standard thing...which in effect sets the “real” price for pickups. I would definitely shop around when buying a pickup, get the newspaper, shop for the best deal. The dealers all know that everybody is going to shop around these days and the smart ones will try to make a good deal for you. I’d hate to think of the hit you take on depreciation on a new pickup, considering the seemingly “standard” discount that seems to be the norm now...
  13. 70's Plymouth Fury front end?

    Missing Link does the '75-'76 Fury grille.
  14. And has nobody yet mentioned the bare (no caps or trim rings) Chevy Rally wheels from the MPC 1975 Corvette? They look really good and are a super-cool addition to the parts box...
  15. I gotta say- the old Jo Han Mopar steelies (found in original '64-'68 Plymouths, Chryslers, '64 Dodges, and later- widened, in their '64, '69 and '70 Plymouth stock car kits) are the best I have ever found, hands down. The original (non-widened) wheels seem to look the best. I got really lucky and was able to buy a small supply of them (4 sets) at a swap meet many years ago. They. Just. Look. Perfect. (for Mopars, anyway). They are part of the Crown Jewel collection in my parts hoard. I'll post some pics of some later if I can. Also- Fireball Modelworks does some really nice ones. They do a specific wheel for the '69-1/2 Six Barrel Dodges & Plymouths- it's a heavy duty wheel that Mopar used on those cars, that looked a little different than their regular steel wheels. I'd still give the nod to the Jo Han wheels, though- they look like they were absolutely shrink-rayed. Honorable mention goes to the wheels in the MPC/ AMT Dodge Monacos. I know- they are super-wide, but it doesn't take too much to cut the outer rim free and section them a bit. My big problem is with how dog dish wheelcovers usually fit wheels- they stick out too much, most need to be trimmed in the back to tuck them in before they get mounted. Fireball seems to have this right with the wheels & caps they offer, as the caps fit into cavities that allow them to tuck back as they should. Fireball Modelworks also does the later Mopar Cop Car wheel in 1/24 scale (6-hole). They used to do this wheel with detail in the middle, and they were beautiful (I have a set, they go with the Crown Jewels!). Now Fireball only does them to accept the dog dish caps. Another option is Missing Link's Cop Car wheels, which are just a bit smaller and look like they would work better for 1/25 cars.