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  • Birthday 12/11/1960

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    Irmo, South Carolina
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  1. I hope the big box craft stores have the foresight to carry this kit.
  2. Well the description says Woody / Pickup, so my guess is that won't change. I'd love to see those Halibrand smoothies back too. And maybe a dropped axle. Those knobby looking Rally GTs in the more recent Ertl era kits look pretty dopey on there. I also wish Round 2 would backdate the the Dodge van back to the 73-75 frong end. Much more attractive.
  3. While the big six from the truck is never correct for any Nova, and the the smallblock was not a factory option, I think Carl's question was about fit. I would say other than the unnecessary hole through the block in the 65 El Camino engine (although a bonus if you want to use a real axle instead of the pins) that it would likely fit very well. Of course if you are looking for a more accurate looking small block, there's any number of newer tool options, including the 66 Nova engine. As far as the truck engine goes, I believe that one was near the last of the line for the old Stovebolts (or Blue Flame), and fit or no fit, I can't think of any reason anyone would use it. The six cylinders made available in 1962 were lighter and more powerful. (And harder to find in scale.)
  4. I've had two of those Revell Mercs sitting on my shelves for the past 13 years and I'm pretty sure the Revell body is not sectioned. At least not intentionally. The "it" I'm speaking of is the look of a real 49 Mercury. It's not terribly bad (other than the blocky shape of the hoods), but I'm still not real sure I'll be using one as the basis for the next Merc I build. If I did, I'd at minimum correct the hood shape. As far as the custom touches go, I don't really comment (unless about a clear-cut accuracy issue) because those are subjective to individual taste. I'm not here to beat up on the kit, because it is very buildable, and at worst, it's an excellent source of 50s custom parts.
  5. Here is my original review. One thing I didn't catch is that the top (subjectively) should have been chopped a wee bit more in the back. Seldom is there as much anticipation as when a new model kit comes out, especially an icon, such as the chopped 49 Mercury. The 49 Mercury is as much a pantheon of the custom circle as the fabled Deuce is to hot rodding. This said, when you come out with something like this, you had best get it right. If you don't, you lose more ground than you gain. A good example of this is the new tool AMT Ala Kart of 2002. Conceptually, it was a winner, but coming at a change of guard for design and tooling, it could not have been a greater disaster. Grossly misshapen, out of proportion, with an under scale motor, the best thing this kit was good for was to drop the collector prices down on the original issue kits. So where does the Revell 49 Merc stand in all of this? Let's open the unique 2 sided box, and have a look see. Conceptually, it'€s off to a great start. You have a nicely proportioned chopped 49 Merc body, devoid of any chrome trim. The only bone I have to pick is the rather large holes in the rear quarter panels for the tail lights. This sits on a platform style floor pan and interior, with tuck n roll inserts on the seats, on a separate frame. So far, so good. For power, we have a 50's era Cadillac engine, with three carbs, and chrome no name valve covers, likely to save on royalties. This is a great choice of power plants, and famed Barris Kustom collector Kurt McKormick, who owns a pretty famous chopped Merc of his own, will be happy to tell you so! Not to mention that the Hirohata Merc is Caddy powered, so maybe another version may be down the road? This kit comes with a multitude of options, including two hoods, one louvered, one plain, and here is one of the few disappointments. For some reason, the front of the hood has a couple of large flat spots flanking the peaked nose area as if they didn'€™t fully round it off as they were grinding the tool, resulting an almost angular shape. One hood is worse then the other, but both exhibit this flaw. This is only minor though, as you can prime, and then sand this to shape. The same cannot be said for the Cadillac "€œSombrero"€ wheel covers. They lack the graceful curves of the real ones, and for sticklers, would best be supplanted by after market resin. This is a shame, because a kit with this many cool extra custom parts would be worth its price for these alone. Speaking of extra custom parts, lets go down the list. For starters, you get the aforementioned pair of hoods, the Caddy Sombreros that go with a set of no name wide white wall tires with inserts, plus a set of larger chrome reversed rims that fit some generic black wall radials. (I would be happier if they interchanged with the Sombreros, but I digress…) You also get a beautiful set of stock bumpers that have been relieved of the bumper guards, and a set if ribbed Brizio "Desoto" style bumpers. In back, you get a choice of 49 Lincoln Tail lights with blue dot decals, or a pair of frenched 59 Cadillac bullets. In front is where things really get cool, as you get a choice of not one, not two, but THREE grilles! You get a smoothed stock Mercury grille, a 54 Pontiac Grille, and a really nice 53 Desoto grille that will allow you to duplicate the Wally Welch Merc, or any number of others. The guys at Revell really scored a home run with these grill selections, as they cover just about every classic style. This kit is worth it for these alone. To finish this kit off, there is a large decal sheet, with flames, and several different colors of "Von Dutch"€ style pinstriping for the hood and deck, plus the aforementioned blue dots (two sets!), and decals for the trophy stand (complete with miniature Mercury on top). When you consider that Revell has recently gone through it’s own changing of the guard, This kit has not fared nearly as badly as the if fated Ala Kart kit. Still you must wonder how things would have been, if the guys who cut the tool were as big of car guys as the guys who conceptuallized this kit. It isn'€™t perfect (few kits are), but it sure will make a lot of people happy, including me. If they would fix those wheel covers, and hood shape, and flash over those large tail light holes, they would have the perfect kit, but even as is, this is a "€Must Have" kit for any old school model builder, as you can not only build a really nice chopped Merc, but just like in the old days, you get a TON of the coolest extra parts you could ask for. I bought two!
  6. I did a review on this kit when it first came out. It's probably earlier in this thread in fact. The shortcomings that I pointed out have to do with inaccuracies that cannot be explained away by it being a custom. Both hoods are way too squarish, and the Caddy sombereros aren't real well shaped either. The AMT body has it in spades over the Revell offering, as evident in the above side by side photos. Were i building a custom Merc, I'd chop my own AMT body, and use the shaved Merc bumpers and possibly the Pontiac grille from the Revell kit. Just my two cents.
  7. Looks great. I built one out of the box about 30 years ago, and used another one to create a 57 Skyliner, using the parts on the AMT 57. One thing I did with my 59 is to drill out the headlight openings to the size of the lenses. I then flush fit the custom quad headlight lenses from the AMT 50 Convertible, with reflectors made from the baby moon hubcaps from the AMT 56 Ford behind them. Looks a ton better that way, eliminating those "eyeballs". Just out of curiosity, what glue did you use on the body? I've found lately that the ModelMaster cement doesn't dig into the plastic very well, and have since started using the Revell glue, and the Tamiya liquid.
  8. Flat out gorgeous build, Bob. Now I really need to finish the one I started almost 30 years ago. It's pretty nice, but it'll never compare to yours. Hats off to you sir!
  9. The engine appearance is great, with nice detail. Unfortunately, it's too small. Sit it next to the even nicer one in the 1960 Starliner, or the 66 Fairlane (or any other 1/25th scale FE engine) and it becomes immediately apparent. The front bumpers are fat, and hang down to a level even with the rocker panels, which don't come down low enough. They end about where the door bottoms should be. Other than that, it's a nice kit. I built one for my brother. But I prefer the old tool. The body is much closer.
  10. The FE engine (Ford/Edsel 332-428) in this kit is underscale, as is the rear axle. The body isn't deep enough, and the front bumpers are too fat. The MEL engine (not in this kit) is the Mercury Edsel Lincoln 383, 430, 462.
  11. To be fair, the new tool Edsel was misproportioned with some components not in scale.
  12. This one is beyond cool Mike! Needs to show up on the Scale Survivors group some Friday.
  13. I could stare at that all day. Beautiful job!
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