I couldn't agree more. That's why I have several extras. Until the Pro Modeler/Revell 58-59 came out, I think it was the best solid axle Vette out there. Still is IMHO, as long as you don't flip it over, or open the hood.
I agree on some of the points, but I can see even from that half a photo that there are quite a bit more of the old AK parts back in the fold than there was previously. Plus some of those parts will be chrome again for the first time in decades That said, the original Ala Kart does really need to be restored, and I wouldn't be a bit heartbroken if they scrapped the crude and inaccurate new tool to help pay for it.
Round2 had a test shot on display at NNL East. Anybody get photos? I snagged this one off of that other message board, from Chuck Rehbergers post, but it's cropped a little high. Sure do like the box art graphics for the 57 Vette!
I'm not going to say never in the history of 'implement' tires have their ever been any, but those instances are pretty rare. So to my eyes, they look a little weird and overdone with them. And speaking of to my eyes, I probably came off a little harsh on the box art. First off, the builds are first rate. My issue, as it were is with the graphics. For the type of culture and era these two subjects represent (the 30 A Coupe and 57 gasser), the graphics should be be more of a retro flavor. The beveling and embossing (Making the lettering and rivets (what do we need rivets for anyway?) 3-D and metal looking) just smacks of Neo Retro to me. Like they plastered an erector set on the box. Don't get me wrong. I used a very complicated, layered version of the bevel and emboss/metallic technique quite a few years ago when I created this logo... (and cover)
Obviously Model Cars Magazine has a new cover logo now, and quite frankly, I like it. In fact, it's closer to what Revell should be using for those boxes. Consider this vibe... (Still a bit overstated, but more retro)
Or this (Very fitting)...
So, not to pick on Revell/Monogram, but I just think the box graphics are overdone, and take away from the models, which should be the focus. But again, that is just my opinion, and it doesn't take away from the model kits in question. There will be multiples of each in my stash. But great box art DOES grab your heart strings, and thereby your purse strings. Would it make a difference in this case? Who knows? Anyway, that's just my take. There are a lot of guys out there who enjoy making faux box art, to varying degrees of... um quality. This pair made more than one person think it was one of those.
That's why I put Implement in quotes. I know they aren't actual implement tires, that's just what most people refer to them as. Regardless, I've never seen any with whitewalls, and it just makes it look like someone didn't know what they were doing. Kinda like the amateurish graphics on the box art. Case in point; it's so bad that a lot of people didn't even believe the 57 Ford Gasser was real box art. It's not as bad as that scary LSD trip stuff RC2 was doing around 2006 or whenever, but it still isn't very good. (And my apologies if anyone here on this board did that work. It's just constructive criticism.) Anyway, I see a lot of old school goodness in that parts inventory.
That "ding" is a hole for the crank. (Cars came a equipped with cranks up through the 1940's just in case of dead batteries.) Some cars even later. I had a 1966 Datsun pickup with a hole for a crank, and slots in the crankshaft pulley bolt for one.
Well, since I am Facebook friends with one of the guys who builds box art stuff for Revell, I am now prepared to eat my words. I saw pics of the build used for the box. Robert Gluckman, who also used to build for AMT/Ertl built it. It's legit. I still think the sedan would have made more sense, but I'll probably still buy a couple. I'd still never sit a 56 body on that frame tho. If I wanted a 56 Gasser, I'd just borrow the suspension.
56 Ford used a totally different (straighter) chassis with more in common with the 1949 Ford. 57 used the cow belly frame that lasted through 1964. That gasser version does a good job of pointing up how Revell screwed up the front fenders. The bumper splash pan should wrap around, and the front fenders should end (not go lower than) even with the bottom of the grille. Odd they didn't base that kit off of the sedan. (Which also still has the same faults.)