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  1. Work continues but I am stumped .... I started the front suspension, but the unclear instructions strike again. It points to a vague area to glue the front leaf springs to the frame. There are holes in the frame but no pin on the leaf spring shackle I think The best course of action will be to mock up the body and see where the wheel opening is, then use that as a guide to locate the front axle. I also had to use putty on the differentials, there was too much of a step to sand it smooth Once I figure out the front axle, I can assemble the rest of the chassis and paint it.
  2. I am pretty sure that is what it is. I also found I can shoe horn the 8v71 into a monogram squarebody kit for a crazy project I have in mind I could not say any better.... Thanks! Good idea - Thank you.
  3. I have assembled the frame The instructions are not clear, but I looked in later steps in the instructions and got a better idea where the cross members were supposed to go. I glued the parts in place with liquid cement to get a good plastic to plastic welded bond I left it for two days and glued the other frame rail in place tonight One rail was warped, and I think at least one cross member was not quite perfectly straight so hopefully the frame is not too far out of square ... we will just have to see. There is a lot of flash on the parts. some parts only have a little bit of flash, and in that case it is almost worse because it is very subtle and hard to see, and it is hard to tell where the part starts and the flash ends. I think I will get the rst of the suspension together before painting, I want a good plastic cement bond for the leaf springs and diffs, but it will be a bit harder to ensure complete paint coverage in every nook and cranny.
  4. Yeah, there was a bit of flash on many parts. I also plan to use a Detroit diesel engine in another wild project, so this will also serve as a test fit article, to see if the other project is feasible.
  5. Here is my entry for this build off, an early 2000s boxing of the AMT chevy Bison I decided to get right to work and assembled much of the engine I decided to stop here so I can do some research and see how this engine should be painted I also assembled the transmission. It has a really big seam on the bottom which will require attention I wanted to press on and start the Frame, but I am getting tired and need to be able to concentrate, so I will pick it up later. See ya next time!
  6. I just saw this. I am in with the AMT Chevy Bison. I will post a start thread later tonight.
  7. I like this theory... Round two has a market for kits which might be hard to sell otherwise. If the Date is accurate, then it would seem to support the theory. A win for everyone, like Dave Van says.
  8. As recently as the early 2000s (which admittedly now is quite a while ago) Revell and AMT both had some modern cars, I want to say Revell had a Cadillac Escalade, a then current model chevy Pickup, and a honda Civic, and Acura Integra. Then AMT had Ford Explorers, and an S-10/S-15 blazer among others. I wonder how these kits did? Then you also might run into the issue that If you tool a new car, after the excitement of the initial release when the car is still new, it may be quite a while before there is enough interest in the subject to make another run feasible. So, an evergreen subject like a 60s muscle car could be viewed as a better investment. It is a gamble. A challenger Hellcat may well be an instant classic, like the Grand National was in the 80s but who knows? However, it seems to work for Aoshima, They seem to make kits of all kinds of everyday modern cars. I have no how the model car market in Japan works but it would appear as though they are a successful company so they found something which works.
  9. You guys beat me to it. In scale, the wires are like garden hoses.
  10. In 2008 ish? I remember someone new acquired Lindberg and carpet bombed the market with every possible re issue all at once. For example, they re-issued the crown vic police car in every possible agency at once. Usually a company would release them slowly. It was an unusual approach and I am convinced those kits from that era are still floating around in various clearance sales. And yes, it makes sense to release the newer Lindberg kits as AMT, the Lindberg brand is sadly too far gone, The 90s kits were up to contemporary standards but everything else they did was very dated, so no matter how nice the kit is, Seeing lindberg on the box may put off many buyers. That being said, to bring this back on topic, it is really nice to see the investment in new parts to address the problems in old kits.
  11. He mentioned the Monaco police car has more accurate wheels, so that will be a nice change. All the ones I have from older releases have really wide tires, which are cool but not accurate. I might have to get one.
  12. These are mostly pretty hard to find kits right? It is nice to see Round 2 dig deep into the mold collection. It looks like that Frieghtliner FLC from Italeri will fill a hole in the AMT truck line up. Hopefully this collaboration will continue.
  13. This is the first of the recent Coca Cola kits I really want. The 70s style vending machine is just too cool. Sourcing the correct wheels and hubcaps does look like the biggest challenge, now that it has been pointed out, I can not ignore it. The faded retired van Casey posted really looks like a fun weathering challenge.
  14. I follow them on facebook and and follow the blog, and I do not think they have stated what molds they have. There are probably good business reasons for doing so. For example, If they said they had a certain mold, and then that mold was unserviceable, people who really wanted this hypothetical kit would be disappointed.
  15. Now the bigger question is, what did someone hope to accomplish by releasing this fake letter?
  16. I call BS, something seems fishy about the wording in that letter. That being said, watching testors whither away has been sad.
  17. I wonder what it would take for them to re-issue the 79 bronco. I missed out on the Model king re-issue 13ish years ago, it was issued with a trailer and race car. So we know the mold was still in existence not too long ago.
  18. Yesterday I was dumping out my recyclables into the curbside collection toter. 1 page of a sale flyer caught the wind and fell on the ground. I picked it up, and of all the paper to fly out of the recycling, it was the page from the Ollies ad with toys and models. I figured this was a sign. I was out and about today, and I stopped at the Sterling, VA Ollies I found: MPC Police Patrol Car (49 merc?) MPC 1972 GTO MPC 1969 Charger Daytona they also had the lindberg Gato Sub, and the Lindberg 1/600 USS Manchester ship kit. The cars were $9.99 and the ships were $7.99 I might have been tempted to buy either of those trucks, but they did not have the truck kits. So nothing which appealed to me, but if you have a Keurig coffee maker there were good prices on big boxes of K-Cups.
  19. This is a good question. I can not think of a store that carries model kits which would have such large quantities, with the exception of Hobby Lobby. But Hobby Lobby liquidates with clearance sales, as documented in many places, with car kits for $7.48. Maybe Michaels, but they seem content to sell the same 5 revell kits at MSRP + 200% . I think these may be over stocks from Round2. Look at the kits which are offered. First, the Lindberg ships. These were considered old and obsolete in the 80s. They will not appeal to the serious ship modeler. I think the only market for those is the nostalgia market. Next, we see two Truck kits. These may be subjects of limited appeal, and Round 2 may have saturated the market for trucks with a bonanza of long awaited re-issues. Then the Daytona kits, If I recall correctly, those are well known to be the least desirable Daytona kits with the plastic planks to add to the fenders to make the fenders large enough to match the nose. So these all may have been kits for which Round2 misjudged the market and got stuck with a large quantity of. That is just my guess. I love trying to solve a mystery like this, thanks for bringing it up, Tom.
  20. This is just what I was looking for. It will be a real masking challenge, but I want an accurate model, so I will do it. I have several different shades and sheens of black, so I think I can get the variation required
  21. thank you. And since it is body on frame, would the frame would still be all black? Presumably the body is lowered on to a finished chassis during assembly
  22. Hello, I just received the latest re-issue of the Revell 1986 monte carlo SS. I am gathering the paint I want to use, but I can not find a good reference of the underneath of the car. I found several pictures of the underneath as they sit today with 30+ years of dirt and grime. and It is all just dusty, rusty and not clear what the color is. I want to build this kit show oom fresh. So does any one remember how these cars came from the factory? I searched for this on the forum but I could not find it.
  23. This is good news. I really like the decals, they have provided the gauges and interior details. I will watch for this kit to show up at my favorite retailers.
  24. I maneuver the board much the same way Tom describes. using the Unread Content feature, I can go right to the new posts, and find interesting discussions in areas I might not have otherwise visited. When I first joined this forum back in the day. I was overwhelmed by they number of subforums, and found the Unread content feature very helpful.
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