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  1. This is a front shot of the '69 we had when I was a kid. This new kit is much better than the rest, I can't wait to get some.
  2. Most of those can be sourced from other kits but a really nice step bumper has been the elusive one for me. I modified the stock one that comes in the 4x4 kit. With as many trucks as there are out there it seems like someone would have done a correct step bumper at some point.
  3. Olson Bros. Resin

    Guys, Chris is back to normal health again and has more Bronco parts listed. I'll get the website updated soon, but the eBay store is stocked again. https://www.ebay.com/str/olsonbrothers [Edit to add] The website is back up, we're still working on a new design with a shopping cart but it's www.resincastmodelparts.com for anyone that's interested.
  4. I hope he used a metal rod inside the axle housing, I've had resin differentials sag over time.
  5. 1963 Ford Air Cleaner

    I'll have to pick up one of those. Thanks!
  6. Fireball Modelworks

    I bought a bunch of Joseph's carbs to use on my models and to display in a diorama. The quality is flat-out stunning.
  7. 1963 Ford Air Cleaner

    Does anyone make a resin air cleaner like this? I looked at all of my mid-60s Ford kits and came up empty.
  8. AMT and MPC Please Put Out Significant Kits

    I absolutely agree with you. I guess I don't have the attention span required, that's all. There are some concepts certain people grasp and others don't, I suppose that's where I'm at with the software.
  9. AMT and MPC Please Put Out Significant Kits

    Last winter I purchased a 3D printer to try out. I figured I'm pretty good with most mechanical devices, this shouldn't be that difficult. Right? Well... the machine isn't the hard part, the software is. I tried several free programs and a few trial commercial programs with many more features and capabilities. I can draw by hand pretty well but trying to draw things with a mouse is far harder than I ever imagined. Trying to figure out the commercial CAD software is extremely frustrating to me, I can't figure out how to get the programs to do what I want and I don't have the hundreds of hours required to learn it. Whoever said this stuff is easy is either geared to use things like that or completely off-base and hasn't tried it. Guys like Joseph at Fireball who have the capability to use that software will do very well, guys like me who don't will just end up buying their parts. The DLP printers ARE far superior to the PLA/ABS/etc plastic printers due to the stepped application of the media and you will always have to do some sanding on the parts to get them right. Having said that, there are professional printers that do a really, really nice job but none of them can match DLP or injection molding. Also, with DLP printers you're dealing with some hazardous materials that aren't exactly cheap, but they do produce nice parts. Injection molding for the masses, in my opinion, will not happen because of the high pressures and temperatures of the machines. Yes it would be nice, but if it were that easy or that cheap everyone would be doing it. Maybe in another 10-15 years IF the market increases substantially. Another thought, thin resin bodies or body parts are not necessarily a good thing. Most of us have experienced warpage with them and there is a reason most cast bodies are thicker than their styrene counterparts. Of course there are many different types of resin, some of which would be stronger, it really takes a lot of trial and error to find a balance between sturdiness and workability versus how quickly they tear up silicone molds. I don't have a problem with the re-releases by the companies that are still around, they have to make money somehow in order to make new tools. And if they don't make new tools, at least we have the ability to mix and match, create our own, and so on to keep the hobby going. We really have had it pretty good for a long time, especially with Revell and Moebius releasing new tooling to keep us interested. It could be worse, all of the companies could be gone. There is that to think about.
  10. 1975 Oldsmobile Cutlass

  11. 1975 Torino

    One of these days I'll get the paint details right.
  12. 1975 Torino

    This is the Starsky & Hutch kit with my spin on it. Totally stock. lol
  13. This is going to be a replica of one our family had when I was a teenager. We hauled a LOT of junk cars with it.
  14. Moebius 1970 4x4

    Thanks. I thought about the molding but liked it better this way. It's just Testors flat light aircraft grey and flat white with clear over it.