I, for one really enjoy the interviews with model company personnel. Revell, AMT, Round 2 and me of the other larger companies (Tamiya) have been reasonably well covered. Who I would like to hear from are the people who were behind companies like Galaxie Limited, Polar Lights (funny car and Nascar era) and Accurate Minitures. Why did they do it, why they chose the subjects they did and to what degree they were successful (or not).I think I have a good idea about most of this but would like to know what went wrong between the initial idea for the polar light kits and the finished product. Specifically, I have all the PL NASCAR and FC kits but when I pull them out and look at the bodies I just go what the heck happened here and put them aside again. All these wonderful intricate subjects spoiled by the poor bodies.This may not be on topic but like others have said I also was not sure of its goal.
The lack of front upper control arms and the inner liner opening for them in many of the Revell and Monogram GM "G" body kits, including the recent 83 Hurst Olds. I never hear it mentioned unlike complaints about a lack of lower rad hoses or missing alternator brackets. I also dislike when a manufacturer does not provide an inner liner that reaches and meets with the fenders. Again, mostly a problem with the G body kits. Compare the front liners of the 83 Olds (wrong way to do it) with the Revell 1967 Chevelle kit (proper way of representing the inner liner). Many Chevelle kits have donated the parts that are missing
While there aren't many new cars I like I plan on buying multiples of the full detail kit. I hope Round 2 does a full detail C7 Corvette, seeing as Revell is dropping the ball by only doing only glorified toys, oops I mean snap kits of the C7. After the Revell Camaro and Cuda body issues Revell could stand the competition. We, (I) want a full detail C7
The Revell Monza is even worse than the AMT. I am going from memory but I think the body is pretty much a caricature of a Monza. It uses a generic non prototypical chassis plate and the body has the wide body kit molded on. The body has proportion issues. i have a Japanese 1/24 scale Monza (motorized) that has a nicely proportioned body but it may be bigger than 1/24. I will try to dig them all out this weekend and post some pictures of the contents.
I hope they didn't use the AMT Monza SS as a starting point as it is inaccurate around the side windows and especially the B pillar area.There may be other issues as well but they are in storage and I can't get at them until the weekend. Wasn't this kit issued in the period when AMT was doing funky things with their bodies? I am restoring my 1977 Monza Spyder (without Spyder decals which I removed the first day I bought it in 1977). I bought a pile of those AMT MonzaSS kits and actually built one and was happy with it for years, until I looked at it closer. Let us hope they used the MPC Monza kits (or promos) which appear more accurate. I am excited about the Dekon kit but will wait to see which kit was used as the base.
The chassis looks the same as the Monte SS and Buick GN. No upper front control arms, rear control arms and sway bar 1 piece. The underhood area also looks like those kits, accessories like the AC assembly are extended to the bottom of the firewall. Are we sure it is 1/25 ? I was never sure about the GN and SS as I have many of those and I thought I've seen both scales on the boxes. Could be wrong. It would be nice if they were the same scale as the others. I will buy multiples. as long as they don't screw up the body like some kits I won't mention.
Thanks to everybody for the additional info about the AMT CanAm cars. Another kit I'd like to see return is the MPC Toyota 2000 GT. It should have international interest. Does anyone know what happened to these molds?
AMT made a series of 4,1/24 static CanAm cars, probably based on their slot cars. I can't remember the types and can't find them in the old Car Model and Model Car Science magazines where I know I've seen them before. Sure would be nice to have them back but I think they are most likely gone. A return of the 1/20 scale Mclaren and the STP turbine would be welcome .
Thanks jb . !'ll be giving them a call alright, esp.with all these other people having problems. I don't expect much help from Testors though. I don't understand why no coloured pigment comes out, just the clear (cloudy) substance. You would think the coloured pigment would sit near the bottom and some would leak out with the solvents, binders or whatever they put in a can besides gaseous propellant and pigment. The clear substance must be heavier than the pigment and those huge metal flakes they put in that line of paint but that doesn't make sense. Google is not much help with what is in the can, as this is probably a propriety substance. The funny thing is there is not a hint of colour leaking out with the clear substance, None. Not one can. I may try spraying one of the cans that has some propellant left to see if there was actually any colour in them. Some have leaked the gunk but have some pressure, others are completely empty. This stuff just seems to ooze out, sometimes saving some pressure. Never heard any propellant leaking and they just glued the cans to the bottom of box.
Timely topic for me as, over the last few days I was wondering whether to discuss this on the forums or contact Testors. I have many cans of paint: Duplicolor, Testors enamels and auto lacquers, Tamiya, Pactra etc. Many are decades old. I even have 2 sealed cans of old AMT spray paint . None have leaked although some probably may no longer spray. A year ago I moved from Edmonton back to Winnipeg so before leaving I stocked up on Testors one coat lacquer (hard to come by in Wpg.).I opened up the moving box on Friday and found all the cans containing light colored Testors one coat lacquers had leaked the clear sticky substance around the base. No pigment though. These included the clear, white lightning, diamond dust, Inca gold, lime ice, fiery orange and icy blue.The cans containing dark colours are fine. The problem involved multiple cans of the same colour, 20 in all. I guess I learned a lesson, don't hoard this paint. I probably paid an average of $8.00 to $10.00 per can. One other thing, when fresh, this gum that comes out of the can smells and feels the same as the styrene base product made at a major chemical plant where I worked. The smell of that stuff still made me sick after I opened my suitcase containing my work clothes one year later. That substance is also a clear sticky substance but MUCH more aromatic. Oh yeah, while I'm at it, does anybody in Winnipeg know of a Hobby Shop that stocks a good supply of Testors Lacquers, esp the automotive colours?