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  1. While I do not disagree that a comeback of factory stock 1968 and 1969 Impalas would be highly welcomed, I still maintain that AMT's "for 1968" Impala custom-only kit is a very interesting and noteworthy kit in its own right. Go back and read the aforementioned Scale Auto "Classic Kits" column for my rationale in making that statement. I for one would buy, and yes build, that kit if it ever saw a reissue. TB
  2. What Brian said, and I heartily endorse Daniel's suggestion above. Last I raised this idea to Round 2 (maybe a year or two ago???) there was a licensing related issue (may have been that a parts pack release somehow lied outside the terms of the existing kit licensing agreement with the tire manufacturer???) As of right now, the only Round 2 kit I know of that contains both the Polyglas F-60-15 and L-60-15 tires was last reissue of the AMT 1966 Mustang hardtop, and it is pretty expensive to buy that kit again and again, just to get the tires you need for muscle era model projects. If anyone knows of another Round 2 kit containing both these tire sizes in the same boxx, please respond here! TIM
  3. Wow....here is some fresh thinking! The article referenced here is probably the "Classic kits" column in Scale Auto, which included a column on this AMT kit.... Personally, I don't think this is likely to be the 2022 "surprise" Round 2 is planning, but what a cool idea for Round 2's list of future "cloning" kit project candidates.....TIM
  4. Yeah...one of the best things about engine swaps in 1/25th scale vs. 1/1 scale factory applications.....with models there are no worries about engine compartment packaging issues (well, possibly a few, but those can be addressed by cutting away styrene where it can't be seen in the finished model), NVH tuning issues, upsetting chassis balance, passing crash testing, and negative impact on Corporate Average Fuel Economy.....TB
  5. Jim.....super glad that article served as partial inspiration for your new project. Of course, looks like you are going WAY beyond what i attempted. Looking really good so far. Is this the model that you recall seeing in the mag? In any case, best of luck with your project. Needless to say, will be watching on this end! TB
  6. And so did Missling LInk. Both it and the Sean Carpenter version were, as David said, excellent. TB
  7. The AMT '64 Wildcat was recently featured in the "Classic Car Kits" column in the you-know-what all-modeling magazine ....TB
  8. James and Patrick....."eeehhhhhhwwww"....can't believe I let that one pass. As I commented on another thread a few days ago, this large format high res digital photography shows things (and undesirable things, too) that you just can't see by looking at a model car through a camera viewfinder lens.... Wonder if that "curb feeler" is still on the model.... maybe I better dig it out and check... Anyway, thanks for the comments and also for poking a bit of fun at me - model building is all supposed to be about having fun, right? Best....TIM
  9. John....tanks for your comments, and really enthused to hear your plans. One idea here would be to use the front cycle fenders in the Revell Rat Roaster Deuce kit ....these were not available when I built my drag racing Street Roadsters and i suspect these Rat Roaster parts would fit well and save a bunch of building time.... Of course, if the updated Revell Deuce Highboy Roadster kit hits the market in the next month or two, presumably that will still have the fenders you need (hope, hope!). Best of luck with your build and please share your progress with us here if you are so inclined.....TIM
  10. Truly spectacular work, Steven. And a really good 1/1 scale subject to replicate in scale. Congrats....TIM
  11. This is the last of my current collection of Mopar C-Body model cars (though I hope to build more at some point the in the future). As background, up until the 1966 model year, the Chrysler brand offered wagons in two trim levels, both called "Town and Country". There was the lower priced, volume series Newport Town and Country, and the very luxurius and exclusive New Yorker Town and Country, which was without compare as the most luxurious wagon in the domestic auto industry in the 1950's and first half of the 1960's. Don Holthaus offered a resin conversion of the 1962 New Yorker Town and Country, which I bought for this project. The second piece of this background was that as Chrysler struggled to extract itself from the very odd early 1960's design language on offer, they ended up producing the 1962 Town and Country four door hardtop wagons by reusing the doors and rear fenders of the 1961 Plymouth wagon (only the taillights were different). And (third piece of background), not only was the 1961 Plymouth wagon offered as a four door, but also as a two door. Thus, many if not most of the physical stampings already existed at Mother Mopar had they decided to do a limited run, sporty two-door hardtop wagon version of the 1962 New Yorker Town and Country. That became the inspiration for this model. Further, I wanted a model to show the two exclusive spring 1962 "mid year colors" added to the Chrysler showroom, code LL-1 Limelight and code VV-1 Seascape. Finessing the resin body from a four-door to a two door, and cleaning up some of the casting bodylines that were not exactly 1/1 scale correct, proved to be a bit of a chore (I covered the bodywork steps in a how-to article for the other model car magazine sometime in the mid 2000's). I do not recall having ever shown the completed project at a later date in that mag, but.... Finishing the project included adding an annual-kit based 413 big block with dual quads on crossover ram tubes and the killer bigs-n-biggers from the Revell Thom Taylor Alternomad kit. Two complimentary surf boards finished the project. Here are some images of the finished project...and thanks for your interest. Happy to answer any questions....TIM PS: Surf's up....just sayin'! TB
  12. Thanks James....I recall your project very well. For a model car author, nothing beats knowing that one of your articles inspired a project by another talented model car builder! For others reading this thread, be sure to click on James' link as there are three pages of drag racing Street Roadster models from a variety of very talented builders, as well as additional images of James' car. Cool, cool stuff. Best....TB
  13. The multi-kit possibilities enabled by the many distinct flavors of 1/1 scale new Broncos was one of the key points I made in several private notes to our Round 2 connections about the business potential of a tool based on the new Bronco. Glad to see this now actually playing out in reality. TIM
  14. Ron....my research at the time confirmed BB/SR class designation for what I would characterize as blown small block racecars, so either my research was faulty or...??? Perhaps both situations are correct, depending on the specific year of the rulebooks being consulted? Unlike the A/SR model, I didn't go back and add detail after completion, so no, no windshield on this one. This model was always intended to be the compliment or accent to the other one; that was more fully kitbashed and detailed from the very start, whereas this one was the companion model built at the same time to show the differences in the /SR drag racing genre. This one was also intended to be a little earlier in the decade (such as the wheel/tire configuration). Thanks for the compliment on the paint and such. Much appreciated. As for the fuel line, thanks for catching that. I've been frustrated at times about photographing my models, then finding something wrong in looking the photos that I did not see in real life. Fortunately, this one is a two-minute fix. Other ones, not always the case. Thanks again, and I do appreciate you fly-specking my photos. Gives us more to talk about! Best......TIM
  15. Steve....the "Flower Power" series (and several other "series" genres) were all reissued around 1968-69 (going from memory here, did not check definitive sources) and my understanding is that tooling for many of them were scrapped following those production runs. They were scrapped for both the value of the tooling raw materials as well as the tax write-offs, from what I was told my AMT insiders so many years ago. I covered a number of these AMT "reruns with fresh box art merchandising" offerings in an article called "AMT After the Trophy Series" (or something similar) in the mid 2000's in the other model magazine. Represented best available info on these kits at the time the article was written.... Best...TIM
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