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  1. tim boyd added a post in a topic Revell 30 Model A Ford Production Halted?   

    I can't speak for whomever has $100 to spend on any single model car kit purchase,.  On the other hand, this one (despite some minor inaccuracies) is a truly outstanding kit that replicates the single hottest topic in the 1/1 scale hot rod world right now.
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  2. tim boyd added a post in a topic Revell 30 Model A Ford Production Halted?   

    I'd grab any you see on the shelves right now, Charlie.    TIM 
  3. tim boyd added a post in a topic Question for resin casters out there, 30 Model A parts.   

    Gary....here you go..  These are missing some header extensions that were added before the car was photo'd for the article that is ????   
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  4. tim boyd added a post in a topic Question for resin casters out there, 30 Model A parts.   

    If anyone wants to try this conversion, you may find these photo albums (which were set up for this purpose) helpful......TIM
    http://public.fotki.com/funman1712/correcting-or-kitba/192829-model-a-coupe/
    http://public.fotki.com/funman1712/correcting-or-kitba/193031-model-a-coupe-1/
     
  5. tim boyd added a post in a topic Question for resin casters out there, 30 Model A parts.   

    Replicas and Miniatures still makes a '30 Model A Coupe body.  It is excellent in its own right, and includes a couple of cool features - a louvered decklid and a windshield visor with holes, that are not in the Revell Model A Coupe.   
    Ironically, I sent an article to Model Cars in late 2015 showing how to use that R&M of MD body, and the extra floorboard that was included in the '29A Roadster kit by mistake, to make a '30 A Coupe model....this was about 9 months before the Revell '30 A Coupe kit became (briefly) available.  
    Harry immediately formatted the article for issue #204, but as we know given the switchover and associated issues, we have yet to see either that issue or the one before it.  Here's a leftover shot of the completed project.  
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  6. tim boyd added a post in a topic Short review - AMT Trojan Horse Mustang II Funny Car   

    Terry....I thought I had photos of this in one of my Fotki albums but I couldn't find them.  
    I had taken photos of this build along with the earlier AMT Nitro Charger for an article, but it never got published.  The photos are hiding somewhere on my current desktop after the folder structure I had used for organizing (Nikon Picture Perfect) did not transfer over from my old to my new desktop when I purchased it c. 2013 or so.  Curses! 
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  7. tim boyd added a post in a topic Short review - AMT Trojan Horse Mustang II Funny Car   

    As I mentioned in an earlier post above, there were also Pontiac Astre and a fictitious "Peanut 1" kits based off this tool.  And yet another one I had forgotten, a "Ford Pinto/Mercury Bobcat" kit that had body inserts for both makes.  How cool is that?    There may have been a companion dual Vega/Astre kit as well, but I can't recall for sure.  
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  8. tim boyd added a post in a topic Short review - AMT Trojan Horse Mustang II Funny Car   

    Thanks Mark....knew you would chime in if needed......and yes, the "Beer" kits were an attempt by AMT management to wholesale more kits (the funny cars, the various semi-truck kits, the Model T Delivery, et al) using the Beer liveries as a way to convince the hobby trade these were "new" kits they had to order.   I was doing work for AMT at the time....I remember grousing at the working level about much that was going on there but don't recall much being said - good or bad - about the success - or lack thereof - with the Beer kits.   TIM  
  9. tim boyd added a post in a topic Calnaga Casting closed til 2018   

    Guys.....Steve has a very big assignment in his full time career right now and he is doing the right thing by not trying to run his business on the side during this period...this hiatus has been planned for months and I am sure Steve is completing all existing orders.....and I am equally sure he will reinstate Calnaga when the current career assignment is completed.  He has been working on some very cool additions to his product line for when the time comes......Cheers....TIM   
  10. tim boyd added a post in a topic Short review - AMT Trojan Horse Mustang II Funny Car   

    Interesting comments.  This tool dates from an era at AMT (around 1974-76) where a good deal of new styrene (kits) were introduced, but many were clearly sub-par in terms of fit and finish.  Lack of alignment tabs, as Chris rightly points out, was a problem with many of these kits.  
    My understanding was that the Trojan Horse was the first issue from this tool.  It was followed by a whole series of derivative kits using the same chassis and powertrain, but different bodies.  Top of mind:  Monza, Corvette, Astre, Vega, '74 Satellite, and others I probably can't recall at the moment.   And lest we forget, the infamous "Peanut One" kit.  I always thought the Mustang body was pretty well done as a replica of the real 1/1 scale car, but some of the other bodies were pretty outlandish in terms of proportion or style.   
    The engine was called out as a 417 Donovan on at least one of the various box arts, and if I am recalling correctly, the engine block had vertical ribbing that was not on stock 392 Hemis and similar in appearance to what I recall was in at least a few shots of the 417 Donovan from the magazines back then. 
    I built this kit  few years back with the Satellite body ( the body somewhat modified to make it a bit more stock-like/less outrageous).  0ther than the front and rear end caps issue that Chris also noted, it was a fairly OK kit for the era  But not at the level of execution of the Revell funny car kits, the JoHan Mustang/Pinto, or in some ways, even the prior AMT funny car trio (NitroCharger andn the Torino and Nova(?) spinoffs. 
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  11. tim boyd added a post in a topic Preview - what's new with Round 2's upcoming Tom McEwen Hot Wheels Dragster kit?   

    They are not exactly identical kits.  Close, but there area few elements unique to each kit.  Conversely, the top hat parts are identical to both kits.  Check out the original review I posted at the beginning of this thread for exact details....thanks...TIM 
  12. tim boyd added a topic in On The Workbench   

    Another look over my shoulder in the hobby room....
    Hot Rod Hints #2 is now available for your review......Thanks for looking.....TIM 
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  13. tim boyd added a post in a topic On-Line Tutorial - Hot Rod Hints #2 now available for your viewing   

    Robert and Jeff....thanks for the feedback; much appreciated...TIM 
  14. tim boyd added a post in a topic On-Line Tutorial - Hot Rod Hints #2 now available for your viewing   

    John....I have not done this direct comparison but any Flathead Ford should fit in a '32 Ford frame (after all, the original frame was designed for that engine).  As for more specialized comparisons like the one you attempted, I can't say with any degree of precision.  
    I thought the Tweedy Pie kit was based on a shortened '32 Ford frame (saying this without digging the actual kit out of storage, so take this with a very big grain of salt), so in theory the Flathead should have fit there.  However, as many have noted on this forum, things that work together in 1/1 scale don't always transform to models; in particular, some engines seem to be scaled slightly bigger (or in a few cases, smaller) that 1/25th scale.  
    I realize that you probably already know all of the above  Sorry I can't provide a more definitive answer......TIM 
  15. tim boyd added a post in a topic Ghost Kits - Shown But Never Released   

    I talked to Don Emmons about this at GSL two years ago.  You will recall that he was doing  good deal of work with AMT at the time.  
    He didn't know the answer as to why it was cancelled.  But he speculated that the MB 300SL Trophy Series kit had proven a tough sell at the hobby shop level, and that there might have been a fear that a 911 would receive the same reaction.   (Remember, at that point the 911 was only 3 years old and it was pretty much  cult favorite at that time vs. the huge popularity in enjoys today.) 
    Still, I can see that 1/10th wood buck sitting on a table in the engineering section of the second floor at AMT headquarters just as plain as day.  I'm not a 911 fan myself, but darn that looked good!!!!    TIM