Guys...the MPC Garlits FE and MPC Jawbreaker kits are entirely different models from different tools. The Jawbreaker is MPC's circa 1968-tooled Ramcharger FE dragster kit, with a new body. The Garlits kit is the first version of the MPC dragster tool from 1970 that later delivered (with mods) the Carl Casper Young American, the Carl Casper streamliner kit (which Round 2 is reissuing soon), and an Altered Coupe version with a pseudo Fiat body. Having said that, both the Jawbreaker and the Garlits FE share some fiddly assembly issues, as you all have articulated in this thread. But I think it is worth it to persevere and complete both kits, particularly for 1960's drag racing nuts like us. TIM
If you study Gerry's pictures of the Model A parts trees,,,you can see some of the parts that make this such a potentially impressive kit. Among them, the fuel block with eight individual fuel lines for the Hilborn Fuel Injection system, and the Fuel Cell and Battery Box for the trunk area. There's much more....just look at his pix closely. Cheers....TIM
Those of you with past issues of Model Cars magazine, I did an extensive 1/25th scale Drag and Ski Boat Kit History article about 8 or 9 years ago. It answers a lot of questions above, and is worth digging out for more on this subject. Sorry, I don't have the specific issue number at hand... If you want to see other versions of the AMT Hull Raiser kit (used in the Quarter Masters, Aqua Rod, and Model King combo '70 Bonneville convert), including one built box stock, plus photos of the AMT Trophy Series Rayson Craft kit that preceded it, plus about 12 or so other drag and ski boat models, check out my Fotki album at http://public.fotki.com/funman1712/tim-boyds-124th--12/boyd-model-boats/boyd-boats-/ Cheers...TIM
For those not familiar with the subject...the actual build pictured in Glenn's post directly above differs from the Quarter Masters kits as follows: 1) Revell '68 Firebird tow vehicle built as restored stock except for wheels/tires/stance instead of the Quarter Masters kit AMT's original 1968 Firebird "custom" - that kit could not be built as a factory stock model, only as a street custom. 2) Boat hull is correct to what is found in the Quarter Masters kit, but the engine in my model is the AMT Parts Pack Pontiac V8, while the boat kit has a SOHC 427 Ford engine. 3) Boat kit trailer has parts box wheels/tires to match the Firebird two vehicle. BTW, my Quarter Masters kit purchase was a box top only, no way I could have afforded the actual kit, as noted by ACE above. TIM
Here's an on-line build of the Revell '50 Olds Custom.... http://public.fotki.com/funman1712/tim-boyd-on-line-mo/tim-boyd-on-line-mo/ 31 pictures and text at the above link. Use the "Roll" feature to see the pictures and captions without having to click on each photo individually. Cheers...>TIM (Sorry I can't show a picture...can't get the "insert other media" link to load photos today).
I got a call from John at Model Cave in Ypsi, Michigan this afternoon...they got in both the Galaxie Ltd. kits today. (Today being Wednesday, July 29). Separately, Gary and his team at Galaxie have been up all hours shipping out orders this week....apparently they are extremely pleased with sales of the kits to date. Cheers...TIM
Rob...the AMT kit is a replica of the Kindsvater hull, powered by a SOHC 427 Ford. This comt is a major rehahs of the original AMT Rayson Craft Trophy Ser es kit of 1963. This version of the AMT was originally released as the "Hull Raiser" in 1968, along with a combo kit version including the AMT Custom 1968 Firebird. It was again reissued in a combo kit with AMT's Chevy C25 Van around 1975, as the "Aqau Rod" version you mentioned. It was last riessued around 2005 or so as a Model King kit in combo with the MPc 1970 Bonneville convertible. At this link you can see multiple built up versions of both the Revell and AMT kits. http://public.fotki.com/funman1712/tim-boyds-124th--12/boyd-model-boats/boyd-boats-/ Cheersl.TIM ,
Ron....that is beyond cool! What a discovery!! Not only that, it is very similar to the final execution of the second place finisher pictured above (the blue car) in the first post. . You may want to take a high-res photo of that, or even possibly donate it if it doesn't have much value to you, and send it to Mark Gustavson at the International Model Car Museum. He is tentatively planning to do a mini-book for all 2017 GSL participants on the Dodge/Car Model/MPC Funny Car Contest. Thanks for posting! TIM