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  1. tim boyd added a post in a topic Anyone have a review of the AMT '64 Impala 'Super Shaker'?   

    Mark...you mean the original '63 annual kit?  (Don't have one of those in my stash...).   Thanks...TIM  
  2. tim boyd added a post in a topic Anyone have a review of the AMT '64 Impala 'Super Shaker'?   

    There's a very good Larry Greenberg review of this kit in the latest issue of Model Cars mag.  You guys need to check it out.
    Larry also points out that it includes a Hilborn-style fuel-injection intake manifold sized for a 409 "W: motor; this is the only one in scale I can think of, and it was not in the earlier reissues from what I can tell.  It would be perfect for a 1960's Gasser running a 409....
    Also...if you check the box art, the new kit has the Cragar S/S wheels inserted in place of the ugghhh baby moons that were in the c. '74 reissue that otherwise shares its box art with this reissue.....TIM 
  3. tim boyd added a post in a topic Turning AMT's Disparaged Modern-Tool Ala Kart Into Something Acceptable   

    Wow Dennis, that is mega-cool.   Great creativity....TIM 
  4. tim boyd added a post in a topic '74 Barracuda   

    The new-for-'74 Mopar code E58 360 high-performance small block in the '74 'cuda was a super-sleeper....and yes, reportedly the E58 engine was also available in the non-'cuda base Barracuda model (which omits the dual scoop hood, as reflected on the promo-style body in this kit).  In some ways I preferred the non-cuda version back then, as I was never a fan of the "gee how big can we make a [tasteless] flat black tape stripe across the side of the car" 'cuda graphics during  the '71-'74 model years.  
    I showed a buildup of the '74 E58 in the other model magazine in a summer 2014 article on Mopar Muscle V8's.  I used the excellent 360 four barrel in the AMT-Ertl '71 Duster 340 kit (the 340 and E58 360 appeared essentially identical on the outside).  The correct engine block color is Chrysler Engine Blue.  Air Cleaners were painted in both Orange and Gloss Black, with Orange being the more prevalent color (my own factory-ordered E58 installed in a '74 Road Runner, built in November 1973 at the Windsor plant, had the less-seen Gloss Black air cleaner, so that is the way built my scale E58 engine). 
    This MPC body, with the Revell '70 'cuda chassis/suspension, and the Duster-based E58 engine conversion, would be a simply killer model car project.  
    But Mike, however you decide to proceed, good luck with the build and i will be watching your progress along with many others here!  Cheers...TIM ,  
  5. tim boyd added a post in a topic Reissue of Warren Tope's '73 Trans-Am Mustang   

    Luc is exactly correct here.  The '71-'73 Mustang (for me, speciifically the '71-'72 as it is the most pure execution of the design theme) has been ignored in 1/1 and 1/25th scale WAY too long.  It is a unique generation of its own....and the Boss 351, 429 Cobra Jet Ram Air, and the late '71/'72 351 Cleveland Hi-Po derivatives were all extremely fast cars whose performance stats were largely ignored or misrepresented by the automotive media at the time.   It's truly a car whose time has come.  At the time it was designed (c. 1968-69), it was a logical extension of late 1960's design themes, and incorporated perhaps the most pure ("fastest") fastback roofline ever put on a volume production car.   Regrettably the world changed between design and intro, and the car did not sell well, one of the primary reasons it is discredited and largely ignored today.  
    Several years back now I heard a very credible piece of info that one of the model manufacturers was well into a project with fresh tooling of the '71 Mustang.  This info did not come from a source inside the company, but from someone outside the company whose track record on this sort of topic is largely bulletproof.  But I have never heard anything further, either from inside or outside the supposed company involved.  Still...it would be a great topic for a full detail 1/25th scale kit - in at least three versions, a '71 429 CJ Ram Air Mach 1, a '71 Boss 351, and a '72 Mach 1 with the 351 Cleveland HO..  There are probably also some stock or super stock drag versions that would be worthy of a kit variant.  Of course, since we are (apparently now) dreaming here, a convertible spinoff version would be ultra cool, including the '72 "Sprint" (white/blue) mid-year special trim.  
  6. tim boyd added a post in a topic Amt 36 Ford?   

    Yupper....and on the AMT reissue there's some very light witness marks from returning the door cut on the body to the correct for three door (and incorrect for Roadster) location, and some mild quarter panel undulations behind the doors....these are pretty easy to fix.  The upward slope you mention and trying to achieve a consistent bevel on the undercut/light catch that runs along the fender tops and below the DLO as it approaches the A-Pillar touchdown....now those are going to take some work.    TIM  
  7. tim boyd added a post in a topic Amt 36 Ford?   

    True, that.  However, the limited number of Jimmy Flintstone bodies I have used in model have required considerable effort to prep for use and paint, particularly on the iunfinished/rough nside surfaces where "glass" surfaces mount and interior panels mount, etc.   So at least in my limited experience, it's not quite as easy as just pay $15 and you're ready to go.  Your experiences may differ..... TIM 
  8. tim boyd added a post in a topic Moebius 67-72 Ford Pick-up news   

    A while back there were unauthorized photos of 4x4 components for this kit originally posted here (and soon taken down), so my guess is that at some point in the future we will see a 4x4 version or two of this basic kit tool.....TIM  
  9. tim boyd added a post in a topic Amt 36 Ford?   

    Fitting the new chopped top is just as much of a challenge as fitting the original....but from the big picture perspective, it's still much, much easier than having to chop a stock three window coupe top.   TIM 
  10. tim boyd added a post in a topic Amt 36 Ford?   

    Matt....glad it worked out.  Best regards...TIM
  11. tim boyd added a post in a topic Amt 36 Ford?   

    Here's a full kit review:  http://public.fotki.com/funman1712/first-look-at-all-n/amt-1936-ford-is-it/  In addition to showing the kit contents, the review compares various previous issues of the kit, such as this image showing the chrome trees from the first (1961) and second (1967) issues, so you can compare the newest Round 2 kit contents to the earlier (and very expensive, collectible) versions of the kit.  

    In all, there are about 35 kit reviews from introductions over the last several years posted at this link:  http://public.fotki.com/funman1712/first-look-at-all-n/  Make sure to use the "Roll Feature" so that you can read the captions that go with each image.  Hope this helps, and thanks for looking.   Cheers...TIM ;
  12. tim boyd added a post in a topic Lindberg's '64 Plymouth "Lawman"   

    Greg...the info on the other board  was actually posted first here at ModelCarsMag forum a couiple of days ago.  It;s in the AMT/Round 2 2016 products thread.  
    Thanks for asking/suggesting.   For those that don't want to go searching for it, I posted the following at 7:29pm Saturday night:
    I had a nice visit with John G of Round 2 today.  
    He OK'ed me passing along that the new Surf Woody kit will have extensive photography of the original car, an entirely new tooled set of drag slicks representing the 1/1 scale original, and matching "dual whitewall" pad printing on both the front tires and rear slicks.  There will even be decaled representations of the murals on the inside of the Woody cab that were apparently on the original car.  
    He also said that the '29A roadster reissue will use the "Mod Rod" version box art (this was the c.1969/70 reissue just before the '73 "Street Rod Series" version).    The missing pieces of the original AlaKart will not be retooled, but all the gates will be opened which will provide a number of "bonus" parts.  The kit will also include the antique racing options for the stock roadster version, which will provide a very convincing "Race of the Gentlemen" type model.  These plans are tentative, of course, and subject to change.  
    Finally John mentioned in broad terms some future projects they are investigating.  Suffice it to say, these guys are very, very creative,  Looks like the next couple of years will see no letup in Round 2's business model and as a result, we as builders appear to have much to look forward to.  
  13. tim boyd added a post in a topic Moebius at the NNL East   

    Art....did Dave give you your wayward Offy Midget at the NNL Motor City?  As you can see, I packed it for a serious move...hope everything turned out OK.  TIM 
  14. tim boyd added a post in a topic AMT and MPC new releases for 2016   

    Del....no worries at all.  As everyone around here (and all Model Cars mag readers, too) knows, I'm always happy to use any excuse to promote 1/25th scale drag and ski boats as part of our great hobby!   Cheers...TIM 
  15. tim boyd added a post in a topic AMT and MPC new releases for 2016