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  1. I think we can (nearly) all agree that the Revell boat kit hull is too wide at the seating area, perhaps even way too wide. But the overall hull length is clearly similar to the other 1/25th scale drag boat kits, which means that the kit was intended to be in 1/25th scale (it was originally marketed and advertised by Revell in its 1963 "Show and Go" release as a companion kit to their 1/25th 1956 F-100 kit). Interesting as well is that the hull width of the original AMT Rayson Craft kit is much wider than the hull width (at the seating area) of the Kindsvater hull that is in the retooled AMT "Hull Raiser" kit. Not nearly as wide as the Revell kit, but wider than I think we generally would expect having used the Hull Raiser kit as our primary basis of comparison. Excellent comments, btw. Thanks....TIM
  2. Thanks for posting that image, Dave. It's probably the best one I've ever seen showing the position/angle of the Y-Block distributor....TIM
  3. Fred.....glad to see you back at this one. Simply killer. TIM PS - check your voice mail.....TB
  4. Smile…but not a fight, just a discussion TIM PS - when I first read that comment, I presumed it applied to the rollers on the trailer. And in that case, I totally agree that they are out of scale! TIM
  5. 1950 oldsmobile difference in kits

    This is an excellent recap of the differences between the two kits. I also seem to recall that the Custom had a slightly lowered front suspension stance. Again from memory, the custom kit included two sets of early Olds aftermarket headers - plated and unplated, and many of the stock version kit parts were still in the Custom box even though not referenced in the instructions. The only meager part of the entire kit execution was that the custom version tailamps were decals instead of real parts (the stock version tailamps - in this case real parts - were also in the Custom kit.) The Custom version of the kit was largely a recreation of the real car that Revell's late Product Development VP, Roger Harney, drove during and just after high school. As with David, for me, the Custom version was/is the kit to go for. TIM
  6. Toyota Fj Cruiser , New From Fujimi

    That and also, the design of the windshield header made it nearly impossible to see stop lights and overhead signs. Outward visibility is a key consideration in an off-road type 4x4 vehicles. The contemporary FJ was a cool idea and a really creative design theme, but the execution had some issues which greatly limited the ultimate success of the vehicle in the marketplace. Nevertheless, and not too surprisingly, I hear that good used samples these days are considered borderline collectables and demand high prices accordingly. TIM
  7. Interesting...... While in the early 1980's many high school parking lots and freeways and shopping centers were full of rusting 5-10 year old pony cars, in Northern and Southern California those same places were full of new, or nearly new, Toyota SR-5 4x4's! They were everywhere, enhanced by three-tone graphic tape treatments across the broad side panels (sounds bad, but they were actually a real visual enhancement). Will have to take a look at this kit....I don't recall having an original issue in my truck kit stash. TIM
  8. Very interesting discussion on the frame rails. During my working career of 35+ years at Ford, I was appointed Ford Specialty Vehicles Marketing Manager in March of 1995. The primary responsibility of the job was to serve as the overall team leader of the Ford Special Vehicle Team. It also included conducting frequent media events on the SVT lineup and product philosophy. As at that point the SVT Lightning was in its third year in the marketplace, and we were doing ride and drive media events with small groups of very knowledgeable media personnel (primarily selected magazine writers/and syndicated local newspaper journalists.) Among these various media events, I don't recall us suggesting that the Lighting used F250 frame rails. But it is certainly possible; and it would have aligned with our SVT product philosophy to do upgrades throughout the vehicle to enhance performance capabilities. Someday when I go through my old SVT stash I will be looking for any information that proves - or disproves - this piece of info. In the meantime, enjoy the Round 2 reissue of this kit.. TIM
  9. Once again....thanks everyone for your comments and thanks for your interest in this show and in the models and model builders who exhibited there...….TIM
  10. AMT Autobahn 300SL Gullwing

    Interesting, everyone assumes the Tamiya kit is better, and it is in whole, but one area where the AMT kit excels is the engine. There is more real, life=like detail in the AMT kit in some areas (check out the fuel injection pump). Pretty interesting given that the AMT kit was tooled 50 years prior to the Tamiya kit. Of course, the Tamiya see-through belly pan/chassis rocks. One area that surprised me was how much larger, physically the Tamiya kit was. But I measured them both (albeit not in the final assembled from with bumpers added), and they both appeared accurate in dimensional scale. My recollection from building the AMT kit when it first came out was that it was pretty fiddly in fit and finish. Enough so that the builder had to be pretty skilled to pull it off all the way through final assembly. TIM
  11. Lloyd....those projects of yours sound exactly like the kind of models we love to see at NNL events....TIM
  12. NNL Nationals,,,more photographs :)

    Greg I saw the announcement on another board and was really happy to hear the GLMFAA was returning as you guys were such a major part of the early NNL shows. But I never got out of the NNL booth during the entire event on Saturday....were you somewhere in the Toy Show part of the room? So Sorry I missed you guys.....TIM

    Wow....what a great box art illustration....TIM
  14. Lloyd, as John says, the "non competitive, non judged" idea was/is at the very core of the NNL movement from the very first event in Tom Woodruff's garage in the summer of 1980. Here's a copy of the flyer/invitation to the NNL West #2 in January, 1983 that helps to explain the NNL "idea". See the paragraph on the lower left called "What the **** is the NNL?"
  15. Phil.....grouping like models together has been a part of the NNL ever since the "Merc Deuce Reunion"/NNL Nats #4(?) in the fall of 1981 (you can read about it in Scale Auto Enthusiast c. early 1982, or on the "35 years of Scale Auto" CD offering from Kalmbach. I don't know the exact count of NNL Categories (each signified by an NNL "license plate" designed by Tom Woodruff), but it is probably 15 or more.... including Primer Projects, the Theme Table, Cult Theme, Street Rods, Street Machines, Customs, Sports Cars, trucks (light and heavy duty), motorcycles, and several categories of race vehicles....TIM