Scott...quite simply, the "five-spoke" type Mopar Road Wheel was never offered in a 15" diameter size from the factory. The only 15" type performance wheels from Mopar during that era were the 1970-73 15"x7" "Rallye" Wheels, the infamous "recall wheels" that were only offered on the first few weeks of production in the 1969 model year then promptly recalled, and a 15"x 6" steel wheel of similar componentry but different design that became available on the C-Body Mopars (such as the 1970 Chrysler 300 Hurst car) starting in 1970. So any '68 Hemi Road Runner with Road Wheels is not running factory original equipment. This "Magnum 500" wheel was offered across many car nameplates back then with minor differences in various sizes, and 15" versions are commonly offered in the aftermarket, so they are commonly seen in 15" sizes across many vehicles, including "day 2" style Hemi Mopars.... Also of note is that the '68 and prior Mopar 14"x 6" Road Wheel had a chrome rim, while the '69 and later 14" x 6" Road Wheel" design dropped the chrome ring and substituted a polished trim ring, still attractive but not nearly as eye-catching in my opinion Hope that helps....TB
Engine to radiator clearance is a key issue in building this Revell series of kits. For those that are considering building the '30A Highboy Coupe with the Nailhead V8 from the '29A Roadster kit, it is a straight drop-in but you must use the center crossmember from the '29 A kit Highboy frame, not the center from the '30A coupe (which is designed to place the blown SBC in the proper place). Should you decide to use the '30A grille shell and radiator for your '30A Coupe Highboy build (instead of the '32 Deuce grill shell as shown in the instructions), you'll also find that the extra set of radiator hoses on the Highboy parts tree is a perfect fit from the Nailhead engine to the radiator. (Yes, it was engineered that way in advance). The radiator that works on this application is the one not mentioned in the '30A assembly guide (there are three radiators in the kit, the one for this application is the one not shown or listed on the assembly manual). Hope this helps....and oh, by the way, really nice work Luis! Cheers.....TIM
Bought one in red today at Nankin Hobby in Farmington Hills, MI. Most of you have already seen my in-depth review of this kit, bur for the few that haven't, click on this link for 45 images of all the kit parts, with captions and commentary on this kit that, I think, will be viewed as a major breakthrough in the years to come....TIM .
The AMT Trophy Series Chris Craft trailer is different than the one in the AMT Rayson-Craft and later Hull Raiser (Kindsvater Hull) kits. And I do agree with all that the larger boats in the Lindberg line would definitely require a dual axle trailer. I kitbashed one for my Allison-powered race boat (using two of the trailers from the Hull Raiser kits), but even that looks too light for the Lindberg boats. The Revell/Monogram dual axle trailer from their c.1990 Bass Boats combo kits would be closer, but would probably need to be backdated visually to look appropriate with the late 1950's/early 1960's time period of the Lindberg boats. Finally, the trailer in the Revell Hemi Hydro kit (which was just reissued last year with a terrific new expanded decal sheet) corresponds to the wider beam of the Revell boat (based on a very early 1960's S/K design) that might better fit the Lindberg kits, depending on how close to 1/25th scale they actually are.... Here are some photos to peruse.... AMT Trophy Series Chris Craft boat trailer -
AMT Rayson-Craft and Hull Raiser Boat Trailer - Revell Drag/Ski Boat/Hemi-Hydro boat trailer - AMT Hull Raiser trailer kitbashed to extended length and dual axles (using trailers from two kits) - link to album with 175 photos of my 13 or so 1/25th scale ski and drag boat models.....Thanks for looking....TIM
Already done and I encourage everyone else to do so as well if their pocketbook allows.
Harry has done more to contribute to the ongoing success of the magazine than most of you would ever believe. He's one of us, and he deserves our support at a tough time like this.
Now for those who say that the Revell kit is still wrong, revising it to reflect the original 1/1 scale Ford sheetmetal is not a major project for a modestly skilled modeler. Here's one underway with the conversion to stock....TIM
For those of you who say you've never seen a 1.1 scale '30A hot rod Coupe with a roof cutout like the new Revell kit, you can't say that anymore. See the current issue of Car Kulture Deluxe (on sale now at newstands, until 11/8/16). The large photo at the bottom of page 12 (coverage of the 57th Indy World of Wheels) appears to be a dead ringer for the Revell kit approach. TIM
Yep, the Street Machine version had Mini-Tubs, a woodgrained bed floor (vs. steel ribbed in the stock kit), plus a dead-ringer replica of a well-known aftermarket blower installation with (very-basic) fuel injection. Also big and little tires with a set of Halibrand-style deep'n'deeper offsetwheels. Alas, the vinyl top (and its sink) carried over to the Street Machine version.....TIM