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  1. OK Bill...thanks for that info. Appreciate the follow-up. TIM
  2. I'm pretty sure I remember hearing quite a while ago that Round 2 had looked at reissuing this kit, and I do believe it would sell reasonably well for them. The fact that it has not reappeared to me suggests that there must be some major issue in the way. But do treat all of this post as unverified speculation, nothing more...TIM
  3. My brother sent me a link to this, and in spite of my usual aversion to spend time watching time-sucking you-tube videos, I did watch this one. As a reader of Car and Driver since the very early 1970's, I enjoyed seeing the visuals of Brock Yates' old columns, which at the time strongly resonated with my profound disgust for the then- nationwide 55 mph speed limit. And hearing Brock's wife comment on his life and their life together was fascinating. Yet this really video felt as though it was two separate topics - Brock and his "Cannonball Baker" events - and secondly, the Countach. Possibly even a third - the related Burt Reynolds/Hal Needham movies. The attempt to group all these into one single film was to me a bit contrived. On the plus side, as several of you above commented, it did make me want to go pull out one of the Fujimi Enthusiast Models and refresh my memory for a potential future build project! If any of the two...err...three topics listed above interest you, probably worth the time involved to check out the video....TIM
  4. In reviewing these comments and suggestions, it strikes me that there is virtually no consensus on just a few key topics that the kit manufacturers could commit to scale styrene. But then again, participants in this forum are a very small, while very sophisticated and well educated, faction of the model car kit hobby. In that view, the wide variety of kit ideas and subjects voiced here makes sense, I guess. TIM
  5. My understanding is that the Ram's horn manifolds were also found on the Lincoln Y-blocks, as the Lincoln Y-Block and Super Duty Ford Truck Y Blocks were largely the same. If they were not used on Lincoln Y-Blocks, please someone present a definitive source proving that point. Thanks....TIM
  6. Guys, need some help from those of you who have bought the new 2021 version of this Revell 1930 Model A Five Window Coupe kit. Please pull out the parts trees and take a good look at the 1932 Ford Highboy frame. Look at the alignment of the front of the frame to rear of the frame. Please post here or PM me and let me know if your frame is a) correctly aligned (not twisted at all), b) slightly warped/twisted but still usable with some "persuasion", or c) warped/twisted front to back to a level that would make it very difficult to use in a kit buildup. I've seen all three instances in the five kits I've bought so far. But I'd like to hear from others to ascertain whether this warpage issue is a relatively rare occurrence or a more major issue. Thanks in advance for your help on this.....TIM
  7. Kit....a number of people have asked me about using the '30A "skeletion" interior in the '29A body. For a whole number or reasons, I didn't think it was possible without a whole 'lotta work. Thanks for proving me very very wrong! Cheers....TIM
  8. Andy, the simple answer is "no". And yes, like you I would love to see these Lincoln and Ford Heavy Truck "ram's horn" manifolds in scale. In fact, we almost got some when Revell was looking for a Y-Block Lincoln V8 to scale for their 1950 Mercury wagon kit, but was unsuccessful despite several people looking on their behalf... TIM
  9. Ah....Mr. Humble..... I have been going through my old Hot Rod magazines and recently noted a letter from you to the Editor and smiled.....this was probably sometime in the 1980's; perhaps you remember? Not to get into another debate, but my vague recollection is that you had some correct corrections on one or more of my pieces, but I also had some corrections on your corrections as well. And just to be clear, it wasn't I that stated that the Chrysler and DeSoto Hemis were the same....as the 1950's Mopar Hemis (Chrysler, DeSoto, and Dodge) were all different though based on the same overall design principles. I think that was Larry's doing in the last issue (and I recall making a similar comment to Wick in my head about that one). I have been guilty, though, of calling the DeSoto a "Firepower" instead of the correct "Firedome" nomenclature, and I'm sure, many other slipups like this over the last 44 years of writing.... Anyway....note to all who area reading this thread - keep an eye out for this Mr. Humble guy. He often has interesting things to say, even if you may not always agree with him! Cheers...TIM
  10. This one is going to be real fun to watch come together!!!! TB
  11. Mike's (above) looks really sharp....and here'e mine, built box stock from the 1990's Revell kit release....factory correct 1967 Marina Bue (not the Corvette paint nomenclature IIRC, but it was the same paint formula as Marina Blue), sourced from MCW Automotive Finishes. I recall it as a very nice kit: very accurate body proportions and details, and no real assembly issues. Only paint detail, spark plug wires, and aftermarket redline tires added .... TB
  12. Thanks for posting, Steve. Looks like you had great fun building that model, I'd bet. And there is yet another model inspired by the P&H Gasser out there (this time, the second version),,,,ran across some photos a few weeks back of a replica of the real car built by John Teresi.....TB
  13. Del....of course you are correct! Went back and fixed my original post. Thx for the catch! TIM
  14. Very, very impressive work, Matthew! Glad the Calnaga scoop worked out for you, too.....TIM
  15. Adding to Jim's and Mark's comments here, I am virtually certain that Revell is planning a second kit release off their new 1971 442 hardtop tooling. As to what it might be I do not know, but there are some good ideas here....TB PS - would sure like to get my hands on a 1/1 1970 Cutlass SX with the 4-barrel upgrade (IIRC the standard engine for that one was - get this - a 455 2-barrel )
  16. Thx Mark...never noticed that. And yes, I had an original kit around here someplace....TB
  17. Two others I meant to include and missed.... * 1967-68 Chevy pickups (unique front end design not shared with later models and only available to builders today as highly priced AMT (1967) or MPC (1968) annual kits with greatly simplified chassis/frame and engine executions. * Dodge W-350 Power Wagon (post WW-II to 1968) 4x4. Several knowledgeable sources in the kit industry have stated that such a kit topic underwent a "measuring session" in advance of kit tooling that eventually never materialized. Other recent kit introductions have used info from measuring sessions originally conducted around the same time frame as that Power Wagon session, so someone most likely still has that completed work at hand.... TB
  18. Steve....my view is that the 70.5 Trans-Am Monogram was so thoroughly compromised in its execution that to do additional derivatives would just not work. In addition to the nose issue you correctly cite and to which I thoroughly agree, the engine in this kit actually a poorly executed update of the 1980-81 301 Turbo from the original kit tooling. While all Pontiac V8's were similar in outward appearance, there was enough difference in the smaller engine to clearly differentiate it from the RA IV for those who (like me, and perhaps you too) are into Pontiac minutia. For me, I envision a morph of the MPC 1970.5-1973 Firebird annual kit bodies with the underbody gubbins of the AMT-ERtl 1970.5 Z-28 kit, along with an all-new and fully correct RA-IV V8. There, now II feel better! Thx for the comments....TIM
  19. OK....since we are dreaming.... Newly tooled off patterned off original annual kits (like the '63 Nova wagon and the IH Cabover) * MPC 1968 Coronet R/T HT and Convertible * MPC 1971 Impala HT * MPC (nee AMT) 1928 Model A Tudor (if indeed crucial parts of the original tooling cannot be found) * MPC 1972 Dodge D100 Adventurer SE * AMT 1967 Galaxie 500 XL HT and Convertible * MPC 1970/71 Cyclone Spoiler and GT * AMT 1969 Gas Ronda Long-Nose Mustang funny car All new tooling/new subjects: for all, full stand-alone engine and powertrain detail, partial or omitted engine componentry unacceptable!!!! * 1962-1964 Ferrari Berlinetta Lusso * 2020- present Ferrari Roma Coupe * 2021-present Ford F-150 Raptor and upcoming Raptor R * 2021-present Ford Bronco 2dr, 4dr, and upcoming Raptor * 2018-2022 Ford Mustang GT, GT350, Bulllit, Mach 1, GT500 in HT (and where applicable) convertible versions * 2021-present Corvette Coupe and Convertible * 1970/71 Cyclone (off Revell Torino tool, if Round 2 does not do as above) * 1970/71 Ranchero GT and Squire (off Revell Torino Tool) * 1968-1972 GTO series, HT and Convertible, including 1970 Judge and the first-ever correct 1/25th scale RA-IV engine componentry * 1970 1/2-1973 Firebird 400/455 Formula and Trans-AM, including 1971 455 HO and 1973 SuperDuty * 2022 Ford F150 Lightning * 2023 Chevy Electric Silverado * 1968-1972 Javelin and Javelin AMX (with correct 390/400 engine) * Generic (but all new tooled) 1966-1970 front engine rail with licensing from top drivers of the period Modified reissues: * MPC Dyno Don and Gapp&Roush Pro Stock Pintos ({by far, the most authentic in MPC's Pro Stock kit series) * AMT-Ertl 1971 Charger Rod Shop Stocker * MPC Charger III * Moebius/Model King 1965 Super Stock Belvedere as campaigned by Butch Leal from 1972-74 * AMT Nitro-Charger funny car * Current top fuel rail dragsters (based off Revell's early 1990's tooling which could be adapted to current rail dragster format/technology) * Polar Lights 1969 Camaro Dickie Harrell Logghe funny car (project was under consideration during original Polar Lights ownership) Several others I've already mentioned to Round 2 and should probably not mention here. ....... TB PS- there are at least 2-3 others I would mention here, except they are already under development (but not yet announced) by the modeling companies...
  20. I think there is a good chance you'll see the MPC early 1980's Supra reissued. In fact, I thought I read somewhere that this was already announced???? TB
  21. The box art side panels show the two decal treatments....see photos #2 and #3 at this review link....TB
  22. Tim....thx for the heads-up on this one. I think I might have seen this for a moment as part of a thread somewhere on V-12 Lincoln parts? Anyway, amazing to see how you bring a project together in Brass, carrying on the legacy of both your own previous brass-based work as well as that of Richard Carroll, Dave Berry, Rich Morgan, et al. Terrific! TIM
  23. Kurt....good to see you back at the bench with this one. Those axle "holders" (locators) are molded into the frame for less accomplished builders who might struggle with getting the axle to sit property when using the coil overs and radius rods as the only locators. On most of my builds with this frame, I used the holders to mockup and glue the coil overs and radius rods to the rear axle/diff, then cut away the holders before painting the frame. Very easy and big improvement in realism for those of us all who actually care about these things. Best of luck with your project...TIM
  24. Thanks Richard and John for the heads-up. I was on automatic renewal with Fotki, and had just updated my credit card info (new expiration date) last week. Still they put me on hold today. What the heck???? Anyway, went back in and updated manually. Looks like it is back OK now. Really appreciate you guys letting me know. Best....TIM
  25. Thanks guys for the comments on the photos, and again, thanks to Steve Perry for arranging the photo session. This was one of the top highlights of my 2021 modeling year, and fulfillment of a dream I've had ever since first seeing Steve's model about 15 years ago. Happy to be able to share it with you all. And best wishes to everyone for a great 2022 modeling year. TIM
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