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  1. Casey added a post in a topic 3D printing growing as we speak   

    Sorry, being honest here, the texture of the printed media is still very clearly visible on the spokes and the wheel "hoop." If this is the best currently possible printing resolution, it still falls short of a wheel molded in a polished mold, where no texture is visible where it shouldn't be. There is still a ways to go before the price is affordable to the average consumer and the printing resolution is fine enough that anyone with 20/20 vision can no loner see any surface texture on the part.
    Debbie Downer

  2. Casey added a post in a topic 1940 Ford Delivery   

  3. Casey added a post in a topic AMT 57 Chevy Bel Air Review Needed   

    The instruction sheet from the AMT T1-757 Trophy Series kit is viewable HERE  I'm not sure if this is the original issue or not, but both the A and B stylizing options are shown.
    The instruction sheet from the later, de-contented AMT 6563 issue of the same kit can be viewed HERE
    I will try to get some images of the parts from both partial kits taken and posted in the near future.
  4. Casey added a post in a topic AMT and MPC new releases for 2016   

    Review of the modern-era AMT '57 Chevy Bel Air Hardtop kit here, too:
  5. Casey added a post in a topic Revell 25th & 24th (?) rally wheel diameters?   

    I think the 1/25 Chevy Rally wheel center caps look a bit oversized for 1/25, but honestly, I've never actually measured them. I suspect they would look right at home on a 1/24 scale build, though.
    Are you using the Goodyear Rally GT big 'n' little tires on your Quicksilver build?
  6. Casey added a post in a topic AMT and MPC new releases for 2016   

  7. Casey added a post in a topic Revell 25th & 24th (?) rally wheel diameters?   

    Since real wheel diameter is measured where the tires sits on the wheel, you will need to account for that on the scale wheel. Measure the actual diameter of the scale wheel, multiply by the scale, then subtract 1" to get the true 1:1 diameter.
    Also, if the Chevy Rally wheels have trim rings, they will add to the overall diameter, too, since they overlap the 1:1 wheel's lip a bit.
    The van's wheels are all new, and not copies of the 1/25 '69 Camaro Z/28 kit's wheels. The design/details are different, too. IIRC, the 1/24 Revell Chevy van includes the old Monogram Goodyear GT Radial tires which are 14" diameter tires.
  8. Casey added a post in a topic I would love to have Revell's tires in a parts pack!   

    The parts pack wheels Round2 has created are what I would describe as a "self-contained" mini sprue, and not part of a larger sprue containing other parts for a specific kit. Compare any newly created Round2 wheel parts pack to say, the Rat Roaster's wheels, and we see the Revell wheels were never designed to be sold separately. Are you advocating Revell to do what Round2 has done and create an independent, mini-sprue for each new wheel set they design for every kit? Or only a few? If so, which ones?
    Round2 has the luxury of a small, manageable lineup of automotive kits to work with, and the fact that they have almost no money invested in new kit tooling is factor in their ability to offer these parts packs. They aren't creating any all new kits to go with these parts pack wheels, just inserting the new wheels into re-issued kits, so the Round2 parts packs are all generic wheels, and are not specifically designed to replicate wheels used on a particular vehicle such as the Rat Roaster. Have you considered how many Rat Roaster kits would've had the independent mini-sprue containing just the wheel parts lost during the chrome plating process or during packaging? Is the time and cost of extra design work, manufacturing, packaging, and sales effort going to result in enough profit to justify the investment? Again, I don't have the numbers to say for sure either way, but like Gerry stated above, I have also been told the Revell Parts packs were poor sellers, and Revell is not interested in parts packs, period.
  9. Casey added a post in a topic 1/25 AMT T219 Pacer Custom Panel   

    I thought the same thing...maybe that's why I bought it.  Seriously, though, for $16 and change it was worth buying, even if it just turned out the AMC straight six is the only good thing inside the kit...which is true.  I also have a soft spot for Steve Wlazlo box art, so even though this one had some type of insect damage, it was cheap and still sealed.
    I've always liked the Pacer, but never cared for the wagon version, and I really don't like the re-styled nose found in the '78-'80 models. Overall, this kit isn't nearly as bad as the AMT '75/6 Gremlins, and the inline six engine is far nicer than the Gremlin kit's V8 IMHO, as is the floorpan piece, too. The interior tub and dashboard both have nice engraved details and texture, and modifying and/or scratchbuilding the door panels would really make the interior as a whole come alive. The rear suspension is fairly awful, and the front is even worse, though there is steering rack detail present. There are a few engine compartment detail parts, but then there's that metal axle passing right though both the engine block and engine compartment...ugh. The kit is probably a fair representation of the era, so if you understand that, you can temper your disappointment and stay optimistic. 
    Does anybody what the connection is to Tony Packo's Cafe in Toldeo, OH? Perhaps an inside joke or tip of the cap we may never be privy to. 
  10. Casey added a topic in Car Kit News & Reviews   

    1/25 AMT T219 Pacer Custom Panel
    Take a look at and inside of AMT's Pacer Custom Panel, kit T219 from 1977 here: AMT T219 Pacer Custom Panel
    Still too expensive? 

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  11. Casey added a post in a topic Anyone have a review of the AMT '64 Impala 'Super Shaker'?   

    Here's a video review on YouTube, too:
  12. Casey added a post in a topic I would love to have Revell's tires in a parts pack!   

    Moebius has ten automotive kits in their lineup, none of which can realistically be reissued within the next few years, so they releasing tires sets separately gives them more items to sell. Round2 releases roughly a dozen automotive kits each year, and to their credit, they have created many new tires and parts (injector stacks for one) with the intention of releasing them in Parts Pack form in addition to including the new parts with complete kits.  Revell has over 150 automotive kits in their active catalog, so a $13.99 tire set will need to sell twice as many units as a $26.95 complete kit to make it worth their while. Is there enough consumer demand for each person to buy two tires sets for each kit they purchase?
    Yes, all three companies produce and sell model kits, but they are all very different companies, despite the superficial similarities.
  13. Casey added a post in a topic What to use for a white vinyl interior   

    I'll second this technique. It's easier to add a tiny bit of gloss than to remove some, so start with a flat white and add polish, oil, etc. until you reach the desired level of shine or sheen.

  14. Casey added a post in a topic GMC turbine   

    Re-send it. John G at Round2 has always been quick to respond to all of my inquiries. Sometimes e-mail gets lost, too, so don't give up.
    Model King did a special run of the Mack DM-600 kit a few years ago, and now Round2 released it themselves this spring. Stevens International did a special run of the Mack Cruise Liner in 2008, and I bet we will see Round2 reissue it themselves within the next year or so. Ditto for the Autocar, Double Header trailer set, and the Ford C-900 tractor. If these kit have been reissued in the last decade or so, you can bet they are at the storage facility in China, making it easy for the kit to be produced again.
    I would bet on seeing all of the big truck stuff again from Round2, provided they have it and it's in good condition.
  15. Casey added a post in a topic Dean Milano Corvair Rampside   

    Well, there is a fair amount of design effort put into it, so that's worth something, and from what I see, it looks to be well thought out for a curbside kit. Plus, considering this is probably the only option, you gotta pay to play.