I think you can get one of the Tremec TKO six speeds from one of the newer Viper kits if you're interested, and correct me if I'm wrong, but didn't they use another set of rear fenders and swap sides with them for the inner fenders in the bed? Could be that I'm confusing that feature with the Orange Chevy truck they did clean up work on, the older I get the more of these ideas seem to get thrown together and my memory of what file they come from gets confused.
One thing I noticed, and it might just be distortion from camera angle, but on the 1:1 the beltline molding on the quarter panels matched the beltline on the rear of the cab. This is one of the details that I was really impressed by with the original build. I think you're doing a great job, a couple of details on the frame are just a little different but aren't worth doing something to them unless you're really going for exact, and those are the running board brackets on the original don't have the bulky vertical piece that goes vertically up the side of the frame rail. This one should really be ahead turner when you set it down on the table, I plan on watching this one very closely.
There are actually a lot of Bonneville records that were set on a circular course, Mickey Thompson set a few in a couple of Mustangs, and Buddy Baker and the K&K Dodge Charger from NASCAR set some, there are still a few that are FIA endurance records for time and distance that still stand, but I doubt if the salt will allow room for a five mile circle track to be set up again.
Extremely clean build, especially like the attention to detail, like the way of mounting the Lynx air cleaners so they flowed like a continuous element instead of just two air cleaners stuck on top of the carbs. Only thing I think I might have done differently was to turn the striping on the rear panel over to make the width of the rear window flow into the striping a little smoother.
Our fickle nature is praising the abilities of Moebius to do what some think is the undo able for U.S. manufacturers to do, while over in the truck section they're being crucified for the two long awaited Ford pickup truck kits. Me, I'm just going to get a short bed one to build a street rod out of and if I like it I'll do a copy of the most useless and undriveable piece of junk any truck manuscript ever pawned off to the public, the '71 -'72 Ford Ranger Camper Special XLT with the 360 boat anchor for power. My dad bought a new one in '72 and the motor broke a rod with less than 600 miles on it, and afterin it died on him for the umpteenth time crossing a four lane highway in traffic he traded it in on a new Chevrolet 4wd stepside that went 300,000 miles without any problems other than changing one set of plugs at 60k miles.
I bet if someone were to make a transkit for a Barracuda, or a Challenger (early preferably) there might be some real interest. Especially if you built the Challenger to fit the Petty or Cushman Chrysler Kit cars. There is an article floating around from the old Stock Car Racing Magazine that had some young kid at the time with the name of Earnhardt driving one of the Challenger test mules on dirt, and yes he did succeed in putting a couple of crinkles in the body before he was done, and he was the only car on the track, go figure. And DW said Kyle Bush was the only driver he knew that could go three wide when he was the only driver on the track.
Sorry for the loss of your beloved pet, it's not apparent to some people that our pets are just as much family to us as the two legged ones, in some cases a lot better. Hope you can remember the fun times, it'll help you get through the loss.
Thanks for the 1:1 photo you posted of the red car. It does a much better job of showing the difference between the correct lines and what was done to try to correct the sedans mistake, maybe this should have been the photo sent to China to the tool makers. But at least it's a lot easier now to see what we need to do on our kits, (unless we're making a short track Saturday night race car). Now show us some shots of the engine you're putting in that beast, from what can be seen it looks interesting. Possibly what I have in mind in scale, the Revell '32 small block Ford with the C-4, or maybe the engine from the Saleen Fox body mustang, or the Monogram convertible so I can have an AOD trans. is what I'm thinking about.
Would you rate this above the FE engine out of the '60 Ford Starliner kit? Of all the ones I've seen that one actually seems to be a step above most of the other ones, it might just be me, but I think the ancillary details are what puts this one first in my book, but it's definitely not a side oiler block, just a standard edition FE series, what would really be nice is a new MEL engine with some well detailed speed equipment for it.
I like the Shelby version, it makes it look like it's been sectioned. You're right, none of the ones you show have been reissued, the only ones reissued were the early Monte Carlo, and the GTO, you think that they would have picked one of them that was more popular than the GTO, I kinda like the MPC modifieds for short track racers too, they're based on the '55-'57 Chevrolet chassis, and we built quite a few Chevelle, and Camaro race cars on those chassis in the seventies.