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  1. horsepower added a post in a topic AMT and MPC new releases for 2016   

    I don't think that's such a bad thing, I'm in favor of the new release being the latest version, after all, if it was voted the model of the year when it was first released, it can't be that bad.
    This part should go on the post about the '50 Ford convertible remarks.
    And with the current trend to leaving little bits out of shared parts trees in new releases, they can save some plastic by leaving the gasser parts out.
  2. horsepower added a post in a topic AMT and MPC new releases for 2016   

    I was thinking the same thing, just my strange feeling that a shoebox convertible wouldn't make a very good gasser in the first place, putting gasser parts in a kit that was originally a great custom makes about as much sense as a screen door on a submarine.
  3. horsepower added a post in a topic AMT and MPC new releases for 2016   

    With the backdating of the '50 Ford convertible to include the gasser front suspension pieces is there a chance that the original chopped hardtop will be reinstated in the box too?
  4. horsepower added a post in a topic Anyone bought the newest AMT Studie release?   

    I thought that the Warren Topes Mustang had the nine hole Bassett stock car wheels.
  5. horsepower added a post in a topic AMT and MPC new releases for 2016   

    Can't blame me for trying, some people don't like the boats and just want the speed parts and the engines, but I'm trying to replicate a seventies Sanger semi-V that my brother had, it was an ex blown fuel flat bottom that had been detuned by switching from injection to carbs on the blower and adding seats for a competition ski boat, still ran the blower 55% over, and all the good internals in the 392 Hemi that was bored and stroked to 440 cubic inches, he even had the zoomies, for the occasional scare the BLAH_BLAH_BLAH_BLAH out of the lake patrol evenings, even though it sounded just as impressive to pull the muffler inserts out of the over transom exhaust. 
    But the Hemi Hydro is just off enough in proportions to make it really rough to do, and the Hull Raiser boat is almost right but will still have to fabricate the bubble deck. Thanks for the answer, Del
  6. horsepower added a post in a topic 'Vette Trubute   

    I used to use this "marbelizing" style on full size paint jobs, and you can get several different patterns by using different materials for lifting the silver color, saran wrap will usually have a tighter pattern, garbage bags or heavier vinyl are a little more Marble effect, like the old table tops, and using tin foil is a lot larger areas of pure,color, on models and radio control cars I've used the same thing I did on real cars that gave me more time to work the silver, I used a chrome silver enamel with a little mineral spirits to slow down the drying time. I would let the silver then tack up and cover with a light coat of clear to seal it off before letting it dry overnight then you can use lacquer based candies or toners for the color coats. Using the slower drying silver allows more time for working the pattern to keep it looking more even, I've done complete van sides using this method without having to spray the silver several times in different areas to keep it wet enough to work, the enamel will let you get a complete area sprayed out and will still be wet enough to work for a considerable time, and the really cool part is if you don't like the pattern, using some mineral spirits and a rag you can wipe it off and start over the without damaging the base if you use lacquer for your base color.
  7. horsepower added a post in a topic 1967 Impala SS   

    No fair posting pictures of your real car photo shopped to look like a model
  8. horsepower added a post in a topic 1967 Impala SS   

    they look a little like the ones in the AMT '40 Ford kits.
  9. horsepower added a post in a topic 37 Ford Panel Delivery   

    Nice, you give me the idea to do like some of the full size builders are doing, paint the sleeves white to look like whitewall tires
  10. horsepower added a post in a topic Moebius at the NNL East   

    Since we're wishing for some sixties subjects, why not the Malibu version of the '64 Chevelle, not the SS version, the simple Malibu 2 door hardtop, bench seat four speed or powerglide, maybe both so we can have our choice. True that other company released a '64 Chevelle, but it was the SS, and in a simple semi promo style intended for junior modelers.
    And there's also the lowly Pinto Sedans, there have only been two of them ever issued in a stock version, the small bumper '71 from AMT, and the large bumper '74, from MPC, and both were only issued as a one year issue with no reissues, the big bumper '74 was a deluxe trim version, and that body could be used to reissue both versions with an interior bucket swap, and front and rear valances and bumpers, see, a "twofer" two different years, one body mold, can't do many like that.
  11. horsepower added a post in a topic AMT and MPC new releases for 2016   

    you wouldn't want to get rid of the hull to that boat would you
  12. horsepower added a post in a topic AMT and MPC new releases for 2016   

    I'm sorry too, but as you can see by the un retouched photos above your post, photos of side by side in the same frame boats don't lie, depending on what hull you're looking at from AMT, the Hemi Hydro is either four scale inches longer or shorter than the AMT hulls. Facts is facts, as I can attest, what we think ain't always correct.
  13. horsepower added a post in a topic AMT and MPC new releases for 2016   

    Thank you for clearing up the boat issues, I guess my memory of the article wasn't as close as I thought, but then I try not to think if I can help it, as you can see it occasionally gets me in trouble.
  14. horsepower added a post in a topic Anyone seen this?   

    Ace, just thought I'd let you know that I just got one of the Gee Bee's off Ebay, ($10  including shipping!), and they've fixed the problem with the wings, the rib pattern still shows up.inside the parts, but the outer surfaces are smooth and flat, except for the very faint raised line in the pattern of the paint separation which is ok with me. Now I just have to dig out some of my literature on them, I've got one book that's from the sixties on the history of the Granville brothers and all the aircraft they built, one from the seventies that has just the "barrell" planes, but lots of color photos, and the one following the building of the 1:1 scale version of the R-2, it has some excellen under construction photos if I should want to really get carried away, it even has pitures of one of the last flights before it was retired to.the Smithsonian when it struck an object on the runway damaging the landing gear and one of the tires.
  15. horsepower added a post in a topic AMT and MPC new releases for 2016   

    my guess is that it will be the original roadster from the old Ala Kart double kit, the one that was
    Mark, I believe Tim Boyd did an article on 1/25th scale race boats and in the article it said that the original release of the Rayson Craft boat with the Ford interceptor engine was a double kit by AMT with the 1965 Grand Prix kit,that version also included the hydroplane sponsons that weren't in the modified reissues, of which the Model King boat was one of. 
    Also the boat in the Model King kit isn't the same boat, the original release was a different hull if I remember correctly.
    I don't know where my issue ran off to, but I'm almost positive about that.