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The Ertl Bantam Delivery IS 1/22 scale, folks! Now, before anyone gets up in arms, this subject is so small in real life, and so dissimilar to anything most of us build, the scale difference (22nd to 24th) that it's not noticeable. I was the one who brought this diecast to the ordinary retail market back in 2004. as part of a series of 1/24 scale Coca-Cola diecast miniatures. That series of larger scale Johnny Lightning diecasts was in development when Tom Lowe (now owner of Round2) sold Playing Mantis (think Johnny Lightning and Polar Lights model kits--both were product lines done by Playing Mantis, for whom I was in product development, which short career spanned the changeover. It was at the suggestion of my new bosses from RC2 that I hook up with their Racing Champions Ertl Division, and seek out potential subjects for the then-developing line of larger scale Coca-Cola branded vehicles. Most may be unaware, but Ertl did a second version of this Bantam, that being the closed cab pickup. The pickup has never been sold (to my knowledge) through regular retail channels, but was always a "Collectible" diecast model, done in special runs as advertising items, and mail order collectlbles, the JL Bantam Sedan Delivery in Coca-Cola livery having been the first (and I believe only) time that model was ever sold in retail stores. They do crop up on eBay from time to time, and I've seen them on occasion at model car shows & swap meets.
The brightest white paint I have ever seen is what is called "Refrigerator White" or "Appliance White". That shade of white spray paint used to be widely available, may still be (even though the current rage for kitchen appliances is now brushed stainless steel). You might try a regular (say such as Sherwin Williams0 paint store if you have one near you, Art
Had Ford engineers thought to include an "X" crossmember to the frame, the Unibody would have been just fine. Consider that the Unibody structure resulted in a body structure that was at least as twisty as a convertible body shell. Art
Tim, you mean like this? I did this stock '27 T Tudor Sedan back in 2001, using the AMT '27 Touring for everything below and in front of the body. The only puttywork on the body was the cowling, as the Buttera kit was of a car on which the fairly thick "hood shelves" were omitted, making a stock hood on a stock fender unit from AMT fit about 1/32" too high.
Actually, the funny part of this idea is: The very first "sell sheet" from AMT Corporation, in late 1963, for their then upcoming '27 T 3 in One Trophy Series kit showed not the touring car that was kitted, but a ROADSTER! Art
Actually, there are two Chevy II's, a hardtop, and a 2dr post gasser (it should be possible to kitbash the 2dr in to a stock version by using the Nova chassis, dash and steering wheel, but the rest of the stock interior would have to be scratched up by the builder. As for the F-100's will be 1965 and 66 only, and for two reasons: First of all, the chassis that was used 1969-72 debuted in 1965, with the introduction of the Twin I-beam front suspension, and second. 1965 saw the introduction of styleside beds that were no longer built in the unibody fashion. In addition the short wheelbase '65 will be offered with a flareside bed at some point (that tooling mockup was shown at Detroit/ Art
Cool! I actually worked up the Reatta Convertible from this same promo, back around 1992-93. It was easy to do, frankly, but never did see a rubber mold, as I decided it would be too expensive for the resin kit market at that time. Art