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Art Anderson

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    Arthur E. Anderson

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  1. 74' Turbo Offy specs?

    I said Underslung, but that was the way turbochargers had been set up on Offies from 1968 forward. On the 1974 M-16c Mclarens, in order to lower the center of gravity a fair bit (those turborchargers are actually quite heavy), they decided to mount the turbo "overslung", that is, with the hot exhaust gas inlet being above the body of the turbocharger, which placed the unit directly in between the rear of the cam towers and the framing for the rear suspension, so that 10" extension "collar" was designed, and machined in forged aluminum to give the needed space. To trim as much weight as possible, a fair amount of metal was milled away on the outside, between the bolts holding it to both the Offy flywheel housing, and the suspension bulkhead (remember, with McLaren, as with the Eagle Model 6, the engine and transaxle served as a part of the chassis, bearing the weight, torque reaction, and the stresses of corning speeds at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, where lap speeds were approaching the 200-miles per hour milestone. Those Turbo-Offy engines were overall a charcoal grey metallic in color, with the cam covers being the same color (still raw cast iron & cast aluminum, with the finned crankcase side cover plates, and the water jacket covers being raw cast aluminum. On the tub, for 1974 and onward, USAC mandated just 60-gallon fuel capacity, and eliminated the right side fuel tank altogether, requiring that space to be filled with an energy-absorbing material, and on the actual car, just one fuel filler plug, and that appears on the left side of what on the model kit, is molded as if it were merely a head-rest (in reality, that was the so-called "seat tank", to which an electric fuel pump pushed the ethanol fuel from the left side fuel tank. What AMT made, and look like fuel filler plugs that they engineered to be glued to the outside of the left side of the tub, In reality, slightly recessed aluminum plates, black anodized, which were the access points for inserting the puncture-proof rubber fuel "bladder" into the box-section monocoque chassis sides (left from 1974 onward, on both sides on the McLaren M-16's from their introduction in 1972 through the disastrous 500 mile race of 1973. A review of the numerous photo's of this car, and it's 1975 successor, can guide you to the correct shape and length of the nose cone, and also the much narrower rear wing (AMT did this one as a cheaply done follow-on to their 1973 McLarens (the ones in Penske Sunoco colors), which is pretty far off. This is a very good walk-around video of the actual car, which is now part of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum collection Art
  2. 74' Turbo Offy specs?

    Brian, from my Indy Car modeling days (and 1974 was right in the middle of that), the Turbo in the AMT Mclaren kits is pretty danged close, if not spot-on, to scale. Of course, for 1974, the Mclaren M16D Indy Car had a 10" extension collar between the engine and the transaxle, which provided clearance for that "underslung" turbocharger, which does make a difference--an easy part to make and install. Art
  3. Revell 57 Ford wagon question

    Mark, I would not discount the idea that Revell-Germany, once all the mess gets straightened out, does a Ranchero version--in fact I am willing to bet that probably most, if not all, the basic work (cad files, etc., may well even exist--but no direct knowledge of that, of course) Art
  4. Revell 57 Ford wagon question

    In real life, the Ranchero was a version of Ford's 2dr station wagon, so that conversion should not be all that difficult. In fact, on the real Ranchero, the inner panels of the pickup box area are simply the stock station wagon steel inner panels, even down to the inside of the tailgate. All you should need to buy extra, would be some fluted Evergreen styrene, with at least close to the correct spacing, and the back cab wall part from any of the Revell '57 Ranchero's---although ever since the middle 1960's that kit had a chopped top, but stretching the upper part of that back panel isn't exactly rocket science! Art
  5. Geez, I must have missed that warning--as I airbrush all my models with acrylic lacquers, from primer to finish--never a problem! Art
  6. FWIW, (and I am coming to this conversation with more than 6 decades of model car building experience (started building at age 8, in 1952), be it enamel, acrylic lacquer, or straight nitrocellulose lacquer, cheap lacquer thinner, such as can be found just about anywhere (outside of Kalifornia), works not only just fine, but IMO, the best possible thinner for airbrushing any of those still common automotive paints. Been doing it since the middle 1960's. with great results. Art
  7. Sealed or open?

    Bear in mind, if you will, that the process of shrink-wrapping didn't really hit until about 1967-68 or thereabouts. So, any kits older than that, that are now shrink-wrapped have been done much more recently. For that reason, if I am looking at an older kit with the idea of buying it, I much prefer it to be completely unwrapped, unsealed. Art
  8. Sealed or open?

    Not to mention, that with old decals, if one has ANY concern about them splitting, breaking up during the soaking and application process--an airbrushed coat of your favorite clear model lacquer does an excellent job of making those decals very workable indeed! Years ago, in my Indy Car modeling time, I latched onto a small stash of decal PAPER, that is, the paper backing, with the gelatin glue already applied, but NO DECAL FILM WHATSOEVER. I simply airbrushed clear acylic lacquer on that paper, then hand-painted such graphics as I needed, and when dry, cut out the graphics, and applied my own hand-painted decals as usual!
  9. For all the police car builders

    That Indiana State Police Impala cruiser was one of approximately 50 that were built for service on the Northern Indiana Toll Road, Which extends from the Indiana side of our state line with Ohio, just outside the small Indiana town of Angola; to just east of the City of Gary Indiana, and is the majority of the Indiana leg of Interstate 80. That toll road operates separately from all other routes of State and Federal highways in Indiana--for decades operating under the control of the Toll Road Commission, and for the past roughly 20 years, by a private consotium who leased it for 99 yrs from the State of Indiana. There is one known example of that fleet still in existence, at the Indiana State Police Museum at Stout Field at Indianapolis. Art
  10. Couple of questions

    Mark, I'm pretty sure MPC (in those days, a subsidiary of Kenner Toys) did change over from vinyl for model kit tires--there were other soft plastic compounds readily available, more than likely black-pigmented polypropylene, which can be made reasonably soft and pliable. Art
  11. Couple of questions

    For the "Blueprinters" series of kits, there was never a need for a UPC bar code on the packaging, as the Blueprinters kits were never distributed to hobby shops, direct to subscribers of the Ertl Blueprinter.
  12. Couple of questions

    Actually, much more serious an issue! Many of us can recall the almost paranoia (not entirely unjustified BTW) over "carcinogens" (chemicals, materials or compounds found to cause cancer), and late 1975, polyvinyl chloride was determined by federally funded investigators to be carcinogenic--particularly when vaporized during the injection-molding of vinyl (PVC), being released into the air in the injection-molding process. That finding threw much of the US plastics industry into a frantic race to find ways of limited the release of PVC monomer vapors into the air that factory workers had to breathe. This affected, of course, model companies using soft PVC to mold into tires, but it was seen as a real threat to the automotive components industry, particularly those companies supplying wiring harnesses (which had molded PVC pin plugs for splicing harnesses together. For nearly 18 months or so, injection molding facilities producing PVC components were racing around, trying various methods of greatly reducing, if not eliminating this industrial hazard. Hence, the various ways that US model kit producers worked around it: 2-piece polyethylene tires, one piece polyethylene tires, you name it. Fortunately, manufacturers using PVC in injection molding came up with very efficient ways of removing the harmful vapors from the air in and around their molding operations, and ultimately, PVC feedstock suppliers discovered that there were other, safer plasticizers which could be used to replace a fair amount of the PVC monomer itself. It took a few years for the legal staffs at the likes of AMT, MPC, Revell and Monogram to apparently decide that the worst was over, and one-piece PVC tires began coming back into model car kits. I was directly involved in all that scare, being the Human Resources Director for a large Essex Group Wire Assembly Division plant here, which produced thousands of wiring harnesses for Ford, Mecury and Lincoln, as well as replacement harnesses for other makes of cars needing to be rewired. In addition, I was then doing box-art, trade show display, and presentation models for AMTCorporation, so I got to see that whole thing both inside the factory and out in the marketplace. Art
  13. Seventies Land Yachts?

    Except that the Hudson(s) have been issued now, in several variations, stock '52 convertible, stock '53 Club Coupe, stock '54 Club Coupe, stock '54 2dr Sedan, Matty Winspur's drag-racing '54 sedan, a few Nascar versions--the Chrysler's have done very well, particularly the '56, in Nascar versions, as well as stock. In today's model kit market, the more possible variants that can be done from tooling that has been planned for those variations, the more likely the kit(s) will be very successful. Art
  14. Seventies Land Yachts?

    Chuck's got this pretty much right, folks: Of all the dozens of 1970's cars that could be kitted, for the most part, the luxury cars, even the more mundane full-sized cars of the 1970's, would unfortunately, even amongst themselves, simply would not attract enough buyers in plastic kit form, to pay for the tooling, let alone turn any profit for the model company who might do them. The problem is, each one of them, one its own, would be a stand-alone subject, with little if any potential even "modified" releases (unlike say, muscle cars, sporty cars and the like). That was just as true back in the 70's as it is, IMHO, today. If it had been different, say back in the 1970's, we'd have seen just about all of them having been kitted back then (all those JoHan 70's Cadillac kits would not have come to be, had it not been for Cadillac Motor Division of GM wanting to buy 1/25 scale promotional models all the way out to 1979 or so). Art
  15. Uh, skip the clearance aisle, and go to the artist's supply section: You can find all manner of permanent (India) ink drawing pens, with points down to at least .010-.015", and yes, those work very, very well (plus, they come in colors other than black. Art