The Report function of the forum works well. If you see someone acting up, acting out, or just being an okole, use the Report function. It works! I have it set up so it not only sends me an email, but that email is then marked with a flag, and get's put to the top of my email list. I will try to access/look at the report/topic as soon as possible, but remember, I'm on a six hour time delay, and other mods not only have a life, but a real job as well. k den
Aircraft builders are also aware of the fine work AMK and the stillborn Aviation Art (the Su-33 eventually released by Kinetic) are doing with Chinese (techincally Macau) tooling. I know it's popular in the West to bash the "Chi-coms" but like I said, they're pretty good at it and I suspect even if production were to move back to the US it'd still be done with Chinese or Macau-cut tooling. Airfix is moving some production back to the UK but it'll still be done with Chinese tooling. Eduard's machinery is state-of-the-art but rather small, I don't know they could handle one-piece car bodies in what they've got. From Revell:
I suspect you probably meant half kidding but believe it or not, I had exactly 5 to 1 Coupe vs Roadster orders when I checked this morning. We switched software a while back so the archive doesn't go all the way back to when the roadster was brand-new so I don't think it was that lopsided overall but there was definitely more demand for the coupe. To put it in perspective only the Hurst Olds and Bronco sold better in the same timeframe.
Knowing Stevens as well as I do (I worked there for 12 years) I suspect they marked it discontinued to hide it so they'd stop fielding questions about it. I'll try to find out more when I'm back to work Monday. Well, a new tool could have been cut or is being cut. It takes months to cut a tool and bring it to production, the place that makes the tooling and the place that actually molds the kits are rarely in the same place. So you have to cut the tool and check and test it several times, then move the tool to the production facility and that means you're back at the end of the line and have to wait for all the jobs in front of you to get done. They could move the tool to the US (and it's possible they are), they have the machinery here to mold. The tooling is cut in China because, believe it or not, they're pretty good at it. It's been gone from the US for a generation, there's not very many people here that know how to do it properly.
My dad's 69 Elco had a vinyl top (Red with white top when new but had been redone black/black by the time I came along) I think it plays up the "car" aspect of the El Camino and kinda classes it up a little.
Prime it first then sand until all the primer disappears. That way you know you've gotten all the texture. Sometimes it's easier to sand off the drip rails and replace with Evergreen than it is to work around them.
I guess the point I'm trying to make is that just because there might be a hundred guys willing to pay $200 for one on eBay doesn't mean there's thousands willing to pay $42.95. They go for big bucks because they're rare, they're rare because they didn't make many, and they didn't make many because they didn't sell well. Would one with all the typical Round 2 fixin's do better than, say, a Model King from 10 years ago? Sure, but we know how poorly it did then and we know how much of an effect the Round 2 treatment has now. Now, maybe they'll do more like this Elky with small add-ons but I doubt they'll give the race teams another shot.
Yep, 100% correct. Those Walmart combos were the kind of stuff wives and grandmothers bought for Christmas presents and I'd just about guarantee they were made up from existing (old) stock. I'm going to let you in on an industry secret -- there's no such thing as a limited edition. They make just as many of a "limited" edition as they do the regular stuff, 5,000 pieces a run is pretty much the norm now. Selling 5,000 of each component is hard enough these days and finding 5,000 people that want all 3 (tow vehicle, racecar, trailer) in one box is nearly impossible.
Would have been nice to get the factory SS stripes and maybe a bit less putrid yellow on the bot top but I guess that's keeping with the spirit of the original. The original yellow from '68, Butternut Yellow (with stripe):
They weren't that fast as drag cars go, they just did well in their particular junior stock class, which were determined by weight and advertised horsepower . It was in one of the slowest classes, L/Stock if I remember correctly. You ran against the class record ET. Sort of the forerunner of bracket racing but if you went faster you weren't DQ'd you were the new record holder.