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  1. A Ford FE engine is not hard to find at all as most of the model kits with Ford big block engines has a FE, displacement wise it doesn't matter as all are visually the same except for small details. The best FE engine I have seen so far is the one in the AMT 1960 Ford Galaxie and the 2 'n 1 and Custom versions has many engine options with different intake and exhaust manifolds.
  2. Yes it's the Jo-Han kit and it was the last time it was seen as the tooling disappeared after that run together with the 1970 Olds, the Rambler S/C and the Mercury Comet, I kknow there were plans to reissue them but the tooling was lost.
  3. Type in Chevrolet R07 on Google and you will find lots of pictures. The R07 came in 2007 and is an engine developed just for NASCAR, all Chevrolet engines used in NASCAR Cup are built by Richard Childress Racing and Hendrick Motorsports. However, the R07 engine has evolved some since 2007 and they use fuel injection instead of carburetors, and individual coils instead of a distributor nowadays, otherwise the basic engine is pretty much the same. Noteworthy is that all Ford FR9 engines used in NASCAR Cup nowadays are built by Roush-Yates and the Toyota teams get their engines from TRD in California...all are specially developed for NASCAR and not available in any street car.. ."Stock" yeah right.🙄
  4. Keep in mind that Sox & Martin had several 68 Hemi Barracuda's and different versions over the years like the other cars they ran, so it can be challenging to find good references. I have plans to do a Sox & Martin Hemi Barracuda myself, I found a resin Super Stock 1968 Barracuda body some years ago and will use the AMT Duster chassis and the Hemi from the AMT 68-69 GTX/Roadrunner for my build.
  5. I don't know where the issue is but it has been a lot worse since the pandemic...I subscribe to a couple more magazines from the US and it's pretty much the same with them...delivery is sporadic at best. The mail service over here is not the best either, a Swedish magazine I subscribe to was available in the stores last Tuesday and I got my subscription copy in my mail box the following Friday...about a week later than I should have had it and several days after it was available at the stores. I hope this can be solved and as I said, I want hard copys of my magazines and I hope I can get the missing copys so my collection will be complete...as it is now the missing issues are #212, #213, #215...and the latest #216, but it's maybe too soon to be expecting that issue allready.
  6. Well I don't want digital, I want a hard copy and hold it in my hands and read it, digital doesn't do it for me and if it's the only option for us outside the US I will not renew my subscription...that's it. As far as the hard copy of the magazine and mail, I have not recieved anything after #214 yet and I have still not recieved #212 and #213 and if it's only that the mail is slow I would have got them by now don't you think...so both issues must have been lost somewhere. It's very strange because before the covid pandemic I allways got my copys and most of the time long before thay were available in stores, but now you are lucky if you get anything at all...that's todays "reliable" mail service for you. 😠
  7. With AIT I think you mean American Industrial Truck Models but it is no more as the owner Dave Natale passed in March, but everything he had is to Keystone Aluminum Model Miniatures https://www.kamodelminis.com/ and they are stocking up now and might have what you need.
  8. Yes that's true. They have only reissued some of their older kits in the last 10 years, the all wrong Marmon based on the Peterbilt 359 2015, the Auto Transport Trailer 2016, the Kenworth K100 Flat Top 2016 and Aerodyne 2017, the Kenworth W900 Wrecker 2015 and Tractor 2020, the Peterbilt 359 Tractor and Wrecker 2013 and the Tractor again 2021 are the latest...and now the Kenworth W900 Dump Truck. And some reboxes of Italeri and Moebius kits as you said.
  9. The Revell Magnum is originally a Italeri kit reboxed by Revell Germany. Renault AE "Ice Truck" Revell 7510 Here is another kit with iceberg theme. Schmitz Reefer Trailer/Kühlauflieger Revell 07544
  10. Well they are not of the same origin. The K100 was designed in Venice CA by Revell US in the late 70's or early 80's and issued by Revell Germany like most of the other of their US truck glue kits in the early to mid 80's, the Revell Germany W900 glue kit on the other hand seems to be a down scaled 1/16 Monogram model from the early 80's and the 1/25 scale model was first issued by Revell Germany in 1992, if you compare the parts breakdown and instructions between the 1/16 and 1/25 scale kits they are very similar. The thing is that Revell and Monogram did not merge until 1986 when Odyssey Partners bought both model kit companies, first Monogram and later Revell, and moved Revell from Venice, California to the Monogram plant in Morton Grove, Illinois. So before 1986 Revell did not have access to the Monogram tooling and the now Revell 1/25 Kenworth W900 Aerodyne and Peterbilt 359 Snap Kits and the Keworth W900-W900 Aerodyne and Peterbilt 359 1/16 kits are in fact originally Monogram tooling from 1981-1982 and Revell had nothing to do with them until after the merger, and the US truck glue kits issued by Revell Germany are Revell designed tooling except for the W900 as I mentioned earlier.
  11. Yes they are all over the place with the scales.
  12. It's most likely a typo as all Revell Germany's own tool US trucks are the same scale. The original issues came pretty much at the same time in the US and the rest of the world so I don't think that's the reason for different scale markings and if you look at my timeline above you'll see that the 1/24th scale and 1/25th scale boxes are issued at different times. Revell Germany did rebox and issue some of Italeri's kits and they are 1/24th scale tho'.
  13. Yes I noticed and your hunch was right. I just meant Trumpeter/Magnifier got it wrong...and the Meng kit is unfortunately not that much better as some of their hose and wire routing is questionable too...and Meng even brags that their kit is the most accurate GT40 kit out there...yeah right.🙄 I will follow your progress with interest as I really like the GT40's.
  14. I see you have followed the instructions but I don't think they have it right (I looked at both the Trumpeter and Magnifier instructions). Why would one route a line from the oil pump at the back cover on the transaxle to the back end of the gear selector housing wich is the hump on the right side of the gearbox, there is a shaft coming out from there when shifting gears, and why would one route an oil line from the rear of the intake manifold to the gearbox, that place on the intake manifold is used for crank case ventilation on older FE engines and it's nothing under there except for the lifter gallery...naah that can't be right. I would imagine that a couple of the lines from the Kar Kraft T-44 transaxle would go to an oil cooler, the GT40 has one on each side, and the one on the left side is for the engine so the one on the right side must be for the transaxle. I do have some knowledge of the Ford FE engines as I just built one for my 1963½ Galaxie. Here is how the dry sump oil system on a Mk II GT40 works.
  15. I got issue 214 in the mail the other day but I'm still missing the 212 and 213 issues.
  16. Yes that would have been nice, it has only been available once as far as I know.
  17. That intake manifold can't be that difficult to make from kit parts and some styrene stock.
  18. I believe the wheels had a treatment with a product called DOW7 often used on magnesium wheels and other parts made of magnesium to prevent them from oxidation, this treatment gave the magnesium parts a goldish look. If you polish magnesium it gets a shine much like polished aluminum and all did not use the DOW7 treatment and polished the wheels instead...but magnesium oxidize easy and fast so if you want shiny magnesium wheels you have to polish them often, and if you don't it gets a dull grey look from the oxidation.
  19. Yes, the eddylenders site is one of my sources of information, and the Modeltrucks25 Fotki site where you can look up instructions where a copyright date sometimes are printed. Scalemates it's also a good site for information but there are some inaccuracies there and sometimes they don't have the history of kits and what kits are based on correct, so it's not really that reliable all the time, I did send them an email regarding the Revell Germany Kenworth W900 kits just after I did the timeline here and pointed out the inaccuracies on that kits timeline, because Scalemates had 3 different timelines for kits based on the same basic model kit tooling, one timeline for most of the kit versions in 1/25 scale, one timeline for the kits marked 1/24 scale wich is wrong, and one for the T900 "Australian" kit, all these kits are based on the same W900 tooling so they should be on the same timeline. Another site is the Drastic Plastic Fotki albums with boxart and instructions where some information can be found. Often you just need pictures of the box from all sides as a copyright date is printed somewhere on the box owadays, or as I said, printed on the instructions.
  20. No the Kenworth W900 kit was not issued at the same time as the Kenworth K100 and Peterbilt 359 wich came 1982 and I did not see it anywhere and in any catalogs under the 1980's. Why they did an older spec pre-1982 truck kit in 1992 I have no clue but they for sure did, it can for sure have been designed in Venice like the others but it did not come on the market until 1992. The W900 kit doesn't share any parts with the K100 kits as the W900 kit is from a completly different tooling...and I have to disappoint you, this kit has lots of parts as you say but does not have opening doors, the cab is one piece with a tilting extended hood, the sleeper (if the kit has one) is not detailed at all like the Peterbilt sleepers are, the curtain between the cab and sleeper is molded closed and the sleeper is just an empty box. The Kenworth K100's, T600's and Peterbilt's has a Cummins NTC 475 Twin Turbo straight 6 engine and this Kenworth W900 kit has a Caterpillar 3408 V8 like the big scale 1/16 Kenworth W900 kits originally issued by Monogram and later Revell had, and this W900 kit looks like it could be a down scaled 1/16 kit, I just compared the instructions on the Modeltrucks25 Fotki site and the breakdowns and design of the parts looks very similar between the two and that can't have been a coincidence. I don't have the original issue myself so I haven't seen the copyright date on that one but all information I have found indicates the first issue came in 1992 and the date for all other versions does also look correct. And as Luc says, the Monogram later Revell snap kits are indeed 1/25th scale, as far as I know no Kenworth kits has ever been done in 1/24th scale, just 1/43, 1/32, 1/25 and 1/16.
  21. Well Luc, Revell is owned by a German company since 2018 so it's maybe not that odd.
  22. The Magnifier kit is a repop of the Trumpeter kit and is not that correct, even the Meng kit has lots to desire when it comes to accuracy. But with some work you can do a nice model of it.
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