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  1. The bell shaped husing is a part of the two stage supercharger the Merlins had.
  2. I have two of these and it's a nice piece. One is going in to my upcoming Smokey And The Bandit "Snowman" truck.
  3. Yup. And It for sure is a Rolls Royce / Packard Merlin. Airfix had Merlins in 1:24th scale in the P51 Mustang and Spitfire.
  4. This guy has quite a reputation so beware if you plan to deal with him. Just so you are prepaired.
  5. My solution is to not use super glue on windows or anywhere else where fogging can occur because it's the fumes from the CA glue that causes the fogging.
  6. I think all Peterbilt 359 kits available are the standard short hood.
  7. I'm not against electric cars, not at all because they are powerful and you get full torque immediately. But I'm also totally convinced, like Jules Verne was, that Hydrogen is the future because it's the most abundant matter in the universe, we have plentiful of it on our planet and it will never end, allthough most of it is bound in water so it has to be split with electricity, but the advantage is that you can do it in advance with environment friendly power sources like wind or solar or whatever, and it goes back to water again when it's used so it's the most and easiest renewable source we have. I see the hydrogen gas as a "battery in gas form" and the biggest advantage is that the car makes it's own power in a fuel cell, it's easy to refill when it runs out so it's really like the fossil burning cars we have today and the gas stations can convert to hydrogen stations so the logistics is allredy there. You don't have to build millions and millions of charge stations everywhere both at home, at work and all over beside all the roads because one charge car needs at least two or more of them to be useful, you don't have to upgrade the power grids as much wich are not nearly enough if we all go over to charged electric cars and we also need more powerplants to produce the electricity for them, and if you burn coal or oil in them the environmental gain with an electric car is gone by far and you are better off using the car you have today. You don't need as many batteries in a hydrogen car as charge cars...and most of all, the hydrogen gas returns to water when combined with oxygen in a fuel cell or when it's burned so the exhaust is water vapor. Another thing, the materials for the batteries used in charge cars are definately not from an infinit source and will end up sooner or later, no one really knows how to take care of the used up batteries yet...so I see the charge electric cars as a transition to something better and more user friendly as the ones we have has to much limitations to be a good substitute to the cars we have today. My 2 cents in this.
  8. If you have any Super Clean (Castrol Super Clean) or Purple Power many use to remove paint, soak the plated parts in that and the plating will go away in minutes, the undercoating will take a little longer but will also go away.
  9. For information, the later more recent issue Will-Do has the same light bars.
  10. Yes, most of the beverage transports are in regular dry goods vehicles, reefers are for fresh meat and other foods that needs to be chilled or frozen.
  11. Yes you have to keep in mind that Revell has gone under new ownership since these kits came out, it's Germany based nowadays and their focus is maybe on other things than the American race cars...sad but true.
  12. Well I didn't check in the A-car Dump Truck kit before I answered...but, the suspension looks to be a straight copy of the A-car Dump suspension and it's indeed a Rockwell suspension, but the axles are changed as they are not top loader axles like in the A-car and is ring and pinion axles instead...so it has been modernised slightly. Many truck manufacturers use this heavy duty suspension and have different names for it, Kenworth call it Six Rod for example.
  13. Well you asked where to get one and I think the suspension Auslowe has is 1/25th scale as I belive it's pretty much a straight copy of the AMT Autocar Dump Truck suspension, I don't know of any other truck kit who has this suspension and I don't believe they have done it themselves. I have it and it's pretty nice.
  14. I'm pretty sure the Green Elephant used a magneto as most of the nitro and alcohol racers did and still do, because you don't need a battery with magnetos as they produce the current nedded for the spark themselves, and some of the early magnetos looked like regular distributors like Cirello and Scheifer.
  15. I have never seen any of the Moebius Ford pickup kits in person so I can't say anything about them. But the Trumpeter Falcons has lots to desire when it comes to porportions and accuracy, the body is decent but the floorpan has tubbed fenderwells, the engine is the most horrible representation of a Ford small block I have ever seen as it's way too large ond crude, the transmission is not much better and what it's supposed to be is questionable. The one thing good is that if you want to build a race car of the Falcon it's a bit easier as you don't have to modify it much to make room for larger tires and such.
  16. Those are more Pro Street than Pro Stock/Pro Mod because the latter use slicks with no tread.
  17. The Rockwell 6 Rod suspension and axles you can get from Auslowe. https://www.auslowe.com.au/shop/rockwell-six-rod-/SK3
  18. To be sure you just measure from the center of the front axle to the center of the tandem between the axles and multiply with 25.
  19. I only have three Trumpeter kits, one Nova and two Falcon's and was excited when I got them until I opened them up, to say they are accurate is to exaggerate because they are not and they have problems with proportions both here and there, and I have heard likewise with their WW2 aviation kits. The Chinese kit manufacturers often miss when they do their kits, pretty much like Meng has done with their GT40 kits wich they brag about are the best out there...yeah right, if you don't mind all the inaccuracies and bad designed parts. It seems like they are not doing their homework and research the subjects enough, and base their kits on bad pictures and wild guesses, and that's a bit strange because to do an accurate model costs the same as doing an inaccurate one...and an accurate kit sells a lot better and gets less critisism.
  20. Very nice. It would have looked even better if the dashboard was right as the Aerodyne had a different dashboard from the flat top K100's, but no such thing is available for the Revell and AMT kits.
  21. Yes it's good to have it back, it's a long time since it was out last. Hopefully they have fixed the control panel for the reefer, it was on the wrong side in the earlier kits, and the Great Dane decals for the badges up on the front corners, the have allways been too small.
  22. There are for sure a demand for the Camaro ZL-1 body as Revell never updated the latest NASCAR Ford Fusion and Chevy SS kits maybe mostly due to the bankruptcy of Hobbico and change of ownership, and the new owners doesn't seem to be interested in doing any NASCAR kits even tho' they have the best NASCAR tooling done in their inventory with their 2017 kits, a new body with glass and decals was all needed to upgrade the kits to the current cars the NASCAR teams have used until today, Camaro (from 2018) and Mustang (from 2019). I just think new tooling for a Camaro kit might be a little harder to make profitable as you can't go any further with it and do the Next Gen cars that will be used from 2022, only older cars between 2018 and 2021 and with new bodies even older cars down to 2013 when the COT was replaced. The Next Gen cars are totally different except for engines so it's not possible to upgrade without doing another completely new tool and this ain't cheap by any means. Just a thought from the business side of it as the segment of NASCAR builders are quite small and it's a big risk. But if they do I will most likely buy one or two.
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