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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. 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.ūüôĄ

  3. 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.

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  4. On 11/24/2022 at 8:48 AM, Dave Ambrose said:

    We (MCM) are seriously unhappy with the delivery situation, but at this point in time, there isn't a lot we can do about it. Northern Europe and Australia are particular trouble areas. I strongly suspect that the US Postal Service is the problem for reasons I won't go into here.  There have been improvements, but we still have some areas of the US with chronically slow delivery.

    Getting the magazine mailed out turns out to be a surprisingly complex activity. 


    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.

  5. On 10/3/2022 at 9:13 PM, Dave Ambrose said:

    Foreign deliveries have been extremely slow. I don't know why this is the case, but magazines are taking months to get to northern Europe. This is one of the reasons we recommend digital subscriptions to subscribers outside the US. 

    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.¬†ūüė†

  6. On 9/5/2022 at 8:19 PM, niteowl7710 said:

    To be fair it's not like Revell in Germany was exactly producing trucks of any kind recently anyways. The most recent trucks out of them were the reboxes of the Moebius trucks and the Italeri M-B Actros.

    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.

  7. On 8/30/2022 at 8:34 PM, PierreR89 said:

    I noticed that to when i built my K100 triaxle 

    That kit is 1/25 and the W900 kit i used as a doner was also 1/25 but the frame and axles were smaller on the W900 compared to the K100.

    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.

  8. On 8/23/2022 at 4:46 AM, Oldcarfan27 said:

    Looks like 1/24 is for the Euro market, 1/25 is for the USA.

    "Hey Klaus, put whatever scale on it that takes to get it to sell, they'll never know the difference."

    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'.

  9. On 8/21/2022 at 3:57 PM, cobraman said:

    Thanks. I think I mentioned that I didn't think it was right but did not know enough to know what was wrong. Yes, I did just follow the instructions and I want to correct it but am hesitant that in doing that I may just make a mess.  Some things are best left alone. Worth considering in this case ?

    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.ūüôĄ
    I will follow your progress with interest as I really like the GT40's.

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  10. On 8/14/2022 at 8:52 PM, cobraman said:

    Made a little more progress on this kit . As I said before I know I will not get all the colors right but will try to be mostly close . I thought the exhaust snake pit would be a problem but it was actually pretty simple .  They put a bit of detail in this kit like the real small springs over the exhaust tips but why no distributer ? Seems odd to me . The hoses may need more attention and rerouting , it was not clear to me on the instructions so I am sure I have at least some wrong . I will be happy if I can end up with a decent looking shelf model . 



    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 1963¬Ĺ Galaxie.

    Here is how the dry sump oil system on a Mk II GT40 works.

  11. 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.

  12. On 8/7/2022 at 2:18 PM, Luc Janssens said:

    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.

  13. 21 hours ago, niteowl7710 said:

    That W900 had to be older than 1992. I think it's as old as the Cabover KW and the Pete 359. I can't see a reason why in 1992 Revell would make a 1980s spec W900, because by 1992 the W900 had square quad headlights and slightly different front fenders. Plus the kit has 230+parts with opening doors which is a sign of those Venice designed, European "Trucks of the World" kits from the early 80s.

    The 1/24 Pete & W900 kits are Monogram SnapTite kits and while they're the same vintage as the Revell kits that's way back before the merger and aren't related. The scale on that one box is a misprint indeed.

    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.

  14. 17 hours ago, Luc Janssens said:

    Got mine yesterday, odd that it's released in Europe first, also haven't seen the US boxing advertised.

    Well Luc, Revell is owned by a German company since 2018 so it's maybe not that odd.

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