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  1. The Fujimi GT40 Mk I has separate back section but not much under it, the reason for that is that they do a couple of versions based on the same tooling with different back sections and front hatch for different years. The Fujimi GT40 Mk II wich also has been reboxed and issued by Revell is a one piece body...same here, not much under the rear cover, all of the Mk II are the same except for decals, so no Mk IIB wich is a slightly different configuration and used in 1967 together with the Mk IV. Just remember the Mk II, Mk IIB and Mk IV are the only GT40's with the 7 litre FE 427, the GT Prototypes and Mk I only had small block engines starting in 1964, after the 1966 and 1967 LeMans wins with the Mk II and Mk IV FIA changed the engine displacement rules for the 1968 season to maximum 5 litres. So for 1968 and 1969 they went back to the Mk I with 302's (Gulf livery), but that didn't stop the GT40 wich won anyway, both years with the same chassis (P/1075) but with different drivers and starting numbers (No 9 1968 and No 6 1969), of course there were Mk I's in 1966 and 1967 LeMans races too but the winning cars were Mk II and Mk IV. I have 4 of the Fujimi tooling GT40's, the Mk I Chassis P/1017 1966 Spa-Francorchamps car, the Mk II P/1015 No 1 and P/1046 No 2 from 1966 LeMans 1 2 3 win and the Mk I P/1075 No 6 Gulf wich won the 1969 LeMans race, I also have one Revell GT Prototype and one each of the Testors issues of the IMC Mk I, Mk II and Mk IV and the MPC Mk IV...but no J-car so far.
  2. Well it takes time to change a front wing, a regular pit stop for all 4 wheels takes around 2-2.5 seconds so another 4-5 seconds to change a front wing is devastating for the race, especially if you have to do an unplanned pit stop to do it.
  3. If you look closely you see the small gauge yellow wire coming from the inside of the car from the ignition /+ and the coiled orange wire going to the distributor points/ignition trigger...so it for sure looks like it's the top of the coil going through the firewall. A bulkhead connector don't have any other wires than the high tension lead from the coil to the connector and from the connector to the center of the distributor cap, it's just an insulated connector.with one lead through it, nothing else.
  4. They went to fuel injection in Cup cars 2012 but the dual coils/ignition system were long before that. They use coil packs today like most modern cars with individual coils for each cylinder controled by an ECU...eight cylinders-eight coils, so no distributor needed.
  5. This kit is a different tooling originally issued by Revell Germany back in 1982...and it's for sure a full detail kit. Some differences are that the Snap kit has a Cat 3406 engine and a short sleeper, the Revell Germany kit has a Cummins Dual Turbo NTC 475 engine and a longer sleeper.
  6. I agree with you there. I have done a lot of research on the Duel truck lately as I plan to build one myself some day and I'm in the process of gathering the right parts for it to do it as I want to. When you do a model of the Duel truck you have to choose wich one to do as there were three of them built up for the movie, or maybe do a combination of them to your liking and get the look. The most important thing is to have fun when you build and do what you like, and I really like your model even tho' it might not be exactly as the original movie truck was in every detail like the wheels, the engine, the rear suspension and such, your model for sure capture the look anyway and I think you did a good job of it.
  7. I have seen several GM NASCAR Cup cars with the coils inside the car under or on top of the dash. I don't know when it started but before the enignes they use today they often had two independent ignition systems with two coils and two ignition boxes, coil selector and a switch so if the first one stops working they can switch over to the other one. I don't know how they do it today with the coil packs on the newer fuel injected engines but I think they still have two ignition boxes and can switch between them. Here is a picture of that setup in a NASCAR car on top of the dash, it's one example but it could look different and placed different.
  8. The MEL (Mercury-Edsel-Lincoln) 383-410-430-462 engine looks kind of similar to the FE, the MEL and FE was developed at the same time and came the saem year but is very different in many aspects, and it's not related to the 385 series 429-460 as it was a different engine design. Both the MEL and 385 were made at the Lima Ohio factory and the 385 series replaced the MEL after the 1967 model year. The AMT 1925 Model T kits has a rough version of the MEL wich looks like a weird combination of the earlier Mercury-Lincoln 317-332-341-368 Y-Block and the MEL.
  9. I built the Black Magic version back in the early 80's so it was quite a long time ago but I dont remeber much hassle, the hood hinges need some work for the hood to open properly but otherwise not much to talk about. Hopefully the chrome plating is better this time around because the under laying clear coat was put on very thick on the first issues and the tires used back then suffers from dry rot.
  10. If you do a search on internet the retail prices are from $55 to $70 on most places, for $230 they will not sell a lot of them.
  11. Union Oil appearently ordered some trucks in sand tan but most of them were dark blue at the time, Union Oil also had some trucks operating (directly or through independent contractors) in such a color. It is possible that the Duel tractor was repainted light tan to operate in that fleet later on, or upon sale, as a base for the gold, and it was treated with lots of dirt, oil and grime as it was meant to look mean and evil...the look of the truck and the red "flammable" lettering on white on the tanker trailer was described in the screenplay wich was written in August 1971 before the movie was shot, the movie was shot under 12-13 days in mid to late September 1971. The main 50's (some say 1955 and some say 1957 depending on source) 281 truck used for most of the scenes in Duel was destroyed in the final crash that ends the movie so it's gone, a backup 1960 281 truck with trailer was built as the main truck was acting up sometimes, but it was appearently never used in the movie...if so very breefly...remember the movie was shot on location in only 12-13 days according to the interview with Steven Spielberg in the Blu-Ray copy I have of the movie, so there wasn't much time. The 1960 backup truck is the surviving Duel truck we have with us today presently owned by Brad Wike and it is not exactly like the original main truck was, and I have read that it was repainted and used in other productions, and then done up like the Duel truck again for something else before it was sold off. A third truck was made up to shoot the additional scenes for the longer theatrical version of the movie in 1972-73, this truck was a 1964 351 and it is also slightly different from the original main truck, the scenes where the third truck was used was the exstended gas station/laundromat scene, the schoolbus push scene and the railroad crossing push scene, this truck was later destroyed in another production and is also gone, the Valiant in these scenes was a year newer as the original car was destroyed in the final crash. The tanker trailer used in the movie is most likely not the same as the truck originally had when it was operated by Union Oil as it's an older piece from late 40's - early 50's.
  12. I wouldn't hold my breath until any of the larger manufacturers doing one but Keystone Aluminum Model Miniatures has a 3d printed model in the works shown at the MTDG group. I would be satisfied if Revell issued trailers from their own old tooling like the Beall tanker and some others.
  13. It's nice to see they bring the truck kits from the 80's back and I hope they will do more of them as I would like to see the Bill Signs Clydes II kit sometime in the future...I missed that one, Revell also did a 353 both dual and tri-drive and K100 tri-drive except for the dual drive kits recently issued. We could also use more trailers.
  14. The truck looks similar to the one used in Duel except for some details like it's missing the fuel tank on the drivers side between the cab and tandem and no swamp cooler box, the tanker trailer is not the same type as they used in Duel, it was a late 40's early 50's Fruehauf 33 feet trailer with cabinets on the sides in front of the tandem. I read somewhere the Duel truck/trailer was owned and operated by Union Oil before it was used in the movie.
  15. The distributor for the ignition should have 8 holes around the circumference and 1 in the middle, 8 wires for the cylinders and one wire for the coil, so 9 wires total, not 10. The Meng distributor is not bad but the plug wires they have are wrong so it's no use trying to get them. It's quite easy to do yourself and get it right, the firing order on a Ford FE 427 (and many other Ford engines) is 15426378 and the distributor arm rotates anti clock wise, the cylinders are numbered seen from the front 1234 on the left side and 5678 on the right side so the number 5 and 3 wires has to cross over to the other side for the sequense to be right. The number one spark plug is placed just behind the first exhaust port seen from the front, the second plug just behind the second exhaust port, both angeled backwards, the third plug just in front of the third exhaust port and the last one just in front of the fourth exhaust port, both angeled forward. Not much of this is visible when the model is done so it doesn't matter that much, if you have the plug wires there together with some plumbing it will look a bit more busy in the engine bay.
  16. Force


    Yes it's true, but the W900L are a more modern style and not the era the trucks in the pics above are from wich was before Kenworth introduced the extended hood. The shorter standard hood was 63 inches and before 1970 when the 74 inch extended hood came Kenworth used an extended cowl piece instead when needed. The AMT and Revell/Monogram snap W900 kits has the standard 63 inch hood and the Revell Germany W900 has the 74 inch extended hood. There are no kits of the square headlight W900B but the hood length on them are 61 1/4 inches. If we go to the W900L the hood lengths are 66 inches for the curved windshield Aero cab and 70 3/4 inches for the non Aero straight cowl flat windshield cabs. All measurements are in the center of the hood front to back.
  17. Yes you are absolutely right. I have seen pictures of the RK Motors restoration of the LeMans winning #2 car chassis P/1046 Entered by Shelby American like the #1 P/1015 second placed car, and it looks like they tried to do it as close as possible to what it was back in the day; Rare Drive has also restored the Alan Mann racing #7 car chassis XGT-2 from the same race. Of course the cars changed some under it's active racing period but if you do a kit of a specific car from a specific race one can at least hope they did the homework and that the kit is right...or at least as close as it's possible to do. I will for sure get one or two of these when they come out and even if some things needs work to be right it can be a good starting point anyway, and it's the right scale for me as I don't have room for 1:12 kits
  18. Yes I have seen that mess Trumpeter call a GT40 and it's worse than the Meng kit.
  19. Well Meng has not done their homework right if they say that because the 1:12 kit is not that accurate if you know how it should look. And of course there is a standard even with racing cars if the model is supposed to be a certain version like the Meng kits are, the liverys included at least in the upcoming 1:24 kit are the 1, 2 and 3 finish cars at LeMans 1966, car #2, # 1 and # 5 so if they are supposed to be accurate they have to be exactly like the cars was back then without modifocations or changes, and these cars are still around so it can't be that hard. The most wrong things with the 1:12 version except for the wires and plumbing wich has much to desire with where they start and ends, is that they call the oil tank for the dry sump oil system under the front hood a fuel tank, and the engine is not a good representation of how a 427 Side Oiler FE engine should look to be right. Maybe small things for some but if you brag about that the kit is supposed to be the most accurately represented GT40 ever done you must live up to it...and they for sure haven't as far as I'm concerned.
  20. The FH4 kit is the 4th generation of the FH cab, and if it has FH16 and 750 emblems and Italeri has done it right the engine should be a D16, not a D13. But both the D13 and D16 look very similar if they have single turbo and it's not so easy to tell them appart unless it's the K versions of the engines, because the most powerful 750 hp D16K version has dual turbos and the D13K is a Turbo Compound engine and is available with 460 or 500 hp, the D16 is not available with Turbo Compound, just single and dual turbos depending on version. The A&N D13 version above looks to be a Turbo Compound D13K TC and looks to be very nice.
  21. Looks quite good so far, it's CAD renderings and looks a little crude here and there but nothing that can't be fixed. I just hope if it's detailed like the 1:12 kit the details are more accurate because after what I have seen on the 1:12 kit it has some things I don't understand how they were thinking when they did it and some things are completely wrong.
  22. And to put in other Italeri Volvo FH kits with wrong TD120 engines, the D12 was upgraded to D13 in 2005 so after that it's right in many of the Volvo trucks. It looks like a nice engine kit.
  23. There are a lot of "cheap" parts coming on the market soon. Jerico transmissions, Ford 9 inch rear ends, wheels, brakes and other obsolete racing stuff no one can use in these series anymore. The NASCAR teams are allowed 12 "active" chassis for each car number and 4 "inactive" chassis set aside for future use (to replace a chassis damaged and irrepairabe after a crash or something like that), and there are 40 teams in the field...all teams don't have that many chassis available to them but the large big budget teams for sure do so there will be lots of left over parts after the change to the new car spec in 2022
  24. Yeah right. Like it will save costs to have to do a whole new car with everything new except for the engines wich still are going to be the same spec, new independent rear end, new sequential gear box, new larger brakes, new larger alloy wheels and lots of carbon fibre and other exotic materials, nothing can be re-used from the car they have today, not even the chassis and drive train. I don't like the coming changes at all and I think it will benefit the large big budget teams most like Hendrick Motorsports, Joe Gibbs Racing, Stewart-Haas Racing, Team Penske and Richard Childress Racing wich is half of the cars in the Cup starting grid, and the independent teams with small budgets will get a lot more costs, at least initially, and the racing will most likely not be any closer than it is today.
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