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  1. Yes the chassis with axles and suspension is the same color as the cab, hood and sleeper on the trucks used in the TV series. A suggestion Tommy, take a small round needle file and do a small indentation between every other bolt on the axle covers and put in a small dot in the middle for the oil fill plug and they will look even closer to the low profile Stemco oiler hub cover.
  2. Well this kit is a bit different from 1984 when the Reher-Morrison and Frank Iaconio Camaro Pro Stock kits was originally issued and the chassis and engine, even tho' you are not going to use it, is modified to later versions of the Pro Stock kits as the basic tooling except for the 1980's Camaro evolved to two different versions of the Firebird Pro Stock kits with different bodies, the first in 1991-92 with the STP and Pennzoil Firebirds and the other in 1999 with the Goodwrench and Summit Firebirds. The latest version from 1999 was reissued with generic decals 2007 and then backdated to the original 1984 bodied Reher-Morrison and Frank Iaconio bodies again in 2013 and 2018 but with the later version of the chassis and engine. The decals are also new for the latest reissue and might not be correct in size. I built the first version from 1984 and I don't remember having any probelms with that one...but things can change over the years.
  3. You woun't be disappointed, Auslowe has quality stuff and are very reliable.
  4. Keep up the good work Tommy. The interior was intended to look luxurious, the V.I.T. stands for Very Important Trucker and was the top of the line interior with diamond pleat button tuck panels and high back seats and was available in different colors where you could either have the buttons in the same color as the panels or another different color like on the Movin' On trucks. On the season 2 1975 trucks a few panels was opposite colors, the inserts in the headliner in the cab were green with beige buttons. The season 1 1974 trucks had no green panels at all, just beige with green buttons and no inserts n the headliner.
  5. None of the Revell (originally Monogram) Superbird versions comes with the correct Roadruner Superbird cartoon decals, even the Jo-Han Superbird kits doesn't have them, the only kit I have seen so far with those are the old MPC 1971 Roadrunner and those were only black or white, no color. I believe Warner Bros wanted too much for the license. There are a couple of missing decals on the Slot Car Fever sheet...the small bird for the rear edge of the quarter panel above the passenger side tail light and the Beep! Beep! horn button decal seen on the pictures below. Keith Marks has them on his decal sheet, https://public.fotki.com/mofobow/plymouth/road_runner_decals/70_superbird/
  6. Well the photo of the truck in your post is not the TV series truck, it's a promo shot from Kenworth promotioning the V.I.T package wich came in 1974 and this paint scheme was available from the factory, I think the promo truck had a red interior. The TV series trucks did not have the door part of the lower arrow stripe and had S.Pruitt in white under the side window, G.V.W. 78.100 at the bottom of the doors also in white, but otherwise the season 1 trucks had pretty much the outside appearence as this one. There are lots of differences between the 1974 and 1975 trucks except for what you have mentioned, the placement of the KENWORTH side emblems on the hood are different, the KW bug on the grille and the other emblems are chromed on the 1975 trucks while the 1974 trucks had them in gold, the Stemco oiler hubs on the front axle are different style and the drive tires as you mentioned, the interior is slightly different, the engine and trans are different and the license plate setups are very different, the season 1 trucks had west coast plates wich changed some under the season, the season 2 trucks had east coast plates except for one wich was California, the others were New York, Illinois, Georgia, Texas and a "bingo plate" and they were the same throghout the season, the season 1 trucks had no California plate at all but had Nevada, Utah, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington and a "bingo plate" and they changed some under the season. Great work on the interior, looks good. The buttons on the seats were also green.
  7. Look at the picture of the boxart in the lower right corner..."Adult Colletible Intended For Adults 21+"
  8. Well I will come back to it some day, I have completed the chassis with engine suspensions and all and the interior, but as the buildup is fragile in the inner fender/engine bay area I suspect I will break a few things before the body is on with the wheel fairings and all, but we'll see when I get back to it again...I will get it done some day. The curbside version is pretty much the same kit with no engine/gearbox and some other stuff. I also have a Aoshima Countach 5000 Qattrovalvole and it looks to be easier to build, a bit simplified in the engine area but looks to be quite nice. Good luck on your build and I will follow your progress closely.
  9. I have 3 of those...you can see on my screen name who I route for. I don't think any of my funny car kits have twisted bodies, they looks to be straight.
  10. I have the full detail versions and they are quite hard to build, but very detailed.
  11. Very nice indeed. But this post would have been better placed in the "Under Glass" section as it's a finished model.
  12. Looks nice. Hehe I might be a little picky as I do own one of these Galaxies and I see inaccuracies everywhere on this old kit. We need new tooled kits of the 1963 and 1964 Galaxies...based on the great 1960 Starliner tool would be great. You say you are doing stock tail lights...they are also wrong in the kit with a strange 3 pointed chrome blob in the middle instead of the 4 pointed star with the backup light in the middle the real cars have...but you might know that allready. I found some 3d printed tail lights that have a more correct look...I think it was from Canuck 3D parts...otherwise the Ed Roth Mysterion kit has more correct tail lights. Keep up the good work and don't mind my ramblings. 😉
  13. Great work on a fiddly difficult kit. I have a couple of them and started one many years ago but it was never finished...still have it tho' and may come back to it after seeing your build.
  14. When the Monogram "modern era" Funny Car kits came back in 1984-85 when the Don Prudhomme's Pepsi-Wendy's and Dale Pulde's Miller High Life Trans Am Funny Cars came, they were pretty much state of the art and quite correct, then the evloution of the real race cars passed them under the late 80's and 90's as the progress and development was fast back then, so the later kits has to be updated some to be more correct. Monogram and later Revell did some updates with new bodies and some other small things but never enough to keep up with what the racers did because they did so much in a short period of time and the race cars evolved with new different and improved different looking engine parts and other things wich the kits never got. If they had updated the chassis and engine parts back then it would be quite representative even today as not much has changed visually in the last 20 years, but the bodies are changed often so they would have to be done to keep up even if chassis and engines are right. Same with the "modern era" Top Fuel kits from Revell, they were state of the art when they first came back in the late 80's, the first kit in the series was Don Garlits Swamp Rat XXX in 1987-88, then it was retooled to Joe Amato's Valvoline, Gary Ormsby's Castrol GTX dragsters in 1990-91 as the dragsters had changed, and later Revell did some updates to larger front wheels, slightly different body and the last issues were Kenny Bernstein's Budweiser King and Tony Schumacher's Army dragsters in 2002 wich was updated most...but never enough to keep up...if Revell had done the necessary updates to the kits back then they would pretty much be up to date even now 20 years later as very few things has been changed visually on the real race cars after that other than a larger wind screen and the DSR canopy some uses today. But with that said, they are quite good kits and I have several of them, I think I have at least one kit of every body style they issued until they stopped doing them.
  15. The original movie was from 1971 and they did a remake 1997... so it must have been the remake with Viggo Mortensen as Kowalski you watched. Nice work Gustavo.
  16. Most of the trim and brightwork on the real car is anodized aluminum except for the bumpers, cast pieces and around the windows. While you're at it, thin down the bezels for the tail lights, the are way too thick on the model...they look like they are 1½ to 2 inches and on the real car the bezels are somewhere around 3/4 of an inch, I haven't measured but it's in that region.
  17. Yes that was common back in the 70's, look at the BJ and The Bear kit, yes it's a Kenworth K100 Aerodyne, so far it's right, but it has too long wheelbase, have wrong engine and transmission so it's not correct for the trucks used in the TV series. The Convoy Rubber Duck Mack kit from ERTL, the movie truck was a Western RS700L wich was an on highway truck and the kit is a DM600 wich was more of a costruction truck with off center cab and such...so it's not even close, and the only useful parts if you want to build a correct Rubber Duck truck is the air foil for the roof, the bumper/wild bar, the duck hood ornament and some of the decals, the rest you can do something else with. ERTL also wanted to cash in on the popular Smokey And The Bandit movies so they took the Great Dane trailer they had, did decals for it similar to the mural on the trailer in Smokey And The Bandit II, but the Great Dane trailer is wrong for that movie as the real trailer used in the movie was a step trailer with a lower rear section, and ERTL did not have the GMC tractor for it either because this was before ERTL bought AMT. There are more examples than these, they took what they allready had and put in some additional parts and decals and left it there...the least effort for low cost and capitalize on popular movies and TV shows.
  18. Well it's the exact same kit as it has allways been since AMT changed the rear suspension except for the decals so you can relive your youth if you get a set of aftermarket decals for it wich are better than the old kit decals. I built the "Movin' On" version over 40 years ago and I still have it sitting on my shelf...I believe it was my second or third truck build ever, but I woun't build another like that, if I do one...wich I will...it will be more accurate to the TV series trucks...but that's me.
  19. If it's the Road Runner Superbird decals with the bird in the middle Keith Marks have them. https://public.fotki.com/mofobow/plymouth/road_runner_decals/70_superbird/70superbirdbw.html#media
  20. You are welcome, I had some help myself from a nice guy...KJ Humphries...who gave me the information on the wheelbase. Your build looks great so far.
  21. For engine from kits there are a Cammer with dual carbs in both the AMT 66 Ford Galaxie and the 68 Shelby.
  22. I have wondered about this too. Because to replicate the look on the kind of semi translucent fiberglass parts on a Posche 917K engine is not easy.
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