2 of the 1911 Chevy kits arrived the day after sent. Great Job by Missing Link for getting this one out. Parts fit is very nice and quality of the casting is like other stuff from them - top notch. Never knew the original kit was a snap together - must have been close to the first for that in 1961.
Thanks Kevin - one big missing hole in kit history that's now obtainable and buildable !
My local auto paint supplier mixes up 1 - 3 oz of lacquer for me all the time. Known as "touch up" for fixing door dings and small areas. I have about 50 factory stock 1950's - 1970's colors on hand. They have been doing this for 15+ yrs. After telling them I used it for models and showing a couple of builds to them they very rarely ever charge me for it. About 1 out of every 4 mixes they charge $5 - $7. They stopped doing spray cans a long time ago but there are a couple of other auto paint supply stores around here that still do that.
I use the Tamiya AS lt blue all the time and it's way too light for the Gulf color. I know of nothing close to Gulf blue in spray cans, the closest would be the old Testors regular line enamel lt. blue
Scott, Model Car World offers both colors in spary cans. Gulf blue 2064 and Guardsman blue 6436. It's automotive lacquer. The cans are a bit pricey at $15 each but much better quality. Does require priming first with lacquer primer - duplicolor spray will work.
I haven't found anything Tamiya or Testors close to Gulf blue, and the real Guardsman is a bit different than the other dk mettalic blues in that it has a bit of gray or cast steel hue to it.
Not one to fuss about looks. Do know the new one is smaller and feels a lot smaller and lighter driving it. Rides much smoother as the older oners were very rough. The older cars did stick really well but just rode extremely rough and felt like driving a big heavy brick. This one is a lot like the new Corvette in that it feels effortess in hard driving with a nice comfortable ride. As far as room I'm 6 ft and have plenty of head and leg room in the older car. This one is smaller inside but still I have plenty of head and leg room. The visibility is a bit better in the A pillar areas. It gets the 450Hp LT1 out of the vette with no detuning so more low end tq and more hp than the older versions.
The 1/24th Testors 917 is the Heller kit. Done in the 1971 Martini livery. Was available in the 80's as a Union kit. Heller also did the 1970 LM winner and a Gulf livery version. Pretty sure the Testors boxing was before the Fujimi 917 versions were released. There were a lot of different Fujimi kits reboxed as Testors though.
The 6.2l LT1 in the 2014 vette is 450hp and runs at least 28mpg all day long. No problem with meeting fuel economy or emission standards. No EGR, no air injection, no fancy converters. Direct Injection has had little improvement in the fuel efficiency or emissions output. Not sure who or where the articles source came from, but EPA and CAFE are no legit reasons for dropping V8's in the near future.
I think the kit is detailed enough and tooling is in good shape that a new tool isn't needed. Kit is accurate and detailed and builds a decent replica. Easy enough to cut of the roof and do a convertible with the included boot. The interior is already the convertible version. Modelhaus offers all 6 turbo parts and the '66 Corsa convertible body/interior. A 1966 Monza can be built by using the kit body w/o the side marker lights, a modelhaus '66 interior with the kit dash. They also offer dash and transaxle parts to make a powerglide car. What would be great is either a pe set or Keith Mark's decal set to cover the emblems and scripts for all 1960 - 69 Monza, Spyder, and Corsa versions with Yenko and Sprint covered as well. The only missing resin conversions would be a 1966 Corsa HT, and all 1965 Monza and Corsa variants.
From the pics in the auction it looks to ba a straight reissue of the classic series kit. The decals are copies of the 1969 sheet. Same poor tires as the prestige and classic series issues so off to Modelhaus for factory stock builds. The one thing different on the chrome sprue is the heat shield for the turbocharger is now back. The chrome turbo intake crossover and chrome turbo aircleaner are still missing, as is the unplated turbo carb. Although no turbo option was available after the 1966 model year these parts would be nice to have back. All of the Yenko and Fitch Sprint parts are there except for open steel wheels for the Yenko and Hands mags for the Sprint..