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  1. Love these cars. My parents bought a 1969 two door brand new, trading in a 68 Galaxie for it. I got to drive it a bit in the seventies whenever I was home from the Navy - what a blast. The power was very smooth. I've got a couple of the Allison kits, one of which I'm combining with the 71 T-bird to come up with a stockish custom. I also have an original kit I'm going to do as our car in Brittany Blue. The Allison kit and the annual kit do have different bodies - the Allison has the tail lights filled in with some "custom" tail lights. The annual has holes for clear red tail lights to be inserted. I did manage to get a couple of tail lights from Modelhaus for future use. Interesting that neither kit has the T-Bird emblem on the C pillar, even though the 67-68 AMT kits/promos do. Sorry for the rambling, but these are my favorite cars. Looking forward to seeing what you do with it. Nice work so far.
  2. I think the front fenders on the blue car were pie sectioned. Maybe a 1-3" cut where the fenders meet the nose, and nothing at the firewall. It seems to be very smooth from the front edge of the Daytona nose to the windshield. I, not knowing anything at all about the prototype, would think they lined up the bottom of the Daytona nose with the bottom of the Chevelle fenders, then pie cut the Chevelle fenders/Charger hood to meet the top edge of the Daytona nose. Either way, the Chevelle hood works fine with it. I'm pretty sure Dodge didn't tool up a new hood for the Daytona, they just used what they had laying about from a design perspective. It was the same hood as on your grandmother's 6-cyl Charger, maybe slightly modified to fit the new nose. I'll be watching this very interesting project.
  3. Very nice. I've got a couple of MPC and Airfix Boras in progress - they're tied for my absolute favorite car along with the Countach LP400. What paint did you use for the stainless steel roof section?
  4. That makes three of us - you and me too.
  5. True about legacy programs. Office 97 runs just fine on Windows 10
  6. I would check the GM Heritage Center. They have a lot of detailed information on almost all GM models, and should be the first stop for model reference: https://www.gmheritagecenter.com/gm-heritage-archive/vehicle-information-kits.html
  7. Tamiya also does a Yamaha TMAX scooter (with a rider) in 1/24. https://images.app.goo.gl/m8QQGMqYNZMpMyJT7
  8. I just paid $10 + tax for a can of paint at the Hobby Works in Laurel, MD last weekend. I paid $7 + tax for a can of the same paint tonight (sucks getting old) at the Hobby Town in Frederick, MD. The Hobby Towns I've been to recently have pretty decent prices, but not much of a kit selection. The one in Frederick has moved 3 times in the last 10-15 years. The second location was very nice, with an indoor r/c car raceway. At least it's still in business - all the others have closed around here. I do wonder how long it will hold on, or if it will just move again.
  9. You might want to look at R/C airplane wheels and tires. I did a quick search and they come in most sizes from 9" to an inch or so. Some have very nicely detailed aluminum wheels, others have a plain plastic dish. They might be a pretty good option; I think they're sort of similar to salt tires and could be modified to be even closer.
  10. Before the 961 was a Snap-Loc model, it was a Tam Tech 1/24 scale R/C model. The body and decals are unchanged between the two with the exception of the Tam Tech having an antenna hole in the roof IIRC. All you should have to do to make it a slot car is to figure out how to mount the body on the chassis. The body is designed so nothing will fall off, even after a fairly severe collision.
  11. With the Prowler, if you ditch the front fenders (with a razor saw), bumpers, and front axles (use a small screw to attach the wheels to the lower A-arms), you've got a pretty nice basis for a pretty decent modern hot rod. I've built two so far. One (the yellow one) is posted on here somewhere, the other (black) is not yet posted. I'm huge fan of (what used to be called) Snapfast Plus models. Lots of neat things you could do with them without worrying about minor details like whether there was a possible power path between the engine and rear end. I may go and see if there's another one at HL....
  12. In 1978, I and my sister were driving from San Diego to Louisville in my 1973 Capri. I had her totally amazed that every time I turned the radio on, the windshield wipers would start wiping. This kept her entertained the whole way. It wasn't until years later I told her how I did it. Back then, most people hadn't seen a foreign car, much less ridden in one (I'm exaggerating just a bit - foreign cars were just starting to become popular). The Capri had the windshield washer on the floor where the headlight High/Low beam switch is supposed to be. Turn the radio on, hit the washer button with your foot where the passenger couldn't see, and magic happens!
  13. Can't be too careful around here. There are quite a few variations of the FF in the acronym, none really appropriate for a family website. That was one of the least offensive...
  14. I've got 2 68 TBird radios, both tan in color. At least one of them works fine; the other may become fodder for a project. The kit fodder TBird has a lot of wear on the chrome and body. They look like they're identical to a "usual" promo, but the chassis/radio is obviously different. There is no interior, but there is a raised area on the inside for the speaker. I think the body/windows is shared with the annual kit. Philco was owned by Ford from 1961-1973, so that probably explains why there's no Philco name on the GM promos.
  15. Very true, that. One of the better known nicknames for the F-4 is "Double Ugly". One of the greatest planes to ever fly, but not a beauty queen. On the same note, the B-52 is known as "BUFF" - Big Ugly Fat Fellow. I went to a military school in a soundproof-ish building across the bay from Naval Air Station North Island when they were flying F-4s. Never heard any of the planes taking off except the F-4. Incredible planes. I've got a F-4J in progress now.
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