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  1. Here's my finished version of the Moebius 66 Ford F-100 short bed pickup which is based on the second round test shot. The tooling is about 95% ready to go at this point and final test shots should be available shortly. Colors I used are Rangoon Red over Wimbledon White. Still waiting on the decals which will include some scripts which are missing from my build up. Moebius is shooting for the first release to be before the end of the year, most likely it will be the 66 Flareside version. Look for a display of these kits at the Detroit Show coming up next month. -Steve
  2. Moebius Dyno Don Maverick

    Good point Mark, the Vega would have to be a dedicated Pro Stock kit. You could probably get 3 versions by doing the early and later noses of the Vega's and by doing a Chevy Monza too. That's the only way to make it cost effective. I seem to recall somebody ran a Pro Stock Pontiac Astre too, I'm not sure you could sell enough to pay for the changes.
  3. Moebius Dyno Don Maverick

    I have no doubt there would be support for a new tool Grumpy's Toy Vega or Dyno Don Maverick. The real question is how many of us would support the Factory Stock Maverick's and Vega's that would have to be tooled and sold before the Drag version. That's the nature of the Model Car business today. Steve
  4. Moebius Dyno Don Maverick

    The only Dyno Don kit coming for 2019 would the Moebius 65 Comet A/FX. A 70 Maverick and or Comet would be a great idea though. If only Pegasus Hobbies would see it that way …. -Steve
  5. Actually it started as the 1970 Ford LTD 4 door hardtop promo, then it was part of the Motor City Stocker Series. It wasn't much of a stretch to rework it into the Galaxie Sedan. It's not 100% correct as still has LTD roof profile. I recall AMT's choice of engine and trans being questionable too. Why Ford wanted that particular promo done is the real mystery here. -Steve
  6. Yes, the wait for the 4x4 version is almost over. I have a '70 long bed on the workbench as a I write this. Photos of the 4x4 parts will be forthcoming, I'm waiting for Fotki to get back on line. Box art is already in the works. Also we're also getting a 65-66 F-100 based on the on the current kit. Dave got the go ahead just last weekend and I saw the 3D artwork at the NNL East. Test shots of the 65-66 kit may be ready by late this summer. Along with the short and long bed stylesides, we'll be getting a stepside for first time. -Steve
  7. Dyno Don 1965 Comet

    Yes, also Cincinnati was spelled wrong on the Beswick Car … Steve
  8. Dyno Don 1965 Comet

    Thanks Tom and Tim !! My Display model is sporting a set of Aftermarket Slixx Decals which aren't quite sized for the Moebius Comet. Hopefully the production Decals will fit perfectly and that everything will be spelled correctly this time around. -Steve
  9. Removing polish

    Meguiars, 3M and many others have Paint Shop safe polishes. There's a high end restoration shop that I used to visit that turned me on to a brand called Wizards. I've been using that happily on both my full size and scale projects ever since. Steve
  10. You'll be able build one from Moebius kits sooner or later. Everything exist to make one but all of it hasn't been released yet. The current 70 F-100 4x4 has the correct running gear. Moebius will be doing 65-66 Short and Long Styleside beds along with a Short bed Flareside and a Utility bed. They will probably put it all in one kit as some point for you but that hasn't been officially announced yet. Here's a pic with the resin prototypes from last years Detroit NNL. The 70 4x4 is in the background. Here's my 66 F-100 Short bed built from Second Round Test shot parts. It will be at the Moebius Detroit NNL display tomorrow.
  11. Removing polish

    Unfortunate Novus #2 contains silicone or similar type materials that will create "fisheyes" if there's even a microscopic spec of residue remaining on the surface. If you sand it before thoroughly cleaning it you'll embed that residue and game over. I one tried to use Novus #2 to clean off BMF residue before clear coating a body. It looked perfectly clean but I soon as started apply the clear it was a disaster. I tossed the Novus #2 out and now I only use true Automotive grade polishes that specifically say they are safe for paint and can be painted over right on the label. I strongly suggest you thoroughly wash the body several times with a grease removing detergent like Dawn before doing anything else. -Steve
  12. Dyno Don 1965 Comet

    Other than the Box Art, Decals and maybe the instructions they should be identical inside. Both are limited run kits so I'll want one of each. At some point there will probably be a B/FX kit, that one will have some different contents from all the prior releases so far. -Steve
  13. FYI those are the short collector headers which now have revised part #'s 124A - 127A. It will be interesting to see what will be included with the AFX kit assuming that's still a go for next year. Here's what the long collector headers look like on my AFX build up. -Steve
  14. Tim, Your not loosing your mind, there are actually three styles of headers tooled up for the various Moebius 65 Plymouth kits. I searched through my test shots and found the following ... Part #'s 106,107,108 &109 have a short collector and would be inserted on the tree with the fan blade, oil pan and carb parts. Part #'s 124,125,126 &127 have a long collector and would be inserted on the same tree. I believe these are for the yet to be release AFX car. Part #'s 161, 162,163 & 164 have a blocked collector and connect to an exhaust pipe and muffler part #160. These are on a separate tree for the Melrose Missile / Golden Commandos kit and may be in the California Flash kit too. If so, then I believe it's the California Flash kit that has two sets of header, my kit is still sealed too. Maybe someone else has already cracked theirs open and will check. -Steve
  15. Here's how it looked with the body color splash pan and a test fit of the 65 Style grille. The splash pan is molded to the cab body with the bumper and grille being separate plated parts. As others pointed out I did paint to the splash pan Argent/Silver vs body color to match my reference 1:1 truck. I also noticed some of the two-toned trucks had the bed inside panels painted the lower color and some were the upper color. I went with the upper color. Maybe those are different assembly plant variances ? -Steve
  16. Thanks !! The tailgate was masked using tracings directly onto 6mm Tamiya masking tape which were cut out by hand. It took several tries to get the results you see. The wipers and the tail lamp bezels are carry-over from the Bump-side kits along with many other parts, I agree the wipers are clunky and I've discussed them with the Moebius team, but I'm not holding my breath. It would be easy enough to thin them out and hit them with chrome paint or replace them with photo etch pieces but not on test shot. I use what I get. As for grille comments, I didn't measure it but I did compare it to an original AMT 63 F-100 pickup and they're almost identical in height and overall shape. -Steve
  17. There will be kit issued with the Utility Bed and I believe it will be a Model King limited release. No release date or production numbers yet … Steve
  18. Thanks Guys !! For what's it worth I think the Moebius kits get better with each effort and this may be their best one yet. The hood is a little thicker which should prevent the warping issue. The windshield goes in easier too. Heater hoses have been added along with two new transmissions. The Flareside and Utility beds that are coming will fit all the previous issues along with more wheels choices. One nit pick is the modern style battery carries over but I can live with that. My bet is this will be a very popular kit !! -Steve
  19. Test Shots and Other Parts Oddities

    Yes, they were running out of time per my contact at Lindberg. Apparently they made it just in time. The kit manufacturers don't like to talk about licensing issues. After tooling cost, it's one of their biggest expenses. -Steve
  20. I got an email from one of my favorite online retailers they are arriving on Monday. They are already on evilbay and you can also "buy now" right on the AMT - MPC website. I think I'm going to wait until my LHS gets them. I wonder who will be first to post the contents here? I know some guys are going to pass on them because they are curbside kits, but not me. I think they are are great way to recharge the batteries, or try out a new paint or color. They are a still glue kit, not snap together. These kits remind me of the old AMT Craftsman series which is how I started in this hobby. -Steve
  21. ..... I won't go as far as saying Revell nailed it, but it looks a heck of a lot closer to the real thing then the 70 Challenger 2n1 I also picked up recently. Still like the Challenger it's diecast roots are showing but nowhere near as glaring in my eyes. Some of the trim is a little on the heavy side and the rear edge of the hood and cowl panel fit leaves something to be desired. But these areas are very fixable along with the screw hole in the gas tank center. Here's the new Cobra Jet S/S drag parts and hood You can probably call this a 3n1 one as the Bullitt grille is still here, it's right above the fan blade. It looks like there are two new chrome trees for the stock GT and drag versions. The Bullitt Style mags are still here too. There are no brake details or backing plated for the wheels but I'm sure someone here will suggest an easy solution. It's looks like the same hollow tires as used in the Challenger plus some hollow drag slicks, also without sidewall details I have very few Diecasts in my collection but Revell's Bullitt Mustang is one of them. When I first got it I wished they had done it in plastic, I guess here's one time my wish was granted. -Steve
  22. I pulled as many photos and magazine articles I could find before building my Moebius AXF Plymouth test shot. The kit is based on the restored Lee Smith Car. To the best of my knowledge all the AFX cars were delivered to the race teams with stock oil pans and the K-frame were most likely painted black or left natural metal (I painted mine black ). The cover of the July '65 Super Stock Magazine shows the S&M car doing a wheel stand (in color) and has an excellent article on it inside. You can see where they had modified the oil pan already which appears to be painted black. I checked through all my photos and didn't find any Yellow painted oil pans or K-members but it's certainly possible a certain race team might have done so. Here's some detail shots of my built Melrose Missile model for what it's worth ….
  23. Test Shots and Other Parts Oddities

    Lindberg's Police Chargers went through seven rounds of test shots before they finally went into production just as the licensing was to run out. One of the most troublesome parts were the steel wheels and center caps. The Chinese tool makers just couldn't get the contours correct from photos after multiple tries. We solved that problem after I suggested we buy an actual steel wheel and center cap from a local Dodge Dealer and sent it to China so they could scale it down. Here's a photo of first resin printed wheel parts installed on my first build up with the proposed CHP livery. The small roof antenna never made it to production either. Here's the Texas DPS box art model with final test shot wheels and center caps the later I had sent out to be plated myself as I never got an actual plated chrome tree sample. I probably have two cases worth of test shot parts on these and pages worth of email and photos used to make corrections. Most of which only a handful of people would even care or want to know about. -Steve
  24. I have some of the second round of test shot parts and the cab is much improved. Assuming there's no major revisions needed there's an excellent chance we'll see some version of this kit before the end of 2018. Also, I should have a display models completed next month. -Steve
  25. Here's a photo of built test shot B/FX engine bay, I believe Jim Kampmann is the builder. Photo was taken at the 2017 NNL East. -Steve