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Dave Van

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  1. Dave Van added a post in a topic Accurate Miniatures NASCAR Taurus test shot.   

    Monogram and AM Taurus = same designer........
    The AM kit has much finer details. Kinda what a next generation Monogram kit could have been. The MSRP target was the same as Monogram....in order to compete......and the body, tires and glass were to be shared with a Testors version that was pre-painted and much simplified.  That is how they planned to keep the cost down.....duel purpose kit.  I have drawings for the Testors version but not test shot....not sure any were done. 
  2. Dave Van added a post in a topic Ghost Kits - Shown But Never Released   

    I made a new post for the complete photos of the Accurate Miniatures NASCAR Taurus kit. Thanks
    Accurate Miniatures Taurus test shot.
  3. Dave Van added a topic in Car Kit News & Reviews   

    Accurate Miniatures NASCAR Taurus test shot.
    OK Folks.......many have asked (at least 3) and I've finally got myself in gear.....
    Here are photos of what I think is the greatest kit never made. It was 99.999% complete when it was killed.  
    The Accurate Miniatures NASCAR Taurus kit.  A great kit that was a day late and a dollar short.....but in my mind will go down as one of the best domestic kits ever.  Full disclosure I did work and knew all parties of the original Accurate Miniatures and considered them friends. Their office was in Charlotte NC as was I. And I had family at the Accurate Miniatures II in Concord NC and worked for them too. But I still think this was a great kit that sadly may be part of someones KIA today. I'll let the photos do the talking.....any questions I'll try and answer. 
    LINK TO ALL PHOTOS AM test shot photos

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  4. Dave Van added a post in a topic Sanding sticks   

    Found a package of two at Dollar General today on my normal run. 100 and 180 grit, foam core double side. For $1 I was willing to see how they work. They have others.....will test these and report.   GEM brand BTW
  5. Dave Van added a post in a topic Revell 30 Model A Ford Production Halted?   

    Before I had a phone that would pull up a coupon......I'd print two off and give one away.....so many people had never known of the coupon available. It's to get regulars back in and buy more than one item.....
  6. Dave Van added a post in a topic 200 cu.in. Ford Straight 6 cylinder engine   

    There is also a dealer on ebay that sells one....nice resin kit. 
    A few mods.....

  7. Dave Van added a post in a topic Ghost Kits - Shown But Never Released   

    Location of AM Taurus molds is unknown.......Korea last itme seen.....bet they are now part of many folks Kia's. 
    AM Cobra.....there was to be a Cobra and a Daytona at some point. ZERO mold work was done. Drawings were adapted from other projects to 1/24 scale and that was as far as it ever got.
    AM no.2 in Concord closed for a number of reasons. My brother in law was in product development and art director. He died at age 49 very unexpectedly and that started a chain of events.  I and even my kids 'worked' there from time to time. (if you have a B-25 we packed it!) It was great to see how a model company worked. And helping in a small way was fun. A tiny bit of luck and we'd be sitting here talking about new AM kits........but that's fate.  
  8. Dave Van added a post in a topic 1933 Cadillac Town Car   

    That's the one!!! Nice build and thanks for giving the name to go with it!!! 
  9. Dave Van added a post in a topic Revell 30 Model A Ford Production Halted?   

    I have two each of the kits....passed on some sitting on the shelf at Hobby Lobby......they will return. 
  10. Dave Van added a post in a topic Ghost Kits - Shown But Never Released   

    I have dug out my box of AM Taurus test shots....I will REALLY try and get photos....I have been saying this for a year!!! I'd do it today but about to leave out of town...I need to do it....I want all to see what a great kit it was to be. Thx 
    Then maybe Ill take photos of the stillborn rail kits by 1320.......
  11. Dave Van added a post in a topic Life-Like model company?   

    As stated Life Like started in the model train hobby.....not just HO but many O scale scenery and accessories. The Chuck wagon and chariot were tooled by Athearn model train manufacture during the plastic kit boom during the late 50's. The Honest John was Renwall and is now owned be Revell. Life Like was just making sure their injection machines were running as much as possible.......do not think they ever cut their own tool for a static plastic kit......buying Pyro and many others molds floating around in the 60's and 60's. 
  12. Dave Van added a post in a topic Tamiya Honda S2000 1:24   

    Nice work...I have the kit...yet to touch it. 
    FYI...I bought the JADA S2000 from Fast and Furious series as a stand in until I build the plastic kit....the JADA s2000 is listed as 1/24 but is much closer to 1/20 or 1/18!!! HUGE!! 
  13. Dave Van added a post in a topic Ghost Kits - Shown But Never Released   

    While cleaning out the garage today I found my box full of RCHTA catalogs.......Here are 4 kits I had forgotten.......any one else recall them???
    All American Satco with help from Model King


  14. Dave Van added a post in a topic concord stage coach   

    Great work.....always love stages.
  15. Dave Van added a post in a topic Amaco Balsa Foam Carvable   

    Balsa foam is made up the street from me.......but they will not sell it there.....yet to try it.
    When I stopped by to ask there was a chunk of it out back the size of a 1/1 car!!