Don Sikora II

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  1. Don Sikora II added a post in a topic What Car Do You Wish To Be A Model That Isn't?   

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  2. Don Sikora II added a post in a topic First detailed look - Revell's '29 Model A Hot Rod Roadster ...   

    The tubular pieces you are talking about are lifter knock outs. They are purposely created when the knock out pins are located close to the part, rather than actually on it. The resulting piece of plastic gives the knock out a place to push on and eject the part from the mold. At the same time, these "lifters" double as a overflow tab which helps make sure the part fills completely and that it doesn't have a weld or knit line where the plastic meets as it fills from both side of the part. It's very important on a part like that, because even it it was fully molded the weld line would be a natural weak spot that would easily break, probably as the part was removed from the tree.
  3. Don Sikora II added a post in a topic Chicagoland   

    Ron's Mundelein Hobbies is more of a train shop, but I was in the area and stopped in last week. It had been a while but I was pleasantly surprised how many car kits he had in stock and he seemed to have a lot of supplies too. The Hobby Town USA off Waukegan Road in Northbrook is decent too.
     
  4. Don Sikora II added a post in a topic Stang-banger - MPC "Style"   

    It is the '82 Mustang annual, but MPC really seemed to start downplaying the annual angle after 1978. They started giving most, but not all, the annuals "names" in 1979, like in this case Wild Breed. At least the first production run would have come with a plastic band around the box indicating it was a 1982 kit. My kit still has this. Presumably retailers could remove that 1982 band when the '83 kits came out, leaving a shrink-wrapped kit that people wouldn't expect to be discounted because it was last-year's model.
     
     

  5. Don Sikora II added a post in a topic How many types of Ed Roth kits were ever made?   

    Revell also made the Mysterion, Beatnik Bandit, Beatnik Bandit II, and Road Agent. MPC made a 1/25-scale kit of his Mail Box Chopper trike.
  6. Don Sikora II added a post in a topic Stang-banger - MPC "Style"   


    I think Brian is right that the SS badges were a from a pre-production plan, and the hottest '82 Mustangs ended up being GTs with 5.0 badges. I'm old enough to have built the kit when new, and I remember reading about the proposed Mustang SS somewhere and being surprised to see those emblems on the kit instead of the 5.0 markings. The '82 Mustang doesn't seem like much now, but I remember being pretty excited about it back then. Not as exciting as the '82 Z28 and Trans Am were, but it was still a cool car.
  7. Don Sikora II added a post in a topic Toyota Street Van   

    Nichimo supposedly went out of business in September 2013. Haven't heard if their molds were sold to another company. 
  8. Don Sikora II added a post in a topic AMT 1959 Corvette differences   

    The hardtop version of the original came with one of the removable stock hardtops. It was one piece and the whole thing was molded in clear plastic. Kinda a neat piece, but it wasn't included in any of the reissues.
  9. Don Sikora II added a post in a topic AMT PRESTIGE SERIES   

    I remember being mighty excited about buying the Prestige Series 63 1/2 Ford Galaxie hardtop though.  Sure it's been run a bunch of times since, but that first reissue was a pretty big deal at the time.
  10. Don Sikora II added a post in a topic help identifying kit   

    The last issue of the kit that came with putty and the original custom wheel covers is the first-issue "Pepper Shaker" that was released in late '68 or 1969. It's at the link posted above as kit T-280:200 with the illustration of the green drag car on the box. I have two of them that are unbuilt, but neither of mine has red/white line tires like you describe. Doesn't mean they never made any with redlines though. Both Gasser issues from '67-'68 or so should both have the original kit's custom wheel covers too.
    Does your kit have the rear drag wheels on the chrome tree? If so what are they? They changed in the late Sixties, so they might help ID your kit.
  11. Don Sikora II added a post in a topic 1/25 AMT '64 Chevy Impala SS   

    The car silhouettes didn't come on the original-issue Street Shaker decal sheet. There were silhouettes on at least one AMT sheet in the mid-1960s though. Was nice they added them, along with a bunch of stuff, to the sheet in the new reissue though.
  12. Don Sikora II added a post in a topic 99 Silverado Kits   

    The custom Silverado with the personal watercraft did not include stock parts.
  13. Don Sikora II added a post in a topic Advice on AMT / MPC Dodge Charger and Daytona kits   

    Yes, the body in the AMT/MPC Daytona is the same as the Charger 500 and the front fenders weren't changed so the MPC/Modelhaus bumper should fit....AMT made glue-on filler pieces to help make the Daytona nose cone fit. Not sure if the hood is different or not.
  14. Don Sikora II added a post in a topic Color for Chaparral 2A   


    It's bare fiberglas that's glossy brown. The entire chassis tub should be that color.