Don Sikora II

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  1. Don Sikora II added a post in a topic Looking for taillights from MPC 1/20-scale 1968 or 1969 AMX   

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  2. Don Sikora II added a post in a topic Help wanted with engine ID   

    That's true, but look at the cylinder heads...looks like they have four evenly spaced exhaust ports. The small-block exhaust manifolds are probably left overs on the tree from when Ertl did the 454SS conversion.
  3. Don Sikora II added a post in a topic Let's See Some Survivors!   

    I didn't build either of these, but thought I'd share a couple quick snapshots of these vintage Corvette builds. The orange one is a MPC '64 that looks to be built out of the box. The blue one is an AMT '65 with a (mostly) straight front axle (maybe from the AMT '34 Ford pick up) and a blown small-block Chevy with thread wiring. Think the builder did a really nice job on the modifications. 


  4. Don Sikora II added a post in a topic Has Anyone Built This Kit? Quality? MPC 1960 Corvette   

    MPC issued the stock '57 as part of the Corvette Collector Series set with the '75 convertible and '85 coupe. This was pre-Ertl, but the set carried on into the Ertl era. Don't think this issue of the '57 had all the original's custom parts, but I do remember it having stock hub caps and think you're right about the rear wheel openings. I have one squirreled away someplace, but haven't looked at it in a long time. This issue came maybe two or three years after the Velvet Vette that Ace mentioned.
  5. Don Sikora II added a post in a topic 1/25 Firestone racing tire wanted   

    That looks great!
  6. Don Sikora II added a post in a topic 1/25 Firestone racing tire wanted   

    You're welcome. Good luck on your search, they are neat old tires.
  7. Don Sikora II added a post in a topic 1/25 Firestone racing tire wanted   

    Your Firestone is an MPC tire from the late 1960s. The Firestones came before the much-more-common Goodyear version, and MPC probably changed the molds in 1968 or '69. There is an even earlier variant that has "MPC" lettering on the sidewall. In one of my kits, I have a couple of these tires with both Goodyear and Firestone lettering on the same side. Been a while since I looked at them, but from what I remember the Goodyear lettering was clear and it looked like they tried to "erase" the Firestone engraving but didn't do a very good job...would guess they didn't make them like that for long.
  8. Don Sikora II added a post in a topic Mr Unswitchable Headers   

    I don't think the Mr. Unswitchable headers are in any recent reissue kits. For sure they are not in the Cougar or '69 GTO funny cars.
    Also, I don't think they are shared with the AWB Color Me Gone Charger...my kit is incomplete but the box seems to show the completely different 4-into-1 headers that Mark was referencing above.
    The pics show a header from my Mr. Unswitchable kit. They have a definite curve that moves away from the engine. The closest thing I know of are the headers in the currently available Round 2 MPC '67 GTO kit (they are on the chrome tree). The '67 GTO parts are meant for a street car and are straight rather than bent, but could probably be modified without too much trouble to work on Mr. Unswitchable. 



  9. Don Sikora II added a topic in Wanted!   

    Looking for taillights from MPC 1/20-scale 1968 or 1969 AMX
    In search of the four pieces I've pointed to on the transparent-red taillight tree from MPC's 1/20-scale 1968 or '69 AMX. Need them to complete a builder. Have lots of old parts to trade. Thanks.

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  10. Don Sikora II added a post in a topic MPC 1975 Corvette Kit   

    Have two started MPC '67 Corvette annuals packed into one box. Both have metal springs, and they are called out as metal on the side of the box.
  11. Don Sikora II added a post in a topic Round 2 new releases for 2016   


    Yes, California Sunshine has the 4-cylinder engine.
  12. Don Sikora II added a post in a topic Round 2 new releases for 2016   

     California Sunshine was a custom that had the stock Datsun bed with IMSA flare overlays, but MPC also made a Datsun called California Step Side. Don't have one of those, but I'd guess that's where the bed in the 1982 Lil' Hustler originated.
  13. Don Sikora II added a post in a topic Round 2 new releases for 2016   

     
    Think the not-a-monster-truck original-issue Scavenger was from 1979 or 1980. Pretty sure the last of MPC's Datsuns before the monster truck was the  Lil' Hustler pro gas racer that had a stepside bed. It's kit 1-0859, copyright 1982.

  14. Don Sikora II added a post in a topic Round 2 new releases for 2016   

    Mark is correct, the Matador body and chassis was modified. Not sure about anything else. I'm pretty sure Ertl did the modifications when they reissued the Allison kit that Daddyfink posted above. I don't have one of the circa-1980 Sportsman kits now, but from what I remember that one still had the stock '77 annual body just like the custom kit did.
  15. Don Sikora II added a post in a topic American 1:25 scale four door sedan and wagon promos and kits   

    The SMP '58 Chevy Bel Air 4-door is the hardtop, not the sedan. Product Miniature (PMC) made a '58 Bel Air 4-door hardtop too. SMP also made '57 Chevy Bel Air 4-door hardtop and 4-door wagon promos, along with a '61 Corvair 4-door sedan promo.