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  1. On 8/6/2020 at 1:15 PM, DrKerry said:

    Anyone hear as to when this is due to come out?


    1 hour ago, Deuces ll said:

    I'd like to know.....

    Not anytime soon. The Peterbit 359  TRACTOR is due out sometime soon in the 3rd quarter and that is where the mixup for this thread probably originated, because the wrecker is NOT in this year's releases. 

  2. 3 hours ago, Jim B said:

    Not totally sure, but it's too short (not tall enough).  The standard height for a van trailer is 13'-6".  I know there is an article out there some where about fixing this kit, but I cannot find it now (naturally).

    I'm not sure either, but since Italeri's container frame has Fruehauf on it, it could be some Fruehauf or to me it has looked like it has elements of a Wabash in it. 

  3. Enrico, to answer your first question about the area you circled in red on the pic in your opening post, the reason that area is not on the Moebius 53 is probably because since it was first issued as a reefer trailer, Great Dane reefers do not have that as noticeable as the dry good trailers do. 


    That is because the floor in a reefer is much thicker than a dry van also because of the added insulation the reefer needs for temperature control, where floors of dry goods trailers are just wooden planks. 

  4. 1 hour ago, STYRENE-SURFER said:

    Ha, thought it might be a hellcat, couldn't be more wrong.

    Nice to see some sort of live racing these days, leave it to NASCAR to lead the way.

    Being an F1 fan, am going crazy with all the news out of a sport that might not even

    have a season this year. 


    I'm afraid of that for F1 Kurt also since they are a worldwide series and it would be heartbreaking for my favorite racing not to run this year, as I was anxiously awaiting the series start in Australia that never happened. 

    As for today's NASCAR race, it was on for noise, but with the fact that the series doesn't even have a title sponsor for the season even before the virus craziness broke out, I think they drew the short straw being the guinea pig on the "no fans-tv only" experiment. It's not like it's much of a change from the dwindling numbers of fans paying to get into a race in the first place, many races I've skipped to the end of the race in the DVR to see who wins after watching F1 flag to flag I see plenty of empty seats at a normal race.   

  5. Pierre, the answer to your question depends on where on the truck the spotlights are installed. If you are asking about cab mounted ones like these on the red Kenworth..


    ...those are not very common on trucks in the US and mostly on independently owned rigs the rare times when they are seen. I would guess, since I have never driven a rig with them on but wish I had them a few times in dark areas to find addresses for shippers or receivers late at night. 

    A much more common place for spotlights or auxiliary lights to be mounted are on the sleeper or the sleeper fairings facing rearwards like on the blue Prostar in this picture. 


    Those are NOT as previous said to check on the trailer at night without stopping, those are used for extra lighting in addition to the factory "hook up" lights in the back of the cab for hooking up to trailers at night. They are also sometimes wired into the reverse lights to come on with the standard reverse lights to give additional lighting to the area a driver is trying to back into.  

  6. 4 hours ago, Mr mopar said:

    There you go right from the horses mouth !

    You're still not obviously understanding that from the vendor's distribution information everything is saying TRACTOR! That and the fact that the price mentioned in one of the comments that the price would be 61.99 Euros and no price for the American market had been determined yet, but that figures out to close to $62 here in the states which is exactly what the distributor I was inquiring about the wrecker to is selling the recent reissue of the Kenworth W900 should be another clue it's going to be just a TRACTOR! Even Revell USA is ran out of Germany, why would they be giving prices in Euros if it was here? You can still believe what you want, but I know when distributors information says it isn't coming, IT ISN'T COMING!  

  7. 4 hours ago, hpiguy said:

    Has anyone on here built the kit?

    Is it more or less challenging than the AMT wrecker? Meaning, vague part locations, etc.?

    Curious, thanks!

    I have one about half built of the original Can Do issue Chris, and the instructions are typical Revell of Germany quality for that kit, very nice and easy to follow. I would guess since I have some of the other Revell USA issued Revell of Germany truck kits those instructions didn't deviate much from the German issued instructions, the ones for the last issue as the Will Do were also easy to follow. 

    As for challenging buildwise, this blows that AMT kit out of the water because EVERYTHING is designed to operate as it would on the real truck. It will take care building and painting to make sure everything operates as it should. 


  8. 8 hours ago, Mr mopar said:

    I don't know where you looked but it's under post the  Facebook Revell usa  Mach 23 2020 there is a photo of the will do truck .

    OK, so I did find it because I was on the home tab of the page and not the community tab of the page. 


    Now, with the vendor distribution information James provided, it seems the Germans don't know an American wrecker from a tractor. 

  9. 31 minutes ago, Rusty92 said:

    Why are you so upset about this? It will be okay. It’s just plastic. 

    It is not that I'm really upset about this, it is just that other than liking to add a couple more of these to the stash without paying an arm and a leg to do so, I don't like false information, especially when it makes me look like I'm the one that doesn't know what I'm talking about! 

  10. 7 hours ago, Mr mopar said:

    I don't know where you looked but it's under post the  Facebook Revell usa  Mach 23 2020 there is a photo of the will do truck .

    It's right there on the screenshot where I looked, the OFFICIAL Revell USA Facebook page, and there were no pics of the will do and the only post that was made on that page even in March was on the 5th about a plane. 


  11. 3 hours ago, Mr mopar said:

    Well what can I say  . I asked this Question to Revell USA on Facebook  and they told me yes it is coming sometime this yes why would they lie ,so I'm only going by what they told me  end of story .

    So  you asked?? Strange that I can only find someone else asking when I looked on Revell USA's Facebook page, and I know from the trucking groups I'm in there your profile pic is the same on Facebook as it is here. 


    Anyway regardless of who asked, finding the answer from Revell may explain the confusion. The answer says" A " Pete 359 is coming out in the summer, it does  NOT specify that it will be the wrecker. Hopefully it will be, but with just a vague "a Peterbilt 359" answer may be just the tractor kit.  

  12. 8 minutes ago, Force said:

    I don't know if it's confirmed or not, I have seen the information regarding a reissue here and on the MTDG facebook group...so it can be wishful thinking for all I know. :rolleyes:

    Yes Haken I did too and both posts started in by the same person. That is why I'm asking to see some hard concrete proof from Revell or a retailer or something else credible since the distributor I was going to order from his Revell contact said this was false info. It is just upsetting to not only me but my friend as well because we both wanted to get orders in early because I wanted 2 cases for myself for not only my building stash but for when prices go back up on them a couple for selling stash, and my friend holds live auctions on his Facebook group and he knows as soon he would get them in they would have sold so he wanted at least 2 cases for himself for his auctions. 

  13. So, I'm interested in knowing if anyone has any more CREDIBLE information on this being reissued? I had a friend check with the distributor he orders new issues from about getting 2 cases for me when and if these were coming, and according to the distributor's contact at Revell this information is COMPLETELY FALSE, THE WILL DO IS NOT SCHEDULED FOR REISSUE!!!!! I'm sure that the distributor's contact or the distributor would not lie to my friend when he wanted to buy at least  4 cases of them, 2 for him and 2 for me, and I seen the message from the distributor saying his Revell contact has said this is not on the reissue schedule? Anyone have some FIRM PROOF?? 

  14. On 4/11/2020 at 12:50 PM, Erik Smith said:

    I’m waiting for the Capris II to re-emerge before I let the rumor die...


    I'd go for another Capri in my stash. I just happened to look at my 76 Capri on the shelf tonight and thoughts of breaking it out as one of my next projects went through my head. 

  15. On 4/8/2020 at 7:38 PM, Casey said:

    I think you'd lose that bet. I don't think either has been reissued since, so 35+ years of pent up demand.

    I don't think any of the Revell Chevy '73-'86 Pickup/Blazer Snap kits have been reissued since '85, have they?


    55 minutes ago, Fabrux said:

    Not that I've ever come across. Only the wrecker.

    The only one that I know of too in the Revell Squarebody Snap lineup is the wrecker also, but if the tooling is still floating around for a squarebody Blazer from Revell, someone better wake up because so far RC2/Round2 have already released their snap squarebody Blazer twice. 

    2007 Issue


    2013 Issue


  16. 3 minutes ago, peteski said:

    Thanks Matthew!

    You're welcome Peter!

    While I was looking through my pics for those Can Do pics, and even though it isn't one of the heavies I drove, I stumbled across this pic of one of the medium duty trucks I drove during my towing career. That was built out of an old Ryder truck re-purposed to be a wrecker. She, like many of the trucks in the fleet, could be heard coming because she had straight pipes, but didn't sound as sweet as the heavies that would set of car alarms!  



  17. 16 hours ago, mikemodeler said:

    That is what I thought, they had gone through the truck and updated it. Looks like a wheel lift was added and they definitely repainted it and updated the lighting. I would suspect that a brand new truck would be upwards of $800,000 - $1,000,000 so spending a couple hundred thousand would be much more economical. And given that this truck operates in Florida, it probably doesn't get as rusty as one in the North would. 

    If you are interested in replicating the newer version, there is a seller on FB that has those lightbars.

    Yes, new rotators can easily go for around that price today, I'm sure Can Do in it's day new was probably every bit of a half a million dollar machine then. They also bring in the big money when they leave the shop too, one rotator operator I spoke to where I used to work while he was cleaning up from a trailer he had just picked up that had been dropped on its nose said in our small town area it was $600 an hour just for that rotator to leave the shop. The wheel lift, or as Hakan corrected you the underlift, or as I always called it on the unit I operated the axle lift because 99.9% of the time you're picking up the vehicle being towed by its axle, was one of the updates and the old school sling was deleted. Even though with today's plastic trucks the sling has little use anymore, it's still sad to see it go because on major wrecks it could still be used when the axles are too damaged to tow from, though the lift can serve the same purpose as there are hooks on it also to hook chains to just as the sling had. It basically was just a way to hook older trucks or severely damaged wrecks with chains around a strong point on the frame and hook the chains to the sling and lift. 

    Thanks too, I know that FB page very well, I've had my eyes on quite a few of that seller's lightbars because I have quite a few projects in mind that can use them. I also pic up Lingberg Crown Vics and Dodge Charger police units (and especially the Chargers since they have 7 spare lightbars per kit) as donors for lightbars. 

  18. 1 hour ago, peteski said:

    Håkan, where did you find this photo?  I have been searching for a photo showing rear of the original Can-Do and until now I could not find one.  Do you happen to also have a close-up of the original light bar (but better than the one on the kit's side panel)?

    The reason I was looking for the rear view was to see where the license plate is located. Kit doesn't have a decal for the rear plate and it appears that 1:1 truck didn't have the rear plate either! Which is strange as AFAIK, in USA all vehicles are required to have rear plate (with front plate being optional in some states).

    He probably found them the same place I found these Peter. I can't remember if I just ran across them in a Google image search or if it was on a site somewhere, but there are some I saved to my computer of mostly the old but also of the rebuild. 



  19. On 3/14/2020 at 4:02 AM, Force said:

    Bridgestone who now owns the Bandag Brand was approached and offered to buy the truck so they could pair it up with the Bandag Bandit they allready have again (sits at the Iowa 80 Truck Stop Museum)...


    The Bandit has been there for many years, these were from when I has the chance to go to the 2012 Walcott Truckers Jamboree there. 




  20. On 3/26/2020 at 2:08 AM, peteski said:

    That is a good news.  Even these go on eBay for outrageous prices!  The prices for original Can-Do wrecker are even crazier.

    Too bad that they won't reissue it as the Can-Do wrecker. That scheme was much prettier (and realistic) than the Will-Do (which is a fantasy scheme).

    I'm sure they still have the original decal artwork, and the decal is the only difference between the Can-Do and Will-Do  wrecker. That, and the box of course.


    On 3/26/2020 at 9:12 AM, mikemodeler said:

    There are other differences between the two, namely the amber light bars are different. The artwork might be a licensing issue.


    I was mistaken when I made this comment. What I meant to say was when the tow company went through the original truck and rebuilt it, they upgraded to different light bars. Revell chose to represent them by leaving them clear on the Will Do version. There are aftermarket companies on FB that offer other light bars for trucks like these if you want to update it.

    The "new" rebuilt Can-Do is a completely revamped truck compared to the kit this one represents from almost 30 years ago now. I honestly think maybe the only thing to survive from the original 1:1 in the rebuild was the cab. 

    Old Can Do


    After Rebuild


    As it was, the kit was never correct for even the original, because it was a Pete 378 and not a 359, and powered by a Cat and not a Cummapart but Revell just rehashed their 359 to make it look the part. I've spent years collecting the kits and parts to put a 3406 under the hood and a correct cab and hood on the truck so mine will be correct, call me a rivet counter if you like, but when you have actually operated heavy wrecker they sort of become a passion. I have printed out pages of service manuals just to be able to build units and bodies from scratch like they would in the factory.  

  21. On 4/4/2020 at 6:25 AM, Mr mopar said:

    My 2 cents is this Italeri freightliner should of had the condo sleeper roof and  what Force was saying the N14 Cummins engine .

    While a condo would have been nice, I cut my teeth on two separates FLD-120 22 years ago that were flat tops just like the Italeri kit. The first had a gutless piece of junk M11 Cummapart, thankfully a real engine resided under the hood of the second one with a 470HP Detroit Series 60, and that is the only thing I would like to see more of in truck kits in general is more Detroits because my junk box is getting full of those junk Cummaparts. I never liked them in the 1:1s I drove and I don't like them under the hoods of my builds either. 


  22. On 4/5/2020 at 11:47 AM, unclescott58 said:

    I've got a previous, Ertl reissue that I'm looking for glass for. Other than the missing windshield the kit is done! 

    The glass is flat in a 27 Ford, it is not that hard to make flat windshields from clear plastic. 

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