Years ago I made up a bunch of Pentastar string art in various colors and sold some of them at the Mopar Nationals. I had a few left over and I've given them to a few Mopar racers in the years since, its helped me make friends with some of them. Larry Morgan gave me a tour of his team hauler after giving him one at the US Nationals, Don Garlits has one of them hanging on the wall in his office. I still have the pattern and some supplies to build more, I'll try to post a pic of the one I still have left.
I've been meaning to post an update, I just wasn't sure what to post. Yes, in the last week I have made some progress on the Torino. Once I figured out the oil filter problem I drilled the oil filter adapter for lines to plumb the oil cooler. I also drilled and added heater hoses. The engine is ready to be mounted to the chassis which I should do later today or maybe tomorrow. Once that is done other things should go a little faster. There are a couple other details I want to add but I'll save those ideas for later. Now for the rest of the story. Just a few days after my last post on 7/17 I had a little accident at work, spent a few days in the hospital and was unable to work on much of anything for a couple weeks. As I've already said, I am working on the Torino again I'll be off work for a few more weeks so I have the time to do it now. The downside is I can't work very much at a time since the injury was to my hand, right hand at that as I'm right handed. I won't go into all the details of what and how things happened, let's just say I can only count to 9 now. I'm doing fine and my hand is healing up well. I do have to go back next week for one more surgery to patch up the back side of my hand. That will slow things down for a while again so I'm going to try to get as much done in the next 8 days before that happens. Don't worry, I will get this finished up I want to finish this up and right now I kind of need to finish this up. Modeling is one of those things that can help keep you going after a personal set back.
There is no way in heck Foose is gonna foot the bill for these new kits, Revell is going to be paying HIM to use his name and designs. IF it is a new tool I'd probably get one cause it is a cool truck but I'm willing to bet it will be based on the tooling that is older than dirt and fit like @#%*. I The reason that kit is one of them that has been chosen is probably because they have 56 F100 tooling that's been paid for since the LBJ era.
I could see a first gen Barracuda doing well, and maybe a spin-off D-Dart would be really cool. What I see as the big hole is the second gen Barracuda. There are 3 years with small changes between them, 3 body styles (fastback, coupe, and convertible), and most important the 68 S/S cars. Revell didn't do the greatest job on their Hemi Dart, but it has sold well enough and for those who want a more accurate S/S, the raw material is there. A new tool 68 Barracuda would be worlds ahead of the old MPC kit and I know there is a market for a good S/S AH car. There should be enough variations and sales to recoup tooling costs in there.
Strange difference between Greg and Larry. Greg is basically a hired driver, Larry owns his own team, hmmmm. You can see who will benefit most from the changes. I agree that Fox doesn't let their network view creep into their sports coverage, but I still don't like to give them the ratings. I have and sometimes still do watch their Nascar coverage but I'd prefer if it was somewhere else. Besides, with NBC taking over now I get to see/hear Kyle Petty who has always been my favorite on and off the track. If everything goes well I should be in Indy again this year (I go on Friday to see the Hemi Shootout and pro qualifying). I befriended Larry a few years back when he was driving a Dodge, I'm going to see if I can talk to him or Allen Johnson about the changes. One more thing, GO Allen today in Denver !!! Wish I had been back home in Chicago to see him win there a couple weeks ago.
Hobby Lobby only resets their stock once or twice a year so they can't keep up with the latest releases like a regular hobby shop. They also can't/ won't stock every release. Same thing for Michael's and the Wal Marts that do carry model kits. I have seen all 3 of them have kits on clearance right now, though none of them have anything I have felt the need to pick up. On Facebook I did see someone post that they bought a 57 Del Rio at HL so I'll wait for my local store to get one @40% off.
The biggest problem I have with the change is I hate to watch or support Fox networks in any way, shape, or form. I'm not saying the actual coverage will be better or worse, ESPN has some issues with their coverage but I don't have the same issues with their network or ownership.
I think part of the reason so many old convertible kit survived and hardtops didn't has to do with explosives. How many times have you heard about kids back then blowing up models with firecrackers ? Convertibles don't have a roof to contain the explosion so they didn't (to quote John Candy on SCTV) "blow up real good". It was more fun to blow the roof off the car. "Yep, she blowed up real good"