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  1. The car portrayed in this kit is the Cyclone provided by Lincoln-Mercury to its factory teams. They were built to the rules for A/FX at the time and were carbureted with only small changes to the wheelbase. This kit is a pretty accurate representation. The main shortcoming I see in this kit is the lack of air ducting on the underside of the hood that brought air to the carbs from the scoops. It also would have been nice to have the oil filler caps as separate pieces. They did a pretty good job of capturing the front suspension setup, moving the spring and shock towers to the outer side of the engine compartment as shown in the article that Force posted. Good job, that picture showing the front suspension is a great catch, and one I had never seen. These cars went through a lot of changes to remain competitive with their opposites in the Mopar camp. Those that participated in the match race circuit did even more to their cars due to the much higher winnings and thats where you see a lot of the variations such as blowers, nitro, injection, altered wheelbases and suspensions. Crazy when you think that only a year went by before Nicholson's fiberglass body/tube frame Comet Eliminator totally changed the game! Ken
  2. Take a look at Model Master jet exhaust.
  3. Pro Touring chassis donor?

    Couple of other possibilities include the Matt& Debbie HaysPro-Street Thunderbird and the Revell '41 Willys Street Rod.
  4. Ford 406

    The 352 and the 428 were also FE motors and were essentially the same externally. Ken
  5. It will be interesting to compare the Beswick chassis and drivetrain to Revell's Thunderbolt Fairlane kit. They should be pretty similar. Ken
  6. 1/25 Revell Ford FD-100 Pickup

    I remember way back when, metal axles were a sign of quality! The AMT 3 in 1's all had metal axles, while many Revell kits and plastic axles that always seemed to snap off because I never had the tools to open up the wheel holes or thin the axle stubs. The AMTs could always be counted on to press on without breaking anything. The priorities of a 12 yr old model builder...
  7. 1960 Ford Starliner Pre Order

    As I recall, one difference is the transmission, one is a 3 speed (with overdrive?) and the other is 4 speed, so probably the 3 speed is meant to be a 352, which was the hi-performance option in 1960 and the other can be a 390, 406, 427 since externally they are nearly identical.
  8. Are model kits making a comeback? What gives?

    Late to this thread but wanted to put my 2 cents worth. We are in the golden age of modeling. Many old classic kits are still or newly available, new kits, done to superb levels of details have been coming out, and after-market parts are available in abundance. Here in the Denver-area we have the best hobby shops I've ever seen (and I've traveled to many areas looking at their shops). The internet has allowed us to communicate with fellow modelers, look at pictures of each others' builds, share ideas, buy from shops all over the world, and access reference materials on all sorts of modeling subjects. I can't imagine it getting better than this. The hobby may die off if only older people are interested or participate, but I do see some younger (than me) people getting involved and I see kids in the hobby shops so there may be long term hope. I'm just happy to get to build kits I couldn't get or afford as a kid, with tools and techniques that I couldn't afford or that didn't exist. I'm living out my young model-building dreams!
  9. Should have added that he also makes his own Cobra Daytona kit with an engine. He may have the best resin castings of anyone. Ken
  10. HRM also makes a conversion kit to add the weber-carbureted engine to the Gunze kit. It's a beautifully detailed piece .
  11. After reading the various posts regarding Revell's LX Mustang I thought of the book, "Master Modeler: Creating the Tamiya Style", that talks about the Tamiya Company and how it has come to be. He has a chapter called "Models: More Than Mere Miniatures", where he talks about building the wood masters using literal, scaled down measurements but the model never looked right. To get it right they ended up adding to the width and modifying the height away from the actual measurements until it "looked right". To me this implies that producing a good, accurate model can be an artistic as much as formulaic exercise and efforts to get a car looking right can be interpretive effort. When I first saw the 1:1 LX during a test drive I thought the rear roof proportions looked odd and much preferred the hatchback. The Revell interpretation actually looks better to me than the real thing! So I wonder if the kit designer shared my sense of proportions and chopped the roof to get it to "look right"? BTW, this book is an excellent insight into the process of model kit manufacturing and very interesting if you want to know how they do it. Ken
  12. Another source for Gurney Weslake heads is the MPC Gurney Olsonite Eagle Indy car. Ken
  13. 1965 Ford Galaxie Street Machine

    As a kid I used to go thru the Ford brochures cover to cover and I remember seeing a listing for those clear headlight covers for the 65 Galaxie. I believe they were a dealer installed option and extremely rare. In fact this may be the first time I've ever seen a photo of them. In those days each state had rules about covering headlights and those covers may not have been legal in all 50 states. The '66 7-Litre didn't have them as standard and I don't know if they were offered. Great build! Ken
  14. Lotus 79

    HLJ is accepting pre-orders for the Hasegawa Lotus 79 and says that release will be in July. In the meantime, they are also acceptin pre-orders for Tamiya's 1/20 Lotus 79 which is to come out in May! Ken