Thank you! This looks like the year of building outside of my "zone". The VW Samba bus, then the Dart. This one I am doing because Moebius was kind enough to send me a sample (THANK YOU AGAIN Moebius). I feel I owe it to them. I will not uber detail this one as I am trying to do a couple of more before the year is out as well as spend time getting ready to sell the house and move.
Engine assembly is straight forward. I did not use the kit distributor cap, but rather a Replicas and Miniatures of Maryland pre-drilled tan cap along with vacuum advance. I used Detail Master Black ignition wire from the parts boxes along with their wire looms. This engine is supposed to represent the 426 wedge stock engine, but the exhaust manifolds included are of a max wedge style (probably a hint of what is to come as a second carburetor is also on the parts tree). Also, the transmission oil pan is ribbed where the stock is not. In talking to some club Mopar experts, there is no accurate exhaust manifold for the 65 as later versions were different or unique to the car (such as the 440 manifolds in Revell’s Hemi Dart kit). And, kits of the correct period are not readily available unless one has it in their stash. The consensus was to leave it as a “Day Two” upgrade. So, since the manifold is non-stock, I also decided to leave the tranny pan alone as well. Here is engine detail progress to this point:
I have also done more body work. Moebius has provided decals for the scripts. I am not a big fan of that approach other than for color components. But I do understand why it is done and many modelers will appreciate this rather than try BMF. The car exterior is 1965 Chrysler Copper with black interior. To hedge my bets (since it must be done after priming and before basecoat), I applied BMF to the lighter/smaller scripts. Most of the larger trim can be deferred until after basecoat.
A model club member who is keen on VW's said that the Samba Bus version is a 1962-3 vintage based on pieces in the kit. I have no way to confirm or deny. So would that put the Cargo Van in the same vintage?
Those were on some Monogram kits in the late 80's or early 90's. I would have to dig around a bit to find more info. You need to adapt to make correct. AMT also did a funky turbo setup, along with webers, on some of their 80's Camaro kits.
Trick of lighting. It does say M. If you want I will do a close up of that spot. I think I am going to stay with the manifolds and transmission oil pan from the kit. I am also going to use redline tires and Magnum 500 wheels on this as I think this will look sharper. I am not panning the kit option, just trying to personalize. I also noticed some lengthwise ribbing on the mufflers that I have never seen before, but will research it. Finally, there is one part of the trim that I need to further research as well. In photos of the Satellite I have seen, the indents in the back panel have what appear to be engine turned accents. But these are not on the chrome part. I don't know if that was optional or not, since I understand the Satellite to be uptrim. However, this would be no different than AMT or Revell not offering the engine turned trim features on ANY of the 62, 63 or 64 Chevy SS models. Still, I plan to do a little more digging. Anyone know?
At IHOBBY 2014, Revell said they had to go to a local dealer to get C7 photos and specs, particularly of the engine and bay. Chevy was VERY slow in providing data because of some previous experience with another company (unnamed) that released stuff too soon (don't know if that is early or approval only)