Sorry, but the car we were able to find for photos is a 4 speed car and a large % of the reference material I found on the web shows the 4 speed..
Sometimes it just doesn't work out to do more versions...
Regarding the rear bumper in the '69 kit. I am the guy who tells China which parts go in the kit box.
As far as I was aware the kit was to have a step bumper ONLY. What we apparently have, here, is a falure in communication.
Box art for that kit was done for Model King by their artist, he had a test shot with both bumpers along with some other parts that were not to be included in the build-up. While our guy did the instruction sheet which only shows the step bumper!
Apparently somewhere along the way Model King's builder and graphics artist was told that the kit would include both bumpers.
If I was informed of this or I was the guy who said that, I don't recall. (Please remember that this project has been on going for over two years so it is possible that I was told but I just don't remember!)
When I got box art it was only a set of files for submittal to the licensor. I did not see that the box art included both bumpers.
SO the Model King '69 short bed kit only has the step bumper, as that's the way I understood the kit specification from the beginning of the project, and that's what I told China what to put in the box.
This is not a case of somebody making promises they refuse to keep, rather it's a case of misunderstanding between the guy doing box art and myself.
The '69 kit only has the step bumper while the '71 only has the chrome "stock" bumper.
Here is the final test shot body - as you can see it does not have a shiny surface.. apparently the factory did not do the best job of polishing the tool. HOWEVER - I've built and painted three of these bodies with good looking results.
The Black and Cream coupe in these photos was built from an earlier test shot with same finish on the body. This model was built without primer - only a few quick licks with a fine sanding stick to clean up mold lines.
Paint is Testors Model Master Classic Black and Light Ivory from the bottle - sprayed thru my old Pasche Model H Airbrush. there is no clear top coat and the model was not color sanded - Just rubbed out lightly with a 3M finishing compound, and foiled.
Unless you intend to display the model without paint, I'm pretty confident that the finish on the body will not be any problem at all.
For what it's worth, we have started tooling on the 1965 Cyclone kit. @ this date it looks like kits should be available in early 2016..
I'm expecting a firm schedule from our partner in the next several days and should know when to expect first test shots once I see that schedule.
Here are a few shots of my build-up of the Ventura second test shot. We've made some minor revisions to the body - mainly to bottom edge of side windows and bottom of backlight. Also reshaped windshield and revised the 8 lug wheels too. Production kit will have white wall tires
Waiting for third and, I hope, last test shots - expecting to have them in hand in about 2 weeks - Box and instruction sheets are in process now..
Hope to be in production before end of May with kits on the way in June
This 99.44% the finished product. Only visible changes from this will be pollished window glass, addition of texture to headlight lenses and addition of whitewalls to tires.
Here are a few shots of the Built up test shot of our 65 Satellite.
Final test shots with all packaging proofs are due to be sent to me this week end.
Hope to start production in the next 10 days - 2 weeks and ship kits in May
Here are a few shots of the 54 Hudson Coupe test shot that I built upfor box art and instruction sheet photos. Kits have shipped and should be in stores shortly. Yes there will be decals for the air cleaners etc.