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Dave Metzner

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  1. Dave Metzner added a post in a topic Moebius - Now that the Comet is out, What's Next   

    65 Comet is basically a Falcon -Thunderbolts were Fairlanes - not same chassis. Falcon/ comet / Mustang are all very similar - Fairlane - not so much
    Thunderbolts were wedge motor cars - Beswick and Nicholson cars had 427 SOHC engines .
    Cammer will NOT fit same space as wedge - Nicholson and Beswick cars had substantial front suspension mods to move shock towers for Cammer to fit - Mustangs with Cammer had similar modifications..
    You can shove a 427 wedge into a stock 65-66 Falcon / Mustang engine compartment but a Cammer will NOT fit! (it's just too wide)
    I believe Thunderbolts had pretty much stock Fairlane front suspensions as 426 wedge can be shoehorned into Fairlane without front suspension mods.
  2. Dave Metzner added a post in a topic Moebius - Now that the Comet is out, What's Next   

    This kit will represent the Arnie Beswick A/FX car as it appeared in 1965, NOT the so called "restored" car as it exists today with fuel Injection and a straight axle, neither one of which were on the car in 1965 when Beswick drove it.
    The box art is correct no injection stacks and no straight axle front suspension
  3. Dave Metzner added a post in a topic Moebius - Now that the Comet is out, What's Next   

    Next will be a 52 Hudson Hornet "Mel's Drive In" - a 52 Club coupe - first time for the 52 coupe as a street car - kit will include wire wheels as well as hub caps - 
    then the 61 Pontiac Catalina street car - this is a 421 SD car - will have steel wheels W/ dog dish hubcaps as well as 8 lugs and a set of 5 spoke mags too
    followed by a 1970 F100 4x4
    then a 1965/66 F100 - not sure on details of that one yet, not likely to get here before 2018
    Model King's Joe Weatherly 62 Catalina will ship next month - had been scheduled for end of April but we need more goods to fill the container so it'll be delayed a bit.
    Dave Burket says his next Moebius / Model King project will be the 1965 California Flash Plymouth A990 sedan.. No date for that one yet..
    No dates for Plymouth AWB car or Comet B/FX or A/FX none of those kits are in the schedule at this date although tooling is complete or nearly complete for all three.
    Now you know almost as much as I do!
     
  4. Dave Metzner added a post in a topic Polar Lights '65 Coronet   

    Warms my heart to see that this kit is appreciated.
     Not a perfect kit but one I've always been proud of - that was the first of the pre-finished "snap" kits we did.. Considering the design compromises made to do it as a snapper while trying to keep it from being too toy-like, I was pretty happy with the result.
    John Mueller did the design work on all three of the Snap kits 
    There was a Hemi engine in the tooling but it never saw light of day..Plans were to do a Hemi version with the Hemi hood scoop
    There was also a "Big Chief" engine and modern style wheel option tooled for the '64 GTO - I don't think those ever saw production either..
     
     
  5. Dave Metzner added a post in a topic Moebius Belvedere   

    Missing Link's 4 door Belvedere  body is beautiful - I have one and it really does look like styrene!  Top notch workmanship!
     
     
  6. Dave Metzner added a post in a topic Moebius Belvedere   

    Regarding the shallow door and trunk lines. After tooling is finished and test shots approved - the practice is to polish the tool - since engraved lines in a body are actually raised in the tool - too much polishing can result in shallow engraved lines in the finished item. This is the case with the Belvedere body.The production bodies have much shallower door and trunk lines than the final test shot..
     At this point in time there is nothing we can do to resolve that issue.
    The factory has been made aware of the problem, they have gone back and made revisions to the tool and I have samples of the corrected body.
    Next time we run that body the engraved lines will be like those on the Satellite.
  7. Dave Metzner added a post in a topic Moebius '65 Mercury Comet Cyclone news   

    Regarding stance, here are photos of a Caliente we photographed at the Auburn Auction back in 2010! 
    That car stood pretty tall.. and seemed to be fairly much factory stock..
    Probably had 15 inch wheels and larger than factory rubber on it... still - ride height is not low..
    These photos were used as reference along with many others to determine ride height for kit..





  8. Dave Metzner added a post in a topic Moebius '65 Mercury Comet Cyclone news   

    They are on the Caliente convertibles as well.. I have photos.
    I don't think that there were Hardtops available with trim levels below Caliente, and I don't think that Cyclones were available as convertibles..

  9. Dave Metzner added a post in a topic Moebius '65 Mercury Comet Cyclone news   

    NICE!
     
  10. Dave Metzner added a post in a topic Something to consider, folks, about model car kit production!   

    Just a quick note, the notion that the cost of oil has any impact on the cost of model kits is just not founded in fact. The cost of raw material in a kit is insignificant, for car kits it's literally pennies per kit
    In most cases the packaging costs more than the plastic!
    The really significant costs are in the tooling. In a few of our kit the decal sheet is a lot more expensive than the raw plastic!
    Even though modern machines cycle shots pretty quickly, for us, machine time is a significant contributor to cost - our kits can have 5,6 or 7 tools and energy costs in Guangdong Province are quite a bit higher than in Indiana! So it's conceivable that the cost of running the machines will be as great or even greater than the cost of the styrene pellets that go into the machines!
    Dave
  11. Dave Metzner added a post in a topic Moebius '65 Mercury Comet Cyclone news   

    Cyclone wheels did NOT have Cragar center caps they had Cyclone center caps.  Generic centers allow us to use wheels in other applications down the road..

  12. Dave Metzner added a post in a topic Matty Winspur's "The Fabulous Hudson Hornet".   

    Jack Clifford, ran Clifford Engineering - he specialized in racing and performance parts for 6 cylinder engines - Clifford had a catalog full of Hudson 6 cylinder engine performance parts.
     Clifford ran a 54 Hudson Coupe in the NHRA - mainly on the West coast...
    Matthew Winspur also ran a Super Stock Hudson Jet - that car had the big 304 cu. in. 6 - I think it probably had a bunch of Clifford Engineering go fast parts on it!
  13. Dave Metzner added a post in a topic Matty Winspur's "The Fabulous Hudson Hornet".   

    The slicks are just that - drag slicks, not cheater slicks - even after the fender skirts are removed you can barely see that they're not street tires.
    Photos of the real car show slicks of some variety on the rear wheels - impossible from the few photos we have to determine if they were cheater slicks or not
    The tires in the kit are slicks that we did for other kits that fit into the wheel wells of the Hudson, we were not going to tool new tires just for this kit. These tires are probably too wide for NHRA  Q stock legal tires in 1967, but nobody will be able to see that unless you display the model upside down!
  14. Dave Metzner added a topic in Car Kit News & Reviews   

    Matty Winspur's "The Fabulous Hudson Hornet".
    New from Moebius, 1954 Hudson Hornet - Matty Winspur's "The Fabulous Hudson Hornet". This kit represents the 1954 Hudson Hornet Special Club sedan raced, quite successfully, in the 1960's by Matthew Winspur  (father of Moebius' president Frank Winspur).
    This kit is scheduled to ship from the Orient around the end of December and should be in stores by mid February 2017





     
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