Somebody really ought to check out the inanimate corporation end of this! You really ought to check your facts on that one! I happen to know every employee at Moebius, all six of them (three full and three part time) - that includes the owners; and I also know almost all the folks who do contract and consulting work for us! Yes, sir, a big, inanimate corporation... And by the way I also know the ownership at Round 2, pretty sure that Tom would be surprised to find that he's an inanimate corporation! As for Revell I'd wager that their total work force US and Germany is less than 50 people!
I would like to think that we can have them ready to ship from the Orient around in early October.. Packaging files should go to factory in the next day or so - Plastic is ready for production.. I'd hope that kits would hit stores by Haloween.
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.