I don't know Bill, a lot of companies are turning out new snap kits. Revell has done 4 new tool snap kits for 2015 (Corvette, Mustang, Crown Vic and Raptor), how many new tools does Revell have planned for 2015? Although some are quite nice and even decently detailed I think it is unlikely that they are targeting the older established builders with these kits. Not US based but Zvesda has done several nice WW2 snap kit planes, as well as the more child friendly Pixar CARS and PLANES kits. Hobby Boss has been doing a series of EZ builds for several years now, and while not snap kits Airfix is still clearly targeting new (and presumably younger) builders as well with their starter kits which include glue and paint.
Add in Lego is doing quite well, and one of the most popular computer games is Minecraft, pretty much virtual Lego. Kids love building stuff, they've always loved building stuff.
As to Greg's question, I'll take an El Camino and a wagon.
I find Super Clean a bit more effective than Purple Power, but they seem to be closely related. My experience has been that it is use rather than storage life that makes a difference in potency. I keep a plastic tub with a lid filled with Superclean. I've had a batch good for a year or more, but also had it "go bad" in much shorter times if I've had to strip a lot of paint. Chrome seems to have less impact, although that could also be due to the overall much smaller quantity of material being removed. I have read that the various purple cleaners can react and damage resin although I haven't had an issue there. I did stop using it with resin after hearing that though, so might have just been lucky.
Has anyone used Dawn Platinum? Sometime back someone recommended Dawn Power Dissolver, but I wasn't in need of a paint stripper. I recently finished off the last of the Super Clean I usually use and thought I'd give the Power Dissolver a try (I've found Super Clean seems less effective since they took Castrol off the label). Apparently Power Dissolver has been replaced with Dawn Platinum, there is a liquid and a foam. There also seems to be a version formulated for cleaning BBQ grills. I would like to avoid pioneering a new product if someone already has some experience with it.
These are great kits, my only gripe being I wish they left the stock engine parts in the kit. I like style you are building, very mild custom on the outside with a little something extra under the hood.
Scion xB, Scion Tc, Scion FRS, Nissan Cube, Nissan Juke, Dodge Charger, VW Golf, VW Beetle, Mazda 3 all quite distinctive and quite popular with the younger generations. I'm well aware of what the majority here think about these cars.
Well with attitudes like that I can't imagine why we don't have young people breaking down doors to get into this hobby. Me no like new things, new things dumb, people who like new things clueless idiots.
Can you drive it 100,000 miles with no maintenance beyond oil changes and putting fuel in it? You can with most new cars, and that is what most people want, a car that they don't have to think about. The majority of people are not "car guys", cars are appliances. Asking them what is under the hood is like asking you the same question about your dishwasher.
As far as the Nomad? Get a photo of a '57 Chevy, '57 Buick and a '57 Oldsmobile. Show those photos to a bunch of random people under 30 and see if they can identify them, see if they even notice that they are not different pictures of the same car.
I'm guessing this is probably more of an industrial plant fire engine, think big motorized fire extinguisher rather than city fire engine or brush truck. I've seen similar industrial fire engines built on Land Cruisers and Jeeps.
Pretty neat, will definitely have to add one of these to the wish list.
I wonder if the reference to bronze is actually the green color. There is a WW2 US aircraft interior color Bronze Green which was a dull medium to dark green. Ford built a lot of B-24 bombers in WW2, so could have had a stash of surplus Bronze Green paint laying around in the late 40s / early 50s.