Also, just a month or two before the passing of their son they had made the announcement that they were going to retire in the spring of 2017. In response to that announcement, they were slammed with orders from folks wanting to get parts before they shut down. Then with the passing of their son, they understandably stopped making parts for a while.
If you were to find a farm Toy Show there are usually guys there who sell parts and pieces to restore old toys. One guy local to me has about 15 different sizes of tractor tires and wheels along with a bunch of other parts. That way you can actually look the parts over in your hands before you buy. A little better than buying off of ebay on an "I think that looks right" hunch.
Agree 100% with this. Stuff from the Modelhaus, Replicas and Miniatures of Maryland or Drag City Castings (our own Ed Fluck) I will buy from with no hesitation and without having seen the parts beforehand. Anyone that I have not already dealt with, I ask around before they see any of my money. There are guys that I would buy from at shows with no issue because I already have the parts in my hands I know they have it. However those same people I would never buy from them through the mail or over the internet because I don't know when or if I will ever get my parts. A good example is Jimmy Flintstone bodies. A lot of people like them because they are cheap and easy to get ahold of and Jimmy ships very quickly so I'm told. However for myself, if you gave me a Jimmy Flintstone body I would give it back. In my opinion, they lack the quality and especially the crispness that I expect. Maybe dealing with the likes of the Modelhaus has spoiled me but I would rather rather pay a little bit more for a very good resin body or find a styrene one and do the conversion work myself.
Have you checked out TRaK? There is a section on the forum called where did you get it. it has a listing of traditional style parts available in various kits. Might want to check over there for some ideas. Also Gary, have you checked out Vintage Drag Models? They are a hardcore vintage drag site no modern stuff allowed. It might take a few days to get approved to view the site but it is worth it.
They are meant to hold food. You need to cut the centers out of all of the racks except the lowest one. I bought 4 extra trays for my nesco to make it high enough to hold a body on a holder. Any one you buy will need modified for paint drying. I can't stress this enough, put a thermometer in the dehydrator with the model. Much above 105° and you risk this: http://www.modelcarsmag.com/forums/topic/107741-what-not-to-do/ The first time I ran mine I ran it with nothing but the thermometer for a couple of hours so I could fiddle with the temperature to get it in the sweet spot without risking a body.
Mine is a Nesco American Harvest with the temp control. Frank may run his at 115° but I keep mine at 105°. 115° is a little too close to the warpy droopy temperature for styrene for my comfort. I have a $7 walmart digital thermometer that I leave inside my unit.