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  1. You are absolutely correct. But at least you can't really see the triangulated 4 link (or lack thereof) unless you turn the model over. As someone has already said, that dropped I beam axle was kind of one of the signature pieces of the full sized Rat Roaster. Definitely a missed opportunity on Revell's part since they were cutting new steel for the tooling anyway.
  2. This is information that I did not know. I have never built a Rat Roaster straight out of the box and usually the first modification I do to those Revell front axles is modify the mounting tab so that it sits higher in the chassis thereby making the car sit lower.
  3. The full size Rat Roaster car has a dropped beam axle but the kit does not. It has the same dropped tube axle as the rest of the Revell Deuce series of kits. I would guess that Revell saved money on tooling costs by directly copying as many of the parts as they could from the other kits. 90% of the people buying the Rat Roaster kit would not be able to tell the difference between the axle in the real car and the axle in the kit and a lot of the ones that could tell the difference wouldn't care. Only those of us on the lunatic fringe would be able to tell and be frustrated that Revell skipped over reproducing that part of the real car.
  4. The wheels and tires are a big part of the draw of that kit. The Rat Roaster is the only time so far that that set of wheels and tires has been issued in a kit. Myself, I like them because there are quite a few parts in the Rat Roaster kit (that are specific to that kit) that easily swap on to any of the other deuces in that series from Revell.
  5. Another source is the Barris Surf Woody kit. It has two as well. IIRC, they are a RH and a LH as well.
  6. Which Revell Deuce coupe kit that you are looking at has a dropped beam axle? Every one of the kits from the Revell Deuce series that I have seen (3W coupe, 5W coupe, Tudor sedan, and both the RR roadster and the normal roadster) all have the same dropped tube front axle in them. If you mean the pictured roadster kit that you posted up, it is not part of the series of kits that I am referring to. IIRC, it was originally tooled several decades ago and it has the fenders and frame molded together making it very difficult to build a highboy. I am referring to the same kits that the Rat Roaster tooling is based on. That series started with the three window coupe some point in the mid-90s. First issued in 1996 maybe? And yes, you are correct. There are several different sources for dropped I beam axles and quick-change rear ends. However, it would be nice to have them included in the box. Without having to Source them from a different kit or the aftermarket. You know, make the kits a different from each other rather than the same old same old every time.
  7. Judging by the price that the original Rat Roaster kit commands on the secondary Market I would say they could have made another shipping container full of them and they probably would have sold. Regardless, I'm definitely glad to see it come back especially with that Duvall windshield. The new updated parts are excellent. I just wish they would finally issue one of the Revell Deuce series kits with a quick change and a dropped I beam axle. I will buy a couple of the new issue for sure.
  8. Does anyone of know, was the original Revell 32 Ford Roadster tooling modified into the Stacey David Rat Roaster? Or was brand-new steel cut for the Rat Roaster kit? Seems to me that most of the major kit pieces (body, frame, hood, interior, wheels/tires) are either completely different or very heavily modified. And the engine and transmission and assorted parts were brand new for the kit at the time. Not knowing any of the minute details, from the outside looking in it would seem as though financially it would make more sense to cut brand new steel and end up with two viable kits rather than spend the money on modifying existing tooling so extensively.
  9. I think the guys that'll pay 6 million dollars for a car that's likely never going to see the road and just be a showpiece are off their nut now. I can think of a dozen cars I'd rather buy with that six million dollars. Of course then I'd need a bigger garage. Lol
  10. I know the owner of Perrys Resin and even I wouldn't do business with him unless I actually had the product in my hand. Decent guy but terrible businessman. I know he has taken $$ and delivered no product for a lot of guys here and on other boards. Do a couple of searches and you will easily see what kind of a reputation he has gathered. And it's really too bad because his quality was excellent and he had some stuff no one else had.
  11. I agree with Scott. Don't sell or give away your stuff just yet. Pack it up, step back and enjoy something else for a while and I think you'll find the bug will bite again. And if it does you'll be glad you still have all of your tools and kits. I know plenty of people that have sold or given away all their stuff and then regretted it later. I was getting frustrated with some of the detail builds and the stuff that was half scratch built, custom modifications and such so I went and built a few of the classic Monogram kits straight out of the box. Never destined for a contest or to be shown off, I just built them for me. I find found myself enjoying building again. And a lot of those old kits look great on the shelf when built with solid modelling skills. Cleaning up mold lines, fitting parts properly etc. I even built a couple to match the box art that grabbed my attention when I was a kid. They'll never win any awards, but they look good on the shelf and I like them.
  12. If you have an AMT Ertl 57 Chrysler the battery in it is very nice.
  13. Drag City Castings has a resin Fordor sedan body and a roadster pickup/bed combo cast that are extremely nicely done. Along with a couple of different chopped 3/5 window bodies. All direct fit for the Revell Deuce series of kits. Ed is one of the best casters in the business. I have a bunch of stuff from him and will buy a bunch more when funds allow.
  14. If they have one of those return postage guaranteed envelopes in the junk mail that you can mail to them for more information, you can get a little of your own back. Stuff the envelope full of whatever you can find making it as heavy as you possibly can even to the point of having to tape the envelope shut and then take it to the post office. Costs them money and gets you a little giggle. 😁 Just make sure there's no personal information in it that they could use to trace it back to you.
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