I'm thinking that Hobby Lobby may be doing a little down sizing, at least around here. One larger store that I have been going to for several years is closing and they have a sign posted that they were relocating to a new store in another part of town. There is a second store a few miles away that I had not visited for 6 months or more, when I drove by last week they were closed and the store was cleaned out. I don't know when that happened, but it used to be always busy when I visited in the past. The store that they have at the south end of town is still going, but I think I may try to find this new one they are now opening. I'm afraid that Hobby Lobby like so many other retailers are just forced to reduce their number of retail stores in order to stay open. Not a good sign for our economy.
I watched the first show and enjoyed it to a point. My only problem is with the Discovery "voice". #1 one of the main people that the show is following is a man owning a repair/restore business. He drives a '33 or '34 Ford 3 window. The announcer calls it " a model A ". Later in a race between this car and a '56 Ford Victoria hardtop the Ford is called a Crown Victoria. It may have been at one time but some where along the line it lost it's crown. #2 The put up drama with two son in laws sent to find a part for their families Oldsmobile that needs a bearing for the steering box. They are told to spend no more than $25 and they get a part for $30. The usual complaining about getting taken follows. The only problem I saw was they had a Universal Joint not a steering box bearing. They did show a cruise with members of the Islands car club. Some very nice cars with a lot of effort shown by their owners, they should all be proud. My only fear is that Discovery will follow their standard practice of trying to create unneeded drama for what they think is entertainment. This could be a very good show if Discovery would just learn a little more about the automobile and do away with the drama.
Really like the "Big Dog" and this should be great also. I think John's idea of a lighter shade of green or even a white may look good for your scallops . The slot mags fit well with the time frame of the build.
The frames on most of the trailers I recall were a simi gloss black, but some may have been painted to match the main trailer body. I really like the trailer idea, but you may want to look at some trailer pictures. The frame of the trailer seems very short and would be very hard to turn or backup in real life. Look forward to see what all you do with this. The Del Rio is next up on my work bench.
I also would like to see some more long roofs. We must remember that they model companies must be able to show a profit on the tooling which would mean selling many kits. Also some of the requested models are now available thru several resin casters and this my fill your needs. Still I'll keep my fingers crossed that the new Ford wagon does well for Revell and that may get them to consider some additional wagon models.
I have not had to get anything from Round 2, but the one time I had to get a body (badly warped) from Revell it was not an issue and they had it to me before the time promised. I think that's as good as anyone can expect from a company.
I personally have liked the '57 (have owned a few) '58 and '59 Fords. The '58's tail lamps are a little strange to me and I hate when someone used to put a '58 hood on a '57. The '59 had a more up scale look than most cars at the time. I would welcome any of these if Revell wants to do that. They used to have a '59 "Flip Top" model. Maybe they could tune up a reissue of that.
In the early '60's the 409 Chevrolet was very dominant in the stock class's of the NHRA. One of the reasons was the great torque at a relatively low RPM. This is why it was first used as a commercial engine. Chevrolet needed something bigger than the 283 used at the time and the engineers were able to get that at the time with great performance from little more than a cam and modified heads. Look at the NHRA record books from 1961 thru 1964 and you might be amazed by their record. At the time the engine development was moving very fast from all manufactures. General Motors realized early on that the 348-409 would have a limited life span as a performance engine. It was limited by head design and combustion chamber design. I don't recall when, but early on GM started design of the 396-427 hi-performance engine. It first broke cover in '63 in Junior Johnsons NASCAR Chevrolet at Daytona. As they say the rest is history. At that time it was about as good as it gets. As to your question on the AMT Impala, it is a very well proportioned body with somewhat fiddly opened doors. There is several engine and styling options. It was a true 3in1 kit of the time. The 348 could be built as a stock 4bbl or optional 3x2 setup. Some editions even had a GMC blower with optional headers, traction bars, and slicks. They also had custom tail lights, grills and bumpers. While an old tool for sure it can still be built into a very nice model with very little effort.
A few years ago I picked up a 4 tire and wheel set from GMP in 1/16. They may still be around from someone. The part no. was 9021. The wheels were a set of outstanding American 5 spokes with a grey center and polished wheel lips. The tires are Firestones with tread detail and very thin gold stripes with raised lettering. The second set has deep set Mini- lite type wheels in yellow. Think of the '69 Sonoco Camaros. The tires are blue stripe Good Years with small white lettering. Their web sight on the box is www.gmpdiecast.com. You might also check the supplier section on this sight as they have just about anybody who is anybody listed.
I personally like the Tuck n Roll interior, but if you keep all of the stock trim and emblems you might want to super detail the stock interior. If you go with a smooth look, removing door handles and hood trim and maybe filling the hood vents then I think you would want the Tuck n Roll interior. I look forward to how this turns out.