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  1. An opposite experience, from Ye Olde Anteek & Junque Shop in Los Angeles long ago. The woman running the place had the kit shown below on display. An index card in front of it said "RARE! 25th Anniversary! FROM 1965!" I explained to her that "25th Anniversary" meant the anniversary of AMT from 1948, not the car from 1940. So her kit dated from 1973, not 1965. She was very nice, thanked me for the correction, and wrote up a new index card. She actually made a pretty reasonable assumption with her mistake. Only one of us weirdos would know that kind of history.
  2. I'd like to have a bi-scale Ford Edge too. Maybe for a Suburban Apocalypse diorama. I figured if anybody made a die-cast Edge, it might be the Chinese company and Ford partner Jiangling Motor Corp (JMC). Back around 2008, Jiangling did a very nice modern Ford Transit van in 1/24 scale and 1/18 scale. The bigger scale is still easy to find, but the 1/24 version seems to have disappeared. I had no luck finding an Edge model. Since the real car is being discontinued this year, there probably won't be much interest in a scale-model version. AMT might have learned its lesson about "Mom-mobiles" with the '96 and '97 Ford Explorer kits.
  3. Monogram #85-1961 Mack R Conventional & Fruehauf Fuel Tanker in 1/32 scale. This is a SNAP-TITE kit, not a glue kit. That's 1/32, ONE THIRTY-SECOND SCALE, NOT 1/25. This is a small-scale snapper but still a nice kit. Many years ago, Francois Verlinden modified this kit into an Israeli tank recovery truck - with a completely scratch-built trailer! This is the last re-issue from a few years ago. The kit is STILL SHRINK-WRAPPED. I'm open to just about anything in trade, but I like older stuff more than modern. For example, I'd rather have another AMT '32 Ford kit than a Ford Taurus. I'm always looking for AMT Imperials except the '59 and Lincolns except the '65, in any condition. Also looking for a Revell-Germany #07171 Mercedes 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupe, and the Revell USRRC 427 Cobra with the Carroll Shelby/Ken Miles figures. For parts, I need the motorcycle trailer from Revell #85-7685 2000 Ford F-150 & Harley-Davidson Special Edition kit. Got the truck and bike, just need the trailer. Also the driver's door and rear window from the ERTL 1/25 scale Massey-Ferguson 1155 farm tractor. I'd like to find the whole tractor cab and its glass, mine is glue-bombed. Your trades don't have to be cars. I'd like to find a Hobbycraft 1/48 scale P-36 or its variants, the French Hawk 75 and British Mohawk. Make me an offer!
  4. Here's a bunch of 1/32 scale kits I've collected over the years. Most are still shrink-wrapped, even the ancient PYRO "Brass" kits. I'm trading these in lots of 2 kits each (except the Citroen and Rolls), so watch for the white spaces. I really need to get rid of some Model T kits, so this thread is like the Oprah show: if you want the PYRO 1912 Packard or 1909 Cadillac, YOU get a Model T, and YOU get a Model T. Everybody gets a Model T! (if it's in the picture) For younger people, those Model T kits are NOT all the same. The MPC Model T is originally from Airfix. It does not have an engine, but does have a side-mounted spare wheel and a natty driver figure. The PYRO and LINDBERG Model T's are the same kit, and they do have an engine. The Matchbox Citroen Legere is a VERY nice 1/32 kit. It has optional hard or soft tops, an engine and the grille even has open bars. Ditto for the Revell Rolls Phantom I, originally a Matchbox kit. In that one, you can read the tiny "RR" emblem on the steering box. I'm open to just about anything in trade, but I like older stuff more than modern. I'd rather have another AMT '32 Ford kit than a Ford Taurus. I'm always looking for AMT Imperials except the '59 and Lincolns except the '65, in any condition. Also looking for a Revell-Germany #07171 Mercedes 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupe, and the Revell USRRC 427 Cobra with the Caroll Shelby/Ken Miles figures. For parts, I need the motorcycle trailer from Revell #85-7685 2000 Ford F-150 & Harley-Davidson Special Edition kit. Got the truck and bike, just need the trailer. Also the driver's door and rear window from the ERTL 1/25 scale Massey-Ferguson 1155 farm tractor. I'd like to find the whole tractor cab and its glass, mine is glue-bombed. Your trades don't have to be cars. I'd like to find a Hobbycraft 1/48 scale P-36 or its variants, the French Hawk 75 and British Mohawk.
  5. The AMT Early Modified kits had 4-in-1 dump headers that look close to what you need. This is the '34 Ford.
  6. A woman came to a local flea market several times, a couple of years ago, selling off her late father's huge diecast collection. She said the collection was housed in a separate out-building he built just to display his diecasts. None had the boxes or paperwork, but they all still had the little tag and string on the back bumper. I got these cheap: '57 Ford Retractable (my favorite, I like to play with the working roof) FM '48 Tucker x2, one in Waltz Blue, the other the gold 50th anniversary edition from 1998. I'd been trying to find one of those for a long time. '57 Mercedes "Adenauer" cabriolet '53 Cadillac convertible A couple of weeks ago, I found a DM '48 Chrysler Town & Country at the same flea market. It's in the original box with all the paperwork.
  7. Not strictly a restoration. But I just learned something that may help others doing restorations: some old AMT promos are built to survive nuclear war. Another board member needed some parts from a '62 T-Bird hardtop. I've had that promo for a long time, to part out so I can build a "mainstream" hardtop. Using the newer AMT '62 T-Bird kit and a resin hardtop body, promo hubcaps etc. Collectors may have heart attacks, but '61 to '63 T-Bird promos are plentiful and fairly cheap, even on eBay. I thought it would be simple: just remove the 4 screws and everything will fall apart, right? Wrong! Those promos were mostly put together by heat-swaging; melting the plastic together. Getting the interior out required cutting thru 4 plastic "washers" that were melted to it. The rear bumper/tail lights were a real challenge. The tail lights pass thru the back bumper, into round tabs molded into the body. Then they're heat-swaged to that tab. The tail lights are pretty delicate parts. I carefully scraped at them with a knife until they released from the round tab. The dashboard is also heat-swaged into the interior. I want to save the swing-away steering wheel for the conversion. Some good news, I guess: the engine isn't molded as part of the chassis. It's an insert, so if you can remove it, you basically have a kit chassis you can drop an engine into. It appears to be heat-swaged AND glued in. And some weird news. Even though this was a promo, the 4 custom headlights from the kit are on the glass. You can see them in this shot of the back window:
  8. Most big online vendors carry at least some Italeri kits. MegaHobby, Freetime Hobbies, HobbyLinc etc. If all else fails, you can order directly from Italeri's website. I've never done that, but I think other people on this forum have. Here's a link to their 1/24 car kits: https://www.italeri.com/en/category/8/37
  9. There's not much difference in price. Hobby Lobby has the "Calif. Wheels" '68 VW Bug for $29.99, but the 40% off coupon will knock that down to $17.99. The Tamiya '66 Bug is available from online vendors for about $24 and sometimes goes on sale.
  10. Saw it, thanks. That's another possibility I'll look at, since I once owned a '71 with a vinyl top. I'm probably a minority, but I really like the '71 and '72 GTOs. They look great with that aggressive Endura front end, twin hood scoops, etc. I bought the '71 years ago in Los Angeles, from the original owner's kid. It had been sitting for a while and needed a little work. But once I sorted out the minor quirks, it was a great car.
  11. A little of both, I guess. Thanks for asking. I thought I would replace the broken rear bumper from the MPC kit, polish out the plastic and display it. It's molded in a bright yellow color. Then I saw the warp and couldn't un-see it...
  12. Good finds! I zoomed that Camaro pic. I may be wrong, but it seems to have the same problem as a beat-up '72 GTO promo I found at a flea market. Take a close look at the middle of the roof. In your pic, it looks slightly warped, with a dip. On the GTO that's so subtle I didn't notice it at first. But the GTO roof is definitely warped. The warping is exactly where the rectangular hole is, in the glass piece. This surprised me. I thought the promo-warping problem was fixed by the early 1970's. But I guess any plastic will warp if it gets hot enough, over a long enough time. The GTO was cheap, which is good because there isn't much I can steal from it. Mostly the wheels and nice pre-painted black grilles/front bumper. The interior may be a little sharper than the MPC '72 GTO kit that's as eternal as Count Dracula. But it has the warped roof and a busted rear bumper. Maybe a convertible...
  13. The original ESCI Jeep Golden Eagle had a hardtop. But it's not shown on the pic above, so I'm guessing it's not included. Which brings up the mystery of the missing ESCI tops. Different versions of the original ESCI Land Rover had a soft top and a hard top. So did the Toyota BJ-44. The Land Rover has been re-issued with its hardtop, but the nice soft top hasn't been seen since the original issue in the 1980's, AFAIK. When Italeri re-issued the BJ-44 a few years ago as the "Armed Pickup," it didn't have either top. That's a problem because the doors are molded to the body and it looks goofy with doors but no roof. Cutting out the doors makes the body very fragile and easily broken. Don't ask how I know this... Even worse, the BJ-44 interior is sparse, lacking pedals or even a firewall. The last Italeri re-issue didn't even have the instrument panel decal with the speedometer, though earlier versions did. With no top all that missing stuff is very visible (or invisible). I've never seen inside an ESCI Jeep kit, so I don't know if it has the same lack of interior detail. Somebody in here probably knows.
  14. Thanks! There's some good news, especially that ESCI CJ-7. I really wish Italeri would re-issue the Toyota BJ-44 again..., er, I meant the "Armed Pickup." I'll try to get un-lazy and scan a photo of Francois Verlinden's Bandama Rally Mercedes. Can't find it online. Some pics were in the 1983 book "Model Cars." He did a great job. IIRC, he didn't even paint it, since it was heavily weathered/damaged in post-rally condition. I wonder if Italeri will correct the Bandama Mercedes decal sheet. The box art is correct and shows the decal over the windshield as "Swede." But the decal sheet is wrong and spells it "Suede," as you can see on JC's built-up. Also the driver's name should be "Thorszelius," not "Thorzelius."
  15. Here's the box art for the Otaki 1/24 scale Maverick. I've never seen one so don't know how good or bad it is. That photo linked to an eBay listing for "Otaki 1/24 Car Kit Collection." But that listing was long dead and eBay couldn't find it.
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