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  1. If you want to hear "Hot Rod Race" by Jimmy Dolan, you'll find it on this album. Along with other neat, hard-to-find songs like Robert Mitchum's "Ballad of Thunder Road." The Wikipedia article calls Dolan "Little Jimmie Dolan," so maybe he upgraded his name by the time this album came out. Weird Trivia: Capitol Records put together "Shut Down" as a budget compilation album, with The Beach Boys songs being the big draw. That caused the Beach Boys some trouble later, when they wanted to release their own album named "Shut Down." Capitol said no dice, that name has already been used. That's why The Beach Boys album was named "Shut Down, Volume 2." That confused fans, who wondered why they never saw "Shut Down, Volume 1." Which was this album.
  2. I just recently watched the 2017 Sundance series "Cold-Blooded: The Clutter Family Murders." It really tells the rest of the story behind "In Cold Blood." Some members of the Clutter family refused to talk about the murders, especially their two oldest daughters. Some of those relatives talk in this series, but refused to be shown on camera. Other family members and residents of Holcomb were outraged about the media in general and Truman Capote in particular, and it's interesting to hear their opinions. The series runs for nearly 4 hours, roughly divided into 4 segments: the murders, the search for the killers, the stories of Hickock and Smith and the aftermath, with Capote etc. More "In Cold Blood" trivia: the actor who played Perry Smith's dad was the great Charles McGraw. If you've ever watched Turner Classic Movies, you've seen him. Back in the 1940's/50's he appeared in many classic crime movies, always playing either a cop or a criminal. Cold Blooded: The Clutter Family Murders (TV Mini-Series 2017) - IMDb
  3. That happened to me a couple of weeks ago. I was watching a Jo-Han '59 Olds chassis, Buy It Now for $10. The seller sent me an offer for $7.50 and I bit. I have a resin Olds flat-top 4-door body and interior, and vac-form glass. So I just needed the chassis. Buying anything Jo-Han for less than 10 bucks on eBay seems like a deal these days.
  4. Thanks for the info! Looking forward to it!
  5. Found 2 chassis I needed on eBay. Years ago I bought a resin re-pop of a Jo-Han '59 Olds 4-door flat-top. I think it came from Model Roundup/Model King. It had the body, interior and vacu-form glass but no chassis. I was "Watching" that chassis on eBay. The seller sent a message lowering the price and I jumped on it. Those old Jo-Han chassis are hard to find and often expensive. This one was reasonably priced. Also long ago I got a stock resin '63 Nova wagon, with the hood molded in. Again with the body and interior but no frame. I had planned to swap in a '66 Nova chassis. But one of the eBay parts sellers came thru, offering a '63 chassis complete with the engine bottom plate and axle pins. It probably came from the new kit. I plan to pick up the future release of the Nova wagon, with engine. But the resin kit should be a fun quick-build, maybe of a drag strip tow car with the gas cans and accessories from the "Boss Nova" in the back.
  6. First visit to the big local Flea Market in months. Almost had a heart attack when I saw the box for an AMT '62 Nova sitting on a table. But it was just the box, empty. The same table had an original AMT '50 Ford box, with some random glued and painted parts inside. Not even worth haggling over. I did pick up recent issues of "Collectible Automobile," "Hemmings Classic Car" and "Hemmings Muscle Car" for $2.00 each. So the morning wasn't a total loss. And I got some badly-needed exercise.
  7. Great project! If you ever wondered about the Acetylene Tank mentioned in the instructions...and who hasn't?...it generated acetylene gas for the lights. Here's a period flyer about it, and a photo of the tank on a restored 1911 Model T. You can see the supply hose on the left side. Which you could add along with the clamps etc., if you're in the mood for some super-detailing.
  8. Buyers, be aware that Revell modified the hardtop kit at some point. The original kit in the big box (blue car below) had a vinyl top molded in, complete with seams and fine grain detail. Nothing wrong with that. A vinyl top was an option on the '59 Eldorado Seville hardtop, just a very rare one. Revell removed the vinyl top in later issues, like the "Calif. Wheels" version shown below. One more thing to beware of: the hardtop kits in the later small boxes often have bent/broken top posts, because of cramming all that plastic into such a small box. I got one cheap at a Hobby Lobby because of that.
  9. Went by the local HL yesterday and found 1 "new" kit: the Round 2 '60 Chevy pickup with go-kart. Grrrr! I waited MONTHS for HL to get that kit when it was first released, so I could buy it for 40% off. None of the 3 HL stores near me ever got it in. So I finally gave up and bought it online. That also happened with the Revell Porsche Jr. tractor. I waited and waited, ending up buying it online. About a week later the kit showed up in HL. As with so many things HL, there seems to be no rhyme or reason when new kits will show up. This local store already has the '66 Buick Wildcat, 007 Galaxie and Mustang, and a few other very recent releases.
  10. Thanks, I forgot all about that re-issue! Some of the accessories aren't that great, especially those square, LEGO-looking jerry cans. But most 1/25-24 scale jerry cans over the years have looked like that, for some weird reason, whether they came from AMT, Revell or whoever. Shapeways has some much better 1/24 U.S. jerry cans. Also 1/24 scale British "flimsy" fuel cans, for those who want to build an AMT '41 Ford Woody as a British military vehicle in North Africa.
  11. MENG has plastic nuts and bolts in different sizes. You only have to "shave" them off the backing sheet with a chisel blade.
  12. MPC also did that clear trailer as a stand-alone kit, the "Super Trailer." Back in the 1990's or so, AMT-ERTL released it as the "Display Case Trailer." All the neat accessories like the compressor, chrome oil/fuel cans etc. are still in it. I just checked one in the stash. These go pretty cheap on eBay, if you're looking for one.
  13. Thanks for the vintage ad! I've been trying to score that Lambretta scooter for years. Got the Vespa from eBay a LONG time ago. For their time, those 1/16 scale PYRO bike kits were very well done, especially the wire wheels. One of these centuries, I might try swapping PYRO wheels with the clunkier wheels in the 1/16 scale Airfix Ariel Arrow kit.
  14. Anybody need an excuse to buy another book? "The American Hot Rod" by Dean Batchelor has a wealth of information about vintage speed equipment, who made it and how it was used. Batchelor writes from personal experience, he was hopping up cars and driving on the California dry lakes from the 1930s. The first chapters of the book cover modifications and speed equipment for the Model T, followed by the Model A, the Model B '32 Ford 4-cylinders and of course, the Flathead. A lot of old-timers didn't care for the Ford V-8 when it was first introduced, and kept hot rodding their Ford 4-cylinder engines. I've had the book for years and only looked at the pix, but recently read it for the first time. It's a great read. Batchelor worked the night shift at Lockheed in Burbank after WWII. He and his friends would get off work, eat breakfast, then drive to the dry lakes north of Palmdale/Lancaster and spend all day Saturday there. Then Batchelor would drive back to Burbank, take a shower and go dancing at the Hollywood Palladium. Meaning he was doing some serious driving in those pre-freeway days, and didn't sleep for the whole weekend. The American Hot Rod: Batchelor, Dean: 9780879389826: Amazon.com: Books
  15. Hi all, I haven't posted for a while. My elderly Mom is going thru some serious health issues right now and I'm spending a lot of time at her house. Computer-less but with phone, so I can keep up with the topics at least. I hate trying to respond to lengthy posts on the phone, so I'm mostly reading. The docs say Mom is doing "remarkably well," so I hope to be back soon.
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