Agreed! I find it too hard to believe that there exists only one set of these Molds anywhere for a global-multi million dollar (assuming) company like Monogram Revell. I'm sure that they can find a way to fix/repair/replace the mold if the story is true. The vibe I get from this forum, eBay, retail outlets and other enthusiasts is the '31 and '29 kits have got to be some of their top sellers at the moment.
Just saw on the Revell's site yesterday under "On-line store" that the '29 Roadster is listed as "Discontinued". My first reaction was "WTF!?! - this was just released!". The above would be a VERY detailed explaination. Not sure how accessable the '31 & '29 kits have been to Americans, but they've been down right difficult to aquire here in Canada. The last two kits I bought, I had to order from California and pay a S&H premium. Guess its only going to get worse......
Same here. I've even gone as far as to use it directly on bare plastic with little to no issues.
Don't think that the DupilColor paint available in Canada is much different formula than what is sold in the USA, but I could be wrong. I know that water based paint is now industry standard in body shops, as imposed by government regulations.
Sure, its a little more expensive per can, but some of the best rattle can paint jobs I've done have been using the Duplicolor line.
This one was done with DupliColor Honda Nighthawk black over DupliColor dark grey etching primer:
Lastly, I remember reading somewhere that a lot of the issues happening with Duplicolor were on newer Revell/Monogram kits. Somethign to do with the styrene chemical composition. Maybe that is the key factor, or I'm just making this up.
I had an issue on a few kits last year, but I wrote it off as using cheap, discount, no-name primer in lieu of Duplicolor to save a few bucks. Don't recall having an issue after switching back to DupliColor etching primer.
I believe that the lights pictured are the ones sold by The Parts Box in Australia. I’ve ordered from them many times.
Understand your conundrum completely – don’t care for the minimum order value or the S&H charges myself, but they offer decent quality parts. Would not have any concerns with ordering from them again. My experience is an average 2-3 weeks from order. I would say that is average (or better) than most domestic resin parts suppliers I’ve dealt.
You could buy the same part from eBay seller “a-modeler”. Their listing is a little higher (eBay fees?) than The Parts Box, but at least there is no minimum order value/quantity.
Never tried the Bic/Sharpie cap conversion, but I will give it a try one day when I feel more ambitious.
Wort case, I do have an extra set of these headlights in my parts stash. Could be convinced to part with them for the right trade lol.
JUST picked up a spare Cutlass - brand new & factory sealed
Looking to trade for: - AMT '84 GMC pickup "Deserter" (aka re-release of Fall Guy) - Revell GMC Wrecker - Revell '31 Ford Coupe - Revell '29 Ford Roadster - Revell '49 Mercury Woody/Wagon - Revell '32 Ford Sedan (Tudor) Special Edition - Revell '37 Ford pickup Special Edition - Revell '88 Monte Carlo SS Aerocoupe (aka Aeroback) - Revell/Monogram "Mad Modder"/"Pulldozer" open to offers for something interesting. Prefer to trade sealed kit for a sealed kit. -Thanks!
VERY cool project. There is an out of commission wrecker around the corner from me that matches this kit perfectly - right down to the boom.
Been wanting to do something similar to the 1:1 version for a while. The owner is a bit of a hoarder and won't sell it, even though the property is for sale and he has nowhere else to store it. I'll wear him down one of these days...
Until then, I'll have to live vicariously through your build!