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  1. Monty added a post in a topic Ford guys: More accurate chassis for AMT '68 Shelby?   

    If you look at the AMT '67 Mustang box art that uses a built kit instead of a 1:1 car, it shows one of the issues I have with the '68 Shelby - even as a factory stock build, the front tires extend out past the fenders.  Overall, the new-ish '67 Mustang/Shelby kits are probably well-designed in most respects, but the wider front track gives it a toyish look IMNSHO.  
  2. Monty added a topic in Model Building Questions and Answers   

    Ford guys: More accurate chassis for AMT '68 Shelby?
    Admittedly, as chassis go, AMT's isn't horrendous, but I was wondering if the Revell '69 Shelby chassis would be a slight upgrade, assuming that Ford/Shelby used the same one for both years. If it is an acceptable substitute, how much reshaping will it take to fit under the '68 body (wheelbase, width etc)? 
    Any pics of this completed swap would also be appreciated.  
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  3. Monty added a topic in Model Building Questions and Answers   

    Is there a good source for a sheet of underhood decals?
    I'd like to find a source for 1/24 / 1/25 decals & markings you'd find in a typical engine bay - everything from factory labels for valve covers, air cleaners and firewalls etc to battery and oil filter decals (DieHard, Interstate, Champion / AC, Fram, Mopar etc).  
    Links would be great if you have them.  
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  4. Monty added a post in a topic Show your Built JoHan Models   

    Excellent thread idea, Ranma!  Although it's getting harder and harder to get these kits anymore, it's nice to be able to reminisce via some great builds.  
  5. Monty added a post in a topic Buick Avista Concept   

    Even though it's just a concept car, it's nice to see that there are still designers in the automotive world who are capable of coming up with attractive styling ideas, as opposed to the vast number of mind-numbing crossovers and blatantly garish sedans currently available. 

      Yes, this car has a few Aston Martin-ish styling cues, but I'll give Buick a pass just for not cranking out another me-too-mobile.  Unfortunately, like the styling exercises that preceded the current Checker Marathon errrr, Dodge Charger, if this car actually makes it into production, I’m sure Buick will find a way to water down the concept.  I’m betting we’ll end up getting something twice as bland and half as powerful.   

  6. Monty added a post in a topic 1970 ELDORADO by Cadillac (JO-HAN)   

    Gotta agree with that.  In addition to your usual dazzling paint, skillful foil work and accurate interior depiction, that headlight swap you've mastered adds a substantial amount of realism to all those old kits with molded-in chromed headlights.  The wire wheels were an excellent choice as well.
    I thought the chassis turned out nicely too, but I have two questions for you:
    1) Did you create some type of poseable steering or is that a feature of the kit?  
    2) I noticed a body-colored segment near the middle of the chassis.  Do you have reference pictures for that?
    I'd say you're off to a great start for 2016!
  7. Monty added a post in a topic What I finished in 2015   

    Sometimes a picture says more than words can convey
  8. Monty added a topic in Model Building Questions and Answers   

    Are there any video tutorials on making masking tape vinyl tops?
    I kinda get how to create one for cars with regular roofs, but I'm really curious how to do it on tunnel-backed cars (The sharply creased C-pillars on '66-'67 GM A-bodies and '68-'70 Chargers).  
    I've tried Googling this before but haven't found what I needed.  If I missed a video that deals with this, I'd appreciate it if you'd link me up.
    Bonus question:  Do these masking tape roofs hold up over time?
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  9. Monty added a post in a topic The Take-A-Turn Torino Project   

    I guess I shouldn't expect much from someone who quoted two of my posts but still couldn't manage to spell my name correctly.
    That probably explains how you managed to "read the entire thread" without seeing Casey's directives for how the build should go.  Since you missed them, I'll post the parts pertaining to time for you:  
    1) Six people will participate, with each person having the model for slightly less than one month. This should help us finish the project in a year or so. 
    2) The model will be shipped (and the tracking info posted) to the next participant the first business day of each new month via USPS Priority Mail with Tracking. I will send the model in a USPS supplied Priority Mail box, so we should be able re-use the box every time the project is shipped to the next participant. Each participant is responsible for paying the USPS Priority Mail shipping cost and ensuring the package is mailed on the first business day of each month. If you cannot abide by this rule, please don't volunteer to participate.
    As for your question about how the delay affects me, a non-participant, it virtually assures that I'll never participate in one of these community builds because we've now seen at least two occasions where one person decided his dire circumstances gave him some special right to hang onto the kit until his life improved enough that he could finally complete his segment, no matter how long it took.  The problem is, I know I'm not the only member who will be deterred from joining group builds by this type of thing.   
    Lastly, while I'm sure everyone's aware that you joined up here primarily to deflect criticism from your buddy, I made every effort not depreciate his circumstances. I did, however, suggest it was selfish of him to keep the kit till he was able to work on it again, and I stand by that.   
  10. Monty added a post in a topic Well, this explains a lot...   

    Facts are just "microaggressions" that detract from how we feel the universe should behave.  
  11. Monty added a post in a topic Are these exact wheels available in resin?   

    I certainly appreciate the offer! If I didn't already have a couple sets of those wheels set aside, I'd take you up on it. They look great on most builds, as you've shown here, but I'm looking for something just a little different. To the best of my knowledge, MPC didn't use the wheels from the original '67 Charger box art in many of their kits, but I'd still like to get a set. Let's see if this picture gives everyone a better idea of what I'm looking for.
    I asked whether they were available in resin because, unfortunately, I really don't have a stockpile of parts to trade out, so I'll have to buy them.  
  12. Monty added a post in a topic Are these exact wheels available in resin?   

    Good to know.  Thanks!
  13. Monty added a post in a topic The Take-A-Turn Torino Project   

    This is exactly what prompted the fustercluck that occurred toward the end of the group-build that came to be known as Snowball I.  As I said above, I realize that bad circumstances can wreak havoc on people's lives, but why do they feel they have the right to hold on to the kit until their problems are resolved?   
  14. Monty added a topic in Car Aftermarket / Resin   

    Are these exact wheels available in resin?
    I don't recall these wheels being in many MPC 1/25 kits and I wouldn't mind having a set or two.  Do any casters offer them?  Links would be great if ya have 'em.
    Bonus question: I've heard this kit might be repopped fairly soon, but some have said MPC changed the wheels to another design since its initial release.  Can anyone tell me what wheels will be in the kit when it comes back out?
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  15. Monty added a post in a topic My 2015 class   

    Wish I could be that productive in the course of a year! You've got a bunch of great builds there, but that Charger Daytona just jumps off the page.  Nice work, can't wait to see what you create next year.