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Got my copy of Tim Boyd's new book in the mail today, and it is amazing. 176 pages of photos and all kinds of information about muscle car kits from all the manufacturers. Something like 400 photos! I've just had a chance to breeze through it tonight, but what I've seen is terrific.

One of the coolest books on model cars EVER. This had to be a ton of work, and it shows.

This is terrific history.

They're available from Car Tech Books, and Amazon. You owe it to yourself.

In the meantime, I'm going to have a ball reading. Never know--maybe I'll build a muscle car or two.... This is a very impressive book.

Terry

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Darn! It's presently sold out on Amazon. And there is nothing about it on eBay. The good news, even though it's sold out, Amazon will let you preorder it for later delivery. Boyd's stuff is the best. I'm looking forward to this. 

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3 hours ago, unclescott58 said:

Darn! It's presently sold out on Amazon. And there is nothing about it on eBay. The good news, even though it's sold out, Amazon will let you preorder it for later delivery. Boyd's stuff is the best. I'm looking forward to this. 

Scott.....you can order it directly from the publisher at this link.....https://www.cartechbooks.com/collecting-muscle-car-model-kits.html   

Terry.....thanks Man!  Your endorsement means a great deal to me.  And yes, it was a ton of work.  Pretty much a half to full time job for nine months last year.....

TIM 

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7 hours ago, tim boyd said:

Scott.....you can order it directly from the publisher at this link.....https://www.cartechbooks.com/collecting-muscle-car-model-kits.html   

Terry.....thanks Man!  Your endorsement means a great deal to me.  And yes, it was a ton of work.  Pretty much a half to full time job for nine months last year.....

TIM 

Mr. Boyd I did just that. I cancelled my order with Amazon. And ordered one directly from Car Tech Books. Hopefully I'll get it quicker that way. After all, they are not all that far from me.

Just knowing this book was written by you. I know it will be a good one. I'm really looking forward to see it!  

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4 hours ago, unclescott58 said:

Mr. Boyd I did just that. I cancelled my order with Amazon. And ordered one directly from Car Tech Books. Hopefully I'll get it quicker that way. After all, they are not all that far from me.

Just knowing this book was written by you. I know it will be a good one. I'm really looking forward to see it!  

Thanks Scott.  I hope it lives up to your expectations!  Cheers....TIM

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1 hour ago, tim boyd said:

Thanks Scott.  I hope it lives up to your expectations!  Cheers....TIM

I know it will meet my expectations. But then again, I have very low expectations! ? Of course I'm kidding. Everything you written in the past, books or magazine articles, that I've seen has always been best. And I'm sure this will be too. 

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4 hours ago, Xingu said:

Book arrived today. I like it!

There is a lot of information to sort through, but the photos let me know which holes I need to fill in my collection.

Michael....glad to hear it.  Your're right about the amount of info, too, this is not a one night read; not even close.  Thanks for posting your feedback, much appreciated!  TIM 

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I have that on my Amazon wish list and Father's Day is coming...

At the rate the hobby is going, all we're going to have left is reading about our beloved kits.  Thanks, Tim, for ALL your contributions to the hobby!

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I received this book via Amazon late last Saturday and had completely read it from cover to cover by Tuesday night. Tim, a fantastic job on an extremely detailed and thoughtful presentation of the muscle car kits I lusted after during my childhood (and quite frankly, still do). And a special "thank you" for your candid observations on which versions to purchase and more importantly - which to avoid - when trying to model a specific version or showroom stock replica. This information alone is worth the price of admission and I highly recommend everyone pick up this book and treat it as the invaluable tool it will be as you research future projects. Kudos to Tim and all the books contributors for your continued service to the hobby, this book is IMPRESSIVE!

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I'm a little over 2/3 through Tim's book. This thing is fantastic. I especially appreciate chapters 3 and 11 dealing mainly with the bigger cars. A great overview of models kits based on most of the great cars from 1950 through 1974. There is even a little sprinkling of proto, non muscle cars. Another great book by Mr. Boyd. Another great addition to my book collection. 

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I finished my first full read through of the book yestday morning. Note, my first read through. I guarantee I'll be reading parts, if not all of the book again in the future. Mr. Boyd is a very good writer. As I said before, for book is both informative and entertaining. Good job Tim. 

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To all who've commented, thanks for your thoughts and your conclusions.  This book was quite the project, pretty much a half-time job for about nine months last year. 

It is very reassuring and rewarding to hear that you are seeing value and interest in the contents. 

For those who are considering the purchasing the book but are unsure, here is a link to a "preview" excerpt of the book on the https://www.cartechbooks.com/ website, it shows various pages from the first half of the book....   https://www.cartechbooks.com/collecting-muscle-car-model-kits.html

And here is the table of contents which summarizes the overall subjects covered in the book:  

Chapter 1: In the Beginning: The Origins of the Model Car Kit Hobby 
Chapter 2: The Four Waves of Model Car Kit Evolution and the Envy Factor 
Chapter 3: Laying the Groundwork for Muscle Cars: The Pre–Supercar Era 
Chapter 4: The Supercar Is Born, Part 1: Pontiac, Oldsmobile, and Buick 
Chapter 5: The Supercar Is Born, Part 2: Chevelle and El Camino 
Chapter 6: Dearborn Responds: Ford and Mercury Performance Intermediates
Chapter 7: It’s All about the Packaging: Chrysler and AMC Supercar Intermediates 
Chapter 8: The Pony Car Brigade, Part 1: Mustang and Camaro
Chapter 9: The Pony Car Brigade, Part 2: Everything Else
Chapter 10: Smaller in Stature, but . . . the Story of Junior Supercars 
Chapter 11: Flash, Space, and Grace: The Family Supercar 
Chapter 12: The Domestic Sports Car 
Chapter 13: Today We Call Them Tuners 
Chapter 14: The Model Car Kit Collector 
Chapter 15: Afterword  

There are also sidebars in most chapters on subjects various, including a "Missing in Action" sidebar in Chapters  3 through 13 which lists potential new muscle car kit topics that nost need to be brought to market.  

Again, thanks for all your favorable comments and your interest.  

Best Regards.....TIM  

 

 

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I got my copy Tuesday, haven't read all of it yet.  But then again, I did read it earlier, only piecemeal.  It's "just right".  Tim's writing style is great, the photos are excellent (the beat-up boxes in some shots are representative of what you sometimes see for sale, or have in your own collection).  The photos of built models are all very good, with many of the builds by well-known and highly knowledgeable builders.  They show the subjects in their best light.  

I like the desirability factor as opposed to a price guide.  eBay threw a lot of things out of whack years ago, and continues to do so.  The dollar signs a lot of people saw (and continue to see) there brought a lot of stuff out, that might otherwise have gone to landfills or might still be sitting in attics and basements somewhere.  I know my own collection expanded considerably since then (and I've also moved a bunch of stuff out, as well as selling other items to pay for things I've kept).  The books with price guides often get minimal updates, the pictures get shuffled around, and become "updated editions" with nothing new for the enthusiast.   

The stories about the development of some of these kits are great too; you get a better idea of just how long it takes to get something to production.  The narrative brings in related areas of interest, but never goes off on a tangent which could be easy to do.  It's packed with information yet is concise.  Even after you read it in its entirety, you'll find yourself reaching for it again later on.    

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