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I just got this one cheap because it's missing the chrome sprue.

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I know it's only one of many such TFDs Revell issued throughout the Seventies.
I hope they share at least some components and thus I can lift the chrome tree from a more popular issue than this one is.

I wonder whether together we can trace the history and evolution of these kits. Questions like

Which ones were available?

How many different basic tools were used?

Were there commonly shared trees?

Were there unique trees for each version?

 

Or am I entirely wrong and each kit was tooled individually?

 

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Most of the parts are the same, front nose and front spoilers are different. Some have different injector hats, but for the most part they are all the same.

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They are all basically this car, with the only variations being body panels, rims and injector hats

Image result for revell garlits Dragster

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I'm pretty sure the most recent issue that should have chrome to work would be the Revell Jungle Jim dragster. The last McEwen Dragster (has the guy holding his ears) IS NOT the same mold family. It's origins is a double Snake/Mongoose set from the early 70's molded in 1/24.

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5 minutes ago, iBorg said:

I'm pretty sure the most recent issue that should have chrome to work would be the Revell Jungle Jim dragster. The last McEwen Dragster (has the guy holding his ears) IS NOT the same mold family. It's origins is a double Snake/Mongoose set from the early 70's molded in 1/24.

Yes, this is the same tooling with new decals and a different nose. 

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The Jeb Allen kit may be the cheapest as it has a bad reputation for the frame rails being twisted. I don't know if this was due to mold wear or what. I haven't heard this about the more recent issues of the same basic mold.

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Thank you so much for the info hitherto.

How did they achieve the different rims and injector hats? Are both versions included in each kit, or did they use mold inserts?
I see from the box art that there were at least three distinct combinations of wheels/hats.
It looks like the Jungle Jim one has the same wheels, but a different hat than the Cha Cha one.

 

 

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So far mentioned in this thread are the following versions:

H-1458 Tony Nancy
H-1460 Don Garlits
H-1461 John Keeling/Jerry Clayton
H-1462 Shirley Muldowney
H-1463 Tom McEwen
H-1464 Don Prudhomme
H-1466 Jeb Allen
85-4312 "Jungle" Jim Liberman

Were there any others?

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The Keeling and Clayton car has 392 Chrysler style valve covers as the real car ran an early Hemi, but, it is the same 426 style engine block as the rest of the kits. They came with either the Hilborn butterfly hat or the Crower 8 port injector and scoop. 

 

 

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On 8/19/2018 at 8:18 PM, Daddyfink said:

Image result for revell all star race team dragster

 

 

Ive always thought the Keeling and Clayton car was / is one of the best looking AA/FD of the period, or even today actually

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On ‎8‎/‎21‎/‎2018 at 9:18 PM, gtx6970 said:

Ive always thought the Keeling and Clayton car was / is one of the best looking AA/FD of the period, or even today actually

I agree...….TIM

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Always thought they should have done the Chip Woodali driven Gene Snow Snowman. Woodali won (edit)Springnationals with car. In an interview Chip said Revell wanted Snow to have a dragster but Snow really did not want it. I got damaged in a trailer accident and was not rebuilt. Pic from Hot Rod Magazine 1972. Anyone want to do decals I will buy a set (hint)

Woodall Snowman.jpg

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2 hours ago, tbusch said:

Always thought they should have done the Chip Woodali driven Gene Snow Snowman. Woodali won Summer nationals with car. In an interview Chip said Revell wanted Snow to have a dragster but Snow really did not want it. I got damaged in a trailer accident and was not rebuilt. Pic from Hot Rod Magazine 1972. Anyone want to do decals I will buy a set (hint)

Woodall Snowman.jpg

I was surprised when Revell did the Attebury Jungle Jim car and not this one. This one was an actual Gene Snow team car, where the Attenbury car was just running the Jungle name

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Did Shirley's '77 Championship winning car using a California Charger kit (Got it cheap as decals were bad). Used Slixx decals. All I had to scratch build was the front nose panel and swap to 426 valve covers.

 

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On ‎8‎/‎19‎/‎2018 at 3:14 PM, Junkman said:

I just got this one cheap because it's missing the chrome sprue.

43232246495_2f9811c322_b.jpg

 

I know it's only one of many such TFDs Revell issued throughout the Seventies.
I hope they share at least some components and thus I can lift the chrome tree from a more popular issue than this one is.

I wonder whether together we can trace the history and evolution of these kits. Questions like

Which ones were available?

How many different basic tools were used?

Were there commonly shared trees?

Were there unique trees for each version?

 

Or am I entirely wrong and each kit was tooled individually?

 

any chance that you would part with the decals??

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On 8/26/2018 at 10:16 PM, tbusch said:

Always thought they should have done the Chip Woodali driven Gene Snow Snowman. Woodali won Summer nationals with car. In an interview Chip said Revell wanted Snow to have a dragster but Snow really did not want it. I got damaged in a trailer accident and was not rebuilt. Pic from Hot Rod Magazine 1972. Anyone want to do decals I will buy a set (hint)

Woodall Snowman.jpg

I'd buy a set too.

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On 8/28/2018 at 9:25 PM, jeffdeoranut said:

that would be great...thanks

my email is   jeffcardinalfan@yahoo.com

I'll see a friend this weekend who has a super duper scanner.
I know that's a lot to ask from a modeller, but please be patient.

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2 hours ago, Junkman said:

I'll see a friend this weekend who has a super duper scanner.
I know that's a lot to ask from a modeller, but please be patient.

that's totally ok and thank you again

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15 minutes ago, Junkman said:

Decal scan attached.

Shirley Muldowney.jpg

thank you sir...I have a scanner if theres decals you could use a scan of just let me know

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