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  1. Most electric cars have to have torque limiting software incorporated into their electronics, otherwise you break the tires loose from a dead stop unless you feather the throttle like you're driving on ice. Even back in the '90's when I worked for Chrysler, we had the TE-Van, and I got to drive several of them. With the diagnostic scan tool hooked up, you could disable the torque limiting software and make the front tires smoke like you were doing a burnout at the strip. The difference was, it was in a parking lot and the surface was bone dry! Despite their with, the TE-Vans could really h
  2. Interesting that Round2 has a disclaimer in the instructions for the turbine kit that they don't know which kits it would fit. The sprue with the exhaust parts included the crossmember, exhaust stack bracket, battery boxes and mounts, along with ethe auto trans shift tower and shifter for the GMC Astro. In the original instructions, the turbine engine assembly was actually step 1 with the Detroit diesel the next option.
  3. Just think how many more Astros that they would have sold just for the turbine engine. I bought several of the original T510 GMC Astro kits that included the turbine as an optional engine in the kit back in 1971, and still have one! I actually spoke with a Round2 rep at the Warren MI toy show several years back and showed him how the original turbine was on it's own sprues, so if they could find that tool, they could reissue the turbine either with the Astro or as a stand alone kit. At the time, the rep didn't know about the turbine engine option in the original Astro. Maybe it was still
  4. Would have been nice to throw in the turbine engine in this one.
  5. The torque alone put out by electric motors can't be touched by ICE powered vehicles. Most EV's have torque limiting software so that you don't sit there and spin the tires when you takeoff at anything other than light throttle from a stop. EV's will have a hard time taking hold in developing and third world countries for at least another 50 years or longer, so auto companies who say that they are going to completely stop producing ICE powered vehicles within the next 15 years have decided those markets are not worth supporting, except for used vehiclesbrought in from outside.
  6. Interesting that year in and year out, the top selling vehicle in America is the standard Ford F-series pickups, but other than the 2017 Raptor snap model kit, no model company has issued a current model year, full detail kit of any Ford / GM/ Ram pickup. In 2020, the Ford F-series was the #1 selling vehicle in the US, with the Chevy Silverado pickup #2, and the Ram pickup #3! In 2021 so far the Ford F-series #1, Ram #2,and Silverado #3. Where are the kits?
  7. I worked in a full line Ford car and truck dealer in the '60's. There was no physical exterior difference between the 240 CID and 300 CID engines. 300 CID engine was exclsuive to trucks and went in everything from half ton pickups to medium duty trucks. Basically, the 240 is just a destroked 300. They were noted for their torque at lower RPMs, which is why it was a staple of the Ford truck lineup until 1996. The 240 entered production way back in 1963, and emission controls did away with it in 1977. One of the technicians at the dealership had a full sized 1960 Ford 2 dr ranch wagon that
  8. Amazing that they completely re-tooled that IH highway tractor, and improved upon the original kits as well Thank You Round 2! A.J.
  9. Mailman has come and gone today, and still no magazine. A.J,
  10. Ed, I had a job with Chrysler Corp back in the early '80's where I went to five C/P/D dealers in the Detroit area that accounted for 1% of vehicle sales, and 1% of warranty volume nationally to monitor the quality and durability of products at the dealership level. Colonial Dodge was one of those five dealerships. The picture above is the original dealership, but by the time I called on them, the showroom had moved across the street to a modern facility built around 1972 when the RV business was going gang busters. Behind the new showroom and business offices, they'd built a huge 26 st
  11. As a little background, I was a Scale Auto (Enthusiast) subscriber from Issue #2 until its end, and was a Fine Scale subscriber starting with issue #1, but dropped my subscription in 1990 went it went all military, naval, and aerospace modelling for which I had no interest. I get several construction and engineering trade journals. There were 9 magazine produced by 3 publishing companies. One of the things two of the trade publishers did about 4 or 5 years ago was to combine several of their magazines into one, but they then changed the title of the remaining publication into one that i
  12. My K&S tubing cutter is 35 tears old and still going strong. It's never let me down. A.J.
  13. Interesting that the turbine engine in the original Astro 95 kit that I built was molded in white just like the rest of the kit, and not green as they are doing here. Back at a toy show in Warren MI a few years back, I asked a Round2 rep about the turbine engine tooling from the original Astro 95 kit. I mentioned to the guy I was speaking to that the entire engine and trans were on their own tree and could be released as a stand alone accessory kit or added back into the Astro 95. The rep said he wasn't aware that the turbine engine had been molded in it's own tree, but he said that they'd
  14. I bought two. My local hobby shop sold out of his initial order of 24 in five days. He's ordered another dozen right away and is waiting for it to still be filled. A.J.
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