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  1. Here is mine built years ago sometime in the 90's, long before I had internet and I did not have any references at all other than the Jo-Han boxart, everything except for the lettering is painted. I will build a more accurate version sometime in the future as I have several more of this kit.
  2. The Volvo delivery wasn't called 544 because the 544 was the regular sedan, the station wagon/delivery was a PV 445 (split windshield) later P 210 (one piece windshield) Duett and the pickup is most likely also based on the PV 445 as it has split windshield. They look similar but there is one big difference between the PV 444/544 sedan car and the PV 445/P 210, the PV 444/544 sedan is a unibody and the PV 445/P 210 is a body on a separate frame. Volvo model kits are rare as hens teeth, particulary the older ones, and all I have seen is resin kits.
  3. Yes it looks to be a 4 spring and that's what I thought it could have had, that or the Walking Beam...but in this case it looks like a 4 spring Glide Ride. You can either use the rear suspension from the AMT White Freightliner or if you want to 3D print here is a parts breakdown of the Glide Ride 4 spring suspension.
  4. It will be interseting to see what you can do with this "turd" of a kit. If you are doing a Mk IIB you have your work cut out for you, there are a lot of differences visually between the Mk II and the Mk IIB.
  5. This kit is not that rare in white, it has been reissued several times in different versions both as the Sox & Martin version and a Pro Street version from Jo-Han and Seville, and Testors issued this kit as a 71 'Cuda with metal wheels in the HSO series (All original parts are in that kit too) and most of the later issues are molded in white and the majority of the ones I have in my stash are white plastic...but I have seen this kit in both orange and green plastic. Unfortunately after the Testors issue the tooling seems to have disappeared together with the other kits they issued in the HSO series, I don't know if Testors bought left over stock from Jo-Han/Seville/Okey Spaulding or if they had it molded somewhere, because Testors did not mold kits themselves. However, it's a nice well proportioned kit and for it's time quite good (first issued in 1971), and as I said earlier, it's one of my favourite kits and I have several of them. So keep up the good work.
  6. I thought your post was confusing as you mentioned that the closest you can find is the 390/427 and the 352 for that matter wich are FE engines and not close to a 385 family 429-460 at all, so I wanted to clarify it some for people who doesn't know. The 429 Boss is based on the 385 family but very different from the wedge head 429-460, they share the bottom end but that's it. I have also worked a lot on both FE engines and 385 engines, I have a 1963 1/2 Galaxie with a 390 wich I built a 445 "stroker" for recently, and I help my friend as a mechanic on his 460 powered super comp dragster, so I know my way around these engines.
  7. The only 1964 1/2 Mustang kit I know of is the Revell Convertible kit wich started as Monogram and is a 1:24th scale kit. I don't own one so I don't know how true it is.
  8. The older Kenworth 4 bag suspension looks like this and there was a slightly different version a bit later, this is not available anywhere either in a kit or on the aftermarket as far as I know. This was replaced with the Air Glide 100 8 bag suspension in 1978. Here is the Kenworth torsion bar suspension, The AMT Kenworth W925/K123 had this when the kits first came out but it was later changed. This suspension can be found on the aftermarket. Here is a 4 spring suspension, this is a Reyco but Kenworth had one called Glide Ride and it looks very similar, the AMT White Freightliner Dual Drive kit has this type. These were medium weight suspensions. For more heavy weight duty they had these. Hendrickson Walking Beam and there were a couple of variants of them, the AMT Kenworth W925/K123 has a version and this suspension are in a few more AMT kits. And Kenworth 6 Rod, Rockwell has a similar and I don't know if it's the same, the AMT Autocar Dump Truck kit has the Rockwell style suspension and it's also avilable on the aftermarket.
  9. Yes the Revell 1:25 kits all the way, they are the best. You also have a few variations of this kit, the Z/28, the ZL1 427, the Yenko 427, the Baldwin Motion 427/L72, the SS 396 and a Convertible. These are based on the same tooling and the only engine difference is the small block 302 in the Z/28, the others have a big block, there are a RS grille in some of them and some includes both grilles.
  10. Well it's not easy to keep track of what was current for the trucks all the time, Kenworth had an air ride before the AG100 8 bag suspension wich as I said came 1978, and it was a 4 bag suspension from the late 60's-early 70's, they also had torsion bars, heavy duty 6 rod and a few more suspension options. You could also get Neway and some other non KW factory suspensions.
  11. The 390/427 and 352 are a different engine family and they are FE, the 429 BOSS engine is right 385 engine family but it has the Hemi heads, the engine he's after is a wedge head 429-460 wich looks totally different from the BOSS. The one in the Revell Torino is very good and I know I have seen one in 3D print or resin but I don't remember where right now.
  12. The IH V-800 is a boat anchor anyway so you might as well.­čśü But that engine is in the 4300 kit so International must have had it on the option list as I don't think ERTL who originally developed this kit would have put in that engine otherwise, the V-800 are also in the other ERTL international truck kits except for the F 4270 wich had a Cummins V903 and the CO4070A and CO4070B wich had 8V-71. Good work on this one.
  13. Nice. One thing tho'...maybe for the purists. The movie was from 1978 and shot earlier in 1977, and the Bruhn Kenworth looks to be older than that, so I don't think it could have had the KW Air Glide 100 8 bag air ride suspension as that suspension was introduced in 1978. As it's a gravel truck it could have had a spring suspension of some sort, Reyco 4 spring or maybe walking beam. But of course, it's your model and you do as you please.
  14. Same here...nothing. This is starting to get ridiculous. Before the Pandemic and the unfortunate hiatus of the magazine for a while it worked perfectly and I got every issue, but now it's very iffy to say the least and when you get 2 out of 6 issues something is very wrong. Has the mail services all over the World become so bad since then that they doesn't bother to deliver the mail to the recipient...because there must be some serious problems somewhere in the mail chain wherever they are...because this problems with getting the magazines has been for a couple of years now.
  15. The thing is that the original owner, that will say the photographer, owns the rights to the pictures he or she has taken...that's it...but the problem is to prove that they are yours without a watermark or something like that. And one can download all pictures on internet, either as save as or screen shots so it's impossible to stop. So this is most likely a thing we have to live with if we share pictures on internet.
  16. The old Revell AG truck tires seems to have problems with dry rot, at least mine did, and in later kits Revell AG replaced the tires and they are different.
  17. This Volvo F12 looks to be a Revell AG kit, they had 3 axle dual drive with spoke wheels and it was 1:25th scale. The Italeri 1:24 scale Volvo F12 was 2 axle single drive both for the flat top and Globetrotter.
  18. Cool. This was the second Revell AG truck kit I built back in 1984 at 20, I still have it on my shelf but the tires has a severe dry rot problem. The first Revell AG truck kit I built was the Peterbilt 359 Black Magic kit from 1982, same there, I still have it but dry rot on the tires here too, so it seems to have been a problem back then, they have changed tires on later versions of the truck kits. Well it's not much of an Australian truck, but they put in a "Roo Bar" and a "stone guard" in the kit.
  19. It's most likely a magneto. The early Mallory Super Mag looked like that and Sox & Martin among others used them back in the day.
  20. Most of the aftermarket tires for model trucks are newer tubeless style radials, not much available in bias ply tube style tires. I find that a bit strange when the majority of the US truck kits available to us are old, like most of the AMT trucks are from the late 60's early 70's. So I'm a bit curious on why, I mean it would be nice to be able to build period correct truck models with accessories like different engine, wheels, tire options and such, but there are not much available from the time frame the kits are from as most of the stuff on the aftermarket are more modern.
  21. The printers print out in layers so some surface roughness are inevitable, but there are good 3D printers that can print out smoother parts and high detail out there but they are expensive. Look at the stuff Texas 3D Customs have in stock, the things he has are very nice and smooth, not perfect but the surface roughness on the parts are barely visible.
  22. Found them now, I have to place an order soon. I'm the guy that's the reason the Kenworth K100 Aerodyne Dashboards came about, and I helped Scott "Oldmopars" with reference pictures and input when he did the CAD drawing for it, I also bought 8 of them from you for my projects, superb quality I must say.
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