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  1. Ehh...Car Craft...it was from another publisher, The Enthusiast Network, TEN for short and now called the Motor Trend Group, wich appearently is under the Discovery Inc. umbrella, yes the Kabel TV Network...and has noting to do with The Rodders Journal. TEN/MTG killed off most of their publications 2019. In TRJ case I belive it started with the headquarters move from California to Virginia and then the Covid thing came along...but other publications have had no trouble getting out their copys to the subscribers, I have a couple more magazines on subscription and they come as they should.
  2. If you think car modelers are nitpicking you haven't met aircraft and armor modelers.
  3. I have not recieved #84 yet and it whould have arrived long time ago...and I'm still a subscriber as far as I know. I have not ordered anything else tho' and the emails from them with updates has stopped coming wich was quite frequent before. So I don't know what's going on.
  4. That's the 7 litre 427 Mk II P/1047 entered by Shelby American at Le Mans 24 Hours 1966 and sister car to the winner P/1046 but retired from the race, it also entered the Daytona 24 Hours the same year and did not finish that race either. This car was later upgraded to Mk IIB configuration painted blue and entered Le Mans 24 Hours again 1967 by Shelby American and retired from the race, later Ford France entered the car in the Trofeo Frescobaldi Mugello race the same year wich it also retired from, and a couple of other races like the 12 Hour Reims race wich it won. This kit has a one p
  5. Yes, the Pegasus brake rotors and calipers are for their own wheels wich are larger like 18-19-20" but they will fit other large wheels, so they are too big for smaller stock style 14-15" wheels.
  6. I wonder why they put grooves on the discs in the first place, there are no grooves on most of the disc brakes around and if there are meant to be grooves and holes they don't look like that because you want as much braking surface as possible for them to be efficient, so these should be flat smooth surfaced ventilated discs with no grooves. What I don't understand is if you make the effort to develop a model kit of something and don't bother to take the time and do the research to do it right while you are at it. Develop and cut the tool for a correct kit doesn't cost more than to do the
  7. The Fujimi GT40 Mk I has separate back section but not much under it, the reason for that is that they do a couple of versions based on the same tooling with different back sections and front hatch for different years. The Fujimi GT40 Mk II wich also has been reboxed and issued by Revell is a one piece body...same here, not much under the rear cover, all of the Mk II are the same except for decals, so no Mk IIB wich is a slightly different configuration and used in 1967 together with the Mk IV. Just remember the Mk II, Mk IIB and Mk IV are the only GT40's with the 7 litre FE 427, the GT Pr
  8. Well it takes time to change a front wing, a regular pit stop for all 4 wheels takes around 2-2.5 seconds so another 4-5 seconds to change a front wing is devastating for the race, especially if you have to do an unplanned pit stop to do it.
  9. If you look closely you see the small gauge yellow wire coming from the inside of the car from the ignition /+ and the coiled orange wire going to the distributor points/ignition trigger...so it for sure looks like it's the top of the coil going through the firewall. A bulkhead connector don't have any other wires than the high tension lead from the coil to the connector and from the connector to the center of the distributor cap, it's just an insulated connector.with one lead through it, nothing else.
  10. They went to fuel injection in Cup cars 2012 but the dual coils/ignition system were long before that. They use coil packs today like most modern cars with individual coils for each cylinder controled by an ECU...eight cylinders-eight coils, so no distributor needed.
  11. This kit is a different tooling originally issued by Revell Germany back in 1982...and it's for sure a full detail kit. Some differences are that the Snap kit has a Cat 3406 engine and a short sleeper, the Revell Germany kit has a Cummins Dual Turbo NTC 475 engine and a longer sleeper.
  12. I agree with you there. I have done a lot of research on the Duel truck lately as I plan to build one myself some day and I'm in the process of gathering the right parts for it to do it as I want to. When you do a model of the Duel truck you have to choose wich one to do as there were three of them built up for the movie, or maybe do a combination of them to your liking and get the look. The most important thing is to have fun when you build and do what you like, and I really like your model even tho' it might not be exactly as the original movie truck was in every detail like the wheels
  13. I have seen several GM NASCAR Cup cars with the coils inside the car under or on top of the dash. I don't know when it started but before the enignes they use today they often had two independent ignition systems with two coils and two ignition boxes, coil selector and a switch so if the first one stops working they can switch over to the other one. I don't know how they do it today with the coil packs on the newer fuel injected engines but I think they still have two ignition boxes and can switch between them. Here is a picture of that setup in a NASCAR car on top of the dash, it'
  14. The MEL (Mercury-Edsel-Lincoln) 383-410-430-462 engine looks kind of similar to the FE, the MEL and FE was developed at the same time and came the saem year but is very different in many aspects, and it's not related to the 385 series 429-460 as it was a different engine design. Both the MEL and 385 were made at the Lima Ohio factory and the 385 series replaced the MEL after the 1967 model year. The AMT 1925 Model T kits has a rough version of the MEL wich looks like a weird combination of the earlier Mercury-Lincoln 317-332-341-368 Y-Block and the MEL.
  15. I built the Black Magic version back in the early 80's so it was quite a long time ago but I dont remeber much hassle, the hood hinges need some work for the hood to open properly but otherwise not much to talk about. Hopefully the chrome plating is better this time around because the under laying clear coat was put on very thick on the first issues and the tires used back then suffers from dry rot.
  16. If you do a search on internet the retail prices are from $55 to $70 on most places, for $230 they will not sell a lot of them.
  17. Union Oil appearently ordered some trucks in sand tan but most of them were dark blue at the time, Union Oil also had some trucks operating (directly or through independent contractors) in such a color. It is possible that the Duel tractor was repainted light tan to operate in that fleet later on, or upon sale, as a base for the gold, and it was treated with lots of dirt, oil and grime as it was meant to look mean and evil...the look of the truck and the red "flammable" lettering on white on the tanker trailer was described in the screenplay wich was written in August 1971 before the movie w
  18. I wouldn't hold my breath until any of the larger manufacturers doing one but Keystone Aluminum Model Miniatures has a 3d printed model in the works shown at the MTDG group. I would be satisfied if Revell issued trailers from their own old tooling like the Beall tanker and some others.
  19. It's nice to see they bring the truck kits from the 80's back and I hope they will do more of them as I would like to see the Bill Signs Clydes II kit sometime in the future...I missed that one, Revell also did a 353 both dual and tri-drive and K100 tri-drive except for the dual drive kits recently issued. We could also use more trailers.
  20. The truck looks similar to the one used in Duel except for some details like it's missing the fuel tank on the drivers side between the cab and tandem and no swamp cooler box, the tanker trailer is not the same type as they used in Duel, it was a late 40's early 50's Fruehauf 33 feet trailer with cabinets on the sides in front of the tandem. I read somewhere the Duel truck/trailer was owned and operated by Union Oil before it was used in the movie.
  21. The distributor for the ignition should have 8 holes around the circumference and 1 in the middle, 8 wires for the cylinders and one wire for the coil, so 9 wires total, not 10. The Meng distributor is not bad but the plug wires they have are wrong so it's no use trying to get them. It's quite easy to do yourself and get it right, the firing order on a Ford FE 427 (and many other Ford engines) is 15426378 and the distributor arm rotates anti clock wise, the cylinders are numbered seen from the front 1234 on the left side and 5678 on the right side so the number 5 and 3 wires has to cross
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    Yes it's true, but the W900L are a more modern style and not the era the trucks in the pics above are from wich was before Kenworth introduced the extended hood. The shorter standard hood was 63 inches and before 1970 when the 74 inch extended hood came Kenworth used an extended cowl piece instead when needed. The AMT and Revell/Monogram snap W900 kits has the standard 63 inch hood and the Revell Germany W900 has the 74 inch extended hood. There are no kits of the square headlight W900B but the hood length on them are 61 1/4 inches. If we go to the W900L the hood lengths are 66 inches
  23. Yes you are absolutely right. I have seen pictures of the RK Motors restoration of the LeMans winning #2 car chassis P/1046 Entered by Shelby American like the #1 P/1015 second placed car, and it looks like they tried to do it as close as possible to what it was back in the day; Rare Drive has also restored the Alan Mann racing #7 car chassis XGT-2 from the same race. Of course the cars changed some under it's active racing period but if you do a kit of a specific car from a specific race one can at least hope they did the homework and that the kit is right...or at least as close as it's p
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