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  1. This is the cleanest example of this cab I've seen. The windshield install is superb. The interior details are top notch. Well done !! Tim
  2. What Ben said above is correct. Round2 scanned an original Ertl Transtar CO4070A kit, a new CAD drawing was made and the kit was re-engineered from there. The tool/mold for the original kit was altered in 1975 and is no longer viable. While the subject is the same as the original kit and the original kit served as the hopping off point, the kit is all new. New parts layout, some new parts, added detail. Regarding the brand names - as someone else said, Round2 has no rights or claim to use the trademark name "Ertl". Round2 bought the AMT kit line that included many Ertl developed kits a
  3. I got the media sample of the Allison Turbine Engine today. The original was not molded in green. Round2 decided to go with a color similar to Detroit Diesel Alpine Green for the parts pack. The turbine should be a direct fit into an Astro95 or Titan90. Chevrolet, GMC, White-Freightliner, Kenworth and Peterbilt all installed Allison Turbines in experimental trucks. Not my photo, but this would make a great display! A real Allison Turbine with an AMT model of the trucks and the turbine engine. Back in 2014 I stuffed one of the turbine engines under a Peter
  4. The 4270 - A great kit! I have a very vivid memory of the first time I bought one and opened it up to see that weird blue plastic. Tim
  5. This is a media sample kit with production kits coming soon. For those not familiar, this is an all-new tool based on an original Ertl 4070A kit. All the parts were scanned and new digital engineering drawings were made. Several new parts were created along with cleaning up existing parts and adding missing detail to others. The new kit, we can't call it a reissue because it's different from the original 1973 kit - the parts layout and trees are different, chrome parts count is different, is the same configuration specification-wise as the 1973 version. The kit includes the brochures
  6. The "Peterbilt Wrecker" will be the 1100-series cabbed 359. Originally kit T533, which is the same as the wrecker kit ran by Ertl/Racing Champs/RC2 in the 2002-2005 time frame. Fresh box art, new decals. Tim
  7. 359 and the 289 (single drive 359) were always tilt hood with rolled (round) fenders. 359 is a wide front version of a 358. 353 was a flat fender, wide front, butterfly hood. Revell attempted this with the odd shaped fenders on a 359 tilt hood. 358 and the 288 (single drive 358) was a narrow front, tilt hood with rolled fenders. 358 is a tilt hood version of a 351. 351 and the 281 (single drive 351) was a narrow radiator, butterfly hood with rolled fenders and later flat fenders and optional set-back axle). 348 was a fiberglass slope hood, somewhat narrow front tilt hood for dump and mix
  8. Tilt hood opens to the front, a butterfly hood has side and top panels that open up towards the center (like a 1930's and 30's automobile).
  9. To look like a proper 351/281, sand off the raised lip and row of rivets on the side of the hood. Replace the raised lip with a scribed in panel seam. Also sand off the rows of angled rivets on the sides of the hood. The top of hood fluted ribs also are not present on the 351 hood. The raised side lip, angle rivets, angled air cleaner cut and the fluted ribs on the top are all features of a tilt hood. 351/281 was a butterfly hood. 351 also didn't have the back of fender step like the 359 has. The 351 step was tucked into the corner between the fender and the lower skirt. Here are a coupl
  10. Here's a photo of one of the NASA Peterbilt 351L 's when brand new. http://media.fotki.com/1_p,rrggfbfbdbgfwfwxffsgsgfrqf,vi/sbqwbwgbdxrbgdsrqfxrftqwgtbw/0/11670/10310470/ThrowBackNASA351Lallwhite-vi.jpg
  11. There was a post about 378/357 mixers not being seen without Boost-a-load type rear axles. Here's one (one of several) I spotted last week in Texas. This one is a 357-111 (357 was usually spec'd for mixer/dump duties - 357 and 378 share the 119" sf and sb hoods) Tim
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