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Marty Johnson
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Al Joniec's A/FX Batcar is coming!  There is NO way I won't have this one on my shelf!  

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Batcar 1
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holy Batmobile, Batman...... Crazy Laughing Out Loud  


   
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This car should have the air intake tubes enter at the headlight openings.it should have a 1966 front grille.the rear taillights were replaced with bat emblems.the radiator,cylinder heads and water pump were unpainted aluminum.i hope these features are on the finished diecast because I have ordered one.


   
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Marty Johnson
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@walterbog - The car you're describing is a later iteration. I believe ACME is doing the earliest as delivered from Holman-Moody.  

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....oh brother.... Who cares?  It's just another Mustang drag car, from the 60's, dressed in period correct super-cool graphics, accurately reproduced in 1/18 scale. (yawn)

😏 😏 😏 


   
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Way Cool!! Who makes this? Acme?


   
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The car I am describing is the carburated  car from early 1966 that had this paint scheme not the 1965 Swenson ford or the later long nose injected version.what I look for is an accurate replica. To each their own.

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Posted by: @walterbog

The car I am describing is the carburated  car from early 1966 that had this paint scheme not the 1965 Swenson ford or the later long nose injected version.what I look for is an accurate replica. To each their own.

Not being the resident "vintage drag expert" of this forum I'm a bit confused (because I always seek faithfully & accurately reproduced replicas). 

Your assertion is that ACME incorrectly reproduced this 'Stang despite looking very similar (I do see a few differences) to the one in Marlowe's photo?

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According to al joniac's book this  car was repainted  early in 1966 with a cammer out of the paul norris  wrecked  a/fx mustang.he had the air tubes enter through the headlight openings.the early diecast photos do not show this.also the car had a 1966 front grille  but the photo shows a 1965 grille.he says he used a aluminum radiator and cylinder heads that were normally left unpainted.all rear photos of the original car  I have seen do not show taillights.i hope acme gets the details correct.they were able to change the lettering on the sides of the Tasca ford a/fx before production so maybe they will get this right.


   
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@chris - Walterbog is correct that a later version did have the carburetor ram air induction duct that did originate in the headlight buckets.  However, as I pointed out, the earlier version had headlights.  Like Walterbog, I've never seen the car without the Batman Logos replacing the taillamp assemblies.  Perhaps the car had the OEM assemblies in the very early stages of 1965 and ACME is replicating that early version.  I just don't know.  

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Al Joniec’s  rice holman moody 1965 ford mustang
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@chris - On another note, when I was doing my Gas Ronda longnose Mustang, I ALMOST elected to do the Batcar instead.  However, someone talked me out of it because he correctly said the paint would be almost impossible to get right.  I'm glad I was convinced because the simpler Gas Ronda modification kicked my butt BIG TIME!  I can't imagine what it would have been like with the added complication of getting the Batcar paint right!   

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@walterbog - BTW, welcome to The Zone.  It's cool to have another old skool drag racing aficionado here.  


   
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Well, there ya go...............   Once again, I learned something. I suppose (now) one might search to locate vintage photos showing this BATCAR with Mustang taillight assemblies & tiny bat graphics next to them, as replicated on ACME's release.

On the other hand, however, should "the search" prove futile thus deeming ACME's taillights a mistake -OR- if one just simply wanted to replicate that rear valance absent of any taillight trim...  This is a mod that would take about 2 hours assuming one can readily reproduce graphics.

Just pop out those taillights, then using thin cardstock as a template, cut out a rear valance cover, then trace that pattern to "micro thin" plastic stock (a couple "thou" thick).. paint, apply new graphics, then glue in place. Done! 😉 😉 😉 

 

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Well, there ya go...............   Once again, I learned something. I suppose (now) one might search to locate vintage photos showing this BATCAR with Mustang taillight assemblies & tiny bat graphics next to them, as replicated on ACME's release.

On the other hand, however, should "the search" prove futile thus deeming ACME's taillights a mistake -OR- if one just simply wanted to replicate that rear valance absent of any taillight trim...  This is a mod that would take about 2 hours assuming one can readily reproduce graphics.

Just pop out those taillights, then using thin cardstock as a template, cut out a rear valance cover, then trace that pattern to "micro thin" plastic stock (a couple "thou" thick).. paint, apply new graphics, then glue in place. Done! 😉 😉 😉 

 

Do I see a "mini" project in your future?  


   
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ok here's the final word.i asked al joniac and he said that the 1966 car with the batcar paint scheme never had headlights or taillights but the bat emblems that replaced the taillights could function but he did not use them much.


   
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