There was a time when machined parts, photo-etch, and yes, even resin castings were considered a competitive advantage in contest modeling. Now, they are standard fare at contests and many modelers use aftermarket parts just for fun, to make their models more unique or more accurate replicas. At the Motor City Madness contest, Best in Show went to a Pro-Touring style Challenger that featured a 3D-printed engine and laser cut chassis members. The parts were unique, accurate, and very impressive in their scale fidelity. One naysayer challenged the validity of the use of these technologies because the parts weren't fabricated or modeled by hand. Rather, they were drawn digitally and produced by computer driven machines. I was excited to see these innovations on the contest table, and when it comes to advancing the state of the art, I say "bring it on!"
The four major professional sports leagues give a Most Valuable Player award each season. That's right, baseball, football, basketball, hockey and many other sports leagues all have an award to recognize individual excellence on these team sports. Now, there wouldn't be a Calnaga if it weren't for a great team of parts, but I have to say, the Calnaga MVP award for 2015 goes to (drum roll please) part number 14005, Carburetor Pair, Holley 4150 Series. Our customers love it, and I like making it. A very large percentage of Calnaga customers order this part. The classic Holley four barrels have some good competition from carbs supplied by other aftermarket companies and even a few kit parts, but the Calnaga double-pumper carbs are a fantastic value for realism. They're easy to include on a variety of model cars, and they sit right on top of the engine where detail really counts. If you only want to paint them, they're ready to go, but they support additional engine detailing with their molded in fuel line pilot holes. Put the Carburetor Pair, Holley 4150 Series in your car modeling game along with the other great Calnaga players.