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#21 Junkman

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Posted 14 June 2012 - 02:47 AM

you would be the only one


I like short queues.

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Posted 14 June 2012 - 03:53 AM

Cruz, just got that one through a friend, love the rally type Porsches. Your engine looks awesome and I love the rack on the roof but these kits are so fragile. Hope mine turns out that cool.

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Posted 14 June 2012 - 03:55 AM

Love the blue Berlinetta, paint is awesome on that thing.

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Posted 14 June 2012 - 04:26 AM

A tip for those looking for some of these kits.Testors sold the Ferrari Dino and the Lamborghini 5000(the Walter Wolf edition) in their own boxes.Best part is that they're available cheaper than the Fujimi boxed versions-and it's the same kit!

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Posted 14 June 2012 - 06:45 AM

Firts of all, thanks for your nice comments, I supposed you mean the Dino's engine hose. That ones are Detail Master regular hose clamps. You can also get around on the internet much better ones, like some of them made in china. You just have to wrap it around a smaller diameter than the one you think to use round plastic rod, toothpick, tube, etc. That will give you a better grip before apply the glue. I hope this helps.

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Oh man Simon that is beautiful ! Right down to the hose clamps ! You gotta share how you did those clamps !



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Posted 14 June 2012 - 07:28 AM

A tip for those looking for some of these kits.Testors sold the Ferrari Dino and the Lamborghini 5000(the Walter Wolf edition) in their own boxes.Best part is that they're available cheaper than the Fujimi boxed versions-and it's the same kit!


IIRC, the 356 Carrera Coupe was also sold in their own boxes as well.

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Posted 14 June 2012 - 07:53 AM

I will be the voice of dissent here, but not very loudly. I like the kits and have multiples of some of the 911s and 356s. I have built several 911s and watched two friends build the 356. These kits have issues for sure. The suspension and ride heights are the biggest. The trunk floor on the 911 is so low that the suspension is on the ground when assembled. It also has so many gaps in the unibody structure when it is assembled. The front and rear bulkheads do not fit tightly, The fuel injection/carbs (depending on version are not so great. The early 911s do not have the correct dual battery set-up in the nose. They give you the later version. The bodies are generally quite good but there is something not quite right in the roof and drip rail area.

The 356 has a nose that is too long. Look at the distance from the front of the front wheel opening to the headlight and bumper and compare to photos. It also has the ride height issue. It is like they measured all the suspension parts when the car was sitting on jackstands with everything hanging at full extension.

Both kits make great race cars because there are no carpets or floormats. They are bare floorpans. Not a big deal, but kind of curious.

Having said all that I still love the kits. I must have 6 911s and 4 or 5 356s and a couple of Countach!

p.s. Testors also sold several 911s and the 356 Convert.

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Posted 14 June 2012 - 08:15 AM

I will be the voice of dissent here, but not very loudly. I like the kits and have multiples of some of the 911s and 356s. I have built several 911s and watched two friends build the 356. These kits have issues for sure. The suspension and ride heights are the biggest. The trunk floor on the 911 is so low that the suspension is on the ground when assembled. It also has so many gaps in the unibody structure when it is assembled. The front and rear bulkheads do not fit tightly, The fuel injection/carbs (depending on version are not so great. The early 911s do not have the correct dual battery set-up in the nose. They give you the later version. The bodies are generally quite good but there is something not quite right in the roof and drip rail area.

The 356 has a nose that is too long. Look at the distance from the front of the front wheel opening to the headlight and bumper and compare to photos. It also has the ride height issue. It is like they measured all the suspension parts when the car was sitting on jackstands with everything hanging at full extension.

Both kits make great race cars because there are no carpets or floormats. They are bare floorpans. Not a big deal, but kind of curious.

Having said all that I still love the kits. I must have 6 911s and 4 or 5 356s and a couple of Countach!

p.s. Testors also sold several 911s and the 356 Convert.


You are right on all accounts. Still, they are arguably the best 1:24 scale kits ever made.

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Posted 14 June 2012 - 09:42 AM

I, too love these kits and have several in my stash. I am also always on the lookout for more. One thing I saw on another abiet foriegn board is a photo-etched engine kit for the little 356. It replaces the finned block with alternating photo-etched plates and looks amazing when finished. It appears to be available through gdetail factory.
http://api.viglink.c..._13397029126162

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Posted 14 June 2012 - 10:52 AM

Those PE fins DO look nice!

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Posted 14 June 2012 - 12:39 PM

Was not this kit when in Fujimi packaging part of the Enthusiast series?

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Posted 14 June 2012 - 04:17 PM

Was not this kit when in Fujimi packaging part of the Enthusiast series?

Yes, that's an Enthusiast kit. Revell also boxed the Enthusiast Series 1985 911 Targa kit.

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Posted 15 June 2012 - 05:00 AM

You are right on all accounts. Still, they are arguably the best 1:24 scale kits ever made.


They are certainly good kits but there are many that are better. Many Tamiya kits and certainly the Jo-Han Chrysler Turbine car and classic Cars, M-B 500Ks and Cadillac V-16s, are better.

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Posted 15 June 2012 - 10:40 AM

No pistons and crank in this kit tho.

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Posted 15 June 2012 - 12:52 PM

They are certainly good kits but there are many that are better. Many Tamiya kits and certainly the Jo-Han Chrysler Turbine car and classic Cars, M-B 500Ks and Cadillac V-16s, are better.


Better is all relative to model kits.

Tamiya kits are generally engineered much better, but there isn't a Tamiya kit that exists in the same scale with anywhere close to the part counts of some of the EMS kits.

The Johan kits has nowhere near the fit and finish or the fine detail as the EMS kits.

As much as I love the Johan MB 500s, I got a whole stack of the Special Roadster and a hand full of Limos, there is a lot to be desired. There are many fall downs, inaccuracies, and pit falls with those kits. I still like trying to build them though.

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Posted 15 June 2012 - 06:31 PM

Both kits make great race cars because there are no carpets or floormats. They are bare floorpans. Not a big deal, but kind of curious.


Show me a Japanese kit that has some sort of molded in carpet texture. If there are any, they are certainly few and very widely far between. Not sure why that is, perhaps flocking/embossing your own carpet is a given over there. One of those oddities you get when you buy models not intended for export.

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Posted 14 March 2013 - 09:59 AM

sorry for the thread bump.

 

i'm currently looking to collect/build all of the EMS kits.

 

Does anybody have or know of any other kits not in this list other than the Lancia?

 

  1.  Porsche 911 Turbo ‘85
  2. Porsche 930 Turbo ‘76
  3. Porsche 911 Carrera ‘85
  4. Porsche 911 Cabriolet ‘85
  5. Porsche 911 Targa ‘85
  6. Porsche 911 Carrera RS ‘73
  7. Porsche 911 S ‘69
  8. Porsche 911 Carrera ’73 Rally Type
  9. Porsche 911 R Coupe ‘67
  10. Porsche 911 Carrera RS ‘74
  11. Porsche 911 Flat Nose
  12. BMW M635 CSi
  13. Alpina B7 Turbo
  14. Schnitzer 635
  15. Hartge H6S
  16. Dino 246 GT (Latter)
  17. Dino 246 GT (Early)
  18. Dino 246 GTS
  19. Countach 5000 Quatro Valvole
  20. Countach LP500S W.W.
  21. Countach LP400
  22. Ferrari 288 GTO
  23. Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona
  24. Ferrari 365 GTS/4 Daytona Spyder
  25. Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Racing Type
  26. Porsche 911 Speedster
  27. Porsche 356B/C Coupe Carrera 2
  28. Porsche 356B/C Cabriolet Carrera 2
  29. Porsche 356B Roadster 1600S
  30. Porsche 356A Coupe 1500GS Carrera
  31. Porsche 356A Speedster 1500GS Carrera
  32. Porsche 356A Cabriolet 1600GS Carrera
  33. Porsche 356B/C Hardtop Carrera 2
  34. Porsche 356B 1600S Cabriolet Hard Top
  35. Koenig Countach Special
  36. Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet
  37. Lancia


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Posted 14 March 2013 - 10:23 AM

I had what I think is one of these kits back in the mid-late '80's- it was a BMW of some type.  I'm not sure why I bought the kit; if I remember correctly, it might have been relatively "cheap" after a fire at a LHS.  I wound up using some of the multitude of detail parts on other models and some more went into my parts box- the kit never was completed.  In my opinion, the kit wasn't much better than the old Revell '55 and '57 Chevys, which I dealt with 20+ years earlier when I was still in the single digits, age-wise.  I'm glad I didn't pay full price for it, even back in '87.  I'm at the point now where I'm beginning to better appreciate those kits with fewer parts but with good quality, clean molding and fidelity to the subject.  I don't need to have scale seat tracks with handles anymore; if I do, I'll fabricate them.  Of course, that's just my opinion after 52 years of building scale models.



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Posted 14 March 2013 - 11:16 AM

i agree to an extent, John.  i do like nice simple kits as much as anybody else.

 

however, every once in a blue moon, i will want to see, for curiosity's sake, the level of detail a manufacturer will take a model to, and how well they can execute it.

 

i also wonder if there's a noticeable difference between an EMS Fujimi kit and a cheaper, less detailed kit when both are completed by the same person with the same skill level.  Then it's a matter of choosing which one you like more in the end.  Every builder has their preferences.  Some like simple, some don't.  I don't mind building complicated over-engineered kits out of the box, but i also like adding my own touch to my models in the fabrication department, which is where the cheaper less detailed kits come in to play.

 

I'm just hoping somebody has a complete list of these kits or if anybody knows if there were more than the 37 listed.



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Posted 14 March 2013 - 01:13 PM

I love a good 'ol Craftsman series type of kit just as much as a modern-tooled whatever...just to clarify I'm not biased toward any particular parts count.

 

These Enthusiasts Series kits seem to fall on one side of the fence or the other, depending on who you ask. Personally, I've only had one -- the 356B roadster. I built it early in my adult return to modeling, and I didn't do it anywhere near the justice it deserved...but it's shortcomings were my own fault, not the kits. My main issue was being pretty sloppy with the glue (I was still using the orange tubes, ffs), but everything fit well during mockups with the one exception being the ride height mentioned earlier (the up on jackstands comment was very appropriate), and was beautifully molded.

 

So yep, I fall on the "they're exceptional" side of the fence. I'd love to get my hands on another. A 356A Coupe, in particular. Around the time I built my roadster, there was a stripped down, bare-metal coupe race car that I absolutely fell in love with that I would use as inspiration.

 

Donations happily accepted. :P