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#1 Plastheniker


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Posted 04 November 2013 - 08:46 AM


The truism “More perfection - less fun” is true for 1:1 cars as well as for model kits.
I am always delighted when I have a reissued kit from the early days of styrene kits on my work-table. Opposite to the nowadays almost perfect Fujimi/Hasegawa/Tamiya shake-the-box kits  they are still a  challenge, and they have mostly unique subjects. If the finished model is presentable this is first of all the achievement of the modeler and not of the kit manufacturer’s engineers.

This said it is probably understandable that the following model is one of my favourites among  more than 100 finished passenger car models that I still own.


It is a 1991 Matchbox re-release of Revell’s 1956 Austin Healey 100-6 first released in 1959.
My kit had the typical features of those early days: a multi-piece body, opening hood and boot lid, two-piece soft plastic tires, solid plastic “spoke” wheels. As I read recently: “This kit is not for the faint of heart”.
Nevertheless the overall quality of the kit is amazingly good  if you consider its age.  It really deserves to be reissued  again and again . The latest reissue by Revell was in 2010 and it is still available at many  hobby shops.
I started my kit immediately when the 1991 Matchbox re-release was available. I chose a typical and in my opinion the most attractive colour combination of the original car. I hope you agree.


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Posted 04 November 2013 - 08:49 AM

Jurgen, great job ! I traded Ken, a model member here for one of the Revel re issues some time back. I didn't really have any issues with the kit . I simply took my time and everything went together as planned , jus like you're did !

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Posted 04 November 2013 - 08:51 AM

beautiful work, looks like the real thing!

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Posted 04 November 2013 - 08:55 AM

You've done a beautiful job with this, as always. I have a couple of original-release kits on the shelf, and the proportions always looked very good to me...except, I think the windshield frame is a tad tall.

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Posted 04 November 2013 - 09:18 AM

Very nice!   I have 2 of the original release one's  One is a untouched kit the other was started....the started one is going to become a Gasser car. the other I am keeping in the stash and I am wanting to pick up the re release for a stock build.

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Posted 04 November 2013 - 09:27 AM

Certainly the most beautifully built example of this kit I've ever seen. The wires are, of course, the icing on the cake.

I used to have a very nice 1.18th Kyosho model in these colours but yours takes the biscuit.

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Posted 04 November 2013 - 09:31 AM

Gorgeous!!!!   Great model.


Fond memories.  My long time best friend & next door neighbor's brother had an AH 100 that he generously allowed us to tool around town from time to time.  It was a total kick . . . and the best part was we were not responsible for all the niggling repairs necessary to keep it running!

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Posted 04 November 2013 - 09:47 AM


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Posted 04 November 2013 - 09:52 AM

Once again, a masterpiece. In the 60s, this was one kit I wanted to throw against the wall because of the complications of a multipiece body and slow-drying Testors tube glue, but you have totally nailed it.


I believe it was re-issued a year or so ago by Revell.

Edited by sjordan2, 04 November 2013 - 09:52 AM.

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Posted 04 November 2013 - 09:59 AM

As with all your builds outstanding, I have always liked these little cars.

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Posted 04 November 2013 - 10:01 AM

Fantastic build!



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Posted 04 November 2013 - 10:06 AM

You did a fantastic job with this kit.

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Posted 04 November 2013 - 10:24 AM

Very nice build!

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Posted 04 November 2013 - 11:04 AM

Healeys have always been one of my favorite British cars.....to get a solid example of one today you are looking at a minimum of $65,000 to $75,000.  You can find them for less, but the condition of those examples will require big bucks to make right. 


You are right, those old Revell kits are not as bad as they have been made out to be, but they still require skill to get the multi-part body panels assembled properly.......clearly, you possess those skills because this model looks first rate, and you are also correct about the color, light metallic blue over white is the premo combination for that car.  Beautifully done.

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Posted 04 November 2013 - 11:17 AM

Great build, What wheels did you use?

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Posted 04 November 2013 - 11:19 AM

Excellent build of one of the best looking sports cars of the 50's!!!

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Posted 04 November 2013 - 11:19 AM

Your outstanding skills have resulted in making the Healey live and breathe as though it were a real automobile. I have restored some British cars and this makes me think of how one should look when it's presented to the customer. Please share more of your work.

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Posted 04 November 2013 - 11:44 AM

So nice , a beautiful build.

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Posted 04 November 2013 - 12:01 PM

Wow, that looks wonderful.

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Posted 04 November 2013 - 02:12 PM

Museum quality :o