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Luc Janssens

Member Since 26 Mar 2007
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In Topic: What did you get today?

21 December 2014 - 09:18 AM

Bought these couple of oldies recently both are unstarted and will get built ...eventually !

 

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Had this one, sold it because I heard that Trumpeter was tooling up one, regretted it, after seeing the first reviews..despite the tireburns on the rear decklid and other flaws...


In Topic: New kits with flaws.

20 December 2014 - 10:44 AM

I thought this was common knowledge

;^)

But seriously, thanks Dave, it needed to be addressed, the negative overtook the positive, in the posts you proudly showed the work in progress.

I for one love, seeing the behind the curtain work, from the development of a model kit, it sort of brings me back to the days, when I was working on pilot cars at GM.

 

Anyway, in a way it's unfortunate now that model companies are no longer part of a larger toy manufacturer, or teamed together with a precision Die-cast company if only to share the development and licensing costs.

Ertl for example had lots of potential in the 90s, but brand managers didn't talk with each other, thus valuable resources were wasted.

Model companies now, are trying to spread the costs by releasing multiple versions of the same basic model, so in a way limited resources fuels creative thinking, hope that along the way some common part groups, like engines and such are no longer tooled over and over again, but will have their own tool, ready to be run with the rest of the automotive kit which needs it, same for wheels, standard and optional.

IMHO having the choice of several wheels styles, adds a lot to the fun factor of a automotive kit, certainly coupled with a theme, meaning adding period correct aftermarket items, a 60s car for example has been on the road for over 4 decades, with each one having a change in style, going from Street machine to resto-mod or whatever, I don't yet see that in model kits, which should reach a broad clientele.

 

On the States side development, IMHO only plausible if all plastic modelkit manufactures join together, forming sort of a separate company, to spread the cost inherent with development (I'm available to form a team when the industry is ready ;^)

 

Again thanks Dave and other passionate, hard working men and woman in the model kit industry, for catering to us, passionate model car kit builders/collectors


In Topic: what's the one kit u would love to see reissued?

20 December 2014 - 02:40 AM

oh and extra special award for the gas can kind of hanging on the front bumper, protruding over it like a nerf bar, with no visible means of attachment. and I believe that's exactly how it is in the kit too.

 

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Never understood why they did the box-art like that, it's sort of a Hippie theme or Barbie (not Klaus) toy-like, while the Land Rover brand at that time, stood for a though vehicle for serious off-roading, for fun and as a mean to get through and to remote areas, other then by plane.

Since the late 90's it's also become a fashion accessory, to portray the adventurous to those who like the theme but in a concrete jungle setting.

And then the French license plates on a iconic British vehicle, they fought wars for less there ;^)

 

Anyway, that kit, if the tooling is still there needs a overhaul, better wheels and tires (option off and on road) a roll-bar extra doors for topless (no not that kind) driving and some neat off road accessories like a winch, tread plates and real looking gas cans.


In Topic: what's the one kit u would love to see reissued?

16 December 2014 - 07:23 PM

Amt 1968 Ford Galaxie


In Topic: MPC 1/20th Ford Van to be reissued..

13 December 2014 - 10:22 PM

Wonder how much cost would be involved to turn this into a 1/25th scale kit