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pack rat

Member Since 07 Dec 2008
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In Topic: Where are they now?

Yesterday, 03:40 AM

I started doing box-art/display kits for Round2 through a friend-of-a-friend and a dusty old model.


Way back when the AMT Po Shop '64 Ford was released my local LHS proprietor asked me to build one for him for display in his store.  Fast forward a few years....a friend of his (John Greczula from Round2) was visiting his house and spotted the old Galaxie sitting in a display cabinet.  At the time ihobby 2008 was coming up and John needed someone to assemble a couple of test shots for the show.  I was offered the task, I figured "this might be fun", and that led to 60/70-something kits since then.


Yes it's fun, but there are some challenges.  Time is a big factor (usually 7-10 days in my spare time), and sometimes you're working with test shots that aren't quite production-ready.  The highlight for me was the snap '66 Batmobile....I had to mate a resin prototype body with an early test shot....and it had to be painted AND pinstriped (somehow).  I got it done, though.


I have to give credit to the other guys who have done work for Round2....I've done a bunch of stuff for them but I'm not the only one, and their work is amazing.


As to "where are they now?"....the kits usually end up in the Auto World store in Indiana if they survive the beating from being shipped to shows etc (I know of at least one that was basically trashed).

In Topic: What Irked You Today?

24 August 2014 - 03:39 PM

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In Topic: round2 archives

15 August 2014 - 05:25 PM

that's interesting, I wonder what "lost" means? like literally lost, implying the possibility of one day being found? or is it more lost as in tossed overboard in a storm, or cut up and sold as scrap?

Good point.  I forget the exact words used, but the conversation implied that the search was over, and they couldn't re-issue what they didn't have....in other words, "lost" as in "gone".

In Topic: round2 archives

15 August 2014 - 09:51 AM

I would hope that R2 has someone in charge of these hanger shots that knows what he's looking at.


I could just imagine some 20 something year old fresh out of college looking at a tool for say a mid 60's Malibu and saying "Gee, I didn't know they made Malibu's back then !" 

Don't worry....the guy in charge knows his stuff.


Re the '63 Ford pickup....possibly the most-desired, most-missed old AMT tool; unfortunately I believe they have stated that its officially "lost". 

In Topic: "NEW" MPC Dukes of Hazzard kit not what you expected

10 August 2014 - 06:13 AM

Hard core adult modelers aren't the only target market for model companies. How many times has the 'how do we get kids involved in the hobby' topic come up? Yet when a new snap kit is released it is dismissed as 'rubbish'

Exactly.  Some people seem to think that we on this forum and others like it make up the vast majority of the model car market, and as long as the companies cater to us things will be fine.  Not necessarily so.


Just because the box art looks all nice an fancy, doesn't mean the kit inside it will look or be anything like what is really on the box art.

For an entry-level snap kit it looks fine to me.