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fumi

Member Since 12 Jan 2010
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In Topic: Curious; why are there so few tuner classes at a lot of model shows/contests?

20 October 2014 - 08:54 AM

People are still building "tuners", they are just not going to the traditional shows.  From my own experience in the 90's when the sport compact scene was picking up, people who brought their import models to the shows got lumped into whatever group that was not rod, custom or muscle car.  Usually it meant lowriders and slammers.  Most showgoers were indifferent to them and some sneered at them about "Jap C*ap" or "cram a V8 into it".  There was no chance for them to win, no matter how well they were built, because they were in the wrong category.  It got off-putting enough that they stopped going to the shows and formed their own groups, and it stayed that way.

 

So I think it is nice for people like Tom to bridge the gap between the two groups, to bring more modellers together despite the different genre they build in.

 

As for tuners being a fad that went out, yes the copied Veilside bodykits and scissor doors are out, but they are only a very small subgroup.  Less people in North America are tuning Honda than before, but that's because Honda hadn't sold anything sporty and affordable since 2003.  Their place have been taken over by Golf GTI and Mazda 3 and WRX, and soon the FR-S and Focus/Fiesta ST.  While the stereotypical "tuner" has faded out, the actual scene is going very strong.


In Topic: Online source for Aoshima Wheels

12 October 2014 - 04:52 PM

Hobby Search: http://www.1999.co.j...g/list/1832/0/1
HLJ: http://www.hlj.com/s...TirWhe&Scale=24

These sets go out of stock very soon, if you want the really popular sets you will need to pre-order them.

In Topic: Bad Jeep......

05 October 2014 - 07:54 PM

Ah, nothing like taxes to jack up the price.


It's more than that.

http://en.wikipedia....i/Australia_Tax

In Topic: Is the Testors Ferrari F40 kit the same as the Italieri ?

01 September 2014 - 06:13 PM

Comparison of the F-40 kits:

http://modelcarshiro...comparison.html

It is all in Japanese so it might be difficult to navigate if you can't read it, but there are plenty of pictures as well.

From the third picture with the overhead view, the order is Tamiya, Fujimi, Italeri, Protar, Fujimi LM.

In Topic: Revell's reissued (and corrected) 1970 Torino GT Kit - Pictures and First...

31 August 2014 - 09:42 PM

Now this may be the pics, and I also need to dig out my Pro Modeler kit, but the body side creases could stand some sharpening up. They may be fine as is, but a few coats of paint, and they're going to fade away. The crease will be there, but not as sharp as it could be.


On the original body the crease on one side is faint and the other side is almost non-existent. On the real car the creases are quite pronounced so it is going to need some work to sharpen them up.