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Member Since 12 Apr 2012
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In Topic: Datsun 510 RHD conversion.

30 May 2013 - 01:35 PM

There used to be a stock-bodied 510 4-door available from Hasegawa many years ago. I had considered grafting the wheel arches from this kit onto the Revell version for a stock two-door, but never went through with it. I had also considered dumping the Revell chassis underneath the Hasegawa body, but I would have had to extend the wheelbase for the conversion to work. Oh, well...

In Topic: Fujimi Pantera GTS

27 November 2012 - 04:23 PM

I have just started my build of the early Pantera (kit #RS-68). It's a simple build, but there are a few things to watch out for:

1. Those hood vents (cribbed right off a Mercedes C-111) didn't show up until later versions. It took a few rounds of filling and block sanding to get things level. The next coat of primer should have everything hidden.

2. The front and rear pans have the seams set up for the matt black on the later GTS versions. For an early car, there are seams very close to the turn signals, and they are not there on the real car. Be careful when sanding.

3. If Fujimi could call it a DeTomaso Pantera on the box, why couldn't they give us the lettering for the rear panel, or the emblems for the wheels?

4. The painting guide shows the scheme for an early GTS. Break out the Alclad for the bumpers.

This should not be taken as a flame on the kit, because the basic shapes are there. Unfortunately, Fujimi has tried to provide several versons of the car from one basic tool. Get plenty of reference pics, and be prepared for some modelling, and you should be set.

In Topic: AMT 1/25 Shelby Cobra 289 Roadster

20 September 2012 - 03:13 AM

It will be nice to have the kit back, especially if the molds get cleaned up. The Halibrands will be great to have back, too. The only issues I have had (apart from broken windshield frames) is the thickness of some of the chrome parts. The headlight bezels need to be replaced with less prominent pieces, and the grille surround needs some massaging.

IIRC, the fastback roof was based on the unit from the Cougar II show car (Cobra chassis with new body).

In Topic: 1/24 Monogram '30 Ford Model A 5-window Coupe

26 August 2012 - 03:37 PM

I built this one many years ago.The ony issue I had with it was the roof to body joint; it still pops off without warning. Otherwise, a nice kit to have in the collection.Posted Image