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Phirewriter

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  1. They've been getting into guitars too, guess there nothing they'll try to get their greedy paws on and throw a monkey wrench into another hobby.
  2. Unfortunately the Carrera Cheetah has been out of production for a bit. The good news is that it was available in both 1/24 and 1/32 and Carrera does reissue cars on a regular basis. If you're not interested in eBay perhaps joining some slot car forums or Facebook groups to find what you're looking for might be a good idea. There's a number of good ones out there. In my area Facebook marketplace turns up used tracks from Carrera, Scalextric, etc... so you can get your feet wet rather inexpensively.
  3. $87,000 US ?? MSRP for a fully equipped one here in the states is around $39,000. What's the hike in price, taxes?
  4. TD has thrown in with Atlantis for now so perhaps it's that.
  5. Harry Bradley had been a designer for GM for a number of years and in 1967 left to help with the initial design of Hot Wheels for Mattel. Different books on Hot Wheels history have him either leaving with copies/photos or simply had seen the final production design. Regardless, he simply drew up his design for the Hot Wheels version along with 15 others for their debut run. It just so happened that the Hot Wheels version made it to market before the 1:1 version did. 1968 was the introductory year for the redline Hot Wheels. He left shortly after to do independent design work, MPC being one of his clients in the late 60's into the early 80's.
  6. I guess I don't see what the big deal is. When you factor values of toys of this era (yes in 1968 models were just toys) and consider that rare Hot Wheels from the first years of production regularly dive deep into four (sometimes five) figures and rare large scale slot cars bump into the low thousands, I'm not surprised to see rare/htf kits reach big money. I'm not even going by auction dollars, just basing it on what I've witnessed at slot car specific shows and Hot Wheels conventions. It's all relative I guess. As for Mr Herrick or any other true pro builders out there, if they can squeeze that kind of money out of a buyer, more power to them!
  7. Just picked it up there tonight, thanks!
  8. Yes indeed, kinda surprised the various diecast/toy and kit manufacturers didn't get ahead of this movie. I was aware of the movie for almost a year before it was released. Strike while the iron's hot as it were.
  9. I would say some of those weren't even 1/32 as some of the guys I slot race with bought them for the bodies. They came out to around 1/35th? (or smaller) Kinda obvious when a correctly scaled GT-40 or Ferrari dwarfed them.
  10. This was at the Milwaukee NNL a couple of years ago, it definitely rekindled my interest in these kits.
  11. Thanks for the update, I'll be watching my LHS. I don't subscribe (to any magazines anymore) only because I'm tired of getting paper shreds instead of a readable copy.
  12. Ray was a notorious re-caster, so that doesn't mean too much. The guy who mastered that body is a good friend, he's been doing work for Jimmy as long as I can remember.
  13. Balsa foam isn't a cheap date either. I worked with a guy who was carving vac formed masters for slot and R/C car bodies and he used expanding foams from both Smooth-On and Alumilite. Basically pored into a box approximately the starting size he needed and carved away once cured. Not too expensive compared to some of the other ready to use products. Otherwise the suggestion of sign foam is good, shouldn't be too hard to find a shop to give/sell you some cut offs, just look for a shop that offers 3d signs and chances are they're working with it.
  14. Well if it's someone else's work, you're copying it, and it certainly is one of Jimmy's bodies. Pleading ignorance doesn't make it ok. Took all of 30 seconds to Google "1/25 1958 Chevy sedan delivery" and his was one of the first to show up. His stuff is priced low enough that someone shouldn't have to resort to this, nice move. Stopping by his shop tomorrow, I'll be sure to show this thread to him.
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