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    Michael Fischer

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  1. Was just at Model Empire earlier this week and was told there will be a open house/rummage this year in November, no date yet.
  2. Ramo's Superbird is owned by a local Wisconsin collector and has been shown and raced at the Road America vintage events. It's an absolute time capsule given how many of the older stock cars were modified to remain competitive, re-motored and re-skined, etc... I've had the good fortune to be able to look closely at it a number of times, also helps that I've known the owner (occasional modeler and slot car enthusiast) and he's an extremely nice guy.
  3. Nice, thanks for posting these. My LHS carries the full line of MCG products, I'll be watching for them when they restock.
  4. Most excellent! That came out really nice. Also is one of my favorite racing liveries.
  5. Excellent build! Any underhood and chassis photos?
  6. As stated before, color and stance are spot on. Really nice looking!! What is the source of the wheels and tires? They really set the car off.
  7. Also stated above; "Star Trek kits are a solid sales-base --a majority-- of their products . Trek fans will spend tonnes of money on good Trek collectables" I built sci-fi kits as well as cars and am involved in a number of groups and forums for that. One thing I don't see is the griping and complaining about price such as I've encountered on model car forums. Quality and build issues are the biggest concerns, but that's endemic of any modeling subjects and their enthusiast groups. Nor do I see much of any attitude where as if a person is not interested in a particular model or subject that they feel the need to put down someone who might be by stating a subject(s) are a "waste of plastic" etc... Remember those Star Trek, Star Wars and items directed towards product collectors (Coke) or anything else that might not trip your trigger help pay for recreating things like Nova wagons and Cutlass kits. Just an observation.
  8. Nice build! Did you scratch build the exhaust pipes or repurpose something. I've got a number of built-ups of this and the other 3 (Lola, Hussain, and the Chaparral) to build as static versions and restore some slot cars. Most of my McLarens are missing those parts. I wish Round2 would check into the molds to see if any of the cars from this series can be reissued. If you look at the AMT Opel GT kits including the latest reissue, the custom wheels are from the Lola T-70 so unfortunately perhaps some of the molds were broken up and no longer able to be run. Many years ago all 4 kits made it into a reissue survey for Ertl Blueprinter subscribers but obviously nothing became of it.
  9. Absolutely beautiful! I really like the posable wheels and the finish is outstanding. I've built a number of Fisher kits for others but have yet to build one for myself. If one has the opportunity to aquire any of his kits don't hesitate, you won't be disappointed. His kits will indeed be missed. In addition to truly fantastic car and aircraft kits he was a top level luthier and built amazing guitars. Only wish I had the money for one of those.
  10. On another board one of the members utilized these parts on an AMT '65 GTO to great effect. It was was drag themed but I'm really digg'n the salt flats theme here. I bought an extra Olds to restore a Streaker AWB but going to get another to do some other racing versions.
  11. That series is really neat. I've got several such as a Mazda RX7, a Porsche 956 in several liveries a number of F-1 cars. Reminds me of their egg plane kits which I really like. Good score! Revell issued similar kits in the 90's with distorted bodies and pull back motors. There was a '69 Camaro, an '80s Trans Am and others that escape me although I do have all of them, unfortunately I just can't remember and am not home to look on the shelf.
  12. I'm a huge fan of vintage and vintage style box art and am one of "those" guys that collect kits that feature cool and interesting art. That being said the recent release of the 1:16 Green Elephant Vega F/C has great packaging simply using photos. With all the photos of the Mooneyes car out there of both the original and the recreation Atlantis certainly could have purchased or licensed someone's photos and come up with something better. Besides it would give the builder a good detailing reference. I really appreciate everything Atlantis is doing as I also build aircraft and sci-fi subjects so I feel a little bad about being overly critical. I just think as anticipated as this kit is they could have done better. Also curious as to why the grandstands are extending far behind what seems to be the starting line that also is lacking a Christmas tree. I'm guessing whom ever they chose to render this has little if any familiarity with drag racing. As far as composition, there's a guide that painters and illustrators refer to as the golden triangle (look it up if you're so inclined) Unless the theme is say for instance a forced perspective or a composition designed to enhance certain aspects of the subject then generally this is a good layout guide to start with. There are a couple of artists I know of that have good painting and colour working skills but suffer an inability to compose an overall art piece or even render the subject accurately. They turn to the computer capture images and try to assemble them with Photoshop or similar programs and then transfer it to whatever medium they're using. Unfortunately unless you find every image in the same perspective plane it's difficult to compose this way. I've used this process as a quick guide to focus my ideas as I've searched for information for a project but never used it in the actual art process. As with the recently released '57 Caddy with the flat rear tire this also has that weird mashed up composition look. I illustrate, paint and enjoy practicing other forms of visual art. I therefore tend to be a bit more critical when it comes to art generated for commercial purposes and certainly like many of my artist friends are my own worst critic too. I've scrapped work I wasn't happy with instead of just saying "eh, good enough" and am not above turning down commission work if I feel I can't meet the expectations of a client. Below is a perfect example of great composition from one of my favorite box artists whom I think needs no introduction 😁 The competitors car is in the foreground yet the focus is still on the main subject. The spacing between cars is much more realistic as are the distance and out of focus imaging of the fans in the stands. The composition is such that although in reality there's a good deal of distance between the foreground, subject and background the entire painting looks tight, focused and cohesive. Anyways.... sorry for the rant, I'm still eagerly awaiting stacking a few of these on the drag racing subjects shelf in my workshop.
  13. Just like the '57 Cadillac box this has some odd perspective quirks. Looks like the Dragster in the other lane is 50ft away and not from the same era unless this represent some vintage exhibition match. The Mooneyes rail also seems to be turning towards the center of the the track. Although it's obviously wheels up it looks like it's tipping over to the driver's left. I know I'm being picky but it just looks goofy to me. Are we going down the same path as some of those awful Model King boxes from years ago? Guess it shouldn't matter since what's in the box is the most important thing.
  14. In your photos it seems to lack some resemblance to chrome, but as with any of these types of paints they seem to need some experimentation. It does however have an excellent polished metal look, a little dark for aluminum but it still looks good and has numerous possibilities. I'm definitely going to order some and give it a try. When rumors of airbrushing Metalizers being discontinued started a number of years ago I stocked up quite a bit but never hurts to have an alternative or even another variation for metal finishes. Thanks for the photos and review.
  15. That's an impressive car, you captured really well. I really like the rear and taillight treatment.
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