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  1. Everybody hates this kit. Being that it was one the first Funny Cars I build back in the day (the Mean Maverick may have been the actual first Funny Car for me). I have fond feeling for it. And am look forward to it coming back.
  2. This is a fantasy plane. Pan Am was dead by the time Boeing introduced the 777. And the markings (decals) on this kit harken back to a time when flying was glamorous. Before they stuffed you into flying tubes with wings, like sardines, with little to no room or service. This model is part of Minicraft’s “Flights of Fancy” series of 1/144 scale commercial aircraft. I love it. I was never a big fan of Pan Ams “billboard” style livery they used on their plane near the end. Ive include a photo of Minicraft’s 1/144 scale Pan Am 727, for comparison in size of two aircraft and the livery. (Despite my dislike of Pan Am’s billboard livery, I am working on a 1/144 scale Revell Airbus A380-800 using that scheme.) I liked this kit a lot. It went together well. And the decals went down very nice. Ive got nothing to complain about. Minicraft suggested painting sections of the tops of the wings orange. This type of paint scheme was used on Pan Am’s flying boats back in the 1930’s and 40’s. But, never on their planes that landed on land. Plus I didn’t like the looks of it. So avoided following that suggestion.
  3. “That’s the nice thing about a 707. It can do everything but read.” I love Boeing’s good old 707. The plane that truly ushered in the commercial jet age. Despite DeHavilland’s Comet being there first. I also love old movies. And have always enjoyed the 1970 movie Airport. Most of the the shots of Chicago’s imaginary Lincoln airport, were shot here a Minneapolis. The I question from that movie, is whether I’d be willing to fly in airplane with Dean Martin as the pilot. I like Dean a lot. But, his on screen drinking, in other films and TV would make me question the wisdom of flying with him at the controls. Though he does have the first James Bond, Barry Nelson in the copilot’s seat. And Dean being Matt Helm, I assume he should know how to fly. On to the model. The kit is Minicraft’s TWA 707-331, in 1/144 scale. A fair kit quality wise. When all is said and done, it looks okay. Decals are from Vintage Flyer Decals. And are in general are very nice decals. Giving few to no problems in their application. This is not the first time I’ve used Vintage Flyer Decals. Ive been pleased enough with them, that I plan on using them on more in future builds.
  4. You can take in from a semi-professional pirate, the Black Diamond looks pretty good to aye.
  5. A quick search online, I found the following photo of Johnny Lightning Corvette Corvairs and Nomads.
  6. Interesting illustrations. Note the exterior push button door release on the Corvette at the top. These were not seen on actual ‘53 and ‘54 (or ‘55) Corvette production roadsters. Only the Motorama hardtop and Corvairs had those type of door releases. The production Corvettes required you reach into the car, and open the doors using the inside door releases. To bad they don’t show the hardtop on the car then, or the Corvair for comparison in the drawings above. Other than that, I like the above drawings. And I don’t remember ever seeing them before this. Thank you for sharing them.
  7. Clarification, on my above statement. When I referred to the Waldorf Nomad not looking quite right. I was referring to the Johnny Lightning version. I like looks of the Nomad okay. Just not the Johnny Lighting toy. They did a much better job on catching the lines of Corvair in 1/64 scale.
  8. You say you own a ‘54 Nomad? Tell us more. Is if full-size or a model?
  9. I’d love to have a full-size 1/1 scale ‘54 Corvair. But, budget and space leave me looking for only 1/24 scale, or smaller versions. I do have a couple of Johnny Lightning 1/64 scale Corvairs. And at least one of Johnny Lightning’s 1/64 Waldorf Nomads. The Corvairs are are nice. But, Nomad has some problems. It just does look quite right to me. As much as I love these two cars, I’m still looking more for scale models of them to add to my collection.
  10. One last thing on GM Motorama show cars. I do know where the remains of one Motorama show car exists here in Minnesota. It is not one of the most exciting or exotic of the Motorama show cars. And the owner doesn’t what people to know he has it. This person has the interior and other Flamingo only trim pieces from the 1961 Motorama show car of the same name. The Electra these parts were used on for the show car are long gone. But, the interior and nameplate, etc, were saved.
  11. A great book I have on subject of he GM Motoramas and their cars in my collection.
  12. I went hunting for vintage only color photos of both the ‘54 Corvair and Bonneville Special. In the case of the Corvair, there are lots of vintage photos of it in that very light green, almost white color. I could also find a few vintage pictures of it in red. And note, if you look closely at the way the bucket seats are upholstered, the car in the photo is not the replica commonly seen on the show circuit today. Find vintage photo of the Bonneville Special is even harder. I found a couple of the car on the show circuit painted in red. And can find lots of modern photos the car in both green and red. And I found one photo of the Bonneville Special from Bortz Collection being restored, and in white.
  13. From what I’ve read over the years, for sure one of each. But, there are signs there may have been two Corvairs. From time to time car companies would change the color of a show car, repainting them. But, the reason for thinking there may have been at least two Corvairs, is there where times were the Corvair would be shown in one color at one show, then very quickly seen at another show in a different color. Then quickly show up at another show, back to the first color. This quick color change is one the reasons its thought there where at least two Corvairs. There are other cases of GM building two identical show cars. The mid-50’s two-seat Pontiac Bonneville is a well know example of that. Both Bonnevilles have survived. And both are painted in different colors. I know for sure I’ve seen one at the Pontiac Nationals about 15 years ago, or better now. And I believe I saw the other one at museum one time. But, I wouldn’t swear to that.
  14. The question then is, what would a museum with reputation of the Gilmore have in lying about the history of the cars on display there? Many GM show cars that were supposed to be destroyed back in the day, were not. Several were sent to the Warhoops wrecking yard outside of Detroit, where they were cut up, but not completely destroyed. Several of the GM show cars in Brotz collection were pieced back together from cars found at Warhoops years later. Now I don’t know the history of what happen to the possible two original Corvair show cars when GM was done with them. But, the rumored story of the Nomad is that a GM exec drove it home and hid it in his garage when the word came down to destroy it. Then rumors claim that a collector in California got his hands on it, and stored in a warehouse in Long Beach for years. Unwilling to let anybody see it. Again, these are stories and rumors. Yet there are so many supposably lost and destroyed show cars that keep showing up years later. And I can not see any reason why a docent at the Gilmore would have been willing lied to me about the history of the cars on display there. Are these two I saw, original cars or not? I can only go by what the museum docent told me.
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