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  1. Faust added a post in a topic Fuzz Duster - Round 2 serves it up LAME!   

    There was one at a car show in St. Thomas just last year, I think! 
    You're right, though. Those are terribly lame... I really wanted to buy it, but it wasn't for sale!
  2. Faust added a post in a topic Fuzz Duster - Round 2 serves it up LAME!   

    Hey Mike!
    Hope you liked the show. I think it went off pretty well, actually.  It was fun to see some great kits on the table, and I always like getting a few of my oddballs out and about! The good thing is that there is no shortage of gaudy MPC kits. They really were the kings of that kind of thing!
    As for what you're saying, Scott: I hear ya. I just always feel bad for the last "sporty" cars. I definitely get what you mean about cars with engines mounted the wrong way, and using too few cylinders. We had nothing but V8s at my house until 1991, when my dad's '76 Torino finally died. Then it was an '89 Escort until 2002, and then a Protege 5. The P5 is decent (we've rustprooved the hell out of it) trash hauler and fun to drive, for sure, but it IS a go cart... I drove the old '85 Marquis until 2006, when I needed to get a new car, and went with the Mazda 3. It was too small, and I had to beat it too hard to get anything out of it. It was decent, but again, didn't really have a soul.
    The good news for me was the Australians still had a soul, and I managed to get a 2009 G8 GT. Going back to a 6L V8 reardrive was an enlightenment. Never again will I deal with front wheelers. 
    There's something charming about the last of the "decal" muscle cars, though. They're so much pretending and fail, but they did mean well. You have to respect the intent, even if the result wasn't great. Funny thing is, seeing one now, they actually look kinda neat. They're a product of their times, and that's why I love kits of them from that time (at least originally). I don't think I'd care for a brand new, awesome Tamiya of a Volare - I'd rather have one that was born back in the day!
  3. Faust added a post in a topic Fuzz Duster - Round 2 serves it up LAME!   

    Oh, nice! I'm glad to know there are some good Slant 6's out there. I personally also love the horribly smog-choked 8's, just because they're so weak. I mean, my dad's '89 Escort put out 90 hp, and some of the Malaise 8's were getting into that territory. So sad...
    My brother would definitely agree on the wheel covers. There needs to be a movement towards getting more wheel covers and even wheels for these "loveable(?) losers". I know my brother used the wheel covers off of some late '60s AMT Ford for his 70, and I think he said that the Christine wheels are just about dead ringers for Pacer stock wheel covers; he and I both have the AMT Pacer wagon, but mine will be the lame-o cruising version, he wants, of course, to do a base or at least wood-grained example of a stock one.
    Glad you like the site, man!
    I was just at a show this weekend, and I can tell you I got a few new things that will likely tickle your funny bone when I get around to writing them. MPC is just the best, man...
  4. Faust added a post in a topic Fuzz Duster - Round 2 serves it up LAME!   

    Oh man, that's awesome! 
    I have the Silver Bullet Omni, and hit has those pieces in it, I think. If not, I know my Shelby Charger does; You can customize your "new" Shelby Charger to look like last year's Omni! How good is that!
    Those "super" Omnis and Monzas are awesome. Good on you, MPC!
  5. Faust added a post in a topic Fuzz Duster - Round 2 serves it up LAME!   

    Hey Bill!
    It's funny, because when I was young, I was surrounded by the big '70s boats and "personal luxury" yachts (and the odd Street Van, and many a rusting T/A, of course). I know the feeling you had, because around '83 I started to notice there were these weird foreign cars (Honda? Datsun? The heck?) that were starting to replace the dying Vegas, Monzas, Astras, Pintos and Mavericks. I still remember when I guy in our neighbourhood got the first Tempo we'd ever seen. It was like an alien space ship. All the kids just looked at it and were awed. Yeah, a Tempo, I know... Thing is, the shape, style, trim... it was all so radically different.
    I can definitely see how you wouldn't be a fan of the real car, and please understand that I'm not either. However, I find the Malaise Era fascinating because we got so many "everyday" car kits from then, and it's awesome for me to a.) build the cars I remember as a kid and b.) get to rag on them for being such BLAH_BLAH_BLAH_BLAH.
    I would buy everything on that list of yorus, except the Lincoln. I'd rather have a '77 Cougar, myself. My uncle had one, and my brother does today as his classic car. They were EVERYWHERE, and now his is, I believe, the only one in our city of 350,000. I don't know why there's never been a kit of one; I mean, the real things sold like hotcakes!
    77 Olds though, I'm sooo there. 
  6. Faust added a post in a topic Fuzz Duster - Round 2 serves it up LAME!   

    Yeah, that was a great description. T-tops are a very 70's kind of thing.
    As for Muscle Cars, I know a lot of people say if it has a big V8 it's a muscle car. Not to me, but then again I'd say the '73 SD-455 T/A is a Muscle Car, as is a 427 Vette, but the T/A is a Pony Car and the Vette is a Sports Car. 
    Regardless, I think it's safe to say that under NO circumstances are Volare Dusters muscle cars, at least not stock ones! Interesting about how to wake up a LB engine, though. Could be useful later! 
  7. Faust added a post in a topic Fuzz Duster - Round 2 serves it up LAME!   

    True enough on that analysis, Jesse. 
    I do like the "targa" roof on the Superfly, actually. It kind of helps the entire project be almost kind of believable, a bit. 
    What ever happened to T-tops? I guess rollover standards killed them, eh?
  8. Faust added a post in a topic Fuzz Duster - Round 2 serves it up LAME!   

    Man, what WON'T MPC try and repush. What is with the roof on Fonz's rod? At least give the full roof, for goodness' sake! Now it just looks like a big golf cart! 

    That Seathogs/Superfly car is awesome, though. All kinds of bad taste in one Hungry Man meal of aesthetic disaster.  I sooo need to get one. 
  9. Faust added a post in a topic Fuzz Duster - Round 2 serves it up LAME!   

    Oh my... what in the what is that. It's like the illegitimate (and somewhat genetically de-contented) love child of a Poncho and a Stutz Bearcat. That thing, is just the worst, and yet, it is the best. Now I HAVE to get one of these. Does it even actually have anything to do with Welcome Back Kotter, or did they "Fonzy's Dream Machine" the original Superfly in the same way? That thing would be a scream! MPC, you never disappoint!  I would need a bag of Doritos just on opening the box! 
    Yeah, I wondered about that. Fab? If it was a 4-cylinder, the "Fab-4" jokes write themselves (Ooh! Abbey Road-themed inappropriate EXP custom is now coming into view in my minds eye!). It's almost like even MPC was just at the end of their ability to care at all about the car. That's fair, I get it. 
    One day, I'm going to review something that doesn't suck, and you guys are likely going to be bored. My apologies in advance.
  10. Faust added a post in a topic Fuzz Duster - Round 2 serves it up LAME!   

    Oh man, Alan is going to go all out, eh? Nice! Those wheels will look great with it. As for that Nova, I am SO IN! It will HAVE to be light metallic blue. They were ALL light metallic blue when I was growing up. Weill, that or beige. 
    As for beige, man, Randy, that's a lot of hate on the Volare. I can totally see why you'd want an earlier version. My brother has the promo of the '78, and yeah, those are really quite nice-looking cars. Your "may as well" description pretty much sums up his IDEAL version of this kit. He loves ultra-base cars (since no one preserves them, but they are usually the rank-and-file that were on the streets - gotta preserve what was real), and would kill for a good slant-six engine!
    Me, I love that it's a last-year, square-headlight lame-o Volare. To me, those sum up the total hopelessness and futility of driving enthusiasts and even the automakers in general. It really is like they weren't even trying. Well, I guess they weren't...  I like to do my cars of the Malaise Era up as the "almost cool" cars they were trying to be, just because it's that much sadder. Let's face it, an '80 Road Runner fits well with the "sporty" X-11 notchback and EXP I already have in my collection, right? 
    On that note, I found a beautiful black and red example online, and I must say, time has been kind. In immaculate shape and eye-catching colours, this car  can almost pass for cool now. It couldn't do that in 1980, could it? 
    Glad everyone was able to enjoy the review. Sometimes, I wonder if I make them too long, but I get passionate, and I have to let my inspiration run its course. Glad you guys take the time to read them. It really keeps me motivated!
  11. Faust added a topic in Car Kit News & Reviews   

    Fuzz Duster - Round 2 serves it up LAME!
    I grew up in the middle of the Automotive Dark Ages. I was surrounded by the last, sad remnants of the old V8, rear drive cars and the vanguard of the new, more compact vehicles. At the time, I remember thinking that there was no reason to announce to the world that you had a “2.2” on big numbers on the door. I mean, what good was that?  What I didn’t realize that the time was how truly sad the “real” cars had gotten. 
    That dawned on me as I grew up, and that’s part of the reason that I love to model cars from this time period. Remember them from my childhood, and now understand them, and what they meant as the collapse of a passion for motoring that would take a long time to recover.  There are a lot of cars that fit into this category, but some of my favourites are those that tried hard, but failed.
    These were the “Faded Glory” cars; little more that econoboxes or downsized shadows of their namesakes’ former greatness. Perhaps one of the best example of this is the Road Runner. By the time 1980 rolled around, it was little more than just a decal package on a Volare, and a not-very-inspiringly-restyled Volare at that.  
    That’s why I was so pumped to see Round 2 punch out the old MPC “Fuzz Duster” Volare! It really is an encapsulation of its era, and all that was wrong with it.  Despite the lameness of the car, though, MPC did a pretty nice job on the kit, even if it’s a bit incorrect. 
    Check out my out of box review of this “muscle” machine here. Just remember that yes, it DID get this bad!

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  12. Faust added a post in a topic MG Gundam AGE-1   

    Thanks for the compliments, Phil!
    I really wish there were more Transformers kits, too. I think they'd be awesome. Like the "Robot replicas" from the first couple of Bay-verse movies, but of G1 guys and, you know, cool. 
    I also have an old HG 1/100 Epyon as Devil Gigatron from Car Robots (Galvatron in RiD) and that worked amazingly well as a detail/colour overlap. I also have a Frame Arms I think looks like Hardhead. Overall, though, it's tough to find a mech that looks like a Transformer (Valkyries and Dorvack mecha aside, of course), eh?
    I'll keep my eyes peeled!
  13. Faust added a post in a topic MPC's '75 Vette on the road again!   

    Good call, Ace! 
    This kit is a good way to get a lot of spares in one shot. 
    On that note, does anyone have any good pics of what the '75 exhaust setup actually looks like? I am certain it's not the duals in the set, but I'd love to make this into a truer '75, so if anyone has any pics or links, I'd appreciate it!
    Thanks, all!
  14. Faust added a post in a topic MG Gundam AGE-1   

    Nice work on those kits! I love the Zeta, but I must say that the silver and blue on the RX-78-2 is very eye-catching! Which kit is that? 
    I am with you on frustration regarding clean Gundam/MS builds. I've alwasy built my MSs clean, because I want a "just walked out of the anime" look to them. I get some flak for my approach, but as you can see form my website, I don't really care, and just carry on doing what I do. A lot of people think that my kits are toys (I get a lot of "Oh, it's a Transformer!") or simple assembly jobs. They don't realize that there's just as much, if not more, skill that goes into a Gundam/mech build as any other kind of kit. :/
    Congrats on the Gundam conference! If there's anywhere where there's some pics, make sure to post a link! You'll find all kinds of cool advice there!
    Have fun, and keep up the good work, Phil!
  15. Faust added a post in a topic MPC's '75 Vette on the road again!   

    Man, the 1/20 Vettes! My uncle built one of those waaay back when I was just a wee gaffer.  I remember thinking it was small - he tended to build the 1/18 kits that were out at the time. 
    It's funny you should mention the big Vettes. I managed to snag a Laser Vette a couple of weeks ago. A bit rough, but unstarted. It seems to be the smaller kit LITERALLY pantographed up. Needless to say, one day I will get around to doing a review of that crazy custom beastie. I don't really know the history of the Vettes in that scale, though.