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    Adam Rehorn

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  1. Well, shoot. That's a real kick in the jaw. It was literally my very most favourite place in MI to go. It had great old kits, lots of MPC stuff, the odd Jo-Han and HotWheels out the whazoo. Great deals, friendly staff, great atmosphere. It was about 4 doors away from Ken's Country Kitchen, too; a fantastic place for lunch/dinner. Made a great half-day trip. Down there, eat huge at Ken's, drop my nephew and those who didn't want to shop for kits at the beautiful park just around the corner, and come back and roll around in styrene and die cast. This sucks. Like 2020 needed help being crappier. Thanks for the link, Steve! Sadly, I'd had a lot of those kits in my hands, and decided I could "get them later". Then came COVID, closed borders and the end. Weak. At least I got a lot out of it while it was still alive! Rest well. Another local shop gone.
  2. So, there's nobody here from around there who can tell me if this shop has gone under? There are a lot of views on this, but nobody's said anything. If you do know, please let me know!
  3. Hey Everyone! I was just looking around and feeling nostalgic for some pre-COVID hobbyshop love, and I thought "I'll check Ashbrook's site". Nothing came up. I did some digging, and there was some reference to the shop being auctioned. I'm talking about Ashbrook's Hobby (Formerly Prieh's Hobby) in Richmond, Michigan, just off Division Line. I'm in Canada, and haven't been stateside since October 2019. They were running well then. Got a lot of stuff there, too. If there's anyone from the area who knows, can you tell me if they're dead? It's a shame, because I loved going to Ken's Country Kitchen and then walking down to Ashbrook's to have a fantastic afternoon of food and sprue. If they're gone, it's a true loss. Thanks!
  4. Oh, that's unfortunate that it became the later SS one. Still, one can hope. I guess I'll have to keep my eyes open at swap meets, then. I do have the "Branding Iron" version, and I intend to likely do it full crazy custom, just because sometimes those MPC customs demand to be built thusly. When I was a kid, my Uncle built the Diablo one. I would still like a chance to do it with nice new decals.
  5. Thank you so much! I'm glad to see that they gave us proper striping on this one. Unfortunately, the big hood decal itself is not all that accurate. It should have gold and orange at least in it, no? I also wish it was hollow; there's no guaranteeing you get the same "black" as the decal when doing this one. Sadly, I think I'll pass... C'mon Round 2... where's the El Diablo or your Royal Knight MPC kits, with your nice, patented new awesome decals in several colour options! Time to blow this old chestnut out of the water! I think the MPC is a better kit, too. I do have them both, I should check...
  6. Hey Guys! Just saw the reissue 3-in-1 El Camino today. Was going to get it, even though I have the original "Camper" version, since this has stock hood and engine. The problem: I didn't know what the decal sheet would look like. For some reason, I can't find a pic of it online anywhere. Maybe I suck. If you have a link to a pic, I'd be glad to see it. Does anyone have this yet, and if so, can you post a pic of the decals for me? If it's got Full Royal Knight, then I'll likely get it, but if not, it'll be a no-go, I think. Thanks, in advance!
  7. By the way, that Matilda van is awesome, to my eyes! So horribly, awfully, tastelessly '70s! Am I the only one who thinks the bubble is a great place for a ball-type turret for a post-appocalyptic "Mad Max" van? I mean, it's already got the Australian theme going!
  8. Well done! As someone who loves to build 3-D Cartoons (see all my Gundams for details!), I can say that looks absolutely awesome!
  9. Steve! That looks fantastic! What a great story, and a great model to go with it. My brother and I have made models of things for my dad for Christmas, and things like this with a personal connection are always great to see. You rocked that thing, hard, man! Great work through and through!
  10. It should come as no surprise to many reading this that I love obscure subject matter. From Gundams that almost no one has heard of to four-door vettes and planes that can barely get out of their own way, the odder it is, the better I like it. I also have a thing for two-seater variants of normally single-pilot aircraft. One of the lesser-known Russian planes of the Cold War is the Su-15 Flagon, despite its apparent penchant for shooting down airliners! As a typical “fast-and-pointy” ‘60s-era interceptor, it’s not really something I have a particular love for. However, if you talk to me about the trainer variant, then you have my attention! Well, Pioneer2 from Turkey did just that, and I couldn’t resist picking up one of their Su-15UM Flagon G kits years and years ago. I decided it was time to get it out of the stack and see what I was in for. Check out this very “workmanlike” (to be kind) kit out-of-box at the link below, and remember that I’m doing this so you don’t have to! https://adamrehorn.wordpress.com/model-kits/out-of-box-reviews/1-72-pioneer2-su-21g-flagon-oob/
  11. I think I've seen somewhere that you can take the Sierra's interior and put it with the Cosworth racing body to at least get a "civilian" curbsider of the Cosworth. I'm so glad they didn't do the Cosworth instead of the normal XR4i. I really don't like the Cosworth's look at all. But, I do seem to be in the minority on that one!
  12. Thanks guys! Tim: I think that Sage Green was only on Hertz cars, if I remember right. That's a shame, because I think it's the nicest colour on the SVO. I've never seen one in real life, but then again, I've only ever seen two SVOs still rolling up here in London, Ontario! Man, $1K for a replacement turbo in 1998? that would suck. I know a few people who feel the same about oil changes. I never get it. You won't spend $1K on oil over an average car's life (I likely will, but the G8 eats 8L every 10,000km, and it's all Mobil 1 which is, like, $50+ a bottle up here!), so why would you risk it. Idiots get what they deserve! Interesting to know that about the Quattro, too. I'm not surprised that this kit would be expensive in Britain. They were a bigger deal there than here. Heck, my brother bought this one directly from a seller in Japan!
  13. I generally find that if a car has polarizing styling, and a lot of people find it weird or ugly, then I’ll be on the other side of the fence. A perfect example is the Mustang SVO – I love ‘em! I also have a thing for bug-eyed EXPs and 4-door Vettes, so take that for what it’s worth! One car I’ve always loved that fits in with these styling oddities is the Ford Sierra XR4i. We got them in North America as “Merkur XR4Ti”s, but they didn’t do very well. Still, I thought they looked awesome, and I haven’t changed my mind in the intervening decades. No surprise then that I’ve wanted the Tamiya Sierra XR4i for a while! Well, I got one, and now I’ve got it done! I have to say, it was a bit of an uneven build; some parts were great, other features of the kit were less so. Still, it’s awesome to finally have one of these “aerodynamic frogs” on display! Check it out here, and let me know what you think! https://adamrehorn.wordpress.com/model-kits/cars/tamiya-1-24-ford-sierra-xr4i/
  14. As a big fan of older model kits, I have to say that I am a big fan of the retro-modelling craze that seems to be sweeping this great hobby of ours. I love that I can get repops (sometimes improved, sometimes not) of old stuff I missed out on. Sure, they’re not as great as a new kit, but they have their own charm. One kind of kit, though, that I never thought would fall into this “nostalgia boom” is the Gundam kit. Bandai has a penchant for “onwards and upwards”, constantly improving their Gundam kits so that there’s no need to get the old ones. However, it seems that there are exceptions to that rule. A perfect example are the kits from Gundam Silhouette Formula 91, a manga (comic) side story to the F-91 anime, and something that is so obscure that Bandai hasn’t even bothered (yet) to make new kits of the suits from it. However, the did decide to reissue the old ones, and since they have such a big place in my heart, I had to scoop some up. Check out my out-of-box review for the reissued F-90Y Cluster Gundam. It was my first from this series about 25 years ago, when I was just getting into Gundams. It’s going to be fun to rebuild it now! https://adamrehorn.wordpress.com/model-kits/out-of-box-reviews/bandai-1-100-f-90y-cluster-gundam-out-of-box/
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