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  1. I agree that they would benefit from some PE wires, although given how much I hate PE, I'd likely just go with what was in the box regardless! Most of these will be stock, I think. I do like 1/32; it goes well with my EXPs and my weird Japanese Three-Wheelers! I had trouble with the poll at one time too... I don't like Wordpress' new system anywhere near as much as the old one. Progress indeed...
  2. While it is only a couple days into the new year, I can’t help but think of the old saw “Out with the old, in with the new!” Of course, when it comes to sprue, I can’t really abide by that at all. I’m more like “In with the old, in with the older and weirder!”. I know it doesn’t really follow the spirit of things, but you know me… always have to be contrary. In that fine tradition then I would like to share with all of you a great classic car score I had in late November, in the one Toy Show I managed to get to before COVID started shutting everything back down again! Now, when I say “Classic” I don’t mean ‘50s and ‘60s like most people. I mean cars that are 90-118 years old, and kits that are about half that age! If you’re looking for a weird collection of older Brass and Vintage era car kits, then click on the link below the see some of the awesome chestnuts I picked up late last year, and don’t forget to vote for your favourite too! https://adamrehorn.wordpress.com/vintage-car-score-november-2021/
  3. Oh my God!!! 1.) That is awesome. That is so, so hot. In that there is a kit of that. The car is terrible, making the kit super-awesome! 2.) It's 1/48? (I’m astonished)? That would be a small kit. Nicely in scale to my... uh... Tamiya Buffalo, I guess. 3.) Split lengthways? What the hell? Why? How? How does that even work? WHY?? 4.) Is it styrene or resin? (Or that weird Russian stuff?) I would love to review that thing on my site. Now I have something to watch for! Thanks for the pic! Just when you thought it was safe to go into the model shows again...
  4. Well, it was a push, but it’s done in time for Christmas! With a lot of sanding, grinding and polishing, my Fumina Christmas Angel Custom version of the Bandai Axis Angel kit is ready for display on the Big Day. I’m glad to be able to add another Gundam-based Christmas ornament/display to my holiday decorations, and I think she looks rather good. Check out this new addition at the link below, and a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone! https://adamrehorn.wordpress.com/bandai-non-scale-super-fumina-christmas-angel-custom/
  5. Sometimes the things I like are just so esoteric and awful that there simply isn’t a kit of a particular subject. I know, it seems weird, but it’s true. However, sometimes I get lucky, and there will be a pre-built replica of the object of my desire/dismay! This is most true when it comes to cars, and particularly European cars! One perfect example of an unsurprisingly unkitted subject is the Renault 14. While Renault has made a lot of successful (in Europe, at least) cars, the pear-like 14 is not one of them. It’s ugly, weird and shockingly corpulent in the wrong places. Thankfully, French die-cast maker Solido did it’s patriotic best to bring this loser to life, and my version the Solido Cougar version, is the weird dime-store el-cheapo version. Check out this almost Christmas-coloured abomination of automotive styling quality control at the link below. Just think; now you have something to ask Santa for! You’re welcome! https://adamrehorn.wordpress.com/solido-1-43-renault-14/
  6. Well, the air is getting colder, the nights much longer, and the Christmas decorations have been in the stores for a couple of months now, so that can mean only one thing: It’s about a month from Christmas! With that in mind, I wanted to do another Christmas Gundam project. However, I’ve got Santa, a sled, an elf and a reindeer… what’s left. That’s when it hit me: an angel!! So, inspired by this realization, I dug my way through my stash to find my Super Fumina Axis Angel kit. I mean, it’s already a girl, and has angel wings, so I’m most of the way there, right? Right? Well, maybe not. Still, never one to be deterred by some hard work, I have set down the path of creating a suitable Christmas Angel from this Gundam Girl kit. Check out how far I’ve gotten so far at the link below! Now, all I have to do is get it done in time for Christmas! Should be easy, right? What else is there to do this time of year… other than everything… https://adamrehorn.wordpress.com/2021/11/24/bandai-1-144-hgbf-fumina-axis-angel-christmas-angel-custom-phase-1/
  7. Or hats. You could sell hats. I just got this kit, and I'm amazed to see one so well built! Something for me to shoot for! Fantastic to see these things built, and so well, Harry!
  8. Holy Moses! I'm both inspired and intimidated at the same time! Harry: Those are gorgeous! I love Brass stuff too, and those look fantastc! Great work on a genre most people don't even know about!
  9. Given all the weird stuff I build and collect, like 4-door Vettes and early, useless jets, it should come as no surprise that the weirder it is, the more I’m likely to be drawn to it. My reputation precedes me, too, it seems, since my brother and (now late) uncle worked together to give me five of the Arii 1/32 Owners’ Club three-wheeled trucks for Christmas some time ago. I thought it was high time to dig one of these little weird guys out and give it a go. On a whim, I decided to take a run at the Mazda K360, since it’s not as well-known as the Daihatsu midget, and thus was even a darker shade of weird! Check out the out of box review for this cute little motorized wheelbarrow-looking hauler at the link below. Who knows, you might decide you want one for yourself! https://adamrehorn.wordpress.com/arii-ls-mazda-k360-oob/
  10. When they say “Truth is stranger than fiction”, sometimes, they aren’t kidding! The desperate last days of WWII in Germany saw any and all ideas for defence of the Reich at least given consideration, no matter how outlandish they were. That some of these ideas were greenlighted, and even made it to the flying stage, says a lot about the state of Germany’s science and politics in the early-middle ‘40s. One of the weirder and more dangerous vehicles to make the leap from napkin to launchpad was the Bachem Ba-349, or BP-20, “Natter”. A vertically-launched, tiny, rocket-propelled point-defence interceptor, it was the original “missile with a man in it”. Not surprisingly, there are a lot of kits of this weird contraption, and one of the newer ones is the Brengun model in 1/72. This comes in a bunch of realistic and “What-If” flavours. The one I opted for was Mustermaschine M23, which is the first, and only, Natter to launch with a human pilot on board. Check out this neat little kit at the link below, and tell me what you think: Red or Black for the underside? https://adamrehorn.wordpress.com/brengun-1-72-bp-20-natter-mustermaschine-m23/
  11. Yeah, it's pretty fun looking, I have to admit. A good one for breaking out of a slump, I think!
  12. It’s no secret that I’m a fan of weird model kits and replicas. From four-door Corvettes to oddball float planes and all things in between, I tend to have a soft spot for the unconventional. Of course, that doesn’t mean that I don’t like things that are a bit more well-known. I also like figure kits, primarily from animes, but I rarely have a chance to get them due to their relatively high cost. Surely one of the most well-known and recognizable animated characters of all time, however, is not from an anime. Homer Simpson, the rather dim-witted and corpulent “third cousin twice removed” of more conventional TV father figures, has been making the world laugh (and shake their collective heads) for decades now. So, when my sister-in-law, who is a big Simpsons fan, ran into the Heller Homer Simpson on a local hobby shop run a few years ago, I was blown away. Not only was there a kit of Homer, it was French! I thought it was high time to take a look at this rather strange bit of Springfeild-alia (?) and share this oddity with the rest of the modelling world. After all, while Homer is famous, this kit doesn’t seem to be, and that makes it all the cooler in my eyes! https://adamrehorn.wordpress.com/heller-homer-simpson-oob/
  13. Sadly, not much there for me to get excited about. Revell needs to reissue the LUV Machine, and where are the MPC Chevettes?? Since they keep popping the AMT Ford, I'll take a Matilda van, or a 6-Wheeled van any time.
  14. One of the fun parts of modelling, I find, is coming across a kit of something unfamiliar. It could be a different variant of a known machine, or something you’ve not seen a kit of before. For me, it always makes me raise my eyebrows and, more often than not, end up purchasing the kit as an excuse to learn more about the esoteric subject at hand. However, after being into planes for over 40 years, I didn’t think there were too many (at least not from the mid-‘30s forward) that I wouldn’t at least have heard of. However, on a trip to a local store, I came across just such a beast. When I picked up the box, I didn’t even really know if what I was looking at was a real plane or something from an alternate history story. The plane, though, was real: the Aichi E11A Laura. It was a night recon/spotter flying boat used in tiny numbers by the Japanese up to and just into WWII. Despite having no experience rigging biplanes, I decided I’d learn, and quickly added the kit to my stash. Since it won the poll for which of the Japanese Floaty planes people wanted to see a review of first, I thought it was time I dug into it. So, check out the Fujimi 1/72 Laura out of box at the link below. I have to say, for a plane I’ve never heard of, it looks like one heck of a kit! https://adamrehorn.wordpress.com/fujimi-1-72-aichi-e11a-laura-oob/
  15. Alan told me about this line the other day, and I have to say I'm impressed with the choice of subjects that Tonka tackled. I think reissues of these could do well today! I love the looks of these, and will be keeping my eyes peeled for them at shows and the like. I'm unlikely to find one but hey, you never know! Thanks for bringing these out of the shadows!
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