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    Adam Rehorn

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  1. Aoshima's E15K1 Norm - super oldie!

    Thanks, man! Nice! that Norseman is cool, and I do like floatplanes as well, as you can tell by my Float Stuka. I like the Norseman too, because it's not the L-4 most people think of when they think US Army co-operation plane! The puddle jumper is nice, yeah, I agree. Oh, man... that's a long way for that poor Maryland's moulds to go! I'm sure it'll suck, but likely no worse than the Norm!
  2. Aoshima's E15K1 Norm - super oldie!

    Hey Michael! Man, it sounds like you're in my version of Heaven! My brother has that Privateer, and yes, I do believe that's the only Styrene version of it ever. Too bad, it'd make a nice 1/144. However, it's a cool counterpart to the new Airfix Shackelton, so 1/72 isn't TOO big! I love Marylands, and haven't ever seen the kit. Man, if it's the Eastern Express.... that's going to hurt. I have their Yak 15 - total garbage. I did get an original Frog Thud and a DH Hornet, though! All of them for cheap, too. I've built that B-57 - got it 20 years ago, and then bought the "G" version about 4 years ago. Sure, it's raised panel lines, but it's a cool, cool plane! Great find on the Trumpy car-scale Stang, too! I love finding Matchboxes. At a local show this past winter, I got a decal-less (but otherwise complete) Do-18, a still-wrapped He-70 and one guy was selling PK-1 (Hawker Fury) two in a box!!! And it was a perfect shape box in great condition! HOLY MOLY! I still lust (yes, lust) for the Matchbox Buffalo, although there are a tonne of others like the Seafox, Norseman and Mosquito that I'd also like to grab if I ever see them! Not to mention the LRDG and Char B1/FT-17 "orange" kit sets. Man, now I'm all excited... Good luck grabbing some more stuff next week!
  3. Aoshima's E15K1 Norm - super oldie!

    The Rufe was very much more successful, but that's not saying a whole lot. The Norm should have been good, but since none of the jettisoning floats worked, it was really just a sitting duck. I agree, Ray, that it is a very pretty airplane. That's why, even though the kit was a total dog's breakfast, I persevered with it. It's too pretty NOT to have on display!
  4. Sometimes, things don’t work out in real life like they do in theory. Anyone who’s ever designed something and seen it built has likely experienced this. It happens all the time, and in the field of aviation history, it’s a very common occurrence indeed. One perfect example was the “Norm”, a Japanese floatplane recce bird deployed in only very small numbers in the Pacific theatre of WWII. The designers of the Norm had all kinds of great ideas for it, and it should have been a success. However, despite counter-rotating props and (technically) jettisonable floats, the E15K1 was just one of those cases where theory and reality were at loggerheads, and reality won. The few Norms put into service experienced all kinds of troubles, and most were shot down. Equally plagued with troubles is the ANCIENT Farpro Japan kit of the Norm. Yeah, if you know me, you knew that I’d be busting out another Farpro at some time! Well, here it is! This ancient dog needs about 400 pounds of putty and elbow grease to even get it looking like a plane, let alone half-arsed. However, with some patience and work, it can be made to look acceptable, even against much more modern and forgiving kits. Check it out below, and save yourself the pain of building it yourself. I mean, that’s what I’m here for! https://adamrehorn.wordpress.com/farpro-japan-1-72-e15k1-siun-norm/
  5. 60`s Revell "Evil Iron" Trike

    Wow. Just... Wow! I can remember seeing stuff like that at car shows when I was little. Loved them! I CANNOT believe that's a kit! Fantastic work, man, just fantastic. I feel a bit motivated now... not that I can come up with something that good, but work like this gets my modelling mojo goin'!
  6. When it comes to Sci-Fi, I’m more of an anime guy than anything else. I grew up watching Astroboy, Battle of the Planets and Robotech. There’s always been something about the realness and completeness of Japanese designs and the universes they inhabit that inspire me to build plastic models of them. However, I am also interested in Star Wars, and have become more so in the last decade than I was before. Thankfully, during this time, the number of quality kits from the Star Wars franchise has grown, and the old MPC offerings have been truly put out to pasture. Most recently, Bandai has begun to market very nice, gorgeously moulded kits of some of the designs from both the classic and newer movies. These take the Star Wars modelling experience to the next level, and I felt I should at least try one to see what they were like. Of course, I chose a rather odd example: the 1/144 U-Wing/Tie Striker set! Despite being small and simple to build, this multi-kit set is a pretty nice piece of work. Check it out below! https://adamrehorn.wordpress.com/model-kits/out-of-box-reviews/bandai-1-144-u-wing-and-tie-striker-out-of-box/

    Hell's Yeah! Now you're talking! I tried buying one of those a while ago and lost out on it. I'd buy TWO of those, at least!
  8. Me-410 Hornisse from Fine Molds (OOB)

    I think the Me-210/410 story, and the apathy of the Luftwaffe to the excellent He-100 family and He-280 are really excellent case studies in how political infighting can really cause havoc with real consequences for a nation's security. Of course, if you add in the blind adherence to the He-177 and the inability until the very end for the industry to focus on a few key projects, and you have a basketful of lessons that ought to be taken to heart by everyone in the military-industrial complex. The ProModeller 1/48 is AWESOME. I had the non-PM version of that kit, and was astounded how good it was. I sold it for a good deal more than I paid, but I kinda wish I hadn't, although in 1/48 a Hornisse takes up more space than I have to give it...
  9. You're right about the insert, is is very Vega-esque. I don't know why Ford did what they did with the Pinto, since they had to have the inside insert anyway. Maybe it was to hide all the crappy welds? This way, they could make a right mess of things and just cover it over with a piece of panel. No muss, no fuss. I'd love to see what rot is under, and indeed written on or stuffed into, one of these panels. We are talking about '70s auto assembly lines after all. I personally like the way Ford did it; it makes the wagon look less cheap. For a commercial-beater, like the Vega, the insert is okay. For the Pinto, though, a more flush side looks more "vanning", and like they cared more.
  10. I’m sure we’ve all run into those kits that we thought were going to be fairly simple, only to realize that they’re a lot more involved than they first seemed to be. That’s been the case for the last couple of cars I’ve built, as I’ve tried to overcome dodgy instructions and a lack of reference material regarding stock versions of the vehicles. I guess I shouldn’t have been surprised that MPC’s Pinto wagon, rereleased in its late-run “Pony Express” form by Round 2 is any different. However, it’s not just the engine that’s wrong on this one, it’s the whole Cruising Wagon rear end! (You know, the whole reason most of us likely bought the kit?). It’s not Round 2’s fault, though. It’s all MPC laziness, but with some dedication, it can be made to work out in the end. Check out all the blood, sweat and tears that I’m having to put into this thing at the link below. Just a word of warning: if you want to build an authentic Pinto wagon from this thing without a lot of work, stick to the windowed version! https://adamrehorn.wordpress.com/2018/07/04/pinto-update-2-body-issues/
  11. Oh my God! That thing is coming along great! I can't believe a Monza can look so tough! Fantastic job on the wheels especially! I also love the side light treatment. Great idea!
  12. NEW Round2 AMT 2018

    That Ford van looks awesome! Is it just a re-repop of the "Vantom/Phantom Van" of a few years ago, but with updated decals? The only thing I don't like about the AMT van kits is the lack of interior. This one, though, would be okay, since it's a bone-stock factory package, I believe. I'm waiting for this one, or at least more details! Never enough street vans.
  13. Oooh! Nice call! A nice new Cimmaron kit would be fantastic. C'mon Revell!
  14. I got one for my brother a bit ago, but I'll still looking for another one. I really wish there was a 4-door notchback Cavalier promo! Was there ever a promo based on this Horizon kit, or even a promo for the Omnis at all?
  15. While many of my built WWII Luftwaffe planes are, in fact, “What-Ifs” or Luft ‘46ers, I do have a goodly number of actual Luftwaffe hardware in my stash as well. One type that I’d been eager to get a nice kit of was the Me-410, since it’s an unusual looking plane, as well as having something of a loser heritage that I just can’t resist. I had a 1/48 Monogram years ago, but it was so big that I sold it to make some room. Since then, I’ve not seen a small kit of the -410 that I’ve wanted to get. That was until I ran into the Fine Molds one at a local show. For the price, I figured I could treat myself and get a nice kit of a cool, and real(!) plane. Check out my out of box review below in case you’re thinking of snagging one yourself. However, just like the Luftwaffe, I wouldn’t get your expectations unjustifiably high… https://adamrehorn.wordpress.com/fine-molds-me-410-a-1-b-1-out-of-box/