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Richard Bartrop

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  1. Oh, it's definitely an improvement over the previous model.
  2. I as referring more to whoever thinks you're going to get 44 miles a day off those solar panels. That thing has scam written all over it.
  3. If you're looking for other wheels to put in your Parts Packs, I think you should give some serious thought to adding the ones from your upcoming Black Beauty kit.
  4. Is it the most expensive model car? I imagine a hand built model of the sort Gerald Wingrove used to do would set you back at least that much, and honestly, I'd rather have one of those. There are some nice detail, but as far as subject matter goes, the Cullinan is pretty much at the bottom of my want list. As far as Rolls Royce models go, the Monogram Phantom IIs I have in my build pile will do me just fine for now. As for who deserves what, and how much is too much, that's probably a discussion that falls way outside the scope of this forum. Personally, I think if you can afford it, and you enjoy it, and you aren't hurting anyone, then that's all the justification you really need. As for what people should spend their money on, I'm sure the money that went into stuffing your basement full of several lifetimes worth of kits would have made a welcome contribution tot he local food bank. If you really think the some people have to much money, then isn't it great that there are people working hard to come up with ways like this to siphon off some of that excess wealth?
  5. I can think of all sorts of uses for those wheels, so I'll definitely be looking forward to the Parts Pack issue.
  6. That's fine. I kno hat I said, and I don't need you to speak for me.
  7. If you ever read Rod Custom's account of the restoration of the Hirohata Merc, what they found underneath was not pretty. That would make an interesting model project. An old school custom, complete with old school construction underneath.
  8. Maybe just ban anyone who shows sign of excess ability. Just so nobody has their sense of self worth jostled, of course.
  9. Yeah, I can't see anyone commissioning something like this for just 30 grand. Just getting someone to assemble and paint a kit can set you back four figures. One of Michele Conti's hand build models would set you back $25000, and this as back in the '60s. I wouldn't be surprised if you tried to actually hire someone to build something like this, a real '63 Stingray would be cheaper.
  10. It's a reduced scale replica of a real object, which is the very definition of a model. And it probably isn't a kit, which means someone had to build it from scratch, which means that whoever built it has modeling skills that blow away anything you or I could do.
  11. All right, how about, if you can get it through the door, you can enter it?
  12. Something is seriously wrong when modeling of this calibre is considered a "problem". You guys who like to talk about who is and isn't a real modeler? Take a good look, because this is what real modeling looks like This is what a model is, a model of something, otherwise you're making plastic sculpture. In the rest of the modeling world, it's all about fidelity and accuracy. If you walk into a contest with this, and nobody has managed to build anything better, then you deserve to walk away with every trophy you qualify for. However, I don't think it's unreasonable to have to bring something different to next year's contest.
  13. Geez, there are children reading this.
  14. Not really that interested in making a Fiat gasser, but I will pick one up for the Cadillac engine and the roadster bits.
  15. Apparently the pandemic has been very good for the model industry, and it's nice to see them putting some money back into new kits.
  16. My first thought is, do some research. It'll look great right out of the box, but the right detail painting will really make it shine. I'd say in some ways, it goes together better than Monogram's 540K, but if there is one really challenging part, it's the front suspension, where you have to sandwich both the coil spring and the spindle between the upper and lower control arms at the same time. Lots of finely moulded detail, so exercise care hen removing parts from the trees.
  17. Hmmmm... a recreation of an old kit, and it's not stock.... I'm going to go way out on a limb and go with one of these:
  18. Here's part of the article, with the plans. https://historicsimracing.123.st/t3796-f1-paper-models and I think you may be right. If you anted to tackle this project today in 1/25, AMT's Thomas Flyer might be a better choice for parts.
  19. Aoshima did a number of kits based on Thunderbirds, and they also did a few from Captain Scarlet, which is another Anderson production with a big following outside the US. Some better versions in 1/24 or 1/25 would be welcome. Maybe it was a Commonwealth thing, but they showed a lot of Gerry Anderson shows up here in Canada. I grew up on a steady diet of Fireball XL-5, Stingray, and Thunderbirds. UFO remains one of my favourites, and if Round 2 wants to do anything based on that show, I would be okay with this.
  20. I know about the Fujimi Spinner, which is why I specified the one from Blade Runner 2049. Some of the ground vehicles from Gerry Anderson productions would be pretty neat to have, though I think they might be better off going with the original FAB 1
  21. First off, thanks for responding. It's nice to know that the companies are listening, and care about what we think. I'm also one of the people who'd be interested in a stock Imperial, and I hope that one day you can make the numbers work. Now, since you asked, at the top of my want list for sci fi and TV/Movie cars would probably be the Star Car from The Last Starfighter, and the Spinners (flying cars) from Blade Runner 2049. There's also the Stutz Bearcat from the show Bearcats. The show is even more obscure that The Green Hornet, but I'm guessing you still have the moulds kicking around somewhere, and it would appeal to the vintage car fans as well. If we're allowed a short diversion into spaceships, I really liked the yacht in The Last Jedi, and if you could so your way clear to doing any of the ships from The Expanse, I would not be unhappy. The thing about the people who are fans of Gerry Anderson productions like Space:1999 is that they tend to be REALLY passionate about them, and the effects heavy nature of the show does tend to attract the model builders. They also have a pretty huge overseas fanbase, especially in England. However, I think there is more to it than simple idolatry. The Space;1999 ships are some of the nicest looking spaceships ever made for movies or TV, and unlike a lot of fictional spaceships, look like something that might actually work as a real vehicle. Aesthetics does play a part, and I do think the Black Beauty is a handsome design, even if you don't know anything about the show. I have some Japanese robot kits that I bought, where I have no idea what shows they came from, but I just really liked the designs.
  22. There is that Toyota 2000GT that MPC came out with way back when. Is that in Round 2's collection somewhere, or does it belong to Airfix?
  23. I'm guessing those are Australian Dollars? If so, that would make it about 50 US dollars, which still isn't cheap, but puts it in the ballpark of Tamiya and some Revell Germany offerings, and it looks like a reasonably decent kit. IF you just have to have a Holden. If the Australian modeling community can support something like this, it has me wondering if there's a market for a decent styrene Beaumont or Monarch kit.
  24. And judging by the sci fi kits I've built over the years, they tend not to be all that picky about quality. No matter, A lot of things would be nice, but the big thing is that they do a decent job on the parts that show, and it's not like there isn't an abundance of 1/25 Mopar donor kits out there if you just have to have an engine and a chassis.
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