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  1. Jaguar XK 120, Revell

    That really looks "period", the interior colour is spot on, I can smell that leather.
  2. Trabant .

    I doubt they got £10k then. I was in Potsdam, just outside Berlin in '91-'92 and you pick these things up for nothing, some were just abandoned in car parks. Absolutely awful to drive by western standards, in every respect. I nearly killed myself in my one and only drive in one as I had seriously overestimated the brake performance. They're still an environmental hazard as the Duroplast bodies don't rust or decay and are extremely toxic. The model however is excellent, no Trabi ever looked as good as that!
  3. Hooper & Co Diorama

    Interesting stuff David. I can't ever see the FX3 being produced as kit and the FX4 from Revell never really looks right to me. Is the Fujimi version the same kit? Your plan to convert the Tamiya Toyoda sounds challenging. On the subject of conversions have you looked at the Italeri Phantom II?. My local model shop has had one on the shelf for months and I am tempted. It may be too old and more of the "Maharaja" style for your diorama but a conversion to more traditional bodywork might be feasible. I love Heller kits, very good especially for their age although the way they put the bodywork together looks like the designers all went mad.
  4. Hooper & Co Diorama

    David, that size is for the canopy, the actual diorama will extend beyond that. It's really designed as a backdrop for showing off models on the club stand at shows, having a single line of pumps, unlike the Mk1 version. I've also found Andy good to deal with, sensible prices and I may be tempted to the Minor van.
  5. Hooper & Co Diorama

    The Mk2 gas station is in its early stages. It's based on the prototype at Gulf Ravensthorpe in Yorkshire. The company that built the canopy sent us prototype measurements etc and we've got the brand guidelines from the Gulf agent in the UK. So far it consists of 5' x 1.5' 15mm aluminium/aluminum frame. My co-builder is back in the UK this weekend after working abroad so I may start a build thread. Is the Minor Traveller one of the resin bodies from Andy Swindlehurst? I'm working on a Mini pickup from him at present but it's very hard work.
  6. Hooper & Co Diorama

    I don't know how I've missed this thread so far - excellent work I really believe dioramas are a must for displaying models. I'll be following this with interest whilst working on my own gas station mk2 diorama. Have you looked at Seuthe smoke generators - they are used for model railways and may be more adaptable? David
  7. Gulf Gas Station

    Hi - these are replicas of Tokheim Quantium 500 series dispensers and I believe they are still current with the manufacturer. We chose them as they are the ones used in our local Gulf station and also they are relatively easy to build in styrene. That said they do have a couple of errors on them and we may build a fresh set. I'd be interested in the facebook groups as we are looking to build some older scenes too.
  8. Gulf Gas Station

    Here are some pics of a gas station project a couple of us in our club have been working on. It''s still got more to be added, including working lighting but here are the first shots.