Great review Faust! (as always) About those license plates, it is funny that they are made as an actual postal code for a place in the territory where it is (supposedly) issued. Without knowing that, I would assume them to be constructed vanity plates reading "enforce eighty two". I have no idea what that would mean though. Maybe a Canadian could say, eh?
Would those tires be made to accept the rim from either side? The tread pattern appears to be good looking, but the graphics are very inconsistent in which direction the tire would roll. Are those tires unidirectional? The big image on the front page even has the front tires roll opposite directions. Now, I love this release just as much as anyone else on here, and I'm at the ready with my wallet open just waiting for the release. But the wheels of a Bronco is a fairly prominent visual feature and once I saw it, it couldn't be unseen. No big deal really. Just odd.
I remember from the late eighties an Italeri (also reboxed as Testors) Volvo 760 that seemed to sit on store shelves for forever and a half despite being competitively priced. Do you guys remember / share my opinion on that one?
It might have built ok, but it didn't look too good due to the exaggerated and soft panel lines that AMT were into at the time. I had the kit, and got as far as assembling the engine before I threw it all away. It was that exciting. I had never seen an actual Taurus V6 before, and the kit one seemed to have some real wonky proportions (to my untrained European eyes. (The Taurus was not sold in Norway where I lived at the time)).
True too! Did you look it up? It is true that "ekteskap" is a Norwegian word for marriage. It is used formally, in the third tense. You will most often find it in documents and printed matter. In daily use, like when I told my parents Sophia and I was getting married I used the "gift" word which is the proper expression for such an event, and resulting civil status. Since the "poison" word is a noun and the "married" one is a verb, they are never unintentionally confused in use although they sound alike and are spelt alike. As I understand the emytology of the two they are believed to have a common root in the english word gift - as in "present". Norwegian is a germanic language after all, and many words carry over or have similar meanings. So, originally or at least from very far back, the bride was considered a gift to the groom from her father, and the poison - as in those parts sometimes encountered as a venomous gift from a wasp or a viper . That "gift"description would in the language be applied to not only venom, but to any poisonous substance. So there you are. We are both right. I was born and raised a Norwegian, and I lived there until I was 35 so I feel I have a fairly good grip on that tongue. If you have any further questions on the matter feel free to ask, and I will try to explain to my best ability.
I believe it is for safety reasons. A roll cage can make the occupant space of a vehicle structurally stronger, but it also introduces hard surfaces to the space. There are laws in place describing just how soft a dash panel needs to be, and to just which degree any interior detail cannot be pointy or edgy. In racing classes where a roll cage is required, additional requirements usually (if not always) include a helmet, an approved racing seat and at least a four-point harness to keep the driver firmly planted where he belongs. And then padding of any member that comes within a set distance from the driver. I think this law is to prevent your neighborhood hotshot kid from installing a roll cage while retaining the standard seat and three-point belt (which admittedly allows for quite a bit of slop when things get rough-and-tumble). They just don't want anybody to bang their heads on those steel pipes. I also think that this is a manifestation of a government overreaching and banning it outright, instead of allowing for a proper and safe installation. Then again, the cage is only safe if you can reliably can keep people away from it, and there might be some doubt of wether a driver on public roads is willing to buckle and tighten that cumbersome and uncomfortable harness that makes it difficult to reach the heater or radio knobs. The DOT (or similar body) would probably tell the kid that if he feels unsafe without the cage, he should adopt a more defensive driving style. - THAT will not work for me. So I will declare to know better, and build my car with cage and racing seat..
I do not know much of anything when it comes to drag racing, but I seem to remember from another kit. I believe it was the MPC '53 Ford Flipnose pickup , but it could have been something else. This one also had a standalone radiator with no hoses, and the instruction sheet identified the part as "gas tank". I guess for a car doing part-time duty on the show circuit a radiator (which is designed to hold liquid), cold make a fancy gas tank.. Or maybe not. What do I know?
Whoa! Do you ever do any small projects? Check out this thread for british car kits. You will have to sort out the 1/24 ones, and then research which ones are easy to obtain. But at the very least it gives you an idea of what is out there.
I just remembered, since this list was compiled, there has been an 1/24 Ford Escort mk I in rally trim released by Belkits. And the Esci Ford Transit van is announced to be reissued by Italeri.
There was this talented Danish guy - Piet Hein (1905-1996) - who had such clarity of mind and command of the language that he was able to pin down his observations on life in just a few short lines. And in verse form to boot. Look up about his "grooks". I like them. LIVING IS... Living is a thing you do now or never -- which do you?
THOSE WHO KNOW
Those who always know what’s best are a universal pest.
SOCIAL MECHANISM When people always try to take the very smallest piece of cake how can it also always be that that's the one that's left for me?
A PSYCHOLOGICAL TIP Whenever you're called on to make up your mind, and you're hampered by not having any, the best way to solve the dilemma, you'll find, is simply by spinning a penny. No -- not so that chance shall decide the affair while you're passively standing there moping; but the moment the penny is up in the air, you suddenly know what you're hoping.