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lysleder

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  1. My biggest gripe with the ESCI Stratos is not the lack of detail or, well , to be honest - The rear engine cover does open, and there is a representation of an engine back there, sort of - but no need to dwell on that. I find the proportions of the body to be off. Especially at the greenhouse area. On the other hand, it is good to see the Escort out again! It seems to be in demand still, and sell well every time it is released. That said, given the quality of the kit, and the apparent popularity of the subject, I'd suggest maybe it is time for a new one. A newly tooled kit that is. The Renault is cool. It is no better or worse than the Escort, but somehow I like it.
  2. Actually, I would NOT want any of my previous cars back! There was always a good reason to let any of them go. The one I remember though, is the one I didn't buy. It was a Ford Escort mk.1 (the one with the dog-bone grill). It was still running and in reasonable shape in '87, but could use some work and I was still in school and just didn't have the funds. Oh well..
  3. Respect and congratulations to the winner. It is not so often that a custom wins that one.
  4. 89% I messed up bad on the Buick, and then a year here and there..
  5. It is very interesting to see your price broken down like that, but why is it that you keep consumables out? I mean - if by making each kit will you will go through, say three mixing sticks and six latex gloves along with various other supplies. Then shouldn't those be counted as a necessary expense just like the silicone? As in - one mold cost so much and will last so many pulls, and one box of gloves cost so much and will last so many kits, yes?
  6. One of my favorite English vendors (Hannants) have a few more listed as "future release". As follows; American Firemen (1910s) (2 figures) (100% new molds) NEW - II quarter $9.34 American mechanics (1910s) (3 figures) (100% new molds) NEW - III quarter $9.34 Model T 1912 Light Delivery Car NEW - IV quarter $24.66 Of course, this information should be regarded as loose and unfounded rumors only, because - well, you know how it goes. From a vendors website only. But one can always hope there is something to it.
  7. At least he has four of them available..
  8. The white Accord in the foreground is getting hard to find by now. The LS kit in the back is probably rare too, but it is not built so it doesn't count here. This other one I built some four years ago from a kit I bought at a local show. Then there is one more that probably is the rarest I have built, and that is a 1/24 Nichimo Skyline. No pics at the moment, I'll see what I can find..
  9. Has anyone here ever been to Paris? What is that famous boulevard called again? Champs E-lay-see-s?
  10. I am excited too about the F-100. Not quite as hot on the Suburban though. But if I don't buy any Suburbans I'll probably make up for it in Foose pickup trucks.
  11. 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?
  12. 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.
  13. 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?
  14. 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)).
  15. On the rear deck, yes. And also one on each side of the hood, right next to the engine displacement numbers.
  16. 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.
  17. I saw this one in my daughter's middle school parking lot at the know your school night.
  18. To me, the fool would be the one who DON'T learn from his own mistakes. Gee, I tell you - its a hard life.
  19. In the Norwegian language, the word for "marriage" is the same word as for "poison"..
  20. 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..
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