Robberbaron

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  1. Robberbaron added a post in a topic What did you get today?   

    After only being released for a couple of years, my local HL finally began stocking the Revell '70 Cuda kit, so I used my 40% coupon on that.  Had been hoping they'd have the Del Rio kit, but no go.
    I swear I have no idea how they determine what they are going to stock, or when...
  2. Robberbaron added a post in a topic AMT '75 AMC Gremlin X   

    A.C., thanks for the heads up on those stripes.  Whenever I would eventually get around to building this one,  I had been planning on either black or silver to go with those red stripes.
    At least now I know that won't work, as opposed to when I'd be placing the first stripe!
  3. Robberbaron added a post in a topic AMT '75 AMC Gremlin X   

    The reissues that I bought within the last year of the AMT '63 Corvette and '36 Ford, as well as the MPC Pacer were all molded in that off-white plastic.  Think my Ohio George Ranchero might have been, too.  They've been using it a lot recently.
    PS:  Gotta get used to this new quote system!  Not sure what I did, but turned out pretty funky.  Gotta read the owner's manual...
  4. Robberbaron added a post in a topic What did you get today?   

    OK, hope I don't get blasted too bad for this one:
    Had to stop at Wal-Mart to get this and that.  Took a stroll down the toy car/diecast aisle like I always do.  Almost walked right past these things, then took a closer look.  Anyone seen these before?  "Adventure Wheels" seems to be a Wal-Mart brand, but the chassis in each of these indicates that they're actually manufactured by "Kidztech Toys".
    These are actually plastic bodied pullback toys, with flashing LED headlights and sound effects.  Windows are totally opaque black plastic, and chassis detail is very shallow, and not prototypically correct.  BUT.....to my eyes at least, the bodies are actually very well done as far as proportions and details.  Even have clear headlights, driving lights, and clear red taillights.  Haven't bothered to scale them, but the Charger sure looks close to 1/25th scale.  Silverado seems like it might be 1/24th-ish, maybe even 1/23?  Still close enough to be in my ballpark.
    Aside from the windows and lack of chassis detail, the Silverado has incorrect 8-lug wheels, but they do have a very nice Chevy bowtie tampo on the center, and decent looking rubber tires.  Could look nice swapped onto something more appropriate.  If I ever do anything with this one, probably would be a rim swap and drop it all the way to the ground to hide the chassis.  Paint is a must to hide the awful metallic red plastic it's molded in.
    The Charger immediately looks 100% better after you peel off the awful police stickers.  The spoiler and oversized push bar are rubbery plastic, and will need to go, too.  The grille element sticks out too far, but it looks like a separate piece that just needs to be recessed in a little further.  I'm picturing ditching the junk lightbar and giving it an all black repaint for that unmarked look.
    Just try to think of them as slammers.  I believe there's a Motormax diecast of the 2011-2014 Charger, but I'm thinking this is the only thing in plastic.  Don't think there's any other version of the 2007-2013 Silverado out there.  Hey, they're far from perfect, but they're frickin' toys!  What do you expect for $4.97 each?
     






  5. Robberbaron added a post in a topic 1400 mile 1974 Ford LTD Country Squire (Sorry, couldn't find the station wagon thread)   

     
    As we learned from Eugene Levy in "Vacation", the actual official name for this color is "Metallic Pea".
    "You think that you hate it now, but wait till you drive it!"
  6. Robberbaron added a post in a topic What did you get today?   

    Normally don't bother posting pics of my latest, since it's usually just new stuff, but I'm pretty excited about my latest find.
    Stopped in at one of the local antique stores.  One seller there usually has a couple promos for sale in their booth.  Almost always '90s Camaros, Corvettes, etc.  Never anything of interest to me, and nothing pre-1980.
    Imagine my surprise when I walked up to his display case and came face to face with one of my holy grails: a '68 Impala SS427 hardtop promo.  Body has a couple scuffs, and the bumpers need to be rechromed.  Also has swapped out wheels and tires (wouldn't be surprised if the originals had the dreaded MPC tire melt).
    Main thing for me is that the body is straight and intact.  I can live with the imperfections since it was only $50!  Been on the lookout for one of these for more than half my life (our family car was a '68 Impala, so I've got a soft spot for them).
    Funny thing is that I was running errands and almost didn't stop in, plus I only had $55 on me.
    P.S. My apologies for the lousy pics from my tablet.


  7. Robberbaron added a post in a topic What did you get today?   

    Picked up the AMT '32 Vicky at my LHS.
  8. Robberbaron added a post in a topic What did you get today?   

    Revell 1968 Vette, marked down to $10.00 at Michael's the other day.
    Also stopped at Hobby Lobby, hoping they'd have something new like theMonogram Del Rio or the AMT '32 Vicky.  No such like, but lots of stuff marked down.
    Hadn't planned to get one, but looked at the box side pictures of the Revell '54 Chevy sedan delivery (the one with the awful "drill sergeant" decals/box art), and saw that it also includes the '53 grille.  My other version from the early 90s only has the '54 grille, so decided to get this one since it was marked down, too.
  9. Robberbaron added a post in a topic Revell's 1962 Mopar annuals - possible that tooling still exists?   

    The Dart body got hacked to be used in the Revellion funny car kit. Check it out:
    http://www.modelcarsmag.com/forums/?showtopic=88319

    Actually, aside from the big old hole cut into the trunk lid, they didn't bother doing much else to the body, it appears. Seems like the side trim and even the front fender badge remained. Still had all the door seams, too. (Unlike the AMT Nova wagon body, which was smoothed to create the similar "Boss Nova" funny car.)

    I'd say there's no chance of them bothering to return the Dart to stock. Wouldn't be surprised if they still have the tool for the body and reissue the Revellion at some point, though.

    Don't know of them butchering any of the other Mopar '62 annual tools.
  10. Robberbaron added a post in a topic Revell & Foose poll for 2 new kits   

    That was also my rationale for voting for those two, at least there would be some potential to do something "non-Foose" with those. Don't get me wrong, he's a talented guy and that FD-100 is actually gorgeous. Just not too keen on the one-off show cars.

    I guess I get a little satisfaction from having voted for the two winners, but frankly I'm not sure if I'll buy either kit.
  11. Robberbaron added a post in a topic Revell customer service vs. Round 2's   

    Had that happen to me in the nineties. Bought a Ford 3-pack (57 T-bird, 57 Fairlane, 63 Galaxie), the roof for the 57 Fairlane was totally folded up, obviously packed when it was still hot. Wrote them a letter and ended up receiving a whole separate 57 Fairlane kit. Figured they sent the whole kit because they needed that size box just to send the body anyway.
    RC2 was Racing Champions, they're out of the picture now. Round 2 is a different company (although with a confusingly similar name).
  12. Robberbaron added a post in a topic Revell discontinued Del Rio wagon.   

    That would be the best encouragement for Revell to tool up some more longroofs. Wouldn't it be sweet if they decided to cook up another variation of their tri-five Chevy tooling with a 150 Handyman wagon? I can picture one of those being a nice seller, too...
  13. Robberbaron added a post in a topic Revell discontinued Del Rio wagon.   

    That would be the best encouragement for Revell to tool up some more longroofs. Wouldn't it be sweet if they decided to cook up another variation of their tri-five Chevy tooling with a 150 Handyman wagon? I can picture one of those being a nice seller, too...
  14. Robberbaron added a post in a topic Revell discontinued Del Rio wagon.   

    That would be the best encouragement for Revell to tool up some more longroofs. Wouldn't it be sweet if they decided to cook up another variation of their tri-five Chevy tooling with a 150 Handyman wagon? I can picture one of those being a nice seller, too...
  15. Robberbaron added a post in a topic '81 Chevy El Camino   

    Nice job! A childhood friend down the street had one in this exact same color that he destroyed when we were kids. Every time I came over to play, another piece would be busted off of it. Even at that age I felt bad about seeing that. Probably was the fate of most promos back in the day...