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  1. Looking for the left door panel (part no. 11) and the decal sheet from the Revell Stacy David Rat Roaster '32 Ford. Please pm me if you can help. Thank.
  2. Tamiya Morgan 4/4

    Very cool! I really like the black wheels!
  3. Buddy Baker's 1980 Oldsmobile 442 in 1/25th scale.

    Actually, they can and will as long as automotive modelers are willing to accept wildly subpar efforts, and until such time as they start voting with their wallets and demanding better.
  4. Buddy Baker's 1980 Oldsmobile 442 in 1/25th scale.

    A more fair point of comparison might be the Moebius/Model King vintage NASCAR kits, like the '61 Pontiac, '55-'56 Chryslers and '52-'53 Hudsons. Those kits usually sell for $30-$35, and, while they have their shortcomings, they leave the Salvinos Olds in the dust.
  5. Buddy Baker's 1980 Oldsmobile 442 in 1/25th scale.

    I don't know if anyone else picked up on this on the Mike's Facebook page. This is a post from Rick Salvino himself, copied and posted here verbatim ... "Sorry I like to make one more comment. Don’t worry about the people that are picking are kit apart they expect a $80.00 Tamiya kit that can be sold worldwi5de in a $39.95 that is for a small slice of the hobby.We have exceeded all expectations and more !!! " Wow. Just wow. I've got some news for ya, Mr. Salvino ... Tamiya's Mercedes AMG GT3 kit sells for about $50, or roughly $10 more than uour misbegotten Olds. And, while it's a curbside, it makes your kit looks like it was designed by a toddler with crayons. (Which, let's be honest, it pretty much does, anyway.) If you can get past the mangled English, you can practically feel the hubris dripping from that post, too. I'm inclined to not ever buy any of these guys' products just because they come off as arrogant jerks.
  6. Buddy Baker's 1980 Oldsmobile 442 in 1/25th scale.

    I don't anything about filmmaking, but I know a bad movie when I see one. I'm not a chef, but I know a bad meal when I taste one. I don't know anything about brewing, but I know bad beer when I taste it. I don't play any musical instruments and know nothing about the workings of a recording studio, but I know bad music when I hear it. I don't know anything about manufacturing, but I know a shoddily made consumer product when I get one. Your point is invalid.
  7. Buddy Baker's 1980 Oldsmobile 442 in 1/25th scale.

    Exactly. While Salvinos is supposedly creating the cotect rear suspension parts, it was stated on the Mike's Decals Facebook page that the front suspension probably won't be fixed, although Mike did say he was planning to offer the correct parts in resin. (At additional cost, no doubt.) And even if they fix both the front and rear suspensions, that does nothing to rectify that horribly misproportioned engine block/transmission, the oversized transmission/driveshaft tunnel, etc. But hey! We should be thankful to Salvinos for giving us the opportunity to purchase such an inferior product and we'd better go out and buy as many as we can, otherwise, they might not make any more of them!
  8. Buddy Baker's 1980 Oldsmobile 442 in 1/25th scale.

    ... and who still bemoan the fact that Wal-Mart no longer sells AMT kits in checkered boxes for $5 each. This particular school of thought, combined with the willingness of car modelers to accept subpar, inaacurate kits, are why we can't have nice things like the military modelers.
  9. Buddy Baker's 1980 Oldsmobile 442 in 1/25th scale.

    And what is really galling is the attitude of the kit's manufacturer, chief distributor and their sycophants that people should willing accept, and even be thankful for the opportunity to shell out their hard-earned dollars for, a product that they themselves acknowledge is subpar and riddled with inaccuracies. If you went into a restaurant and were served a bad meal that made you violently ill, I seriously doubt you'd be mollified by excuses like "The meal was a one-man effort" or "It's the first time the chef ever cooked that meal." And I expect you'd be downright furious if the manager told you should be thankful the establishment provided you with the opportunity to be served such a terrible meal. And finally, I don't think you'd continue to patronize the restaurant because you wanted to see it succeed. I'll simply never understand why so many car modelers willingly, even cheerfully, accept junk in boxes like this Olds kit and even berate and belittle those who have the temerity to point out that what they're purchasing is, in fact, junk. It all goes ro reinforce beliefs that the IQs of a lot of modelers are a lot like a Hobby Lobby coupon; 40 percent off from normal.
  10. Buddy Baker's 1980 Oldsmobile 442 in 1/25th scale.

    I completely agree. Mike is obviously twisting himself into a pretzel making excuses for this kit's shortcomings because he has a financial stake in the project. If you go to the thread on the Mike's Decals Facebook page, Mike gors on to say in a separate post that Salvinos welcomes "constructive criticism" of the Olds kits. Uh, no, sorry, it obviously doesn't when it's scrubbing posts that are even mildly critical of the kit from its Facebook page. Speaking of the Mike's Facebook page, I'd highly recommend going there and reading the comments on Mike's post defending the Olds kits if you want a good laugh. One gets the idea from those comments that if Salvinos was selling actual feces in boxes, some people would label anyone who dared to complain a "whiner" or a "rivet-counter" and tell them in no uncertain terms they should be thankful someone was still producing feces in boxes.
  11. Buddy Baker's 1980 Oldsmobile 442 in 1/25th scale.

    Different suspension setups won't do anything to fix that mess of an engine, unfortunately.
  12. Buddy Baker's 1980 Oldsmobile 442 in 1/25th scale.

    Do you really think any negative ones would remain up for long?
  13. Buddy Baker's 1980 Oldsmobile 442 in 1/25th scale.

    IMO, a newly tooled NASCAR kit released in 2018 should be done to AT LEAST the same standards of quality and accuracy as the Monogram and AMT/ERTL NASCAR kits released by those respective companies more than 30 years ago. This one falls well short of that mark. What we have here, essentially, is a mashup of the Polar Lights NASCAR Charger chassis and a styrene clone of a poorly done diecast body, shot through with a generous helping of '70s MPC NASCAR kit DNA. Yeah, I suppose one could build this thing into a halfway decent-looking shelf model if one wanted to put the effort into doing so, but, if an accurate replica of a NASCAR Olds of this era is your goal, I think your best route is a resin body and a chassis from one of the aforementioned AMT/ERTL kits.
  14. Buddy Baker's 1980 Oldsmobile 442 in 1/25th scale.

    It looks like they basically copied the old MPC two-piece adjustable-wheelbase NASCAR chassis, and I'd be willing to bet that's why it has leaf springs and torsion bar front suspension. The engine block/transmission looks terrible _ the block, heads and valve covers are too short and the transmission is too long. What a hot mess this kit turned out to be, and, the sad thing is, it didn't have to be that way. It's not like it would have been difficult for the Salvinos to do some homework and get it right. As it stands, the kit pretty much screams "poorly researched and rushed into production." Nice decals, though.
  15. Revell '67 Corvette wheels

    Still looking for a set of these wheels. PM me if you can help.