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Brian Austin

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About Brian Austin

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    General vicinity of Boston
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    Brian W. Austin
  1. Some kits you know will never be available again . . .

    Aurora Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. https://www.ebay.com/itm/Aurora-Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang-Model-Kit-1968-Movie-Tie-In-with-Instructions-/131980329740?_trksid=p2349526.m4383.l44720.c10&nordt=true&rt=nc&orig_cvip=true
  2. The huge EnterTrainment Junction model railroad display in Cincinnati, OH has a very informative web site, with close-up descriptions of their varied scenes and details. Most stuff is built to 1:24 scale or so, though trains are the usual "G Scale" items. Here they have a diner occupying a large storefront: https://entertrainmentjunction.com/111-july-status-report/ https://entertrainmentjunction.com/100-august-status-report/ https://entertrainmentjunction.com/102-october-status-report/ Note that while some bits might not look quite right up close, they are often meant to be seen from several feet away, often through storefront windows. For more ET detail projects see this page: https://entertrainmentjunction.com/category/the-big-train-project/
  3. What did you see on the road today?

    I recently saw a circa 1964 Chrysler Imperial convertible, in great shape. Its black roof was up, as it was a rather drizzly day. Also I routinely see MB G-Wagons.
  4. For the Jeep / RVer in all of us.

    And yet the world would have been less interesting if they hadn't. The Chevy truck posted appears to be a Toronado-type FWD conversion, which is not uncommon. Also not uncommon are specialty truck conversions utilizing the front end of a 4x4 drivetrain along with some sort of "dead" rear axle.
  5. Lucky find... saved from the dump: this one will be for Harry

    I've been fascinated with these beasts since growing up with the old Lesney toy. There is a similar one in Corgi's fairly-recent diecast collectible line in 1:50 scale. I'd like to point out the Showmans engines hauled small circuses around the UK, and then once set up, powered the various attractions: http://www.antons-show.co.uk/heritage.htm To see British steam road locomotives of various types in action, be sure to search YouTube for Dorset Steam Fair. These engines are popular with enthusiasts in the UK who build large-scale working models that actually run on steam (often fired by coal) and the larger ones can haul people around. For what it's worth, ERTL produced a diecast collectible CASE steam traction engine of the American agricultural type. Now you need to build a low-bed trailer to display the completed Showmans engine, hauled by Monogram's Kenworth truck. :-)
  6. I wish I knew the story regarding this one

    I doubt the contact info on the truck is valid, as the picture was taken in 1988. Web searches I have attempted have proven fruitless.
  7. The Motor Museum In Miniature

    A set of 1:25 scale period engine cutaway displays would be a novel challenge. :-)
  8. I wish I knew the story regarding this one

    I don't see any harm in this little bit of customization.
  9. https://classiccars.com/listings/view/1206579/1955-chrysler-windsor-for-sale-in-parkers-prairie-minnesota-56361
  10. The Motor Museum In Miniature

    This is a British-based website centering around models presented in dioramas built as museum displays. http://www.themotormuseuminminiature.co.uk/about-the-museum.php
  11. Start with the old Hubley/Entex Rolls-Royce kit. Note that body sides of this car are a bit different from the standard body portrayed in the kit. https://hymanltd.com/vehicles/6324-1956-bentley-s1-continental-fastback/
  12. https://hymanltd.com/vehicles/6043-1955-imperial-limousine/
  13. vaz 2121 niva daicast hachette 1:24

    I have a 1:43 Russian-made diecast of this car.
  14. Lack of foundations

    One thing I've noticed in diorama buildings is that walls are often much thinner than what they'd be in scale. Exterior walls can be several layers thick, depending on construction method.
  15. I wish I knew the story regarding this one

    Ford... I knew the cab looked familiar but couldn't place it.