I love the old brass era cars and yours is a nice build of a car from that period. Heller kits have a worse reputation then they deserve but here in Canada there appears to be no one importing them so they're very hard to get. I've had my local hobby shop trying to get a couple of recent Heller releases with no sucess.
While not a big Tuner fan I can certainly recognize good work and this collection demonstrates some very nice work. Well done. A fellow modeler and myself are currently building a pair of the reissued Tamiya Honda 600 kits. It was a pricy kit but is an almost fall together model as are most Tamiya kits. I'll add mine to a tiny Honda collection consisting of a Honda 800 & Honda 2000 and also have an NSX to build in the future.
Thanks for a little trip down memory lane. When we were growing up who would have thought that all those great shops that we spent time in would be gone and not replaced by new ones. Sadly,the enjoyment in visiting a good hobby shop has gotten to be a rare experience today.
Building a model of a car as it appears in a calendar, that's a very interesting idea, thanks. I'm going to suggest it as a theme night to my own model club. The choices of what to build will be almost endless.
I'll go with one that will never be done by the American model companies. In the early '90's Larry Shinoda did a redesign of the C4 Corvette. A limited number of body kits were produced to convert your 1 to1 Vette into this car. I photographed one of these cars and briefly met Larry at a South Dakota Corvette show in 1991 and have a large autographed poster of one of these cars on my home office wall so my choice would be a new full detail Revell kit of the Shinoda-Williams Corvette.
It's called my Built Notes Binder and includes much the same types of info that others have listed. Having always had an interest in history I also include a history section which might include a history of the kit, history of the unit or the real a/c/car/etc that I've built. If I've done a "what if, diorama or fantasy" model I might also write and include a back story. At the same time as I'm doing my build notes I've created a couple of photo albums using pages designed for 4x6 inch photos. Each page has one 4x6 slot for a brief history and notes and three slots for photos of the finished kit. Over the years I've given away models, had some damaged or put in storage so these photo albums are a convienent way for me to look at the models I've built over the years even if I no longer have them.
I've had models in cold storage for years and here on the Canadian prairies cold means cold and winters can last five months or more and I've never had a problem. I've even had partially painted kits come out of cold storage and be finished with no problems. Our summers can also be quite hot so stored kits have lived through both extremes. Both my climates are dry though and I suspect a humid climate might prove more of a problem then what mine is.
My last three visits to my lhs have resulted in no new models coming home but for different reasons. The shop has changed owners and the new fellow is not carrying as much stock as the previous guy did despite his claims that he wants to support the hobby.
A lot of nice builds but my favorites are the brass era Cad, the '85 Indy show car, the Corvette GTP (good job on a difficult kit) and the GS-90 (probably the best AMT Vette kit from this period but seldom built by anyone. You do good work.
I love models of brass era cars and yours is a winner. The two tone blue color scheme is really nice. While these Jo-han molds are long gone I wish Rev-Mono would do one more release of theirs so I could get the ones I've missed buying in the past.
A 355, my favorite Ferrari. I wish Hasegawa or Tamiya had done it with a full engine and a better interior but at least Fujimi gave us both the berlinetta & the spyder. The rest of your builds are also impressive but a 355 is extra special in my books. (If only I owned a real one)