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  1. I've forwarded the flyer to my primary Testors wholesale source and he's in touch with his Testors rep. Hopefully we can get some confirmation. This is the sort of thing that festers in the absence of a concrete statement from the manufacturer coupled with poor availability of product.
  2. That looks truly fantastic. Love seeing all the little added details that bring the tough kit to life.
  3. Licensing has gone the way it has because it's no longer as valuable to the car manufacturers to "advertise" through model kits as it once was, particularly as modeling is much more focused on older cars - and typically competition ones - than on the latest street cars. As such, the relationship has changed. It's now much more valuable to the model kit manufacturers to have the rights to that intellectual property, to use the car manufacturer's IP for their product than it is for the car manufacturer to allow the model kit manufacturer unfettered access to their IP. We've seen this before in the video gaming world as well, where a single developer pays for exclusive rights to a car manufacturer's IP so that the exclusivity of having those cars in their game becomes a distinct selling feature. Again, it's because the car manufacturers know that there being a game, or a model, or a diecast of a car from their past likely won't change present day sales of their flagship $35,000< crossover one unit BUT the companies producing those games, models, or diecast can practically live or die as to whether or not they can release that next piece. That kind of power is worth money.
  4. Given that Revell has shown an all-new Land Rover kit this year, I would say reports of their demise have been greatly exaggerated.
  5. Not silver really does a great job of showing off how curvy the 959 really is. The wiring on the engine especially with the looms looks particularly good too.
  6. Great to see a nice build of a brass era car!
  7. All done! Wrapped up my Tamiya 1/24th scale Lotus Seven and I'm genuinely pleased with the results. The color is Deep Green out of the Vallejo Model Color line, with a variety of Model Air, AK Real Color, and Alclad paints in the details. The windshield frame was done with a 2mm Molotow marker, and the clearcoat is Alclad Aqua Gloss. I tried to avoid getting the car too shiny to keep that "homebuilt" feeling of a kit-built Seven.
  8. Lovely example of a road-going Cobra. Your build is definitely a nice one.
  9. It's funny, but I've found that motivation seems to come most easily from setting boundaries with my builds. I build a pretty wide variety of things but I've narrowed that to subjects inside of that variety to things I'm truly passionate about. I've weaned myself a bit off of the "well that looks interesting" purchases and instead focused on better tools and paints. I've binned projects that I've finally come to realize are well and truly stalled, and come to understand that when a project is really that stalled out it's because I just plain don't want to do it anymore and there's no shame in that. I'm a happier builder and a better builder now, and the added challenge of building the best example of a thing - whether a sports car, a Universal Century Gundam, or an obscure WWII fighter or early jet - complete with references has all come together to make me a more prolific builder too.
  10. Just like classic Ferraris themselves, classic Ferrari kits are meant to be driven/built and it's so good to see a kit so often regarded as untouchable getting built!
  11. Got a bit more assembly done. It's really a fun kit to just sit down and assemble and while there's a little bit of prod and push to getting some things fit it's generally a fun build.
  12. Happy to see this getting built. Even as a curbside the finished model does have a lot of presence on the shelf.
  13. Next project in line is one I've resurrected from my "dead pile". It's Tamiya's 1/24th scale Lotus Seven kit, which I had painted a Testors metallic green some years ago, hated, and put back into the box. Now that I'm trying to whittle down my stash, I did a quick wet sanding, primed it, and shot it with this Vallejo Model Color Deep Green which I'm much happier with. I figure I'll knock this out and set it down right next to the MGB in my case.
  14. No. Not all of them. I'll happily concede - using my own preference for classic sports cars as an example - that Revell's Austin Healey 100-6, Jaguar XK-E, and Porsche 356 are all lovely builds with truly impressive scale fidelity for their era, that the IMC Indy cars and Sports Racers remain truly worthwhile builds, and that even AMT's run of Indy cars in the mid 70's are quite good despite some cost-cutting measures. Even the Aurora/Monogram sports cars with the exceptions of the Ferrari 250GTO and Chaparral 2 make for good representations of their subject matter. But I've invested a lot of time reading reviews, purchasing kits, and refining the abilities to build even "tricky" kits. I know what I'm getting into on the car side of things because I know that it's going to be slim options and frequent excursions into archaic kit types to build what I want to build in cars. In other spheres of the hobby, a subject is often kitted by several companies with the exceptions of truly obscure material, leaving builders options for everything from highly detailed "no expense spared" builds out of the box to toss-it-together-in-an-evening inexpensive kits for the casual builder. Just this past year, there have been 4 new kits of the P51-D Mustang in 1/48th scale (Meng, Modelsvit, Airfix, Eduard) covering this broad spectrum so that there's a Mustang for every builder. The most recent example of this phenomenon I can think of in the car world is the Ferrari Enzo.
  15. I'm going to take a stab at it and guess that he meant that the 50 year old car KITS are the badly built - or more accurately badly engineered - things in his statement. And they are. Over shallow interior tubs, mile thick glass, chrome headlights, holes in the engine block for music wire axles, exhausts and suspensions molded to the chassis plate, and on and on down the list. I'll personally bake a cake for the forklift operator who "accidentally" drops the AMT '33 Willys Sedan Delivery tooling and renders it unusable.
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