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  1. The AMT Opel GT kit also includes an optional "Buick V6" that might work. But you'd have to figure out the intake, because the options are a stock carb/pie plate air cleaner or Hilborn injection.
  2. I've been a part of that world (though not the competitions) for several years now. It's a great way to rid yourself of any "excess" money you might have lying around, that's for sure... My creations aren't quite as intricate as those military trucks (yet), but still tons of fun. Jeep YJ: Mama Fratelli's getaway car: My scratch-built Land Rover: WIP '68 International Harvester pickup:
  3. It's paint. I wanted to try an old trick I read about ages ago: paint the tip of a Pink Pearl eraser and use that as a pad to dab the paint on the tips of the letters. It worked really well on the fenders, less so on the "EDSEL" letters inside the coves on the rear fenders. I think the surrounding area needs to be convex for it to work properly.
  4. They were great little cars! My first car was a Mk1 Scirocco, and my second was a hand-me-down Mk2 Golf from my dad. And a good friend in college had a 4 door Rabbit. I have an old AMT Scirocco kit that I'll build eventually. They did a Rabbit too, and I think they've both been re-released.
  5. Looks great! I'm very fond of the early watercooled VWs. So cool that you're actually getting the right paint codes for things. I might have to pick up one of these kits... being a member of this site is going to get expensive...
  6. You may be right, but it sure looked like a clutch pedal... same size and shape as the brake. Anyway, you can barely see it now. Getting down to little details now...
  7. Very cool! I started to build an RC model of that Westinghouse truck a while back, but it kind of fell off my radar. Maybe I should dig it out and finish it...
  8. Wow, you really nailed that mid-80s Honda blue interior color... looks great!
  9. Nice! It'll make a cool counterpoint to my bone-stock one. Watching with interest...
  10. When my wife and I moved into our house 8 years ago, I claimed the downstairs bedroom. Can't really call it a "man cave" if there's no TV and a lot of books, so I call it "my study." Sounds better. Here's the workbench: And my collection/stash, mixed in with my RC models... The other side of the room is my desk, currently a mess as it's my work-from-home office.
  11. Did a bunch of BMFing while watching TV last night. Still getting the hang of this stuff, but I like it!
  12. Gotta love a Miata! I had to sell mine in order to buy the MG. ("Only one project car at a time!") No regrets, but I still kinda miss it... 250,000 miles on a 1.6 and still purred like a kitten when I sold it.
  13. Looks great, and brings back memories - when I worked in a service station in the mid-90s, roughly every fifth car was a GM W-body of some sort. I always liked the styling of these 2-door ones, especially the Pontiacs.
  14. Here are mine... 1971 MGB GT, 19,700 original miles, was a Hawaii car, sat for many years, slowly fixing it up - currently undergoing a complete re-wire 1989 Chevy K1500 4x4, ex-USFS, 4.3 V6 and 3 speed + granny manual (still need to take some better photos of this beast) 1966 Aristocrat Land Commander trailer. We just got this before all this coronavirus stuff went down. Haven't even had a chance to use it yet. I also have an ugly little old Toyota Corolla just for commuting, but it's not what you'd call photogenic...
  15. I'd like to throw my hat into this ring, if I may, since it coincides with what I was going to do with a kit anyway. This kit, in fact. (No, not Tommy Boy. Can't stand that movie...) On the Joss Whedon TV show Angel, the title character drives a black '67 GTX convertible. Why a vampire would want a convertible in Los Angeles is beyond me, but whatever. They make good use of it: chasing down demons and cult members, and even using it to travel to another dimension at one point. I'll need to cut off the top, obviously, and find the correct wheels; Angel's car has black steelies and dog-dish hubcaps instead of the rally wheels in the kit. As for Cannonball-ability, well, it's a Hemi... but of course they can only run at night unless someone besides Angel drives. Drawbacks of being a vampire...
  16. Looking good so far! I'm getting back into it after about the same amount of time. Just remember, look at all the photos of amazing builds on here as something to aspire to, not as a current benchmark...
  17. Until last year, it had been probably 30 years since I built a plastic model car kit. But I have been heavily involved in RC cars all that time, which does involve some detail work - but on a much larger scale (usually 1/10). So seeing as how I've gotten back into the smaller-scale stuff, I decided to start with some models that maybe I'm not crazy about the subject matter, but are good practice for when I do something I do like. Hence, "skills lab." And the latest is this AMT '58 Edsel Pacer. Just a couple of Testors rattle-cans. I do have an ancient Paasche Model H airbrush that I'll break out eventually, but this actually turned out pretty good. Lots of opportunity to practice with bare metal foil, too... Dash, with corrected pedals. For some reason it had a clutch pedal, even though it's clearly an automatic. Man, I forgot how small 1/25 scale engine parts are... Interior turned out OK, but I only had gloss paints in those colors. Might see if I have some matte clear somewhere to knock down the shine a bit. So yeah, slowly getting back into it...
  18. I don't really have one specific holy grail, but there are a few I'm looking for. All of these I built as a kid in the '80s, in some cases badly, and I'd like another crack at them. Revell 1/25 "Magnum PI" Ferrari 308 Entex 1/20 Mazda RX-3 Entex 1/20 VW Rabbit 4 door Tamiya 1/24 Honda Prelude XX Tamiya 1/24 Honda City with Motocompo scooter MPC 1/25 El Camino "Red Light Bandit" EDIT: Oh, and the MPC "V.I.N.CENT" robot model from Disney's The Black Hole.
  19. If you're trying to get up into the early "malaise era," MPC did Chevy Impala annual kits up to at least 1975. I don't know if they were ever re-issued, but I know they're out there. Pretty sure I've seen a '74-75 Plymouth Fury coupe as well. And maybe a Cordoba?
  20. Thanks, yeah, I was surprised to see yellow listed as the engine color in the instructions, so I did a little digging and found this image, which is what I was going on: I figure since it's a Pacer, it should have the yellow E-400 motor. Bet those white valve covers got grubby looking in a hurry...
  21. I'll take any opportunity to show this thing off... hope I'm posting it in the right spot. This is a scratch-built RC model that I've been working on a little at a time over several years. It's 1:8.5 scale, just a little under 2 feet long. The running gear came from an RC rock crawler, but the body and frame were scratch-built by me out of aluminum. It's still not finished... Entire build saga here... https://www.scale4x4rc.org/forums/showthread.php?t=75609
  22. That Aston is looking great! I have one of those kits; I'll be watching with interest to see how it goes together. Here's what's on my workbench right now, an AMT '58 Edsel. I need to order some paints before I go too much further; apparently Edsel engines are supposed to be Caterpillar yellow and not Ford blue (who knew?).
  23. Thanks! Here are my latest attempts... Revell/Monogram Camaro: Revell '37 Ford: A couple of MPC Corvettes: (came from one of those "Collector's Edition" packs, but the box was crushed in shipping) And the '58 Edsel in the background is my current project. Or rather, one of my current projects, in addition to scratch-building a 1:8.5 scale RC Daihatsu Hijet mini-truck, restoring a vintage Kyosho Optima 4WD RC buggy, and redoing all the wiring in my "real" 1971 MGB GT. I have too many hobbies. Or maybe not enough. Could go either way.
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