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  1. Haha yeah that 6x6 would be a cool build! Revell needs to kit up the new generation of the AMG G-Wagen, would definitely be a hot seller.
  2. Here’s my first build of 2022, a Mercedes G-Wagen. This is from the latest 2019 release by Italeri, but it’s the same old ESCI kit from the ‘80s. The box art doesn’t show the rear end of the truck, but this issue has the molded-in rear D pillar strobes from the Fire Brigade version, and barn doors instead of the single hatch. All of the parts are molded in black plastic, except for the body which is molded in white. I painted this kit in all Krylon, with “Brown Boots” satin brown over black primer for the body and cleared, with two coats of Pledge Floor Gloss on top of that. Interior is “Summer Wheat” matte and black primer. Wheels are Tamiya gloss aluminum, lightly sprayed over the bare black plastic. This kit builds up very nicely, similar in fit and construction to Japanese kits of the era. But unlike those Japanese kits, this one has some flash to deal with. Overall not bad, and is a fairly quick build with nice details. The decals are especially nice in this issue. I’m happy with how this one turned out!
  3. Yes all of that has to be done separately. I glued the firewall to the interior tub first (per the instructions) and then tried to align the inner wings with the firewall and frame after paint, but I got the angle of the firewall wrong. Then I had to trim the firewall to fit around the inner wings, and then the radiator support. All of that was slightly off now, which threw off the outer cab alignment with the engine bay. I think the windshield also interferes with the dash a little, making the cab sit high at the rear so the bed doesn’t align right. My advice: ignore the directions, try placing the interior tub on the frame, then align the firewall, inner wings and rad support. I think it’s possible to glue the 4 engine bay panels together as one unit first, paint that as one unit. Then the tub, bay, cab, and front end should fit better. The bed is also tricky to get square. I ended up gluing the bed, tailgate, and camper shell together as one unit and painted that all at once. The cargo area is just overspray, but the tinted windows mostly hide that. You will probably have to add or subtract plastic at the bed to frame body mount points to get the cab and bed to align right. I didn’t do that before paint so I just left it as is because I was getting frustrated with it. Anyway I hope that helps and doesn’t discourage you! It’s a cool little kit and was still fun to do. Once I burn down my kit stash some, I’d definitely like to buy another and try this kit again with the standard bed and a different livery.
  4. That old thread has a picture from a mini trucking magazine, looks like it was an aftermarket custom that may have had a limited production.
  5. Awesome builds! We definitely have a similar taste in cars: Euro sports cars, trucks, 4x4s, American land yachts, and especially mustangs!
  6. The new Mustang Mach-E is a no-brainer kit to create as well. A full detail kit with separate motors and batteries would be awesome. I’d love to kit bash a scale EV drivetrain into a number of vintage cars.
  7. Thanks! Yes it can be built as a regular pickup, comes with two sets of bed sides, stock and custom notched for the topper windows. There’s also a roll cage for the bed area that I didn’t use.
  8. The woody decals came with that kit! Not sure what they were smoking at Round2 but I thought it looked cool 😂
  9. Thanks! Yes it is, made by Academy
  10. I didn’t realize how many I’ve actually completed this year until I went back and counted! There’s a promo repaint, a snap kit, a few curbsides and three polished plastic bodies in there which speeds things up, and they’re all basically box stock but still!
  11. I just finished this one before the end of the year! ‘78 Courier “Minivan” by AMT. I struggled with the body paint finish on this one and ended up stripping it twice. Still some issues but it looks good on camera at least, and I can call it done 😂. There’s some final fitment issues with this kit, but considering the age of the molds and the multi-piece body, engine bay and front end, it comes out ok. If you have the patience I’m sure you can get this thing square. The body is Testors Extreme Lacquer Turquoise, with primer black interior and Tamiya TS-26 Pure White on the seat, wheels and bumpers. This kit comes with tons of custom and stock part options and three sets of stripe decals. I chose the custom camper shell/bed and the front fender flares, but I left off the goofy snow plow-like custom front air-dam so I had to trim the front flares to go with the stock fascia. All of the options make for a fun kit to design however you want! Thanks for looking!
  12. I built an ‘80s era kit Monogram Ferrari 308 last year, molded in likely the same red plastic as your Tbird. I primed the body first with black Krylon rattle can primer, followed by gray Tamiya primer. I then airbrushed it in Tamiya yellow acrylic. The red was completely covered by the primers and there is no bleed through to the yellow coat that I can tell. Give that a try? Or just paint it red 😂
  13. Here’s some shots of my Blazer posed with the other Chevys I’ve built so far! They’re all posted individually on this site if you’re interested.
  14. Here’s the final results of my ‘75 Blazer snap kit rebuild! See my WIP for build details, but in short I built this kit as a teen 15 odd years ago. I hastily built it then so I decided to redo it to my current skill level and standards. I’m very pleased with how this one turned out!
  15. I agree Mike, that would be nice! Although I’d prefer a later ‘80s square headlight version… to each their own! My parents’ 1:1 ‘86 K5 sadly ended up being sold to one of those “We tow your junk car, you get $200” type companies several years ago. I know that tow truck driver quietly signed the title into his personal name, no way he was going to let it end up in the junkyard. 😂 The body and frame were rust free but the paint, interior and drivetrain were shot. None of us had the time or space to fix it up at the time so it had to go, but I still miss it!
  16. I tried to get my woodie decals applied the other day, but unfortunately they didn’t work out. They refused to lay flat and contour around the wheel openings despite my using Micro Set. So off they came, and she’s a base trim Custom Deluxe now. 🤷‍♂️ My taillight treatment seems to have worked out however. Molotow chrome base with several coats of Tamiya Clear Red Acrylic. I’ll paint on the reverse lights once my second coat Pledge floor gloss cures. I still need to apply Molotow chrome on the emblems and handles, but then she’ll be ready for final assembly! Chassis is finished. Since it’s not very detailed, I simply picked out the drivetrain in flat aluminum and the exhaust in metallic gray. Next time you see this she’ll be posted Under Glass! Thanks for following along and sharing your comments!
  17. Steve, it would definitely be an odd choice of kit for MPC to reissue today! This kit was fun to build, but Cavaliers of any vintage don’t exactly have an enthusiast following… I can’t remember the last time I saw a 2000s Cavalier, let alone an ‘80s model. 😂
  18. Nice job! I built the glue version a year or so ago, except I painted the body and kept the interior bare plastic! The glue kit wheels stick out way too far box stock, looks much better on your promo.
  19. Interior is complete! Just some simple hand paint, Molotow Chrome pen, and silver gel pen details. Plaid decals are from Scale Motorsport, sku# 1962. The description says they’re supposed to be clear decals with a pattern so your base color can show through, but these turned out to have an opaque white background. Not exactly the look I was going for but I think it looks good as is. The bottom of the steering wheel ends up touching the seat which doesn’t look great. I don’t remember it fitting this way before I took it apart… remember to test fit! The interior tub does seem to be too shallow compared to a 1:1 truck. Once the truck is assembled it won’t be very visible anyway, so I’m going to leave it. This model was missing a taillight lens when I started, so I had to come up with a fix. They didn’t mold in a reflector bucket, so I just filled in the lens peg holes before I painted the body. I’ve chromed the area with Molotow, and once that cures my plan is to paint several heavy layers of Tamiya clear red to make lenses and fill the space. It should look decent enough for a shelf model.
  20. Found some time to get the rest of my spray painting done. I got the white Tamiya primer and Pure White paint laid down on the hardtop. Miraculously no paint bleed under my masking job! Just a few tiny spots will need touch up. I decided it wasn’t worth the time to drag out my airbrush for only the interior color and the axles, so I used Krylon Matte Summer Wheat spray for the interior instead of my planned XF-93, and rattle can semigloss black for the axles. The summer wheat color is not quite as yellow in person as my screen shows, but it’s definitely more yellow than the XF-93 “Dark Tan”. I think it’s still a good saddle/tan color so I’m happy with it. I got my wheel and tire package done, along with the grille and bumper details. Tires were painted Krylon Flat black, with a white Sharpie oil paint pen for the letters. I blackwashed the grille, and filled in the negative space with a Molotow black liner pen. Headlights are Molotow chrome, which will get a dab of clear school glue to simulate lenses. Next up will be detail hand painting for the interior and exterior.
  21. Glad to see you’re still working on it! Made progress on my own ‘75 Blazer Snap, although mine is just box stock.
  22. Decals arrived! I got the panels trimmed out. Will still need some fine tuning but I’m pretty happy with them. I was also able to get some color laid down! Base color came out pretty well. Once it cures for several days, I’ll tape the body off and get the roof primed and painted white. Here’s a taste of how it’s going to look!
  23. Agreed! Round 2 is supposedly reissuing the ‘78 Bronco Wild Hoss kit, which will definitely be a hit thanks to the new 1:1 Bronco. Maybe after that one sells out they’ll reissue the square body Blazer. The recent issue 1st gen Blazer and Jimmy kits are already getting scarce and pricey on eBay!
  24. Thanks for the info! That Testors Bronze caught my eye as a plausible factory ‘70s color so I picked it. I just assumed bronze = bronze 😂
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