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Chuck Kourouklis

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  1. Hasegawa 1988 Isuzu Gemini (JT190) irmscher

    Kool! I been up nights wonderin' about this one too, but alas, them sujiborido polishing drums gotta come in 'fore I ship the latest from my private warehouse. Only gripe I got: Hase REALLY hasta get with the separate interior door panel program. Serve it on up, otherwise...
  2. 1913 Model T Speedster

    I'm on it soon as I see one. Far as plating goes, not sure what's worse - bare plastic or the plating the first couple versions of this tooling got. Just like the plating in Meng's F-350, that stuff waited for the first excuse to flake off in sheets, as if it would rather have been ANYWHERE than on that plastic. The one-piece radiator shell makes a mold seam inevitable around its perimeter, and for those of us who don't tolerate that sort of thing, coming up with your own brass finish was inevitable anyway. Molotow chrome followed by the right overcoat might be the answer.
  3. Toy fair 2018 news and pictures.

    lol, aalllMOST...
  4. Golden Commandos 1965 Plymouth

    Down to a front suspension molded webbed to the subframe, or a 40-year spread since the last Ford pickup kit? eh, perhaps. But I bet even the same designer would have recognized that a '66 Fairlane firewall don't cut it for a '65 Merc...
  5. Golden Commandos 1965 Plymouth

    Exactly, Gary, because if you do, you wind up with the mess I got trying to fix a warp! Mighta gotten a replacement for the factory twist, but the pretzel I ended up with was all my doing. Eh, may cross-pollinate the remainder of that kit with one of the street Belvederes anyway. I really like this series of kits; most new Moebius kits since the Hudsons and Chryslers appear to have had an antecedent in a previous AMT kit (don't even try to deny the nearly interchangeable Pontiac frames or that the Comet front suspension and firewall are VERY similar to those parts in the AMT '66 Fairlane/Comet). Not so, these Plymouths, crisply engraved, very nicely finished in the molds, distinct and vastly improved over any '64-'65 B body offered before. Faint door lines and a slight crown in the windshield are nits I'll happily deal with in exchange. All subsequent Moebius kits should be finished to this standard. (and better processed for body warps, please.)
  6. Jeep Rubicon 10th Anniversary What's In The Box.

    @218 pieces for a curbside. Don't see that too often in this scale...
  7. New kid on the block ?

    Yeah, well. I like cars. I also like models. Am I happy as the proverbial bescatted boar if I get a good model of a car I like? Absolutely. But I also like kits for their own sake. I like Tamiya and Eduard warbirds 'cause they're good models. I like WW1 tanks from Takom and Meng because they"re good models. And if I'll get kits of subjects that far outside my mainstream just 'cause they're good, I'll most certainly get one of these if they're good.
  8. Thanks for the tip - I'd considered something like those, but GT Radials are a bit anachronistic for the mid '80s. Soon as Round 2 prints up some Eagle GTs, though...
  9. Revell Germany in 2018

    Wooow. I'll have both 356s, easy click or no.
  10. Next ICM 1/24 Model T

    DELIGHTED here! Was thinkin' to convert the roadster, they're gonna save me the work!
  11. Straight-out Supreme looks pretty easy from this kit. TIRES. As with the Hurst are the Polyglas-style that debuted with the 'Cuda - for both the stock and the FE3. Too bad Monogram never did any low-profile Gatorbacks oh, 33 years ago, say. Narrower, more '80s-looking radials are as close as your nearest "Bandit" Firebird - they fit a bit loosely on the Cutlass wheels, but they should work. To get proper, low-profile rubber on the supplied FE3 wheels, m a y y b e e AMT Gatorbacks from the late '90s… ?
  12. Round 2 December 2017 Product Spotlight

    Actually, Jon, I was talking specifically about the volume of those 1st-gen GM S-series truck kits, and how many they ran through those molds (assuming the aluminum story is even true). IIrc, think it was allegedly the Stealth/3000 and those first square S-series that were from aluminum tools, and all that followed came from steel. Have some difficulty imaging millions of those first-gen GM trucklets sold, you see - particularly when R/M came to the party with theirs in 1/25.
  13. Round 2 December 2017 Product Spotlight

    So I backtracked and found the Lindberg Baja boxing of that GMC Sonoma, of which I was blissfully unaware at the time. Guess this is one reissue I'll hafta pick up. Thought I heard tell some place that the earlier of Lindberg's '90s 1/20 molds were cut in aluminum or some other metal less durable than steel, and that their shelf life would be considerably shortened relative to more conventional molds. Then again, how many early '90s S-series trucks could they have pressed?
  14. 1/25 Monogram Slingster Dragster

    Maybe colored after the fact, maybe not - but I gotta pile on. That's one of the most stunning photographs of its age I've ever seen.
  15. D-Revell Panamera

    Whoah now, diddn' anybody say nothin' about not wanting to buy an RoG Panamera (well I didn't, did you?) - in fact, by virtue of the latest Panamera looking a lot less like a syphilitic hunchback and more like the 991 many (most?) of us want in the first place, I'll be having one, m'self. It's not so much a pan of the 'Mera as it is the bonehead-obviousness of 911s maybe a bit less than forty years old. Okay, WAY less. Then again, Hasegawa may come around to a good 991.2 GT3 in the 2050s...