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Chuck Kourouklis

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  1. Chuck Kourouklis added a post in a topic Big-Scale T/A Pace Car - OOB   

    Eh, it looks like pretty straight down-scale pantograph of their 1/8 '80 Turbo Trans Am, which is why I'd suspect you're getting the impression of an '80 (and perhaps why Monogram wasn't any too specific about the model year on the box cover).
    And again, I'll break company with some of the other assessments here.  One thing I did not suffer well even as a pre-teen modeler was the slop I was beginning to see from MPC around things like drip moldings, tire design, parts texturing and whatnot.  To be fair, MPC's 1/20 Corvette of the time was based on tooling much older than Monogram's, which focused on one version. 
    Monogram's may have been simplified, but they did a MUCH better and sharper job than their contemporaries sitting on a shelf looking looking like the 1:1.
  2. Chuck Kourouklis added a post in a topic AMT 1983 Chevy Camaro Z28 Kit Review   

    I'd have to disagree with that.  For proportions and detail accuracy, the AMT kit actually beats all other comers in 1/24-1/25 3rd-gen Camaros.  The Revell kit had a bulky nose and a relatively crude finish in some areas, most particularly the kinda bashed-looking front end.  The AMT kit was the only one in this scale to get the properly "scooped" sides of the headlight nacelles in the front fascia.  Revell's rubber tires were square-shouldered but sure, I wouldn't mind a set of those for this kit - though if AMT had wiped the sidewalls of its tires and put "EAGLE GT" logos on the decal sheet (or better yet, tampo-printed them), they would have been vastly improved.  As it is, the included tires are the only ones this kit has ever had.
    For whatever reason, even Revell's 1/16 3rd-gen Camaro was markedly superior to its own 1/25.
  3. Chuck Kourouklis added a post in a topic 1/16 MPC '79 Pontiac Firebird   

    Don't know if I'd go so far as to say "shame", but sure, I'd grab up a '76-'78.
    Prob'ly make a Sky Bird outta mine.
  4. Chuck Kourouklis added a post in a topic Revell 70' Dodge Charger instruction up now .   

    For the more base-level taillight treatment, you can find that in last year's Fast & Furious variation of this tooling.  Good to see the full-width taillight and door scoop covers nailed down absolutely for this version.
    And as you can see from the F&F kit or the instruction sheet in this one, the molds are all-new straight down to the chassis and suspension, though they hew very closely in appearance to the '68/'69 tooling. Axle pins and no positional steering this time.
  5. Chuck Kourouklis added a post in a topic Revell instruction sheet up for the Gran Torino   

    Caps are on the chrome tree fwiw.  Tires are the Polyglas made to replace TRX tires from the '91 Baldwin-Motion '69 Camaro onward, tampo printed narrow whites on the bare sidewalls.
    One possible surprise benefit?  The 351 valve covers stamped "Powered By Ford" - weren't these missing from the Mach 1 Special Edition of the '70 Mustang?  They DO specificy it's a Windsor this time for the Torino, so the covers don't appear to have the exact shape for the Mustang's Cleveland, scale fudging aside. But now we've at least got something to copy the script from...
  6. Chuck Kourouklis added a post in a topic All Japan Model & Hobby Show 2017   

    Man.  Had no idea how badly I wanted that Civic till I saw the announcement...
  7. Chuck Kourouklis added a post in a topic Revell instruction sheet up for the Gran Torino   

    Based on the results I got with the McGriff OIds conversion, seems like applying the plate decal to thin plastic sheet stock and trimming around it might be a good compromise.
  8. Chuck Kourouklis added a post in a topic Foose Cadillac   

    LOVE this kit and hats off to Sam Freeman btw - GREAT conversion.
    My A-pillars were flattened too.
  9. Chuck Kourouklis added a post in a topic Revell 4 Quarter 2017   

    "Why is youth wasted on the young?"
    I'd respond, "Why is wisdom wasted on the old", but...
    well, y'know.
  10. Chuck Kourouklis added a post in a topic Revell 4 Quarter 2017   

    HEAR HEAR!
    Not to discount your observations about vintage subjects - I too REALLY want an early '60s F-series - but you just brought up two of the most utterly tone-deaf omissions in the current market right now. 
    I mean, bully for the Round 2 Gen-6 Camaro 'n all, certainly beats none; but it also demonstrates how criminally overdue we are for good 550s.  Look at all the attention lavished on the 197.2. Guess Revell's got Mustang fatigue now, but the timing couldn't be worse.  For that 350R to go uncovered...
  11. Chuck Kourouklis added a post in a topic 1/25 AMT '83 Camaro Z28   

    WHUUUUUUUUUUUT??
    AWESOME!  Need me some o' that action for the '83 Olds too!
    Off and googling...
  12. Chuck Kourouklis added a post in a topic 1/25 AMT '83 Camaro Z28   

    Kool!  Only thing worries me are those bias ply-lookin' tires on the box. All this kit needs are the radials it's always had, hope those are the "Polysteel" ones mentioned on the lid.
    Would be even better if those were wiped on the sidewalls and tampo-printed "Eagle GT"...
  13. Chuck Kourouklis added a post in a topic 1/25 AMT '83 Camaro Z28   

    Okay. That was funny.
  14. Chuck Kourouklis added a post in a topic 1/25 AMT '83 Camaro Z28   

    Now now.  We Coyote 5.0-bangaz can be a little more magnanimous than that.
  15. Chuck Kourouklis added a post in a topic 1/25 AMT '83 Camaro Z28   

    Yeah, the MPCs had a good overall shape and with their Firebird counterparts were updated thru '92 by MPC and then AMT as the model years mandated.  But they looked a little unfinished around their window moldings and they were a bit impressionistic in undercarriage detail.
    The AMT '83 had a somewhat dodgy rear hatch fit, but it was otherwise superior all 'round. Those headlight nacelles in the front fascia, scooped out deeper at the sides to curl back to the center to meet the hood at their tops?  AMT nailed 'em, where the MPC and Revell 1/25 kits shot those lines straight down from the hood edges for a blocky and oversimplified look around the headlights.