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Chuck Kourouklis

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  1. 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.
  2. 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...
  3. Revell Germany in 2018

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

    DELIGHTED here! Was thinkin' to convert the roadster, they're gonna save me the work!
  5. 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… ?
  6. 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.
  7. 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?
  8. 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.
  9. 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...
  10. D-Revell Panamera

    Second that. What's a car need to DO, anyway?
  11. How very enlightening. Thanks, Mike!
  12. They were more unibody than I reckoned - I was not aware of the continuous floor pan between cab and bed. See, I was having trouble with "unibody" for the exact reason you list, 'cause I was certain they ran a full ladder frame. But while they're not exactly body shell and subframe in the passenger car sense, the term's better justified than I thought.
  13. Yeah, I'm kinda havin' a "DUH" moment about it all now - wasn't aware the floor was continuous, but integrated bed quarters don't really work unless they have that foundation, do they? Hmm. True unibody then. Wow.
  14. Welp, it's been pointed out that 9 months is on the rosy side, assuming nothing goes wrong, to get any presentable plastic in a box. That means hammer-to-the-floor, NOTHING going wrong, maybe 4th quarter '18. For ONE of them, because the decision hasn't even been made what comes first. Account for history and Murphy's law, I'd put 'em somewhere early-mid '19, m'self. They can take till 2021, far as I'm concerned, if they use the time getting 'em dialed in. Oh, whatever will I build in the meantime...
  15. Begging your pardon, Mr M, but one can point out something in the drip moldings on a mock-up without passing judgment on your final products exactly because these are the mock-ups - right? Having them too flat would not be something unique to Moebius; the two manufacturers who have covered this generation of Nova before did the exact same thing, and this is an opportunity for Moebius to distinguish itself with a small but distinct improvement over its predecessors. Isn't the mock-up stage exactly where it's to your best benefit to hear about some of these things? Better now than after the steel is cut, or am I wrong? Perhaps this is already an item in your first round of notes? I might understand some exasperation in that case, but it's not as if we had any way of knowing that. And it's not as if I pointed out that precedent established twice before your effort without necessarily linking it to the possibility that you'll correct it before production. It also seems I got it entirely past you that I thought the '65 looked pretty good - good enough to convince me the subject might be more interesting than I first thought.