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Chuck Kourouklis

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  1. 2019 Round2 Car Kit Releases

    Oh, I resisted for as long as I could, and bitterly. If you can't get me at the office, that usually means I'm either asleep, or I just don't wanna be reached 'cause I'm with the only person or people I care to hear from at the moment. Thing is, as virulently opposed as I am to the concept of instant gratification for anyone who wants to pester me... I also have a weakness for gadgets. And these smart phones are the most killer gadgets ever. 13 years ago on signing with my agency, they told me, no cellie, no bookie-bookie. So I very reluctantly got on with the most basic pay-as-you-go burner, then a Blackberry at an ex-gf's urging, then a Samsung Note II THEN a Samsung Note V, incentivized JUST before the one the FAA wouldn't allow on planes. I'm in gadget heaven, just loving all the scat I can do with it. For actual phone calls, it's just as irritating as I would ever have guessed: 97% of the important calls come in that 2% window of time I'm away from the phone.
  2. Revell 2019

    You yourself put it very nicely, Chris. The "whining" really makes no difference in the end, does it? And therefore it doesn't really merit any attempt to silence it, does it? Btw, corrected '69 Charger bodies, fixed GT500 air filter boxes, and pad-printed tires for the '50 Olds didn't happen in a vacuum - why? Precisely because Revell was more professional and mature than to simply ignore some of that more consequential "whining", leaving some of those apocryphal "never happys" pretty pleased after all. Far as false binaries go, would you believe a number of us have actually had some fun correcting some of the kits we've criticized? Shut the front door, I know...
  3. Revell 2019

    Let me try joining something that's been made a topic here a little closer to what I should have done at first: we have a suggestion that we shouldn't "tick off" a company executive. The logic of this is inscrutable from nearly every angle of approach. First, there's the assumption that this exec is inclined to get overly "ticked off" in the first place. The man is a veteran of several decades in this hobby industry, and while I'm sure he finds less-than-ideal feedback annoying, I'd humbly suggest he hasn't lasted as long as he has through an inability to keep things in perspective. But let's assume he's given to taking negative feedback that personally. He's still got the bottom line of the company to think about. So he's going to do what, cancel all new product development in a fit of pique? There is actually a pretty serious issue in the lack of professionalism attributed to the man in a line of argument like this.
  4. Grip 1/8 Porsche build

  5. 2019 Shizouka Hobby Show

    Excellent. Thanks, Sylvester! Wow - I thought I saw something similar with asymmetric drip moldings on the AMT annuals, a little too curvy on one side particularly. hmm. So I may like one of these after all 'cause even so, it gives a more accurate impression overall than the R/M '65. Just stuff some Monogram guts up in the Hase shell and call Uncle Bobs. Diggin' how there's an actual '66 on the original boxcover, too - and a Caprice instead of an Impala no less.
  6. R2 April 2019

    Yup, this. ^^ Don't get me wrong, where licensing is a thing, it's a legitimate THING. Still 'n all, I gotta wonder sometimes where that fact has been leveraged a bit to excuse marketing impulses begetting a new Aerovette kit(?!) or a cartoon-shellacked Rambler convertible snapper over the Cobra Daytona we've clamored about for decades.
  7. 2019 Shizouka Hobby Show

    Awwwwlll ova the Starion, R8, Starlet and LHD Z. Maybe the next-version R92 as well. Don't know if I can justify the livery variation on the AMG GT but I'll have another look when it's released. Went looking at the Hase "'66" Impala to see if it had any medicine for what ails the Revell - ummm, yeah... not sure about that greenhouse - although reshaping the drip moldings might help (and THIS kit is what James was talking about, btw). Certainly looks better at rocker panel level. Anybody remember if this is true 1/24, or might the scale be fudged a bit? As for the Buick, Alexis, it appears that for some reason - too sharp a "W" contour to the front grille in overhead plan view perhaps? - the outer headlights are way too proud relative to the inboard ones. Although the model gives the impression that if you could cut the outer headlights out and re-seat them a bit deeper, it might go a long way to improving the accuracy in that area.
  8. Ebbro Citroen DS21

    Welp, Rob, they just collected from me...
  9. Ebbro Citroen DS21

    Kool! So I should see a charge now for the one I've had in PW since the late Pleistocene, then.
  10. Grip 1/8 Porsche build

    What Gary (not far from the purgatory of my youth, Fredericksburg) said. Thanks for having us along on this one, Chris.
  11. NuNu Hobby/Platz Audi R8 GT3

    Thought the mediocre Revell AG kit cured me of any excitement about ANY subsequent R8 model, but THAT is HOT. The question becomes, what can I get finished in the interim to make room...
  12. New 1/24 Tamiya kit?

    Point very well-taken, Sylvester. You're absolutely right, I was looking at it through too adult-colored a lens. And if Aoshima is actually shifting good numbers of them, I can only cheer that on.
  13. 2019 Round2 Car Kit Releases

    Ooh! Only the second run for that '23? Entirely distinct from the Double-T? I think I'll have one, then.
  14. New 1/24 Tamiya kit?

    Well comes to that, isn't Aoshima also doing R&D for Beemax? Leaning on those 1/32 snappers with plastic tires and fold-up interior panels just as they're designed might be problematic, especially now that Fujimi has come out with some 1/24 snap kits that give up practically nothing to the standard Japanese kit sans engine that's otherwise fully detailed. Their FJ is pretty brilliant.