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  1. Oh, Tamiya-San, there really needs to be a new Z. Now that Corvettes and Mustangs have gotten truly interesting, there's none of them in plastic. PLEASE don't be as dense as the USDM with your national treasure.
  2. Well. Guess I shoulda left in my original line about “what a difference a little CAD data makes”, but I’d already gone a little snarky. 🙂
  3. Z4 - ? Heh, that's way out there. I, of course, will register my skepticism of Meng's wisdom with a purchase.
  4. Didn't Revell cover some Gen 6 cars? I mean yeah, the Fusion-to-Mustang and SS-to-Camaro transitions might have been missed, but this Gen 7 car seems a WAAAYY more intriguing subject. Certainly taken me from yawning about 60-year-old technology to whoah... Can't knock Salvinos' rocket trajectory of improvement, either. Things started looking up when they actually made some Chrysler bodies for their old Chrysler chassis but still, to arrive at an offering this serious in such a short period of operation? Impressive. MOST impressive.
  5. ROVER! Niiiiiice. Diggin' the big Lotus too.
  6. Just glad to see I'm not the only one who mixes a little hot sauce with my Tamiya TS... 😁
  7. Bad news: that drip rail looks awfully flat. Didn't wanna stir anything up with that preview from months back, and now it looks like it's going to production. Good news: the "meat" right above it seems to follow a better curve, so if it bothers you, all you gotta do is Dremel and file a line that follows the roof contour closer, then stitch in a little Plastruct strip to remake the rail. Even if you take it painstakingly slow, prob'ly done in under 2 hours. And if it doesn't bother you, then hey, not a problem, right?
  8. Ah, well, since it's come up, here are a couple shots of the original Monogram '55 box contents, if you like:
  9. Well. Having been the guy who sorta coined "The Kit That Shall Not Be Named" 'round here, I do maintain the drag version is the more worthwhile one...
  10. When Monogram started with the 1/8 kits in the early '60s, that may have been the scheduling. I also seem to recall the '80 Trans Am and the '85 Corvette hitting late in the year (it was actually Fall of '84 when Monogram released the '85). Got a pretty distinct recollection of the '82 Collector's Edition 'Vette and the all-new '82 Z-28 landing in July and August, though, and I have an impression of summer break scheduling for some of the older reissues too. For the bigger kids more entrenched in biscale kits, perhaps with quite a few of them, these 3-times-as-big models certainly present some space issues. But even the more intricate early ones - the Big T, Big Deuce and E-Type Jag, before the more simplified '65 Corvette established the m o for all that followed in Monogram 1/8 - were builder-friendly enough for pre-teens to tackle, and what a WOW factor they had.
  11. Well, Jordan, this is actually a 37-year-old revision of a 42-year-old kit, from an era when 1/8 scale all-plastic kits were still cost-effective enough for Monogram to develop them. The 1/8 2nd-gen '80 Turbo pictured directly above (nice, btw!) was actually current for the year the kit was released. In '87 it was modified to bring us the '79 version Revell is now reissuing. After some Tom Daniel frippery in the late '60s/early '70s, Monogram only ever made a serious foray into 1/12 from 1986 with their '57 Chevy, and then the Corvette, Camaro, and Ferraris that followed after. After a couple decades, they gave it one more shot with the 2010 Shelby GT500. They didn't do a lot in 1/16 passenger cars, certainly not from the '80s on - only MPC offered a 1/16 2nd-gen Firebird. Monogram's notable 1/16 vehicles were the Peterbilt and Kenworth big rigs by that point. If you're talking about the 1/16 '87 Firebird Revell is also reissuing, this is the 3rd-gen car. It was first released in 1982 by Revell, then modified to an '87 GTA just as Revell and Monogram were merging. You can see the Monogram influence in its vinyl Eagle VR gatorback tires. I'd say the reason Revell is reissuing the 1/8 '79 kit now is that the tooling is there and long amortized, but also because the typical $400-500 online auction price for an original indicates some demand and sales potential.
  12. Kinda surprised they didn't take one from the Yenko-to-COPO Nova playbook and include the beam axle this kit has always needed, but hey, DuVall windshield sells it for me.
  13. I see Chris M has since sorted it all out for us. The prices were in Luc's earlier link - 48 Euros for the Firebird, versus 32.50 for the ones we know are biscales. Revell's '87 updates were "eh, alright" changes to the original '82/'32 1/16 F-car releases. Intakes updated to tuned port, new 1/16 16" Gatorbacks in vinyl replacing the rubber Eagle GTs from earlier, most all of the necessary exterior updates. Those Gatorbacks were a HUGE improvement to the latest 1/16 Porsche 928 reissue, and as with that kit, I'd expect Revell's latest 1/16 Firebird decal sheet to go out a whole new door.
  14. Without knowing for certain, I'd tip in Terry's 1/16 direction simply based on the price.
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