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  1. Great start, can't wait to see more.
  2. Beautiful color and work!
  3. I agree that they provide great service, but I'll say that Matt's flakes are finer, his colors sometimes more accurate, and he's more keen to custom mix than Spain.
  4. Mine did that too, but Matt sent me new lids and the thinner he uses. I just reconstituted the paints.
  5. I'm not sure Matt is capable at this time of running his business (day job, mother's health, young kid). The product is great, but what's the point if customers can't get it? All my orders usually took a long time, but I eventually got them. Not this last order. It was partially sent, and he kept promising to send the rest and never did. I got a refund, but I just wanted the paints I ordered. Try Splash Paints. He can custom mix.
  6. Nice work! Good idea to swap US spec parts from the Revell kit.
  7. Indeed! And an odd choice. Bit of a mundane car, and you think there would be better selling choices. Kitting a Tesla, for instance, or a Lambo SUV.
  8. Not as bad as the Revell 230TE, but to my eye, the 500SLC is, particularly the bottom half. The side skirts and rear quarter valence are too flat, the rear quarter valence too stubby, and the rockers are way too flat and prominent. Itty bitty side mirrors not in proportion to the real car. Proportions all wrong in the interior - oversized center console, itty bitty headrests, etc., a lot if it lacking any finesse. I used to own the ESCI and sold it.
  9. I've got to ask, since you seem to like euro subjects like me. No offense to the builder here, just a picture I found on google of the Revell/Aoshima 230TE. One can argue that the model captures the general appearance and the shape of the main body features...while getting every part and shape completely wrong and turning a handsome 1:1 vehicle into a caricature, such that no amount of kit bashing and scratch building will fix. Some might be satisfied with this, and some like me aren't. I don't mind scratch building here and there, but without Mikhail Petrenko's CAD skills and a 3d printer to create a part or a new model from scratch, I'm left with not buying turds for subjects that I like, such as the w201 or w107 Mercedes. I grew up with a w124 300TE and would love a nice kit of one (ModelingMaster has w124s in the works). But I see the 500SLC (the 190e not to the same degree) fitting into the same category as the Revell/Aoshima 230TE. Now, ya'll will say "fine, then don't give them your money" and I certainly won't - its being saved for new and exciting Alpha Model kits. I saying that you shouldn't reward Italeri for regurgitating old, poor quality kits either.
  10. Perhaps there's not and they're just hoping the market will buy their junk because it's not costing them much effort using old molds. Demand better. Don't buy misshapen, toy-like models and maybe they'll do better and make new investments, like the Bugatti. The market should speak for itself, not Italeri for the market. Look at the Volvo. While I don't think its as bad as the 500SLC, they didn't even bother to address the truck-like tires. Seems like there was no questioning "is there any small improvements we can make to update this kit?"
  11. The problem with these reissues like the 190e and the 500SLC is that they're crude, not very accurate 30-40 yr old kits, so why does Italeri think there's any interest?
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