They're pretty, I've had 1 and been around many others. Not great to drive, pain to work on, rust prone, quirky, and XKD and XKSS more brutal and better race cars. But compared to everything else available then, there is no comparison. That they were incredibly reasonably priced and available, with Dunlop discs, full independent suspension, and a great motor was just added value.
Matt, I agree with the issues completely. Heller really did nice job on coupe and roadster both. The Gunze roadster is nice, rear edge of wheelwell needs tweaking, but minor. Heller's are quite underated, and always reasonable to buy at shows. eBay is ridiculous on them usually. Still have a 67 S1 roadster in family since new, Opalescent Blue. Had a flat-floor 61 coupe in white/red a very long time ago. Dumdum sold it.
Dave, always liked Thomas V's site. Great articles. Here's link to original article http://www.bonediggers.com/2-3/alakart/alakart.html Deora article amongst others really detailed reference. If it's any consolation, Bill, I've got a few originals and never noticed the Deuce shell either, now I have to go look. Same build-up fetish as you. Sidepipes somewhat hard to come by though. I'm glad to get it back. Ala Tub and Ala Tudor projects need bits.Here's Ira Dahm's pickup cab version, and a Brad Leisure sketch of a tub. Pretty fun stuff. Speedwagon or woody bash could be neat too. AMT body pretty decent for 50+ years ago.
Don's wife Carol did most of the email and other stuff for them. The writing on the bags of parts you get is hers. Losing her son was very hard on both of them, but she's had tougher time. Not excuse. Regular turn around time was usually 6 weeks.
Sweet, Ferguson still listed, Vivastella back for nice street rod, new vans, and best yet, 1/72 707 Air France. Just bought one sealed off ebay for $59, reissue should be similar. Great kit. Agree, nice but expensive year.
Just shocked me after years of driving Fcars. Lane discipline and über haul prestige non existent here. I'd agree I'm bigger Fcar fan than others, Huracan is first vs 19. Lambo makes pretty good cars now VAG owns them. I buy motors attached to nice cars. The 10 is great motor. But car isn't a keeper. Some awesome diecast Huracan, F12, no 488 I've seen. Kalifornia who cares, it's an SL with horsey. Nice 650S and P1 diecasts. Still no 991 GT3 or GT3RS. Missing boat there, I think only 1 997 kit? The Fujimi 997 cup car. Diecasts pretty limited too. Welly seems to have Porsche license. Odd Tamiya hasn't done anything Porsche. Cayman GT4, 991 GT3 and RS would be welcome they did 934 so have license for something
Hiya Art. The Rabbit kit was correct for any German built Rabbit thru late 79. in '80, Rabbit production started in Pennsylvania, except for Cabriolets and Diesels. Quality sucked, they had square headlights, vertical side markers, and chrome. 75-76 Rabbits carbureted, so the kit is a 77-79 CIS injected motor in a German body. No external differences, 78-79 had 1500's, 77 had 1600. Consistent with art directors car. The Scirocco had carb in 75-half of 76, kit has CIS injection and square bumpers like picture, so body is a replica of the 75-77 Scirocco, engine is a 76,5-77. Grille, bumpers changed a lot to wraparounds in 78, so it is an earlier car. Scirocco was issued as AMT but had Lesney on box, Baltimore address, so probably 79-80. Cant post pic of boxes, but it had Matchbox AMT issue PK4153, right after AMT #2002 issue with Baltimore addy. Why do I care about this stuff Art? Because cars, I guess. Same as you old friend. I know these things like you know early Fords Hope you're well. L
Verified. Took couple runs, stupid chemo neuropathy so hard to feel chrono button on wheel. I saw 2.5-2.6 sec for a few runs, so repeatable. No launch control. GT3RS is far better actual car than 'Can. Plus tracking at COTA is no contest. Still, missile is missile. And the Huracan is great looking car, evil headlights.It and the wagon only 2 cars I've ever had that people move over for. Happened 4 times today, no flash, was just driving, they moved over. People like Lambos far more than Ferraris in real world when you're rolling.