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    Jim Edwards

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  1. What do you drive?

    And motorcycles. Honda built the CX500 Turbo and CX650 Turbo motorcycles in 1982/1983.
  2. Originally this car in particular was a Tamtech car. Tamtech was a line of 1/24 scale hobby-grade radio control car kits using pretty detailed bodies issued by Tamiya in the 90s. You'd assemble the chassis, charge the battery, apply the decals (no paint), and go racing. I had this one as a Tamtech but it disappeared over the years. They were fun, but designed to take a fair amount of abuse and absorb some crash damage. There's a bunch of weird things about this kit due to its heritage - the fixed windows, molded in headlights, and odd way it attaches to the chassis. IIRC, even the rear spoiler was molded to the body. The windows are smooth and flush to the body - the window trim/frames are decals applied to the outside. Without them, the car would be a hardtop. I too recently picked up a built copy of this kit, and was also looking for tips to get the window unit out. It is pretty solidly mounted.
  3. Buying online or brick and morter stores

    I prefer and really try to buy at my LHS, but they make it difficult. Limited stock, slow reordering of out-of-stock items and receipt of new items, and limited aftermarket items. I was looking for a sheet of chrome Bare Metal foil, and not one of the 4 or 5 within an hour's drive had it. In general for retail, I do shop locally. I like going in and browsing, picking things up and looking at them, and the chances of finding something else, which may be related or not. For example, when I go in to the LHS, if there's a new issue of MCM, I'll buy it. If I ask for something and the sales clerk says they can order it, I'll tell them so can I - quicker, cheaper and delivered to my door. I don't know if the clerks have ever heard of the internet, but if I do buy the item I'm looking for, it won't be from the store's website.
  4. Moebius new stuff

    Easy - make a trailer out of it.:
  5. What is a 'promo' model?

    Some promos were AM radios, too, The stock chassis and interior were replaced by the radio. The speaker was in the passenger compartment, and the battery/dials were on the bottom. The radio is hidden fairly well so it is not very obvious. I have two 1968 Thunderbirds that are radios, but there are many others.
  6. Interesting. The Laurel, Rockville and Bel Air stores are still open. Seemed like Fairfax was a pretty decent store with quite a few customers - I haven't been there in a long time. The Laurel store has some stock from Piper Hobby, mostly military stuff.
  7. modelers of bygone times

    My guess is Z scale (1/220) or thereabouts, much smaller than N. A 20ft car in Z scale would be about an inch long, and an adult male (in other words, my) index finger is about 3 inches. I think Z scale is pretty popular in Europe. Wikipedia says Z scale was created in 1972, which is much later than the article. I'm sure 1/220 was around then, though.
  8. What did you see on the road today?

    The motorcycle club I rode with in San Diego had an annual ride called the "Three Climate Tour". It started at the beach, went up into the mountains, then out into the desert and back - all in a few hours. What a blast that was.
  9. Subaru Brat

    Maybe because it was the wurst vehicle they made?
  10. Here's a link to the model test:
  11. Looks like a dead project to me. The last update on the website in the first post was September 2013, where they did some hull model testing . Interesting reading here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Titanic_II
  12. 51 henry taildragger

    Very clever and original. I like it a lot. Good job!
  13. 1972 Buick Riviera - Boat-tail

    The wheels are what makes it for me. Very nice.
  14. Gluing Parts

    Like espo, Model Master is my choice. It has a thin metal "needle point". Be careful - Testor's liquid cement is packaged similarly, but it has a plastic "needle point". I've found it more difficult to use and less precise from a packaging standpoint. I think the cement's the same.