A good friend Peter McDonald and I have been going to the NNL East annually for a while now. It was quite unexpected and refreshing to receive a post card invitation from Tom himself. Now that is definitely a personal touch in marketing such an amazing show. Peter put the bug in my ear about going to the GSL Classic, which is the weekend after the NNL East. So, this year we are going to go on an eleven day road trip to attend the GSL. Hopefully it will live up to the standards that for me, have been set by the Tri-State organizers of the NNL. I figure the GSL will be a once in a lifetime trip for me, unless of course I come into some serious lottery winnings. Attending the NNL East is always a winning situation. It is extremely well organized. The models on the tables are truly motivating. And finally, the vendors offer seriously great deals!
It is interesting that McLaren, after 35 years of use, has dropped the "MP4= McLaren Project 4" designation. Is this to show that they are starting a new chapter with MCL23? I'm not sure where the 23 designation comes from, as last year's car was the MP4-32. I am a die-hard F1 fan. Have been since 1976 Grand Prix East (Watkins Glen), and always will be! LOL
Rod, you may be out of luck. The good quality gas pumps that you are referring to, were probably the ones cast by SMBC. It was a sad day when Paul passed away. I also saw that you have posted in the SMBC pinned thread in the resin section. I don't think that it is very wise for you to suggest making new molds/copies of SMBC items. Just my 2 cents.
My sister bought me a 1/12 Tamiya Ferrari F1 kit, 312T4 I believe, probably over 30 years ago as a birthday present. It still sits in my stash, along with numerous other neglected model kits. That would be my choice. Required skills on my part or not, it would be full speed ahead! LOL