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  1. 1/24 Bugatti Chiron

    Yep, after $130 of aftermarket parts, you will have something may or may not be 1/24 that is just as good as a $130 resin kit. What's your point?
  2. 1/24 Bugatti Chiron

    Well, the official rate for shipping 1 kg from China to the US is $20 plus register and tracking. Whether they ask Hobby Easy or any other partner in Hong Kong to ship them for $10 is at their discretion.
  3. 1/24 Bugatti Chiron

    You can't. The detail level is not comparable.
  4. 1/24 Bugatti Chiron

    Not sure how they do resin kits preorders, but for resin aftermarket parts I think they do it through their official resellers.
  5. Hasegawas Lamborghini Miura SV

    Did you hollow out the rear grille? I remember the kit part is molded solid.
  6. Photo-etch spoke wheels

    IMO these are the best in the market, bar none. https://www.facebook.com/fernandopintomodels/ No you don't need a Facebook account to check it out. The wheels are in the photo section. You can e-mail Fernando directly from his Facebook page without logging in. Here is one sample: https://www.facebook.com/fernandopintomodels/photos/a.1505388936361803.1073741845.1474802286087135/1906561089577917/?type=3&theater
  7. I found one in Taiwan Ruten online marketplace listed for NT $1,990 with one left. https://goods.ruten.com.tw/item/show?21203036277418#qa&p=1 You will definitely need to find a proxy buyer if you intend to purchase. The shop seems legit but they probably won't deal with foreign buyers.
  8. The Ghibli is long out of production. SMP24 releases their kit by batch of 50 kits, after that he will retire them. I wish I got wind of the X1/9 and the 365GT4/2+2 when they came out, I have been looking for those for a very long time. Of all the kits he made, the Lancia Montecarlo, the Navajo, the Mangusta and this Espada can still be found in the market. I am not sure about the Montreal. According to the flyer inside the Espada kit, their next release will be the Ferrari Rainbow, targeted to be released in September.
  9. Any chance for a decal set for the Revell 1991/2 Mercury Cougar? The tail lights are driving me nuts.
  10. Tamiya Blog, The crisis of plastic model industry

    I am not too worried for the market on a whole. The Chinese market is booming and it is just at the beginning, there is plenty of potential for growth. Ditto for the Southeast Asian market, it appears to be on an upward trend. The old markets may have stagnated but new markets are emerging. Airfix seems to be doing ok, Hasegawa is on a run, Aoshima has slowed down a bit but it is to be expected after the huge amount of new releases in the past 10 years. Kyosho is turning its focus on drones, it may work out for them. There are also new-comers like Modelers, Beemax and Belkits who play to a less mainstream, more highend niche market and they too are doing fine at this moment. Tamiya is actually more of a uncertainty. They have a monopoly on Mini-4WD, but that market has been on decline for over 20 years. While they still release new RC cars (mostly new body on existing chassis), new tools for scale model have slowed to a halt. Their diversification to female-oriented decoration series also doesn't seem to work out as good as they expected.
  11. I think SMP24 aims to make resin kits for the cars he likes that have no chance to be released by major manufacturers. He also has a liking to the so called "B grade" supercars that are less prolific but sold more in the market. The 400GT and in particular the pagoda Benz are exactly the kind of projects Hasegawa would do. Better mail bomb them if you want one.
  12. Never saw THAT before

    Seems to me that they agreed not to bid over $10,000 beforehand, and the husband went over it anyway. Maybe he shouldn't have made that bid he couldn't make and the staff shouldn't have thrown oil to the fire, then nothing would have happened.
  13. SMP24 has released the Espada in resin. http://smp24modelcars.blog.fc2.com/ As usual Keystone is probably your best bet if you want one. While Taka-san can converse in perfect English, FC2 does not take non-Japanese private messages. http://keystone-models.com/
  14. I really wish Hasegawa would release these as wheel set separately. Back then Isuzu made so many of these cars that a lot of them became part source for their BBS wheels and Recaro seats when they were scrapped.
  15. Ferrari 250 GTO sold for BIIIIIIG Bucks!

    That is a very nice car. I've always loved cars from the mid '80s to the mid '90s, they made the best sports car in that period. Cars made nowadays may be faster but they pretty much drive by themselves. I really don't get cars that are undriveable without all those electronic gadgets.