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      Board Status   07/20/2018

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  1. All Japan Model & Hobby Show 2018

    You are more likely to get your kits from overseas than from Internet Hobbies. They are a known scammer.
  2. Toyota AE86 TRD N2

    Panda N2, that is an interesting combo. Will the fenders be black or body colour? So Splash ships overseas? How long did it take?
  3. These lenses from Barchetta are very nice. https://www.1999.co.jp/eng/m/10375903
  4. Tamiya Skyline 2000-GTR

    I find this most useful with bodywork where waviness and high/low points may not be obvious even after primer coat.
  5. Exactly. Rather than saying all modern cars lack style, it is more like we mostly identify with things from what we perceived as "better times". I grew up in the 80's. The cars I like the most are made between mid 80's and mid 90's. To me luxobarges made in the 70's are the worst, but someone growing up with the big Lincolns and Cadillacs would probably think the exact opposite.
  6. I really don't understand the hate on back up cameras around here. The fact is you will never be able to see what is lurking in the area below the trunk line with your rear view mirror no matter how careful and attentive you claim you are, be it a dog or a cat or a kid running out just as you are backing up your car. It just makes sense to have that extra visibility there. As for "interesting" colours on new cars, they are always great when someone else own them. People loved my lime green Fiesta. Yet no one wanted it when I was trading for a new car. Dealers flat out refused to take it. I was lucky enough to have a friend taking it off my hands just as I was about to give up. And you know what cars look the same? Take out any GM catalogs of the same model year from the 60's and 70's. The cars all look the same. They are practically the same car with a different grille.
  7. Hobbico's demise has nothing to do with Revell tooling too many new car kits too fast. Quite the contrary, Revell was supposed to be Hobbico's few bright spots.
  8. mpc firebird quality of build 1/16 1979

    Awful. There are substantial parts fitment issue, and the version I bought had the tint on the entire clear sprue so dark that the windshields could not be seen through and the headlights were black. Ended up throwing it away.
  9. All Japan Model & Hobby Show 2018

    I found this build log from a Japanese Yahoo blog. This is how the chassis looks like: https://blogs.yahoo.co.jp/flat2ak/34532617.html https://blogs.yahoo.co.jp/flat2ak/34537958.html Interior: https://blogs.yahoo.co.jp/flat2ak/34535470.html Finished model: https://blogs.yahoo.co.jp/flat2ak/34540635.html
  10. All Japan Model & Hobby Show 2018

    I also have a feeling that the Hasegawa "American Lowrider Type C" and "American Lowrider Type T" will be a Japan-only offering, and the only way to get them outside Japan is by mail order.
  11. All Japan Model & Hobby Show 2018

    It's the Irmscher 1.5 Turbo, the precursor model for the 1.6 DOHC. New parts are a new hood with the NACA cooling duct for the intercooler and turbo model specific steering wheel. I am still hoping for the Irmscher RS. It has the same body kit as the I-Mark RS and maybe they will see fit to offer the LHD dashboard as well.
  12. Upcoming Belkits...Kits

    Turns out Beemax also has a Metro 6R4 in the works. Wonder how it will turn out.
  13. Curbside, yes. Toy-like, no. The Japanese market had spoken, they prefer a nicely proportioned and crisply molded car body over details that cannot be seen on display, and the Japanese manufacturers delivered. These kits are also selling well in overseas markets.
  14. The bubble economy burst in 1990. Since then tooling up EM style kits do not make economical sense. It could be worse. Gunze no longer produce model kits, Marui denies having anything to do with model cars to these days, and Rosso's factory and warehouse burned down mysteriously.
  15. Looking for some Mustang Parts

    Forward Resin makes the pony wheels. He used to list them in his eBay store. https://www.ebay.com/usr/forward_resin/