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  1. The Tamiya Porsche 959 takes a lot of work to build an accurate replica of the real car. The car has the body of a 959 sport with no rear fender door for the suspension fluid, and a single mirror, but has the Komfort interior. The under body looks like they were just guessing as it doesn't resemble the 1:1 959 at all, and is completely missing the under tray in the rear which make the the lack of inter-coolers even more obvious. Then there is the rear engine cover with a glue joint in the hardest place to fill, so hard in fact you will see many builds not address it at all. This is one of the kits that I think of when people say, " WhY cAn'T ReVeLl Be pErfecT LiKe tAmiYa?"
  2. Looks terrible. You won't sell ant you might as well send them all to me and I'll get rid of them for you...lol Just kidding it looks great, and combined with the the stock hard top or kit bashing with the AMT 67 nova versions the possibilities will be endless.
  3. I just bought one of these and what really amazed me is the instruction book. 28 page, magazine sized color book on how to build this. This allowed them to have a separate step just to make it clear which holes need to be drilled depending on what parts you will be using. Looking through it I liked how clear and specific the assembly steps are. Definitely high point in an already very impressive kit. The other thing I love about it is it's a fully detailed Land Rover that isn't as expensive as the only monogram issue. My plan is to build mine as a tow vehicle for a racing Mini Cooper.
  4. This is my first "finish a project while in quarantine" Build. I started this years ago but never got around to finishing it up a major stumbling block was the interior but I've got that nearly done. The car is converted from the Tamiya Porsche 911 GT2 Club Sport. a lot of bodywork had to be done to replicate the stock street car, but I think it is worth it. I'm painting it in my favorite color for this car Cobra Colors Arena Red.
  5. I have many newer Tamiya kits. When I say simplified I don't always mean parts count, but they do have a tendency to combine multiple parts into one and often texture detail is lacking. Either way people on this board constantly suggest a particular kit is deficient for any number of reasons. Why should this one get a pass? To me a race car without an engine is deficient. That is why I bought the Tamiya versions of the Mercedes Sauber, and Porsche 956 while leaving similar Hasegawa curbside kits on the shelf. It's why I have the Heller Renault R5 Turbo and not the Tamiya, It's why I have several of the Monogram IMSA Mustang and not one of the Tamiya Zakspeed Capris. Am I missing out on some nice kits and some easy builds because I want race cars with engines? yeah possibly, but I still have more model kits than I'll likely build in my lifetime so I'm ok with that. again build what you like, don't get upset with me because I like something different.
  6. I'm 54 years old, started building model kits back in 1974 and it has been a life long hobby. I've run a hobby shop and for years sold vintage model kits at swap meets. So I would say I have a fair Idea what I'm talking about. While there are a few stand out kits that Tamiya has produced, like The Mercedes 300SL or the Ferrari Enzo, most are very simplified, which is OK. The American companies have some stand outs too like the Monogram 1959 Cadillacs and Impala, The Revell C5 Corvettes are great and go together well. The AMT 66 Nova, 67 Impala, and 62 Pontiac are really nice. My point is to Personally attack Tim as a hypocrite for simply expressing his opinion that the Tamiya mustang would be a better kit if it were full detail is just wrong. I literally have several hundred kits in my stash all were bought for different reasons with full knowledge of their pluses and minuses. Like I said before buy what you like but don't get your panties in a bunch if not everyone likes it. Personally I'm going to pass on the Mustang, simply because without the engine, it doesn't excite me. There are so many other kits both new and vintage that I'd rather spend my money on.
  7. Of course every company has it's stand outs and lets face it with something as simple as the Lotus Seven you would have to work hard to screw that up. But to all those who say it's unfair to bring up kits from 30 years ago, I'm 54 years old> people have been gushing over how much better Tamiya is than American kits for 30+ years. in that amount of time american model companies have put out some really great kits as well as some bad ones. So has Tamiya, My point was that Calling Tim a hypocrite for being willing to buy a vintage screw bottom curbside while passing on this because it has no engine, is simply uncalled for. You buy what you but and Tim, like me, prefers race cars with engines. I didn't care that the Lindberg Chrysler Atlantic was curbside because the body was the star of that show. Buy what you like, but please stop pushing the myth that Tamiya can do no wrong while Revell and the other are pushing overpriced junk. It simply isn't true. Each company has different design priorities, Tamiya chose "easy to build" over detail, and the others went the opposite and offer more detail and more challenging kits.
  8. I find it interesting how Tamiya has a reputation for “getting it right” where the American companies get ripped to shreds for the smallest error. While I will admit that with exceptions, Tamiya makes easy to build kits that look good when built, when it comes to the details Tamiya often drops the ball. They usually (at least here in the states) don't get called on it because many of the cars they model Americans have very little exposure to. My case in point is Porsche 959 (#24065). You cannot out of the box build a correct Porsche 959 with the parts in this kit. First and most important is Porsche built two versions of the 959. The Sport, and the Komfort. The Tamiya Kit has the body of a Sport, and the interior of a Komfort. Most people on this board will never see one up close but to those of us who know 959's the difference is glaring You can try to change the body to a Komfort which wold include adding the filler door for the hydraulic suspension fluid, which is possible with a steady hand, and you then have to add the passenger side mirror. This gets tricky as the 959 mirrors are bespoke. So you have the choice of scratch building one, or using similar but inaccurate mirrors from another kit. Alternatively to can modify the Komfort interior by removing the rear seat, modifying the dash and scratch building a roll cage for it (This is the route I took) Then there is the matter of the under body which they completely made up out of their imagination what is there and left out most of what is supposed to be there. The entire under body panels in the rear are missing from the kit. This would not be so bad but they would have also covered up the inter-coolers that the didn't include in the kit. You are able from underneath to see the gaping empty rear fenders where the huge inter-coolers are supposed to be. As for being easy to build, yeas if you just build it as it is in the box with no mods it goes together easy. If you want to build it with no seams where the rear spoiler attaches you can expect to spend a lot of time on the engine cover alone. Sadly I could write a similar post on everything wrong with their Ferrari F-40, They all make great shelf models but get the details wrong more often than not. My point here is all Model manufacturers take short cuts whether for ease of assembly, lower cost or simply they don't have the time to properly research the prototype. I have some curbside kits as well as full detail kits. What I buy depends on what compromises I'm willing to make to get the subject I want. The old Studebaker Avanti from AMT is not perfect, but it's the only one on the market. The Revell Dodge Sidewinder Show truck needs a lot of work to look right, but it's the only one available. Buy this Mustang or don't buy it, that is up to you, but you don't have to make excuses for Tamiya to justify buying it. The 959 kit is still crappy, but I bought it corrected it and I'm building it, because I wanted a kit of the Porsche 959.
  9. If you want to build a plastic kit of it the best place to start is a kit bash of the Revell "Rat Roaster" 32 ford and the Revell 32 Ford Five window. The Rat Roaster has the correct headers and fenders for the build. Model Car garage has a chopped 32 ford grill shell with PE grille, and you can choose your favorite set of Chrome reverse rims as there are many out there. The tough part is the 4 carb intake and the top chop. If you are feeling lazy you can use the Jimmy Flintstone resin body.
  10. As a huge Porsche 911 fan I can say I wish they had released that. from the looks of it it would have compared very well to the Revell kit
  11. If you combine the two you can build this car from the Movie "Lemans" It was a Lola T-70 rebodied to look like a Porsche 917. you can see some of the original yellow body work in this photo.
  12. From what I understand from the statement on Moebius' website, it was not sold to Pegasus, but the controling interest was sold to the people who also owns Pegasus. " PEGASUS HOBBIES OWNERS TO ASSUME OWNERSHIP OF MOEBIUS MODELS Model kit producer's product output to remain unchanged [Glenwood, FL, March 1, 2018] As of March 1st, Tom and Larry, owners of Pegasus Hobbies will assume ownership of Moebius Models. Moebius will remain an independent company and will continue production on its popular line of plastic model kits and other products. Original Moebius founder and president Frank Winspur will remain with the company as a minority partner and will still be involved in guiding Moebius from a creative standpoint. Moebius Models was formed in 2008 as a division of Doll & Hobby Inc. and has released licensed model kits from properties such as Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, Lost in Space, Battlestar Galactica, the 1966 Batman television series, Warner Bros. movies Batman V Superman, The Dark Knight, and Interstellar, Marvel superheroes such as Iron Man, Universal's classic monster characters and Fantastic Voyage, as well as automobile and truck models. Recently Moebius has produced licensed model kits from 2001: A Space Odyssey and will soon launch a line of Star Trek kits from the recent theatrical movies produced by J.J. Abrams, Star Trek, Star Trek Into Darkness and Star Trek Beyond. Moebius Models' art director Bob Plant and new product manager Dave Metzner will remain in their current positions at the company and Moebius' upcoming product releases will remain unchanged through the transition. Customer service will remain at 386-734-3599 and email contact will remain customerservice@moebiusmodels.com for the present time. Frank Winspur will provide a personal statement on the transition on Facebook within the next few days. No further information is available and calls and/or emails to the company are unnecessary at this time. Moebius Models is a toy and hobby company based in Glenwood, FL."
  13. that car is the Thomassima III Thomassima cars
  14. To me this is just the latest "end of the hobby as we know it". we'll be fine.
  15. That might be because in bold print in three languages it clearly stated " 1 Plastic Kit"
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