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  1. Did Gerry Anderson help design that? It would look right at home in Capt Scarlet and the Mysterions, Thunderbirds or UFO.
  2. I must be lucky, my regular postman is the old school variety who will stop and exchange friendly chit chat if I'm out in the yard when he delivers the mail. I've rarely had issue with the USPS, but I've lived in smaller communities the last 20 years where I actually have some familiarity with the postmaster and most of the employees at the local PO.
  3. I picked up another Revell '36 Ford convertible when all of this was announced. Just because with the current situation the odds of a re-issue of that kit is now quite some ways out. Revell kit prices will only climb until things shake out but I'm really not too worried about the rest, recent issues will likely restart within the year and I have a few of most Revell kits I will "need" until the company gets back on track.
  4. I still prefer forums like this, but the FB groups are many and can be pretty specific. I had little to do with FB until the past year when I found out about the groups. Since it is so easy to form a group there is a group for just about everything. Totally different format, but kind of like the old yahoo groups, there is almost nothing to niche to find a group about.
  5. If the garbage body had decent detail it could perhaps be used on a 1 ton or 1-1/2 ton truck? There are small garbage trucks out there for industrial sites, gated communities, camp grounds and such, not all are built on large trucks. Unfortunately I haven't found the detail on other Tom Daniel customs to be worth bothering with for use as a more serious model.
  6. There are a lot of Facebook model groups. It would be interesting to see how the ages compare to here. It is not uncommon to see disparaging comments towards Facebook here, so I suspect that would provide a substantially different demographic. I'm sure you would see substantially different demographics simply based on themed groups, say a tuner group vs traditional customs. I would also guess that taking a poll of what Yahoo model groups remain would likely skew to make the average age shown here to be whippersnappers.
  7. Nice job on the whale boat. You need to get that hatchet off the deck. its making me nervous, one little wind shift and ploop, right over the side.
  8. People need to get out of their bubbles. You go to aircraft and armor sites and the reaction to Revell's situation is "so what they haven't made any new kits in like 20 years". Over here the sky is falling because Hobbico (not Revell) is bankrupt, but if you look outside of Revell models are booming. There have been loads of "they'll never kit that" kits in the past 10 years (and still coming). People are having to look for really obscure stuff these days to make joke kit request references. It seems like there is a new model company or two popping up every year. There are companies like ICM and Meng that have focused on military subjects now beyond the sticking a toe in the water of 1/24 model cars. Modern(ish) Ford F250, Hummer H1, Jeep Wrangler, how many new Model T's? and several 1940s European cars. The fat lady hasn't even left her house yet.
  9. As the OP was kind enough to overlap the age groups, I chose the younger option while I can. There used to be a fairly decent size contingent of early 20s modelers here. I think some get intimidated when they see the stashes and tools some of the older guys have to play with. Facebook probably took some away, and likely has kept many of the new modelers from even looking (forums are so 00s ) and a lot that we had probably hit that magical age where other things drag them away from hobbies and they drifted away. I suspect the frequent "get off my lawn" spiels don't help to attract or keep younger modelers.
  10. Thanks for finding that. The Landmaster is an iconic sci-fi vehicle, neat to hear how it came about. Terrible movie, the truck is the only positive thing related to it. I'm a fan of the genre but the movie is the typical big budget Hollywood blockbuster with bad writing and worse special effects. The book was great, but the only thing it shares with the movie is the title and a super truck.
  11. How hard could it possibly be to scratchbuild a refer for the trailer? It is basically a box with some boxes attached to it. I'm sure the grating could be scrounged up from something, or fabricated from styrene or metal strip. Most of the truck guys seem to be pretty comfortable customizing. The Thermo King across the top would be the most difficult aspect, photo etch would be the best option, but DIY decal would probably do the job.
  12. It is hard to sell kits that consumers can not find. Distribution seems to be an issue for them. Most of the vendors I've checked for Heller kits don't actually have many in stock. Heller has some good kits, and had a lot of interesting subjects in the works so I hope this isn't too big of a bump in the road for the future of the company. The google translation is a little weird, but I gather the parent company wants to dump its French connections and move production someplace cheap.
  13. Isn't it an amazing coincidence that "the public" wants the kind of cars with kind of options that happen to coincide with the greatest profits for automakers? Surely marketing doesn't play any role in that...
  14. Keep in mind what they were competing with, scale model wasn't a term in common use. Ever here the term "box scale"? That literally means the model was scaled to fit into a standard size box, that was still common in the early 1960s. Johan's early Cadillac kits are notorious for having shortened proportions, because Cadillacs were large cars and many wouldn't fit into the standard box Johan used. In 1961 plastic model kits had only recently replaced wooden model kits. You think Palmer kits are bad check out a Monogram or Strombecker kit from the 1940s or 50s. Hey kid here is a block of wood sort of shaped like an airplane, here are some pictures of what it is supposed to look like. Here is a knife, go. Their later kits like the 1940 Ford are much better than those early kits, not great, but better. Good enough that some people think they copied the AMT or Revell kit. Their early kits are similar to other brands early kits, kits many gripe about for being bad. Also cars do not appear to have been their strongest effort. Apparently their ship models are considered to be better. I'm not really much of a ship modeller, so don't know from personal experience but I have been told many of the better Lindberg ship models began life as Palmer kits. Monogram's kits from the late 1960s really stand out because they were so much better than most anything else being done at the time.
  15. The lighting is the same problem as the models. Everything is there and in place, wires just just have to be connected, I'll get to it, its only been 4 years....
  16. I built the one I have, it isn't a prefab Ikea kind of thing. It took some time to build in the evenings and weekends. Technically it isn't actually done since I've never got around to wiring the lights.... It hasn't been this empty in a long time. I do have plans to do another but, that is going to fill a wall. I have to design it, then it takes time to build and is a much lower priority than some other large home DIY projects. Building the case isn't like a model where an hour here and there gets it done, it is a substantial time commitment and can't just be tucked into a shoe box until I have time to get back to it. There is also the cost to consider, wood, glass and the misc hardware adds up quickly. Then there is the matter of a truck for hauling all the bits and pieces. A truck is something I no longer have. I agree just getting another display case would be nice, if only it were that simple. I can't do anything the easy way.
  17. It may not have had anything to do with Revell's profits. Hobbico was much more than Revell and it is quite possible the issues were in other parts of the business. In fact I'm pretty sure some earlier posts explicitly said that was the case. Recently Airfix's new parent, Hornby was also having financial issues. Airfix itself was in the black and doing just fine, it was some of the other (non model) divisions that were having trouble.
  18. RoG has actually been quite active producing military vehicles and aircraft in addition to cars and trucks. They have produced several large 4 engine passenger aircraft, cargo planes and bombers over the past decade. Off the top of my head the Lancaster, Halifax, B-17, C-54 / DC-4, Airbus 400M, and several new helicopter kits. I don't follow armor or ships that closely, so not as aware of re-issue vs new tool but seeing their yearly whats new lists it appears they have been busy in those areas as well. At a minimum Revell USA offers a huge assortment of tooling for kits that there is little competition for. American autos have always been largely an American model company thing, Revell, Monogram, AMT, MPC, Lindberg, Moebius. You can probably count the number of American autos done by Japanese or European companies on your fingers and toes with some toes to spare. Hopefully they have an actual interest in Revell / Monogram, but worst case they will likely hold out to find a buyer who does. At $4 million they could double there money without pricing the company out of the hands of a wealthy hobbyist (like Peter Jackson and his company Wingnut Wings) or a group of individuals with the experience and connections to run the company as was done with Round 2. I can not imagine anybody spending $4 million just to scrap everything. It is also not unusual for foreign model companies to have a US branch as you see with Airfix USA, Tamiya USA, Dragon USA etc if for no other reason than distribution. It is unfortunate for those at Revell who are out of a job, but none of us know what the new owners have planned. They could pack everything up and ship it overseas, or start hiring for a new Revell USA once they have an inventory and a plan. It is quite possible that they are as surprised as many here that they got Revell USA so cheap and are now trying to figure out how it fits into their RoG plans. I think it is way to early for doom and gloom.
  19. Just a sheet with this style of tread plate would also be very handy.
  20. Now this one I defiantly can see the Chevy influence.
  21. I can kind of see that, but overall the car reminds me of a 52-54 Ford borrowing some styling cues from front end of the 57 Ford. I feel like I know what the Ford Falcon would have looked like if it came out in the 1950s instead of 1960. I think it is the relatively plain sides, most of the 1950s Chevy's had a lot more going on with the sides. Taking another look though I can definitely see a strong resemblance to a low option '55 Chevy 150.
  22. Odd, despite the GM connection I would have guessed Ford related. I get more of a 50s Ford or early Ford Falcon in the styling, not really seeing Chevy. Nice looking car, I assume it was a smaller car, Ford Falcon / Chevy II sized?
  23. I was kind of wondering about the upscale part myself, they were intended to be very inexpensive so I doubt they were adding leather seats and wood grain accents. I know very little about the cars but I've been in a quirky economy car mood and these rank high in that genre. They all kind of look the same to me but reading this thread there are obviously some subtleties to them. Pat the Airfix and Heller kits are the same, just different boxes? It is kind of funny that you have a Model T behind yours, I'm building a Model T and it is what got me into a mood to build more inexpensive little cars.
  24. Maybe one of the Revell or Academy 1/32-1/35 H-13 kits? I'm not sure which engine they have in the kit or the quality but the Bell 47 / H-13 used a variety of 4 and 6 cylinder Franklin and Lycoming engines generally in the 335-435 cid range. The most common kits are later H-13H models which would have had a 6 cylinder Lycoming VO-435. There are some boxed as the earlier H-13D model which should have a 6 cylinder Franklin O-335, but I don't know if they are really different or just the same kit re-boxed. When you factor in the scale difference it might get you close enough for a decent starting point. I've seen some of these kits built with detailed engines, but not sure how much work was required from the builder to get there.
  25. I wasn't aware of the book or show, but I am somewhat familiar with the expedition they are based on. One of the modern theories is lead poisoning played a part. Canned food was relatively new and the cans were sealed with lead solder. The ships were also provided with distillation systems allowing them to make drinking water from sea water. These systems used lead tubing to collect the condensed water. After months at sea and then more months trapped on the ice the crew was slowly poisoned by their food and water. The brain is particularly sensitive to lead poisoning and can lead to irrational behavior. The snow and ice detail is amazing. Other than the flag issue the only detail that jumps out at me is the lack of icicles which I imagine would have been plentiful. Better than anything I can do. That is a common error on sailing ship models. People are used to flags trailing the direction of travel, but being wind powered on sailing ships the flag should point with the wind. Kind of surprising to see that on a model that shows this level of skill. Not really sure how else it could be explained though.
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