I work right where I'm at right now. Right in front of this monitor. about two feet wide and a foot deep, and often sprues are laid across the keyboard while I'm detail painting. There's six builds in progress stacked under the desk. the bulk of my parts (and the rest of my builds) are in the hall linen closet, nearly 250 of them and several organizers full of parts, boxes full of bagged tires and rims, a couple of boxes of GI Joes... twenty-plus years of hobby time stored away because two "spare" rooms were taken by family... but I STILL get to build, even in a two-foot square spot.
snagged a Cougar II, the Dyno Don Chevy, and a Maverick '64 Dodge. HAD to grok all of them this evening, especially the Cougar as I've never attempted that kit, and sure enough the windshield in the Dodge is split right down the middle, just like the very first Color Me Gone kit I bought... however, one broken piece in a closeout kit isn't enough to make me run crying back to Ollies, I'll work around it. Form some acetate or clear styrene. The Cougar kit is very interesting, typical IMC overdoing the working parts (only the hood is mentioned on the box) and loaded to the gunwales with chrome.... BTW on inspection, NONE of the kits had parts loose from the trees, warped parts, or short shots. Those Dodge kits simply have too much packed in the box for it's size... Lindberg really put some effort into that stretch of time, too bad they couldn't stand alone and keep producing new tools of the same or better caliber. My pick at Ollies? short staffing. a manager had to open a register to get things moving today. otherwise, neat store.
I hit our local Ollies to see what they had; mostly all Lindberg with one or two AMT examples. I'll go back and grab a Cougar II, Don Nicholson Impala, maybe a Color Me Gone Dodge, and maybe a Chrysler Atlantic concept car and another Auburn Speedster. seeing almost the entire Lindberg sector of Round2's catalog on clearance makes me think R2 might be thinking of ending production of that line. I think I might get two of those Cougar kits.... Mr Obsessive did such an excellent job on his........
the T181 is vastly different from a Kubel in many areas. They are a from-scratch design using the Kubel concept and VW's existing (at the time) parts bin.... not that an accurate model wouldn't be great to have!
another of my favorite kits, and favorite car... I've had three 1:1's, all 390-4v hardtops like this. Got one of these right now in powder/sky blue in the closet waiting for final assembly, a replica of my first '66.... here's a toothache story for ya: fellow I knew was selling a rolling body for a SEVEN LITRE (as depicted in the kit) for $350 when I was living in Lynchburg Va..... I was going to slip the 390-4v out of my daily driver '68 Galaxie in it..... but it got bought right out from under me, 1993...... even with a 390 that car would bring 10 grand easy today
as has been said, it's an old tool, well-used and never properly updated. parts fit is fiddly and there are seams in the body that are a bear to deal with. the grille shell is the best part of the kit IMHO; the wheels and tires, the worst. ejection pin marks show up everywhere and some are problematic to remove. I heavily modified mine, put big astro rims on it, and i like the result but I would like to try it again just to get it closer to box-art style. For what it is, don't pay too much. but don't dismiss it as junk, it's tough, but not junk.
Thanks Tim for an excellent review. And kudos to Revell for putting the effort in to do a great job. this is definitely a must-buy for anyone building rods... and I predict they'll go like Lay's Potato Chips... no one can eat just one!
I've given that thought some consideration and find it to be incorrect on several details: the first pic, primarily, shows quite a lot of effort put into making the car fit a theme, such as period-perfect; the other pics do not show quite as much effort in keeping with the "theme". There are period-correct replacements for nearly all of the anachronistic parts. More apt is the idea that the builder KNOWS what needs to be replaced to make the car "complete" and is working on getting them. Even those parts that have no modern replacements could be safely and reliably used in a seldom-driven or even a daily driver rod. Having an "era-specific" styled rod carries with it an obligation, almost, to keep the accessories and details "correct" if at all possible. i.e., sponsor decals or dragstrip logos that fit within the car's "era".... an appreciation for the way things were done, pride in having something unique, etc
they couldn't pony up and release all four on the same tool in one box? Even I would have bought that, and I've only built one motorcycle kit to completion in forty years.... (Revell's LA Chopper, which I would surely buy again)
I don't get it, either. And I usually go for artistic representations. Even the iconic "Red Baron", an admittedly silly looking rig, comes off as more acceptable tribute than that does. (And I love the Red Baron car)
I have to admit, I find myself asking this question when I see these art rods; would I ever build a real car like this? Would I try to pull the build together with "theme" parts, like fake gun barrels for headers? And, almost every time, the answer is NO. the basic car is barely within any particular style or era, and the addition of "theme" parts just doesn't finish the scene.