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  1. When I lived in Los Angeles, there were several "Pick-Your-Parts" junkyards around Sun Valley/San Fernando, all near each other. You paid $1 to get in and brought your own tools. I had a couple of old cars back then and spent nearly every Saturday in those yards. This was in the mid to late 1980's, when cars from the 1960's and 70's were still pretty common in junkyards. Still, they always caused a feeding frenzy. If the forklift dropped any muscle-related cars, like a 4-door '68 Olds Cutlass or Chevelle, it was like a swarm of piranhas attacking. One impossible find: I worked with a woman who drove a '61 Dodge Lancer, with a bashed in passenger door. Couldn't believe it, but I found a '61 Lancer in a yard and yanked the door off. Her husband painted and installed it. Good as new!
  2. OK, I'll check if it has those suspension parts and get back to you. I'm in the middle of some Monday morning chores right now.
  3. Found this one at a local flea market recently. Revell did a series of these C-cab customs, all with VW engines. This one was cheap because it's missing part of the 2-piece tires, the glass, and decals. It still has all the cab parts, roof and the interior shelves, since it's supposed to be a hot dog/snack wagon. I thought I might cross-kit those parts with an AMT '23 T delivery wagon, and build a stock-ish snack wagon. A quick check showed that the Revell roof is about the same width and length as the AMT kit. I might try to also use some parts from the old MPC Popcorn Wagon. But that one is 1/20 scale and might take some serious fiddling to fit.
  4. Pyro made a Vespa and a Lambretta scooter, both in 1/16 scale. They're pretty nice little kits and sometimes turn up on eBay for fairly reasonable prices. The Italeri Vespa was originally a PROTAR kit from the 1970's. Back in 1995 it turned up in a Revell box. Here's a timeline of its releases from Scalemates: https://www.scalemates.com/products/product.php?id=101611&p=timeline
  5. That looks fantastic! Especially your added details like the glovebox. That kit was originally issued back in the 1970's by PROTAR. Which, like Italeri, was an Italian model company. They kitted a bunch of 1/9 scale 2-wheelers that nobody else ever did, including a 750cc Norton Commando. If you want a Vespa, you're in luck. Italeri just re-issued that kit last year. And if you want to do something different with it...I shot this photo when I lived in Alexandria, Egypt from 2005-09. Most fast-food joints had a whole fleet of scooters, like this McDonalds. Yes, you could get McDonalds delivered right to your door!
  6. Here's a search on eBay "Completed Items" for that kit. Recent sales ranged from $86.00 for one partly built, to $577.89 for one still shrink-wrapped. It only took 3 bids for that one to reach $577.89. The kit is a Holy Grail for many people, but IMO it's not a very good replica of a '51 Mercury wagon. The front fenders look squarish, for one thing. As the posters are saying, you're better off starting with a Revell '49 Mercury wagon. Updating it to a '51 would probably be easier and much cheaper than making the Aurora kit look better. But that doesn't matter if you want the kit because of its TV show connection, like many collectors do. https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_sop=1&_sadis=15&_stpos=29672-9125&_from=R40&_nkw=aurora+mod+squad+mercury&_sacat=1188&rt=nc&LH_Complete=1
  7. Stopped at the closest Hobby Lobby this morning. "40% Off" signs were hanging all over the model aisle. But the store only had one new kit, the MPC 1/8 scale Schwinn "Krate" bicycle. It looked like they had re-stocked the Revell Land Rover and a couple of others. I may have to hit the stores a little further away, before this sale ends. Still looking for another "Supernatural" Impala.
  8. That is looking great. These tractors may be simple kits but Revell sure molded a lot of detail into them. I built a Porsche Jr. and now I'm really looking forward to the Deutz. The clean shiny green looks fantastic, but I don't think I can resist some washes, just to pop out details. I'm thinking about doing this to either a Porsche Jr. tractor or the Deutz. I don't think the U.S. Air Force ever used either tractor. (The shiny olive drab one in the photo below is a Moline.) But the Air Force had a lot of bases in Germany, so I'll pretend they bought a tractor "on the local economy." Might even hang a big "Follow Me" sign on it!
  9. The original "Goldfinger" Aston-Martin DB-5 ended up being sold as a used car. From Aston-Martin's own used car lot, no less. After the movie hoopla died down, in 1968 the DB-5 went back to Aston. They stripped out all the 007 toys, and had to weld in a whole new roof to get rid of the "ejection hatch." In August 2019, a replica of that DB-5 sold for $6.4 million at a Sotheby auction in California. https://www.hagerty.com/media/automotive-history/history-of-james-bond-aston-martin-db5-most-famous-car-in-the-world/
  10. That really came out great! Just enough clutter without making it look cluttered, if you know what I mean. An easy mod, for those who want a slightly snazzier WW2 VW: way back in 1996 Scott Van Aken built the CMK kit as a Japanese Embassy car in Berlin during the war. Gloss black paint and red interior. The decals you'll need from the CMK kit are posted below. Use the license plate "IA-18." https://modelingmadness.com/scott/cars/vw.htm
  11. Wespe Models in Romania makes a 1/24 scale GMC Deuce And A Half. It's resin and expensive. I think DAN Models in Romania has taken over the Wespe molds, since I'm seeing old Wespe 1/35 scale kits in DAN boxes recently. There's a thread in the Truck forum about DAN Models. Here's an eBay listing for the GMC. https://www.ebay.com/p/762926222
  12. If you want the dropped front axle and other hot rod chassis parts, you'll need to find another kit exactly like the one you just got: the early 1980's "white box" re-issue with "2-in-1" on the box. Or an original double kit with the XR-7, but those are harder to find and more expensive. When AMT changed this kit to the '27 T police car, they deleted the dropped axle and some other parts. The hot-rod engine parts for the 4-cylinder are still in that kit, now called the "Police Pursuit" engine. But not the hot-rod chassis stuff. I think the one you have there, in the white box, was the last release with those parts.
  13. A few off the top of my head... Revell was always great at product placement, and their kits turn up in a lot of Fifties TV series. Revell kits were almost always displayed in Wally and Beaver's room in "Leave It To Beaver." In the 1953 movie "Niagara" with Marilyn Monroe and Joseph Cotten, he's a troubled war veteran whose therapy includes building a 1/16 scale Revell Maxwell kit. That was an inside joke. Jack Benny's longtime announcer Don Wilson had a part in the movie, and Benny was famous for talking about his Maxwell. The 1990 Jim Belushi movie "Mr. Destiny" had him building some AMT scale models, including a 300SL Gullwing. He also "built" some kits that didn't exist, AFAIK. Like this AMT kit of a '55 Porsche Spyder. Note the tube of Testors glue on the table.
  14. If you have 2 of those kits, you can build a stretched '62 Buick limo!
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