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  1. The good news: there was a 1/24 scale '41 Packard Clipper done in resin, years ago. The bad news: it was done by TKM and is blob-tastic. I have one. I started working on it, with the first job being removal of the molded-in fender skirts. It's gone back and forth from the Shelf Of Shame a few times.
  2. Not yet, but thanks! I didn't even know that was available in 1/35. Gotta get one! Roden's a Ukrainian model company. They often do subjects nobody else has ever done in 1/35 scale, like the Dodge M-37 trucks and a whole series of Opel-Blitz WWII buses. Their vehicle kits are FULLY detailed, with engines and chassis where everything is a separate part. Their kit of the massive WWI Holt tractor drew some fire for missing/incorrect details. But the only other way to get a Holt tractor was a very expensive resin kit. On the Packard Clipper, I hope those fender skirts are separate parts and not molded to the body. Those were usually left off in the field, as shown below on Eisenhower's Packard. MacArthur's Clipper was air-conditioned and the A/C equipment took up most of the trunk. Wonder if the Roden kit has that?
  3. Yep, that's the Curtiss SB2C Helldiver dive bomber. A much-hated aircraft whose crews said "SB2C" meant "Son of a B**** Second Class." It was supposed to replace the Douglas Dauntless, but had so many bugs that the Dauntless soldiered (or sailored) on till the end of WWII. The Monogram "Pro-Modeler" kit of the Helldiver comes with a photo-etch sheet that includes perforated dive brakes and other useful parts. If you want a more unusual build painted Olive Drab instead of blue, the Helldiver was built for the US Army as the A-25 Shrike. The French Navy also used them in the First Indochina War, with some colorful markings.
  4. Thanks for the heads-up! Saving your notes. I wondered about the assembly, since it can be built as a "short" city trailer or a standard "long" trailer. And it looks like I can build that resin '63 Nova wagon in the stash now. As I understand it, Round 2 will be doing their Nova wagon later as a full kit with an engine. I may wait for that one. Like everybody else, I sure wish they'd find that neat little U-Haul trailer from the Nova/Buick Special kits.
  5. From Hobby Lobby, the AMT (former IMC) Big Rig Semi Trailer. With bonus pallets! Also from Wal-Mart, a can of Rustoleum Matte Clear spray paint.
  6. On the subject of those Revell Classics, I'd like to see this German beauty again. I think Revell-Germany has released it twice, but a long time ago. It's hard to find and goes for big bucks on eBay.
  7. I got garbage! GARBAGE! A pair of working 1/24 scale garbage dumpsters, that is. These go for about $15 on eBay, with FREE shipping. Here's the link, if anybody else wants some. https://www.ebay.com/itm/Dumpster-model-1-24-1-25-scale/223412866737?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649
  8. That's a real beauty! I really like all those 1960-63 AMT pickup kits, Ford and Chevy. They had so much interesting stuff in the box. The wooden push bumper, tool boxes, fuel cans, fire extinguishers, etc. And those great "Road Service" decal sheets.
  9. LOL! Note to self, always check for photos before snarking. Now I'm trying to figure out the Terrible Box Art for the AMT '70 Monte Carlo. Is that a banked dirt track? An outlaw drag strip? Our driver is wearing a helmet and mask but his Monte doesn't have a roll bar. It does have a big hole in the hood to show off the side-draft Weber carbs. "Curiouser and curiouser," as old Lewis Carroll would say...
  10. Great work so far! From what I've read, the smaller, earlier experimental Vought V-173 was usually called the "Flying Pancake." The later, pre-production XF5U-1 was called the "Flying Flapjack." When Vought was testing the Pancakes and Flapjacks, they caused some of the first "flying saucer" reports from people who lived near the factory. If you ever want to move up in scale, Sword does a 1/48 V-173 and Kitty Hawk does a 1/48 XF5U-1. With fictional but awesome "in action" box art!
  11. 😆 I've also wondered about that goofy "Bird of Paradise" theme. Maybe it was just an attempt to be eye-catching by any means possible. And it ties into the general "psychedelic" vibe of 1971, I guess I did a quick search on AMT box art for 1971. Another big "personal luxury" car, the '71 Chevy Monte Carlo, was shown on the drag strip doing a wheel-stand. That seems about as likely as the paint job on the B.O.P. '71 T-Bird. And here's another wheel-stander from 1971, the "Wonder Pony" '71 Pinto with a 429 engine. It'll be a "wonder" if it doesn't explode into pieces halfway thru the quarter-mile...
  12. If you're thinking of trying a Tamiya aircraft kit, AFAIK all of them are little jewels of kit engineering. The Tamiya He-219 "Uhu" kit even has the cockpit walls and nosewheel well molded in metal. No tail sitting and no need to add weight! I have this Me262 A2 version, with the Kettenkrad tow vehicle. Another sneaky way to avoid tail-sitting without adding weight.
  13. A relative took advantage of the Hobby Lobby 40% off sales and gave me an AMT '55 Chevy and a Revell '68 VW Beetle. I have the old "Millennium" '55 but getting another one is great, for the new whitewalls and decals. I already had the Beetle but you can do so much with that kit, I sure don't mind having another. Thinking of a Spahn Movie Ranch diorama with some of Charlie Manson's stolen Beetles... I see 2 aircraft kits up there that I bought at HL, purely for nostalgic/fun reasons: the 1/48 B-25 and P-61. They date back to the '70's but both are still nice kits. They have such good detail, right out of the box, that they would make great "Hangar Queen" dioramas with missing panels to show off the interior, engines etc.
  14. Great work, especially the subtle weathering. Creating subtle weathering is something I often struggle with. I found the die-cast model below (cheap!) at a local flea market and had to have it. For one thing, it's a 1922 Studebaker truck in 1/24 scale, which is not likely to ever be released as a plastic kit. And for another, it has that big Lennox furnace sitting in the bed. It's made by Crown Premiums and is pretty easily found on eBay, if anybody wants one.
  15. Great work! Especially on details like the scars and ripped pants, and the painting overall. Another big Aurora fan here. I remember getting "The Wolf Man" kit for Christmas (after much begging). The only Aurora monster kits I didn't like were the "monsters in hot rods" series. Dracula's Dragster etc. I thought they were disrespectful to the monsters. 😙 I was in the minority on that one. Way back in the 1980's, those kits were selling for hundreds of dollars. Then Moebius/Polar Lights re-popped them, making a lot of modelers happy and old-kit dealers very unhappy. Monsters In Motion is a great site for us Aurora fans. It sells the (in)famous Aurora "Hanging Tree" kit. That was supposed to be the second kit in the "Chamber Of Horrors" series, after the Guillotine. But the Guillotine caused so much outrage that the Hanging Tree got cancelled. Somebody bought the original Aurora molds and used them to cast a really nice resin kit. Aurora Hanging Tree Model Hobby Kit (True Lost Prototype) Aurora Hanging Tree Model Hobby Kit [05APP02] - $124.99 : Monsters in Motion, Movie, TV Collectibles, Model Hobby Kits, Action Figures, Monsters in Motion
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