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  1. Mike999 added a post in a topic Your favourite Box art   

    Some gorgeous HELLER box art for 1/24 kits, from the 1970s.

  2. Mike999 added a post in a topic Your favourite Box art   

    Along with the AURORA Avanti and XKE roadster, I always loved their box art for the Jaguar XKE coupe.  Even if, as somebody pointed out, the background is way out of proportion. (Unless that mechanic climbing the ladder is about 8 feet tall.) 
    I like to think that Revell paid an homage to this art, with the box of their recent '76 Torino stock kit.  It has a jet fighter, girl, guy and car.

  3. Mike999 added a post in a topic Project Roadrunner (Not A Plymouth...)   

    The California Highway Patrol had the Mustangs.  Long ago, in the early 90s IIRC, I was on a date with a woman who had a new Mustang GT. She wanted to drive, so we got on the 405 freeway headed to a restaurant.  She saw a Mustang coming up behind us and thought he wanted to race.  Whoops! It was a CHP Mustang.  The nice officer just gave her a hand gesture - "slow down!" - and kept going.
  4. Mike999 added a topic in General   

    Project Roadrunner (Not A Plymouth...)
    This looks like an easy project for those of us who like to build police vehicles.  Several companies make Border Patrol decals, and I think that light bar was also available in some kits, or from the aftermarket.  Other than that, I think we'd just need a roll bar.
    "In the early 90’s the US Border Patrol, Tucson Sector, had a program called Project Roadrunner. The purpose of the program was to reduce the number and length of pursuits using vehicles quicker than the traditional police cars at the time. The border patrol purchased a Chevy Z-28 Camaro, SSP Ford Mustang, and a Pontiac Firebird for this project."  (The official museum display mentions 2 Firebirds, both Formula 350's.)

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  5. Mike999 added a post in a topic Dodge Monaco to Plymouth Fury parts?   

    It sure could be. But here's an NYPD Plymouth with the electric motor missing. It's only up to $12.37 with 2 bids on it. I would pay that much, just for the police parts, dog-dish hubcaps, etc:
    This one has both sets of taillights, but not the Dodge grille.  Weird. Could be that the grille was removed, or was never supplied.  Or is just not in the photos.
  6. Mike999 added a post in a topic Dodge Monaco to Plymouth Fury parts?   

    Here's another possibility. It should be easier to get than the resin conversion kit above. 
    Find a YODEL 1/24 scale CHP Dodge Monaco as shown in the pic, Kit Number YPM-1. It has the grille and taillights in the box to build either a Dodge or Plymouth, complete with the tiny "Plymouth" lettering on top of the grille.  IIRC, the MPC kit has the center, body-colored Dodge grille bar molded in. So you'd have to get rid of that.  And do some fiddling because the YODEL parts are 1/24.  But after robbing the Plymouth parts, you'd still have the parts left to build the YODEL kit as a Monaco.
    Of course, you could just build the YODEL kit like the Plymouth in your pic.  I'm assuming you want to use the MPC to stick with 1/25 scale or something.  The YODEL kits turn up on eBay pretty often, sometimes with outrageous prices.
    You'll have to be careful because I'm not sure YODEL put the Dodge and Plymouth parts in all these kits.
    They released these Pl-odges in many different versions. Some had an electric motor, some didn't. Some are pre-painted in black & white, some are molded in one color.  I know the CHP kit pictured has both grilles/taillights because I have that exact kit. It also comes with a radio console, shotgun and a service revolver. 
    These kits are sort of clunky and under-detailed, but they have a weird charm about them I really like. And I've never tried to use the YODEL parts on the MPC Dodge.  But maybe somebody in here has.

  7. Mike999 added a post in a topic AMT Opel GT   

    Here's a build-up by Korkut Varol that might help you.  He does some nice little tweaks, like drilling out the "eyebrows" above the grille. Also fixes some errors, like removing the bogus engine mount on the chassis (the one that won't let the engine fit unless you do remove it).
    Something that bugged me about this kit: the interior behind the seats.  Look at a picture of the real thing and you'll see the problems immediately.  AMT fudged it because of the chassis up-kick; that's the only way they could get the interior to fit.  I'm still pondering a solution to it.  And you probably know this already, but that vertical piece of plastic in the rear of the interior should be mostly cut out.  It's the space for the spare tire, since the GT didn't have an opening trunk.  That solid piece of plastic should be a vinyl curtain, covering the spare wheel well.
  8. Mike999 added a post in a topic What did you get today?   

    Flea Market Day.  Got really excited when I saw a JO-HAN '62 Rambler American box.  But inside was...a (badly) built/painted AMT '40 Ford coupe. Drat! 
    The same seller had a couple of older AMT/ERTL re-issues: '70 Impala and '65 Lincoln.  But I already have 2 each of those, and am really trying not to buy kits just because I find them or "for parts."  My basement is full enough already.
  9. Mike999 added a post in a topic How many scales?   

    In its early days, Tamiya did quite a few armor kits in the oddball 1/21 scale.  Bandai did armor in 1/30 scale.  The old (and great) Historex figures and accessories are usually advertised as 1/32 or 54mm, sometimes even 1/35, but were closer to 1/30. They're noticeably bigger than those other scales.

  10. Mike999 added a post in a topic What did you get today?   

    AMT '64 Lincoln convertible, off That Auction Site.  Being a geezer, I remember that thru the 1980s and 90s, these were still not very popular, meaning not too expensive.  Neither were the AMT Imperials.  That's changed now, of course.
    By 1964, even AMT had to admit that the idea of a "competition" Lincoln was just goofy.  So the 3 options for this one are Stock-Custom-Touring.  The Touring version has a big luggage rack and a couple of suitcases.  And a driver figure!
  11. Mike999 added a post in a topic need to understand (( Update 11/15 ))   

    If a photo-etched carb linkage suddenly appears in your workshop, it's mine. It got crossed in the dimensions.  Will keep an eye out for your fuel pump.
    Thought I had left the Carpet Monster behind when I moved into a house with a concrete-floored basement.  Nope, not a bit of difference. Except now the parts just hit the floor and bounce into that other dimension.
  12. Mike999 added a post in a topic question for military guys   

    Here's a photo of a "civilianized" Faun transporter.

  13. Mike999 added a post in a topic New kit tool to break cover at this Sunday's NNL Motor City?   

    Also true in 1/35 Military Model World.  Where the consumers shell out $50-100 or more for the latest super-detailed kit. Then easily add another $100 for photo-etched detail sets, resin modification/correction kits and real metal tank tracks (often $25-50 for those tracks alone).
    And the military model companies, like Meng and Takom, are always cranking out the military equivalents of '61 Chryslers and '48 Packards.  There's a whole "what-if" sub-genre of vehicles that were prototypes, or never even got built.  Sometimes there'll be 2 or 3 competing kits of the same military vapor-ware. 
    As for who's building these things, apparently everybody.  In a magazine I recently saw a stunning "what-if" diorama of a German Panther tank with a Japanese crew. As it might have been used in the 1945 last-ditch defense of Japan.  It was built by a young Japanese woman.
  14. Mike999 added a post in a topic New kit tool to break cover at this Sunday's NNL Motor City?   

    Zoom Zoom: "Well...25/30 years ago I think I paid $20 bucks mint in box, so that's better than the $35 Round2 will likely go for."
    The model companies probably don't want to hear this - but that's exactly what I often think on eBay these days.  I recently got a Jo-Han '60 Plymouth wagon for $42 and a Jo-Han '76 Eldorado for $25.  At a time when the umpteenth release of an old AMT or Revell-o-gram kit is selling for nearly $30+ retail, those seemed like flat-out bargains. 
  15. Mike999 added a post in a topic Time for AMT / Round @ to get going ?   

    Cruising eBay recently, I saw a seller with a bunch of vintage AMT kits, dating back to the early 60s.  From an estate sale, and the listing said "I know nothing about models." No kidding.  In almost every photo, the tires were lying right on white plastic.  I messaged the seller, warned them about "tire burn" and suggested they put the tires in a small Ziploc bag.  Seller responded and thanked me for the warning.  Said "I saw that tire burn on some parts, but thought it was just from old age."
    Grrrr.  I really try not to hate people who find great model stashes and know nothing about models. But it is HARD...