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  1. Mike999 added a post in a topic What predictions can we make for new kit releases in 2017?   

    Hmm. You made me wonder about that. Here's the results of a quick, unscientific survey of eBay "Completed Items" for MONOGRAM 1/24 Classic kits recently. Note that these are unbuilt/unstarted kits that actually sold, and their prices:
    41 Lincoln: $7.49 - $19.99.
    30 Packards, Boattail/Phaeton Speedster: $9.99 - $29.99
    Cord: $10.75 - $49.00. That $49.00 was a Buy It Now, not an auction, for the white-box "Museum Pieces" reissue from the 1970s..
    32 Cadillac V-16: this seemed to be the most plentiful Monogram Classic.  They went for prices ranging from $8.00 to $29.98.
    Duesenbergs, Phaeton/Roadster/Town Car: $9.95 - $43.00. The Town Car seems to be the rarest, and brought that $43 price. But another Town Car sold for just $9.95.
    Personal Buying:
    In Dec. 2015, I scored the Cadillac V-16 and Packard Phaeton Speedster in a lot for $21.99. In Feb. 2016, got the Duesenberg Town Car and Packard Boattail in a lot for $30.00. Also in Feb., I won a lot of 3 Classics, built but unpainted - the Packard Boattail, Mercedes 540 and Duesenberg roadster. Price was $21.99. I wanted those Packard and Duesie engines for possible street rods. And the Mercedes to do something with a Rommel's Rod, maybe,
  2. Mike999 added a post in a topic What predictions can we make for new kit releases in 2017?   

    These BRONCO Fiats are in the wrong scale (1/35) but sure are neat!  They are very complex little kits, with full engine and suspension detail. The Perth Military Modeling site says this is the "A" version, produced from 1937 to 1948 with only minor changes. The very similar Models B and C were produced from 1948 up to 1955. Some on-line vendors are currently blowing out these kits at less than half their original price.
    Along with an Afrika Korps version, BRONCO has done several stock civilian versions like the one in the pic. They also did the delivery van version, with a load of milk cans.  And a 1/35 scale nun!

  3. Mike999 added a post in a topic What predictions can we make for new kit releases in 2017?   

    Same here!  Rumors say the molds might have been destroyed. Or it was such a sales flop, REVELL keeps the molds under guard in rented space at Area 51 and never speaks of the kit.  I sold one of these on eBay long ago for $75. Regretted it. Then found another at a swap meet for $15, which I still have.  Nowadays they're very expensive on eBay and don't even come up all that often.  Which should be a big hint for REVELL, if they do have the molds.
  4. Mike999 added a post in a topic Model car builders are cheapskates, right?   

    Ha! Same here. When that kit was last re-issued, it didn't sell at all in a local hobby shop.  The shop finally put them on clearance for, IIRC, less than $10. I bought 5 and removed the tractors.  Sold the rest of the kits on eBay.
    Probably the most I've ever paid for the smallest kit was nearly $100 for the MiniMan Factory 1/35 resin CUCV (militarized Chevy Blazer). But as others have mentioned, I used to be a lot more spendy when I was working.  In August 2013 I was forced into early retirement by a massive layoff. I'd like to think that slowed down my spending. But I just had to buy more shelves for the basement, so I'm probably just fooling myself.
  5. Mike999 added a post in a topic 1/25 Police/Fire/Ambulance Red Beacon Light?   

    Late to the party. But if you're still looking, these lights seem pretty close. As of today (7/22/16), this kit is available from Hobbylinc for $13.00.


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

    In Upstate SC, near Clemson University. If you're ever in the neighborhood, that Flea Market is in Pickens, SC. It's only held on Wednesday, which is sort of strange. Most people around here are working on Wed.  (I'm a retired geezer.)  I think they're also trying to open on Tuesdays as well. 
    There's an even bigger flea market every weekend in Anderson, SC, called the Jockey Lot. It has been operating for probably 40 years. It's huge.
  7. Mike999 added a post in a topic What did you get today?   

    A (cheap) boxful of goodness!  From today's local Flea Market.  All this stuff was in one box. Both Chevelles are partly assembled and painted, but very neatly.  The Syclone is untouched and the Sting Ray III sealed.  The box also contained glue, putty, Testors sandpaper, spray cans of paint, bottle paint, some paintbrushes etc.
    Those Testors spray cans are marked "$2.47," so they've been around awhile.  Probably doesn't matter, they still rattle. 

  8. Mike999 added a post in a topic Most accurate kit(s) ever (1/24-25)?   

    Accurate Miniatures 1/24 Corvette Grand Sport GS and McLaren M8B - never heard any complaints about their accuracy. Just getting them built!  The REVELL release of the "last remaining Corvette GS warehouse kits" was a great bargain.  About half the price of the original AM release, with the photo-etched parts and other good stuff still included.
    ESCI 1/24 Range Rover series - great-looking curbside kit of a first-generation 2-door Range Rover. The best one if you want to build a left-hand drive American vehicle is kit #3039, the British/Dutch Police version. It not only comes with left or right-hand drive dashboards - it also has the correct front suspension parts for either version.  Kit #3036, the Camel Trophy Winner, includes a great roof rack with jerry cans and a spare tire/wheel.
    Here's a link to the Scalemates timeline for all releases of the ESCI Range Rover. But I think they goofed on 1 kit, the REVELL #07373 Range Rover. That's a 4-door, not a 2-door, so it's probably the AOSHIMA Range Rover kit (which is also very nice and comes in several different versions).
  9. Mike999 added a post in a topic What's the difference between the two Round2 releases, 2 box sizes, the flat art series box and standard.   

    With the flat "art" boxes: on some kits you have to watch out for the small sticker telling you the color of the kit plastic. If Round 2 is still doing that.
    The '40 Ford coupe flat-box kit came molded in either orange or white plastic. At one local hobby shop in Los Angeles (Smith Bros.), the white version sold very quickly. The orange version didn't, and was steeply discounted not long after its release. 
    Pretty much the same with the Chevy Rescue Van. It only came in "standard" box size but could be molded in either white or red plastic. The white ones flew off the shelves, the red ones didn't seem to.  I now live in Upstate South Carolina. A local hobby shop still has molded-in-red vans on the shelves, but I don't believe they have any white ones left.
    The '65 Grand Prix is...interesting. As many others have said, it's only molded in turquoise for the standard box. But is molded in white for the flat box.  Personally I wish they'd just release everything in white.  But I guess R2 has a reason for experimenting with colors.
  10. Mike999 added a topic in The Truck Stop   

    Ideas for your AMT "Flameout"
    The latest issue of Vintage Fire Truck & Equipment magazine has an article on early horse-drawn fire rigs, with one photo of an early motorized truck posing beside a horse-drawn pumper.
    Here's a link to an older article on the same subject. With vintage video clips of early fire trucks, both horse-drawn and motorized:

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  11. Mike999 added a post in a topic TV cars in kits   

    Gene Winfield's custom 67 Vette from a very short-lived TV show.  And this AMT kit is very hard to find:

  12. Mike999 added a post in a topic New Aoshima Super cars   

    I wish AOSHIMA would do these cute little critters in 1/24 scale.  They have a whole line of forklifts and similar vehicles, all in 1/32 scale. (Some have also appeared in FUJIMI boxes.)
    These are incredibly complete, well-detailed and complex kits. Some include bins full of ice and Future Sushi - big sea-bass and other fish! Everything that works on the real thing, like lift/extension parts, works on the completed model (if you're careful with the glue).
    I'm finishing up a weathered version of the Nichiyu Platter-15 stand-lift truck right now - the one in the bottom left of the photo. Will try to put some photos in "All The Rest."
    That Nichiyu kit even has an "engine." A working cover shows the 2 hydraulic reservoirs, motor, etc.
    The kit also includes 4 plastic JPR pallets; rubber tube for the hydraulic lines; a figure with a choice of 2 heads, helmeted or not (though he looks sort of goofy).  And one of the best touches - 4 lead weights hidden in the (removable) battery box, so the completed forklift doesn't tip over when loaded.

  13. Mike999 added a post in a topic Hobby Lobby Clearance in Glendale AZ store   

    Went back yesterday and snagged a second Surf Woody for $13.19.  That was the last one on the shelf. They had re-stocked the Revell GMC pickup with snow plow, but it was full price of $24.99. I used the 40% off coupon to pick up (another) one of those.
    This store was completely out of the Fruit Wagon kits. It still had quite a few '23 T "Nestlé's" delivery trucks, priced at $14.39 IIRC. 
    I remember what a long, long, LONG time it was between issues of that Fruit Wagon, as well as the '25 T Double Kit. So I stocked up on both of those.  Another great parts source. 
    BTW, if you need some more realistic fruit for your Fruit Wagon, check the dollhouse section of Hobby Lobby. They sell a bag of bananas, tomatoes, and other fruits and vegetables.  Also a bag of sliced watermelon, and another of pumpkins. These are probably meant for 1/12 scale dollhouses, but they look pretty close to 1/24-25 scale. And we can always say the bananas are plantains.  Or mutants.
  14. Mike999 added a post in a topic Insane eBay listing, 1/24 Shiden for $919   

    Foreign sellers on U.S. eBay often amaze me, whether it's car, aircraft or armor kits. Some sellers in China, Taiwan and Japan ask full U.S. retail price, or more, for their kits. Plus a hefty shipping fee. 
    Maybe I'm missing something like the conversion factor mentioned. But why on earth would I pay those prices? For hard-to-find Asian kits, Lucky Model, HLJ and several other foreign companies offer the same kits at very good prices, with flexible shipping options. And like many U.S. web sellers, they sometimes have promotions with free shipping, or free shipping if you spend more than $(x).
    But usually I can find the same kits from HobbyLinc in Atlanta, MegaHobby, Sprue Bros. etc. without the delay/hassle of foreign shipping. 
  15. Mike999 added a post in a topic How About A Call Out For The Old Time Hobby Shops   

    Thanks for the memories! I started going there when the original owners still ran it, the couple who started it in the Fifities. I distinctly remember when Glen took it over. At the time, his first daughter was a baby and his wife was pregnant with the second daughter.  Last time I stopped in, before I moved out of LA in 2015, his older girl was getting ready to start college.  Man, does that make me feel old!
    You probably also remember Tony and Addie's hobby shop on Victory Blvd. Display cases full of vintage built Fifties kits. Including some of the original Monogram, Revell, etc. store displays from that era. Tony has turned down hundreds of offers to buy those displays and kits.  As of 2015, Tony was still keeping his hand in - he worked at the Smith Bros. hobby shop on Reseda Blvd.  Another great shop that has been open for many years.
    Which reminds me of Kit Kraft in Studio City - the very first place I ever saw Scale Auto Enthusiast magazine back in the 1980s. Still owned by the original family who started it back in the Fifties, AFAIK.  That place was like a mini-Michaels, only with a LOT more model kits in every genre.  It carried supplies for bead, papercraft, leather-work etc. etc.  Plus the biggest model paint selection in the area. I could easily spend a couple hours in Kit Kraft, figuring out how to re-purpose other craft stuff for model building.