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  1. 1/25 AMT '53 Ford Victoria

    I'd guess "maybe" on the Coke machine and a big "nope" on the girl figure. Though getting the girl would be nice. I think this issue is mostly aimed at the Coke memorabilia collectors. The box art is really eye-catching and will look great on the shelf. Or in the display case. Long ago, I think an eBay seller offered a resin '54 Ford body with the clear roof. Whoever they were, I got a '54 Mercury Sun Valley from them. It came with the body and piece of clear vac-formed plastic for the ceiling. Here's a resin '54 Ford hardtop, if you can cut your own sunroof. Not sure if it's still available, but you might find one on eBay. http://www.rocketfin.com/resin_product.cfm?id=3512
  2. 1/25 AMT '65 Chevelle Surf Wagon

    And if you go crazy and buy several of these kits...build a multi-door airport taxi!
  3. 1/25 AMT '65 Chevelle Surf Wagon

    I'm afraid I'll have to join you, and I have a couple of old AMT-ERTL issues. The rack and surfboards, plus new decals, are tempting. I hope they don't take out those nifty service ramps to make room! The only issue of this kit I don't like was the one from 1987 or so. Molded in bright yellow plastic that was hard to cover with a thin coat of primer/paint.
  4. Stooges+1969 = 1954 F-100

    In his autobiography, Keef had a warning for parents: as a kid, he was both a choirboy and a Boy Scout leader.
  5. Hobby Lobby Summer 19 clearance

    Good points, thanks. I just got back from a big flea market. One seller had a table full of older model car kits. I got really excited when I saw the box for an original AMT '67 Shelby Cobra...the one with the 45-RPM record inside. A lot less excited when I opened that box and found a built kit and nothing else. The vintage box art was neat, but the box top had a hole punched right thru the middle. All of that seller's kits were started. He wanted $8 each, with a volume discount for buying more than one. But I already have too many "parts kits," and like you said, I'd just lose money and time putting them on eBay. I've been selling on eBay since the late 1990s, when there was no photo hosting and no PayPal. You had to find your own photo host, and payment was with Money Orders. So some things about eBay have gotten better and easier. For newbies thinking of selling many kits on eBay: along with taking photos and writing listings, you'll need to find shipping boxes for the kits. Weigh and measure them BEFORE you put the listing up on eBay. I learned pretty quickly not to guess at the weight/size. You can lose quite a bit of money in shipping doing that. A postal scale will cost about $10, you probably have a tape measure already, and the USPS will send you boxes for free. Then you'll have to deal with bidders who win more than one of your kits...so get some bigger boxes too. Hobby Lobby might give you some of those. I still score some good eBay fodder at flea markets and thrift stores occasionally. Once I found a 1/72 scale Testors SR-71 Blackbird kit, still shrink-wrapped. Bought it for $5, just because I thought it was neat. Put it on eBay for a starting bid of $9.99. It got something like 16 bids and finally sold for $75.
  6. I have one of those, the Chevy Blazer SnapKit. Just removed the shrink-wrap to check. It does have 2-piece plastic tires, molded in black along with the rest of the chassis parts. The kit also has tan parts for the interior, and a white body. For anyone else looking: this kit was released earlier in a bland and ugly AMT-ERTL box. That's kit number 38597. The box art doesn't show the fancy red "RESCUE" decals, but they're in the box and it's identical to the later MPC #797L/12 Blazer.
  7. "1930 Packard Victoria"

    You recall right. For 1/32 scale, those kits had amazing detail and finesse, including engines and chassis. The 1/32 Rolls-Royce had a tiny "R-R" logo on the also tiny steering box, where it was nearly invisible after assembly. Also a nice set of wire wheels. The Citroen Legere had open grille bars, and a choice of hardtop or folded top boot. Military modelers really hoarded those Citroen kits. For many years, they were one of the few plastic kits available of a WWII civilian vehicle, and they turned up in many dioramas.
  8. Stooges+1969 = 1954 F-100

    I bet! I'm so old, I saw X once at the Raymond Theater in Pasadena, a/k/a Perkins Palace. It was built around 1921. On-topic for this group, from the Cinema Treasures website: "One delightful feature of the theatre was the fire curtain which had a wonderful painting on it, donated by the Hull Motor Company, showing one of their models of a Hull car, pictured against a backdrop of Half Dome Mountain in Yosemite Park."
  9. Stooges+1969 = 1954 F-100

    Also also: the quirky 1987 movie "Border Radio." With Dave Alvin of The Blasters, of course, since that's his signature song right there in the title. Also starring John Doe from X and a passel of other people from the 1980's Los Angeles Cowpunk and Roots-Rock scene. Turner Classic Movies shows it occasionally. One of my favorite Cowpunk bands was Lone Justice, who I saw live back in the day. It was a hoot to see Maria McKee, singing while hopping around on one foot and banging on her Fender Telecaster. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0090766/
  10. What Did You Have for Dinner?

    July Food! Because it's hot as blazes right now. A green salad, one hot dog with chili & onions, another hot dog with sauerkraut and pickle relish, and potato salad. For dessert, watermelon.
  11. Aftermarket Directory

    If they don't have to be metal...the Chinese model company MENG makes a bunch of nut and bolt sets. They don't sell them by scale but by size. I've used them on many 1/25 scale kits, including just yesterday on the front suspension of a Revell Porsche farm tractor. I love these things, they're easy to use and look great - just shave them off the resin backing sheet with a chisel blade and stick them to the model. They're available from the big on-line vendors like HobbyLinc. And to make it even better, they aren't very expensive. Here's a review of them by famous armor modeler Cookie Sewell: http://www.missing-lynx.com/reviews/modern/mengsps008reviewcs_1.html
  12. Stooges+1969 = 1954 F-100

    Iggy Pop was a producer of the four-part series "Punk," which aired on the EPIX cable channel earlier this year. Probably available in your video streams/queues by now. It's a great history of the genre, following it chronologically from The Stooges and Sex Pistols right up to Green Day and modern artists. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt9419282/
  13. AMT 56 T-Bird

    You're in luck! I went looking for reviews after I found the AMT '56 T-Bird at a flea market 2 days ago. Didn't find much, but here's one of the best threads I found. Somebody said "the kit overall looks too big, but the engine looks too small." But most posters seemed to think it's a good kit.
  14. Reselling Your Hobby Lobby Clearance Kits On eBay

    After the last big Ollie's clearance, I saw a flea market vendor doing that, only a little smarter. I guess those Ollie's stickers don't come off easily; he had marked thru the price with a black marker but left the big red stickers on. He was asking about double the clearance price for car kits. But he had some of everything; Lindberg ships, armor and aircraft, the Hawk Weird-Ohs, etc. Looked like he had filled up a cart or two with kits to flog at the flea market.
  15. The eBay listing of our dreams! OK, our nightmares. A lot of FOURTEEN vintage Palmer kits! And as I write, the sale still has 5 days to go. Plenty of time to bid! https://www.ebay.com/itm/Palmer-Kit-Bonanza-of-14-Scale-Models-From-NIB-to-Junkers-No-Reserve/293147386594?hash=item4440f222e2:g:nRUAAOSwsJRdHAT9