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  • Location South Carolina
  • Full Name Michael S. Smith

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  1. Mike999 added a post in a topic Ollie's has big car kit sale - see attached ad.   

    This is also weird: I'm in "Ollie's Army" and on their e-mail list.  But I didn't get that flyer in e-mail yet, either.  Got one a few days ago, but it was pushing boring stuff like bed sheets and towels. I wonder if this is a regional thing, and not all stores will get the models?  I might run down there tomorrow or Wed.  At the same time I can see if the nearby Hobby Lobby has re-stocked yet. 
    Over in Trading Post, I'm thinking about starting an "Ollie's Trade" thread.  Where those of us who didn't get the good stuff in the last sale can trade other kits we found at Ollie's.  
  2. Mike999 added a post in a topic Automotive Car Books? Who Collects?   

    Here's an example of the neat stuff in the Crestline books.  On top, a spiffy Marine Corps 1937 Ford 4-door sedan used as a staff car. It belonged to Headquarters, Fleet Marine Force in Norfolk, VA. (Nowadays known as Fleet Marine Force-Atlantic, or FMFLANT.) 
    Bottom pic is the rarest 1938 Ford made, the 4-door convertible.  This one was driven by the lucky G.I.'s of Headquarters Co., 2d Battalion, 66th Infantry Brigade at Ft. Benning, GA. It has a front brush guard similar to the one used on the 1/2-ton Ford trucks converted to 4-wheel-drive by Marmon-Herrington.
    Both photos are from "U.S. Military Wheeled Vehicles" by Fred W. Crismon. Posted for discussion only etc.

  3. Mike999 added a post in a topic Sombreros from '62 T-Bird   

    Drat!  I sold an AMT 58 Buick hardtop body on eBay, back in July of this year. (See pic below.)  It had been painted/stripped, but all the details were still there.  It got a lot of bids and went for $33.99.  I also sold a 58 Buick convertible and hardtop body as a lot.  They had all the details sanded off, except for the big chrome spear on the side. They sold for $15.50.  I found a whole box full of early AMT bodies at a local flea market. Most had been shaved, cut up, puttied and had other atrocities done to them. Only the 58 Buick and a 59 Edsel hardtop were unshaved and complete.
    I thought about trying to restore some of them, like that Buick hardtop.  But didn't feel like chasing down all the other parts, since those parts are so expensive and hard to find these days.

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

    Thanks, but I've been trying to find that kit for years at a decent price.  I'm hoping I can find the hood when I go back to visit the seller again. 
    I'm old, so pretty soon you might be able to buy it from my Estate Sale. :-)
  5. Mike999 added a post in a topic MENG 1/24 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 2-Door   

    Heh!  Asian companies have been doing that stuff for years, probably to avoid licensing issues.  One of the neatest tricks was on some Dragon 1/35 scale WWII German armor kits. The tires were made by Continental.  Dragon spelled it "CONTINETAU"  on the actual tires. So one flick of the X-acto knife and the tires have the right name.
  6. Mike999 added a post in a topic What did you get today?   

    That 57 Chevy Black Widow kit always reminds me of a favorite movie, "Thunder in Carolina."  Rory Calhoun drives a white-over-blue '57 Chevy that looks like a hardtop. But in close-ups, we can see it's really a sedan with the "B" pillar hacked out (and pretty crudely). 
    That movie was finally released on DVD in 2010 and is worth catching, if you've never seen it.  Filmed at short-oval dirt tracks all over the South, with some filming done during the 1960 Darlington 500.  I think Calhoun even drove a few laps in the real race that were filmed for the movie. On DVD, you can fast-forward thru the Mandatory Love Story that just slows down the action.
    In that big tub of Weird Stuff I got yesterday, I was happy to find some of the Plastic Performance Products Goodyear truck tires used on the Black Widow. Also some of their 6-bolt truck wheels, but those are already in the kit. 
  7. Mike999 added a post in a topic Has anyone ever built one of these?   

    Verified! I made several trips to Japan in the 90s and saw that.  Especially in Roppongi, the late-night Tokyo party district.  It would have been weird to see a Japanese person wearing a shirt with Japanese on it.   Like The Junkman said, best not to read too much into anything.  Japan is its own unique culture, and I goofed just about every time I tried to translate anything in it over to Western culture.  As far as just walking around Tokyo, I really liked the ultra-modernistic Shinjuku district.  Place looks sort of like a giant spaceship landed and covered several acres.
  8. Mike999 added a post in a topic What did you get today?   

    Got a stack of grungy but complete unbuilts.  An even grungier bunch of built-ups.  And a big tub full of detailing goodies and Weird Stuff.
    The built-ups look like 4 resin kits: 60 Ford wagon; 63 Plymouth 4-door built as a NYC police car; 67 Chevy wagon (missing hood) and a 68 Plymouth Belvedere 4-door police (also missing hood).  The other 3 are old Johan stuff: the 64 Dodge Polara hardtop, 68 Plymouth Fury 4-door and a 65 Rambler Classic 770 wagon, which I think is a promo with full interior (but missing wheels/hubcaps).
    I got all this from a local guy today. He recently cleared out a two-car garage stuffed full of old kits, built-ups and parts, including quite a few resin kits from Modelhaus, AAM, R&R etc. The lot also included enough paint and paint racks to stock a hobby shop, most of the paint unopened.  He sells on eBay as "ourmagictoybox."  He's open to offers on just about everything, but he and his wife have done a lot of research and have a good idea what the kits are worth. I got his permission to mention him on this board.

  9. Mike999 added a post in a topic Streetcar kits ?   

    Harry P built the OCCRE 1/24 San Francisco cable bar.  Which is awesome and gorgeous.  There are usually a few up on eBay:


  10. Mike999 added a topic in General   

    Has anyone ever built one of these?
    Just saw this AOSHIMA truck kit on eBay.  The listing has the interesting title "1/32 Eternal first-generation Moon Mochumaru Aoshima Fukusuke model."  This looks like one of the "show trucks" often listed on eBay from Japanese vendors.  I've seen references to a Japanese fad of Show Trucks but don't know much about them.
    I'm really intrigued by this description in the listing: "New Full-Half specification Refrigerated bunbody."  Other features include "New front grill ·New front panel - New aluminum wheel - New front step ring ·New tail lamp - New rear arm - New shaft guard ·New body harness - New marker lamp - New decal."
    The listing includes a photo of the box contents, but everything is still plastic-wrapped inside, so not much can be seen.  I wondered if anyone has ever built one of these, or knows anything about them.  I'm sort of interested.  But at a Buy-It-Now price of $272 for a 1/32 kit, not THAT interested.  (With free shipping, though!) 

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  11. Mike999 added a post in a topic Toys R Us   

    This thread is a flood of nostalgia!  Toys R Us in the Los Angeles area had models up thru the mid-90s, IIRC.  I remember coming home from Saudi Arabia on vacation circa 1991, hitting the Burbank store, and buying the just-released AMT ECTO-1 '59 Caddy ambulance. Also the '41 Plymouth coupe, which hadn't been re-issued for a long time.
    Two other long-gone California chains were plastic-kit gold mines: K-B Toys and PlayCo.  At one time, every big shopping mall seemed to have a K-B Toys. Even better, K-B had 2 huge outlet stores near me where they dumped OOP kits cheap. One at the old Samson Tire plant outlet mall in Firestone, and another up in Ventura at an outlet mall. The mall stores kept old models on the shelf forever, and would negotiate if the shrink-wrap had been removed.
    There was a PlayCo in walking distance of my house, which was dangerous.  I remember them running a 50% off sale on Testors kits one time. Including all the Fujimi Ferraris etc. and all the 1/35 (ex-Italeri) military kits.  I may have filled up 2 shopping carts at that sale...
  12. Mike999 added a post in a topic Streetcar kits ?   

    Mini Art from the Ukraine makes this European tram kit in 1/35 scale. They've done several different versions.  The one below includes all the figures and accessories shown, so it's really a "diorama in a box."  A nice complex kit, with full suspension detail (in case you want to turn it over for a 1945 Berlin barricade diorama). Amazon shows it In Stock for $72.56 right now. 

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

    Well, if you need some more black textures...
    I bought this set of Lifecolor acrylics a few years ago, still using it. It's a really thick acrylic, so a little goes a long way.  Mixing these paints give me a huge range of black shades.

  14. Mike999 added a post in a topic Palmer '70 Vette - what to do?   

    LMAO at "Pre-release Custom Version" on the boxtop.  Translation: "Since we don't have access to factory blueprints like AMT or MPC, as usual we will just guess (badly) at what the real car might look like. Whatever we imagine, we will then squish down to fit the standard 1/29 scale chassis found in all our fine automotive miniatures."
  15. Mike999 added a post in a topic What's a good substitute for the old AMT 1939 / 40 Ford chassis ?   

    I'll quote you anyway. :-) I remember that about the Ford Courier too, many years ago in the Other Magazine.  It was discussed about a week ago, in this thread. Tom Geiger said the Dodge D50 chassis will also drop right under the 40 Ford: