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  • Full Name Michael S. Smith

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

    Flea Market Day.  The Die-cast Lady was there, still selling off her late father's massive collection.  Some weeks she's there, some weeks not, but she always comes with a bunch of die-casts. Unfortunately many of them are damaged or missing fragile stuff like the windshield frames and small trim pieces.
    She gave me a great price on a lot of 5 Franklin Mint 1/24 cars.  All are dirty from shelf display but complete with nothing broken:
    48 Tucker, Waltz Blue
    What could possibly be better than a Tucker?  TWO Tuckers!  She also had the gold 50th Anniversary Edition and I grabbed it.
    53 Cadillac Eldorado, with separate up-top.
    57 Ford Fairlane 500 Retractable (and everything still works)
    57 Mercedes-Benz "Pontoon" convertible
    I also found an AMT-ERTL #8056 '40 Ford Coupe cheap, still shrink-wrapped. Because you can't have too many AMT '40 Ford kits! 
  2. Mike999 added a post in a topic What did you get today?   

    Scanning eBay for something totally unrelated to this kit - and up popped a 1/24 TAMIYA Mitsubishi Pajero SUV.  That kit has full engine detail, and dashboards for both left and right-hand drive.  I've wanted one for a while, but they often go for high prices. Plus high shipping, since most of them seem to live in Asian countries.
    This one was in the USA and still sealed in the original shrink-wrap. Buy It Now of $19.99 plus $9.99 shipping, not a bad shipping price since it will be crossing the whole continent, from West Coast to East. So just under $30 all in.  I went for it.
  3. Mike999 added a post in a topic Least popular kits   

    I remember that Matilda van kit collecting dust for years in Los Angeles toy and discount stores.  Kit swap-meet vendors couldn't give them away either.  The REVELL John Travolta "Firebird Fever" also seemed to hang around on the shelves for years. 
    Another sales flop around the same time - the ERTL 1/25 farm tractor kits.  I remember a local toy store having stacks of those kits at deep discount.  And I've been kicking myself for years that I didn't buy every one of them!
    I'd also like to see some of our insiders weigh in on the subject of sales flops.  I recently read an old thread saying the new REVELL Midget Racers didn't sell as well as expected.  I checked eBay, where I found quite a few Midgets for sale. Many were offered at reasonable prices, others at ridiculous prices from the usual "RARE COLLECTIBLE VINTAGE!!!" gonks.
  4. Mike999 added a post in a topic Yet Another Hobby Lobby Clearance Post..   

    Couple of weeks ago I found a Piranha cheap.  Also not in the regular Clearance aisle or the model kit section - it was on one of the "island" displays in the middle of an aisle. Several other clearance kits were displayed with it, all aircraft.
    Couple of months ago, some TAMIYA Weathering Kits were hiding in the regular HL Clearance aisle.  They were hard to see, buried under other stuff,  and I nearly missed them.  I guess you just have to look at everything carefully in HL.
  5. Mike999 added a post in a topic Revell 2017 Releases   

    There's some amazing history around Mazda and the Wankel. The very first outing of the Rotary, when it was still brand-new and basically a prototype engine, was the 1968 Marathon de Route race at the Nurburgring. That race was an 84-hour - yes, EIGHTY-FOUR HOUR! - endurance run with no stops. The cars ran continuously for 3 1/2 days.
    Mazda entered 2 rotary-powered Cosmo Sports, driven by 1 Japanese and 1 Belgian team.  The Japanese team broke a rear axle after 82 hours, which must have been heart-breaking.  The Belgian team finished in 4th place, behind Porsches and Alfa-Romeos.  Those little engines were plenty fast and rugged too.
  6. Mike999 added a post in a topic What did you get today?   

    Water-based (acrylic) only.  Enamel-based paint will never dry and will create a huge mess.  I have the GUNZE 1/32 59 Cadillac, and just checked to see it has whitewalls of any kind. Nope, blackwalls only. Which would look really strange on a 59 Caddy.
    You might also check the box contents for truth-in-advertising. The box top/sides of my GUNZE Caddy show a yellow 59 Seville hardtop. But what's actually in the box is an Eldorado convertible.  It does come with an up-top and a boot. But no hardtop.  Oh well - according to the price sticker it was only $6.95. So I can't complain too much.
    I went to a new flea market today and found the following kits cheap:
    Revell '56 Chevy Nomad (missing instructions)
    Revell '59 Chevy Impala hardtop
    AMT '61 Ford Galaxie "Styline" re-issue
    AMT '63 Ford Galaxie "Advanced Customizing" re-issue
    AMT '66 Buick Riviera Lowrider - missing instructions, Wal-Mart checkerboard box. Looks like this one can't be built stock, so it may end up as a junker and parts source.  It does have a nice 425 engine. And a bicycle!
  7. Mike999 added a post in a topic cover cars issue 202   

    Thanks for the clarification. And the honesty!  I would've blamed a goof like that on the computer. Or maybe a cat.
  8. Mike999 added a post in a topic cover cars issue 202   

    OK, glad it wasn't just me.  I did everything except search with a magnifying glass for that wagon with the bikes on the roof. I'd like to know more about that one, too.
  9. Mike999 added a post in a topic More engine ID's   

    #3 - with that square transmission, I'm guessing the Chrysler early Hemi came from the AMT '32 Ford Roadster kit.
    #5 - judging by its size relative to all the others, that may be a Chrysler straight-8 block from the MPC '32 Chrysler roadster/phaeton kit.  The only Packard straight-8's I'm familiar with are from the Monogram kits. They are 1/24 scale and look REALLY big. I'm thinking of using one in a street rod and have been playing with that idea a little.
  10. Mike999 added a post in a topic What did you get today?   

    Flea market day.  Found a cheap AMT/ERTL #6123 '69 Firebird.  It has the OHC 6 in it and some other useful parts.  Had one in the past but sold it. Won't make that mistake with this one!
  11. Mike999 added a post in a topic Lindberg Diamond Duster Wilhem's Wonder King "T"   

    I noticed the same thing about the 1927/XR-6 double kit at shows, going back many years.  A lot of those hot-rodded Slant-6 engines were missing too.  IMO, the XR-6 wasn't too popular because it went full-bore on the short-lived "asymmetrical" styling trend of the early Sixties. Though I personally think it was a great-looking hot rod and would like to have it back.
    At least we still have the "Police" version of the '27, last released about 10 years ago and the only issue with the neat side-curtains.  It has some of the vintage speed equipment, complete with an exhaust cut-out tube for the headers, IIRC.  It also has great vintage police gear - helmets, sawed-off shotgun, chrome flashlight, etc.
    A little research shows that the Police '27 in the kit was highly optioned for a cop car, or even for a "mainstreamer" 1927 T Phaeton. It has a lot of items that were extra-cost options in 1927 - bumpers, chrome radiator shell, wind-wings, wire wheels, etc.  Confusing things even more, some items were standard on the 1927 closed Fords but optional at extra cost on the Phaetons and other open cars.  e.g., the standard wheels on open cars were wooden artillery wheels painted black, like the wheels in the AMT 23/25 T kits.  You could get those wheels finished in natural wood in 1927, but it cost extra.  
  12. Mike999 added a post in a topic ? for Ebay experts   

    Slander only applies to false spoken, not written, statements.  Just saying...
  13. Mike999 added a topic in General   

    Now Playing! "The Van," 1977
    The Sony Movie Channel is showing some great drive-in movies from the 1970s right now, including "The Pom-Pom Girls."  That one ends with a fatal drag race between a ratty '55 Chevy and a very young Robert Carradine in a '64 Ford.
    Also showing is "The Van" (1977).  The human star is Stuart Goetz, most famous for the "Brady Bunch" episode where Marcia gets whacked in the nose with a football.  And "The Van" was one of Danny DeVito's first movies; he's in it for about 5 minutes total.
    But the REAL star is the 1977 Dodge B200 Tradesman van named "Straight Arrow."  It was customized by Barris and has all the stuff inside it that made the 1970s fun - a waterbed! 8-Track! Mirrored ceiling! A big round picture window on the driver's side!  And SHAG CARPET EVERYWHERE!  (The movie is crammed full of other stuff that made the 70s fun: sex, drugs and rock...well, scratch that. No rock and roll, but we do get Sammy Johns singing "Chevy Van" a bajillion times on the soundtrack.)
    I'm surprised MPC didn't release a model kit as a movie tie-in.  With its Screaming-Yellow-Zonker paint and blinding graphics, "Straight Arrow" would have been a serious competitor for "Gold Dust" or some of MPC's other Wretched-Excess 1970s van kits.
    One movie scene is a tour of a van show at Malibu where we get to see lots of other cool '70's vans.  And the movie ends with a completely unrealistic van drag race. 
    Anyway, lots of fun and worth looking up:
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  14. Mike999 added a post in a topic AIDC IDF: Taiwan's Own 4th Gen Fighter   

    I made several biz trips to Taiwan back in the 1990s and got to see the IDF in person.  There are some good reasons why it looks like the offspring of an F-16 and F-18. Back in the early 1980s the USA banned the sale of F-16s to Taiwan, due to pressure from The Other China.  However, there was no ban on "technical assistance," so General Dynamics, Lockheed, and other American contractors provided a lot of input on the IDF.  I worked for a large aerospace company involved in that project and some others in Taiwan.
    The AIDC, which builds the IDF, has a big factory in the city of Taichung. That city's airport is dual-purpose, civil and military. So while waiting to take off from Taichung on a commercial flight, it's not unusual to see an IDF or other military aircraft cross the flight line right in front of your plane.
    Taiwan built another IDF, at least as a prototype, and I used to have a 1/72 kit of that one but sold it on eBay long ago.  It had a more squarish canopy but was the same  twin-engine configuration.
  15. Mike999 added a post in a topic Ollie's strike again   

    Anderson, SC, today 10/5/2016 - almost no car kits available, mostlythe LINDBERG '71 Mustang (ex-Palmer). None of the good stuff others have found, like the 66 Olds or Dodge trucks.  Lots of old LINDBERG 1/48 aircraft. And a couple of the old AMT 1/48 aircraft, like the F9F Panther.
    If you don't have Ollie's in your area, check their website.  Looks they are on a massive expansion, with several new stores opening around the country.