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  1. Go for it! That's a really nice kit, with optional parts like the rollover bar and seats. The "Snap" name might put some people off, but shouldn't. I treated mine like a regular glue kit. Somehow I managed to lose the exhaust pipe, so just for fun I made a vertical exhaust stack/heat shield.
  2. Just stopped at the closest Hobby Lobby today, since it's 40% off week. They had 1 new kit, at least new to this store: the Round 2/AMT Construction Bulldozer. I was tempted, but didn't bite. I'm trying to downsize the stash and don't need any more stuff taking up space. On the Tamiya M-41: every HL around here has had that kit for YEARS. If they carry one Tamiya armor kit, you have to wonder why they don't carry more. HL used to have one of the new-tool Tamiya Shermans in stock, but I haven't seen it in a while, at any store. (There are 3 Hobby Lobbys in driving distance.) On M-41 kits in general: if you want a really nice M-41, ignore the Tamiya, it's a very old and simplified kit. Put the money toward an AFV Club M-41. Back in the 1990s, both AFV Club and Skybow did M-41 kits. AFV Club did the M-41A3 and Skybow the M-41A1. Skybow went out of business and AFV Club got their molds. (Both companies were in Taiwan.) Today, if you get the AFV Club M-41G (German/Bundeswehr), you're getting the old Skybow kit. Some builders thought it was a little better than the AFV Club M-41. But both are great builds. This is the Skybow kit in the AFV Club box, Kit Number 35S41:
  3. The link below will take you to a VERY detailed build of the "Werkstattkraftwagen" by the awesome modeller Panzerserra. It includes a history of the Russian GAZ 03-30 bus and photos of them being built. He agrees with Der Experten on the military modelling sites: Minicraft put too much stuff on top of the bus. That roof rack is holding a pair of 200-liter fuel drums, jerry cans, a spare wheel/tire etc. The roof of the bus was made of wood covered with painted canvas, not metal. So it probably wouldn't have supported that much weight. https://panzerserra.blogspot.com/2020/11/gaz-03-30-1938-4x2-werkstattkraftwagen.html
  4. Barnum was an optimist, when it comes to the birth rate of a particular American demographic. I remember seeing those "miracle mileage" gizmos, with the same language, in my grandfather's collection of "Men's Action" magazines decades ago. You know, those magazines whose covers featured a ripped he-man saving a buxom blonde from an anaconda or something. They were sold alongside "male vitality pills." "E-Z muscle building powders" and other stuff that didn't work.
  5. I liked the movie...lots of vintage cars and shoot-outs...but I caught one big factual goof that annoyed me. The movie starts with FBI agent Melvin Purvis shooting Charles "Pretty Boy" Floyd. That gets Purvis promoted to hunt for Dillinger. But in real life, Dillinger died in July 1934. Floyd wasn't killed until October 1934, three months later. There are at least three different stories about how Floyd was killed. One from the FBI, which tried to take all the credit as usual. Another version by local cops, and still another story from people who lived in the area.
  6. For anyone interested in the old Revell 1/110 scale "Friendship 7" kit, with the capsule, Atlas booster missile, trucks, gantry etc.: yesterday I stopped in my closest Hobby Lobby and 2 of those kits were in the "Clearance" section. They were priced at $7.99.
  7. Saw "No Time to Die" yesterday. I thought it was a good mix of action and gadgetry, while also humanizing Bond and giving the movie some emotional direction. It has some epic car chases, and the old Aston-Martin really gets a workout. There's a pretty funny scene when the retired Bond is trying to get into MI-6 headquarters, and a young security guard doesn't know who he is. "Bond! JAMES Bond!" Last night I went looking for something short and Halloween-ie, and the EPIX channel is showing "Beast of Yucca Flats." Saw it long ago, but it's a lot worse than I remembered. It only runs a merciful 54 minutes and makes Ed Wood look like Billy Wilder. Rumor says the sound track either got lost or erased, so most of it is narrated (badly). People fire about 500 bullets at Tor Johnson but don't hit him. How can you miss Tor Johnson? He's as big as a barn.
  8. This should keep me busy for a while, until about the year 2045 or so. The fe-mail carrier just dropped off a box from Sprue Brothers. One thing in that box is the Rye Field Model #5042, M4A3E8 76mm Sherman with full interior.
  9. If you're gonna build Israeli armor, you need some Israeli people to put in it! Lucky for us, MiniArt recently issued 2 good 1/35 scale figure sets of Israeli tank crews. Miniart #37086 "Israeli Tank Crew Yom Kippur War" is 4 full, standing figures. One looks a lot like Ariel Sharon, he's wearing the standard olive-green IDF fatigue uniform. The other 3 are wearing the tanker coveralls, adapted from a NOMEX flight suit, and the post-1967 tanker helmet. MiniArt #37076 "IDF Tank Crew" is suitable for a Merkava tank or other modern Israeli vehicle. A nice touch with this set is a female tanker, which is accurate. Both men and women in Israel are subject to military conscription. She appears to be adjusting her helmet so that her pony-tail fits inside, another nice touch. Pic below. The Yom Kippur War figures would also be suitable for the 1967 Six Day War, if you swap their helmets for the U.S. M1938 tanker helmet, modified with a boom microphone and some wiring. The tanker coveralls were new then, and rumors spread that they caught fire easily. So many tank crews continued to wear their regular fatigue uniforms. There wasn't much "uniform" about 1967 IDF tanker uniforms, as photos from the time show.
  10. Good job! Looks like it just came out of the Back Forty. Somehow I lost the exhaust pipe on mine, so I made up a vertical exhaust and guard. Also stuck in a more vintage battery and strap, dumped some well-used tools in the toolbox, etc. It was a fun build.
  11. AMT did '96 and '97 Explorer kits. I have one of each in the stash, but am not sure what the differences were, if any. The '96 says "4x4" on the boxtop and the '97 doesn't, but both kits have a 4WD chassis. I'd guess the chances for a re-issue are slim, since I've read...probably in here...that they didn't sell very well at all. I remember seeing them dirt cheap at kit swap meets long ago. You should appreciate this: they were often dissed as "Mom-mobiles." 🤦‍♀️ Which is a shame, I'd like to see them re-issued myself. A lot of police agencies used Explorers in the 1990s.
  12. Flea Market Day! Found this lurking in a box of common kits and stuff I already have. There may even be enough parts in the stash to make this a stocker. I think I have a Tempest body with some glue-bombing where side exhausts were welded on...
  13. Yep, "Bear Bait" was the '79 Chevette kit. It had the 2 figures from the earlier releases in the box, but not the tent and other neat accessories. I never knew that until I read Faust's review of the kit. MPC 1/25 1979 Chevette “Bear Bait” (OOB) | The Sprue Lagoon (wordpress.com)
  14. For anyone who might be trying to find them, those Lindberg lightbars were sold separately as "Emergency 911 Accessory Kit." Only 2 were issued. Kit #72716 had a Vector lightbar, kit #72717 had an MX-7000. Both sets also included the pump shotgun from the Crown Vic kit. Emergency 911 Accessory Kit, Lindberg 72717 (200x) (scalemates.com)
  15. Thanks, great write-up on this oddball. The box art had me thinking it was Fujimi from the 1970's.
  16. Week before last, I bought 2 kits at Wal-Mart, priced at $24.97 each on the aisle display. But when I checked out, the price was $19.97. Instant $5 saving on each kit! There was no mention of the discount on the aisle display, or anywhere else. Didn't know about it until the self-checkout machine rang them up at $19.97. Last week, the aisle display was gone. The remaining kits were on an end cap in the Toy aisle. Bought one and no discount - the price was $24.97.
  17. Holy carp! What is it with that kit? Here's somebody on eBay asking $101.99. With FREE SHIPPING! Gee, thanks a lot, Santa Claus. I thought these people may know nothing about scale models, and believe these are antique kits made in 1966. But the eBay listing clearly says "Is Discontinued By Manufacturer: No" and "Release date: April 27, 2017." So the seller should know better. Weird... Revell Trucks '66 Chevy Suburban Plastic Model Kit 31445044090 | eBay
  18. Why I love flea markets, aside from stuff like the Craftsman '64 Corvair I found this week... There are always lots of vendors selling DVD's. I had the 2-disc set of "Wonderland" (2003), and the main movie disc quit working. It just wouldn't load. Tried all the usual fixes of cleaning etc. with no luck. Found another 2-disc set this week at the flea market. It works fine, and cost me one whole dollar. The review part: for those who've never seen it, that's an excellent true-crime movie. Val Kilmer is great as burnt-out porn star John Holmes. Holmes hooked up with a gang of the dumbest and most inept crooks ever. These criminal masterminds decided to rip off one of the meanest and best-connected men in Los Angeles, club owner and drug dealer Eddie Nash. That ended with the Wonderland Murders in July 1981, known to the LAPD as the "Four On The Floor Murders." Four people found in a house on Wonderland Ave. in Laurel Canyon, beaten to death with lead pipes. The Wonderland case was the first ever in which the LAPD videotaped a crime scene. Those police videotapes are on the DVD set and they are...grim. One LAPD detective on the case also worked on the Manson murders. He said the Wonderland killings were even worse. The set also includes a short bio film about John Holmes, a nearly 2-hour documentary about the real murders and some other good special features. One complaint I've heard about the movie: it shows the same things happening from different points of view, like the famous Japanese movie "Rashomon." Some people found that confusing and hard to follow. It didn't bother me.
  19. Sorry, I'm better at ideas than actual useful information... You could build it as a custom made wagon for a ritzy resort. I've always wanted to try that with the '65 Lincoln. The Broadmoor Resort in Colorado had a series of Cadillac station wagons custom-built in the 1950's, to haul guests and their luggage. The wagon was called the "Skyview" because of its clear roof panels. A lot like the roof of that AMT '65 Lincoln. Here's a Skyview that has seen better days, but the clear roof panels are visible.
  20. Citadel makes a flat acrylic paint named "Leadbelcher." I guess "Gunmetal" wasn't cool enough or something. The makers say: "Designed to give a smooth matte finish over black or white under coats." I've used it on bare plastic, no undercoat, and it worked just fine.
  21. Flea Market Day! I found a couple of New Ray 1/32 scale Indian motorcycles, to possibly use in 1/35 dioramas.. A 1912 2-cylinder and 1939 4-cylinder. Also an AMT Craftsman '64 Corvair missing 1 tail light. That's OK, first-gen Corvairs are hard to find in any condition and this one was reasonably priced. I might even have that light in the stash. Every kid in America who got a bright yellow Craftsman Corvair must have added the mirrors, spotlights and dual antennae. At least it looks like it from an Internet search. Finding them without that stuff glued on is very unusual.
  22. The 40% off deal on kits is every other week. This is NOT the discount week, so I didn't even bothering hitting HL today. Thanks for the Wal-Mart info. It does seem like this might have been a "one and done," but I hope not. Maybe they will re-stock kits closer to the holidays.
  23. Looks like you better hurry, judging by my closest Wal-Mart. I just went there. The Round 2 aisle display is gone, and the remaining kits are on a shelf in the Toy aisle. Also, the $5.00 price break I got last time is also gone. I bought a kit and it rang up at $24.97, the full price.
  24. No. I have a couple of the ICM 1/24 scale Model T kits. They are all new tooling, with much more detail. I really like their 1912 Model T Commercial Roadster. It had a lockable storage compartment under that "mother-in-law seat" on the back. The ICM kit includes the hinges and lock detail on the compartment.
  25. At my closest store, the 1/25 scale car kits were marked at $24.97 on the display cube. Big truck kits like the Western Star and Snow Plow were marked $29.97. But as I wrote above: when I checked out with 2 kits marked $24.97, I was only charged $19.97 each.
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