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    Tucker, Georgia
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    Bob Downie

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  1. Anyone Know Of A Subaru Brat Conversion?

    Sadly true. And sadly no model of the 2nd gen Brat which IMHO looks 1000% better. Won't stop me from building another '79, but 13 years ago (!!!) when I was looking for inspiration for my 1st gen STi build I realized how much cooler it could have/would have been w/the 2nd gen design.
  2. Dayton OH hit by two EF3 tornadoes

    My sister luckily escaped w/o damage and power only flickered briefly, but she's only 2-3 blocks north of the devastation in the Trotwood area, even some major tree damage on the south end of her street. She had no idea how bad it was, I told her last night after midnight after seeing news and looking at Google Maps traffic data which pretty clearly shows the path of destruction from Brookville through Beaver Creek. She did say she could hear sirens in the distance and had a second tornado warning while we were messaging just after midnight. From pics/videos I've seen, areas I'm familiar with will look a lot different next time I visit.
  3. 2019 Round2 Car Kit Releases

    It's listed as a future release on a major distributor's website as of May 9th. AMT kit 1/25 scale. Release date TBD.
  4. Revell Miata Mk1

    I plan to build a BRG and '93 LE someday, as well as finish the model I started of my own '96. The guy that bought mine has finished his model of it. I wish someone would do the Chaparral wheels that I had on mine, none of the various Panasport or similar wheels in scale are right. I'd love to take Aoshima NB and make a Mazdaspeed. Lava Orange would be the color for sure! Here's when I had both cars for about 3 months: Here it is w/the new owner, he ditched the rear mud flaps and had Koni yellows installed so it sits a lot better now. It currently has a red OEM hardtop. Original soft top is still good but the rear window is shot: One of my best photos of my NC was when a couple buddies and I hit the Dragon on a Tuesday afternoon in July a couple years ago, we made the Killboy highlights. We thought it might happen w/the trio of True Red NC's and they always let me drive in front LOL. On our way back south on the Dragon we came up on a pristine stock early NSX driven pretty well but he let us pass as we were going faster. We saw the grins on their faces on Killboy's photos that evening, they were enjoying riding at the back of our little red pack. As for driving the NC, I hated the looks with a passion when new. Now I love them, but they have to be lowered. I did new suspension which made a world of difference and bought NC2 used wheels from Goodwin Racing. My original OEM bumpstops have now failed 30k miles after suspension mods so I will upgrade the springs (again) to Progress Technologies & use FatCat poly bump stops. But first time I drove an NC was eye-opening, they had really improved the Miata dramatically, much stiffer structure, much more power, and the top operation is stupid-easy up or down from the driver's seat and when stowed it makes it's own tonneau cover. I have an ECU tune and new exhaust, so it's pretty quick, and it gets better fuel economy than my NA did (with about 40 more HP). Eventually I'll get a 2019-newer ND. Only have driven one ND a 2016 GT manual, didn't notice power increase on the short drive, driving position is better, and it leans a lot compared to my NC's upgrade. They are really nice. A friend is getting an orange 30th soon, trading in his 2018 ND Club w/Brembo package that replaced his beloved NC Club that was T-boned by an inattentive driver. He told me last week "the NC is a better daily driver, the ND is better for performance driving".
  5. Revell Miata Mk1

    Great project; I believe the best NA model would be a mash-up combining Revell's running gear (engine, chassis) with the Tamiya Eunos Roadster or Miata kit. I like the Eunos variant as it's always been available, is molded in white, and has the hardtop (which IIRC is not in the molded-in-red Miata version). I had a white '96 NA8 for 14 years, sold it to one of my best friends in 2013 and it's still going strong and essentially the best car I have ever owned. Currently have '06 NC. Have built models of neither...it's just more fun to jump in and drive But I plan to build them...someday.
  6. Notre Dame Cathedral destroyed by fire

    French billionaires have reportedly already pledged nearly 400 billion euros to rebuild/restore after the fire.
  7. 1974 MG-B

    One thing to remember is the Aoshima MGB's were engineered w/the raised ride height of the rubber-bumper generation. Not terribly difficult to lower the model to the previous ride height which would also look much better on the rubber-bumper cars. I still have several of the early-production MGB kits including the race version w/the racing wheels and HT, not sure I want to shell out the $ for the new version just to get the late model styled wheels. Maybe someone like USCP will clone them and resin cast them as I do not need another box full of parts I'll never use. I can wait, not like I don't have a billion other projects/ideas cluttering both mind and basement space
  8. My sentence is confusing, it was a generalizing of Welly models being better than their competition, they don't do any Ferraris. If they did, they'd be a lot better than Burago for certain.
  9. For a 250 GTO in 1/24 I don't find any diecast that satisfies like the more modern Welly diecast. Best 1/24 GTO belongs to the Fujimi plastic kit in the affordable category, and MFH for a high-roller budget.
  10. Anybody else also a fan of Juha Airio?

    Personally I'm flattered someone thought my Eldorado was Juha's, even knowing full well it can't hold a candle to Juha's work...not that I ever intended for it. It was just a broken old promo that I had fun bringing back to life as a cool curbside. One of the cracks re-appeared on the decklid next to the right side taillight...small evidence of what I started with.
  11. Anybody else also a fan of Juha Airio?

    Now that I see the images on my laptop I think the cool custom green Chrysler 300 may be Steve Milberry's work and the blue/white '62 Cutlass doesn't look like Juha's either. I have one of the resin custom '46 (?) Fords that Juha mastered for R&MoMD to build someday. Here are a couple recent photos of my '71 Eldorado promo that I rescued from very damaged condition, it was brittle from sun damage, missing an A pillar and had terribly yellow glass when I resurrected it:
  12. Anybody else also a fan of Juha Airio?

    I love Juha's models, was great to meet him a couple years ago. While I'm honored you slipped a photo of my silver '71 Eldorado restored promo as an example of Juha's work (because someday when I grow up I'd like to have half his talent), the Eldorado is my work. If I hadn't been lazy and added a side mirror...that's one clue LOL.
  13. Easy answer; my Flashback II. Start w/a Camaro, add a Challenger front end and Mustang rear end and enjoy the mayhem at Caffeine & Octane every month! It was funny enough reading the comments when the first one I built went viral on car blogs almost 10 years ago. 90% of people wouldn't give it a second glance.
  14. Upcoming Moebius Ford Pickup Box Art Model?

    Steve Goldman brought it to the show. He also had the 4x4, might have mixed up the forms.
  15. Pininfarina Battista

    Nothing to stand out? Electric powertrain. Nearly 1900 HP. "Expect a sub-two-second zero-to-60-mph time, zero to 186 mph in less than 12 seconds, and a top speed of around 217 mph. The company also says it is targeting a range of 280 miles". 150 will be made. Looks pretty good to me, if slightly skewed towards exotic $500k cars vs. $1m-3m hypercars. Sure looks better than the Tesla roadster coming out that looks pretty boring.