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  1. What is most unsettling about the forum software is the fact that when I view the forum contents in "unread" order is seeing occasional private messages sent from one person to another in the list. That's a bug that makes me think everyone here needs to be painfully aware that your private messages may not be all that private. Three examples below of screen shots I took of this forum glitch.
  2. Interesting! I don't think the one w/the Welly logo is actually a Welly, it looks identical to the Maisto. My Welly GT3 RS models have side glass in the doors and are a lot nicer than any similar-scale Maisto. I really hope there's no collaboration between Maisto and Welly, because if this subject is perhaps just that, it's dumbed-down/cost-reduced and not as nice as the usual Welly standards. If however someone selling on Ebay used the Maisto model as a "place setter" photo for an actual Welly GT2 RS that may be forthcoming, it would be great news! Time will tell, I guess.
  3. Welly has been doing promos for Porsche in recent years, after a certain amount of time they become available through NEX/Welly and not just Porsche museums & dealerships. US dealers don't seem to get 1/24 stuff, mostly 1/18, 1/43, 1/64th scale. I wish they'd do more modern stuff like the GT2 RS, Cayman GT4, Panamera Sport Turismo, and the new 911's. Recently refinished their 2016 GT3 RS in Rubystone red, doing another soon in yellow w/side stripes. That one took a year or two to go from a promo in a special box to regular distribution.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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".
  8. 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.
  9. French billionaires have reportedly already pledged nearly 400 billion euros to rebuild/restore after the fire.
  10. 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
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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:
  15. 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.
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