Beautiful build! It's one of Monogram's well-kept secrets, many don't know the kit has lived on in plastic. The last one I got was rebranded by Revell Germany, even Aoshima has had this kit in one of their boxes. The option of racing parts is another reason it's a gem. Would love to see this in person, would be great it if you would bring it to the ACME NNL Southern Nationals near Atlanta on Nov. 14th! NNL Southern Nationals November 14, 2015
Tim, the model was built by Jim Shepherd of ACME, and I took the photo yesterday at our club meeting. Jim did a fantastic job on his model, combining it with the Motormax camper from one of their diecast pickup trucks that he found at Wal Mart and refinished it as part of this very unique kitbash.
None of the Silvia kits have ever had full detail, they're all curbside; generally they have had pretty unremarkable 4 cylinder power (a few had 3.0 V6's in the US), they're popular because they're light and RWD. One GTR from the late 80's/early 90's, the Tamiya R32 GTR, has full detail, and that's the one everyone gets to kitbash with earlier and later inline 6 GTR's. Doubt its the same platform as the Silvia/SX's.
If you go to Hobby Search, convert to English, you can generally see photos/scans of parts and instructions for most Japanese kits. I have an early 70's fastback GTR kit that has an engine, but it's an afterthought and a bit of a job to open the hood and underhood detail is weak, but it does have a full engine.
It's Aoshima, not Gunze who did the 1/24 MGB bodies. I know the kits pretty well since doing the GT master for you a couple decades ago. I wish Aoshima would reissue them, it's been awhile and the kits are almost as hard to find as the resin bodies.
Dave Toups did a great LHD dash conversion that Norm/Replicas & Miniatures cast, not sure if it is still in the catalog or not.
These MGB kits need some lowering for the earlier versions; the kits are done w/the tall ride height seen on the rubber-bumper variants.
This model knocked my socks off at the Southwest Challenge when I saw it many years ago, since I love both CRX's and 911's. Seared in my memory...and provided me years of inspiration for similar mashups that I've done. Thanks for sharing
Thanks guys, wasn't quite expecting to see this here, the Mustang was a blast to build and ended up being the perfect slump-buster for me after a couple of far more-involved projects. A 1:1 just like it would be more than welcome in my garage.
Wow, I have to have one of these! Thanks for giving Brad the master, this is going to make a lot of Porschephiles very happy. Now I just need to build the Maserati 450S and the Ferrari 250 TDF that I got from him recently...our ACME group spent quite a bit of $$ at his NNL East table.
We'd love to help feed your newfound addiction to model cars locally; I'm an officer in ACME-Atlanta Car Model Enthusiasts, and we have our monthly club meeting this coming Sunday from 2:30-5:00 PM at the Smyrna Community Center. We'll have show & tell and a great how-to demo on engine detailing. Come join us if you can! We'll even have some out-of-town guests visiting us this weekend.