It's my photo that I took at our show. This particular model shows the kit as it will be available for kids to build at the auto shows. It will reportedly be available for public consumption in March with a pair of side mirrors. There's engraved detail in the headlight bezel area under the headlight covers (where Mustang/Raptor etc. have none). Engraved detail on the interior is more complete than the Mustang/Raptor etc. This kit sort of bridges the gap between Revell's build & play and their regular snap kits. While it's troubling to see their focus on modern cars go away from detailed kits (there is absolutely no guarantee that they'll do a more detailed 2015-up Mustang at this point, for instance. In fact Maisto's diecast is far more detailed, but suffers the typical diecast issues), this may be the only way we'll see the GT in plastic at all. I can have lots of fun w/the kit if it looks right and subject matter is enticing. I'm hoping the windshield fits better than this sample.
Not true. When using img tags as shown above, the copy/paste function in between the tags merely copies the offsite host URL for that particular photo. This forum is not uploading the photo, it's still hosted offsite. The gold Mustang I show is not hosted here whatsoever.
I'm using a PC laptop w/Chrome and occasionally Firefox. I think people are thrown by the "Insert other media" button, rather than just posting the img tags right in the body of the message being typed. Img tags seem to work pretty much universally on forums like this.
Mazda has not shown any removable HT nor retractable HT yet. The Global Cup racer has a huge roll cage so it doesn't require a top. People have found RHT anchors under a couple narrow plastic panels between the door and trunk lid where they've hidden them. So far soft-top only, and I believe there is no uptop in the kit. It's a kit of the 1st year ND MX5, obviously as time goes by there will be more color and roof options. Whether that means Tamiya does any updates, or we rely on the aftermarket, is TBD. But as a complete Miata fanatic, I have 2 Tamiya kits on order and a ton of ideas. I've driven a trio of ND's at an event put on by Mazda.
Revell has been working with Italeri for years to get this SWB reissued. Even though Italeri is located practically next door to Ferrari in Maranello, the process of obtaining licensing and doing business in Italy always creates some sort of head-banging roadblocks. The Italeri kit is quite good..only issued once, I already have two of them in my stash. It's good enough that new tooling simply isn't necessary. The aftermarket needs to step up and make it easy to obtain good quality detail parts for the engine, wheels, tires that will improve upon out of box.
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.