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  1. I have no idea. I just remembered seeing it on another forum and nobody mentioned what happened.
  2. Sorry to inform you he passed away on Dec. 28th, it was mentioned on another forum.
  3. Recently in a Porsche 914 thread you ranted about Revell's incorrect B pillars and posted a photo of my orange 914 build without credit (from February 27, 2006 in my Fotki album as it was built for an NNL East theme that spring), only pointing out how obvious the kit's B pillar shape looks vs. a real car (which I don't disagree with at all, and if I build another one I know how to fix it as my skills continue to improve and I have a resin HRM wide body resin kit to build "someday"). Where did you find that photo? You sharing that photo could be interpreted by others as "look at how bad this model looks because the idiot builder didn't fix it". There are plenty of issues with the Revell 914 beyond the incorrect pillar shape, anyone getting a decent result finishing one where everything fits decently and it doesn't sit like an off road vehicle on those lovely 2 piece hard vinyl tires knows the struggle with that kit. It was a fun build despite the issues and completed in about a week as I had some free time to dig into it and correct what I could with it, since it seems there's never going to be a modern kit of a 914 done right.
  4. Bill's input helped a lot on my build of the first issue Ventura; though mine was painted before I saw Bill's excellent tips on how to correct the window and wheel fit; I had no idea about the glass fit before I painted it as I was trying to build it in a short timeframe. Oops! I didn't need a lathe at all to fix the wheels; just used a Dremel (and ended up with the best looking 8-lugs in scale I've ever seen), and I had to learn the hard way at the very end how to get the front bumper/grille/hood to all fit properly. Aside from glass, front bumper and fixing the 8-lugs the rest of the kit was a breeze and it looks amazing built. I have a Catalina in the stash that's already had the window installation fix long before painting, and Moebius tweaked the tooling a bit on the grille as time went on.
  5. Nice model! I like the subtle colors that class it up vs. the boxart car. I just finished mine with a similar mindset and am happy how it came out. I didn't use any of the tuner graphics. I really liked many of the stickers included for things like instrument panel, taillight overlay, steering wheel controls, nose and tail emblems, center caps-these are high-quality printed/cut stickers. I painted the glass like I did my glue kit Performante; this kit was a lot easier to finish and have fun with vs. that one. There may be an article on these kits in MCM; my club has a trio building this same kit from literally OOB/no paint to fully painted & detailed and Tim Kolankiewicz is encouraging us to share 😎
  6. Here's one I built last year with a few parts from my stash of Fujimi parts (wheels, tires, fog lights, mirrors). Fun project!
  7. Some of my favorite kits of all time; as a teen they were easy to build to look really good, so good I bought a second 911 kit to spray in a different color back in the day. Now as a seasoned adult I find they hold up with the test of time shape-wise and are fun subjects to revisit. Bonus is they're often available for less $ than what a fresh reissued would cost.
  8. Big fan as well. Have seen Rodger live several times in the past 10 years, before early 2020 he had an extensive tour schedule before the pandemic (his last live shows were on a Rock & Roll cruise out of FL), not sure when/if he'll get it back going. His band is all younger but they are amazing in person, they have a lot of fun. One of the shows I saw was with a full symphony orchestra in FL in 2013. People in the audience from all over the world. Lots of his live performances on Youtube, as well as vintage pre-1984 Supertramp concerts.
  9. Very cool, this might be the first time I've seen a 96 Rock tag that wasn't installed upside down 😄
  10. Masterfully styled by Giorgetto Giugiaro. I've seen a real 117 at a local car show, impressive in person and like many JDM cars appears smaller in person than the photos would have you believe. This is my favorite upcoming kit, Hasegawa has shown two masterfully built/photographed versions of the kit that I believe are used for boxart, they look like the real car at first glance.
  11. Thanks! It was a long time ago, the glass was difficult to remove. I vaguely remember it was a tedious job of careful ungluing with some X-acto scribing and gentle prying. The prepainted/pre-assembled nature of this kit was frustrating but it is literally the only game in town. It still looks good; I remove it from a display case every few years.
  12. I’m really looking forward to seeing what everyone accomplished in the special issue. I had fun planning/modifying/building my 2 subjects that were done specifically for the special issue; the bonus being I got two of my “most want to build” models complete and on display with my other 2020 pandemic builds. I’m grateful I was given quite a bit of deadline leeway...I needed it!
  13. Hey there stranger! Hope you are doing well. I just checked my two Gunze XKE’s, they both (low tech curbside & high tech full-detail) have the removable HT as part of the clear tree. Not sure if Heller’s XKE roaster has a HT or not, I only have the racing coupe kit. Maybe Revell’s XKE will get me to build the Gunze variants, they look good aside from rear wheel opening (easy fix removing material) and I figured a way to paint/build it with the roadster body seam filled.
  14. Interesting. I have had the Panamera kit for ages waiting to see if there would be either a Revell Sport Turismo variant or aftermarket. I’ll likely get the USCP version if it’s their usual quality and it actually happens before I get distracted by something newer. I know the Panamera kit has some wonky body issues I’d need to fix just building the sedan OOB. Funny thing is now in 2020 that I’ve seen Taycans out in the wild and know Porsche already did a mild softroader Sport Turismo concept the Taycan itself is just a much newer/better looking car than the Panamera to my eyes, and since I can’t afford the real thing I want a model of one. I’d be okay with Welly diecast for that matter if kit or resin doesn’t happen.
  15. Obviously not because it wasn’t out long before it was discontinued. Got my second Rabbit at Ollie’s for $7.99. Search hobby shops and swap meets, it’s not that rare a kit.
  16. Revell took their excellent GTI and made a US-spec Rabbit. Great kit but didn’t sell well and they ended up blown out at Ollie’s. Beats the old 1/25 AMT Rabbit by a mile as well as the Esci kit.
  17. This kit is a 914/6, always was a six cylinder.
  18. This SA Aperta build is superb! Looks like a real car, nice choice of color scheme.
  19. The SA Aperta is an open-top mish-mash of 2 seater 599 GTO and 599 GTB. Completely different car than the very long 4 seat GT car 612 Scaglietti.
  20. I use an adblocker on my laptop. I see ads on my phone, they aren't too intrusive. The continuing issue I see is that I view "unread content" threads, and occasionally, like today, I see what look like private messages showing up in the most recent search. Examples old and new:
  21. Not just kits, but diecast too. For those building 2010-up models there are plenty of diecasts out there available cheap enough that provide wheels, mirrors, interior parts, etc. If you want a 2015-up Mustang GT and want your Revell toy to look like a “real” model there are Maisto, Welly and Motormax models out there. I bought two Maisto Assembly Line Bugatti Chirons (40% off each, essentially full retail for a new Round2 reissue) to get me one set of the same wheels/tires for a Santa Fe I’m working on. I’m left with 3 other sets of wheels (two sets of front, one set rear) and one full set of smaller tires. I want to redo the Chiron w/o opening doors and in a better/unique color scheme, leaving the other for whatever. I had the new Academy Santa Fe and an idea spawned by a rendering and had to do it: Santa Fe N
  22. It was okay for the era and if one is stuck on 1/25th it’s even better. I got a neat built one in Toledo for $1 years ago, really well built/painted in black like a GTI with wired engine and everything, but it had suffered from some sort of heat event that melted the roof. For a buck it just had to come home. I stocked up on the excellent 1/24 new-tool Rabbit, GTI and Cabrio kits from Revell; the Rabbit version done for US consumption is really a hidden gem and were blown out cheap at Ollie’s. Waaay better than the AMT kit that’s going to be more $$ than the Revell Rabbit full MSRP was when current. Revell Germany issues sold here have gone way down in price in the post-Hobbico era. Revell needs to do new- tool Mk. 1 and Mk. 2 Scirocco kits. The AMT Scirocco is meh at best and 1/25 is “fingernails on a chalkboard” for me regarding imports, but it’s the only stock game in town.
  23. Excellent path to take. You'll likely appreciate the quality long after you've gained more experience. Ask questions before buying to make sure you know what you're getting into, as Tamiya has had some ups and downs along the way to the point today if all someone can complain about is that the latest kit doesn't fit their very personal, very narrow ideals/demands, that's not on Tamiya, it's on them. When I was younger and found it difficult to afford/justify Tamiya kits vs. domestics that were much more budget-friendly I didn't understand at that time (early 80's) that Tamiya kits were worth it to younger builders until I finally took the plunge. The owners of my LHS carried everything, they knew their products and customers, they even tried to sell younger builders on the true value of Tamiya kits (I was buying the new AMT Datsun 280 ZX that day, I did and I built it, even with their friendly/offhand comment on how Mr. Tamiya was going to be very sad that day LOL). I questioned the logic at first thinking all those guys wanted was more $ per kit sold. Later when I bought/built a couple Tamiya kits, saw their 280 ZX's & other kits built the light finally went off in my thick skull.
  24. Amen. They learn, they adjust, they improve. They seem to be healthy enough to invest in the future by making excellent products consumers want. The stumbles that they created along the way are minuscule compared to the continual comedy of errors their competition seems to self-inflict when saving time/$$ is their first priority and only way to survive.
  25. When the Testarossa came out my co-worker and I visited our local Ferrari dealer during lunch, a convenient 5 minute drive from work. There sat a black Testarossa with a $119k sticker price (perhaps $109k plus ADP). Hated it in photos, loved it in person. So when the Tamiya kit popped I immediately built it. Thank goodness black does a decent job *ahem* hiding that hideous vertical panel gap in the doors. I liked the 512 TR even better. Blindly thought the Rosso kit was as good as Tamiya. Was I ever wrong, the fit of suspension/chassis and other parts gave me fits. After the pain it came out great, gifted it to a modeling friend who was moving out of state. Replaced with the R/M 512 TR, which arguably solved the side strake issue better than the other players. Wheels/tires bleh, but Rosso sold their 512 TR wheels/tires separately. Win...I think, but still unbuilt.
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