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Anybody else also a fan of Juha Airio?

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I was going through some of my saved images and this man's models are amazing! I remember his articles in an old model car magazine in the 90s. 

And yes, I know he has involvement in AirTrax resin kits.

These are all models and NOT real cars.

Please post more if you've got 'em.

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One of the builders I most admired for years, for his ability not only to see something that others may not, but that ability to make it happen in scale. I was just recently wondering what had come of him. Thanks for the trip down memory lane.

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I got to meet Juha for the first time a couple years ago at the NNL East. A VERY nice guy and we had a very good conversation. You have to see his models in person to really appreciate all that goes into them and I picked up a few ideas just talking to him. ;)

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His attention to the smallest details, paint texture and sheen, type of tires, even the tint of the glass. He's made me strive for a more "in scale" look for everything I build.

He should put out a book detailing each of his builds, I'd have to buy it!

I'm more impressed by his work than someone like Chip Foose or Jesse James.

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I've seen his perfect models at a GSL.  He must not be human.  LOL  Just the window tint alone is impressive.

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He is one of the best out there, I have not seen any of his work in person but the quality of his builds are immaculate.

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Thanks for the pics Patrick, some of which I hadn't seen before.

Juha's models always amaze me and they are usually unique in their subject matter. It would be great if he were a regular on this forum - his english (and photography) are exemplary.

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One of the best if not the best Modelers out there. He never ceases to amaze me.

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EVERYONE is a fan of Juha.

Thank's for the photos

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1 hour ago, Foxer said:

EVERYONE is a fan of Juha.

Pretty much covers it! :lol:

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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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39 minutes ago, cobraman said:

Been a fan for years.

AGREED! I too recall seeing his builds back in the day, always marveling at his attention to detail and making models that cannot be bought

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Hard to realize these are models, they are so realistic looking in every way. 

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love the Cordoba, I read somewhere that he has passed away, if true, very sad...

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:lol: I'm a big fan of his to me he is Mr. Model.!! I wish some one or him put a photo thing together of all his cars with front and back and motor shoots.!!

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Juha Airio is one of the best builders I know and a very nice guy.

Btw, the '68 mod top Plymouth, the yellow '68 Charger and the white '70 Coronet are not from juha 😉

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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:

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2 hours ago, Zoom Zoom said:

Now that I see the images on my laptop I think the cool custom green Chrysler 300 may be Steve Milberry's work.

Yea, don't know if I should be flattered or insulted. :unsure:

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That Mirada and Cordoba....Sweeet! Are those completely scratch built?

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44 minutes ago, Can-Con said:

Yea, don't know if I should be flattered or insulted. :unsure:

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.

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12 hours ago, Zoom Zoom said:

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. 

Well I saved it in the same folder as his, so your build is in good company. It looks impressive to me.

Thanks for clarifying your work, I don't always have the name of the builder when I find them online, but it was attached to images with his work - so I thought....

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9 hours ago, Mirko said:

Btw, the '68 mod top Plymouth, the yellow '68 Charger and the white '70 Coronet are not from juha 😉

Well, if they are on this forum, please stand up and take a bow. Because we have some really talented builders here.

I enjoy them all!

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