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Yep, my bad, I misread the post, I thought he meant the engine. 

lol. Dang. I had my $300 already in an envelope just waiting for the address to send it to.

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Brett. I know that it was just a simple mistake ( witch I do 10,000 times a day ) l was just kidding around and apologize. But I still wish that they would re-issue the chassis. I would buy a few . Thank you everyone.    Jeff 

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Life-Like was, and I believe still is, making styrofoam coolers.

Well, almost.   The full history is at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Life-Like . Basically in 2005 the Styrofoam cooler division split out as Lifoam. Then Life-Like (the model trains company) was acquired by Wm. K. Walthers (a large model train distributor/manufacturer).

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I love this quote from the article:

“Granted that American car design now ranges from acceptable to handsome, still, one of the ways our cars aren’t better than they used to be is that they all tend to look alike…anyone familiar with the individuality of so many of the great American cars of the past does notice – and cares.”

This was written in 1963

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Nice big images from the original Esquire article (the Packard was b&w for some reason):

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Only four cars were done for the article; note there are some differences between these and the final box art.

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17 hours ago, Richard Bartrop said:

I love this quote from the article:

“Granted that American car design now ranges from acceptable to handsome, still, one of the ways our cars aren’t better than they used to be is that they all tend to look alike…anyone familiar with the individuality of so many of the great American cars of the past does notice – and cares.”

This was written in 1963

Writers have made similar comments even in the '50s.

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16 hours ago, Brian Austin said:

Writers have made similar comments even in the '50s.

George Steele: "What kind of a car?" 
Station Agent: "I couldn't say. I haven't been able to tell one car from another since 1924. They all look alike now, the way they make 'em."

From the movie "Crack-Up," made in 1946. A pretty good film noir with Pat O'Brien and Claire Trevor. Turner Classic Movies shows it.

I found a mostly built (and glue-bombed) Renwal Packard at a flea market a couple years ago, still in the original box.  Notice the dark/light color separation line at the door.  That's where the body is split on the model. It's a 2-piece body, upper and lower, molded in Dark and Light Green.  The kit engine is a V-12 but looks way undersized IMO. I picked it up because it was fairly cheap and I have delusions of restoring it, some century.

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6 hours ago, Cpt Tuttle said:

Anyone noticing the resemblances between an early Valiant and the Raceabout?

It's pretty obvious.  The Duesenberg front hearkens back to the Imperial.   The Exner style is nothing if not distinctive.

You can also see similarities between the Mercer and the XNR

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It looks like the Esquire article happened sometime after Chrysler decided Virgil was getting too weird for them.

Edited by Richard Bartrop

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Funny thing that as I was going through my odds and ends box the other day I came across the engine from a Renwal Packard that I built back when they were released.

Anyway, the model I most want is the Exner Bugatti. Not a mint kit as too collectable these days, but an old or badly built one even with bits missing, that will probably never get built by the present owner that has been kicking around in their stash for many years. I would like to rebuild/restore this model to give to the Bugatti Trust Museum over here in the UK for permanent display. If anyone can help me in this venture please get in touch via the personal messaging on this forum.

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On 10/1/2015 at 3:25 PM, Snake45 said:

I built that Monogram TBF when it came out, about, what, 1962, 63? Worst modeling experience of my life to that point. It literally made me cry.

Many, many years later, I tried it again. Had no particular problems with it. Discovered later that it's a bit undersized--more like 1/50 scale than 1/48. The even older Lindberg kit is true 1/48 (by my actual measurements).

I'd still like to try that old Lindberg B-17, if I ever run across a cheap one. It's in an odd 1/64 scale but I think it would be cool to do anyway.

 

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The B-17 has been reissued by Lindberg and is currently available at Hobby Lobby

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1 hour ago, Greg Myers said:

The B-17 has been reissued by Lindberg and is currently available at Hobby Lobby

I bought one cheap at Ollie's a couple years ago. Haven't started it yet, but I'm looking forward to it. 

If it goes well, I might do all the Lindberg 1/64 bombers--B-58, He 111, Ju 88, there might have been another one that slips my mind at the moment. And then build the Revell 1/64 B-25, also recently reissued. 

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2 hours ago, Kit Basher said:

I built the Thomas Jefferson sub a year or two ago. Check out this box art.

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That's one kit I've always wanted to build! Had the pleasure to see one of these nuclear subs in Port Canaveral once. No doubt going to the Navy Wharf there. 

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A little on the naughty side, if you check out the bulkhead ( wall, to you land lubbers) in the crew quarters, you'll find some "pinup posters"

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