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Phirewriter

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    Michael Fischer

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  1. Interesting that the custom wheels included in the kit are near matches for the magnesium wheels on the Lola GT MK6 although the knock offs are different. I've used resin cast copies of these for slot car restorations (inserts on aluminum rims) but nice to have an excuse to pick up a few kits. Also, I've never been able to find the manufacturer for these so perhaps they were a Lola designed wheel? It seems odd the design would end up in a mid sized GM kit.
  2. I've got all 3 kits you've listed in my collection. They're all nicely done, and based on my friends building experiences, the MPC 1/16 and Monogram 1/12 are straight forward builds. I have built the Monogram 1/8 '65 and can say it's also a no problem build. The only thing given the scale, seemed to be a bit more simplified in comparison to some of the other Monogram 1/8 scale kits from the era (Big T series, Big Deuce, and Jaguar) Unlike the some of the other 1/8 kits only the hood opens and there's only one engine option, the fuel injected small block. The rotating headlight assembly is it's
  3. As it stands printing for the last/latest issue was done in early fall. As Steve (Muncie) stated above, he's received his issue already so there's no excuses there. Nor is there any excuse for not sending the books, accessories and apparel they indicated via their webstore was in stock and made it into my shopping cart and was subsequently charged for. No backorders for anything was indicated. I've ordered plenty of stuff from various online vendors (books, models, car and motorcycle parts and art supplies) well before and after placing my order and subscription with TRJ and everything
  4. Dragging this topic back from the dead. Has anyone here who's a subscriber to TRJ or has paid for anything from their store recently received it yet? Since they announced there would be no more news stand sales beginning with #84 I purchased a subscription back in early November 2020. In addition I ordered a number of books and other items for myself and others for Christmas. As you can guess I've not received anything yet (really, after 5 months?) They won't answer emails, nor the phone as the VM is always full and no one picks up. I've filed a dispute with my CC and taken other action but am
  5. Nice overview, there's a few kits there I wish I would have kept and not sold or traded off. Like many, my interests change and now that some are hard to find or go for more than I'd would currently pay I've come regret some of my decisions on certain kits. I don't however regret getting rid of the one lowrider version I had, Oh well... Again, nice breakdown of the progression of tooling and their modifications for the various versions.
  6. I have to say I'm generally not a fan of many of the photoshopped anti-gravity versions of classic/modern classic cars seen on the interwebs lately, but... Your build really looks great!! Nicely done!!
  7. At 5 1/2" long those Harley's would be from Maisto's 1:18 scale series. Most of my 1:24 motorcycles are between 3.5" and 3.75" Maisto has motorcycles in 1:24, 1:18 and 1:12 so check dimensions carefully if possible if you are bidding on anything out of the original packaging.
  8. That painting is beautiful, Mr Leynnwood was truly a master! I think these days with most art created digitally, lots of people don't understand or appreciate the time and talent involved with creating a hand drawn illustration or painting. I'm by no means diminishing digital medium (still takes time, talent and imagination) but face it, there is a point, click and you're done perception associated with it. There's still many of people who still want hand drawn/painted art and are willing to pay for it regardless if it's from an established professional artist or not. On that note I've al
  9. Indeed it is! If one were to have Chip Foose, Steve Stanford, Keith Weezner or any other automotive fine artist or illustrator of your choice create a rendering of your car what do you think they'll charge you? $50 and a six pack?
  10. Yeah, I had a couple and ended up with this factory case along with some other interesting Ford models when I came into a collection many years ago. It still amazes me that something like this still exists after all this time.
  11. A nice reference book for gas station photos is Pump and Circumstance : The Glory Days of the Gas Station by John Margolies I believe it's out of print as my copy has a 1993 publishing date. It's worth seeking out and doesn't seem too hard to find on eBay or from other secondary market sellers.
  12. Yes, although it's not as bad as some multi piece bodies but still requires a bit of finesse. As to the box art it reminds me of some automotive coloring books I've seen over the years were the line art of the car was clearly traced from a photo and the juxtaposition to the drawn background it's placed within is off perspective, like this box art. The under car shadows and light source are not rendered well plus there's a lack of depth of field for lack of a better description and I think that's what's giving the sinking drivers side look to the box art.
  13. Overall I like the design, a take on the full width '70/'71 Torino GT light would look good, something to fill that big back area. Kinda surprises me that after all the reworking of all the other lines and details he just threw Camaro lights back there almost like an afterthought just to be different. Those wheels though... Looks like he was looking at a gas stove burner grate for inspiration. All the wheel/tire ideas posted would look much better.
  14. Nice work, pick up your pencils and pens and go. As artists, and that includes anything creative, as in model building too, we're our own worst critic. Don't let yourself get in the way of doing something enjoyable.
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