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  1. When I started modelling, I was only into fast, modern jets. As I have gone on in the hobby, though, I’ve broadened my horizons considerably, expanding to WWII and Vietnam subjects as well. One era, though, that I’ve only recently found I enjoy is the early years of the jet age. Those awkward years in the ‘50s when things weren’t quite understood yet. There were some pretty weird designs then, and it seems that the British had a lot of them. One plane that I always wanted a nice kit of was the Supermarine Swift. How the company that gave us the Spitfire had such a hard time designing jets I’ll never understand, but the Swift was about the best they could come up with (save maybe the Scimitar). Thankfully, New Airfix saw fit to issue a new kit of this rather obscure plane, and I was quick to snatch it up. It is likely the nicest Airfix I’ve worked on to date! Check out my out of box review in case you’re thinking of getting one! https://adamrehorn.wordpress.com/model-kits/out-of-box-reviews/1-72-airfix-swift-fr-5-oob/
  2. Yeah, that's a fair assessment! As for "ripoffery", I'm sure it's a word. I mean Shakespeare made up words all the time, and we use all of his. No reason we modellers have to play second fiddle to some dead poet guy! :)
  3. One thing I’ve noticed as I continue in this great hobby, is that the longer I build, the more varied the subject matter I’m attracted to becomes. When I started, it was fast Vietnam-era or newer jets only. Then there was some WWII, then Gundams came along, then any weird plane, then cars, submarines and most recently tanks. However, one thing I’ve never been, and doubted I ever would be, interested in was surface ships. This is nothing against surface ship kits; I know there are many excellent ones. However, I just don’t like ships much, and I don’t find them too interesting on a personal level. I’d rather build a loser car or some obscure failure of a plane than a ship. Well, that was until now. Thanks to Meng, I have been sucked into the world of surface vessels. However, I’ve not gone easily into that dark night. Oh no. “What do you mean?” you ask. Well, the first surface ship I’m ever going to review, and in fact (likely) build is the Meng Warship Builder Lexington (CV-2). What makes it right up my alley, though, is that it’s an SD (Super Deformed) carrier, or “egg boat”. It was so off the wall that I had to pick it up. Check out this weirdo of a kit at the link below. I think it’ll be a scream! https://adamrehorn.wordpress.com/model-kits/out-of-box-reviews/meng-non-scale-warship-builder-cv-2-lexington-oob/
  4. Well it’s finally done! The Revell 1964 Chevy Fleetside is the first pickup truck kit that I’ve ever built, although I do have many others in the stash. It was similar to a car, which was nice, but it was also a nice break, with some distinct differences in build order and challenges. I was originally attracted to this kit because it was something different from what I normally build, and I figured it would give me a chance to paint something in nice, ‘60s colours and with some chrome on it. I’m not that used to chrome, since so much of my stuff is 80’s-era, wherein all trim was blacked out to be “Euro style”. I have to say I’m very pleased with the result, although it wasn’t as easy to achieve as I might have thought it would be, given how relatively simple the build looked. Still, it’s one of the most eye-catching pieces in my display, and I enjoyed having something with whitewalls and chrome. Check out the build, with more pictures, at the link below. Let me know what you think, as always! https://adamrehorn.wordpress.com/model-kits/cars/revell-1-25-1964-chevy-fleetside/
  5. Yeah, there's a lot of "compensation" going on there... Can't really say for sure why though... oh, wait. :) Nothing any more macabre about a Nazi diorama than one of Stalin, or Chairman Mao, though. Not the best club to be a member of, mind out. I still think Hitler had them all beat on cool wheels! I really get charge out of finding and bringing weird stuff to the forums. I mean, I have SOME normal stuff, but I figure "If it was me, would I want to know about this weird thing?" and usually, the answer is "Heck yeah!" Thanks for noticing, and enjoying it!
  6. My love of the odd and eclectic doesn’t just confine itself to building loser cars and weird airplanes. No, it goes much further than that, and is increasingly finding an outlet in terms of die cast replicas. Now, I know that there are all kinds of impressive large-scale cars out there, but not only are they big, they’re also expensive and rarely weird. No, I’m more into things like Hot Wheels J2000s and Yatming Vegas to bother with the normal stuff. One thing, I’ve found, though, is that the Russians make darned good, almost impeccably good, 1/43 die cast cars. These are right on part with Franklin Mint issues, with good interiors, engines and chassis, as well as lots of opening doors. One of the most deluxe I’ve found is actually a car most of us will recognize: the much loved/maligned NIVA! I picked this up a while ago at a toy show, and couldn’t resist. While it’s not a model you build, it’s certainly as well detailed as many 1/32 or even 1/25 cars (depending on the kit). Check it out, and then tell me you’re not impressed! https://adamrehorn.wordpress.com/cool-stuff/1-43-tantal-lada-2121-niva-with-skif-trailer/
  7. Isn't math great? :) I figured not too many people would know the Schwalg. It's a shame, it was a fun kit; a bit of work, but nothing that wasn't worthwhile! Thanks for the compliment!
  8. I proudly admit that I am a child of the ‘80s, and that growing up my favourite things were giant robots. It didn’t matter to me if they were Transformers, GoBots or piloted mecha from cool shows like Robotech or Voltron. Big robots = awesome. That’s true math. Since growing up kinda sucks, I think I decided not to bother, and I still love robots today! However, there’s something about ‘80s robots and ‘80s mech anime that just grab me and won’t let go. The art style, the character designs and the slightly looser constraints on what was allowed in terms of mech design really combine to make an irresistible product. That’s why I was so excited to not only get to watch Metal Armour Dragonar (albeit with questionable subs), but to get my hands on pretty much every 1/144 kit from the series! The first one I built was the Schwalg, an enemy flying mech known, appropriately, as a Flug Armor. Check it out, and see why these simple but awesome kits are some of my prized possessions! https://adamrehorn.wordpress.com/model-kits/mecha-robots/bandai-1-144-flug-armor-ffa-02-schwalg/
  9. One of my favourite parts of a car kit is the interior. Since this is where most of us spend the our time with our cars, I like to make it as authentic as possible within the confines of what the kit gives me. Usuall, car interiors aren’t bad. However, the interior on the ’64 Chev Fleetside I’m working on is, well, a bit confused. The problem is that it has features of both the standard and the “Custom” cab, so getting everything sorted out took a bit of work! Thankfully, I was able to mostly get it looking like it should, and now the Fleetside at least has an “office” to work with! Check it out below; feedback is welcome as always! https://adamrehorn.wordpress.com/2018/01/03/64-chevy-fleetside-update-2-inner-conflict/
  10. Yeah, that undercarriage is something else, eh? There's so much wrong with it that it's hard to know what part is actually the worst. However, one thing that is ironic; the way it's drawn on the box, at least, makes more engineering sense than the real X-Wing. The X Fighter's engines don't move, only the wings do. That's a lot easier to pull off that moving the entire mass of the engine, which would also change your thrust axes, meaning you'd need to trim the fighter simultaneously. Sure, I'm overthinking it, but that's what I do. :)
  11. It’s only human nature to jump onto the bandwagon. When that bandwagon is being pulled by a successful franchise like Star Wars, it should come as no surprise that everybody wants in on the action. However, in the rush to cash in on a name, some companies take short cuts. This is where the wonderful world of “bootleg” or “non-licenced” toys, models and other goods takes centre stage. I’m not here to encourage bootleggs, but when I come across one that’s interesting, I can’t help but show it off. Just in time for The Last Jedi, then, (See how I hopped on that bandwagon? ) I would like to present to you, the modelling public, my out of box review for the Crown Star Warrior X Fighter. Not even Poe’s signature Black and Orange paint can save this outcast from failure! Check it out at the link below! https://adamrehorn.wordpress.com/crown-non-scale-star-warrior-x-fighter-oob/
  12. I really think that Round 2 wasn't expecting people to care about the stock tires. I'm surprised myself that anyone but me cares, but that does seem to be the case. Maybe they can have a service where you can get another two tires for free? Like a mail in thing? I doubt it, but it would certainly make this a better kit! As for the headlights, paint them light grey. I mean really light grey, like Model Master Acrylic light grey, or even white. Over the chrome, it'll work surprisingly well. I've done it on some of my kits, and it's very effective. If a bit of the chrome shows through on the raised texture, it just looks like "glint" and still works!
  13. Some kits you just never expect to be rare. Some, especially those by MPC, got issued, reissued and re-reissued and reworked so many times that it makes sense to think they’d be around forever. However, history has shown that’s almost never the case for the more mundane vehicles, like Pacers, Fieros and Pintos. That same fate applies to the MPC 1975 Datsun 620 pickup model as well. Despite numerous warmovers, customs and reworkings, the 620 hasn’t been largely seen around for years and years. When the Monster Tow Truck version was repopped by Round 2, I don’t think too many of us expected to see the stock ’75 ever see the light of day. However, we were (gladly) wrong, and somehow the good folks at Round 2 have managed to bring back this classic in a much less radical form. You can also build it purely stock… almost. Clearly, since it is an “everyday” car and an MPC, I was all over this when I saw it at my local shop. Check out this newest in Round 2’s “Legion of the dead”; it proves that with hope, anything is possible! (Still need that ’75 Sprint and Monza notchback, if you’re listening there, Round 2…) https://adamrehorn.wordpress.com/model-kits/out-of-box-reviews/round-2-mpc-1-25-1975-datsun-620-pickup/
  14. Heller's ancient Oddity - Amiot 143 OOB

    Oh God... That in 1/48... it doesn't bear thinking about! Yeah, the Potez 540 is similar, as is the Bloch 200. At least the Bloch 210 has retractable gear! Actually, of those the MB 200 is the only one I DON'T have!
  15. Heller's ancient Oddity - Amiot 143 OOB

    Now THAT is a colourful way of describing it! I'm guessing they were out of slide rules and wind tunnels and common sense when they designed it. That has to be the case, right?