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  1. When it comes to aircraft, I do tend to have a bit of a love affair with the obscure. I like planes that are a bit “unfamous” and am particularly fond of planes that a lot of people either haven’t heard of or haven’t thought of in a while! I also love protypes and paper projects, or planes that only saw very limited service. There’s a lot of potential for what-iffery in models of planes that barely existed. The problem is that because these planes are pretty obscure, it’s not easy to find good injection moulded kits of them! That’s why I was pleased to get my hands on one of Trumpeter’s F-107A kits. The Ultra Sabre was a neat looking plane, and the fact that I’ve personally seen the one at the Dayton Air Force Museum made me even more excited to get one. I’m not yet sure what I’m going to do with it; I’ve got a lot of ideas in my head for this one! Before I get there, though, I thought it would be a good idea to take a look at a kit which, while it seemed to make a stir when it first was announced, seems to me to have faded into relative obscurity. Check out this odd choice for a mainline release at the link below, and if you’ve got any ideas for what I could do with it, let me know. Right now, I’m thinking West German ground support aircraft! https://adamrehorn.wordpress.com/model-kits/out-of-box-reviews/trumpeter-172-f-107a-oob/
  2. I think I’m like most modellers in that I’m nostalgic for some of the older kits I built as a kid when I was first getting into modelling. However, for me it’s not so much model cars and planes that do this to me as it is model mecha. I love robots especially ones from animes, and when I found out that I could get MODEL robots I was over the moon! Some of the first Gundam kits I built (I’ve built well over 100 now) were the small “no grade” and bigger, deluxe (for the time) High Grade (HG) Wing Gundam kits. Back when they were new, 22 years ago, the 1/100 HG kits were the pinnacle of Gundam models>. However, times change, and to keep up with things, Bandai has released Master Grades (MGs) of all the Wing Gundam main machines. The first HG I ever built was the Shenlong, and so it only seemed fitting that the first MG Wing kit I built would be the Shenlong as well. It’s a very nice kit, but I have to say that the proportions are a bit off. Check out my finished MG Shenlong at the link below, and let me know what you think, both about my build, and about the machine’s proportions. https://adamrehorn.wordpress.com/model-kits/mecha-robots/bandai-master-grade-1100-xxg-01s-shenlong-gundam/
  3. Okay, it’s almost summer, but not quite, and the weather where I am has turned cruddy. It’s a grey, windy, “Blech” day on the “meh” side of staying in bed all day. So, to get everybody pumped back up, I decided to dig out my own sunshine, in the form of some old Matchbox “Sunset Stripe” box art. I love Matchbox kits, and the addition of the oh-so-80’s street van-esque “sunset stripe” to the boxes only makes these kits better. It’s like they’re trying to be something they’re not, but in the end, it just makes them cooler as relics of a long-gone age. Check out all the pictures of my stripers at the link below; I hope they photos bring a smile to your face and some warm memories to your mind. If nothing else, they’ll give you a bit of sun on a cloudy day! https://adamrehorn.wordpress.com/matchbox-planes-sunset-boxes/
  4. Sometimes the neatest things are NOT what you are looking for, but you find them anyway! I can think of a few examples of things like this I’ve stumbled across, and I’m sure you can too. However, every now and then I come across something SO weird that not only wasn’t I looking for it, I didn’t even KNOW to look for it? Confused? So was I! The object in question was an old, large-scale Corgi from the British children’s TV show “The Magic Roundabout”. Given that tomorrow is 4-20 (with all the countercultural implications), it seemed that there couldn’t be a better time to post this oddest of little oddities! Check it out for something completely different! https://adamrehorn.wordpress.com/corgi-807-dougals-magic-roundabout-car/
  5. I’ve been concentrating on loser cars and realistic airplanes for a while, so I felt the need to get back to the “What If”-side of my personality! I remember back when Dragon first started issuing kits of some of the Luft ’46 projects; I was hooked! I didn’t even know what these planes were, but the models were super-cool. Sadly, they were also more expensive than I was able to pay at the time. Thank goodness for shows and a nice supply of cheap Luft-46iness! This is the first of the Dragon Luft ’46 kits I’ve built. I know some people say there are fit issues, but this little guy wasn’t too bad at all! Check it out and let me know what you think. I should have bought the nachtjeager version of this thing when I had the chance! https://adamrehorn.wordpress.com/dragon-172-messerschmitt-p-1101/
  6. It’s one thing for a car’s styling to be weird or polarizing (or both – ask AMC), but it’s another to be both of those things and STILL be forgotten! If you think about the Ford EXP (which I do, more than I should), it was pretty odd and polarizing too. Weird bug-eye headlights and odd two-seaterness certainly made it a car that most people recognized, even if they didn’t want to. Now imagine being even weirder looking than that, and then being almost totally forgotten! That’s what it’s like to be the EXP’s upscale brother. That’s right, the EXP had a twin: the Mercury LN7! Most of the time, Mercuries don’t get kitted for some reason. However, back in the early ‘80s, Monogram came to the rescue and re-tooled their EXP mould to produce the bubble-backed Mercury version. It may be a small kit, but it certainly captures all the increased awkwardness of the real thing! Check out the 1/32 Mongram LN7 at the link below. Remember, sometimes we forget things as a favour to ourselves; you’ll see what I mean! https://adamrehorn.wordpress.com/model-kits/out-of-box-reviews/monogram-132-mercury-ln-7-sport-coupe-oob/
  7. Yeah, by '85 things had started to turn around all over the place. The GM F-Bodies and their Mustang rivals were starting to climb out of the hole, and the smaller performance cars were getting a lot better. Things like the Shelby Turbos helped a lot. Sadly, TC3s were way done by then... I'm equally sure I saw a number of them, but just don't remember either. They were kind of that type of car!
  8. Well, I finally got it done! After a lot of fighting with the bumpers and a few other fit issues, my take on the MPC “Fuzz Duster” Volare is finished. Since I like to try and immortalize the “losers” in as stock a form as I can (usually), I chose to do the model as a straight-up 1980 Road Runner. These are not common today, and weren’t even very common back in the day, actually! With it’s very square looks and very staid motor, the last Road Runners weren’t much to get excited about. However, the Fuzz Duster kit has everything you need to build one of these now largely forgotten “muscle” cars, and it’s a nice opportunity to build something that you just don’t see anymore. Check it out and let me know what you think! https://adamrehorn.wordpress.com/model-kits/cars/mpc-round-2-125-1980-volare-road-runner/
  9. Loser cars. If there’s one thing I love to get kits of, it’s loser cars. Most people like muscle cars, Ferraris and other exotics or classic cruisers. Not me. If you’ve seen anything else I’ve built or reviewed, you know I love to hate to love my loser cars. What’s more amazing that having a great selection of these things as kits? Finding out there’s a model of a loser car I didn’t even know about! Recently, it was brought to my attention that there was a kit of a Plymouth Horizon TC3. AWESOME! I knew about, and have several, of the Omni 024, it’s Dodge stablemate, but I was amazed and intrigued to learn of the Horizon. I hoped to find one, one day. Then, thanks to the power of the internet, I was contacted by someone with one, and I was able to swiftly acquire one of these gems! It’s rare to have such a short turn around between discovery and purchase, at least for me, since I try to always avoid ebay! I was very excited to get it, so I had to review it quickly. So here, then, is an out of box review for a long-forgotten leader among the losers, the almost kinda cool, but still intrinsically lame, Horizon TC3. Many thanks to F-J for his help and passing this one on to me. You rock, man! Check it out to see how bad things got; don’t forget, there were MULTIPLE companies kitting this thing! https://adamrehorn.wordpress.com/model-kits/out-of-box-reviews/amt-125-plymouth-horizon-tc3-oob/
  10. One of the things I like most about aircraft, well any vehicle actually, is the ways in which the various models of it can vary. I am a huge fan of variants, and there’s little I like more than the two-seater of a one-seater aircraft. This is almost a universal thing for me, and it’s not a surprise that if there’s a trainer version of a given plane I have gone out of my way to get my hands on it. I’ll often turn down the one-seater until I have gotten the two-seater! A perfect example of this is the mighty Su-17/20/22 “Fitter” family of swing wings. I particularly like this one, since it’s a massively re-eingineered swing-wing variant of the fixed wing Su-7. Of course, that’s only the start. Given that there’s also a two-seater of this plane, you can imagine how eager I was to find a kit of one of THOSE. Now, there is a nice Bilek out there, but there’s also the old Hobbycraft. Not as many people know about that one, and it’s not as sought after. Of course, that’s the one I was able to find! Check out this oddly Canadian kit, made in China, of a Russian export-model airplane below. P.S. Bring your aftermarket decals! https://adamrehorn.wordpress.com/model-kits/out-of-box-reviews/hobbycraft-su-22u-oob/
  11. Always glad that my models bring out memories, and hopefully good ones. I grew up with cars like this littering my town house complex, so I have a soft spot for them! :) Yes, it is a factory fresh car. Almost all of my cars are built that way. No matter how beat down, rusty and dilapidated a car may end up, all of them,from the greatest Muscle Car to the lowliest Econobeater, started life as a happy, shiny car. All were built shiny and delivered with gleaming chrome, shiny tires and mirror reflective paint. At least they're supposed to be. I want to capture that moment in my models. I'll take that note about Torqueflights under advisement. I'm sure I'll use it to good advantage next time. Thanks! I never wire engines. I love to build them, but can't be bothered to wire them. My cars are almost always out of box, and I like to see how the kit makers intended it. Just a personal stylistic thing. Glad you like the reservoirs, too. I like to make them look "factory full". Thanks for the compliments on my interior. If you can make use of the technique, I hope it works for you! Glad to be of help, and good luck with the Olds, too!
  12. If there’s one thing the cold and snowy winter weather is good for, it’s finding some time and excuse to go hibernate in the modelling room! I’ve been hard at work on the Fuzz Duster, and I’ve gotten the interior and engine/chassis done. There’s still a lot of work to do on the body, but it’s coming along! Check out what I’ve got at the link below and let me know what you think! https://adamrehorn.wordpress.com/2017/01/12/volare-mid-build-update-sit-down-and-feel-the-lean-burn/
  13. Sometimes, getting what you wished for isn’t all that it’s cracked up to be. While I’m not a hardcore armour modeller in the sense that I go out and get all kinds of fancy aftermarket stuff, I still like my tanks to at least be half-decent kits to start with. I also like them in small scale, so that’s why I’ve gravitated towards the old Matchbox and Fujimi 1/76 models. They’re small, well-detailed enough and simple enough to be fun. However, I was hoping I’d be able to find a Flakpanzer IV for my collection. I hadn’t been able to find a record of such a kit in 1/76, so you can imagine how pleased I was to find out that there was indeed a model of it in this old scale! The kit I found was made in Japan by Arii, and it was even a “diorama set” as it proclaimed on the box! The problem is that the kit is not quite up to the standards I’m used to on armour, and as you have read, my standards aren’t particularly high. Follow the link below to see what this kit is like, and why you should never buy one, given the chance! https://adamrehorn.wordpress.com/model-kits/out-of-box-reviews/arii-176-flakpanzer-iv-wirbelwind-oob/
  14. If there’s one thing I like, it’s Street Vans. I love them in all their forms, too, not just model kits (although I DO love those). I also like die cast replicas, and sometimes, you can get a die cast van that’s different enough to make it worth talking about. Just in time for Christmas, should you celebrate it, comes a van replete with Stars and Angels, but not likely in the way you’re thinking. If you like oddball die cast semi-knock offs, Street Vans or just want to check out something out of the ordinary, then click on the link below. I’ll let this Hong Kong oddity do the rest of the speaking for me! https://adamrehorn.wordpress.com/sze-toys-star-angels-die-cast-custom-van/
  15. I don’t know about you, but when I think of submarines, even WWII submarines, I think of relatively large ships designed to prowl the ocean depths like sharks stalking their prey. I don’t really think of costal patrol submarines; small boats with short range and limited armament. However, that’s exactly what the German Type XXIII was; a ‘brown water’ sub designed for shorter duration patrols in coastal waters. I was quite pleased to find a kit of this interesting craft a few years ago on a trip to a local shop. Since then, it seems like there’s been more interest in the Type XXIII, as now I see that Revell has repopped the ICM offering! However, the one I have is the Trumpeter 1/144. This is a neat kit because it has three different bridge options, compared to the ICM’s one. Of course, this led to a confusing search for information, but it was quite enlightening as well. My problem is colouration. The box shows all grey, but most photos show black on bottom and grey on top. Unfortunately, they’re all black and white pictures, so I can’t tell if the sub’s “underwater” part should be black or anti-fouling red. Any ideas, or proof, of why one or the other? Check out this fairly recent offering “out of the box” here: https://adamrehorn.wordpress.com/model-kits/out-of-box-reviews/trumpeter-1144-type-xxiii-submarine-oob