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  1. 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/
  2. Faust

    Revell '64 Fleetside finished - ready to roll!

    No worries, my friend, no worries at all! Glad you liked it!
  3. Faust

    Revell '64 Fleetside finished - ready to roll!

    Thanks, man! I'm honoured that your first post here was to compliment my build! Welcome to the forum, too! I hope you find lots here to enjoy - there's all kinds of great things going on here!
  4. Well, after a lot more work than I thought it would be, the Pinto Crusing Wagon is now done! Just like the real car, this one was lot of headaches interspersed with some chagrins. Thing is, it’s an old MPC, and I was expecting some trouble. Not as much as I got, but I sure didn’t expect a “Clean Getaway”, so to speak! I’m really very glad to have a stock representation of one of what might be the lamer attempts to add performance through striping. I am now excited to get my hands on the ’77 Cruising Van that Round 2 just put out, so I can have two examples of Ford’s attempts to conjure up tapestripe horsepower! Check out this little beast at the link below, and be warned: you’re likely not going to see this kit built often simply because there’s so much wrong with it. However, in the end, it is all worth it, because it’s a Pinto Cruising Wagon, and how much lamer does it get than that? https://adamrehorn.wordpress.com/model-kits/cars/round-2mpc-1-25-1979-pinto-cruising-wagon/
  5. When most people think of a collection of vehicles from the mid 1950’s, they think of T-Birds, or Tri-Chevies or at least something with fins. Barring that, at least most people think of something with four wheels! However, I am not most people. For me, while they’re visually interesting and neat in real life, cars of the Fifties have never really “done it” for me as modelling subjects. No, I like the weirder stuff, so when I got a collection of vehicles from the mid-‘50s, it was a bunch of Japanese three-wheeled commercial vehicles! Thanks to LS (and Arii thereafter), my lust for oddball automotive subjects can be at least somewhat appeased! Check out my collection of 5 three-wheelers from the fun and simple 1/32 “Owner’s Club” model series. You’ll never see a Big Wheel the same way again! https://adamrehorn.wordpress.com/model-kits/out-of-box-reviews/arii-1-32-owners-club-three-wheelers/
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    Tiny Tricycle Trucks from Japan!

    They're all a scream. The big trucks really amaze me; there's a lot too them, and you can more or less fit an EXP on the back deck of one! They're HUGE! (Well, for three-wheelers!) I think the original Midget is a lot like what you see used for Tuk-Tuks... now, there's an idea!
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    Pinto Cruising Wagon done - Rollin' in Style (?)

    Wow... that seems like a lot of effort for a Pinto. Now, the Le Mons race... that sounds more like a good place for one! :)
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    Pinto Cruising Wagon done - Rollin' in Style (?)

    Thanks, guys! Of course, Ben, it was metallic brown. That's sort of the most appropriate colour for those things anyway! Hmmm... I'm not sure who should be feeling good about that drag race. :)
  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/
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    '64 Fleetside Interior - one more bit done!

    Thanks man!
  11. It comes as no surprise to anyone who knows me that I like the oddball subjects. Loser cars and automotive failures are one thing, but I’m also a big fan of Street Vans and custom trucks too. Normally, I prefer to get my custom juices flowing by building a model of something, but once in a while I come across a die cast vehicle that’s just what the Doctor ordered! A perfect example of this is the Zylmex “Datsun Sunshine” custom mini-truck. Chock full of the Hong Kong version of late ‘70s custom trickery, this little customized Datsun 620 is a cool little piece that looks great on display. At 1/43, it also doesn’t take up much room! Check out this recent toy show find at the link below. It’s an early present to everybody, because everybody likes Sunshine on Christmas! https://adamrehorn.wordpress.com/zylmex-1-43-datsun-sunshine/
  12. If there’s one word in my car modelling vocabulary that is worth a thousand images, it’s “Van”. When I was growing up, it was the waning days of the Vannin’ craze, and I can remember all kinds of totally awesome, mega-tricked out vans at car shows we’d go to in the spring and summer. Most of us remember those mural-bedecked rolling pleasure palaces as perhaps the most expressive automotive customs ever, even if they weren’t your thing. However, one thing I don’t ever remember seeing was a stock custom van. If you’re asking “What?” then you’re like me when I first heard of the Ford and Dodge factory-made, custom-ready street vans. As it turns out, AMT even gave us a kit of the 1977 Ford Cruising Van, complete with very loud factory striping! It’s been a long time since it was available, and despite bringing out the custom Econoline “Phantom” van a few years ago, Round 2 has seen fit to resurrect this long-gone piece of model kit history. The new version features some improvements too, like better tires and two kinds of striping! I love vans, and I love wacky production cars. This is both! It doesn’t get much better than this, despite this things flaws. Check it out at the link below, but if it’s rockin’, don’t come a knockin’! https://adamrehorn.wordpress.com/amt-round-2-1-25-1977-ford-cruising-van-out-of-box/
  13. Being a fan of science fiction generally means liking spaceships. I grew up with all kinds of cool spaceships to hold m interest, including, of course, those in Star Wars, Transformers and the various anime series (Macross, Southern Cross and Mospeada) that make up Robotech. By the same token, while there were always cool space ship toys to get, as I got older I was a bit disappointed by the small number of mainline space ship model kits that were available. When I got into anime, I thought that would be rectified, but even then, kits of spacecraft weren’t easy to come by in North America, at least. Still, they say that good things come to those who wait, and after waiting for about 22 years to get a kit of my favourite Gundam spacecraft, the Albion from 0083, I finally managed to grab one of the reissued EX-Models. Check out this interesting low-volume kit from Bandai’s specialized EX line at the link below. Be warned – it’s not like other Gundam kits! https://adamrehorn.wordpress.com/model-kits/out-of-box-reviews/bandai-1-1700-ex-model-mobile-assault-ship-albion-out-of-box/
  14. When it comes to crazy, desperate ideas executed with inappropriate haste, advanced-yet-available technology and a good side helping of Teutonic efficiency, there’s little doubt that the WWII Luftwaffe has to be champion. Be it rocket planes that were more dangerous to their crews than the enemy or stealthy flying wing fighters, the RLM and German industry were up to a lot of different things as WWII came to a close. One of the more frightening ones that saw testing and actual deployment was the Bachem Natter. This was a VTO point defence fighter, more akin to a “Manned Missile” than any other aircraft that made it to service, except the Japanese Ohka. Of course, in great German fashion, there were all kinds of tests and prototypes! One such machine was the first (and only) manned article, Natter M23. The good folks at Brengun have actually made a kit of this little (and deadly) oddity. Check it out at the link below! https://adamrehorn.wordpress.com/model-kits/out-of-box-reviews/brengun-1-72-bp-20-natter-mustermaschine-m22-m23-oob/
  15. A lot of people say that things are “like riding a bicycle”, meaning that once you get the hang of it you can’t really forget how to do it. However, if you think about it, riding a bike is hard. There are a lot of specialized skills involved, and it requires training, persistence and special equipment to get the hang of it. Flying is very similar, and basic flying training is, and always will be, an important part of any pilot’s journey to the skies. Of course, compared to flashy fighters and bombers, the trainers aren’t as “imagination grabbing”, and so they often get left out in the cold. Thankfully, Matchbox had the sense to help rectify this when they issued their kit of the Percival Provost T.1, the RAF’s standard trainer for quite some post-war time. This isn’t a kit that I’ve seen very often, and to my knowledge it’s not one that Revell has ever repopped, or at least not for a while. Check out this little forgotten bird at the link below, and bring your sunglasses! https://adamrehorn.wordpress.com/model-kits/out-of-box-reviews/matchbox-1-72-percival-p-56-provost-t-1-out-of-box/
  16. Well, the results are in and the people have spoken! Of the kits I managed to snag in London (Ontario, Canada) during the model show at the end of September, one has been quite overwhelmingly chosen as the “king of the losers”! The winner of this dubious title was the AMT BRAT, that awesome little bundle of tax-evading passenger un-safety! The margin of victory was considerable, with 71 votes, the Brat managed 17. Sure, that’s only 24%, but in Canadian politics at least, that’s more than enough to win! Given that the BRAT is also one of my top purchases (since I stupidly passed one up years ago) I was more than willing to dive right in and get you guys an Out of Box report on this fairly rare little beast. So check it out below! Note, if the link doesn't want to work (I had real trouble with it), just either past it into google, or go to the Sprue Lagoon, and it'll be the newest post on the front page! https://adamrehorn.wordpress.com/amt-matchbox-1-25-1978-subaru-brat-oob/
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    Loser attack! Have your say!

    I’m sure everyone’s heard of an embarrassment of riches, right? Well, what happens when the riches you have are embarrassing, and they’re so plentiful that you get paralyzed by choice? Well, for one thing, you get what happened to me! At my local show just recently, I hit the vendors hard, and got so many amazing kits that I am a bit stuck for which one to open up and review first! When you’re weighing things like a Firebird station wagon, a four-door Corvette, a BRAT and a Messerschmitt cycle car, it’s not easy to come to a quick decision. So, I’m doing what anyone would do, when staring down the Magnum PI Vanagon and a Suzuki Samurai… I’m asking for help! Check out my awesome score of total automotive oddballs, and give me a hand with a vote for what you want to see as the next out of box car on the Lagoon! Just follow the link below, but be ready… awesomeness awaits! https://adamrehorn.wordpress.com/model-kits/scores-and-collections/london-model-show-haul-2018/
  18. Faust

    Loser attack! Have your say!

    It's funny: When my uncle saw the kit he said the exact same thing, and he brought me the issue to see. The car they feature is a '79-based 'Vette America, but oddly, the Monogram kit looks like an 80 through and through. WEirdly, though, they gave the kit the wire wheels and "targa bar" of the prototype. From what I've researched, only the prototype had those, and there was only one, maybe two, '80 models. One was red, and I've seen one greyish-silver. Not sure if they're the same car repainted or what, but I don't think so. So, that maybe makes this Monogram a "What if" and I can do what I want with it.... Hmm... I kinda hope it wins now, although as expected, BRAT is dominating.
  19. Since it’s the end of Summer as I write this, and the days are getting shorter, I thought it would be appropriate to put up a display of my “Sunset Stripe” cars. Unsurprisingly, most of them are MPCs, since that was right up their alley! Check out this collection at the link below, and get your time machines ready! https://adamrehorn.wordpress.com/model-kits/scores-and-collections/sunset-stripes-car-collection/
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    Sunsets - just in time for fall!

    It's funny you mention the D-50, since there was a D-50 Sport package that was so, soooo close to how the MPC D-50 looks. It's a shame they didn't just do that package, since I like to do my models stock. Still, I think I'm going to build the D-50 as it is, stripes and all. I generally build my cars stock, so other than Gold Rush, there's not much I have that's "sunsetted". I will likely do most of the ones in the picutre stock, where possible. However, the D-50 will, as mentioned, likely be an exception. :)
  21. Even if it’s a loser car, with a loser engine (which it is), I still like to try and make the interior and chassis of a car kit look as good as possible. Of course, when you’re talking about the make-work-project that is the MPC 1979 Pinto “Pony Express” reissue, that’s not exactly an easy chore. Thankfully, the chassis and interior on this kit are fairly simple, and require less reworking than the body and engine! Check out my progress at the link below. This little beast is edging further towards completion! https://adamrehorn.wordpress.com/2018/09/12/pinto-update-3-inside-underside-tnt/
  22. Fair! See, we all know Pintos suck, but to me, they're cool BECAUSE they suck. I'll leave the supercars and other well-known stuff to the rest of the world. I want to create a museum to things that are kitschly cool now, and that we all know were really terrible. More people will likely notice the Pinto than a '57 Chev, because it's so rare to see one (either built, or in real life)! Man, if they made a Cosworth Vega, I'd get that too! I'd prefer a less powerful version, but beggars can't be choosers!
  23. 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/
  24. Yes, yes it is. :) You're welcome, by the way. I'm still hoping somebody will want to buy it for their own collection of bad ideas.
  25. One of my favourite parts of modelling is trying to make something look just like it does in real life. Oddly, the other part I like is making something completely unique. Thankfully, the hobby has room for both! One genre of kits I find myself customizing a lot (especially colour schemes) is that of mecha, or science fiction robot weapons. While Gundams themselves aren’t as customizable, being the “main characters”, the supporting mecha lend themselves to any and all kinds of imagination, reimagination and customization. It helps that the Gundam kits that Bandai cranks out are so well-made and forgiving, it allows for a lot of parts swapping and alteration without the worry of ruining a kit or having to do a tonne of scratchbuilding, unless, of course, you want to. A perfect candidate for this kind of treatment is the Re/100 Efreet from the recent Reborn 100 line of large scale, but simplified and lower-cost kits. Given the Efreet’s bad-arsed appearance, I decided to customize mine into what it would look like if the Efreet had been produced for at least ace use, instead of the Gouf. The result is the Efreet Blazer custom, portrayed in the colours of Norris Packard from the excellent 8th MS series. Check it out, and let me know what you think! https://adamrehorn.wordpress.com/model-kits/mecha-robots/bandai-1-100-ms-08-efreet-blazer-custom-norris-packard-use/