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  1. Very nice. I imagine manufacturers could only dream of a full production run of 19,500 kits nowadays, let alone that as a limited edition!
  2. We watched it and it’s “okay”, unfortunately the tension is blown by the baddy being revealed way too early. A pity really, as it’s beautifully filmed in fantastic locations, the actors perform well and it seems to be set in its period convincingly (ignoring the sci-fi element!).
  3. The 184 strikes me as analogous to that Churchill saying about golf, a good car spoiled. But, hey, there are people who buy brand new Mx-5s to drive less than a couple of hundred miles a year, so it takes all sorts…
  4. I guess there must have been a US car event yesterday as I followed a tri-Chevy and C3 Corvette on the M3/M25. The Corvette didn’t seem so big amongst modern cars though the Chev loomed over the SUVs! A short distance further on an even bigger mid 50s Cadillac heading the other way on the A3…
  5. Let’s be honest, at least there’s a barely adequate mk2 (yes I’ve been there, done that). Where’s the Mini Clubman when you need it?
  6. I had a birthday Amazon voucher burning a hole in my pocket. I really didn’t need any more kits but then this popped up as I was searching! I’m not really into drag cars but it seems a nice book and Tim Boyd is a respected modeler and author in car mags.
  7. Some of those electric conversions are quite impressive. Though the costs involved seem eye watering and would pay the petrol for a round trip to the moon it seems! The last classic VW campers (from Brazil; mid 20-teens) had a water cooled engine and front mounted radiator. Not sure if it was VW (Brazil) or the UK importer who offered the dummy spare wheel cover to disguise - most I’ve seen have it.
  8. I thought it may be a late X which would mean it was an AustinRover company rather than BL car from 82, with the budget range being Austin badged and Rover for the less rubbish ones. But no it’s 1981 (entirely coincidentally first registered on my 18th birthday) so maybe they already had the badges ready or it’s been changed /repaired / restored with a later grille or badge since. I guess in theory Itals shouldn’t have been Morris badged from 82 to 84 as that company was dead but it seems they were as there are 1983/4 Morris Itals photo online - none with that Austin badge though!
  9. To be fair, even a S1 80” looked fairly shiny the day it drove out of the factory. There’s always a faint possibility the new Defender you saw was going wading, though I’d choose something more robust and/or cheaper myself! I see plenty of Landies with snorkels round here. I assume if they actually go wading the seals are good enough to stop the engine ingesting water, but given LR build quality they’ll need new carpets and seats at least, as I bet the door seals etc aren’t up to much…
  10. Years ago in N London I had an older neighbour who had converted a Sherpa van like this. He would drive it down every year to Yugoslavia for two weeks there then return. But he was an engineer so it was all immaculately built inside, labeled drawers etc! Nice Transit model by the way.
  11. My father in law had a Nikon that started playing up when only a year or two old. After a bit of back and forth it was completely repaired at no charge to him, but a lot to SONY for a whole batch of defective cameras they’d supplied the offending parts to Nikon for!!!
  12. Nice haul. That Competition Porsche is an early boxing, sometime in the 60s they retooled it with sticky out wide wheels!
  13. The 32 in the “ Cool Coupe” may well be the one on the cover of Beach Boys 32 Deuce Coupe album!
  14. Cool. Bet there’s some great content there. I seem to recall reading once (Chis Ellis’ books?) that US plastic modelling was hugely driven (pun intended) by car models, rather than by recreating WW2 as seems the main influence back in the day in Blighty. From here It seems like virtually every normal, not just sports, cars were available on an annually updated basis (ok I know that’s a slight exaggeration and I know the dealer promos made a large influence) whereas we had the rather tragic selection perpetrated by Airfix!
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