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  1. Regarding the discussion of V8s in UK cars, there were a few different UK designed & built V8 models in the 1930s, although purely saloons - Standard's was a sidevalve one, and Riley did two triple cam hemi V8s. All were essentially paired up 4 cylinder engines from their existing ranges though, hence the triple cam set up when joining together a pair of Riley twin cams. I fully agree, but I doubt that we will get an injection moulded one. Unless it has instant recognition (e.g. E Type, Mini, L-R), mainstream new tool old 'normal' UK stuff just doesn't seem to be happening. For old French stuff, there is Heller who are slowly bringing out new kits but we don't have an equivelent manufacturer in the UK. That it has taken this long for Revell to do their L-R S3 is a surprise, and I can think of quite a few '50s, '60s & '70s UK cars which I reckon would sell well due to the brand recognition and popularity of the real thing, as well as the scope in some cases for multiple variants, and there has been no sign of those... I hasten to add that this is not wishlisting - most are ones that I have no personal interest in at all, and would be very unlikely to buy. Outside of the road cars listed above, off the top of my head in 1:24: Heller's Bentley, Gunze's TR2, 3 & 3A, Frogeye & Elan, Aoshima's MGB & XJS, Tamiya's Lotus 7, Europa, Morgan and Jag Mk2 (the Bentley being 1970s tooling, most being 1980s and the most recent being the Morgan in 1996), and Fujimi's Esprit and Europa in 2015, however this was due to James Bond and Manga connections for both models. 1980s stuff seems to be happening, but only due to the track / rally connection, e.g. the recent Metro 6R4 and announced but yet to be released Rover SD1 Vitesse touring car. I suspect that this is due to market demographics for car modellers, and that the age group who would look back nostalgically at an AH 3000 etc are no longer the main market, and are a shrinking one too compared to the growth of interest in '80s stuff.
  2. Don't forget the ERA prototype too!
  3. Aside from the wheels & badging, does it still have all the non-AMG parts such as the bumpers then? It's such a long time since I sold my ones that I can't remember, & there are no instructions for either on scalemates. Definatly a golden era for Tamiya car kits. The only kit of theirs since then which I feel has lived up to that series is the recent full detail 240ZG. I'm hoping for a regular 240Z version soon. I don't have either kit, nor the time to do such a conversion, as I have far too many unbuilt kits already... Just a reflection on my somewhat random taste in vehicles I guess, but then my favourite Ferrari would be a 400i... Given some of the other iconic French subject matter that Heller has recently created kits of, perhaps a 205 GTi kit may be a future possibility?
  4. Indeed - the list of great kits from that series which need re-issuing is long! There's the road version of the Volvo too, Jag Mk2, Morgan, the Minis (better accuracy & detail than the much newer Revell ones), '60s Alfa GTV, Audi ur-Quattro, Fiat 500 & Abarth 695. However, in the case of the Peugeot 205 & 405 rally cars, is it wrong that I'd want to convert them to road cars? For instance, there are umpteen Golf GTi kits, but not a single 205 GTi one, which is verging on criminal!
  5. Tamiya car kits of that era were stunning. I did have one of these & the coupe, but they didn't survive a cull a while back (I did keep the '90s Alfa GTV though!) & suspect that I've missed the boat due to the rising costs. However, I always thought that the AMG ones looked like the wheels were a bit too small, especially compared to the regular versions. I have seen some aftermarket wheel sets (Aoshima?) which at this scale would pass for deep dish AMG monoblocks or similar wheels, should that be if interest? This was the set I had at the time, and was planning to use https://www.hiroboy.com/124_Glassenheit_DISIX_Revo_20_Wheels_and_Tyres--product--12074.html not exact, but close enough. I do wonder if we will ever see these& others of this era reissued (e.g. Volvo estate BTCC!!!). Anyhow, looking forward to seeing your build thread! It would make a great pairing with the 750iL
  6. Wow... just wow... With the rear tyres, are you revolving the complete tyre, and then using the circular array / pattern to cut the tread around the whole thing, or modelling just a small slice of the tyre & tread, and then repeating that around? Wondering if that might get around the issue? Have you tried extruding the letters out (perhaps with some draft angle on them), and then trimming them back with a revolved cut, using a cut profile offset slightly from the sidewall surface? I haven't used Fusion, but am familar with it's sibling Inventor, and used to use Solidworks professionally, and that method would certainly work in those.
  7. Until I scrolled down to the pics, I was expecting it to be the 'classic' A110. As a teenager (it was a Xmas present from my father, along with a spray can of the correct mix Alpine Blue - I think when I was 16?), I built a 1:43 resin A110, which is one of the two oldest built kits that I still have (the other is a Tamiya Volvo 850 estate BTCC & I can't remember which was first!) and which I managed not to destroy in my attempts to built them. Please do post up a build thread for this - it looks amazing, especially for 1:43! (I'm really wishing that there will be a 1:24 iinjection kit of one too, as it's pretty much the only modern car that I really like.)
  8. Guessing that it's because the real thing was popular with VW fans, and once the kit was out of production, rarity pushed up prices as is often happens. With the subject matter in this case being one that appealed beyond just model builders, that would drive them up even more. (Then there's the VW scene tax too... )
  9. As far as I am aware (not an L-R expert by any means), any chequer plate on a Series Land-Rover is aftermarket, and unless clearly fitted for functional use, I've always viewed it in the same way as the chrome wheelarches, sill covers etc whoch used to be popular on some cars, i.e. usually fitted to hide something... *I think that there may have been some special edition Defenders which may have been adorned with it.
  10. The next version is a Series 3 109 Commercial (Revell's words - not sure if that is the correct term?). Aside from the obvious body style change, it also now has the bonnet mounted spare (presumably with the matching recessed bonnet) which the original release lacked. From here: https://www-kitreviewsonline-de.translate.goog/revell-neuheiten-januar-bis-juni-2023/?_x_tr_sl=auto&_x_tr_tl=en&_x_tr_hl=en-US&_x_tr_pto=wapp (scroll down the page) I must admit that I wasn't expecting this version, as a couple of the Italeri 109s are extremely similar - in fact one still currently available as a fire truck variant, as opposed to something that wasn't in direct competition. I must confess also that I was hoping for either an in-grille headlight Series 2a or an '88!! The sprue layout of the original release suggests the possibility that Revell have plans for a four cylinder version - wondering if that may be included with this release? Other notable re-releases are the VW Corrado, and the 1:8 E Type FHC.
  11. The Hobby Search page linked to in the first post has now been updated to include the instructions, so looks like this kit is due very soon now! There's also a clearer sprue layout pic here, which appears to confirm what others have thought above, about there being future variants planned. As the wheels & arches are all on their own sprues, and given that Hasegawa have started with a late Mini, I wonder if a Pose Sports Pack with the wide 13" wheels and matching arches is also on the cards? http://www.modelcarsmag.com/forums/topic/173531-hasegawa-mini-cooper-13l-1997/page/2/
  12. The 'Big Healey' reference applies to the 100, 100/6 and the 3000 - it is purely to differentiate them from the much smaller Austin Healey Sprite.
  13. There was also a radio series on the Beeb (which is what introduced them to me), so whenever I read it, I am always thinking of Anton Lesser's voice for the title character! That appears on iplayer every so often, and is worth listening to as well.
  14. Couldn't resist KP's Spitfire Mk2a in the 'Aces' release, as the chap on the box art was my great uncle's commanding officer, and we still have his letter from when great uncle died a year after the Battle of Britain. Other recent purchases are a 1:72 Airfix Gladiator and the 1:76 Airfix Classics AEC Matador gun tractor. The Gladiator will be built with Battle of Britain decals from this Xtradecal set https://www.hannants.co.uk/product/X72117 which I bought originally for the 56 Squadron markings so I could build an Angels One Five Hurricane, and the AEC will be a flat bed truck (inspired by a recent thread elsewhere on here), for part of a BoB airfield diorama along with the various associated Airfix and other suitably period vehicles. Also a Tamiya 1:35 Sherman M4A3, which will probably be built as Oddball's one from Kelly's Heroes.
  15. Titus Groan & Gormenghast were so much better than Titus Alone, and Titus Awakes. I'd happily re-read the first two again, but won't bother with the others. Linsey Davis' Falco series is quite fun & engaging and alludes at times to the sibling rivalry that you mention! Its explanations of Roman life & social structure were also great background before reading Robert Graves' I Claudius and Claudius the God (I had seen the TV series as a child, and keep meaning to re watch it!)
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