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Paul H

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  1. That looks very nicely detailed and well thought out. I still haven't built the regular GT conversion yet which I bought about a year ago, but looking forward to the build thread of this one already!
  2. Ah - I was wondering what that engine component was, as I'd noticed that the drive belt wasn't in the Targa kit. That all makes sense now. However, until you mentioned it, I hadn't spotted that the dashboard sprues were different though, and looking more closely, the front seats on that sprue are slightly different to the coupe ones, meaning that there are now three different front seat options across both kits. The US Federal spec bits are presumably for Revell USA's own release - of no interest to me personally, but I think it's a nice feature to have the option. However, I'm now torn as to whether to get this one, the coupe, or wait for the convertible...
  3. If the chassis / floorpan is assembled into the body as per the instructions, that is at the rubber bumper ride height. For the lower chrome bumper ride height, the floorpan can be squeezed into place so that it clips higher up inside the body. It fits so well, that it seems deliberate, but there is no mention in the instructions of the releases that I have.
  4. They aren't all out on the workbench at once - whilst at least six are very nearly finished, probably the same number again are over half way through, but most have been temporarily put to one side or back in their boxes for various reasons. I find that working on more than one at a time means that, for example, if paint or glue is drying on one kit, I can still work on another, but it got a bit out of control! I'm only actively working on three right now, and the list is there to remind me not to start any other kits until I go back and complete (most of...) these ones!
  5. I've found that a sharpie can work really well for doing crisp edges (e.g. for the screenprint on the edge of windscreens etc on models of modern cars), but wonder if that might work here too? The techique I used was to outline with the sharpie, and then infill with paint.
  6. It really does look the part though - with kits like this, I've often thought that just the rolling chassis would be a very interesting display piece. In the meantime I guess I'll just have to settle for my Heller 1:24 6C1750.
  7. There most certainly is, especially when they are built up as nicely as this! Lovely work, and it's a great pity that this series haven't been reissued recently, as it would be fantastic to see more of them.
  8. And very well deserved! All the different materials and finishes look absolutely spot on - the wood parts in particular are especially realistic!
  9. That front suspension detail looks lovely - did you improve / modify it, or is it straight from the box?
  10. Very cool - especially liking the rebody, and looking forward to reading more on this!
  11. That's truly awesome! A great pity that the Starbug kit in particular isn't still available.
  12. Quite possibly for me too. If I do give in to temptation, I just need to keep it fiscally neutral so that I don't incur the wrath of Mrs H. I have more than enough unbuilt kits already and no idea where I would put it, but... As others have said, it will be very interesting to hear what other potential variants may be on the way - I don't know enough about Spitfires to comment on which variants could or could not be accuratly tooled from this basis, however it can only make excellent business sense for Airfix to accomodate that into their tooling design.
  13. That new tool MR2 looks very interesting - based on how the body is moulded, is there full engine detail? Good to see what looks like proper door card detail for the interior too, unlike their recent BMW 2002. Must resist - am supposed to be selling off models as I've far, far too many than I can ever build...
  14. Some of Monogram's vintage and classic car kits (e.g. the Cord 812, Deusenberg & Packard) are still very decent kits, despite being from the early '60s. The Mercedes 540K cabrio from that series was rereleased by Revell AG about ten years ago, but the rest have sadly not been seen for a long time. A pity, as that 'Museum Pieces' series are well detailed (must have been amazing when initially released!) and go together nicely. If Revell no longer has the tooling for the others, hopefully they were part of the batch that was sold to Atlantis, who are slowly working through and re-releasing lots of old Revell & Monogram kits.
  15. A few of their other figure sets are ideal for 'Allo 'Allo too - the French civilians set has an excellent policeman Officer Crabtree, and the tram crew & passsngers set has a decent Michelle of the Resistance. The 1:24 stuff is indeed great to see - I had noticed those '30s tractors previously when 1:35, but now they are available in 1:24, I may not be able to resist as it will go much better with my Heller Fergie. It will be very interesting to see what else they upscale to 1:24...
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