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  1. And for the Jam Sandwich fans, firstly the famous Liver Run: and also this review of a restored, genuine ex Police SD1: The rebuild thread for which can be found here: https://forum.retro-rides.org/thread/131089/1986-rover-sd1-3500se-police
  2. I suspect that the resin one I have is a copy of this - had I known at the time, I would have gone straight to them! It's a carb set up though, so presumably for their whitemetal MGB kit, and so will need the EFi set up scratchbuilding. Oh, and for any SD1 fans who haven't already seen it, this is worth watching - lots of good reference info for when the kit arrives too!
  3. Definitely following this! Great to see Heller investing in tooling for subjects like this, and in such detail too - I can't help but wonder what they will do next! I agree that the glazing is a strange way of doing it, but I think that with care, the end result will be worth it. Heller did something similar with some of their vintage / classic car kits, but usually the side glass and door panels all being one piece, and it worked rather well on the ones that I've built so far.
  4. Thinking about it more, given the history of these cars (regular road car, police, race, rally), it is a surprise that there hasn't been a kit of them before, as there is a lot of scope for variants from one basic set of tooling. Given the dashboard design, it would be possible to do both left and correct hand drive versions very easily - the original being a very clever piece of industrial design for the era. They were also sufficiently aspirational at the time for nostalgia appeal now, and in fact, still have a strong following. Even when just second hand cars, the Vitesse especially was still well regarded. Performance Car (in its original form when it was a proper car mag rather than a rival to Max Power) used to run a golden oldies / blast from the past feature each month along side all the modern GTi / sports / GT / supercars etc, and I still remember the SD1 Vitesse feature from around 1994 / 95, where they described it as being only a few upgrades away from being a 5 door TVR. As a child, I knew them more from having a Corgi / Matchbox toy police one, so the classic Jam Sandwich image is very much engrained, however the later Vitesses with the cliff face spoilers look stunning (the earlier front spoiler, shared with the other variants just doesn't have the presence) and looks so menacing and modern compared to the original Series 1 cars. Later at uni, studying Transport Design (car styling!), one of our lecturers was ex BL / Austin Rover (also a dead ringer for Ned Flanders from the Simpsons which was uncanny), and he had apparently been part of the team responsible for the SD1 facelift. Rumour had it amongst us students that the Allegro's quartic wheel was also him, however those of us who actually understood the history of BL as well as the wider history of car styling trends (as opposed to just the common perception of BL as displayed in Top Gear etc) widely respected him & saw that as a badge of honour rather than something to mock. I'm already searching out reference pics for when I build mine. Definitely a late spec Vitesse road car, the issue now is what colour, and do I use the 1:24 resin Rover V8 I bought a while back for this, or keep it for the Italeri Range Rover?
  5. In case it is of interest, I've Just found the thread on another forum which originally inspired me to buy the old Polistil diecast Series 1 3500 - this thread is about turning one into pretty much what the Beemax kit will represent: http://www.automotiveforums.com/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=1144945
  6. Having done this to the one I built several years ago, no modifications were needed to any parts - see the later pics here: https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235071028-airfix-reboxed-aoshima-mg-b/
  7. Wouldn't there have been plenty of war surplus stuff being used by civilians, especially in the late '40s?
  8. An excellent colour for a B! I think it was a Ford shade that I used for mine (off the shelf in Halfords), but looks pretty much the same However, I think that you may have installed the chassis / floorpan at the rubber bumper height
  9. That's an early / pre facelift one - the three piece rear window (as opposed to full, one piece wrap around) is the main difference, but nose and tail were also changed. Looks like the NZ climate has been kinder to it than the UK one would have been! My spots this morning - WW2 era (or at least, painted up as such...) 6 wheel US truck on the main road out of the village - not sure what model though, a late Sunbeam Alpine roadster (vertical tail lights, 1725 badge) down at the local boat yard, and a Corvette C3 coupe & a Chesil Speedster (on the basis that no way it was the real thing...) both on a driveway being tinkered with about 2 mins from my house, neither of which I'd seen before.
  10. Re-reading all this, I'm glad to see that I'm not the only one who wants to build it as a road car! The front & rear spoilers are already in place for a late Vitesse which is ideal, and also saves me hacking up modifying the Polistil diecast I bought a while back with the intention of turning it onto a Vitesse. A bigger job than it appears, as the diecast is actually a Series 1, but it will instead probably be restored to its former Jam Sandwich glory to go along side the Vitesse. It will be interesting to see how much will need to be changed / added to convert it back to a regular Vitesse. If no one else does it. I may well 3D print the parts I need, especially those wonderful cross spoke alloys. Anyhow, I can't wait to get my hands on one - hurry up Beemax!
  11. One of these: https://www.scalemates.com/kits/revell-07007-bentley-4-5l-blower--970834 It's a rebox of a Heller kit, and whilst a recent Heller release is easily available, I've been after the Revell one for some time, as the decal sheet is vastly better!
  12. Earlier this evening, a two tone green Armstrong-Siddeley Star Sapphire, A-S's final model before Hawker-Siddeley decided to concentrate solely on aircraft & aero engines.
  13. A Riley 21/2 Litre roadster (more usually known by the factory chassis coding as an RMC) in primrose yellow a few cars ahead of me on my drive home from work earlier this evening. Strange looking cars, as despite being a two seater \(or three seater if column change), they used the same wheelbase chassis as the RMB saloon.
  14. Thank you for posting this - very much appreciated!
  15. Yes, it is indeed - thank you, very appreciated! I haven't drilled out any more of the gratings yet, but will definitely try this. I must confess that I haven't done much more on the rest for a while either, but itching to get back to work on it!
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