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  1. Finally achieved a lifelong desire, to own (and will build) a decent-scale kit of the "Squarebird" - the utterly beautiful (to my eyes anyway) '58-60 Mk II Ford Thunderbird.  To me this is the definitive T-Bird, more so even than the Mk I, this is a piece of automotive art.  Until a week or two ago I didn't even know it existed in kit form so you can imagine my childish excitement when I found this on eBay.  It seems to have been produced around 1985 but I believe it was a repro of an earlier kit.




    Even more chuffed to find it can be completed as either a hardtop or a convertible.

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  2. Wow, three great finds!  The MGA kit is an abomination but a fascinating oddity.  The Rapier kit takes me right back to my childhood - great car, I've actually ridden in one and I built several in that Airfix series, in fact I've still got the Mk III Ford Zodiac I converted into a pickup.  The X1-9 is a shape Ive always loved, shame it isn't  complete kit.

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  3. I suspect there are many shades of modellers ranging from one extreme to t'other.  Speaking purely personally as one example, my stash comprises precisely three kits, plus one under construction.  The most I've ever spent on a kit was £135 all up on the Lamborghini Marzal mentioned here last year and normally anything in three figures would be beyond the point whereby guilt creeps in and spoils my fun.  Everyone is different - in skill level, available time, budget and the way in which they enjoy their hobby, from basic glue-bombs to scratch-built and/or 3D printed masterpieces of micro-engineering, but we all share the pleasure of creating something to the best of our abilities whatever they are and admiring and appreciating the efforts and achievements of others.



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  4. Really looking good!  I've always felt that the gullwing Mercedes is a model you shouldn't tackle unless you can do it justice, which is why I've never had the nerve to attempt one.  This one has been a pleasure to follow and the result reflects the amount of work you've put into it.


    I feel your pain regarding the escaped hinge, the same happened to me during final assembly of the Mustang recently completed.  Everything was going smoothly - interior module mounted on chassis, doors hung, glass installed - then the body was gently wrangled onto the chassis assembly, aligned and left for the glue to set.  On returning to the car a few hours later I turned it right way up and there was an ominous tinkle as the interior mirror fell off.  There was no way I could access the area needed to reattach it so I just had to accept it would remain mirrorless.  🙄

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  5. Beautifully made and finished, especially from an MPC kit!  I share your feelings re. MPC, they're best described as "more of a challenge than most" although in the past I've been known to describe them as a piece of 💩.  Great to see a model of the Eagle too, racing cars of that era have a particular style and look that later cars lack.

  6. Purple?  PURPLE??  Good Heavens no, automotive manufacturers never go for anything as commonplace a name for a colour.  I remember in the early 1970s Mrs N was provided with a Mini by the company she worked for, in the most god-awful light 💩-colour.  On checking the vehicle order we discovered it was called "Harvest Gold".  😆

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  7. VERY nice looking model, well worth the time spent fettling!  I'm not familiar with Profil24 kits (yet!) but the detail and execution on this one are equally exceptional.  Great finish on the paintwork, too.


    EDIT:  Just had a look at their website.  Oooh, those 250LMs...  🤤

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  8. I was lucky enough to own a '66 1:1 scale Riley Elf for two years back in the day and loved it.  All the fun of a Mini, the performance of an early Cooper (998cc twin carbed), leather upholstery and full walnut dash.  Gorgeous little motor.

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  9. Oh I dunno, the Heinkel/Trojan Kabine I owned back in the 1960s was a real bundle of fun and it's diminutive size didn't worry me then.  A Swiss manufacturer has produced an EV based on this exact shape called the Microlino and if ever forced into an urban EV runabout I'll seriously consider one! 

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  10. Right, it now has wheels...




    ...and to rectify an odd deficiency I scratched a screenwash bottle and fitted it where it's supposed to go on the engine bulkhead.  I suspect this may only apply to UK marketed models, possibly due to vehicle regs in existence at the time.


    I was also going to wire the engine but there are so few wires, all of which are completely hidden once the body is fitted, that it seemed a pointless struggle to attempt it.


    Having completed that stage I trial-fitted the bodyshell prior to prepping it for spraying...




    ...and all of a sudden it starts to look like a bubble-car.  Thanks for looking in, more when I've got started on spraying it.

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