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  2. Back in the 80s you used to get highlights of the Bathurst enduro on TV over here in the UK on a Saturday afternoon show called World of Sport. As a teenager it always looked so cool and a very scenic track.
  3. This one? Or this one? Or maybe the venerable Sea Magnet?
  4. Yes, I have gone back to working on a larger scale, this time it’s academy’s 1/35 AH-1Z Viper. I sat down this morning at 8:30 with a sealed and bagged kit, 6 hours later I have a mostly assembled (in subassemblies) kit. I have a few more things I can put together before I lay down some paint and get the interior detailed. As the interior is all black, it will be relatively easy. I will use a few shades to give it a little variance and I still have to figure out seat belts, but this thing is not going to take long. Much of that time was spent sanding burrs and about a dozen ejector pin marks off, none required filler, just sanding. A little CA was required to fill a sink Mark in the landing skid, but I’m happy to say this kit is almost to Tamiya quality, not quite, but close. Ejector pin marks in the armor cockpit plating were the biggest culprits. So far, so good.
  5. Update: after the started sanding the seams the other day, it became apparent the the underside was going to require heavy amounts of filler. I slathered on the filler and am now waiting for a week to let it dry and shrink, before I get back to it. meanwhile.... I hear another helicopter calling my name, what could it be?
  6. Brand new 1986 Samurai, thought is was a Land Rover, loved it.
  7. Beware of radar predicted flak on the bomb run, you know you can’t weave etc......
  8. Thanks Rob for your kind words and advise. Only time will tell if the axe is to fall, I intend to have a full day at the bench tomorrow, fingers crossed.......
  9. My outdoor one does. But I'm only allowed to work on food and drinks at it. Keeps the cross contamination down. Don't want anybody eating an important piece of PE or something.
  10. The R32 GT-R is on my bucket list of 10 cars to buy if I ever win the lottery. Along with an Impreza 22B, Lancia Stratos and a Ford RS200. I like my homologation specials. Carl
  11. Well, I don't think Ontario has a ban on out of province visitors. Three hours on, 5 more to go.
  12. Most of our stuff in the late 60's through early 80's was developed with racing in mind - as it came from the factory ... or close to... most specifically the annual Bathurst enduro where the phrase "win on Sunday, sell on Monday" held true for us. That race track is it's own piece of Australian legend ... and winning it is Australian Motorsports greatest prize. Different manufacturers took different approaches ... a very unique type of Holden designed with Bathurst firmly in view was the Torana ... originally a straight 6 cylinder, Holden realised as the 70's wore on that they would have to upgrade to a V8 if they were to compete effectively with Ford ... The 1977 LX SL/R 5000 (308ci or 5.0L V8) at only 4.5m x 1.7m is an awesome piece of kit!! Bear in mind these are unmodified factory releases complete with scoops, spoilers and wheel arch flares!! The JDM stuff comes with its own version of "Muscle Car" type history ... The Nissan R32 GT-R Skyline was developed as a Group-A racer, where very few modifications were allowed for track racing and so the basic chassis/power train is almost entirely the same as what you get out on the track ... and when Group-A became a part of Australian Motorsport for a season, they dominated. Subaru WRX's, Mitsubishi Lancer EVO's, Toyota Celica GR-4's were all bred for rally work ... engines designed for high rev ranges, turbos, short gearing, all wheel drive systems etc etc ... Rog
  13. Thanks for the primer on Aussie muscle cars Rog. Being in Canada, we get indoctrinated into American muscle cars by default. Thankfully our slightly more relaxed import rules are changing that but the big market there is JDM stuff. GT-Rs, RX-7s, Delicas and Supras are the big draw models. European stuff occasionally shows up here too.
  14. And that's ONLY HALF !!! my mouth is watering , Carl...............................
  15. Got the BBQ going at 9 this morning and put this on: I'll see how it turns out in 8 hours or so. Carl
  16. Thank you Phil, I hope your situation will change for the better soon. Some years ago, I had a very difficult time for different reasons and modelling helped me a lot, to get my calm back and solve my problems. It is hard to sit on your bench and try to focus on something so unimportant as modelling in times, were the world goes upside down, but I had the sensation, that focusing on modelling in hard times clears the head, because after a while of unconcentrated building I focus more and more and that clears the brain for other important things. To me, surfing is helping even more, because of the focus you have to maintain, it's like ctrl-alt-del for the brain. Cheers Rob
  17. Yes it was a 2009. He bruised the backs of my eyeballs with that car from the multiple times my eyes smashed into my skull when he punched the loud pedal. I don’t recall a modern car that does such a brilliant job in transferring dead dinosaurs into fury and motion as that one did. I’m still shaking my head. Pure brilliance from Down Under.
  18. 72nd seriously, that’s beautiful......never guess it was that scale...
  19. Stunning Rob, I know what you mean about mojo, mine is due to my company have no work and the redundancies are starting, I must admit if I survive it will be a miracle...........the beast looks amazing......
  20. Ok ... first ... The interceptor ... was BASED on the XB Coupe Hardtop below: There was a huge amount of modification made to the external shape of the vehicle ... the idea being that in was supposed to represent a future design and the "last" of the V8's ... Which of course it wasn't ... the XC Falcon (easily distinguishable by its rectangular headlights) was produced in the same basic body shape before the all new XD started the next generation. The standard police interceptor was just based on the four door Falcon sedan below ... The point is ... none of those cars were real ... they were altered a fair way to try to represent something from "not too far in the future". And while I have no objections whatsoever to modified vehicles and "street machines" ... and the interceptor IS a thing of beauty (if only that clutch blower was real!!!) ... the interceptor is about as far from an XB Falcon as my 71 Valiant Charger was ... Lol ... I had to look up the GXP ... from 2009 right?? ... This is the VE Commodore I was referring to (2nd last Commodore version) ... the 6.2 made it's way over into the very last iteration of the very last model here (the VF series II) ... and thats my "Holy Grail" car ... a manual SS-V Redline VF Series II ... Theres a fair amount of torque being applied to the pavement when the loud pedal is pressed - I have no doubt you get a little of the sideways action I'm tempted to dyno' my ute before and after when I do the exhaust and intake upgrades next year ... the gains are substantial I hear Rog
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  22. Hi all, The basic cockpit assembly is ready to be fitted into the fuselage. Control wires are 0.08 mm diameter mono-filament, cross bracing 0.12 mm diameter mono-filament. Turnbuckles are the 1:48th scale resin versions from 'GasPatch'. All tube work is either 0.4 mm or 0.5 mm diameter Nickel-Silver tube. Seat belts were replaced with spare Sopwith F.1 Camel kit from 'Wingnut Wings'. Fuel tank pipe and throttle control rod are 0.4 mm tube. Aileron control line pulleys scratched from cut plastic card discs, with spacer discs to allow the control line to be able to wrap around them. Seat cushion made from 'Milliput', Mike
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