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MKI VW Golf Racecar – Tamiya

Bravery. That’s what it took to build this kit. It didn’t come right away but eventually, I pulled it together and hammered out the complex livery. I wanted to build a first gen Golf, the MKI, and picking up a race car version seemed like a good idea at the…

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2012 Corvette Coupe – AMT

I picked up this kit from Hobbylinc for less than $7. Why not? I wanted a C6 Vette for my collection. It is a basic curbside kit. Everything is molded into the chassis which is unfortunate but overall, it is not a bad kit. I’m surprised there are engravings for…

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The Bench – December 2017

No models this month…but that’s ok. In the span of a year, I was able to finish several projects. Some old and some new. The new techniques I’ve learned have also had a very positive impact on the quality of my builds. I’m very grateful for that! Finished this year:…

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The Bench – November 2017

Continuing my momentum into November, I was able to finish the 53 Chevy rework and nearly finish the 68 Vette. Last month, I finished modifying the front suspension and started working on the rear. Once the rear axle and links were complete, I made an exhaust using solder. After everything…

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1953 Chevy – Monogram – Rework

I always like they way this project turned out. It was my second custom project, after my ’39 Chevy. From what I remember of the original build, I really struggled with the putty work but in the end, blending the front grill together, frenching the tail and head lights along…

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1979 Z28 Camaro – Revell

I originally built this kit some time in the early 90’s. There was a little paint work done with paint markers but otherwise, it was plain. I remember having to repair broken wheels and other miscellaneous issues over the years. I had been eyeballing this kit for a rework for…

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1/32 Scale Split Window Bug – LS

While pondering life’s greatest mysteries, I realized that I really wanted a model of the VW split window bug. I searched the internet and discovered that there weren’t many options. There is a large scale version and this 1/32nd scale LS kit. I don’t collect larger scale model kits which…

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1970 Buick GSX – Monogram

I have to start this by saying this isn’t one of my favorite cars. I honestly don’t know why I bought it back in the ’90’s. I tried starting it in 2007 and after grinding off the door handles and painting the chassis, I tossed everything back in the box.…

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Honda CRX 1st Gen – Tamiya

When I visit other cities, I always try to visit a local hobby shop. While in Vancouver, I found a fun little shop and while I was there, I found this CRX. I wanted to add to my Honda Civic/CRX collection and I didn’t have one of this generation. Naturally,…

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VW Bus – Hasegawa

The Build: Back in 2007, I watched a video of a VW bus with a 911 engine and suspension running competitively on a race track. I immediately knew I had to build a model of one Porsche engine and all! When I bought this cargo version of the bus, I…

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1955 Ford Rat F100 – Monogram

Here is a truck that started out life as a parts donor. My friend Greg bought it for the the wheels for another project. I believe this happened in 2000 or 2001. He let me keep the rest of the kit. Shortly after, I used the hood to test paint compatibility.…

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Porsche 928 – Gunze Sangyo

Gunze Sangyo? Prior to buying this kit, I had never heard of this brand. I was looking through eBay for loose model wheels and this kit, along with another Porsche 928 (also made by an unfamiliar brand), popped up.  Other than missing wheels and tires, this was a complete kit (the…

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Subaru WRX STi – Tamiya

I’m hoping to tear through this kit quickly.  It is a simple curb side kit with the only real challenge being the detail work necessary to finish the chassis.  My plan is to sit down with this kit, come up with a plan of attack and focus on getting it…

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Nissan S15 Silvia – Aoshima

I bought this kit to compliment the S13 and S14 kits I’ve already built. Since this model was a curb-side, I knew I could finish it quickly.  I would have preferred to build this as a more subtle version of the car without the ground effects. Alas, the kit did…

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1982 Shelby Dodge Charger – MPC

Compared to the Chargers of the muscle car era, this one doesn’t quite live up to it’s name.  However, during it’s time, performance was quite hard to come by.  The motivation for this project was to build as close to a replica of the ’82 Charger my dad owned.  I…

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Opel GT – AMT

The Opel GT was fun car from the 70’s that was an economical and sporty alternative to the muscle cars of the day.  My dad had one of these for a number of years and I wanted to build one for him. I’ve never been a fan of AMT kits…

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Mazda RX3 – Fujimi

The kit is painted a flat dark blue and is sealed with satin clear.  I found a picture of a similar era Toyota painted the same way and knew how I wanted the model to look.  I was able to mount a set of Pegasus wheels by grinding out the…

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Christmas Tree Fiber Optics

Ceramic Christmas trees usually don’t fall under the normal scope of scaled models.  It is a scaled tree, so I guess that makes it all right.  My mom made this tree for me back in 1981.  It used a night light bulb and due to the small size of the…

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1929 Ford Rat Truck – Revell

Building “rat” cars, without the extra patina, is pretty easy.  Flat paint jobs and minimal body work.  This truck is a Rat-Rod kit so it really lends for a rat build.  As much as chrome suits an old truck like this, most of the parts, including the chrome plated parts,…

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NATCC Honda Accord – Tamiya

With my other kits nearing completion, at the time, it was time to crack open a few new kits. Many years ago, I bought two of these NATCC Accords.  I really don’t remember what I was trying to accomplish but I gave one of them away and kept this one. …

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