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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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1/32 Scale Toyota AE86 – Fujimi

Several years ago, I picked up a set of four 1/32 Fujimi Initial D kits.  After I finished theFD3S RX7, I decided that I was never going to finish the other three.  The detail of the kits were decent, but the lights were part of the body and the decals provided…

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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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Toyota MKIV Supra Turbo – Tamiya

Normally, I shave the wing off of kits because they look smoother without them, however it didn’t seem right to leave it off.  I decided to use the wing on this kit.  It was built mostly box stock other than the removal of some very ugly door handles and other…

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Honda Glasstop CRX – Fujimi

This is a glass top CRX which had it’s delicate roof caved in during shipping from Hong Kong.  I was able to mend the break.  I also decided to shave the door handles and gas filler cap.  I strongly felt that they were too big on the car.  “not to…

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Honda S2000 #2 – Tamiya

I honestly couldn’t tell you why I bought a second S2000 kit when I did, but it worked out that I could give my mom one as a gift and then build one for myself. Other than some minor detail shaving, the kit is box stock.  The car is painted…

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1966 VW Beetle – Rework – Tamiya

Fundamentally, there was nothing wrong with this kit.  It turned out really well.  As with most restoration and rebuild projects, I will find a way to make it even better.  My original intention with this kit was to detail paint the wheels.  Since the wheels were glued in place, I…

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Fast & Furious Civic Coupe

Another cheater project.  I had been sitting on this project for a while.  I didn’t care for the body kit or wing but it was the only way I was going to get a Civic Coupe like the 1:1 version that I had.  I painted the interior, painted the window…

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