Recently completed the Salvino's JR 1986-87 Pontiac Grand Prix 2+2. I picked up the kit from Mike's Decals, and chose the option of adding Powerslide decals for Eddie Bierschwale's #94 Kodak Films car.
Finished with Tamiya Camel Yellow inside and out. I added roll bar padding using black masking tape and made a seat harness using the same. Decals are Power Slide. I’m not super happy with how the build turned out, but any faults with the build are more my mistakes. I did like the idea of a Kodak sponsored Pontiac - two brands that are largely gone ...
The Knight Rider. This kit of K.I.T.T. was a gift from my Brother-in-law for Christmas 2020. I used Tamiya paints throughout. Built out of the box, save for some seatbelts and hardware made from tape and fine wire. Scanner effect was faked with a laser pointer. :)
This was gifted to me by a good friend for Christmas 2020. I debated for a while about trying to replicate the Hugger Orange car on the box art, but finally decided to build it as more of a beater. I'm sure some future enterprising owner might can restore the Camaro to it's former glory ...
Originally issued in 1968 as the '69 Fairlane Torino GT, this is the definition of "vintage kit". The entire chassis is molded as one piece; vague connecting points throughout; solid metal axle for the rear wheels - the list goes on.
This build was completed from the most recent Round2 2020 issue. Over the years, as far as I know, the kit has changed very little.
Paint is Testor's White Lightning Lacquer over Tamiya Fine Primer (Gray) and resulted in a rather accidental silver gray. The hood and rear spoiler are Tamiya Semigloss Black. I used various Tamiya Blacks and dark grays on the interior. I liked it and ran with it. The decals are mostly from Billy Gooche Decals, and represent markings that were available in the (scarce!) AMT 1971 Torino Cobra. The only other additions are AMT Parts Pack Goodyear Blue Streaks on the rear, and a fire extinguisher from parts unknown.
Originally released in 1993 by Monogram, the first generation Chevy S-10 is probably one of my favorite small pickups of all time. My Dad had a 4.3, extended cab, 4x4, which he drove for around 300,000 miles - before selling it. They were great little trucks, and I still see a few on the road today.
Monogram's kit (recently reissued by Revell as the "Street Sleeper") builds up nicely. The kit was originally issued with parts to build a 4.3 v6 engine and it came with 4x4 wheels, although it lacked an actual 4x4 setup. It has been reissued a few times, with various custom parts. It shares many parts with the equally fun-to-build Monogram GMC Syclone. The most recent Revell issue of the kit includes the Syclone drive train, S-10 wheels, and S-10 interior. Kind of an odd mashup, but workable.
For this build, I actually used parts from a couple of issues of the kit that I had together in a box of abandoned projects. Rally wheels were sources as a "PIF" from the Spotlight Hobbies Message Board back in 2020. Tires are from an unknown AMT kit. Exterior colors are Tamiya Dull Red and Light Gunmetal
This kit was originally issued in 1974 or 1975, with a reissue in 1979. I built this kit from the 1979 boxing. This is part of Monogram's "Museum Pieces", which featured cars from "Harrah's Automobile Collection". The actual 1930 734 Speedster Boattail Runabout (what a name!) from Harrah's collection is (was?) a study in browns and beiges. These cars featured a 384 cu. in. eight cylinder inline (flathead) engine and a four speed manual transmission. I decided to have a go at building this because of the passenger seat being set back as compared to the driver's. Presumably, this was to enable the driver to focus on driving this sporty beauty.
For this kit, I used Testor's enamel for the brown interior and covers on the fender-mounted tires, highlights and shadows were added using various black, tan, and brown washes and thinned paints. The body and frame were painted using Tamiya Lacquer (TS15) Blue and (TS14); with the bits of the frame being picked out various colors. I removed the chrome from the radiator and headlights, and I used Alclad II for these parts, as well as for the chrome beltline. (In reality, I'm not sure this should be represented as a separate piece - and it's molded to the body in the kit.) At any rate, I liked it. Side note - I cheated on the hood side vents. The kit includes eight small, chrome-plated, rectangles for these pieces. I lost one, and then another. In frustration, I cut a piece of card stock, applied Bare Metal Foil, and glued this to the inside of the hood. Somewhat non-prototypical, but I felt it turned out ok.
It's an interesting kit. Unlike many more modern kits, the frame is made of individual pieces. Getting these square is critical to getting all four wheels to sit evenly. However, it is nicely detailed for a kit of this vintage.
Anyway, on to the subpar photos....
I think I may rebuild this one. It's the Revell 1937 Ford pickup truck, released in the late 1990's. I had started it a while back, and it languished in a box above my workbench for years. I recently pulled it down and finished it. But, the more I look at it, the more I think I may strip and refinish it. The body is painted with Testor's spray lacquer; Wimbledon White and Gloss Black. My decals had yellowed badly, and I attempted to make new ones inspired by the kit decals. I may give it another go at some point.
Seeking to sell a small pickup truck in the early 70's, General Motors partnered with Isuzu to bring the Chevy LUV to American shores. I've read that these were imported without the bed attached to circumvent tariff rules at the time, but I don't know how accurate that statement is. This is the recently re-issued 1972 Chevy LUV from Monogram. The kit features some very 70's "sunset stripes" and has an optional funky UFO decal theme. Like many kits of the era, there are some rather questionable features. For example, the giant rear bumper/shelf, the 8-lug wheels, and the small block Chevy V8, exaggerated fender flares and sidepipes. But, it was the 70's, so why not? The kit is kind of simplified and there are some vague mount points, but nothing insurmountable. I built it straight from the box, save for fashioning a rear view mirror and hanging some "fuzzy dice". I created plaid decals for the seats and printed some newspapers for clutter. The kit was finished with Tamiya acrylics and misted with both Testor's glosscote and dullcote. I added weathering with cheap pastels and Tamiya washes. My particular kit seems to have a slight twiste/warp to the chassis that I was unable to rectify. But it's not so noticeable on the shelf.
This was a pretty quick build. I had purchased the old Revell 1957 Bel Air solely for the cool Ed Roth decals. However, when I started, I didn't want to deal with the opening doors, trunk, odd windows, etc. So, I shelved the original kit, and pulled down a copy of the recent Revell "Wheels of Fire' snap kit. The decals fit almost perfectly. I did have to touch up around the flames on the front wheel arch, but that was it.
Paint is Tamiya. I see I needed to fix the rear chrome trim before taking the pics. Oops.
First released in 1987, the Monogram Ferrari Testarossa has been reissued several times. The Miami Vice releases are molded in white plastic, but the kit has also been issued in red and in yellow plastic. Obviously, if you're building Detective Sonny Crockett's car from the TV show, the white car is the one to get. All releases include the same parts - although the kit was also released as a convertible with the appropriate engine cover and body modifications.
This particular kit is another kit gifted to me by my brother-in-law (thanks, David!). The kit was built straight from the box. I used Tamiya white primer, followed by Testor's One Coat Lacquer. All trim and interior work is Tamiya acrylic, thinned and airbrushed with my trusty ol' Badger 150 dual-action airbrush.
I have varied interests, but I always find myself coming back to my favorite hobby - building scale models. Here are a few that I've mangled together over the years.