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The gas crunch of the ’70s gave the Japanese an excellent opportunity to invade North America with decent quality, cheap, efficient and overall reliable cars. Against their bigger American opponents, these lightweights did well. However, it was surprising how well Datsun’s small pick up resonated with a buying public more used to big, burly, open-back […]

Sometimes, you just can’t do it all. It’s nice to try, but you need to know your limitations to be truly succesful. Sadly, the folks at Amiot didn’t think of this when they designed the Amiot 143. This hideously ugly, ponderously slow and decidedly not aerodynamic craft was designed to be a recon, bomber and […]

If it’s one thing that pickup truck ads are always going on and on about, it’s how tough their respective products are. Of course, in today’s world, being tough isn’t enough; luxury, power, economy and style all have to meld together. There was a time, though, when that wasn’t the case. Trucks were simpler, and […]

No matter how good the fighter, bomber or recon plane, it’s utterly useless without gas. That’s just one of the sad truths about aerial warfare. However, I don’t think enough of us stop to think how it gets that gas. We build kits of the planes we like, and since they don’t fly, we don’t […]

In the world of Gundam, everybody knows that the GM is the suit most likely to be destroyed in any given battle. I think it stands for “Getting Mulched” or “Give up, Man”, because these dime-a-dozen cannon-fodder Gundam wannabes usually take it to the face in the worst way possible. However, they are also amazingly […]

Unlike swimming, where it’s always good to go with a buddy, dogfighting is often better left to a single pilot in an appropriatley-sized aircraft. That was certainly proven to be the case by the Boulton Paul Defiant, one of two “turret fighters” put into service by the British in WWII. While it might seem cool […]

If you’ve ever read anything on this site, then you know full well that I love the odd and unusual, both in terms of subject matter and the maker of the kit. While my tastes do tend to run to the esoteric, I’m not above picking up kits of more mainstream subject matter. As proof […]