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Pinto Update 2: Body Issues

I’m sure that the words “Pinto” and “Fundamentally Flawed” are already permanently linked in the psyches of anyone who follows automotive history or grew up in the ‘70s. Ford’s “explosive” issues with the Pinto runabout/hatchback/Pacer-wannabe-whatever-it-was are well known and oft-mocked, even today. Thankfully, the wagon versions of Ford’s desperate econobeater were a bit better, at […]

A Naugahyde Purse from a Sow’s Ear

The German obsession with multirole heavy fighters (Kampfzerstoerer, or Zerstorer – “destroyer” for short) is a predilection that cost them a lot of time, money energy and material resources that would have likely been spent better on advanced single-engined fighters. Nevertheless, the Messerschmitt Bf-110 was a passable, if not pedestrian machine. It’s supposed successor, the […]

Everyday Things in Small Packages

The need for transportation doesn’t wane just because you live in a crowded metropolitan area. Despite the current leftist campaign to demonize the car in favour of public transit and bicycles, for many, a car is still both a nice-to-have AND a need-to-have. The Japanese solved the problem of congested streets and the need for […]

MPC Ford Pinto Update 1: Not-So-Wild Horses

Let’s face it: by the late ‘70s and early ‘80s, engine performance had pretty much reached a new low. It was the height (depth, is more like it) of the Automotive Dark Ages and performance was not only a memory, but almost a four-letter-word to the government-overseen pollution control watchdogs. This is reflected in the […]

Float Like a Butterfly, Sting like a Nerf Ball

They say it’s never a good idea to generalize. However, there are cases in which generalizations are not only fair and applicable, but also necessary. One such case is that of Japanese WWII Armour: generally, it sucked. It might have been good enough to take on Italy’s best, but that’s about it, and that’s saying […]

This Judy’s well put together, for an old gal!

Sometimes, despite my love of the obscure and oddball, I find myself drawn to a more mainstream subject. Even I appreciate greatness. One such plane is the Yokosuka D4y “Judy”, which was one of the IJN’s more advanced aircraft of WWII. Featuring an in-line, liquid-cooled engine, enclosed bomb bay and  retractable landing gear, the Judy […]

The Medium (and Fine, and Ultra-Fine) is the Message!

One of the hardest parts of building car kits (other than dealing with MPC’s dodgy quality, of course) is getting a really good finish on them. Whereas other modellers can often hide behind matte or semi-gloss finishes (thank goodness!), car builders cannot. Let’s face it, most cars come from the factory all shiny and new. […]