Cars

When I was younger, I was interested in cars, but mostly older cars like those from the 50’s and 60’s. That’s what I remember being taught about by my Uncle, mostly. However, as I was growing up in the 1980s, all I can remember being surrounded by were rusting 70’s hulks and these lame front-wheel-drive excuses for cars.

They had no power, no style and were a far cry from the cars I got to see at car shows. The seemed weak and worthless.

However, as time has passed, I now see those cars and feel nostalgic. These lame toasters-on-wheels are what my friends’ parents drove, what we rode our bikes around (or into, sometimes…) and used as makeshift snowball barriers. (Don’t tell anyone that, though!) Thus, I have a real thing, now, for cars from the 1980s. It’s broadened a bit since I started building cars, though, and generally you’ll find I build kits of “loser cars”, those that time has chosen to ignore, or that people just don’t seem to know about. It makes for an ecclectic mix indeed.

Oh, yeah, I also like Street Vans. Nothing says late ’70s or early -80’s like those rolling bordellos with the metalflake paint, side pipes and giant murals. You’ll see some of those here too!

Check out the list below for some cars that you might not see too many other places!

Click on the name of the kit (which is hyperlinked) to see a full article on it, with pictures, build history and anything else I think of!

Every kit has a story!

North American Cars: (mostly losers)

 Hood up: normally this meant a breakdown on a real EXP.

1/32 Monogram 1982 Ford EXP (told ya, losers…)

From any angle, the Dark Charcoal metallic and Red interior make a stunning combination. It helps the EXP's dorky demeanor a lot. 1/25 MPC 1982 Ford EXP (because once just wasn’t enough!) Rockin' it '80s turbo-style with the AMT (nee MPC) 1988 Daytona. This is a pretty nice kit of a long-forgotten road warrior!1/25 MPC 1988 Dodge Daytona – the Omni’s, and MPC’s, last blast!  A wicked looking car in a gorgeous colour! The late 80's GTAs have always been a favourite of mine. Thankfully, now I won't have to buy the real thing!1/24 Monogram 1987 GTA – Poncho’s ultimate 3rd Gen pony car’s first appearance!

 The Chevette Scooter was never hugely popular. The only chrome on it were the door handles (BMF here) and the hubcaps (Alclad on this kit). 1/25 MPC 1979 Chevette Scooter: The most base version of Chevy’s little “econobox that could”! Go Beige or go home!

This is the SVO in the rare Hertz-only "4E Dark Sage" colour. This is, quite likely, the rarest Mustang ever produced.1/24 Monogram 1985.5 SVO: In Dark Sage (4E) Green, this is the raresty SVO ever produced! This is the 1984 Citation X-11 in Light Fern Metallic. It may not be as exciting as others, but it does have a subdued charm all its own! 1/24 Revell 1984 Citation X-11 Notchback: Finished in Light Fern Metallic, this X-Car “muscle machine” is one rare beastie. Cavalier 037

1/25 MPC 1982 Cavalier: The “sporty” version of Chevy’s long-lived J-Car!

fuzz-duster-095 1/25 MPC 1980 Volare Road Runner: The last hurrah for Chrysler’s ’70s-era rear-drivers!

Japanese Cars: (some losers, some cool, all weird)

 The 1981 4-Door Skyline is NOT what most people are thinking of when they hear "Skyline"! 1/24 Tamiya Nissan Skyline 2000RS: The “family” version of Nissan’s vaunted sporty driving machine.  You know you WAAAANT it. This is the free bonus with the Skyline 2000RS four-door: the Gemma 50 scooter!1/24 Tamiya Suzuki Gemma 50 : It’s a blue motor scooter; what else can I say?

Street Vans: (don’t come a knockin’)

 Emerging from the mists of the past (and the bongs?) comes the SUNDANCE EXPRESS! Does that set the mood or what?Sundance Express: Get your twinkies and Mountain Dew, and flashback to the Vannin’ days!

If you see this van a rockin... well, you CAN'T HELP but see that, now can you? Gold Rush takes Vannin' to new extremes; this is not for the faint of heart, my friends!

MPC 1/25 Gold Rush: A massive blast from the past, Gold Rush is MPC’s journey into the Show Rod side of Vannin’!

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