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)
1/32 Monogram 1982 Ford EXP (told ya, losers…)
|1/25 MPC 1982 Ford EXP (because once just wasn’t enough!)||1/25 MPC 1988 Dodge Daytona – the Omni’s, and MPC’s, last blast!||1/24 Monogram 1987 GTA – Poncho’s ultimate 3rd Gen pony car’s first appearance!|
1/25 MPC 1979 Chevette Scooter: The most base version of Chevy’s little “econobox that could”! Go Beige or go home!
|1/24 Monogram 1985.5 SVO: In Dark Sage (4E) Green, this is the raresty SVO ever produced!||1/24 Revell 1984 Citation X-11 Notchback: Finished in Light Fern Metallic, this X-Car “muscle machine” is one rare beastie.||
1/25 MPC 1982 Cavalier: The “sporty” version of Chevy’s long-lived J-Car!
|1/25 MPC 1980 Volare Road Runner: The last hurrah for Chrysler’s ’70s-era rear-drivers!||
1/25 AMT Ford Probe GT: Ford’s sporty not-a-Mustang from the end of the Automtoive Dark Ages.
Japanese Cars: (some losers, some cool, all weird)
|1/24 Tamiya Nissan Skyline 2000RS: The “family” version of Nissan’s vaunted sporty driving machine.||1/24 Tamiya Suzuki Gemma 50 : It’s a blue motor scooter; what else can I say?|
Street Vans: (don’t come a knockin’)
Sundance Express: Get your twinkies and Mountain Dew, and flashback to the Vannin’ days!
MPC 1/25 Gold Rush: A massive blast from the past, Gold Rush is MPC’s journey into the Show Rod side of Vannin’!