Before you start getting too excited, I’m talking, of course, about swing wings! What were you thinking of? Now that we’re on the same page, you might be thinking of the Bell X-5. Well, you’re close! In fact the aircraft that inspired the Bell was the Messerschmitt P.1101, a research plane that was designed to […]

Luxury isn’t always all it’s cracked up to be. A perfect example of this is the Mercury LN-7. The LN-7 was an attempt to create an upmarket sporty coupe for Mercury dealers to sell to young, sporting and better-off people. Unfortunately, it was based on the anemic, crampedly-useless and bizarrely styled EXP. How do you […]

Even though Metal Armour Dragonar is not an anime that most people today know, it was a good show that, back in the later ’80s was intended to be the “next big thing”. To that end, Bandai made all kinds of kits from this show, including some of the “bad guy” mecha from the evil […]

By the time 1980 came around, the Mopar muscle car was well and truly dead. The final nail in the coffin was also the last Road Runner until the advent of that badge on Acclaim. The 1980 Road Runner was just a gussied up Volare with some decals and a few appearance options. It is […]

When it comes to cars from the late ’70s and early ’80s, one name that a lot of people will know is the Dodge Omni. The Omni’s seemingly less-well known brother is the Plymouth Horizon, and together they were the cars that kept Chrysler in business long enough to produce the K-Car. However, there was […]

The Soviets always had a knack for finding interesting and original solutions to their armament requirements. When there was a need for a high performance fighter bomber, they took a proven design, the Su-7, added swing wings and got the Su-17. These “Fitters”, as NATO continued to call the new family, proved to be tough […]

If it’s one thing that cars from the late ‘70s and early 80s had it spades, it was anemia. No matter how many gaudy decals, flares or other overwrought “appearance packages” they had stuck on them, there was little that could change what was stuck IN the cars of the time. Of course, what was […]