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New-ish Monkee Business
Blasting up the charts and into the collective conscience of millions comes that Fabulous Foursome from the late 80s, that radical bunch of wacky co-habitators, that musical juggernaut… the New Monkees! Wait… whaddaya mean you “Never heard of them?” C’mon, that can’t be so. I mean, they’re Monkees, but they’re “New”, or they were in […]
Sierra Update 1: All Things “Go”
They say you have to start at the bottom and work your way up. Well, that assumes you’re not politically connected or independently wealthy… However, for our purposes, I think it’s safe to assume that the old words are wise indeed. I often start with the body of a car, and while I actually did […]
Spring: When a Modeller’s Fancy Turns to LUV!
What do you do when your competition is beating you and you have nothing to use against them? Easy: Use captives! No, I’m not talking about taking hostages, but rather “captive imports”. This is precisely what the Big Three had to do in the early ’70s to fight back against the waves of light pickups […]
Citation Update 1: Body (not to be) in White
For the most part, the Citation notchback is not one of those cars people remember fondly, if at all. Most people opted for the hatchback, preferring its econoboxishly-utilitarian nature with a hint of sportiness to the clearly stuffy notchback. Thus, when it came time for people with a yearning for “high performance” to step up […]
A ‘Stang So Rare, It Hertz!
Of all the 1980’s Mustangs, one of the rarest models is the SVO. The SVO was a big deal when it came onto the scene; with European manners and flair and a turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, Ford hoped to beat back the Imports. One customer for the SVO was Hertz Rent-A-Car, which ordered numerous in the […]
The saga of the Monogram SVO continues! Now it’s time to work on the body, and get things ready for paint. One of the distinguishing feature of the SVO is its “biplane” spoiler. I expected that the trunk of the SVO would be “bald” and the spoiler would fit onto it, or else have some […]
From the Bottom Up!
With the interior bucket done, I have turned my attention towards the bottom end of things, namely the Chassis and Engine of the SVO. The Chassis: The chassis of the Monogram SVO isn’t bad. It isn’t great, and the underpinning detail is a bit weak. There’s no spring detail (like you’d see on an MPC) […]
SVO Update 1: The Front Office
Before even choosing a colour and staring the body and chassis, the Monogram SVO’s interior can be done. That’s because the SVO’s interior was the same for all versions, at least as far as I can tell. Like many sportier cars in the ’80s, the SVO could be had with either leather or cloth. Looking […]
Ford’s Fox-Stang Misfit
Sometimes, trying new things works out, and you have a hit on your hands. Things like colour TV and the iPod prove this. Sometines, though, it isn’t all roses, and an unusual approach can lead to something that’s very good, but just doesn’t quite grab everyone’s attention. Good examples of this are Beta VCRs, Moon […]