Tag Archives: 1/25 car model

Chicken Tax-Evading Off-Road Machine!

When it comes to the automotive world, it takes quality or innovative products to help a company survive. (Notice that the two don’t always go together!) By the time the late 1970s had come along, the burgeoning small truck market was being dominated by imports, both captive and direct. Subaru, always a niche maker in […]

Brat Update 2: Topless on Bottom     

When last we left off, I said that the next update would the engine and chassis. Never one to be a liar, this update covers those two items. As you’ve seen, the BRAT is something of a challenge to build correctly. Sure, there was a lot of body work to do, but how did the […]

More Retro than Deluxe

For those interested in loser cars, everyday cars or just non-supercars, there isn’t a car that’s much more of all of those than the much venerated (or is that reviled? ) Ford Pinto. This most basic of cars offered by Ford during the ’70s is a true nadir in so many ways, and its reputation […]

Cross Border Car Bonanza!!

If happiness is where you find it, then my brother and I found it big time in Michigan a couple of weeks ago. We did a hobby shop tour, and I think we did pretty darned well. With a trunk full of vintage car model goodness, you can’t say we didn’t get our cheap American […]

BRAT Update 1: Grind that Body!        

Sometimes, you have no choice but to work with what you’re given. When it became apparent in the mid-‘70s that small trucks were going to be a thing, a lot of makers jumped on the bandwagon. Most companies, by 1980, had some kind of small truck to offer. In a lot of cases, it was […]

Slot Mags and Shotguns. Pick Up Your Toys!

All good things must come to and end, and so it was with the once-illustrious “Chevy Nova” nameplate. Bowing out in 1979, the final Nova was a de-tuned, lacklustre ghost of it’s former self. Now, MPC had always had a way to taking outdated models and making them into something fresh and new, or at […]

Pinto Update 3: Inside, Underside… TNT

Because the outside of a car is the part of the car that everyone else sees, it’s part that designers work at making the most visually interesting. Colour, shape, profile; these all combine to give a first impression of a vehicle.  However, if you think about it, the part of a car the driver most […]

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 […]

Haulin’ in Style

When Chevy began tidying up the design of their C/K series trucks in 1962, they also began to offer more more amenaties and options, as well as more appearance upgrades. By the time the 1964 models came around, you could get all kinds of varieties of side trim, two-toning and cab options. Like all ’60s […]

The Detail is IN the box, but not on it!

The old adage of not judging a book by its cover is sound. Sometimes, some of the most interesting things are found in the most  unlikely, or least attention-grabbing places! A perfect example of that is the Revell 1/25 1964 Chevy C/K Fleetside. With clean but not-overly-exciting styling and a box so boring it makes […]