Tag Archives: MPC
Park This Where The Sun DOES Shine!
It takes skill and imagination to turn the everyday into something special. This is never more true than when it comes to creating radical custom rides out of pedestrian, workaday vehicles. However, the Vannin’ crew of the ’70s figured out how to do it, and it wasn’t long until the Japanese mini pickup was targeted […]
A Veritable Sprue Orgy!
For the first time since 2019, I was actually able to get to a model show! And, with a model show, comes the vendors’ room! This is, of course, my very favourite place to be; lots of weird and esoteric stuff and usually at pretty good prices! The Heritagecon 14 Vendors’ Room was no exception, […]
Maybe the “S” is for “Surplus”?
Deciding what to do with leftovers isn’t just a problem when you have half a turkey left after Christmas, or half a plate of cold chicken wings left after Superbowl Sunday. No, it can happen even to the biggest enterprises, like car makers! A perfect example of this happened when the Vega ceased production at […]
Trying to choose among many cool things is never easy. A good example of this is choosing which of many Monza kits to buy while I’m at hobby shops. The answer there is simple; all of them. However, it’s less obvious where to start with all of them. I guess others had the same problem, […]
They say you can’t get enough of a good thing. However, if good things are in short supply, then you have to turn your attention to what’s available. Thankfully, it seems that Chevy’s sporty-looking Monza 2+2 was available when it was needed! For reasons beyond current human understanding, everybody and his brother made a kit […]
Summer’s Last Bounty
With fall in full swing, and cold, rainy weather encroaching on us (at least where I am), I thought it would be a good time to think of nicer weather and get together my haul from the last of the summer’s road trips. It was pretty fun going from Michigan to Hamilton, Ontario, and hitting […]
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 […]
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 […]
Wheezing off into the Sunset
The end of the ’70s saw the final nails driven into the coffin of automotive excitement and performance. The Gas Crisis and government-mandated emissions standards choked all the fun out of driving. However, as the sun set on what had been a glorious chapter in the history of the car, a few car makers were […]
Paralyzed by (Odd) Choice(s)!
For me, finding unusual car kits that appeal to me is an ongoing quest, and one that meters out results in “ones and twos”. While I may find a treasure trove of Luft ’46 kits at one vendor’s table and a model show, or a tonne of Matchbox kits at a flea market, finding large […]