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Weathering Your Models, The Older the Better
Law Enforcement Modelers of the World Unite
Kit Review: MPC Dodge Omni 024 (Kit number 1-0789)
Tips for the Frugal Modeler
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All the Models Gone, Long Time Passing
By Fred Sterns
By my own
admission, I am hopelessly sentimental. I pine for the days of old,
the 60's and 70's, when life as a youth was filled with good memories of
playing sports, hanging out with friend and, of course, building model
kits. Iíve had difficulty coming to grips with the fact that you
canít go back in time and change the past. Rather, you have to deal
with the present and future.
Your Models, The Older the Better
By Lenny Logatto
The first step to any project, of course, is
to choose your subject. In this case, itís the 48 Ford ragtop from
Testors. I like to use newer kits for building, as they have great
detail. Before starting, try and do some research on the subject
via books and magazines. Look at real cars on the road and in junk yards
to get a feel for what you want to accomplish in scale modeling.
Enforcement Modelers of the World Unite
By Nicholas Henson
One of the fastest growing parts of the hobby today is law enforcement models. Even though it is becoming popular, there arenít many people who know where to go for the right items to finish off their cruiser. Below is a list of the best aftermarket companies dealing in the 1/24-1/25 LE world. As always, send a SASE when requesting a catalog or information.
Ben Holokai, owner of AccuScale Models and Hobbies, produces the best LE decals Iíve personally seen. They are sold under the Code-7 name (which by the way means lunch break) and feature the tiniest details down to company logos on the lightbars.
Code-7 AccuScale Models and Hobbies
Chimneyville has bene one of the longest running decal manufacturers in the LE community. They have all 49 state agencies available (Hawaii does not ahve a state agency) and many other large city and fire departments. Most sheets come with the option customizing the numbers to produce a particular cruiser. $1 for catalog.
Fred Cady produces his LE decals in an unusual fashion, as each color is a separate decal. This means that they must be layered, but they produce some great looking and very accurate graphics packages.
Fred Cady Design, Inc.
Dave Panek produces custom light bars tosuit the individual modelerís needs. Each bar is hand made and features every option of the rear one, which makes these one of the best on the market. He is also a distributor for Chimneyville and Code-7 decals.
Models by Tony is one of the newest companies on the LE scene, but they have quickly become a great supplier for all sort of resin items and ecals. They feature conversion kits for the Impala, several wheel/tire combos for the Caprice and Crown Victoria, as well as semis and duallies, police accessories like strobe lights and push bumpers, and of course their own decals, Pursuit Plastics, Chimneyville and Code-7.
Model By Tony
Although this list is not comprehensive, it features several vendors to help you with aftermarket accessories. If you have any questions, please contact me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Review: MPC Dodge Omni 024 (Kit number 1-0789)
By Andrew Lacey
Tired of building those same old Vettes, Mustangs and Camaros? Try MPCís annual of the 1980 Dodge Omni 024. This kit can still be found cheaply (I found mine for $8 at a flea market), usually under $15.
I chose to build mine stock, including 13" wheels and normally aspirated engine. The stock tires seem a bit narrow, but the optional wheels and tires are too large, so I went stock here. This kit has several design flaws that require improvisation to make everything fit right. There is a conflict between the oil filter and lower radiator hose, neither of which fits per the instructions. I chose to eliminate the lower hose altogether, as it is nearly invisible from most angles.
Another problem is the front wheel drive and gearbox. These are
too be assembled prior to installing the engine, but I found the gearbox
would not match up to the engine. I went back and
After dealing with these problems, the remainder of the kit assembles
well. The kit is molded in a rather dull orange red color, so I painted
it in a similar color for improved appearance. Body trim was painted
flat black for added effect. MPC did slightly different issues of this
kit in 81-82, then renamed it Charger for 83. The 81 kit is called
Silver Bullet (#1-0710), the 82 is Sidewinder (#1-0815). Both are
molded in different colors. If youíre looking for something a bit
different to build, try an Omni!
for the Frugal Modeler
By Jimmy Anderson
Assembled models can be considered works of art. Managing to fund this sometimes expensive hobby can be somewhat of an art as well. Following ar some tips to help you stretch your modeling dollars.
1. Donít buy every kit you see. If you are a builder and collector, you wonít be able to resist opening a factory sealed box and inner bags. This immediately lowers the value of the kit, making it more difficult to get your money back in sale or trade. Alhtough you feel this kit will never leave your collection, ask a fellow collector for his disposal list!
2. Use houselhold items for detailing. Telephone wire stripped to the core works great for plus wires. Olds bracelets and necklaces can be used for tire chains, tailgate chains for pickups, safety chains for semis and wreckers. Dental floss and fishing line work well for emergency brake cables and other cables.
3. Buy clearance kits. Some of my best deals have come from the clearance racks of the local department store. Two to three dollars for an opened kit missing parts is common. These make wonderful additions to your parts box. The tires and wheels alone, plus decal sheet are worth the price alone. Many factory sealed kits can be had for $4-5. Itís easier to kitbash something when you donít spend much on it.
(Editors note: More tips from Jimmy in the next issue!)
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