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Originally posted by JTello@Mar 30 2004, 09:14 AM

If I were displaying this OP it would be in robot mode. I actually feel that the WRX Smokescreen, although cool in robot mode, actually is a bit sweeter in as the WRX,.. for display purposes.

Have you considered Burago's line of die cast models? I have a Rally Focus.

 

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This one is 1/24 scale and you assemble it and apply the decals (Hint: A bit of Micro Sol is your friends with all the complex curves!). The steering works and the doors open on this one.

 

-j

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I buy plenty of vehicle die-casts and I generally stay well away from 1:24. There is just not enough real estate on the models to allow for the level of details I want. 1:18 generally makes me very happy. Burago makes good ones, but Maisto is generally my maker of choice.

 

The 1:24's handle body countours and the general shape just fine, it's just when you get to the smaller details that the fineness and the delicacy is lost. For example, look at the bumper in your Focus. The details just don't look quite right to my eyes. More of an approximation than a close rendition. But they do have the benefit of being cheaper and taking less room.

 

This is of course, discounting the high-end models with things like real carpets that go for $80 a piece.

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Originally posted by Sam P@Mar 30 2004, 12:34 PM

... I generally stay well away from 1:24. There is just not enough real estate on the models to allow for the level of details I want.

Funny, I was thinking the same thing. I think I'll weather this one to make it look like it just finished a muddy rally and start on 1/18. Do you get to assemble and apply the decals on 1/18?

 

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Some. I remember a series that came out last year that required pseudo assembly. The die cast parts were painted, but you still have to snap-together the chassis, the wheels, the chairs, etc. and apply the decals. It was made by one of the cheap American plastic model makers, and the quality reflects this, i.e., mediocre.

 

I generally would rather not have to do any assembly/ decal application. 1.) I'm not very good at it. 2.) It's the looking at, holding and displaying that I enjoy.

 

I was never into building models. Plastic models just don't give the satisfaction of die-cast - the weight is a huge part for me. Just feels worlds more substantial and collectible. But I digress.

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Originally posted by Sam P@Mar 30 2004, 12:51 PM

I generally would rather not have to do any assembly/ decal application. 1.) I'm not very good at it. 2.) It's the looking at, holding and displaying that I enjoy.

I don't want to paint the model, but I like doing the decals and weathering. The models that offer a small degree of assembly make it easier to get at various parts for touch-ups and weathering.

 

-j

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Originally posted by FreakTornado@Mar 30 2004, 12:54 PM

Don't forget to bust out one window, cave in a door and break an axle, while your at it.

I can't cave in a door, but maybe I could break a window. I wonder if I could find a tiny jack kit? Then I could make little diorama with it in a ditch.

 

If I had a WRX rally car I could prominently place a water bottle on its hood. Remember that team two years ago that topped off their radiator with water from a nearby swimming pool?

 

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Or you could buy a Group B model, and set up a diorama of it wiping out innocent rally fans standing by the road in the bitter cold, in the hopes of just catching a glimpse of their hero speeding by...only to be killed in the prime of their lives. The hubris of mankind. Just a thought.

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Oops, went a bit off-topic there I guess.

 

One of the few things that I kept from my childhood is some die-cast models of a few Ferrari models, one is a 1950's Testarossa, another is a 512BB, and I believe I have a 308 as well. I'm pretty sure they are Buragos.

 

I was pretty much a Ferrari fanatic as a kid.

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Originally posted by Robot Monkey+Mar 30 2004, 10:27 AM--></div><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (Robot Monkey @ Mar 30 2004, 10:27 AM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'> <!--QuoteBegin-FreakTornado@Mar 30 2004, 01:21 PM

I was pretty much a Ferrari fanatic as a kid.

Aaaah! Tifosi! Unclean, unclean! [/b]

Yeah, yeah...the cry of the terminally inferior, what is it? Lemme guess...Porsche fan?

 

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