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Chevrolet Corvette C1 (1959) by AutoArt - "Animal House"

I have to admit that last year, when I was looking for this car, I did not think it was so hard to find it, but it was a very difficult task. Wanting to add to my collection the 1959 Chevrolet Corvette C1 used in the movie "Animal House" immediately, I had decided not to buy the one with the official license of the movie (produced by ERTL/Joyride) as it was the 1961 model, so wrong . After searching on eBay I found that the only correct model was produced by AutoArt, but the prices were high and many sellers confused the model with that of 1958: finally after 4 unsuccessful shopping attempts, I found a German seller who found the correct model at a fairly reasonable price so I managed to bring it home! Needless to say, the level of detail is very high and every detail is reproduced in the best of ways, from body shapes to painting. The model is fully open (hood, trunk and door) as well as of course the removable hardtop roof that, when removed, allows you to taste the lines of this splendid convertible car. Whenever I have an Autotar model in my hands I always think that this brand never fails a shot, always producing high quality models! But bidding at the cracks, now enjoy the photos!

Posted by: Fabiano on Mon 6/12/2017 23:16 +

Kawasaki CHiPs (Bike 1) - Second step

Although I have been silent for a few weeks, I did not stop: I continued working on the first CHiPs Kawasaki and I must admit I was very happy with the progress made. I painted the lateral bags and replaced the plastic antenna with a new one created with iron wire (which I will then paint white with the red tip) and I have separated the lateral sides from the rear fender, so now I can position better the same lateral sides. After Nicola's suggestion, I also lowered the tank somewhat, especially at the front (you can see it in the last photos of this series): to do this, I have enlarged a tank inlet but I also tapered a few millimeters from the chassis. As a cherry on the cake, I added the frontal extra lights and even the windshield. Of course there is still a lot of work to do: I will try to keep you updated more steadily, but if you have any suggestions, come on!

Posted by: Fabiano on Thu 6/8/2017 21:19 +

Gardaland & Movieland 2017

Now it has become a tradition: as every May I will go with some friends to make a 2-day mini holiday in the theme parks Gardaland and Movieland. Now I know them very well, but it is an excuse to be together, to have fun and to see the new attractions introduced with the new season. Of course, as long as I do not get my phone back, many photos and videos will follow (this year I also bring my GoPro), so be patient and on my return I'll post a lot of new stuff!

Posted by: Fabiano on Tue 5/23/2017 16:22 +

Kawasaki CHiPs (Bike 1) - First step

Due to my usual work and family commitments, I can not devote myself daily to the realization of the two CHiPs bikes, but the work is still going on. For now, I completely removed the body parts (tank, side panels and rear fender) from the Kawasaki 750 and cut off part of its chassis (in the rear) to allow the mudguard and the flanks from the Kawasaki 1000 Police. In addition, I have enlarged the tank holes so that it can be rested on the Kawasaki 750 frame, since it is much wider than the 1000's. As a last resort, I replaced the drains (the Kawasaki has 3 exhaust pipes , 1 on the left and 2 on the right) with the Kawasaki 1000 exhausts: naturally they will be painted with chrome paint, as I will also do for the parabordo and the paramotor. I then tried to take a picture with some mounted parts, just to see if I'm on the right track, and the result I like a lot! The road is still long, but I'm on the right track! Upcoming Update!

Posted by: Fabiano on Sun 5/21/2017 10:13 +

CHiPs: a new project!

I've been thinking for so many years but I never found the right idea! But finally something got in my head! In this period am re-watching all the episodes of the TV series "CHiPs", so I decided to make replicas on scale 1:18 of the two mythical Kawasaki 900 used by John Baker and Frank Poncharello in the famous TV series. I know there are plastic models on the market on scale 1:12 and therefore not proportionate to my car collection. That's why I decided to realize them using a variety of 1:18 scale motorbikes (for exactly 4 distinct models) and combining the various pieces I should get a good result. The starting point is a model of the Kawasaki 750 produced by Solido: from this model I will definitely use the chassis, the wheels, the handlebars and the front fork (I do not think to use the engine, but we will see it during the works). To this model, I will add elements from an Harley Davidson Road King produced by Maisto (the flashing lights, the windshield, the footsteps), from a Kawasaki 1000 produced by the Motormax (the tank, the rear fender, the saddle, the bags, the siren and maybe the engine) and a Norton produced by Guiloy (the mufflers and the manifolds). At the moment I have already ordered all the models and I'm waiting to receive them (I should receive it all by May 10th), then I will start immediately with my new project. Meanwhile, I've been trying to create a photomontage of how every single bike should come: the result makes me hope for the success of this crazy idea, so enjoy the photo and stay tuned to see the work in progress of these two motorcycles. Of course, I accept tips!

Posted by: Fabiano on Thu 4/27/2017 19:59 +

Fate and the Furious - My personal review

It's a tradition: despite I don't like the fold that has taken this saga, I continue every time to want to go to the cinema to see the last episode with Toretto and companions... except curse this choice every time I leave the cinema! This time, in fact, I went to see "Fast & Furious 8" and as in the previous episode, I was very, very disappointed, so much so that I could use the same review written two years ago, changing only the title and a few adjectives and I quickly resolve the issue. But no, I want to write something new because I was really speechless in front of this new film. The story is really trivial, is related in part to events that occurred in the previous chapter, putting once again the members of the "family" in a mission of international bailout from terrorists, hackers, nuclear missiles and of course, but so much testosterone that continues to gush from the muscles of the 3 Alpha male protagonists of the film. I had already told two years ago, but it is worthwhile repeating: now the cars are just an excuse to put together a little bit of international espionage topped off with gigantic explosions, fist fights and ridiculous sci-informatics. They are well gone the days when a simple group of boys wore makeup their cars in the home garage challenging on a straight 1/4 mile: now those kids are the perfect 007, capable to thwart any danger threatens world peace, saving always the skin and always earning something. Ok, there is a little bit of action, but there should always be a bit of rationality and reality! It's really an insult to the intelligence of audience, see a submarine chasing five vehicles jump off the ice as the most agile of dolphins, or see thousands of cars that begin to move without a driver causing panic on the streets of New York. No, this time it really hit bottom, creating a ridiculous film, which seems a parody of this saga but that it is not: F&F8 will have certainly hit the box office, but the next chapter will surely one viewer in less... do not get me around anymore! They ruined a brand that was started 16 years ago in the best way and now retains nothing of the original movie, just the right title.

Posted by: Fabiano on Tue 4/18/2017 15:10 +

McLaren M6 GT del 1969 by Tecnomodel

Here I am! As promised today I show you the model I introduced yesterday, the 1969 McLaren M6 GT produced by Tecnomodel. Compared to other times, today it will be a real unboxing, because a really nice thing about this model is the box that contains it and it would be a shame not to show it. Needless to say that the model is really amazing, from every point of view. It is not a classic diecast model but it is a resin model, then unfortunately no opening, but for the rest the level of detail is very high. As I told you yesterday, I bought this model to cover a big lack in my collection, namely the Coyote X from "Hardcastle and McCormick". The McLaren was used as base vehicle to create unique car used in the first season of this series (remember, in fact, that from the second season they used the chassis of a DeLorean DMC with a fiberglass shell more "clumsy"). Compared to Coyote X, therefore, there is some difference, especially in the back (rear window and lights), but I shall undertake no changes to this model because it's so perfect and delicate, that I would never venture to fix it. The only change, perhaps, would be to obscure the front headlights with an adhesive film, but I have to think a bit before ... Now, before I leave you to the images gallery, I want to thank Nicola Fasano again for giving me the information about the existence of this model. Without his valuable information, probably today I would not have this beauty in my collection! Have a nice vision!

Posted by: Fabiano on Thu 4/6/2017 17:55 +

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