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yup...I think I will do a simple Dog House Fighter...for me, for my collection,
and to add to the Koolwheelz models.
Its on the list...sometime...

I need to go prepare the latest release...
we've still got four models left over from October, yet to be revealed.

And, I've already got two more models done...
that makes six unreleased models!

And...
having fun with this one today.
This'll make seven new ones!
Its gonna be a busy November/December!

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Here's the link, Dave, Mike Hungerford: WWI Flying Ace Model

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Old 11-10-2017, 03:08 PM
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Yep, that's the one I used VK, but I of course shrunk it to better fit with the Baron's Fokker, which is by Brian Collins. 1/4 sized of course.
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And, I've already got two more models done...
that makes six unreleased models!

And...
having fun with this one today.
This'll make seven new ones!
Its gonna be a busy November/December!

My favorite endurance racer, Thank you Dave, looks great so far, classic British Racing Green i presume from the marking on the car?
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Old 11-10-2017, 04:20 PM
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yup...green...but not an actual race livery...just my made up version.
soon.


........
But for now, lets do this:

Bricklin SV1

I met two or three Bricklins during my Automotive career.
I really liked them.
No, it wasn't a great car.
Felt like driving most other Fords of that era.
Heavy, underpowered, and full of cheap plastic and vinyl.
And the fit and finish of the body left a lot to be desired.

But it was such a cool and unique car.

Reminded me more of the many fiberglass kit cars that were of big interest at that time.
Except this kit car was built on a proper space frame chassis with a V8 engine instead of a Volkswagen Beetle.
(not that I don't love Beetles!...I owned a VW powered Dune Buggy in the 70s!)

What I liked about the Bricklin was that it was created to prove that Sports Cars could be safe and cheap.
The SV-1 (Safety Vehicle One) came in five "safety" colours.
Designed to compete with the Corvette Stingray, it cost half the price.
The Bricklin body was a composite fiberglass and plastic construction making it rust proof and cheap to repair.
Electrically operated Gull Wing Doors made it stylish and exotic .
And it had the safety features lacking in most cars at that time, like cage frame construction with side impact beams.
It also featured the very new larger front and rear 5mph safety bumpers.

And it was made right here in Canada.

Unfortunately it came out at a time when gas prices were soaring.
..and pollution controls were choking engines, and robbing performance
...and making V8 sports cars very redundant.
Being a two door sports car, it already faced a limited market.

The Bricklin car company had other problems too...issues with body quality and finish, as well as slow unit production.
In the end, the company failed after only three years of production and less than 3000 Bricklin SV-1 built.
You can still find many used and restored Bricklins for sale today at very reasonable prices.
I don't know if its an investment car, but with such limited numbers the Bricklin is a rare breed.

If I could get my hands on one...real cheap...I would seriously consider a restoration project of my own.
In the meantime, I will have to settle for a miniature paper version...KoolWheelz style.

As soon as I get it published, you'll find it in the Specialz - Road Cars section at my website.



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Old 11-10-2017, 04:29 PM
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Ah yes the Brick. My dad had a 75 in the green body, Then he got rid ERRRRR sold it 2 weeks before I was to get my drivers license :P OH WELL..
Looking forward to this one and maybe I can drive this one around.
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Old 11-10-2017, 10:14 PM
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I'm a lifelong Snoopy/Charlie Brown fan...
When I first started the Koolwheelz models, I was planning on doing a Snoopy Dog House Fighter.
(I did a Snoopy themed BiPlane entry for the Fiddlers Green contest many years ago)

But I found a model of Snoopy's Dog House already online, so I never bothered with it.

I can't seem to find that model now...so maybe I should rethink that one.

It would be a pretty simple model.
I'll add it to the list.

I don't know what the others are...I don't care.
I didn't do The Jetsons Car because of Hot Wheels.
I watched Jetsons as a kid.
I have no interest in a Duck...even if it is from Batman. lol
And you have to keep in mind what I can create in miniature, from one or two paper parts.
I took the pic mainly to remind myself that those 2 are out there, and to grab them when I can afford them. My son is the one who wants George's car. I actually took another picture of it that shows it better. (Today was payday, and I bought him a Hot Wheels Homer's Car I found in a Dollar General). It just occurred to me later that Snoopy might make a good Koolwheelz. Glad I guessed right. As for The Duck, I'm actually kinda glad you're not THAT into Batman vehicles...

Thanx for the Bricklin too, btw.
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Where do I post my build of ELVIRA's 59 T-Bird? October or November?
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Old 11-13-2017, 04:44 PM
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Next new release is here...

My 1968 Pontiac Parisienne 2+2 Sport

Out of all the vehicles I have owned in my life, if I had the chance to get just one of them back, it would be this car.
I bought this 1968 Pontiac around 1979, as a winter-beater and temporary ride while I searched for a new daily driver.

I ended up driving the car for about a year and sold it for close to what I paid for it (about $200).
It was big...no, it was huge...and comfortable, and quiet, and full of power.
I always joked that you could park a compact car in the Trunk! and still have room for a case of Beer.

I eventually sold it because it was rusty and needed bodywork, and the engine needed a valve job.
I went through a case of Oil (24 Quarts) every 400 miles!
Granted, a case of Oil was less than $20 at that time! lol

The Parisienne was exclusively a Canadian car...built and sold right here.
The Parisienne and Laurentians were comparable to the American Catalina and Bonneville and similar line,
but the Canadian cars were a bit shorter since they were built on the full size Chevrolet Impala chassis.
And, since it was basically a Chev Impala underneath, you ordered a Chevy engine instead of Pontiac motor.
And I mean any available Chev motor! ...283 small blocks to 454 big blocks!
My Parisienne had an awesome 327 (another reason I wish I still had it!)

The Parisienne came in a number of variations...2 and 4 door, 2+2 Sport and Grand luxury versions.
Convertibles were common, as were the Vinyl covered roofs. Mine had a big bench seat up front,
but Bucket seats and center Console were also available
The distinctive pointed nose made the car really stand out, with the 68 version having the largest and most prominent hood extension.

I wish I had never sold this car...but in 1979, a car like this was a "worn out 11 year old used car".
Today, a 10 year old car is just a "used car" and almost as costly as a new one.
Today, a 1968 Pontiac is "classic", "vintage chrome" and a "muscle machine".
Oh how times have changed. Oh how we all kick ourselves.

Look for the model in the Specialz - Road Carz section.



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I can almost smell the oil now, Dave!

Looks great.
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