Airfix Anti-Pesto Van – Scale 1:12

Wallace & Gromit Anti-Pesto Austin A35 Van – Scale 1:12

  • Brand: Airfix
  • Title: Wallace & Gromit Anti-Pesto Van The Curse of the Were-Rabbit
  • Number: 51102
  • Scale: 1:12
  • Released: 2006

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From the hit film “The Curse of the Were-Rabbit” comes Wallace and Gromit and their “Anti-pesto van.” The kit is an Austin A35 Van, in  1/12-scale with rubber tires, opening and closing doors, chrome grill and bumper, including figures of Wallace and Gromit.

Great fun to build, this was on a limited edition release from airfix, and is currently tricky to find although they do come up from time to time on popular auction sites.

Built from the box as always, I have read with interest some modellers unhappy with various elements of the kit using filler etc to correct before building.

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Ford A-Type Flathead – 1/16 scale


  • Brand: Minicraft
  • Model; A-Type Sedan
  • Ref Number: 11232
  • Scale: 1:16
  • Released:  2000

The Ford flathead V8 (often called simply the Ford flathead, flathead Ford, or flatty when the context is implicit, such as in hot-rodding) is a V8 engine of the valve-in-block type designed by the Ford Motor Company and built by Ford and various licensees. During the engine’s first decade of production, when overhead-valve engines were rare, it was usually known simply as the Ford V‑8, and the first car model in which it was installed, the Model 18, was (and still is) often called simply the “Ford V8”, after its new engine.

One of the 10 best engines of the 20th century

It was the first independently designed and built V8 engineproduced by Ford for mass production, and it ranks asone of thecompany’s most important developments. A fascination withever-more-powerful engines was perhaps the most salient aspect of theAmerican car and truck market for a half century, from 1923 until 1973.
The Ford flathead V8 was perfectly in tune with the culturalmoment of its introduction, leading the way into a future of whichthe Ford company was a principal architect. Thus it became aphenomenal success.The engine design, with various changes but nomajor ones, was installed in Ford passenger cars and trucks until1953, making the engine’s 21-year production run for the U.S.consumer market longer than the 19-year run of the Ford Model Tengine for that market. The engine was on Ward’s list of the 10 bestengines of the 20th century. It was a staple of hot rodders in the1950s, and it remains famous in the classic car hobbies even today, despite the huge variety of other popular V8s that followed.

SuperVette The Classic ’63 Corvette Stingray – Scale 1/16

  • Brand: MPC
  • Title: SuperVette The original classic ’63 Corvette Stingray
  • Number: 1-3056
  • Scale: 1:16
  • Released: 1977


Exterior styling

The 1963 Sting Ray production car’s lineage can be traced to two
separate GM projects: the Q-Corvette, and perhaps more directly,
Mitchell’s racing Sting Ray. The Q-Corvette, initiated in 1957,
envisioned a smaller, more advanced Corvette as a coupe-only model,
boasting a rear transaxle, independent rear suspension, and four-wheel
disc brakes, with the rear brakes mounted inboard. Exterior styling was
purposeful, with peaked fenders, a long nose, and a short, bobbed tail.

The Sting Ray

A rear-engined Corvette was briefly considered during 1958–60,
progressing as far as a full-scale mock-up designed around the Corvair’s
entire rear-mounted power package, including its complicated air-cooled
flat-six as an alternative to the Corvette’s usual water-cooled V-8. By
the fall of 1959, elements of the Q-Corvette and the Sting Ray Special
racer would be incorporated into experimental project XP-720, which was
the design program that led directly to the production 1963 Corvette
Sting Ray.

Steam Fire Engine – Scale 1/12

  • 1911 Christie American Steam Fire Engine
  • Airfix – Nr. 20442
  • scale 1:12
  • Build Time: 200 hours


Entex 1:16 1931 Ford Model A Deluxe Van

Ford Model A Deluxe Van

  • Brand: Entex Industries
  • Title: 1931 Ford Model A Deluxe Van
  • Number: 9016
  • Scale: 1:16
  • Released: 1970’s

The Kit: Part started vintage Entex, a number of parts were scratch built, some repair to structural parts before assembly, build time 50 hours.

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The Model A

Was the first Ford to use the standard set of driver controls with conventional clutch and brake pedals, throttle, and gearshift. Previous Fords used controls that had become uncommon to drivers of other makes. The Model A’s fuel tank was situated in the cowl, between the engine compartment’s fire wall and the dash panel. It had a visual fuel gauge, and the fuel flowed to the carburetor by gravity.

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Safety Glass

A rear-view mirror was optional. In cooler climates, owners could purchase an aftermarket cast iron unit to place over the exhaust manifold to provide heat to the cab. A small door provided adjustment of the amount of hot air entering the cab. The Model A was the first car to have safety glass in the windshield.

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Mercedes 300 SL cabriolet – 1/16 Italeri

Vintage Kit, beautifully cast, and a fine addition to anyones collection

The Mercedes-Benz 300 SL (W198) was the first iteration of the SL-Class grand tourer and fastest production car of its day. Introduced in 1954 as a two-seat coupé with distinctive gull-wing doors, it was later offered as an open roadster.



Built by Daimler-Benz AG, the direct fuel injected production model was based on the company’s highly successful yet somewhat less powerful carbureted overhead cam straight 6 1952 racer, the W194.

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3.0 litre engine displacement

The idea of a toned-down Grand Prix car tailored to affluent performance enthusiasts in the booming post-war American market was suggested by Max Hoffman. Mercedes accepted the gamble and the new 300 SL – 300 for its 3.0 litre engine displacement and SL for Sport Leicht (Sport Light) – was introduced at the 1954 New York Auto Show rather than the Frankfurt or Geneva gatherings company models made their usual debuts.


A modern Icon

Immediately successful and today iconic, the 300 SL stood alone with its distinctive doors, first-ever production fuel injection, and world’s fastest top speed. The original coupé was available from March 1955 to 1957, the roadster from 1957 to 1963.

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A smaller, slightly heavier, less luxurious and much cheaper 1.9 liter roadster using the Ponton class 4-cylinder engine was introduced in 1955 as the 190 SL. Both the 300 SL and the 190 SL were followed in the Mercedes line by the 230 SL. The more modern 426 kW; 579 PS (571 hp), nearly 320 km/h (200 mph), gull-winged Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG is regarded as the 300 SL’s spiritual successor

Lindberg Stutz Racer – 1/16

Lindberg Stutz Racer 1914 – Mud and Glory

  • scale: 1/16
  • manufactured by: Lindberg USA
  • Year of release: 1977
  • parts: approx 50
  • build time: 50+ hours

The Stutz Motor Company was an American producer of luxury cars based in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA. Production began in 1911 and continued until 1935. The brand reappeared in 1968 under the aegis of Stutz Motor Car of America, Inc., and with a newly defined modern retro-look. Although the company is still active today, actual sales of factory produced vehicles ceased in 1995. Throughout its history, Stutz was known as a producer of fast cars (America’s first sports car) The Stutz Racer – 1914


The Build

I built this model some years ago, and as you may have seen if you follow the site, I’ve recently been photographing some older car kits I’ve done way back when. I remember opening the box to find very few parts, no chromed and no clear parts, sparse detailing, but it doesn’t really detract from the kit, it actually builds into a fairly decent base model, which requires some careful painting to bring it to life, and i went for a  mud track racing legend in all its dirty glory….

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The Stutz Racer

1957 Corvette 1/16 – MPC

Mpc 1957 Corvette 1/16 Kit – Trophy Series

  • Scale: 1/16
  • Issued in: 1979
  • Manufactured by: MPC


In 1956, there was no doubt Chevrolet was in the sports car business. The Corvette offered a convertible top with power assist optional, real glass roll up window (also with optional power assist), and an optional hardtop. The 3-speed manual transmission was standard. The Powerglide automatic was optional. The six-cylinder engine was gone. The V8 remained at 265 cubic inches but power ranged from 210 to 240 hp (160 to 180 kW).

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57′ Corvette

Visually the 1957 model was a near-twin to 1956. Engine displacement
increased to 283 cu in (4.6 L), fuel injection became optional, and a
4-speed manual transmission was available after April 9, 1957

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Revell 1/16 Model T Ford

Model T Ford

  • Manufactured by: Revell
  • Length: 226mm
  • Part Count: 126
  • Scale: 1/16
  • Build Time: 90+ hours



The car which revolutionsied the notion of not only how efficiently a
factory could be run; in turn driving down the cost of a car and making
it accessable to a whole new audience. Despite reliability issues, the
Model T Ford is set in the annals of history as a game-changer.

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Assembly Line

The assembly line system allowed Ford to sell his cars at a price lower than his competitors due to the efficiency of the system. As he continued to fine-tune the system, he was able to keep reducing his costs. As his volume increased, he was able to also lower the prices due to fixed costs being spread over a larger number of vehicles. Other factors affected the price such as material costs and design changes.

Mercer Type 35R Raceabout – Scale 1/16

Mercer Type 35R Raceabout

  • Manufactured by bandai
  • Year of manufacture: 1970’s
  • scale: 1/16

The build

Pre-owned, built complete with no instructions [lots of research] no decals, coach lined by hand [passable] great old kit, I really enjoyed the challenge, 8 week build, 2 for painting



Mercer was an American automobile manufacturer from 1909 until 1925. It was notable for its high-performance cars, especially the Type 35 Raceabout.

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Type 35R Raceabout

Type 35R Raceabout was capable of over 90 mph (140 km/h). The
Raceabout’s inline 4-cylinder T-head engine displaced 293 cubic inches
(4,800 cc) and developed 55 horsepower (41 kW) at 1,650 revolutions per
minute. It won five of the six 1911 races it was entered in, losing
only the first Indianapolis 500. Hundreds of racing victories followed.
The Raceabout became one of the premier racing thoroughbreds of the
era- highly coveted for its quality construction and exceptional

Racing Tragedy

In the 1914 road races in Elgin, Illinois, two Raceabouts collided and
wrecked. Spencer Wishart, a champion racer who always wore shirt and tie
under his overalls, was killed along with the car’s mechanic, John
Jenter. This prompted the company to cancel its racing program. The
Raceabout’s designer left the company that year, and subsequent designs
did not live up to the glory and appeal the Type-35R had earned.