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I'm curious, with all of the showcars and unique cars that have been rendered in model kit form, does anyone have a favorite? From the Silhouette to the Popcorn Machine to all the Tom Daniel kits to...?...what is it that strikes your fancy? Can you narrow it down to one?
 

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Well we're talking models. I'd have to say JoHan's Chyrsler Turbine. The original not the curbside.

Detailed everything. Even the parts trees are engineered to nest together in the box.
 

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Though it's not technically a show car, or even a "real" car, my favorite is AMT's AMTronic. I'd like to see more kits of concept cars and trade-show prototypes.

-Neil

p.s. Of real cars, probably Carl Casper's Undertaker.
 

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For me, the weirder, the better, which is why I think I am really drawn to some of the stuff that was based on Tom Daniel's designs, or the Hard Hat Hauler and things like that. I just love that stuff! :jest:
 

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Geez, it's hard to pick a favorite. I'm a big fan of Tom Daniels stuff. I've got a half finished T'rantula waiting for me. I'm also eagerly awaiting the rerelease of the S'cool Bus later this year. Been wanting to rebuild that model for some time. Would love to see Revellogram rerelease Rommel's Rod. Other than the TD stuff there were a lot of great kits based on TV & movie show cars I really enjoyed. What about the original Meyers Manx Dune buggy. I don't think I've seen that kit since the late 60's.
 

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Wow, Tom Daniels certainly had an Imaginative mind. The Red Baron for sure, I remember building Rommel's Rod when I was a kid (Fluke has a nice one). Im trying to finnish Tom's Roarin Rail right now (it now has an interesting twist to it) a few more days till done. :freak:

The Deals Wheels stuff was neat too, I had a green VW Bug. :cool:
 

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Rommel's Rod

I spoke to Tom a few years ago and he informed me at the time that the tooling for RR had been destroyed. I had a chance to buy one that was partially built at a show, but passed on it at the time because the dealer was asking too much.
 

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Tom Daniels!

LOVE Tom Daniels kits! As a member of a local car modeller's club for years i was given guff about it too. "They aren't "serious" cars you know." My favorite is probably the Red Baron, followed closely by the Boot Hill Express. The California Street Vette (Tom's car) was one i built quite a few of as well. It was one of the better fitting kits of the time i think.
 

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tr7nut said:
...As a member of a local car modeller's club for years i was given guff about it too. "They aren't "serious" cars you know."
Too funny, isn't it? I wish they WERE serious cars! Even so, they make great kits and as a kid, these are some of the models that really got me into modeling (besides the Aurora figure kits).
 

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Childhood memories...

When we lived in North Kingston R.I. back about 71 or 2 we had a big custom car show at our mall. I clearly remember being afraid and awed by the Boot Hill Express and Red Baron, NEAT CARS!! My father thought the V-8 Juice can Car was just the coolest thing! Nothing else sticks out in my mind but those three, but obviously they made a lasting impression. ;)
 

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The Hannible Twin Eight from The Great Race. I scratchbuilt one years ago, and got a card kit just the other day. Now if someone would just release a regular kit of it.(are you listening Polar Lights?)
Otherwise it would have to be Rommels Rod.
 

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I can't pick one. But here are a few of my favorites: Rommel's Rod, Boot Hill Express, Cherry Bomb, Groovy Grader, Bad Medicine and the Dragon Wagon.



I wish I could take credit for the above picture, but the last time I built a Dragon Wagon I was in 3rd or 4th grade and this is how I like to remember that it turned out.
 

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I've been puzzling this question until my puzzler was sore. There's a lot of the crazy rods that I have built--and a lot that I haven't. Unfortunately, several of the popular choices so far are among the one's I never owned or haven't yet built. Of the one's that have passed through my hands I would have to pick (drum roll, please)...the Tijuana Taxi.
 

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My favorite is the Walker Models Case Steam Tractor.. 354 cast pewter parts, real wooden canopy. chain steering and all. In 1/87.
 

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tr7nut said:
My favorite is probably the Red Baron, followed closely by the Boot Hill Express. The California Street Vette (Tom's car) was one i built quite a few of as well. It was one of the better fitting kits of the time i think.
Love the Red Baron, as well. Local shop's got the re-pop in the tin, I really need to pick it up.

The Street Vette was my absolute favorite model when I was in 6th grade. It fit beautifully, and mine didn't have a drop of paint on it. Molded in Color! I used to have chase scenes on my bedroom using that one and the Bandit, which was never advertised as the Bandit.

Wish I could find one of those Vettes now, when my skills have improved somewhat.
 

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Narrowing it down...

Okay, let's narrow this down to your favorite showcar that became a model kit...or just a model that was based on an IDEA that was a great drawing!

For mine, I'd have to go with either the Predicta or Silhouette. I think I remember reading in Boy's Life years ago how in 10 years, cars would fly, etc. One of the drawings closely resembled the Silhouette.
 

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E-Bay!

Watch E-Bay, i don't think the Street Vette is too expensive yet. It's 1980's edition of the yellow vette wagon is probably even cheaper. I've still got one tucked away somewhere to build for me, but Pop has my best example in his office at home. It's painted metallic Ruby Red, other than that the interior is black and it does have the black trim and cragars from the original kit.
 
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