Moebius 1971 Ford Ranger Review by Rick Hopkins

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By Rick Hopkins
This review is for the new release of the Moebius 1/25th scale 1971 Ford Ranger pick up truck.
This kit is well worth the cost, it’s super detailed in every way! I’ve built three of these kits now and all of them fit together very well with the exception of the tailgate halves (need to sand the two halves before fitting together) and the wind-shield fits a little tight between the roof and cowling (be careful so as not to snap the clear plastic.)
Also, the body texture itself is a little rough,  it’s not real smooth like most models I’ve built in the past. to fix that, all you need to do is spray on a couple coats of primer and sand it before you do final paint. On my two kits you see here, I scratch built two different camper shells **not included in kit**
The kit is very accurate to the real truck… I had a real one of these back in the 80’s and this kit is dead on! Great job Moebius!
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Revell 1:25th scale 1950 Ford F-1 kit By Rick Hopkins

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Here is an old one for you guys…Its a reissue of the old Revell 1:25th scale 1950 Ford F-1 kit.  This model reissue is of the street rod version but it does come with some of the old stock parts like the steely wheels, and hubcaps. It does have the old flathead block and some of the other parts but it replaces the flatheads with two chrome Hemi type heads and a three carburettor intake.
The body and chassis parts are moulded in crisp white plastic with red lenses for the chrome tail-light plus the clear parts for the windows and headlights. All the parts seem to still be pretty crisp with hardly any flash even after about 10 years since the model was first released.
The model went together fairly well as expected but I did do some altercations to make it personalized. I blacked out two of the kits really nice pop-in white wall tires and then added rust, dirt and grim along with a few parts box extras in the simulated wood bed.
Well after all these years of building planes, tanks, figures and a load of other type of models this 1:25th scale model kit just reminded me how fun and rewarding it could be! I recommend this kit to the pro or the novice….it’s a great kit either way!

Too Late for Jake, but At Last a Train in Sterling

Richard Jacobs pauses just before returning to the nursing home after the last railfan outing of his life. He would die nearly two weeks later. Richard Jacobs pauses just before returning to the nursing home after the last railfan outing of his life. He would die nearly two weeks later.

A westbound manifest freight cruises through Sterling on a late Sunday afternoon on the day of Richard Jacob's funeral. A westbound manifest freight cruises through Sterling on a late Sunday afternoon on the day of Richard Jacobs’ funeral.

Richard Jacobs wanted one last outing in Sterling. It would not be an easy one to arrange.

Cancer was eating away at his body and he could not move on his own. Nonetheless, he arranged for a specially-fitted van to take him to Sterling on a Wednesday for one more outing with the Loopers, as the group that gathers there weekly calls themselves.

He made sure that I knew about his planned outing and I said I would be there.

Given Jake’s condition, it wasn’t a sure thing that he would be able to make it. The date was set for Wednesday, June 10.

As that…

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