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AussieReg
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Posted: Wednesday, April 22, 2020 - 11:21 AM UTC
Cool, I will put you down for 1 then 5, and look forward to seeing a double-decker bus in the build list, and hopefully down the track some time in your driveway!

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Posted: Thursday, April 23, 2020 - 12:15 AM UTC
I would be in for 1 followed by 5
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Posted: Sunday, April 26, 2020 - 05:17 PM UTC
Hi D,

Id be in for 1, 5, or 6. I think I could blend 1 and 5, and 6, you know - a Ferrari!

Cheers
Nick
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Posted: Tuesday, April 28, 2020 - 06:02 PM UTC
Running tally Only 2 days to go and 12 people voting

1. Dreams are Free! - 19 points
2. Best of British/French - 5 points
3. Country of Origin - USA - 4 points
4. Country of Origin - Japan - 2 points
5. Country of Origin - Germany - 5 points
6. Country of Origin - Italy - 1 point

It looks like we start planning on a "Dream Car" to take its place on the bench come October!

Cheers, D
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Posted: Tuesday, April 28, 2020 - 06:24 PM UTC
Hmmm, looks like my dreams are limited to a Ferrari Testarossa, Corvette Indy car, a Ford F-350, a '56 T bird or a Mustang (66-67-68-70).
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Posted: Tuesday, April 28, 2020 - 06:37 PM UTC

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It looks like we start planning on a "Dream Car" to take its place on the bench come October!


I have my startup line ready: VW Beetle Cabriolet, Suzuki Jimny SUV, Mercedes 300SL Gullwing. Coincidentally, two German Ladies and a Japanese one. With very much grief I have to announce Damian that there is no place allotted to Chevrolet for that campaign.
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Posted: Wednesday, April 29, 2020 - 12:42 AM UTC
2005 or 2017 Ford GT will probably be mine.
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Posted: Wednesday, April 29, 2020 - 01:18 AM UTC
Glad to see that "Dreams are Free" is leading the pack by a comfortable margin. We will still have to define what's a Dream car. For someone like me, it could be a classic road car, or street car of any time period from the 1960s to literally today. In any event, the odds are it will be a Porsche.

Joel
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Posted: Wednesday, April 29, 2020 - 01:41 AM UTC

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We will still have to define what's a Dream car.



To me, the definition of a "Dream Car" is anything with wheels that you would just love to have sitting in your driveway or garage at home! Car, truck, bike, bus, tractor, ride-on mower, whatever!

Very simple choice for me, and no surprise to anybody here.




Cheers, D
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Posted: Wednesday, April 29, 2020 - 02:56 AM UTC

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To me, the definition of a "Dream Car" is anything with wheels that you would just love to have sitting in your driveway or garage at home! Car, truck, bike, bus, tractor, ride-on mower, whatever!



D.' definition it's most comprehensive. Probably I'm going to copy / paste it in the next TCC subject acceptance definition.
Although I am blown away by mechanical marvels like Bugatti Chiron or McLaren and such, I'm much more down to Earth. Furthermore, Damian's definition narrows in my case:
It has to be affordable, it has to start every time, it has to be easy to maintain and fix with a pair of jacks and a set of (metric) spanners, and it has to have some character, but not outside the common sense.
Volkswagen Beetle MKI and Suzuki Jimny fit perfectly the bill for me. Mercedes 300SL it's the only exception - the irrational love that is - and it's the only car ever manufactured for which I'd spend more than 5000 USD. I know, my offer it's a little off

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Posted: Wednesday, April 29, 2020 - 05:28 AM UTC

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fix with a pair of jacks and a set of (metric) spanners


Well Crap, that cuts my list to the Testarossa!
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Posted: Wednesday, April 29, 2020 - 06:00 AM UTC
Well dream cars makes it both easier and harder for me i have so many cars i can do, but the 1957 Ferrari 250 Testarossa is up in the pack and i have a really nice Hasegawa 1/24 scale kit with extra pe set.
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Posted: Wednesday, April 29, 2020 - 01:05 PM UTC
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., it has to start every time, it has to be easy to maintain and fix with a pair of jacks and a set of (metric) spanners, and it has to have some character, ...



Surely this hurdle is way too high for any Chevy to pass!

cheers
Michael
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Posted: Wednesday, April 29, 2020 - 02:29 PM UTC
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., it has to start every time, it has to be easy to maintain and fix with a pair of jacks and a set of (metric) spanners, and it has to have some character, ...



Surely this hurdle is way too high for any Chevy to pass!

cheers
Michael



Now that's just rude! I see that nobody has picked up on the "operative words" in the definition:

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sitting in your driveway or garage at home



No mention of actual drivability

Cheers, D
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Posted: Thursday, April 30, 2020 - 03:10 AM UTC
This is going to really shape up to one super GB for sure.

Joel
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Posted: Thursday, April 30, 2020 - 12:25 PM UTC
Final tally and the people have spoken!

1. Dreams are Free! - 19 points
2. Best of British/French - 5 points
3. Country of Origin - USA - 4 points
4. Country of Origin - Japan - 2 points
5. Country of Origin - Germany - 5 points
6. Country of Origin - Italy - 1 point

Many thanks to Joel for the topic suggestion. Start thinking about your build (or builds - looking at YOU Gabriel!) for the Dreams are Free Auto Group Build which will commence on October 1, 2020.

Lead-up thread has been created HERE to get the fine details and inspiration discussions flowing.

Cheers, D
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Posted: Thursday, April 30, 2020 - 06:54 PM UTC

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it has to start every time, it has to be easy to maintain and fix with a pair of jacks and a set of (metric) spanners, and it has to have some character, ...sitting in your driveway or garage at home... Drive-able



With the possible exception of metric spanners that only leaves this:

Joel_W
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Posted: Friday, May 01, 2020 - 02:43 AM UTC
D,
If there's a new led up thread, will this thread be shut down, as we really don't need both?

Joel
AussieReg
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Posted: Monday, May 04, 2020 - 11:12 AM UTC

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D,
If there's a new led up thread, will this thread be shut down, as we really don't need both?

Joel



Hi Joel.

This thread will run for decades into the future as we continue to discuss Group Build themes and priorities. It will survive past most of us and be passed down proudly into the hands of future AutoModeler admin staff.

Cheers, D
AussieReg
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Posted: Friday, July 31, 2020 - 02:03 PM UTC
Time to put our thinking caps on again folks. The following is the current list of Group Build Themes from page 1 -


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1. Chopped and Changed - Modified kits, kitbash builds or scratchbuilding projects.

2. Dirty, Dusty and Rusty - Dirty, badly weathered or fully rusted out "barn find" cars.

3. White Challenge - any vehicle painted white (or derivatives) - to challenge the skill of the modeler with most difficult finish.

4. Bad Taste - for ugly custom build, restoration partly finished or finished in mismatching color cars.

5. Heart of the beast - animal manufacturers, any manufacturer with an animal as a badge (Jaguar, Porsche, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Holden, Dodge, Alfa Romeo, etc)

6. A bit of muscle - American muscle cars.

7. The Big Three - Country of Origin (as listed in post below by Andy)

8. The Blue Oval - anything Ford (October 2019 - March 2020) - COMPLETED

9. Land of the Rising Sun - anything of Japanese manufacture

10. Big Rigs - Trucks rigid or articulated (Perpetual annual event Jan-Dec)

11. The Early Years of Auto - anything manufactured prior to the start of WWII

12. Strip, Track and Trail - Drag strip, Race circuit or Rally track cars, bikes and trucks (April - September 2020)

13. When Two or Three will do - Bikes and Trikes

14. Ragtop Rules - Anything convertible or Soft Top

15. Flame On - Decals, mask or freehand, put the flames on!

16. Union Jack & Tricolore - Commonwealth and French Manufacturers showcase

17. Work and delivery - Those light commercial vehicles, pick-ups (Utes), panel vans, mini-buses

18. Emergency Services - Police, Fire, Ambulance, Rescue, Coast Guard etc

19. Stars of the Screen! - Vehicles that have featured in Movies or TV shows.

20. Dreams are Free! - Follow your dreams, build the car, bike or truck that you would love to have sitting in the garage!(October 2020 - March 2021)



"Dreams are Free!" kicks off in 2 months, and we all know how quickly time passes when we get immersed in this grand hobby! I have selected 3 of the GB themes for us to vote on for the next Group Build to run from April to September 2021.

1. Best of British/French - runner-up in the previous vote

2. Heart of the beast - animal manufacturers, any manufacturer with an animal as a badge (Jaguar, Porsche, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Holden, Dodge, Alfa Romeo, etc)

3. When Two or Three will do - Bikes and Trikes

Choose your first, second and third preference from the list. First preference gets 3 points, second preference gets 2 points, third preference gets 1 point.

I will leave the vote open until the current Race Theme GB ends, then declare the winner and start the lead-up discussion thread.

Feel free to continue to add other themes for me to add to the list, and images of kits or 1:1 vehicles for inspiration, I'm loving the level of activity and participation on Automodeler lately.

Cheers, D
md72
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Posted: Friday, July 31, 2020 - 05:56 PM UTC
OK, my 2 bits;
1) Heart of the Beast, I have several Dodges mostly Challengers and Cudas
2) British/French, I think I have a couple of Airfix 1/32 Brit icons.
3) Two or Three Wheels, I have 1 3/4 Tamiya 1/12 Motorcycles (one's missing the front wheel bits ) but I don't think I could finish one of those bikes in 6 months. Other than that I have a pair of 1/35 motorcycles, a BMW and an Zundapp(???).
AussieReg
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Posted: Friday, July 31, 2020 - 09:21 PM UTC
Thanks for kicking us off Mark. I'm voting the same order!





Looks like "The Beast" is off to a flying start!

Cheers, D
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Posted: Saturday, August 01, 2020 - 01:51 AM UTC
D,
I kind of like Heart of the Beast, as my beloved Porsches will qualify for sure.

Alternately, British/French encompass almost every single F1 and the British GT3 & GT4 Teams, not to mention both countries rich racing history.

Joel
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Posted: Saturday, August 01, 2020 - 01:57 AM UTC
(1) 2 or 3
(2) Heart of the Beast
(3) British or French
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Posted: Saturday, August 01, 2020 - 02:46 AM UTC
I have kits in the stash that would fit into 9in no particular order):

1) A Bit Of Muscle - 1969 Chevrolet Chevelle SS396 LSS6 or 1969 Oldsmobile 442
2) When Two or Three Will Do - 2000 Kawasaki KZ1000P CHP
3) Work and Delivery - 1974 Ford Econoline150 Coca-Cola van plus about 5 other pickup kits
4) Emergency Services - 1971 Chevrolet G30 Police van, 1950 Chevrolet Advanced Design3100 Civil Defense panel van, or 2000 Kawasaki KZ1000P CHP
5) The Early Years of Auto - 1923 Ford Model T Panel van

Any (or all) of these would work for me. I've got options!

Jim