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MGB GT model
Posted by leemitcheltree on Wednesday, January 28, 2004 7:46 AM
Does anyone know of a 1/24 scale model kit of an MGB GT?
You know, It's the hardtop with the hatch back (no wet legs in the rain!!).
Help!!

Cheers
LeeTree
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Posted by Anonymous on Thursday, January 29, 2004 1:47 PM
So, I looked around, and I know its not 1/25th, but I found this one on ebay

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=3171611888&category=2583

I can't quite figure out whether it is a kit, or already built up. Either way, you could probably modify it if you needed to.


I'll keep my eye open. I drive an MGB, and I just finished a seriously kit bashed model B for my father. The big problem with almost all the MG models I've found, is that they only have wire wheels (no rostyles) and all of them are right hand drive. I had to carve a whole new interior for his car...plus a whole lot of other modifications...it was hard, but rewarding in the end.

Good luck, and let us know if you find something

ciao
-jonathan

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Posted by Anonymous on Thursday, January 29, 2004 1:55 PM
Oh man...I forgot I had this page bookmarked...

http://www.kandrreplicas.co.uk/MGS.HTM

There are a bunch of GTs here...about 1/2 way down the page. You can get them as a kit, or as a built model
I hope you can find what you're looking for there!

-jonathan
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Posted by leemitcheltree on Friday, January 30, 2004 1:14 AM
Jonathan,
Thanks, man - I've had a look, but couldn't see the image on the ebay site, and the other cars are a little small.
I just took possession of a 1971 MGB GT Tongue [:P] - completely disassembledDead [xx(]!! Well, not TOTALLY, the engine and the gearbox are still together, but the rest of it is in boxes. Oh boy. So I just gotta have a model of the little beastie that I WILL drive ONE DAY..............I just keep telling myself that..........
Have a look at Alta Vista - so a search for images - use "mgb gt" in parentheses as the subject. A few pages into the results (page 5 I think) shows a photo of the components of a 1/24 scale model of an MGB GT. If you click on the image, it links to a Japanese (I think!) model website - my computer can't handle the text, though.
The picture is here

Does anyone recognize this model? Or can anyone tell me who makes this model?
Help!!
Many thanks,
Cheers, LeeTree Remember, Safety Fast!!!
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Posted by Anonymous on Friday, January 30, 2004 1:22 AM
Why don't you simply supply us the URL to the site in question, rather than let us search for it??

I can read japanese and might be able to help, but I ain't wasting time looking for search engine results.
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Posted by leemitcheltree on Friday, January 30, 2004 1:24 AM
Uhhhh, Duh.
Okay, that was pretty stupid......sorry........stand by and I'll just find the URL.
Here 'tis..........
http://www1.rurbannet.ne.jp/~machikouba/shop/baiten/kits/kitazawa/littelewheel.html
Hope it means more to you than it does to me. Regrettably I'm mono-lingual.

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Posted by Anonymous on Friday, January 30, 2004 1:37 AM
Yes, it means something to me.

Looks like it was a conversion Kit for the Aoshima MG-B Kit.

Bad news, they no longer sell the Item.

BTW, for monolingual people I recomend this site:

http://world.altavista.com/tr
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Posted by leemitcheltree on Friday, January 30, 2004 2:06 AM
Far out.........
Thanks for that - I've stuck it in my favorites and I'm sure I'll need it soon. Coulda used it last week.
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Posted by Anonymous on Friday, January 30, 2004 2:14 AM
BTW, I might have some good news for you soon.

Wave/BE-J Japan will set up an english online mail order catalog for their goods, they have a LOT of licences for 1/43 and similar Resin Car models.

In about 10 days they will close their shop for restorations where they will close the 2nd floor to the public and I think use it as an office/warehouse for the online ordering.
Re-opening is scheduled for the 16th/Feb./ at which time I would assume that they will be going online too.
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Posted by Anonymous on Friday, January 30, 2004 2:15 AM
Lee Tree: FYI:
For those Aussies in Melbourne there is an MGCC Concours at the Wesley College grounds (St Kilda Rd)on Sunday Feb 8. Melways ref: 2L D10.

See you there.

ALSO:
A good forum for your full sized MGB:
www.british-cars.co.uk

Cheers, Pete.

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Posted by Anonymous on Friday, January 30, 2004 4:59 AM
i used to have 1979 MGB...you're right...wet legs in teh rain.

you know you own an MGB if you've ever said "you know, i kinda like th smell of mildew".
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Posted by gregers on Saturday, January 31, 2004 4:06 PM
Hey Lee, that MG of yours. is it the V8 or the 'LiL' engined version?. one tip i can give you is when you need to compress the front suspension with the springs in place use a piece of threaded bar with a nut on either end through one of the holes and tighten them down. makes lining everything up much easier than having spring compressors in place (and in the way). did that whilst we were re-building one at college and it worked real well.
Greg
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Posted by leemitcheltree on Saturday, January 31, 2004 6:42 PM
Thanks guys - Greg, I'll remember to compress the springs when I assemble the front end. It's always good to get feedback from those who own the cars.
Pete, thanks for the heads up - I might just have to head over to Wesley next sunday and have a look and meet some people. I'm going to have to join the MG club so I can get help with the restoration.
The motor is one of the late Mkll 5 main bearing crank 1800cc 4 cylinder motors. I can also get (from the same source as the MGB GT) a Rover P4 with the 3500 V8 to puty into the car, but I'm not sure that's the way I want to go. My father in law has a 1966 Daimler 250V8 (basically a Jag Mkll) that has a Rover 3500 in it (from an SD2 Rover) and it goes rather well - imagine that power in a car the size of an MG!! Scary.
Thanks guys - and if anyone knows of a 1/24 scale kit of the GT, lemme know.
Cheers, LeeTree Remember, Safety Fast!!!
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Posted by Anonymous on Sunday, February 01, 2004 2:14 AM
Lee,
Next Sunday promises to be great so it would be good if you caould get along.

Do you know of the MG Workshops in Melbourne?
A great source of practical knowledge as well as spares.

Cheers, Pete.
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Posted by leemitcheltree on Monday, February 02, 2004 1:24 AM
Pete,
My best mate used to have an MGB roadster and spent WAY too much money at MG Workshops - had the motor blueprinted (basically box-stock), put in a mildly lumpy cam, had the gearbox tweaked, and then the SU's seriously tuned. The thing was a rocketship after that. It would blow away ANY V-8 from the lights.......he sold it to some moron who never checked the knock-offs on the wire wheels, and he lost a wheel at 70kmh, fairly trashing the car. Idiot.
I'm hoping I don't have to spend too much of the money I don't have to get this MG back in running order - but joining the MG owners club would be a good place to start. I'll try to get my father in law to come with me next sunday to Wesley College.
Thanks again, Pete.
Cheers, LeeTree Remember, Safety Fast!!!
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Posted by Anonymous on Monday, February 02, 2004 11:06 AM
Stop! Too much MG talk here. As a Triumph guy, I have to jump in and throw a spanner in the works. Remember this motto: "I'd rather push a Triumph than drive an MG."

All right, I really wouldn't, but there's nothing like a little spirited "debate" among Brit car nuts about their favorite marques. If it's British, it's cool, though I have no rational explanation as to why. It would be nice to see models of these cars again--and much cheaper than owning the real thing.
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Posted by leemitcheltree on Tuesday, February 03, 2004 5:31 AM
Gee, Lawrence...........you spoil all my fun............and nasty about not wanting to drive an MG..........Triumph's are cool, except for the TR7 - argh. I have been told by Triumph nuts that the higher the number after the "TR", the worse the car was. But I love the TR4 and the TR6 - classy little cars.
But that's the point of a forum, a free flowing exchange of ideas and thoughts. Some of it related to modeling, that's cool. I've been restoring vintage Jaguars, Daimlers and Rovers for about 20 years. The things were over-engineered, overweight, and mostly underpowered. And they all leak oil.
If you've been following, have YOU seen a model of a MGB GT? 1/24 scale only, thanks.
If I drive it, I gotta have a model of it.
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Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, February 03, 2004 5:58 AM
I also prefer Triumph, the two-wheeled variety of course. Big Smile [:D]
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Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, February 03, 2004 10:13 AM
Lee: Just teasing you. If it's a British car, I like it--and what could be more representative of the genre than the MGB? The British car clubs around Chicago get together each year and have a massive one-day show the second Sunday in September. It used to drive (no pun intended) me nuts because--well, how can one properly examine 800+ cars in a single day? But seeing Austin-Healey people rubbing shoulders with Triumph and Jaguar and Lotus and Morgan folks (OK, the Aston Marttin people were a little aloof) made you believe that world peace really was achievable. Uh, anyway.....

I don't know of any styrene 1/24 GT models currently available. There were models of most if not all of these vehicles when the full-size cars were in production, but now they're kind of niche items.

MadModel: Unfortunately, after Triumph sold off the motorcycle business in the early 1930s, they were out of the two-wheeled business, too. As the Depression deepened, they came up with the brilliant idea of going after the high-end luxury market, so they dropped the 'cycles and their small, economical cars--that strategy led to bankrupty shortly before WWII. The TRs we're familiar with are the products of Standard Motor Co., who bought the Triumph name after the war.

OK, stop me. Somebody do an intervention--NOW! Must not think about British cars.....cannot *afford* a British car.....must stay away from British cars......must not squander retirement savings on getting TR8 back on road.....deep breaths.....think calm thoughts......Laugh [(-D]
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Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, February 03, 2004 3:11 PM
Lawrence Hansen.

To the best of my knowledge Triumph is STILL producing Bikes.

http://www.triumph.co.uk

http://www.totalmotorcycle.com/photos/2004models/2004models-Triumph.htm

To the best of my knowledge they stopped producing Bikes for some time, but came back and some of my friends are very happy with theirs.
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Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, February 03, 2004 3:36 PM
Ooops, I didn't mean to imply that Triumph bikes were no longer made. They're just not made by the same company that made the cars.......which may be a good thing if you weren't keen on the car mfr's reliability.
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Posted by gregers on Tuesday, February 03, 2004 3:43 PM
Hi Lee, just remembered, i saw a 1/24th diecast of one of these at a toy fair here in the UK. i'll have a looksee on the web to see if i can find who did it. don't know if your into diecasts but if its the only game in town - so to speak - it may be a case of detailing one of these.
Greg
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Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, February 03, 2004 4:45 PM
Lawrence, TR8? Now that is impressive! Sorry MG'ers but you can't appear anywhere without the Triumph brigade showing up! Don't understand your 'feet wet' problem though. Mine is a 74 Spit and has no problems with the bad weather! :-) Haven't seen anyone claiming an MGC here yet but I suppose there's time.
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Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, February 04, 2004 4:08 AM
British cars leak oil?
Well of course they leak oil...something's got to give the panels a fighting chance against the encroaching rust!
Cheers, Pete.
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Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, February 04, 2004 9:49 AM
Peter, you're quite correct! British cars did not leak oil because of any defect--it was all part of a carefully designed corrosion control system. Never see one (from any marque) with rust-out problems on the front end, do you?
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Posted by jlwilliams on Wednesday, February 04, 2004 11:00 AM
Ok guys, I learned how to drive in a Rover TC 2000. I belive the UK designation was a P6. A 2 liter engine with twin carburetors. Man I loved that car. However it did teach me quite a few unfogettable things about cars.

1. Check all fluid levels regularly.
2. Maintain a good collection of spares in the trunk (boot). A good toolbox is also handy.
3. If a "rock" hits the bottom of the car, go back and pick up the part that fell off.
4. The loudest sound in the world is made when the brake pedal hits the floor.
5. It is possible to shift a manual transmission without a clutch.
6. Be sure to disconnect the battery before performing work on the electrical system. (I almost welded a wrench to the body)
7. Find an incline to park on.

Dad was travelling a lot at the time and arranged layovers in London so that he could visit the British Leyland parts depot.

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Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, February 04, 2004 11:58 AM
J.L.W, You really should have bought a Triumph!! :-)
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Posted by Martsmodels on Friday, February 06, 2004 8:16 AM
To get back to the original question. http://www.sefinecast.co.uk do two or three GTs in 1/24 but only in white metal if that would suit you. They're nicely detailed, a lot better than their photos on the site that's for sure. The body comes in about 6 or 8 pieces and is not easy. I built the V8 as a replica of my own car but couldn't really get the body to my satisfaction, and ended up binning it after a few years and using the engine and running gear to modify an Airfix 1/24 kit into a V8 roadster. I've learned a lot since then but wouldn't advise taking on the kit unless you are confident that you wouldn't waste your money. Cheers - Martin
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Posted by gregers on Saturday, February 07, 2004 4:57 PM
Hey Lee, E-mail coming at ya.
Greg
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Posted by leemitcheltree on Saturday, February 07, 2004 9:59 PM
Hey - thanks Crasher -
Those die-casts look pretty good - but at 90 pounds a pop, it'll have to wait.....

Just got back from the MG Concourse in Melbourne........bloody, stinkin, flamin freakishly hot it was - probably 35 to 38 celcius - maybe 105F - 30+ sun screen time.
There were quite a number of exceeeedingly tidy examples of many types - there was even a replica Jaguar D-type (very nice). The pictures came out pretty well.

Gregers, I'll go and check my email now for your message.
Cheers, y'all
Cheers, LeeTree Remember, Safety Fast!!!

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