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  • Lightning Strikes Bert

    Aaaaaaaand Bert comes to the JL forum at DG...

    ... with something military...



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    ... and which is probably a bit bigger than 1/64.

    "I like the side trim on this thing, kid. Very useful."

    Yes, Officer. Good thing the "side trim" is detachable.
    Last edited by guy64; 11-01-2019, 04:30 PM.
    Bert sez...
    "Wanna sell more?
    MAKE IT 1/64!!!"

  • #2
    Not really blue...


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    ... more of a teal, actually.

    It's one of the earliest JL castings we latched on to. This was back in the early post-Topper era (late '90s?) when most of what JL made seemed too small for 1/64. (But even then JL was giving Mattel fits.) This '29 Ford pick-up (or is it a sedan with a bed added?) stood out as being bigger than usual for JL, perhaps 1/64, even.

    "Close enough I think, kid. I'll take it."

    You got it, Officer.
    Bert sez...
    "Wanna sell more?
    MAKE IT 1/64!!!"

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    • #3
      The stance is a bit awkward...


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      ... and the wheel arches seem oversize, too.

      But other than that, not bad. This 260Z may be quite close to 1/64.

      "There you go again, kid; guessing things. These Johnnies aren't your average $1 toys, y'know! Aren't these worth taking a couple of measurements and crunching some #s?"

      Hey Officer, if you can't find time to stand next to them, why should I hafta do actual math?

      "Why you I ought'a..."


      Bert sez...
      "Wanna sell more?
      MAKE IT 1/64!!!"

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      • #4
        JL does the Jaguar XKE...


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        ... and it appears to be fairly close to 1/64.

        At least it's a bit closer than MB's most recent take on the subject. Of course, as a more expensive model, it features a hinged bonnet. (That would be a "hood" to us Yanks.)

        We're not sure what to make of the wheels, though. They're not supposed to be wire wheels (I don't think), but I've never seen anything quite like them; certainly not on a Jag of this vintage.

        "Hey kid, I know I'm not allowed to drive this thing, but can't I at least sit in it?"

        Officer, I don't think the owner would mind. You'll need to get yourself fitted with a bendable waist.

        "A bendable... Oh, never mind. That could hurt."
        Last edited by guy64; 10-26-2019, 06:12 PM.
        Bert sez...
        "Wanna sell more?
        MAKE IT 1/64!!!"

        Comment


        • #5
          Now this one is just plain useful...


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          ... since it appears to be very close to 1/64 scale and shows up occasionally on a 1/64 scale MRR layout which runs Reading Railroad steam locomotives, some of which ran in the real world when '40 Ford trucks were brand new.

          Quite a coincidence, huh, Officer?

          "Well kid, it looks like JL might like you a bit more than MB does. Maybe."

          Mmmm... don't think so, Officer, but JL did get the scale right once in a while.

          "Accidentally, huh, kid?"

          Something like that, Officer.


          Bert sez...
          "Wanna sell more?
          MAKE IT 1/64!!!"

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          • #6
            Originally posted by guy64 View Post
            Aaaaaaaand Bert comes to the JL forum at VB...

            ... with something military...



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            ... and which is probably a bit bigger than 1/64.

            "I like the side trim on this thing, kid. Very useful."

            Yes, Officer. Good thing the "side trim" is detachable.


            Thinking that's something in the 1/43 area. At least the MBX Willys MB (1/48) is. Maybe GL, will, eventually, offer a proper 1/64 MB since they have done a CJ-5, CJ-7, and Wrangler. Heck, an MB already exists in the GL 1/43 line; so obviously, all they have to do is scale down the Computer-Aided Design Files on their computer and make a new mold.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by cody6268 View Post
              Thinking that's something in the 1/43 area.
              If it was 1/43--or even 1/48--you wouldn't be able to see Bert in the frame. It's probably around 1/57, like JL's VW Beetles.

              Bert sez...
              "Wanna sell more?
              MAKE IT 1/64!!!"

              Comment


              • #8
                One of our favorite JLs...


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                ... even if the bed is covered.

                There's something about this vintage of mid-size GM truck. The lines are angular, but smooth. There's a simple elegance about it that pick-ups haven't had for a while now. JL did a good job on it, maybe even a 1/64 job!

                "Well, with that covered bed, you won't be doing a Squashed-Up Lincoln test on this one now will you, kid?"

                Driver's not interested in Squashed-Up Lincolns anyway, Officer.
                Last edited by guy64; 10-05-2019, 11:16 PM.
                Bert sez...
                "Wanna sell more?
                MAKE IT 1/64!!!"

                Comment


                • #9
                  And now for something completely different...


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                  ... even for a minivan.

                  I was really glad JL did this sci-fi vehicle. The scale isn't certain, but it's got to be slightly under 1/64. [Crosses fingers.] The treads are configured differently from the actual TV vehicle, so direct measurements could be misleading. The seats seem about right. I suppose Bert could try it on for size, but it's owner left it locked up tight. Besides, Bert's a little deprived in the area of bendable joints.

                  "That's ok, kid. The way that thing is hovering off the ground like that, I'm not sure it's all that stable."

                  Yes Officer, the wheels that make it moveable don't exactly do anything for the realism factor. JL sort of took the easy way out to depict those treads. After this pic was taken, I got another copy and removed the wheels. It looks much better with the treads sitting on the ground.

                  But hey! I'll bet the thing doesn't have any blind spots!
                  Bert sez...
                  "Wanna sell more?
                  MAKE IT 1/64!!!"

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                  • #10
                    Another Ford hot rod...


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                    ... perhaps with a Chevy engine under the hood?

                    Unless it's a flat-head driving this '34 coupe. Maybe Bert could peek in the side there and give us a report.

                    "Kid, the only reports I give are to the Captain and the Chief of Police."

                    Aw, c'mon, Officer, you don't even need to raise the hood. The engine compartment is wide open on the sides. Can't you just lean over and check the cylinder heads?

                    "Sorry, kid. It's a slippery slope, this 'report' thing you want. No can do."

                    Sigh. I bet he doesn't even know what a flat-head V8 looks like.
                    Bert sez...
                    "Wanna sell more?
                    MAKE IT 1/64!!!"

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                    • #11
                      Mixed feelings about this one...


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                      The choice of subject is way cool. A Rambler wagon? Of course! Why not?

                      But the execution let us down. I was hoping for a straight stock rendering. But we get a modified version that probably wouldn't move in real life if the tires were actually that big. There would certainly be no way to steer it.

                      But it could be worse. Ok, so it's an undriveable show car, at least it's not cluttered with comp #s or sponsor stickers, and there's no supercharger sticking out of the hood (or the roof). It may even be pretty close to 1/64. I had thought of refitting it with smaller tires in an effort to make it street-friendly, but, well... you know... "collectible"...

                      "I'm not complaining, kid. At least with those shoes I won't hafta chase it down Main Street."

                      You probably won't see it anywhere but a convention center floor, Officer.
                      Bert sez...
                      "Wanna sell more?
                      MAKE IT 1/64!!!"

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                      • #12
                        JL does another iconic show car from the '60s...


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                        ... one that was also a popular plastic kit model back in those days.

                        The Emperor is a welcome subject. We love it when JL (or anybody) brings out a 1/64 rendering of a one-of-a-kind hot rod that takes us back to those relatively care-free days of 1/25 scale model car mania, this time in a scale that makes it possible to display a lot more of them!

                        At least, I think it's 1/64, or thereabouts. It could be a little on the large-ish end of our scale window.

                        JL has since done this car in silver, pairing it with a pink '53 'Vette. Bert has yet to see those.

                        "And why is that, kid?"

                        Are you sure you want to "go there", Officer?
                        Bert sez...
                        "Wanna sell more?
                        MAKE IT 1/64!!!"

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                        • #13
                          Summer 2019 may be over, but...


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                          ... when a diecast maker does a good job on a woodie, it's always welcome.

                          I think. Anyway, I saw this particular edition only once in the stores way back when, and I'm glad I didn't pass it up. Dunno what it is about hot rods made from old cars with wooden bodies, but people keep making them. Maybe it's how they creak like an old ship when you hit the gas.

                          "A little late with this one, aren't you, kid? I mean, it's October."

                          And what have you done to expedite things, Officer?

                          "Don't blame me. Beach traffic was way down this year."

                          It was a disappointing summer, yes. But maybe next year. I have some later acquisitions that you haven't seen, Officer. All you need do is... you know... stand there...

                          "You're asking a lot, kid."
                          Bert sez...
                          "Wanna sell more?
                          MAKE IT 1/64!!!"

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                          • #14
                            Evel Knievel didn't do any stunts with this, afaik...


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                            ... did he?

                            But given its shape, I sometimes wonder if the Lagonda would fly.

                            "Kid, get it going fast enough and anything will fly."



                            Bert sez...
                            "Wanna sell more?
                            MAKE IT 1/64!!!"

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                            • #15
                              The connection is with Monopoly--the board game--of course...


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                              ... but fortunately Parker Brothers used the names of real rail roads for 3 of the 4 rail road properties in their game.

                              That makes these especially useful for a train layout. A 1/64 scale train layout, anyway, although this Chevy Suburban may be just a tad under 1/64.

                              "Now see, kid, this business of guessing is one of the things that makes me reluctant to stand around here."

                              But that's what you're here for, Officer; to help us make better guesses. (I keep having to explain that to him.)
                              Bert sez...
                              "Wanna sell more?
                              MAKE IT 1/64!!!"

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