Newsletter 519: Bob Letterman

Bob Letterman

Bob Letterman
The most veterans of the place will remember those photographs of fantastic "superdioramas" in Verlinden or FineScale Modeler publications 40 years ago, with a thousand and one details, completely innovative in techniques, details and concept. For sure you smiled unconsciously while remembering them, right? How many summer afternoons have you been enjoying with those dioramas? :D

One of the "wizards" of the time was Bob Letterman, who left us last Monday. In addition to being a great modeler, he laid the foundations for these super dioramas as we know them, he contributed a lot to the business world of modeling, he created the prestigious "Mastercon" event, he carried out the first modeling museum in the world called "Miniature World", he was a fundamental part in the growth and expansion process of "Verlinden Productions", and much more.

He has been a modeller and an entrepreneur really involved with the hobby, a true pioneer. From SpotModel we pay our little tribute to a lifetime dedicated to modeling. Rest in peace.

Tameo Kits: Model car kit 1/43 scale - Ferrari 512S NART Team #11 - Sam Posey + Ronnie Bucknum - 24 Hours Le Mans 1970 - metal parts, photo-etched parts, rubber parts, turned metal parts, water slide decals, white metal parts, assembly instructions and painting instructions

Reference: MTG007

New version of Tameo's fantastic reproduction of the Ferrari 512S from the 1970 season, in this case the one that participated in the 24 hours of Le Mans. It maintains the characteristics that we like so much about Tameo, with an extensive breakdown of metal parts, photo-etched, vacuum-formed, and some turned metal parts, such as the intake trumpets.
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Arena Modelli: Model car kit 1/43 scale - Chevrolet Monza sponsored by Executive Industries #24 - Tom Frank - 3 Hours Mid Ohio 1977 - photo-etched parts, resin parts, rubber parts, turned metal parts, water slide decals and white metal parts

Reference: ARE1156

The Chevrolet Monza is one of the great American monsters participating in the GTO category of the American IMSA championship. This attractive green and white version was driven by driver Tom Frank in the 1977 Mid-Ohio 3 Hours, where he finished 30th overall.
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Arena Modelli: Model car kit 1/43 scale - Chevrolet Monza Pickett Racing Team sponsored by JGB #6 - Greg Pickett - Trans-Am Westwood, Trans-Am Kent 1977 - photo-etched parts, resin parts, rubber parts, turned metal parts, water slide decals and white metal parts

Reference: ARE1157

Even Greg Pickett couldn't help but be drawn to the charm and performance of the Dekon-prepared Monza. With this car he participated in numerous races, including the races held in Kent and Westwood belonging to the 1977 Trans Am championship. In the first of these Pickett had to retire due to an accident, while in Westwood he was able to finish second. A spectacular car, of which Arena has been able to reproduce its brutal appearance.
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Arena Modelli: Model car kit 1/43 scale - Chevrolet Monza sponsored by Davis Leasing #38 - John Paul - Daytona 250 miles 1977 - photo-etched parts, resin parts, rubber parts, turned metal parts, water slide decals and white metal parts

Reference: ARE1158

During his career as a competition driver, the troubled American John Paul got to drive one of the very fast Chevy Monza prepared by Dekon in the IMSA Championship, competing in the final of the 1977 Daytona 250, where he had to retire.
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Arena Modelli: Model car kit 1/43 scale - Datsun 240Z Camel GT Pace car Bob Sharp Team sponsored by Camel #1 - IMSA 70s - photo-etched parts, resin parts, rubber parts, turned metal parts, water slide decals and white metal parts

Reference: ARE1159

Built by Bob Sharp's team, in the image and likeness of his race car, and painted in the colors of the title sponsor of the IMSA series, this 240z was used as a pace car in championship racing from the mid 70s
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Arena Modelli: Model car kit 1/43 scale - Chevrolet Corvette C3 Cavendish Farms Team sponsored by Lambert's #70 - Murray Edwards - Trans-Am Mid Ohio 1983 - photo-etched parts, resin parts, rubber parts, turned metal parts, water slide decals and white metal parts

Reference: ARE1160

Based on the latest version of the C3 Corvette, the Cavendish Farm team entered the 1983 Trans Am Championship Mid Ohio race with Murray Edwards at the wheel, finishing fourteenth. Arena has reproduced this spectacular model, where its precious rims and a decoration where half of the car is red, and the other side is white, stand out.
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Arena Modelli: Model car kit 1/43 scale - Porsche 911 Carrera RSR Martini International Racing Team #40, 41 - George Follmer + Reinhold Joest, Gijs van Lennep + Herbert Müller - 1000 Kms SPA 1973 - photo-etched parts, resin parts, rubber parts, turned metal parts, water slide decals and white metal parts

Reference: ARE1161

The two official cars of the Porsche Martini team lined up at the 1000 km of Spa in 1973 with Follmer and Joest, n.40, classified in tenth position overall and first in the GT category, and the n.41 of Van Lennep and Muller ranked fifth overall but registered in the sports category.
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Arena Modelli: Model car kit 1/43 scale - Porsche 911 Carrera RSR Martini International Racing Team #26, 61, 62 - Manfred Schurti + Helmuth Koinigg, Gijs van Lennep + Herbert Müller - 1000 Kilometers Dijon, Le Mans 4 hours 1973 - photo-etched parts, resin parts, rubber parts, turned metal parts, water slide decals and white metal parts

Reference: ARE1162

Scale model with which it is possible to make up to 3 different versions of the Porsche 911 Carrera RSR of the Porsche Martini team: the number #61 of Schurti and Koinigg, fourth classified and first in the GT category in the 4 hours of Le Mans in 1973, a previous event disputed in the month of April in the same Sarthe circuit and that the teams used as a test; the number #62 of Van Lennep and Muller, absolute winner of that same race; or the number #26 of Muller and Van Lennep, ranked ninth and first in the GT category in the 1000 Km of Dijon in 1973.
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Arena Modelli: Model car kit 1/43 scale - Porsche 911 Carrera RSR Martini International Racing Team #8, 9 - Gijs van Lennep + Herbert Müller, George Follmer + Willi Kauhsen - 6 Hours Vallelunga 1973 - photo-etched parts, resin parts, rubber parts, turned metal parts, water slide decals and white metal parts

Reference: ARE1163

Scale model of the Porsche 911 Carrera RSR used by the Martini team in the Vallelunga 6 Hours in 1973. The car number #9 driven by Follmer and Kauhsen finished in seventh position, qualifying just behind the car number #8 of Van Lennep and Muller, being respectively first and second of the GT class.
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Arena Modelli: Model car kit 1/43 scale - Porsche 911 Carrera RSR Martini International Racing Team #81, 82 - Gijs van Lennep + Herbert Müller, George Follmer + Manfred Schurti - 1000 Kms Monza 1973 - photo-etched parts, resin parts, rubber parts, turned metal parts, water slide decals and white metal parts

Reference: ARE1164

Scale model to be able to make the Porsche 911 Carrera RSR of the official Porsche team participating in the 1000 Km of Monza in 1973, fourth round of the World Championship for Makes. where neither of the two Porsche managed to finish the race due to engine problems. Number #81 was driven by Van Lennep and Muller, while the sister car with number #82 was driven by Follmer and Schurti.
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Arena Modelli: Model car kit 1/43 scale - Porsche 911 Carrera RSR Martini International Racing Team #66 - George Follmer + Willi Kauhsen - 1000 Kms Nürburgring 1973 - photo-etched parts, resin parts, rubber parts, turned metal parts, water slide decals and white metal parts

Reference: ARE1165

The official Porsche Martini team participated in the 1973 Nurburgring 1000 km, the seventh round of the World Championship for Manufacturers, with car number #66 driven by Follmer and Kauhsen, with which they failed to reach the finish line after suffering an accident with only 6 laps played.
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KMP Kool Models Production: Tarmac conversion set 1/24 scale - Subaru Legacy Technomagnesium asphalt conversion - 3D printed parts - for Hasegawa references 20290, 20311, 20390, 25007, CR-7, 20432, 25007, CR-7, 25014 and CR-14 - 4 units

Reference: KMP-TK24123

Complete set of wheels and suspensions to transform Hasegawa's model of the legendary Subaru Legacy Gr.A into its asphalt version, with its precious Technomagnesium rims. The set includes: 4 technomagnesium rims, 4 tires (2 front and 2 rear identified by their rear), 2 front suspensions, 2 rear suspensions, and 4 hubs that integrate the wheel nuts and the central nut of the transmissions.
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Reji Model: Marking / livery 1/24 scale - Porsche 911 SC RS RAS Sport Team sponsored by Belga #4 - Robert Droogmans + Ronny Joosten - Condroz Rally - Rallye du Condroz 1984 - resin parts, water slide decals, assembly instructions and tobacco sponsor decals - for Nunu reference PN24011

Reference: REJI-365

Complete decoration for the Porsche 911 SC RS sponsored by the BELGIAN tobacco brand, and which participated in different European rallies. For many, one of the most mythical and colorful decorations used in the Porsche 911. And we love it! More so when in addition to the exquisitely designed decals, Reji has included a set of Gotti rear rims made of resin, which are seen mounted on the car in many of the rally photos, and which replace the ones on the scale model. All a detail!
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Decalcas: Detail up set 1/12 scale - Suzuki GSX-RR - 3D printed parts and assembly instructions - for Tamiya reference TAM14139

Reference: DCL-PAR072

Upgrade set for the Suzuki Ecstar GSX-RR by Tamiya, with which to replace parts such as the rear brake caliper and disc, rear wheel axle and nut, chain tensioner, brake and gear change pedals, kickstand brackets, add the antennas to the side camera, and replace the fastening screws of the parts of the chassis that the Tamiya model brings and that are visible by resin parts that faithfully reproduce the head of the originals, as well as replace the numerous simulated screws on the surface of the fairing by means of plastic hemispheres by means of the corresponding scale screw in resin with the design of the real model. All the parts are made of resin using 3D printing, faithfully reproducing even the smallest detail, with the usual quality that Decalcas gives to its products, allowing you to give your scale model the realism typical of an advanced modeler by modifying the few unresolved parts of satisfactorily in this excellent model kit from Tamiya.
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Arena Modelli: Model car kit 1/43 scale - Porsche Carrera RS 3.0 Bytzek Automotive Team sponsored by BFG #9 - Harry Bytzek + Klaus Bytzek - 5 Hours Mid Ohio 1974 - photo-etched parts, resin parts, rubber parts, turned metal parts, water slide decals and white metal parts

Reference: ARE1167

The Bytzek brothers participated in the IMSA championship with their Porsche RS 3.0 sponsored by BFG, with a beautiful decoration that evidenced its Canadian origin. In the 1974 Mid Ohio 5 Hours they earned a creditable seventh place overall.
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Arena Modelli: Model car kit 1/43 scale - Porsche 911 Carrera RSR Boricua Racing Team #33 - Bonky Fernandez + John Paul + Phil Currin - 24 Hours of Daytona 1978 - photo-etched parts, resin parts, rubber parts, turned metal parts, water slide decals and white metal parts

Reference: ARE1168

Porsche Carrera RSR of the Boricua Racing team, in its participation in the 24 Hours of Daytona in 1978 with the drivers Fernández, John Paul and Currin, where they managed to finish in fourth place in the general classification.
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KMP Kool Models Production: Detail up set 1/24 scale - Lancia Delta S4 tarmac - 3D printed parts, vacuum formed parts, water slide decals, other materials and assembly instructions - for Beemax Model Kits references B24020, 09885 and 098851, or Nunu reference PN24005

Reference: KMP-TK24037

Detailing set for the asphalt version of the Lancia Delta S4 Gr.B, manufactured using 3D printing technology, and designed to be used with the Beemax/Nunu scale kit. Includes 48 3D printed parts, 16 micro magnets, 3 meters of different types of cable, smoked glass, 2 decal sheets, and assembly instructions.
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KMP Kool Models Production: Rims 1/24 scale - Speedline for Ford Escort Cosworth 2013 - 3D printed parts - 4 units

Reference: KMP-TK24164

Set of 5 Speedline rims with 4-bolt, which are reproduced on the independent hub, valid for use on models such as the 2013 Ford Escort Cosworth. The diameter of the rim is approximately 21 mm, and about 12 mm wide. These measurements allow the rims to use the tires from the Tamiya model.
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KMP Kool Models Production: Rims and tyres set 1/24 scale - Corvette C7.R - 3D printed parts - for Revell references 85-4304, REV07036 and 80-7036 - 4 units

Reference: KMP-TK24153

Set of rims and tires to correctly replicate the 1996 season of the BMW 318i that raced the stw, btcc and jtcc championships. With this rims and tire set the car will change completely: with correct dimensions, design, and tapered tires, it will be just like the real one! Includes: 4x rims, 4x tapered tires, 4 center bolts, 2x rear ventilators.
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KMP Kool Models Production: Rims 1/24 scale - BBS tarmac rims for Subaru Impreza WRC - 3D printed parts - 4 units

Reference: KMP-TK24178

Set of 4 BBS rims for the asphalt version of the Subaru Impreza WRC. Requires molded slick tires, not included.
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KMP Kool Models Production: Gravel conversion set 1/24 scale - Ford Fiesta WRC gravel specification 2021 - 3D printed parts and water slide decals - for Belkits references BEL012, BEL-012, BEL013 and BEL-013

Reference: KMP-TK24181

Included in this set is everything you need to build the Ford Fiesta WRC in its gravel rally specification and fitted with Pirelli tires such as Rally Kenya 2021. Included is a tire decal sheet, a set of discs brake and calipers in the correct size, and also a full set of suspensions which increase the height of the kit, making the conversion a breeze. All parts are printed with 3D technology.
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KMP Kool Models Production: Detail up set 1/24 scale - Ford Fiesta WRC - 3D printed parts, water slide decals, other materials and assembly instructions - for Belkits references BEL013 and BEL-013

Reference: KMP-TK24169

This detail set will allow you to upgrade and detail the front bay of all Fiesta WRC cars versions since 2017 until 2021, both inclusive. Includes 13 high-quality resin parts, a decal sheet, a pre-cut polystyrene sheet, and detailed instructions.
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KMP Kool Models Production: Tarmac conversion set 1/24 scale - Ford Fiesta WRC - 3D printed parts - for Belkits references BEL013 and BEL-013

Reference: KMP-TK24170

This set includes the brake disc, hub, rim and tire for the asphalt version of the 2021 Ford Fiesta WRC with Pirelli tires, as used in Croatia, Ypress and other rallies.
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KMP Kool Models Production: Nuts - Hex bolts 1mm - 3D printed parts - 800 units

Reference: KMP-12017

Set of over 800 1mm diameter hex bolts: 400 bolt parts and 400 pats recreating a nut with protruding bolt and washer This set allows for great detail in suspension areas or anywhere a connection is made with a single bolt, with the start and end part.
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KMP Kool Models Production: Nuts - Hex bolts 0,75mm - 3D printed parts - 800 units

Reference: KMP-12018

Set of over 800 0,75mm diameter hex bolts: 400 bolt parts and 400 pats recreating a nut with protruding bolt and washer This set allows for great detail in suspension areas or anywhere a connection is made with a single bolt, with the start and end part.
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KMP Kool Models Production: Rims 1/24 scale - VR46 Gravel rims for Peugeot 206 WRC - 3D printed parts - 5 units

Reference: KMP-TK24139

Set of 5 rims to create a precise replica of the Peugeot 206 WRC driven by Valentino Rossi in gravel settings. This reference does NOT include tires.
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Heller: Model car kit 1/24 scale - Citroen B14 Normande 1926 - plastic parts, rubber parts, water slide decals, assembly instructions and painting instructions

Reference: 80729

A curious mixed version of the Citroen B14 mixes the pick-up and the conventional tourism with a canvas roof. Heller allows us to make this model as it was done in real life, with the chassis with stringers, leaf spring suspensions, and the bodywork placed directly on the chassis. And in addition, also the engine and gearbox are reproduced.
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Reji Model: Marking / livery 1/24 scale - Lancia 037 Rally sponsored by Rothmans - Costa Brava Rally 1985 - water slide decals, assembly instructions and tobacco sponsor decals - for Hasegawa reference 20523

Reference: REJI-363

Decals with the Rothmans logos to complete the decoration of the Hasegawa kit of the Bendiberica Lancia 037 Gr.B during its participation in the 1985 Costa Brava Rally, which comes without the tobacco logos.
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