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#1 The Creative Explorer

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Posted 06 November 2011 - 09:08 AM

I heard the rumour at the IPMS nationals in The Netherlands that Ecto1 might be released again?

Are there more that've heard about it? Or is it a false rumour?

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Posted 06 November 2011 - 09:38 AM

yes it will be, but its not the ecto 1, its the ecto 1a from the second movie.

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Posted 06 November 2011 - 09:41 AM

what are the big differences? I am not interested in the ghostbuster part, just want to build a old ambulance. I had the snap-kit, but gave it to a friend recently, since he is a GB-nut.

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Posted 06 November 2011 - 10:24 AM

Good to know, but I too would like to hear about the differences.

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Posted 06 November 2011 - 10:33 AM

Since the lights on top were modqenized and more things added up top and sides you'd probaly have to watch gb 2 to get a better idea

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Posted 06 November 2011 - 05:27 PM

I back-dated the AMT kit into a First movie version BEFORE Polar-Lights came out with their snap kit of the car
Here are comparison pictures.

Left side;
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Right side:
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Be aware, I added the Messages myself, replacing the decals given for them.
I will be digging out the masters to make more.

Both versions of the car have the XL Lightbar & 4 "Spot/Flasher" lights on the roof
In the Original they are Blue & Flash, in the Second, they are green & Steady Burn.
The carrier is extended and now has the Whelan "Edge" bar above the front XL Lightbar.
It is a Chrome piece, you will have to detail paint it. Same with the XL's, They are a Chrome base & Clear cap.
(Surprisingly, P-L cast their XL's that way too, they should be Blue with a Chrome center section)
The updated 1A had the Dish in place of the twin tube/Spear antenna, The one box painted green on
1A is Not there on the Original, but P-L cast it there, WITH the Red Light molded in place too!!
For accuracy, Cut that box off & cover the hole with sheet plastic.
P-L also casts the flashers/Strobes on the grill, while the AMT kit has separate Clear parts.
Though there was only One double size Yellow rotator on the lower left side of the grill/bumper.

The small canister above the Dish (Left rear corner of the carrier) is Not in the AMT kit, but should be.
Polar-Lights casts the 2 tanks for the Left side of the carrier as separate parts, while they are molded
with the piece in the AMT kit. AMT include's a Clear Strobe light for the Carrier, but Neither do the Siren correctly
The Polar Lights kit is also missing a Mars 888/Gyra-type light.
The AMT kit has a Tread-plate Step bumpler, the P-L kit an Era Correct Cadillac rear bumper.
But, Only the AMT kit has the clear-red Bullit tail lights.
They are cast on the rear bumper of the P-L kit
The P-L kit comes with Heavy promo type metal axles, And, the rear axle is about 3 scale inches too far
back in the wheel well. Move it forward about the thickness of the metal axle.
AMT got the License plate incorrect. In one scene near the end of the movie, they look diredtly at it,
and 'Liberty' is Between the Ecto & 1A, while AMT printed it to one side.

If I have left anything out, let me know, and I will try to add to what I remember
Also, Should I show all the Signs I made for the build??

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Posted 06 November 2011 - 05:46 PM

Forgot a little, Plus, had 6 pic's linked, and got a pop-up saying too many.
The Chrome-Reverse rims in 1A should be painted white with Only Chrome 'Baby'-Moons
The box showed BF Goodrich T/A radials on the car, but we got hollow Goodyear's.

The original version had a Blue lens in the spotlight whlie it is clear in the updated 1A.
Also, The original has both a mirror on the spot light, and a standard mirror on the door,
while 1A only has the mirror on the Spotlight.
he Spotlight mounts Down through the top of the fender, Not on the A Pillar as in Both
kits The Original Ecto has 2 Large Whip antennas right front & Left rear, AND a standard AM radio
antenna on the right front fender (See pic's above for both details)

Here is a front shot;
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Here is the 1A rear bumper;
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Both of these show the corrected License plate, the front shows the Yellow rotator closer to that
seen in the second film. I made this from a yellow Light-Bright Peg and Styrene bits.

Here are the sign-boards too;
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The AMT kit only gives yo 2 message boards, but I made more out of .o6 sheet & .o1x.o2 strip
they only gave youa Red 'Ghostbusters' & a green "WE'RE BACK", while there were Many More seen
and the We're back actually showed as 2 colors flashing alternately
red We're/green Back--green We're/red Back
I made the Masters for the messages from Blank sections from a Revell 'Goodyear' Blimp kit
I extended a section to the required length (read number of spots/elements) and cut it to 7 rows in height
I then scaled it down on an Office copier.(This Was before PC's became so cheap, plus, I only needed to copy black.white!
I made a few i whithe blanks, then copied more to Flurescent Red & green paper to simulate the red & green lights of the sign boards.
All I had to do them was black-out the unused spots to spell out the messages. (And Yes, I did mess up a Lot!!)
The sign-plates are 2-sided, and I made 2 of each mesasge!!

Edited by Edsel-Dan, 06 November 2011 - 05:50 PM.


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Posted 06 November 2011 - 05:50 PM

Forgot all about the PL version!
I know I'll be picking up a few of them- mostly for Hearse and stock ambulance conversions.

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Posted 06 November 2011 - 05:55 PM

So is it the AMT version or the PL version to be reissued? I have the AMT version...never had the PL one. Wouldn't mind having another one, thought about kitbashing one w/ a Revell ht to do something custom..

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Posted 06 November 2011 - 06:01 PM

The Monogram grille/bumper fits pretty well- about all you need to do is put a shim under the bottom of the hood and blend it in. ;)

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Posted 06 November 2011 - 06:04 PM

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Posted 06 November 2011 - 06:05 PM

Pictures from the iHobby showed the AMT kit.
I am surprissed even Monogram/Revell got the grill/Head light area wrong on the 59 Caddy!!
The chrome should only go Half as far back as it does around the head lights.
They Should have cast the headlight pods as separate pieces!!

I see you corrected that!!
Nice build going there!

i will Definitely be getting more of this kit!!
Glad to see it back
I though that AMT had announced it back when P-L announced their's!!

Edited by Edsel-Dan, 06 November 2011 - 06:06 PM.


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Posted 06 November 2011 - 06:25 PM

Pictures from the iHobby showed the AMT kit.
I am surprissed even Monogram/Revell got the grill/Head light area wrong on the 59 Caddy!!
The chrome should only go Half as far back as it does around the head lights.
They Should have cast the headlight pods as separate pieces!!

I see you corrected that!!
Nice build going there!



Yeah- the way they did the sides on those headlamp bezels always bugged me, on both the AMT and Monogram kits. It's pretty easy to blend in the necessary portion, you just need to mask off that bumper/grille during the bodywork/paint phases!

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Posted 06 November 2011 - 08:04 PM

That looks very cool. I think it's going to be a great kit to have not only for the body, but for the parts too.

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Posted 07 November 2011 - 04:18 PM

I have a couple of the PL kits, as snap kits they are pretty basic. How detailed is the AMT kit, still a curbside?

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Posted 07 November 2011 - 04:46 PM

Yes. The AMT kit is also a Curbside.
I believe P-L used it to master theirs.
I am surprised I have not seen anyone bash one with a Rev/Mono Eldorado for an Engine & detailed chassis
I may do that myself.
I Was going to use the Monogram kit's rear bumper on my back-dated build, but think I will modify a P-L one instead

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Posted 07 November 2011 - 04:47 PM

Aaron- it kind of reminds me of an old Jo-Han kit, only better. One-piece 'plate' chassis with everything molded to it, all the seats molded into the interior tub, sealed hood, etc. It has pretty good surface detail and looks right. If you're really courageous, kitbashing it with a Monogram Eldo for a full detail kit would be very workable.

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Posted 07 November 2011 - 04:49 PM

Oh- I have an album of the kit contents! :D (AMT/Ertl version)
http://public.fotki....mtertl-ecto-1a/

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Posted 07 November 2011 - 05:22 PM

I have 2 unbuilt kits by AMT/Ertl...never had the Polar Lights one.

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Posted 07 November 2011 - 05:29 PM

I back-dated the AMT kit into a First movie version BEFORE Polar-Lights came out with their snap kit of the car
Here are comparison pictures.

Left side;
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Wow, what great photos and information. I'm going to have print this out and save it. Super.

Terry