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#1 migace

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Posted 12 August 2012 - 06:06 AM

I just finished this up and it was great fun. Model King reissue 71 Bird. I built it as a curbside so I could keep its 2V head motor for other projects. (1970 galaxie??) The kit comes with a engine plate so I detailed that and here she is. I also liked the 1970 Bird's painted front bumper so I kept that but other than that its a 71. I also added a soft top with some strip styrene and adding texture with holding the spray can at a distance. This forum is such a great resource, thank you members for all the tips, it made my first custom soft top a success!(I think) When I was researching the car online there were many slightly different ways I saw the soft top done. I had to go through a lot of pictures to find the right combo. The area that is louvered behind the back glass sometimes was part of the soft top and sometimes i saw it painted. I went with paint I liked the look better. Comments are welcome, enjoy!

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Edited by migace, 13 August 2012 - 04:12 PM.


#2 TooOld

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Posted 12 August 2012 - 06:50 AM

Very , very nice ! ! Your color choice turned out great .
We are probably in the minority , but I really like these Big Birds !

#3 bbowser

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Posted 12 August 2012 - 06:54 AM

Very nice, clean build. I love the color and a white top/interior fits the era perfectly. Even though they're not 'performance cars' like the earlier ones I too have a soft spot for the big birds.

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Posted 12 August 2012 - 07:07 AM

That is one you don't ofter see built stock, if at all!
Cool land yacht! B)

#5 ChrisR

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Posted 12 August 2012 - 07:26 AM

Nice model!

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Posted 12 August 2012 - 07:32 AM

Very well done Sir !

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Posted 12 August 2012 - 08:24 AM

Ahhh your right I looked it over again. A 429 then with 2v heads? Also the engine was cast with a manual trans not a auto unit like the plate that also came with it, another reason besides scoring a nice motor was that fact. Thanks for all your comments!

Edited by migace, 12 August 2012 - 08:27 AM.


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Posted 12 August 2012 - 10:46 AM

Beautiful Thunderbird ! !
I like the choice of color combination... :rolleyes:

#9 Jim N

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Posted 12 August 2012 - 01:34 PM

Looks nice. This was one of my favorite body styles for the Thunderbird.

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Posted 12 August 2012 - 01:40 PM

I'm so kicking myself in the ass for not getting one of these when they were reissued,now they're all but unobtainable!u did a fine job man!

#11 Sixties Sam

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Posted 12 August 2012 - 02:43 PM

Very clean model of an unusual subject. I can't remember ever seeing a 71 Bird modeled. Nice job!
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Posted 12 August 2012 - 03:20 PM

Very nice build!

#13 charlie8575

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Posted 12 August 2012 - 03:20 PM

Those colors look great on it.

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Posted 12 August 2012 - 03:38 PM

Just lovely!

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Posted 12 August 2012 - 03:47 PM

What a classy colour combitnation , it looks perfect on that 'bird!

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Posted 12 August 2012 - 11:47 PM

Sweet! Dont remember the last time I saw one of these! Great color choice!

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Posted 13 August 2012 - 02:06 AM

I'm not a fan of the big Thunderbirds,but this build could certainly change my mind about them! Very nice build!

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Posted 13 August 2012 - 02:22 AM

Not one of my favorite cars, but you did an exceptional job on it.

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Posted 13 August 2012 - 02:50 AM

Very nice build of a classic...

#20 migace

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Posted 13 August 2012 - 03:22 AM

Thanks guys!