Jump to content


Mickey Thompson 1/16th Scale - Pontiac Grand AM F/C


  • You cannot reply to this topic
17 replies to this topic

#1 NitroJunky

NitroJunky

    MCM Regular

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 81 posts
  • Location:England
  • Full Name:Gareth

Posted 28 October 2012 - 04:43 AM

I picked this kit cheap when a model shop was closing down and decided to build it as an "out of the box" build.

The only thing that was changed was that i stripped all of the factory chrome and repianted most of it with Alclad.

The main body was painted gloss black first, followed by a coat of fine metal flake followed several coats of candy apple red. Once dried 4 coats of clear lacquer was applied before the decals went on.

The chassis was painted with Tamiya Gold.

The kit in general was not to bad to build but the decals became a problem when trying to get them to wrap around front nose. This was even an issue using decal softner and decal setting solution.

Posted Image
Posted Image

#2 Casey

Casey

    MCM Ohana

  • Moderator
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 8,330 posts
  • Location:Milwaukee, WI
  • Full Name:Casey Littmann

Posted 28 October 2012 - 04:48 AM

The kit in general was not to bad to build but the decals became a problem when trying to get them to wrap around front nose. This was even an issue using decal softner and decal setting solution.


I always wondered how difficult those were to apply, but they look nicely done on your build, Gareth.

#3 cobraman

cobraman

    Crazy 'bout Cobras!

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 10,471 posts
  • Location:Arizona
  • Full Name:Ray Kurn

Posted 28 October 2012 - 05:11 AM

Very nice !

#4 Ramcharger

Ramcharger

    MCM Avid Poster

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPip
  • 475 posts
  • Location:Co-lum-bus, O-Hi-O
  • Full Name:Ron

Posted 28 October 2012 - 05:15 AM

I like it!

#5 MicroNitro

MicroNitro

    MCM Ohana

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 575 posts
  • Location:indiana
  • Full Name:jim littiken

Posted 28 October 2012 - 06:50 AM

Awesome!

#6 NitroJunky

NitroJunky

    MCM Regular

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 81 posts
  • Location:England
  • Full Name:Gareth

Posted 28 October 2012 - 07:33 AM

Thanks for the comments guys.

As for the decals, Its not that easy to see in the photos but the decal on the point of the front nose is creased. You are trying to shape the decal to 4 different angles and its not easy. I have thought about masking the shape out air brush some yellow onto the body and try and blend it into the rest of the decal near the windscreen.

#7 W-409

W-409

    MCM Ohana

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 5,660 posts
  • Location:Vantaa, Finland
  • Full Name:Niko Lindström

Posted 28 October 2012 - 07:41 AM

Very Nice Pontiac Funny Car. Excellent paint job and nice detailing on the engine and chassis. Wheels and tires look very realistic too, especially those tires are looking real rubber.

More pics, please.

#8 NitroJunky

NitroJunky

    MCM Regular

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 81 posts
  • Location:England
  • Full Name:Gareth

Posted 28 October 2012 - 08:11 AM

Very Nice Pontiac Funny Car. Excellent paint job and nice detailing on the engine and chassis. Wheels and tires look very realistic too, especially those tires are looking real rubber.

More pics, please.


Thanks Niko,

The rear tyres where sanded with various grades of sand paper to try to remove the moulding rib around the middle of the tyre.

I didnt do anything to the front tyres, the only thing that was done was they were used to produce a mould to try and cast my own tyres for my older 70s kits the RTV rubber must have taken the shine out of them and give them a bit of used look.

Ive got a few photos of the body being painted, i will find them out.

This one one i was playing about with

Posted Image

#9 GoatGuy

GoatGuy

    MCM Ohana

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 907 posts
  • Location:Shermans Dale, PA
  • Full Name:Dave Ryberg

Posted 28 October 2012 - 12:01 PM

Great job. I like the ghosted pic, too.

#10 ssroczyn

ssroczyn

    MCM Regular

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 56 posts
  • Location:MA
  • Full Name:Steve Sroczynski

Posted 30 October 2012 - 04:19 AM

Very Nice!! This turned out really good!

#11 Mooneyzs

Mooneyzs

    MCM Ohana

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 4,921 posts
  • Location:Gilbert, Arizona
  • Full Name:-Chris

Posted 30 October 2012 - 12:22 PM

This build is beautiful. you did a killer job on it. Love seeing 1/16th scale builds. very cool pic of gosting the body and seeing the chassis underneath it.

#12 AZ Boy

AZ Boy

    MCM Ohana

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 721 posts
  • Location:Arizona

Posted 31 October 2012 - 04:38 AM

Great job, Gareth! The paint and detailling came out wonderful.

#13 Ira

Ira

    MCM Ohana

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 6,506 posts
  • Location:Sonoma County
  • Full Name:Ira Dahm

Posted 31 October 2012 - 04:49 AM

NICE BUILD GARETH!!!

#14 NitroJunky

NitroJunky

    MCM Regular

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 81 posts
  • Location:England
  • Full Name:Gareth

Posted 01 November 2012 - 09:18 AM

This build is beautiful. you did a killer job on it. Love seeing 1/16th scale builds. very cool pic of gosting the body and seeing the chassis underneath it.


Thanks Mooneyzs, following the progress on your Vega Army car, Great build you have their.

I got the idea for the ghosting photo from a drag racing poster that was out in the 70s maybe the 80s over here in the UK and thought it would look good if i tried it with a model.

thanks to for the rest of comments aswell guys, Will post more of builds soon

Edited by NitroJunky, 01 November 2012 - 09:19 AM.


#15 mysterj1

mysterj1

    MCM Regular

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 98 posts
  • Location:Washington
  • Full Name:Joe

Posted 01 November 2012 - 03:13 PM

Beautiful job on a great subject. Didn't he paint this ride blue at one time? I seem to remember it on the circuit, even recall seeing a 1/16 kit at some point in time. Maybe that was the Marine Corps car?

#16 Hondo

Hondo

    MCM Avid Poster

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPip
  • 281 posts
  • Location:Mississippi
  • Full Name:Jim Mullis

Posted 01 November 2012 - 03:45 PM

Really nice, Gareth.
(And yes, this car was red, yellow & black at times. The blue was the M/T US Marines version for Bob Pickett)

#17 mysterj1

mysterj1

    MCM Regular

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 98 posts
  • Location:Washington
  • Full Name:Joe

Posted 03 November 2012 - 02:27 PM

Really nice, Gareth.
(And yes, this car was red, yellow & black at times. The blue was the M/T US Marines version for Bob Pickett)


Jim,

Thanks for reminding me. As soon as I saw his name I remembered it. I'd love to find another of those kits, was a great build.

#18 Dyno Davo

Dyno Davo

    MCM Ohana

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 667 posts
  • Location:Australia
  • Full Name:David Loye

Posted 04 November 2012 - 03:02 AM

Great build Gareth, nicest candy red version I've seen. Slixx do the decals for the US marines version