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#21 Tom99

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Posted 03 January 2013 - 03:07 AM

Very nice, well done!



#22 Geno

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Posted 03 January 2013 - 06:43 AM

You know what I think by my profile pic. I'd owned it for over 20 years until I sold it back to the original owner last year. I love it. My favorite year Grand Prix period. I've owned several over the years. :wub:  B)


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#23 Johnny1973

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Posted 03 January 2013 - 08:54 AM

Thats one sweet ride,nice and smooth paint job.Great job!



#24 Ron Hamilton

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Posted 03 January 2013 - 12:51 PM

Ron, You did a wonderful job with that one. Believe it or not, I still have the original 1969 Grand Prix I built when I was a kid. It's been disassembled, and stripped, and will be rebuilt. I only hope that it looks as good as yours.



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Posted 03 January 2013 - 03:00 PM

That is SUPER!!!  It looks fantastic. Beautiful paint job.



#26 Danno

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Posted 03 January 2013 - 03:10 PM

Beautiful!

 

 

B)



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Posted 03 January 2013 - 03:16 PM

If Sean Svendsen says you did a good job, you did a GOOD job.

 

The color, finish, appearance. Beautiful. The only detail I would add would be to paint the molded-in headlights with aluminum paint and then put a thin coat of white glue over them, to add a little dimension, and some custom-printed license plates. You can find those here.

 

http://www.worldlicenseplates.com/

 

http://www.15q.net/usindex.html

 

http://www.leewardpr...-fonts-nam.html

 

http://www.licenseplates.tv/

 

Scale the plates to 0.46875" long by 0.234375" high (6"x12") and print on your color printer. Affix with white glue. I'd use an index card to print them on for a little extra thickness.

 

This is one kit that needs to be either fixed from the abomination it became or a new tool cut. This is one of GM's all-time best styling exercises released for public sale, and your model illustrates that very nicely.



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Posted 03 January 2013 - 06:10 PM

Thanks again guys, you've made me feel very welcome here in a very short time. Thanks for the tip on the headlights, Charlie. I've often wondered if there were a way to make the moulded in lamps look more realistic. I will definitely try that method on the next one I do. I will post my "Class of 2012" in just a few minutes. Hope you see a few more there that you like. Gene, I saw that photo when I did a Google search of GP's while researching. I really love that green. If I hadn't already done mine in blue it would have been that color. Ron H., you are lucky to have saved the GP...nearly all of my early in life builds met with untimely deaths ;) I did manage to save my MPC 1969 Impala SS427 that I built in 69. I did a restoration on it about 15 years ago, shortly after I started using automotive base coat / clear coat. I will post photos if you'd like to see it.



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Posted 03 January 2013 - 07:17 PM

Welcome Ron!!!

 

Beautiful GP build! Looks great.

 

And yes, we'd like to see your '69 Impala B)



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Posted 05 January 2013 - 01:45 AM

You did a wonderful job on that Grand Prix. It's a pleasure to see one built !! Congrats !!!!! B)



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Posted 06 January 2013 - 10:37 AM

Beautiful Grand Prix, Ron.  That blue really shows off the great lines of this car.  Nice work.



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Posted 06 January 2013 - 10:43 AM

Beautiful build!!! I had no idea this existed in kit form and have never seen it in the wild. Who is the manufacturer of the kit,and is it still in production??



#33 Ron35369

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Posted 06 January 2013 - 05:20 PM

Thanks again for all the great comments, I really appreciate it. Dante, this is a MPC original annual kit from 69. To my knowledge it hasn't been reissued & the moulds were probably destroyed when they retooled for the 1970 models. I got this one about a year ago on Ebay. I have seen one or two on there since then.

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Posted 06 January 2013 - 06:32 PM

Well, I feel sort of bad "raining on your parade," so to speak. I agree with all the positive comments, but I can't ignore that huge gap between the wheelwells and the outer fenders. Ouch...



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Posted 06 January 2013 - 06:34 PM

Thanks again for all the great comments, I really appreciate it. Dante, this is a MPC original annual kit from 69. To my knowledge it hasn't been reissued & the moulds were probably destroyed when they retooled for the 1970 models. I got this one about a year ago on Ebay. I have seen one or two on there since then.

 

The molds were updated for 1969-7-71-72, then turned into some horrid 1970s pimp-mobile custom, which was later re-released as a tie-in for Welcome Back, Kotter as I think "Sweathogs Dream Machine" or something like that. In any event, the molds are almost impossible, if not impossible, to return to a stock body and interior.

 

For this reason, Grand Prixs are quite expensive, and if you find an unbuilt one, be ready to spend a lot of money.

 

I'd like to find a '72 and build it to replicate "The Banana Boat," which we nick-named a friend's '72, which met a tragic end with an engine fire.

 

R&R casts one of these model-year GPs in resin. The casting can be a bit hit-or-miss, but it's the only game in town that I know of if you're on a budget.

 

Charlie Larkin



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Posted 06 January 2013 - 07:26 PM

very nice awesome job, i would like to have that car in my collection



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Posted 09 January 2013 - 03:49 PM

B)

Very, very nice indeed

Thank You for sharing



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Posted 10 January 2013 - 10:56 AM

Sure don't see enough of these, and they're rarely this nice. Shame on AMT for irrevocably turning it into an abomination.



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Posted 12 January 2013 - 04:59 PM

seriously diggin it!



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Posted 13 January 2013 - 02:54 AM

Well, I feel sort of bad "raining on your parade," so to speak. I agree with all the positive comments, but I can't ignore that huge gap between the wheelwells and the outer fenders. Ouch...

 

You mean that classic "feature" all MPC kits of that era had...and for that matter well into the 70s.  

 

I do love that build Ron.  The paint is spot on and so smooth.  

 

But you have to wonder why MPC did all of their model cars in that style chassis that never lined up with the body.  I would love to see Revell tool up a new 69 Grand Prix but it'll never happen.  Though there is a nice resin piece out of this.

 

Very nice looking car Ron..