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AMT '40 Ford (Why we can't have nice things)

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#1 Zarana-X


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Posted 06 April 2013 - 04:30 AM

My dad is in his 70's and he has a stash of model kits he bought up in the mid '80's. Unfortunaltely he stored them in the garage, eventually getting moved to the rafters. :rolleyes: The garage wasn't ideal, and the rafters are even worse. I rescued his hoard, from slow heat destruction, and to build some for him. I know he's not going to touch these.

My goal was to try and get one built for Christmas.

After opening the boxes and inspecting them for damage (a few had tires melted into windows, bodies, etc. I was expecting worse) I selected an AMT '40 Ford. These are old  3 in 1 kits with metal axles. I was trying to build a period '50's style hot rod.

I didn't get it finished in time for Christmas, or his birthday... But I gave it to him on Easter. He seemed to appreciate it. At first he thought it was a die-cast and was handling it kinda ham-fistedly. I told him what I had doen, and he didn't even remember he had a stash of kits.

Anyway, onto the model. I usually do models with some degree of wear and weathering. When I try to do somethign nice and clean, the odds are stacked against me. First off, the decals in old AMT kits are about as thick as deli sliced ham, and have a border big enough to cause a dispute with the neighbors. This had flame decals for the fenders, but I couldn't get them to smooth out for my life, so I ended up removing those ones, and just leaving them on the flat areas of the hood and doors.

Secondly, my clearcoat wrinkled on the roof and trunklid. I used Krylon for the color and clearcoat, I think ther may have been some latent polish from when I polished the color coat. :angry: . Thirdly, when I was buffing out the wrinkles on the clear, I burnt through the paint in two spots. All of thes mistakes would be easy to hide/incorporate into a weathered build. My Dad didn't notice any of these flaws, and after a break I will start another for him, and hopefully get this one finished by Christmas.






I forgot to get pic of the engine, because the hood wouldn't stay open, but here is underneath, I forgot to add the second exhausst pipe, the one is molded into the chassis. :rolleyes:


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Posted 06 April 2013 - 05:53 AM

What a cool story, I'm sure you were excited to see that stash of models. Car looks good, can't wait to see the next!

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Posted 06 April 2013 - 07:06 AM

Like the color and the flames.  Great story also.

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Posted 06 April 2013 - 12:13 PM

Nice build.

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Posted 06 April 2013 - 07:12 PM

Sharp build..

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Posted 07 April 2013 - 01:25 AM

Looks good man.

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Posted 07 April 2013 - 04:42 AM

Nice clean build.  Very cool story.  Hope you have a lot of fun with those kits.

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Posted 07 April 2013 - 08:57 AM

This a real favorite of mine....  One of my first real car kits was an AMT 40 Ford....   there have been many since and two still untouched in my stash....


This was a cool story and yo did a good job on this old kit....



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Posted 07 April 2013 - 09:39 AM

Really cool build Jason and great story.  Did you do a wash on the grill to get the effect it has?

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Posted 07 April 2013 - 05:09 PM

Yeah, I did a wash on the center grill, and pinted the side ones black and went over the bars with silver. I kinda messed up on the edge, it wasn't defined really well, and the paint kinda wandered a bit.

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Posted 07 April 2013 - 10:04 PM

Looks like a survivor built long ago (NOT that it looks old,just that) so I'd say you hit the nail on the head getting a period look to it,nicely done! Cool back story about your Dad too,awesome :D