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#21 Harry P.

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Posted 01 May 2013 - 04:30 PM

The only 1/24/25 scale plastic kit I've ever built with a multi-piece body is the '59 Skyliner, and I had no problem at all. After all, all of the parts of a model kit have to be glued together. So why should a body that has to be glued together be such a big deal?

 

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And like John said... the top really works!  :D



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Posted 01 May 2013 - 05:05 PM

Except for the Spot-lights, that looks like a Box art build for the "Skip's Fiesta" series

issue of that kit. Nice.

 

Here is one of mine of that issue;

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And another getting a Different build!

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I need to get back to work on these!!

 

And I have been reminded me of another started. The Lincoln Futura. And I have the Pontiac Club De Mer

Plus a few Pyro/Life-Like/Lindberg "1/32" scale kits 57 Chevy convert, & various 32-40 Fords & Chevy's


Edited by Edsel-Dan, 01 May 2013 - 05:09 PM.


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Posted 01 May 2013 - 06:11 PM

I've had a couple so far.  The IMC/Testors 48 Ford convertible turned out pretty good.  I've got a Lindberg/Aurora Triumph GT6 in my stash.  I might do it next. 



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Posted 01 May 2013 - 06:15 PM

That's really sharp Harry.

 

A lot better than mine. :(



#25 Harry P.

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Posted 01 May 2013 - 06:18 PM

Thanks, John.

 

Dan... that is the "Skip's Fiesta" issue. I still have the guy and girl passenger figures around here somewhere...



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Posted 01 May 2013 - 06:19 PM

I tried one of the Revell kits (in a smaller scale - 1/32?) when I was about 8 years old. I think it was the '58 Buick Special. that pretty much cured me!

 

great set of instructions and assembled kit you have done.

I had one of those kits when I was about that age also and don't remember if I ever finished it. I recently picked up the 1/32 Chrysler New Yorker Customizing Kit for a buck and still factory sealed. It's gonna stay that way as I bought it for nostalgia's sake and it looks good in my "stash."



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Posted 01 May 2013 - 06:58 PM

The Heller/AMT Renault Gordini is my multi piece nemesis.



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Posted 01 May 2013 - 08:49 PM

Harry, I knew it was that issue. Decals & Olds fiesta Caps were ONLY in those 2 issues.

I said it looks like the Box art build FOR that issue

 

I have 3 Originals to restore. My first Yellow issue currently under going resto,

one yellow issue complete, and at least one more yellow to restore

the 2 Skip's issues in progress, and one RoG 50th Anniversary not started yet.

I also have several more for parts.

I want the Revell US re-issue too (Only one molded white!)

 

Think I like that 59 Fairlane 500 Skyliner!??

 

Oh yea, Since the Skip's issue, it has Mistakenly been marked a Galaxie.

Know why it isn't??



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Posted 01 May 2013 - 09:34 PM

I had the typical nightmare builds from when I was a kid -- the Revell VW Bus, which I believe was the first model I actually threw at the wall as hard as I could, and the '57 Ranchero, which I tried and tried so many times that eventually I just made the mating surfaces so goobered there was no way any two parts were going together without major corrective surgery.

 

Now, I'd love to try either again. Between CA/kicker, Ambroid/Tenax, and just a whole lot more patience and skill, I think I'd be very pleased with them as kits. The Futura and Club De Mur are both on my want list, as well.



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Posted 02 May 2013 - 04:23 AM

the two i would consider building are the Revell '60 Corvette and the Austin Healey 3000. The 'Vette is in the stash and the 3000 is still at the LHS!!!

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Posted 02 May 2013 - 04:28 AM

Oh yea, Since the Skip's issue, it has Mistakenly been marked a Galaxie.

Know why it isn't??

 

I don't remember the exact details, but something about the '59s having both Galaxie and Fairlane 500 badging or something like that.



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Posted 02 May 2013 - 04:49 AM

The multi piece bodies just require a little extra time and care during the initial assembly and then they're usually no different then a one piece body. I've built the 59/60 Corvette and the Revell Futura, just finished an old Pyro 1/32 scale Ford as a WWII US Army staff car and have the Revell Healey on the go. By investing a little extra time in these old kits you can often have some fairly unique models to set on your display shelves



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Posted 02 May 2013 - 05:17 AM

Nope. Not gonna do it, wouldn't be prudent...my Revell '59 Skyliner and a Ranchero bought in the 1980's are still sitting around, unfinished. I can't work on those multi piece body kits.



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Posted 02 May 2013 - 05:54 AM

I have a couple of kits from the old Revell days . Problem is , I can NO LONGER post pictures on this forum . Seems Up dates only show as a word link , Dave , Casey, anyone ?



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Posted 02 May 2013 - 06:16 AM

I started a 1/32nd scale Chrysler a few years ago and didn't get very far before I lost interest in it ( had nothing to do with the multi-piece body though ) Otherwise I don't think I ever attempted one

 

I do  have a couple multi-piece body kits on the shelf for future projects but only one of them is subject in the near future.

 

 

ps, I haven't been able to upload pictures to the board in some time..


Edited by gtx6970, 02 May 2013 - 06:17 AM.


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Posted 02 May 2013 - 07:55 AM

I never had much luck with the multi piecers in the distant past so I've avoided them.I do have a multi piece F40 kit(Protar) and and a few old Revells but I haven't touched them in years.My big problem was vertically aligning the body sides.I ended up with way too much tuck under and then the chassis wouldn't fit.



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Posted 02 May 2013 - 09:44 AM

i was given a Lindberg Triumph GT 6+ for my birthday last year.  i shook my fist at the sky for a while, then figured maybe one day it'll actually get done and maybe even halfway decent.  i started gluing stuff together, so i shall wait until that fateful day to decide if it's worth the extra effort or not.

 

from what i remember while working on it, it's going to need a lot of body work to make it look right.



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Posted 02 May 2013 - 10:12 AM

The multi piece bodies just require a little extra time and care during the initial assembly and then they're usually no different then a one piece body.

 

Sometimes a LOT more care and time, but every one can make a fine model (except anything by Palmer). The Pyro Cord builds up very easily, actually, and fits together remarkably well. The old Testor's '48 Ford has been on and off my bench for quite a while, becoming a chopped '41, but it IS taking shape, and I've got restos going on the UN-chopped Ranchero, and a conversion of the AMT '57 Ford to a retractable hardtop, using donor parts from a gluebomb Revell '59 .Test fitting, tacking, checking alignment and sometimes deviating from the instructions may be called for on these kits, but nothing magic. The one thing that WON'T work on these is being in a hurry, and trying to slap them together.


Edited by Ace-Garageguy, 02 May 2013 - 10:14 AM.


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Posted 02 May 2013 - 10:21 AM

I've heard several varying reports of the Linburg/ Pyro Triumph GT. It's not Linburg's fault as they simply bought that "OLD " tool as well as I M C's OLD TOOLS along with every other extinct manufacturer out there . The problem is the Younger builders never knew of these kits back when . They have this notion that the current manufacturer did it on purpose for what ever reason . The same can be said of  a reissued old "Annual " with molded chassis details .

 

Now in some defense of Revel, I have done many of their kits , including those "Multi-Piece bodies ". I did the 59 Ford Sunliner Retractable hard top several years ago. Revell Germany had just re released it in the original art work box, molded in bright Green . Yes, there was a small amount of "Flash ". I'm not surprised given the age of this kit  and as many times as it's been re issued over the years too. I had to really "WORK " the hinge mechanisms to make my model have an operating top . However, the "Thumbnail at the bottom will show you that with A LOT OF CARE, decent results aren't out of the question.

 

The Revel Austin Healey is another one of those old 1950's kits . Johnny, a member here traded me this one a while ago. This kit too, was a re-pop of the original art work , circa , 1958. Molded in a warm White , I actually did a step by step build of this kit for his forum . I had to clamp joints in using some small "Bar clamps " overnight on a couple of occasions . There weren't any "REAL " surprises except the hood won't clear a built six cylinder engine though . But , I remember the AMT 1959 El Camino having the exact same issue too..............

 

All in all, probably the hardest kits revel did with fitment issues would have included the 1955 Lincoln Futura as the trunk didn't really line up on the quarter panels too well. The Pontiac Club de Mer had some issues along the sides as well as the 1957 Cadillac El Dorado Broham HT . Point is though, they're fixable with some careful finessing . In comparing ANY Early Revel kit to ANY IMC/ TESTORS/ UNION / LINBURG issued kit , humph, I'll be happy to do a Revell kit .

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Posted 02 May 2013 - 10:40 AM

A couple of things to throw into the mix.

  1. Most of the multiple kits are buildable with care.
  2. Glue choice is a significant decision. Most of us tried these originally with tube glue. Bad decision. I have had much better success with a liquid glue
  3. If you've ever successfully chopped a top, these are almost the same thing, possibly with better fit
  4. Most of these kits were molded with better plastic than what some manufacturers use at time. I'd much rather build one of these any day compared to the gray goo that Ertl/AMT used
  5. Nothing will make most Palmer kits buildable. Those are designed best as receptacles for fireworks such as M-80s.