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#41 sjordan2

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Posted 02 May 2013 - 11:03 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.

     

 

 

Ditto on all accounts. As a kid, tube glue was my downfall on these kits, leaving squeezed bits of glue at the seams and, inevitably, finger marks that kids are prone to.



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Posted 02 May 2013 - 04:16 PM

The New for 59 Galaxie was an Option on the Fairlane 500. This is about Mid-year of the run when 'Galaxie' was added.

Yes on the actual car it still had the Fairlane 500 script on the trunk and 'V' between th eback up lights.

However, Galaxie replaced the Script on the rear fenders.

Now look at the Kit and read the script on the rear fenders.

"FAIRLANE 500", Thus the error.

AMT's Hardtop & Sunliner convertible Did have Galaxie on the rear fenders.

 

Anyone know Why the Fairlane 500 was Left on the Galaxie trunk line??

It Did have a Purpose

 

I think the Big problem with New builders getting these Old Muti-piece body kits is the lack of  notice

that the kit IS an OLD design.

I bought the 59 Skyliner kit in 74-75 in its First ever re-issue.

It stated Right on the box, "As one of Revell's Oldest design kits, the body is made up 

of separate parts, Trunk, sides, roof, etc........."

 

I had no trouble with it then. I still use the same technique in assembling them

Use the chassis as a support when gluing the body parts together,

Let set at least over night before removing the chassis, or other support piece used.

 

How many just Slap the engine together without smoothing seams??

Do the same on these kits with Body joints.

 

If you Scratch-build something, you should be able to handle these kits.

If you avoid them do to the multi-piece body, Fine, More for me!!!

 

I Like them, and will continue to buy and build them as long as I can!

 

The ones shown are beautiful examples.

It just comes down to the Prime rule, Take you time.

Makes no difference if it is an AMT with one piece body, or one of these Antiques still issued

with Multi-piece bodies.



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Posted 03 May 2013 - 04:06 AM

It's been a long time (30 years+!) but I built the Revell/AMT 1/32 Mercury Montclair Phaeton (4 door hardtop). Had to change the order of assembly significantly to paint the entire body as would be done with the typical "modern" one-piece body kit. Also had to scratch a windshield and rear window since none of the Revell/AMT 32nd '55-'56 cars had "glass" in spite of the fact that wrap-around windshelds and compound curved rear windows were such a prominent feature of those cars. The whole series were otherwise nicely detailed for their time. Fortunately, 32nd scale and multi-piece bodies were soon an evolutionary dead end in the main stream of the hobby.

 

I also built Revell's 1/25th '59 Skyliner. Another where one has to rethink the assembly sequence to paint the body in one piece. But at least it had a windshield and was the proper scale!

 

An additional thought... After Revell abandoned the multi-piece body engineering they released among others, their tri-five Chevy series with opening everything, plus "steerable" wheels, separate chrome moldings, etc, etc. Though those kits had one piece bodies (except for doors and deck lids) they weren't much easier to build than their predecessors!



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Posted 04 May 2013 - 03:33 AM

I,VE HEARD GOOD AND BAD ABOUT REVELL'S CADDY MULTI PIECE.MINE WOULDN'T LINE UP AT ALL.NOT EVEN CLOSE.



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Posted 09 May 2013 - 05:29 AM

all kinds of things you can do with that Healey Healey111.jpg



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Posted 11 May 2013 - 12:17 PM

So we've got the Slizzer, Ooops, I mean the "Slingster" coming our way, I wonder if this can be too far behind?

 

Monogram32SportCoupeAD2.jpg

 

 

In 1/25th scale too ?



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Posted 12 May 2013 - 07:43 AM

I'd take that ole Monogram jus for the way kwell tires !



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Posted 12 May 2013 - 01:12 PM

Lets not forget Revell's Porsche Speedster! Which when built up looks good!



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Posted 12 May 2013 - 01:40 PM

I'd take that ole Monogram jus for the way kwell tires !

 

Contact Alan Rabb @ Ma's Resin. I sent him a set to reproduce. Not sure where he's at with that. http://public.fotki....esin-price-lis/



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Posted 13 May 2013 - 10:56 AM

Yep , another great kit. $(KGrHqN,!nsFBYtDhFK)BQlFkVs7p!~~60_35.J



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Posted 13 May 2013 - 02:55 PM

Greg, if Revell was to re release the Porsche , I would build it again very close to the one I had back I guess about  1968. It was a good kit . I just don't understand some of the "Timid " builders we have here .........................



#52 Tom Geiger

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Posted 13 May 2013 - 04:14 PM

all kinds of things you can do with that Healey Healey111.jpg

 

Cool. Never saw that pic before.  Ida Automotive is up on Route 9 not far from Raceway Park in Englishtown, NJ. They are the folks who were cranking out new Tuckers not too long ago.


Edited by Tom Geiger, 13 May 2013 - 04:15 PM.


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Posted 14 May 2013 - 03:33 PM

I've built several multi-piece body kits, through the years. To me, no more difficult than one-piece. I don't have any problems with them. I don't see the need for the fuss. Just as with other parts of the kit, work slow, use plenty of tape, fit, trim, fit, repeat.... No worries. I have a couple of Heller kits that are multi-piece bodys. I loved building them!