Well, this is my first model project in probably 20 years so here goes:
AMT started as a hardtop, so it had to come off.
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I have to thin this out a bit yet, I can see...
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I started on the engine, but got hung up on making a "real" sway bar after I found a reference pic on the internet. Started with 14 gauge house wiring, which is .060" OD which equates to about 1-1/5" OD. This is a little "heavy" but I think still looks believable, scale-wise.
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Bent the thing to approximate the pic I downloaded, then "squashed" the ends with a pair of vise-grips, filed them round with my Dremel tool, then chucked the wire-gauge ferrule and drilled the holes to mount the "stand-offs" which are yet to be figured out.
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So this is just the beginning. I can see my problem is going to be knowing when to say enough is enough. I'm like a dog in a fire hydrant factory with this stuff. I will tend to enjoy the trip so much that I forget there is a destination here!
My neighbor is in his late 70's and I want to be able to hand him a replica of his most "favorite car" he ever had.
I can't begin to tell you all the incentive you have given me to start this up again. I am re-discovering the sheer joy of working on these little gems. Thank you.
Wish me luck!