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#1 Mj-Styro

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Posted 17 July 2006 - 05:25 AM

Talk about your Org. issue kit that was in need of the trash can.......
BUT i couldnt Throw it out! i said lets fix it!! heres the pictures so you can follow along
heres a before Picture
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Time consuming but i was able to fill and file the gaps so they all lined up to what you see here
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Heres the start of the work on the interior tub opening that was the man problem with the kit when it was built,After carfefull trimming of the passenger side interior tub i was able to save the top of the door and vent posts which were broken and stuck the to interior tub
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After alot of work and sanding the sanding still goes on,mixed up some two part putty and let it flow into the cracks etc.heres how it looks after it was cured
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Comparing the interior tub opening with an Org 1967 Impala Conv't on the right
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And here it is in color! may not be 100% perfect but looks 100 times better then the before...........color i shot thru my Airbrush (Paasche VL) color is Kiln red
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Thanks for following along and hope i got everyone up to speed,and sorry for the poeple that may have seen this before...............
i have quite a few of these restoration nitemares............More to come later.................

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Posted 17 July 2006 - 05:50 AM

very nice work.you've done a great thing saving that car! :lol:

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Posted 17 July 2006 - 07:50 AM

Great Save MJ!! :lol::D

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Posted 17 July 2006 - 08:00 AM

WOW...... that's like going to a salad bar & re-building a head of lettuce! :shock:

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Posted 17 July 2006 - 08:03 AM

Wow!!! You got my respect and admiration for these restos. Wonderful work. I look forward to seeing more and more.

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Posted 17 July 2006 - 08:53 AM

Nice work.

Restorations like this are some of the most rewarding kind of modeling I've experienced. Can't say I've done one this involved, but I've taken some pitifully damaged promos in my life (of cars that are hard enough to find in kit form) and brought them back w/a modeler's touch. They were too far gone for anything other than parts, and I don't worry over potential paper value as they're my models and not intended for resale.

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Posted 17 July 2006 - 09:29 AM

This was a $5 swap meet purchase that included broken windshield pillars and every custom part in the box glued to the body. While not a resto like the above masterpiece, it WAS an affordable vintage kit to cut-up. I'm sorry I don't have the before pictures.....


AMT `59 Buick Sled
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The interior was shot so I scratch-built door panels and floors. I also added some tunes.....
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Posted 17 July 2006 - 09:59 AM

Thanks Guys!!!! thats what i have been doing the last 4 years and got really good at it,then 6 months ago i was burnt out and really didnt wanna do it any more,i dont wanna stick my foot in my mouth but everything i worked on came out pretty good then there was apoint i could fix them in my head just by lookin at them.........thats when i got burnt out......

BUT! thank you for the comments!! and John! Way to go!!!!! thats also a very nice blue!!!! fits it well!!!!


if i can get Fotki to bare with me i have a few more i wanted to show you all...........

and with that being said i am almost ready to start the thrashing again on plastic and resin :lol:

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Posted 05 August 2006 - 05:41 AM

some great work there. i love trying to bringing them from the dead also not always so good at it but keep trying