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rick6343

Member Since 23 Oct 2007
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Mercedes 300SL Gullwing coupe

12 April 2011 - 07:41 PM

This is AMT's Mercedes 300SL kit. It's built as an SCCA racer, circa the '50s or '60s. Mostly box stock. A roll bar was added to the interior and plenty of stuff was omitted: bumpers, muffler, wheel covers on stock steel wheels, etc. While researching, I noticed that I never saw a green one and I thought that color would look good. It's from Duplicolor, under Plasti-kote clear. Decals are from a couple of Fred Cady sheets. The time period meant exercising restraint with sponsors. It's a beautifully designed kit: Opening doors and trunk lid, full chassis detail, molded engine wiring and plumbing. And it all fits! Unfortunately, while under construction, I didn't have enough faith in the kit, so the doors and trunk are glued shut. Full chassis and suspension detail is provided, even if most of it is invisible thanks to the belly pan. The instructions in the 1970s release I built were frustratingly vague. For that reason, the front suspension was reassembled a couple of times and a few parts were never installed. My biggest flaw was not sanding enough/allowing too much paint to build up on the leading edge of the hood. It doesn't close all the way...

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67 Corvette roadster

11 April 2011 - 07:08 PM

Revell's '67 Corvette roadster. The red plastic taught me a lesson. That color is supposed to be Dupli-color "Pewter" and it looked the part until I cleared it. Now it's kind of copper.
Mid-60s racer. Exhaust and side pipes from the last reissue of the '67 coupe. Wheels from the Baldwin-Motion Corvette. Driver's seat from Stars and Stripes Corvette. L88 setup from a Revell '68-69 Corvette. Tires are four of the "little" Revell Goodyear Sports Car Specials, adapted with parts-box wheel backs. Roll bar is styrene. Decals are from the parts box and 100% fictitious. Spent a lot of time working with the wheel backs and axles to get the wheels/tires to sit just right. The kit went together really well. Comparing the body to other '63-67 Corvettes, I'm pretty sure this one is about 3 scale inches short through the doors. Knowing that now, it definitely looks a bit stubby to me. Has anyone else noticed this?

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95 Ford Mustang

11 April 2011 - 06:55 PM

A few months late on this one, but here it is. AMT's '95 Mustang coupe. Spoiler omitted, Weber carbs and plumbing added to engine. Extra underhood details from Monogram '94 Mustang kit, exhaust made from aluminum tubing and parts box mufflers. Interior is flocked and has aftermarket seats and scratchbuilt shifter. Paint is Testors Grabber Green (which seems to photograph weird) with Testors clear. This kit built beautifully-until I installed the wheels and tires. The 4X4 front ride height and track ruined the entire look of the car. I ended up cutting the axle pins off of the front uprights and gluing the front wheels on where I thought they looked good.

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Milwaukee NNL

11 April 2011 - 06:39 PM

Haven't seen anyone else post, so I thought I'd put up some of the photos I took at Saturday's Milwaukee NNL.

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This was probably my favorite model of the show:
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'63 Ford Galaxie

01 January 2011 - 12:21 PM

This is AMT's '63 Galaxie, built quickly as a curbside in time for the Milwaukee NNL. Paint is Testors Honduras Maroon. I'm really happy with how the paint turned out. It looks better than a lot of models I spent more time on. I did work hard on getting all the detail painting correct and painting the interior white. The model's flaw is in the foil work. I got a re-education in how to foil with this one.

Comments welcome.

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