This is a quickee little project that I threw together about three (3) years ago for a local model club event. Although I posted a few details in the "Workbench" section back then, I never got around to posting the finished build here in "Under Glass". Since one of our fellow Forum members prompted me to do so, here goes. As always, Questions/Comments/Constructive Criticism are welcome (just don't beat me up too badly 🤓). The engine is the controversial part of the build, but hey, someone had to do it. Build-Up details http://www.modelcarsmag.com/forums/topic/73425-shamrock-t-bucket/
We had a couple of Fords in my family when I was growing up (approx 1966) that were Arcadian Blue. I like that shade of blue, but like VW's "Vapor Blue" even better. Still, I must agree that it doesn't work on a big car. A more regal color like black, navy blue, bronze, etc., sounds better. Look forward to seeing what Steve comes up with.
I know that a lot of you guys buy old built-ups and actively look for them. Have you ever had one of your own come back to you, sort of like a boomerang? Referencing the attached pix, a nearly 40 year old built-up of mine has come back to me. I had a friend and mentor named Sam who was a big part of my life until he passed away a while back at age 86. He was a true car nut, and I believe he had 30HD in his veins instead of blood. He was an expert mechanic and body man, and had restored several classic 1:1 to concours standards. The big thing for me, though, was when he helped me buy my first car and fix it up, a rusty and beat-up '62 Corvair Monza coupe. Sometime later, I built this AMT 1/16 '57 Chevy as a birthday present for him, which replicated one of his trophy-winning beauties. It definitely leaves a lot to be desired, both by my current build standards and by those of this Forum, but as the saying goes, "it's the thought that counts." What really got me was the fact that he had kept it all these years. His family found it in a glass enclosed bookcase in his den, along with the original note that had accompanied it in June 1979, as they were dealing with his estate. They contacted me and told me about it, and offered it to me as a memento. Ah, the memories. R.I.P., Sam. I remember a bit of a poem I read somewhere - "If there's a loose brick on the streets of gold, he can fix it. If the hinges on one of the Pearly Gates are loose, don't worry Saint Peter, he can fix those, too. And now he has wings...."
The original MPC #1-7506 kit ('75 Corvette) had the optional rotary engine. I have one of these kits, but used the rotary engine for a little project a few years ago (see http://www.modelcarsmag.com/forums/topic/73425-shamrock-t-bucket/ I was hoping that the reissued kit would have it, as I had another project in mind for the Rotary 🤓 Still, I'm glad to see the Corvette reissued!
If I recall correctly, "Missing Link" resin has a '66 Galaxie convertible body in their catalog. It's intended to be used with the reissued AMT '66 hardtop kit. I haven't seen one of these '66 Galaxie bodies, but I have purchased some other stuff from Missing Link, and the quality was top notch. Might save you some time and $$$ instead of searching for an original.....