Oh man. I really dig this thing. It's soo wrong it's right. IF I may offer my opinions, take them or leave them....
Once you get the bodywork done. I think rescribing the body lines will really make it look good again. I would cut out the "backing" of the grille shell, and get a photoetched grill for it. It's only fitting. I also think in my opinion, that it needs to be painted a high flake blue, with a pearl clear, a 'chute on the back, and gold leaf decals for it's name of exacting what you called it... "The Thing" which I believe is a perfect name for it. I really think it has potential to be wild. One other thing I would change about it, would be to heat, and turn the pieces hanging down in front of the rear tires, to give it a faring look to it for aerodynamics. I can already envision it and it makes me happy inside!
You guys aren't going to believe me, but the BEST looking dog dish/trim ring wheels I have EVER seen, that look 100% legit to my picky eyes, were from the PALMER '70 Mustang kit. Yes, Palmer. I seen them in a kit a friend of mine had, and could not believe my eyes.
2 Mustangs, and 2 Chargers (one a was a 383 auto, the other a 440 4spd I believe) . 1 of each were obliterated. The Charger resurfaced recently and was restored to the movie black paint. (wasn't originally a black car) The Mustang, was not modified by Jack Roush. It was modified by Max Balchowsky, Look that guy up. The top pic isn't the real car. It's been moved from KY to TN. Too many things wrong and not the same w/ that car. Supposedly the real deal is now in the owners garage. Why they don't get it into running condition is beyond me.
Your build is fantastic. I always liked the AMT 71 Charger and Duster kits. I once saw a real 71 Charger at a car show in the Dodge color that matches your Pontiac color... not sure of the name now, but it was beautiful. Only thing I don't care for are the rear tires. I think they are meant to look like drag radials, but they look like truck tires.
Thanks, I didn't want to dive too far into polishing it. Too many edges in my opinion. I gave it a lick and a prayer and it turned out well. Plus, when I cleared it, I had to use 2 cans because they were both just about empty. Had just enough to put about 2 coats on it Thanks. I really love Tom's designs and always thought they were cool seeing some of the older releases growing up. I wanted to do my favorites justice and build really nice versions of the box art cars. I do plan to take it with me to a few shows this fall.
I work in I.T. Mostly project coordination and phone support. I hate it but it pays the bills better than when I worked at auto parts stores making minimum wage.. Although I really enjoyed being a delivery driver for auto parts. I am self taught in welding/fab, mechanics, and bodywork/paint though. I don't claim to be a pro, but I consider myself good at it. Plus I have an eye for detail.