1961 was a strange year for up tops from AMT. Some kits like the '61 Bonneville & Ford convertibles had the option of either the boot or up top. Unfortunately, the '61 Buick wasn't one of them. Instead, it came with some goofy custom "half" top. Although, I'm fairly positive that if you could get your hands on a top from the Bonneville kit, it should fit perfectly.
Actually Rich, some of them aren't that bad. This one looks worse than it really is. After starting with white primer as a base, all I did was mask the perimeter of each panel & then lay on very thin strips of foil in between every 2 "ribs" of the molded upholstery pattern. Then I just painted each stripe alternating colors. When you remove the foil strips, it leaves a thin white stripe between each colored stripe, giving you a very "intricate" looking pattern without a huge amount of work. Much less work than some other patterns I've attempted.
Thanks Rich! I've really gotten into spending more time on interiors. Over the years, I was always so disappointed with how my interiors looked. Even if the outside looked great, I found myself a little embarrassed with the mediocre look of my interiors. So, I decided a while back that it was time to put a little more effort into the inside, even though you really don't see much of it when it's done, I know what's there & it bugs me if I feel I didn't at least put forth my best effort. Plus, it's very satisfying to see what can actually be done with these 3 piece interior tubs from this era with a little extra work.
Thanks John! Nothing special for the piping. Just paint. I normally don't mess with the piping. A lot of the cars from that era had piping that matched the vinyl anyway. But I do think it adds a little more visual "pop". They're really not that hard to do, and I think I might do them more often, where applicable at least.
I haven't given up on this project. Just been bogged down with things at work, so it's been going a little slower than I'd like. The body is partially polished. Hoping to finish that this weekend so I can start on the enviable job of foiling it! The interior is taking some time as well. A lot of masking & painting, but it's coming out pretty well. I've been trying to get a "section" done every night if possible. Hopefully, I'll finish that up this weekend as well. I had a little difficulty finding photos of an Invicta hard top upholstery pattern to replicate. A lot of convertibles, Lesabres & Electras, but very few Invicta hard tops. I did find one "acceptable" photo to go by The stripes look pretty flashy in the 3 shades of turquoise. Anyway. here's what I've been up to.
Very nice Emmanuel! I started one of these months ago & pretty much abandoned it due to paint issues. I have to get it done one of these days. Personally, I think it's the nicest looking Imperial they ever built! By the way, you can still get reproductions of those Satco tires through Modelhaus. I use a lot of them. Great looking tires.
Keep in mind, the Revell Eldorado Brougham is extremely lacking in any detail & I'm not real sure about the accuracy either. Looks very short & wide to me. Plus it's one of those multi piece bodies. Also, the Imex kit is 1/24th scale if that matters. If you're looking for basic shapes, I guess they may be a start. Personally, I would recommend checking out the Imex kit first. Or, if you're really desperate, PM me. I have an old Modelhaus '56 Caddy kit I might be convinced to let go.