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  1. Looks good! Congrats! Bart
  2. I've always liked the Cougar II and the Bordinat Cobra. I wish Ford would have made both of these. They could have been a worthy competitor to the Corvette. I spent a lot of time building my Cougar II model (a challenging kit to build!) and will be watching this thread for your progress. Good luck! Bart
  3. I totally agree that these kits are a good size! I have several of the larger kits (the ones that are about 18" to 24" in length) - a couple have been completed, and others are still in the boxes. The larger kits are nice, but it's a lot harder to find a space in my display cases for them. Bart
  4. Finished my Polar Lights model of the USS Defiant starship from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. It's a 1/1000th scale model, measures about 7 inches long, and had over 80 decals to apply. I have built several of the other 1/1000th starships from Polar Lights and they have all turned out well. These are very nice kits to build! Thanks for looking! Bart
  5. Looks great - especially like the pattern on the seats. I recently completed one of these kits - built pretty much as stock. It is a nicely detailed kit for its small size. Bart
  6. Thanks, everyone! A lot of good ideas here. I'll definitely give some of these a try with the kit I am working on (a 1963 Ford Galaxie 500XL) I had seen the posts that described foiling the scripts before painting. Not ready to try that yet - but I'll get there someday when I feel brave enough. I usually paint the script and other very small details and have gotten good results - my hands are still steady, my toothpicks are sharp, my patience is good, and my magnifier lamp is extremely helpful. Bart
  7. Some great restoration work on these promo kits. I like the solution you came up for the taillights - plus I hope you got to eat some Valentine's chocolates, too! Bart
  8. I did my first attempt at using Bare Metal foil on this 66 Impala. I did not paint the Impala; the color is the color that was molded into the original plastic.I was pleased with the results and will be working on another kit I'd like to use Bare Metal foil on. This new kit will be painted. I've got a few questions I could use some help with: Question 1: Is this the right (or best) sequence for applying paint and the foil? My understanding is that clear coat over the foil can cause the finish to dull a bit. Primer coats Mist coats of body color Wet coats of body color Painting any body details that I will be doing by hand Clear coat Apply foil Question 2: When doing the Impala, I noticed some "adhesive residue" from the foil on the body when I removed it from the unneeded areas. Since the Impala was not painted, I was able to use some lighter fluid to remove the adhesive residue. Is this residue normal, or am I doing something wrong (maybe burnishing the initial pieces of foil too strongly with my Q-Tip and fingers)? If it is normal, then how should I remove the residue without destroying the paint/clear coat on the model? Thanks for the help! Bart
  9. I completed my 1960 Ford Thunderbird - a 1/32nd scale AMT kit. The exterior is Testor's Honduras Maroon. Only 20 parts to this kit. All of the chrome details were painted by hand. The hardest thing about this kit was the white plastic tires - painting them black while still leaving the base white color of the plastic to represent the whitewalls. Thanks for looking! Bart
  10. I completed my Polar Lights model of the USS Discovery NCC-1031 from the TV show Star Trek: Discovery (of course!). It's a 1/2500 scale model, with over 70 decals that needed to be applied! Overall length is about 12 inches. It looks good with the USS Enterprise I recently completed. Thanks for looking, Bart
  11. I finished my Polar Lights kit of the USS Enterprise (as it appears in Star Trek: Discovery). A nice looking model - with a lot of decals!
  12. Is the Krylon Paint that you used their "Premium Metallic" product? I looked at the Krylon site this was the only one that showed a "silver foil" color. There were only a few reviews for the product, but several mentioned that "the paint was a beautiful smooth finish.....until it was touched. It leaves a dust like residue that wipes off on anything it touches" and that it easily loses its shine when touched by anything. Have you had any issues? Thanks, Bart
  13. We may have the same model - here are some photos of what mine looks like at the moment before any restoration work. I'll be waiting to see what your 67 Impala looks like when it is done! This also has a friction motor in it. My 66 Impala also had a friction motor, too. So, neither one is a true promo. These were built-up kits AMT made that I purchased at my local hobby shop when I was a kid. Bart
  14. Thanks for the suggestion. I often do remove the molding lines on kits that I will be painting. However, I didn't do it on this one since I was leaving it the original molded color. I was worried that I wouldn't be able to get the shine back after doing it. What process do you use to do this? What grit sandpapers do you use, and what polish do you use? Several people have commented about the polishing I did - but, I actually did NOT polish the kit. I pretty much just stripped the paint with Oven Cleaner and then washed in dish soap and water. As I recall, those old promos had a pretty good finish on them to start with and I was glad that this one still did after it was stripped and washed. Bart
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