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pack rat

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    Mike Wherry

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  1. 1/16 MPC '79 Pontiac Firebird

    If you're just starting out again you don't have to go nuts with all of the different paints as I did; 6-10 different shades can still get you a decent result.
  2. 1/16 MPC '79 Pontiac Firebird

    Like Dave said, the instruction sheet color references are a very basic guide to getting a decent-looking model out of the box. One of the first things I do when planning a build is sit down and Google pics of the subject, then dig out my (very large) collection of painted spoon samples to come up with the various paint colors to use on the kit. I have rarely, if ever looked at an instruction sheet color chart (I didn't know this kit had one). It wouldn't be easy to list the various colors used on this particular kit; MANY different colors/finishes are used on a box-art kit in particular (see pic) to emphasize the detail. Having said that....The body is Tamiya TS-21 gold decanted and airbrushed, then clear-coated with Testors Wet Look clear (also decanted). The interior is a combination of Tamiya AS-15 tan and TS-46 light sand. The engine is (I think) Tamiya TS-23 light blue. Pretty much every other color used on the kit would be from the collection of spoon samples shown in the pic. I still have my notes on this build; I used 23 different rattle-cans on it before I picked up a brush....I don't keep track of the various bottled colors used. Before any rivet-counters comment on the exclusive use of hobby paints, there is a reason for it. If people ask for guidance re paint to duplicate a box art kit, it's more convenient for them to be referred to their LHS/hobby supplier for plastic-friendly TS-23 light blue, for example, than to send them to an Automotive supplier for GM engine light blue.
  3. 1960 Chevy Pick up truck Re issue 2018

    The kart is a "partial reissue". It's the same one as found in the '63 Ford pickup. but some of the parts were missing and had to be re-tooled. The Bonneville streamliner body won't be included in this kit
  4. 1/25 MPC '78 Dodge D-100 Pickup

    I wasn't asked to do one for this kit. I'm assuming they'll do a retro-style box, but I'm just guessing.
  5. 1/25 MPC '78 Dodge D-100 Pickup

    Just to put to rest all of the wild speculation....the upcoming kit will be a long box sweptside.
  6. It's all in a name...

    When I worked at a Cadillac dealership...the Ca-terrible (Catera). And they truly were.
  7. This is old news. A '71 Demon was announced (3 or so years ago?) then unforeseen issues were encountered and it fizzled. Contrary to popular belief it was never intended to be a re-issue of the MPC kit.
  8. AMT 57 Chevy Bel Air Review Needed

    Yup....that's all you get in that box
  9. Let's See Some Glue Bombs!

    The hood, along with a whole bunch of trim/chassis parts can be found in the common-as-dirt AMT '66 hardtop kit. The grille should be a drop-in fit as well but the '65/'66 grilles don't match.
  10. Let's See Some Glue Bombs!

    An original-issue AMT '65 fastback.
  11. 1960 Chevy Pick up truck Re issue 2018

    Somebody got your hopes up by using that image of the original annual box....I doubt it was Round2. It's the 90s-era short bed Fleetside that is being re-issued with the go-kart from the '63 Ford pickup annual included. The kart is a combination of original tooling and some portions that had to be re-tooled.
  12. AMT Junior And Craftsman Kits

    You don't have to build 'em box-stock either.
  13. Johan amx question

    To expand on Brandon's original question; The original '68 AMT-boxed kit has a correct '68 interior and turbine-style wheels (wheel covers?) The Johan USA Oldies '69 has a '70 interior bucket with what appears to be a '68 dash, and no stock wheels...just Hurst mags. (NOTE-this is what my USA Oldies kit contains....your results may vary) I assume the original AMT-boxed '69 has the correct stock parts; does anyone out there have one?

    The parts and figures in the pics certainly didn't arrive from China pre-painted, and nobody told the guy that painted them that China would be pre-painting production kits. I think you'll find a "paint available at your hobby dealer"-type notation on production packaging. Picture the box art with all of those pieces in raw white plastic....wouldn't look too appealing on the shelf.