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  1. Interesting that you mention the stance. When that model was built the guys at Round2 were going for a certain look, and they were very particular about the stance of the finished model. Several different tire/height combos were test-fitted /photographed and bounced back and forth until they decided the look was right (two of the many test pics are below). Not a really interesting story, but it's good to hear that all of the effort is noticed.
  2. It's not a very good match, but the only one I'm aware of; from the Monogram Tijuana Taxi.
  3. Thanks, Steve. The color is Tamiya TS-54 out of the can, cleared with Testors Wet Look clear. I thought the Cragar GT's were perfect for the truck; they came from the MPC Coronets I also bought back in '68/69.
  4. I've had this MPC '68 Chev cab kicking around for years; the remains of a tow truck version I built when it was new. Combining the vintage cab with an AMT GMC stepside body was on the to-do list. That changed when my name popped up on the recent Racer's Wedge decal sheet (a much-appreciated compliment BTW). I had a couple of decal sheets they sent me as well as a Racer's Wedge test shot I "test-built" for them a few months ago. I thought it would be cool to build myself a shop truck, but the test shot was missing the a couple of interior pieces, so the '68 cab was put to good use. I guess its only fitting that the "Wherry Restorations" shop truck is a partial restoration in itself. Yes, I am planning to touch up the sloppy side marker lights....funny thing, whenever I use Tamiya clear acrylics the camera picks up rough edges that I can't see otherwise.
  5. Re the mounting holes in the body; here's the box art body. No holes required filling, although the small one at the base of the A-pillar wasn't used. I'm not sure if that hole will be present on production kits.
  6. It's a fade paint job using a can of Testors yellow on the molded-in-orange body. Should have adjusted the fit of the hood before I shot it. I might re-do it some day, but part of me wants to preserve it as a childhood memory.
  7. The Greenwood kit had(has) the fender flares molded to the body, the Accelerator did not. The flares eliminated one of the four front fender vents as mentioned above. the Accelerator included the parts to build a "stock" version in the box with the exception of the wheels (Kelsey Magstars). As we all know the stock version had some proportion issues as compared to the MPC and later AMT kits. The chassis was straight out of the '63-'67 annual kits. Here's a built up Accelerator. (Yea, it's a little sloppy, but I was just a kid when I built it).
  8. The Nova is a brand new kit. Perhaps you should review the discussion in the Craftsman wagon thread.
  9. Yes, they're different, but they're all Johan. MPC produced the 1/20 AMX kits, Revell did a 1/32 Javelin There may be other oddball kits out there, but basically any 1/25 Javelin or AMX kit out there was produced by Johan, including the ones in AMT boxes (I can think of at least four examples of AMT-boxed Johan Javelin/AMX kits off the top of my head).
  10. Yes, I acquired mine under similar conditions; Car Colors were never marketed in Canada. Fortunately I still have a few cans.
  11. Nothing wrong with revisiting old threads. John asked for pics in his original post; in the intervening years I have taken quite a few pics of my builds....here are a few painted with Car Colors (decanted except the Galaxy)
  12. I agree-slightly smaller rear tires and lowered just a bit, but first I would think about raising that front end about 1/4-1/2 inch.
  13. Nice work. Mine was restored when I first got back into the hobby years ago. With no kits available for kitbashing at the time I spliced on a windshield frame from a junk '69 Bonneville body. Strictly a five-footer and not my best work, but it considered it a good save at the time.
  14. The '68 convertible had the bubble top too; which required removing the windshield frame from the body. I did just that back in '68 and was kicking myself years later when restoring it.
  15. Beautiful!....and bonus points for preserving the original builder's interior.
  16. Well, we know the chassis and running gear bits were carried over to the '76. The odds that the '68 (or '73 or any other year) body bits survive are pretty slim. Back then we were buying lots of GTO's, Chargers, Vettes etc; cars like Impalas and Bonnevilles tended to sit on the shelves a little longer. Perhaps MPC didn't see much value in keeping body/interior tooling inserts around for year-old Impalas.....and the '76 is the only remnant we've seen for the last 40 years....so I would guess the '68 parts are long gone.
  17. Love this thread....good to see it's still going. I think I posted this one before in the Under Glass section....but whatever. A true "glue bomb" as opposed to a "restorable built-up", something I would have passed on if it was something more obtainable (and cheaper). A grungy AMT '68 Galaxy with sloppy candy green paint, worn out chrome, a butchered chassis and a glued-on vinyl top...it smelled bad too. My biggest challenge was modifying the too-large wheel openings on the body; something AMT messed up before the original builder got his hands on it. The rest was pretty routine. One of my favorites....just because it was so ugly when I picked it up.
  18. Steve; just wondering.....how are you going to work around the missing glass? I have a distressed promo with a cracked rear window.
  19. I've been able to find the whole set but I passed on buying the Duesenberg and the Packard; to me they just looked too homely to add to the stash, but this mockup looks kinda cool.
  20. Here's a built-up. The engine is a near carbon-copy of the 289 in the AMT 65-66 Mustang annuals with Cal Custom-type air cleaners/scoops. Out of the box the kit looks so-so, but swap the wheels out and lower it a tad and it looks much better.
  21. In the mid-90's I was buying up various Johan USA Oldies and re-issues if the price was reasonable thinking the writing was on the wall and I might regret it later if I didn't pick them up. I recall one guy laughing his head off at me when I picked up the '63 Fury for about 20 bucks at a swap meet....he told me that ugly kit with the equally ugly box art would never be worth anything.
  22. Added a nice little AMT '68 Mustang to the fleet in a trade. I have plans for a 428CJ using an MPC '69 as a donor.
  23. Agreed....sort of. I've gone through dozens of sheets of BMF through the years (both "regular" and "ultra bright") and spent a couple of years experimenting with Molotow. I find Molotow handy for detailing interior bits (horn rings/dashboard trim etc) where they won't be handled...decanted only; forget the pens. My old go-to was decanted silver from a Tamiya paint pen (don't knock it until you've tried it). Molotow can also be useful for touching up MINOR blemishes on chrome bits. Exterior trim? The worst sheet of BMF is still much better than Molotow in my opinion.
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