It all depends on the results you would like to achieve. If you are happy with mediocre results, soldier on! It's just a hobby. If you sincerely want a nice to superb finish, there are no short cuts. I'm not the best painter, but I do prime EVERYTHING. For nice results, one must clean up the body. That means sanding out imperfections, mold lines, ejector pins and filling in depressions with putty and such. For the life of me, I cannot see the result of this work in raw plastic, but the work I still needs to do is very evident with a coat of primer gray paint! I know a guy in the hobby who takes a kit body from the box, no prep at all and squirts hardware store spray paint on it. He puts no effort into his models, and at the same time is upset that he never places in contests. I try to explain this to him and he wants no part of it! His solution is that judges should view models from a distance. He thinks the hobby should lower it's standards to his build quality instead of working towards those standards to win an award. Don't be him!
I know a guy who is so obsessed with not building anything if it's not perfect, that I don't believe he's finished a model in the 30 years I know him! Don't be like him. On the other hand, I know guys who don't do any prep at all and squeeze hardware store spray paint on the bare plastic. It's a matter of 'to each his own'. I fall somewhere in the middle. I like to scratch build things and add details as a personal challenge. I saw how busy a 1:1 Volare was under the hood and took it as a challenge to see how much of it I could recreate in scale. I don't go overly crazy on a regular basis. I almost always wire engines and add a fuel line. I never add brake lines and such. I will swap in a full detail chassis for models with a one piece chassis. I like to build a nice model but I no longer focus on contests, I won't open doors and trunks anymore, I like to add surprising little details and enjoy making the little parts. It's easier than many folks think! I'm more into pleasing myself and the odd band of folks I call my friends.
Until Kris gets to casting a '69, your best bet is to set up an eBay Search Agent for them and keep your eyes open for a rebuildable junker. You will need the 1969 unique pieces like the body, hood, bumpers and interior. A repop 1970 kit can provide nearly everything else.
As Judge Judy says, "Ummm, is not a word!" The phrase, "To be honest..." AKA "To be perfectly honest..." is always followed by a lie. My new irking phrase is in car ads... "Low Mileage Lease"... they're hoping to make it sound nice, like "Low Mileage Car". But what it is an artificially low lease number because they know you will exceed the 8,000 miles a year and owe many thousand upon attempting to return the car. I don't lease, but I know a few folks who got caught up in this scam!
And here's one that drives me completely nutz... It's friggin $5 The dollar sign goes before the digit. I can understand someone from another country doing this since some currencies are expressed this way... but these guys are American born, American raised, have been in stores for most of their lives and they didn't notice $5!
On my stamp collectors board there was a whole thread on "My Bad". Yea, I don't like that one at all. It's a cop out from apologizing. And when people say "I'm all about..." and it's usually something far removed from what you think they're about! And any product with the word "Easy" in it's name seldom is easy.
It's more being part of an event, the camaraderie. And the challenge of seeing if you can indeed build a credible model in the 24 hour time span. There is nothing like working at midnight and knowing that there are 50 other people doing the very same thing. And giving a progress report with photos at 3am and three people instantly reply.
I don't know the packaging, but I'd be blaming the seller on this one. Unless it was in a solid box and that was literally squashed. Reminds me of the time I bought a Chrysler convertible built up and the seller sent it bare in a bubble mailer. Of course the windshield frame got creamed!
Never! I have models with BMF that are over 20 years old and it hasn't deteriorated or pulled up at all. Look at real cars and you will see that there are variations in tones of 'shine'. Paint shines at one level, chrome and aluminum trim at others. Sealing BMF under paint just makes everything blend together in a toy-like way. Paint, clear (if you must) and then BMF.
Fantastic work! When I saw the finished photos first, I wondered what panel truck back end you mated to the pickup.. then your build photos show that you scratchbuilt it all! Amazing! I'd love to buy a resin copy!