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  1. G'morn,,hope your summer has been a good one. Ive been visiting Hobby Lobby these days,,every other week they a 40% off on kits. So,,for 13$ you can get quite a few cool kits,,maybe not the latest releases but still some fun kits to do. And here is the "Ol Pro" Nova everyone has seen for many years,,a cool kit,,aside from the separate front fenders that have to attached before painting{really?} But the motor and the rest of the features that come in the kit are great,,the decal sheet has many product brands to choose from,,very nice. I did the 70's version,,"jacked,,Stacked,,shackled up rear" Some basic wiring ect,,pretty much what I do to all my builds,,not a contest car,,just a nice one for the shelf! Rattle can sprayed hardware store paint,,testors bottle paint for everything else. Enjoy whatever you may have on the build bench! Cheers! SS
  2. When I first seen this kit when it was re-released recently, my thought's straight away were what a great candidate for a ute conversion. So sourced a couple kits from Model Round Up, then thought about it for a week as to how to approach things and how I was going to build it. First things first pick some wheels. After deciding the wheel's, they were fitted to some new 2mm brass axles. Then the ride height was roughed in. Still need to tweak the front and level things out a bit. Just how I like them, Low! Worked out how I was going to cut and re work the roof.
  3. Hi All. New member and new to posting. As you will see as I post more pictures of the models that I have built during the Pandemic, I like all kinds of car models but I definitely lean more to vintage hot rods and race cars. But, since I'm cheap, I concentrate on what I can build with the models and parts that I already have from when I was a kid. This van started out as an AMT Rescue Van that I had previously built as a hippie van (anyone remember the van craze from the '70s?). And, since I also had a built German tank model, what would make more since than to build a post-apocalypse, junk-yard built, zombie hunting van/machine/half-track? All of the components came from my parts stash, plus a little styrene and weathering and then we're ready to hit the road. Enjoy.
  4. It's been years since I've attempted a lowrider or any type of custom. This one didn't start out that way, but took on a life of its own.
  5. Bought this AMT Olds kit at a swap meet 10 years back and started to build it out of the box for a Nascar group challenge. Did not realize the problems I would encounter so lost interest and it had set unfinished on the shelf since that time. Was at a recent contest where somebody had finished one of the Lumina kits of this same vintage. Was inspired to give my Olds a go one more time and here it is! Mostly box stock, kit decals with some extras from Powerslide and other Nascar kits. Paint is CraftSmart Acrylic Neon Yellow with Rustoleum 2k Clear and a finish coat of Pledge (Future) to protect the decals. Build has some flaws but I am happy with how it finished out!
  6. I finished the AMT 1970 Chevelle SS454 yesterday. I know, same old--same old, everybody does them in red, but to me the most iconic Muscle Car is a Red Chevelle SS454. So the color is Tamiya TS-49 Bright Red. I left the interior primer black and brushed satin clear over the dash, door panels, and parts of the seats. I added valve stems, ignition wires, heater hoses, and an Accel Supercoil from MAD for extra details. The trim is Bare Metal Foil and the door handles came from Fireball Modelworks and were painted with Molotow Chrome. The final fit was pretty finicky, but after 4 tries I finally got it to look right, although I'm not happy with the gap between the hood and grille. I also sanded down the door window trim on each side, as it was almost non-existent, and used some .010" x .030" styrene strip for the trim. It's a pretty basic but familiar AMT kit with low parts count, lacking details, and showing it's age, but it turned out pretty good and felt nicely nostalgic.
  7. I’m not normally into ‘50s or earlier cars but I figured every modeler needs to do at least one ‘57 Chevy in their lifetime! This is my first attempt at using bare metal foil and may be my last 😅 The trim turned out ok but boy is the process tedious. I painted the interior Krylon Colormaxx flat black with Tamiya XF-16 Aluminum as the accent color. The body is Testors Extreme Lacquer Turquoise and the roof is Tamiya TS-45 Pearl White. This kit has a decent amount of detail to it for such a cheap kit, but the final fit of the hood, bumpers, headlight and taillight trims isn’t great. Overall I’m pleased with the results for my shelf, but I’ll probably stick to my usual 60s-90s cars with less chrome trim!
  8. Just finished up this little ‘66 Mustang from AMT. As many have said here before, this kit is definitely lacking in detail and accuracy under the hood and on the chassis, but the body and interior detail out nicely. The fit is actually not bad considering the kit’s age but there was a ton of flash in my example. I accidentally glued the radiator support in backwards so the battery is on the wrong side. But again it isn’t accurate under the hood anyway so I let it go. I was shooting for the ‘66 factory Ivy Green body color so I painted it Tamiya’s TS2 Dark Green. It looks closer to Bullitt’s Highland Green to me, which is not a bad thing! I cleared it with three coats of Pledge floor gloss and lightly polished that out with Tamiya finish compound. Trim is silver sharpie that was applied and left to dry for several days before I did the Pledge Gloss. I painted the interior Tamiya XF-17 Sea Blue, with two coats of Pledge Gloss on the seats, dash, console and door cards. Sea blue is an interesting color that looks like a dark charcoal on its own, but looks more blue next to blue objects and more green next to green objects. So I think it looks great next to this dark green body. I’m slowly building one Mustang from every major generation/ redesign/ facelift and am pleased to have this one as my O.G. example!
  9. Hi All. I've spent a fair amount of time lurking around this forum admiring all of the great models and getting some fantastic tips and ideas and now I'm finally getting around to posting pics of my completed models to, maybe, inspire someone else. The enjoyment of modeling, for me, is 'kit bashing', taking whatever parts, kits or previously completed models that I have laying around, to make something new and different. My latest effort could best be described as a Competition Coupe dragster but since NHRA doesn't have that class anymore this model would now run in something like the Good-Guys Nostalgia Eliminator class. I built this racecar by combining AMT's Willys Van with AMT's Tommy Ivo rear-engine fueler. I piecut chopped the body and layed the windshield back. I raised and moved forward the fenders. I also layed the grill back and then merged the Ivo rail body in between. Then I had to swap the roll cage and the engine location (remember, I'm trying to use what's available). After completing bodywork I made my own inkjet decals and tried doing an airbrush paintjob. All of my previous models were painted with spray cans. I definitely need more practice to get proficient with an airbrush and learning how to use the various kinds of paints. I'm looking forward to seeing other heavily modified/customized models by others.
  10. Out in February 2021, six new 1000 piece puzzles based on recent AMT box art, priced at $14.00 each:
  11. With special thanks to a fellow Forum member for sending me a missing part, I was finally able to finish the '71 Duster 340 yesterday. The paint is Model Master Go Mango Orange with MM clear, while the hood is just black primer with satin clear brushed on. The interior is just white primer with satin clear airbrushed on and the black floors and dash are also black primer with Pledge brushed on the dash. The gauges are decals and the dash trim is very carefully brushed on Molotow Chrome. I added ignition wires to the engine, and valve stems on the wheels, while the window trim is Bare Metal Foil. What a great kit overall, and a generally fun build. Thanks for looking!
  12. Okay, after seeing all the great Munsters builds, and considering the time of the year, i decided; whats one more build on the bench? -20 is a nice even number! I dont really know what level of details these will be, but i'm pretty sure they will evolve rather quickly....lets see what i do to them!
  13. My gosh,,Im stuck on these late 60's Ford cars recently,,here I took the AMT Shelby GT500 kit and did a drag version,,additions not included in kit : Headrests,,seatbelts,,rollbar,,drag slicks,, cragar mags,,,opened up rear wheel wells,,drag headers instead of stock exhaust,,lower radiator hose,,decals from leftovers from my stash. Rattle can sprayed W/ Testors Mystic emerald green. Hand painted 2 tone interior w/custom mixed paints. Hand painted window trim{s} w/custom mixed paints. Dremmel cut+ removed engine bay wheel wells. {so drag headers would clear} I did have to dremmel the top of gearbox down to get interior bucket to lay level so the entire assembly w/body on chassis was level,,but other than that it went together well. It will make a nice addition to the shelf display next to the Lawton stang. Wishing all a happy spring and hope its warming up where you are!
  14. To me the 1941 Willys is the best looking gasser. I have seen a ton of pics online and just love the way they look. I plan on getting one down the road to build and I'm looking at the Reveal Big John Mazmanian 1941 Willys. Show me what you have, what brand, and what year.
  15. So, the theme (in my head, at least) for this build was something a high school gear head would have tooled around in in the mid-70s to early 80s. I have the inline 6 dogeared for the Nova wagon sometime in the future. I pulled the 421 and wheels from a ‘65 GTO kit that was all but destroyed during shipping. Just a fun little change of pace build. Paint is Dupli-color Stone White and Tamiya TS-35 Park Green with Wet Look clear. Comments, questions, tips, pointers and critique is always welcome. Thanks for looking. Namaste.
  16. Not mine, pics from collected eBay listings, but would be great to hear this survives and can/will be reissued.
  17. Hi All, I'm looking for the factory stock front grille from AMT's 1/25 1975 Matador coupe, kit #T452. This is the street version, not the Bobby Allison stock car. I recently picked one up as a glue-bomb that I'd like to rebuild. It's mostly complete but missing a few critical pieces including the grille. If anyone has a grille they'd be willing to part with let me know. I've attached a shot of the original kit box for reference. Thanks, Andrew
  18. Is the 1/25 AMT '32 Ford Tudor Sedan kit lost forever? Granted, with the newer and better 1/25 Revell '32 Ford Tudor Sedan more easily available having the older AMT version back is hardly necessary, but it does offer some unique things, and even for the sake of nostalgia, I think it still holds some appeal. If anyone here has one of these, please take some pics and share with teh class. Pics from eBay listings, just to show the contents: AMT's generic Ford hot rod decal sheet:
  19. After loosing out on several full detail AMT Ranger kits on eBay, I gave up and picked up this promo kit for $10. I was hoping to just do some quick detailing and not repaint the whole thing, but the plastic was discolored around the door mirrors for some reason. Also the splash graphics were stickers and looked way too toy-like in person. I repainted the body in Tamiya X-13 Metallic Blue with XF-56 Metallic Gray for the bumpers and flares. Not much else to it! Hopefully Round 2 will re-release these at some point, I’d love to do a full build of the step-side Splash version!
  20. Well im building the 82, so may as well build this one along side it. This is another kit I got from ole mate Ray. He was lucky to find and get it from a private estate sale in Adelaide. Then I got lucky when he offered it for sale to me when he walked away from the hobby. They certainly dont make kits like this anymore. Would be fun and different to do a custom version as some of those parts have cool features. But il stick with a some what stock look. Such a trip to experience a kit of this era. Got a rough idea of the direction im going with the build pretty much oob. I will use these parts and build the 6cyl as a side piece. And once again il use my favourite wheels. So far ive just cut some 2mm brass rod for axles, and set it in the low holes for a oob mock. But it still needs to be lowered more.
  21. Here’s my build of the recently released AMT ‘78 VW GTI. Since this kit is molded in three colors (and since it’s too cold out to safely spray paint) I decided to see how far I could take it with just some Future and hand detail paint. It came out ok, definitely not an award winner 😂. The yellow plastic is thin and slightly translucent so the color isn’t consistent. If I did it again I’d try some yellow craft paint inside the body shell first. Part fit and detail isn’t great but considering the age of the mold it’s acceptable. It’s WAY better than AMT’s ‘77 Pinto. I don’t think anyone in their right mind would have stuck fake wood on a 1:1 GTI, even in the ‘70s, but it’s a fun look for a model! Anyways this was an enjoyable quick build overall.
  22. Pictures of box, box contents, and instructions here Thank you and enjoy!
  23. Overall a fairly decent kit although it did pit up a fight at times. Exterior is ScaleFinishes BMW Laguna Green over a black base and Wet Look clear. Interior is the same green and Rustoleum Smokey Beige over white primer. The wheels are Pegasus. I added a wired distributor, looms and battery cables. As always, questions, comments, critiques and pointers are welcome. Thank you for looking.
  24. Got some new/different masking tape the other day and wanted to try it out , so I got out a KW cab and had at it. I kinda like how it’s turning out. Don’t know how much will get done from here on in seeing as how the weather has finally come around, but we will see. The plans are to use a grill and tires from double take replicas, and a couple of moebius steer tires.
  25. I never noticed it mentioned on the instruction sheets of certain AMT kits, but there it is, on at least five early AMT kits: Was it realistically possible to assemble each of these kits without any glue, and not have some of the parts fall off? AMT might have been using the term "assemble" lightly, similar to what some of us would do in a test fitting stage, and the 1932 Ford Roadster does appear to have rather large locating pin holes in the of the cowl for the windshield frame: Maybe the tolerances were just that tight from the get-go?
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