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Wow! I've been doing this a long time (since 2000), and there are people who have joined in with me. The premise is that over the years I've had the week between Christmas and New Years off from work. And that's been the same for several companies. The president grants Thanksgiving Amnesty to a turkey every year. So I got the idea of granting Christmas Amnesty to a model car. I realized that I really didn't have enough time in a week to build a full project, but how about some half built model that's been languishing for years? So we began back in the year 2000 with a Dodge Ramcharger that I had completed the chassis and walked away. And we went on from there... and I've fallen off the past two years... not finishing in 2015 and I don't think I actually did a project at all in 2016. But here we are! So this year's project (Chuck are you with us so far?) is.... The Martin Terry 1963 Valiant. Many years ago someone gave me this body. It's an old promo that no doubt was given to young Martin as a toy. It has much play wear on it, and to keep him from losing his toys, it appears Mommy would write his name on them. Anyway, this poor old body came to me many years ago and went into the Valiant hoard I have, thinking maybe someday it would give up wheel wells or something towards another build. When the Modified Stocker series came out, my first thought was to take the Falcon and put the guts under a Valiant body. Then I discovered the chassis was a bit too simple so I employed the chassis from an AMT 1971 Duster old built up with this experiment. Here's the modified chassis, taking 5 scale inches out of it where you see the pins. The project got serious enough that I took the roof off a decent 1964 Valiant body! And I chose better tires. Then the project stalled! Here we go! The rule to Christmas Amnesty is that the model has to be done before going back to work on January 2nd. If a build gets more complicated, it can be built to completion later than Jan 2nd, as long as the work is continuous. That kicked in on the '34 Ford. There was so much good work I wanted to do on this, so it didn't get finished until late January. But I never quit, which is the spirit of this build. So who is gonna watch and cheer me on? And more important, who is gonna dig out an old project and go for it?! The link below is an album of all the Model Car Amnesty builds over the years. http://public.fotki.com/ModelCitizen/model_cars/my_model_cars/my-finished-models/the-model-car-amnes/
Finally got around to start mocking up the stance I want for my C.A.R.S. in Minature Christmas 2018 build. We're building "Cars from the Year You Were Born" and having been born in 1976, I'm kinda limited on interesting things to build that are interesting. I had a couple of these AMT '76 Gremlins laying around as well as a couple 70's Chevy Van kits and decided to start with one of the Gremlins in a psuedo ProTouring build with the stance from the 70's Pro Stock Gremlins and rolling on the Pegasus Centerline style wheels. Right now I'm going to keep the 5.0l AMC V-8 with some of the NASCAR goodies from an AMT Matador unless somebody knows of a 1/25 scale Jeep 4.0l that just might fit. Interior wise, I'm planning on modding the tub to fit the seats the Vette/Recaro style seats from the AMT '57 Fairlane 500 kit, as well as the aftermarket shifter and Viper-esk steering wheel from that kit. Here's what I have so far.