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Built this for the Lee Iacocca memorial build, AMT kit (not snap-tite). Started July 11, 15.5 hours later on July 13 calling it done! Built Box Stock, no corrections, no added parts, not lowered. Used nail 'polish' for the paint, Bare Metal Foil used as light reflectors. For AMT, it was well done, the big problem was the turbo pipe from the back turbo to the left fender, that's why the hood does not close all the way. I bought this on sale for $8.10 when I heard the Union demanded it be pulled for Pace Car, hoped it would become a collector kit, you can buy one off eBay for $8-$9, so it didn't even keep up with inflation! I adapted what I read in the book Extreme Weathering, mainly dumping salt onto the wet primer coat of paint, then wet-sanded, also sanded the decals. Added some dents, and broken air dam. Other techniques are clear flat with Africa Korps and/or Leather added for weathering as dust or dirt. Circle template used to cut masking tape for the wiper tracks. Drilled exhaust tips, Molotow pen used for the tips. Bird droppings were the last detail. No license plate decal! It was a nice break from fuzting with the Paris-Dakar.
Lee Iacocca memorial community build: Dodge Stealth Indy official car. I bought this kit for $8.10 when it was new, was on sale, thought that since the real thing was cancelled at the last minute, it would become a collector's item. I didn't know AMT popped a billion of them, always see some at model swap meets, and on eBay some are selling for $8-9, so it didn't even keep up with inflation. I already built a Viper. I was glad the tires didn't melt on the windows. My plan is to make it look neglected, and driven like a rally car, but stick with Box Stock. Getting the nail 'polish' cost more than the freaking kit! The plastic has a hint of pearl, some photos of the real car seems to have a hint of green (the actual Pace Car is hideous). Started sub-assemblies tonight. One error in the instructions is the half shaft part through the rear differential, one side is shorter, not indicated, of course I got it wrong, had to break off and switch. Hardly any sink marks, putty on the muffler and mirrors was all, superglue and baking soda in the oil filter void. Minor mold seam under the headlights, otherwise AMT did a very good job with this kit. Did my usual scraping mold lines on everything, more than the usual amount of tubing because of the twin turbos. Next step, wash all the parts, and start painting! Funny thing, the Porsche 959 Paris-Dakar is also a 6 cylinder, twin turbo, AWD sports car. But I ain't taking years to get this puppy done!