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This was a real fun build. I wanted to do the car like a person would have done it in the mid to late 60's. I always have had a love for street machines and when a buddy of mine clued me into a project he was doing it gave me a bit of a boost to get rolling with this one. So I grabbed a set of wheels, tires and a dash mounted tach and away I went. The whole project took 3 weeks to do and was painted using Tamiya paints. The clear however is Testors one coat. I made the flat taillights using clear plastic and shot them with Tamiya clear red. Having built this kit as a Kustom back when it was first issued, I knew what to expect along the way. Overall, I am very pleased with the results and would definitely recommend this kit to anyone looking to do a 57 ford.
So when I was a kid I used to go to the Fea Markets with my Dad and I saw the AMT '61 Ranchero kit at a stall and wanted to get it for about three bucks. It was opened and my Dad talked me out of it and said it problem doesn't have all the parts and would not be fun to build a kit without all of the parts. So I held off. Some time later I found one on the self either at a KayBee Toy or on vacation with the family at Niagara Central Hobby Shop in St. Catherine, Ontario. My folks let me get it and I started painting the engine. Then the General Lee came out and this model was quickly forgotten until I got my first crappy, Taiwanese knock off of a Badger 350 in 1987. The first one in got the pin on the regulator for the propellant,broke off. My Dad drove me back to the store and we got a replacement. That one I got some of the Ditzler Tahoe Turquoise on the body but another part on the gun broke. My Dad told me to return it and take that money to save up for a "real" Badger and it should last. Well I did just that and put the model away into my stash and never did anything with it until last October . I was thinning the herd so to speak and really cutting things down to the bone and realized that no one was going to pay anything for a partially lacquer painted model car. I found at my folks house that my Dad still had the paint and it was still somewhat viable. My friend and coworker Chuck encouraged me to finish it and he would let me use his spray both to finish the painting. I decided to keep things somewhat simple, use it as a test bed for some new ideas and I had to ditch the Rat Motor with a hole through it for a Ford motor. I also used some of the new AMT wide white front and slicks out back. I decided to use the kit Keystone rims and make it look like a street machine from 1965 with the mags, wide whites and white chassis (I did it one up and made it pearl white). I used a 427 big block from the AMT '65 Galaxie and the carb is from the parts box and I think it was from a glue bomb '73 MPC Cougar and the air cleaner is off of the rat motor. Colors used: Ditzler Tahoe Turquoise Testors Ultra Gloss Testors Pearl White Testors Chrome Silver Lacquer Testors Tail Light Red Acryl Createx Pearl White Reaper Miniatures Linen White Citadel Drakenhof Nightshade Vallejo Model Air Steel Vallejo Model Air Chrome Vallejo Game Air Silver AK Interactive Dura Aluminum Tamiya Gloss Black Tamiya Semi Gloss Black Tamiya Yellow Tamiya Smoke - Applied over the chrome For the most part I did about everything wrong a modeler can do. There are many sins I committed in finishing (or lack of proper finishing technique) this model. I was frustrated by the lack of detail, the engine compartment and chassis pan. The bed drove me nuts with the huge mold line running across the bed floor (the tonneau cover is now glued in place). But the most important thing is that I did finally finish the model! This is the first model car I finished since 1997. I pretty much stopped and switched to miniature wargaming and figure painting since then.