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Snake45

Let's See Some Glue Bombs!

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Do you enjoy "rescuing" rare old kits (or promos) from eBay, swap meets, flea markets, or even your own ancestral attic or basement? Join the party. Nothing is more satisfying than bringing some rare styrene back from the dead.

Let's see some of your glue bomb raw material. If you've got "Before" and "After" (restoration) pics, that's cool, but this thread is mainly about the "Before" side of the equation.

Here's a couple of mine just to get started.

Original AMT  '70 Camaro annual (non-RS), rescued from eBay:

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AMT Craftsman issue (promo-style) '66 Skylark, also from eBay. I actually have this one about 75% down the road to resurrection now, mainly been putting off some tricky foil work.

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Okay, let's see some of yours!

 

 

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Couple '60-built AMT T rods, $1 each at a swap meet a couple decades ago. Thought I could get enough out of both to rebuild one. So far all I've done is harvest the headlights from one to rebuild an old-school T of my own...but that's another story, perhaps to be told later...

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More:

The one on the right, a '57 Ford chassis, plus the roof from this mess:

...are at this point:

Right now I'm piecing together a SOHC 427 for it.

This is what's left of the hardtop; it was even worse than it looked once I got all the paint off:

 

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There are some tough restore material here! This is an AMT 1961 Valiant I got just because I always loved the body on these cars and it was cheaper than dirt. I think the builder used every custom option on it secured with gobs of tube glue. I've gotten thru the body restoration and deciding how it's going to be built. Maybe a Mild Custom as some of the original parts are missing, like a few tires.

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The tires shouldn't be too hard; they were a '61-'62 only item but they do show up on eBay fairly often. I might have an extra if you need it.

I like those front bumperettes; I have a set I'm using as custom grille bars on my chopped '49 Ford.

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Here's some of the ones I have that I haven't started on yet or maybe just stripped the paint on 

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Some nice stuff there. I'd love to have that '68 Impala to make a 2-door Bel Air or Biscayne out of....

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Some nice stuff there. I'd love to have that '68 Impala to make a 2-door Bel Air or Biscayne out of....

I already started repairs on it Snake. Even had the chrome replated.

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Nice! My folks had a '68 Impala 4-door hardtop, dark green. It was my alltime favorite car of theirs. Didn't care that much for the white '69 they replaced it with, or even the green '70 I got my driver license in. But that '68 was badass, even with two doors too many.

Long after I left home, Dad bought himself an '86 Camaro, but that's another story....

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I've done quite a few, but didn't think to take a lot of "before" pictures.

Here are a few though.

As you can see, most of these are not what I would call "true" glue bombs.

I'm extremely careful when I buy built kits to make sure I'm getting a good canvas to start with.

I don't need any basket cases to spend months & months trying to salvage.

I have enough "good" kits to build as it is! :)

 

Steve

 

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While I most always work with virgin plastic, because of the subject matter I picked up this glue bomb last month at a swap meet. I've taken it apart and I'll be sending the bumpers to be replated next month. I have a lot (21) holes to fill, and this will be an on going project as I may be starting another kit and this Elky may be a tow vehicle???

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While I most always work with virgin plastic, because of the subject matter I picked up this glue bomb last month at a swap meet. I've taken it apart and I'll be sending the bumpers to be replated next month. I have a lot (21) holes to fill, and this will be an on going project as I may be starting another kit and this Elky may be a tow vehicle???

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That's actually a very nice starting point.

filling holes is not a huge problem, & having no paint is a giant advantage!

Nice find.

 

Steve

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I love restoring old glue bombs, im struggling with a few stock parts for some of these, especially with Modelhaus out of action at the moment.

 

 

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Thanks Mr. Stock, these are exactly the kinds of things I wanted to see in this thread! Very cool stuff!

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I inherited a bunch of models from a good friend a couple years ago. They were her dads and he built them in the early 60's and 70's. Many are kinda rare & I have a few of the original boxes as well. I have been able to repair a few of the lesser messed up models & have them on the shelf,but here's a few of the ones that I will be restoring.

Some were built & then torn apart way back when like we all seemed to do,lol. I am lucky to have been able to locate most of the parts in his old parts bins & mine & also off Ebay.

I promise to keep you posted on their progress. Brad

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BEFORE - Never finished glue bomb using ample glue on everything. The exhaust was fused to a puddle of cement on either fender. It was in parts in the box, I dry assembled it for this photo.

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AFTER -  I did keep the paint! Redid everything else completely!

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Howard gave me this one... body was in several pieces. Looked like it got stepped on.  

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Lotza repairs later she rides again!

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Someone in the hobby handed me this one at a show many years ago.  You can see the original builder was influenced by  Dave Shuklis' Bobtail Cat. It was never finished.  It will get restored one day.

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A gift from Dave Burket. He found this Valiant in an old collection and knew I'd do it justice.  My favorite photo shows how the original builder used the cover from the S&H Green Stamps catalog in lieu of sheet plastic.  This had never been finished.

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And here she is finished. It just screamed Bonneville to me so I added moon disks and finished it like I thought the original builder would've like to see it.  She's part of the Olde Kustom Kollection

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This is a lot I recently picked up.  The Impala on the right side is almost complete now.  It was missing a few parts, but it came out pretty decent.  :)

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