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AMT's '68 El Camino

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It's a pretty good kit, definitely better than the Promo. The body to chassis assembly is nerve wracking. I might suggest leaving the accessories off of the drive until after and leaving the motor loose.  The brake booster and master cylinder also. That's where the interference was. Yes, I'll get to the side mirrors.

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Nice clean build! What paint is that blue? It looks good!

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That's Nassau Blue Model Master Laquer. A factory color

 

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Sam....that looks really sharp!   Thanks for posting.....TIM

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Thanks, guys. I posted that at work and am feeling the need to add a few more comments. My first impression was that the body lines were a little wonky, especially through the quarters. I think it looks better under paint. I'd call it pretty accurate, actually. Hood fit could be better. The window fit is awesome with enough friction at the small locator pins to hold them in place, front and back. The front end chrome also friction fits well, not so for the rear. Better attachment points would be good here. There is really nice detail on the 396. There are brackets on both the alt and the AC compressor. Lines for the AC. Decals for the valve covers and air cleaner. There is a nice open element version on the chrome tree, I haven't reassembled the under hood stuff yet. Dash decals would have been awesome, the gauge on the left may be a tach with a clock in it (I thought Tic Toc Tach was a Pontiac thing) very faintly engraved on two levels. Mine could have come out better. They should also have clear lenses at he edge of the bezel, about a scale inch and a half from the faces. Mold seams run over the chrome trim in places but aren't huge. There are a few sink marks which I ignored because I'm lazy. Right at the point of the body front at the top crease on both sides and in the sail panels under the faintly textured vinyl roof The top is Tamiya fine white primer. The clear is also Tamiya.. I kept the roof treatment mostly because I realized that Trumpeter's Monte Carlo was the only vinyl roof car I've built and I gave that one away after a not so positive review for the mag. And I didn't want to do the work as it would interfere with my current speed building style. About three a month, almost finished. Anyway, I probably needed a vinyl roof car on the shelves.  Looks great up there to me.

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That's Nassau Blue Model Master Laquer. A factory color

 

Looks great. Yours looks a bit "bluer" than a paint job I did with that paint. But I left mine flat as a worn finish, yours is glossy--maybe that's where the "depth" comes from.

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This is a great kit, better than the original 1969 amt El camino. I was surprised that the 1969 grill is too narrow to fit the 1968 body. Which means one is out of scale for 1/25.

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This kit's a great source for a Chevy big-block with an automatic.  

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Wow that is nice ................. I still have not bought my 68' El Camino .

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Hi Sam,

That's a sharp El Camino.  I own an '87 that I bought new, and have always liked them.  You referred to a promo in your first post.  There were Chevelle promos, but no '68 or '69 El Camino promo.  Did you use an air brush or spray paint from a can?  What kind of primer did you use on the body?

Thanks!

 

 

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The original kit of the '68 Elky reminded me of the old promo style. The Nassau Blue was from the can, no primer. It did get a bit darker under the clearcoat.

There's this too. The body halves didn't fit very well but the plastic is thick enough to take the sanding it took to even it up. Nice to have it. 

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Sam,

How did you mask off the blue to prevent white overspray from when you were painting the top?   

 

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Sam,

How did you mask off the blue to prevent white overspray from when you were painting the top?   

 

I just did one like that in black, which I also shot on the lower body and the tailgate panel. Just took a lot of masking tape. If I were doing one in white, I'd shoot the white first, then mask that and shoot the blue. (The one I'm working on came already painted blue and I kinda liked it so I'm working with it.)

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The blue was shot first as the Tamiya primer is pretty opaque. I've started using "Press and Seal" for the major masking duties. It works really well for me.

Tamiya fine line was used for the edges splitting the trim down the middle.

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thanks for the suggestions, guys!

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