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AMT '32 Ford roadster - 1959 box art build

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AMT first issued its '32 Ford roadster kit in 1959 as the very entry in the Trophy Series. I not sure I've ever seen anything that says "1950's hot rod" as much as the "Street Rod" box art car from that original 1959 kit. Just had to build it! Those of you that really know your Trophy Series history will be able to see that my build is not based on the 1959 kit. I used a 1960 version of the kit and it was surprising how much had been changed just one year after it came out. Still, it wasn't very difficult to make a few changes and get the 1959 look. I thought the hardest part would be coming up with a set of 1959 decals that were good enough to use but Ebay answered the call and a couple of coats of Duplicolor clear held them together very nicely. I also used the radiator and front axle from the '32 Vicky kit to get the right stance and look of the box art. Paint is Duplicolor Bahama Blue with a MM Ultra Gloss clear coat. Here is the box art followed by the build. Hope you enjoy!

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A vintage box art model doesn't get much better than this. Very nice!

Did you add the tuck & roll to the interior sides?

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Yes, I did add the tuck and roll. It doesn't show on the box but I could tell that it was there!

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Very very Koooool !  Excellent Box Art build ! :D

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Excellent.  I think I built that kit way back when it first came out.

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I just love old box art builds....

You did an outstanding job on this one...   Very very Cool..!!!

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On 6/4/2017 at 12:49 PM, Dennis Lacy said:

A vintage box art model doesn't get much better than this. Very nice!

I agree! I've started a box art build of this illustration, except I'm using a Revell 1/25th Deuce Roadster to do it.. While researching it I came upon your fine rendition of the original AMT version. I am using it as a reference to help me understand the differences I'll have to deal with.

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Very nice build indeed.  I built the kit in 1959 and am sure the box art was the inspiration.  Luckily I still have it.  Thanks for sharing and the memories.

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On 6/4/2017 at 3:49 PM, Dennis Lacy said:

A vintage box art model doesn't get much better than this. Very nice!

Agreed.  :D

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Excellent build! Brings back memories of the many I built back in those days. One minor nit pick: I would lower the grille shell so the top of it is level with the cowling on the body. Personal preference, I guess. Good work!

Sam

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