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Jim Thirkettle Buick Century

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Got the chassis 99% done. Still needs exhaust. Put it on the body. Rear ride height is still too tall. Speedway has my decals done and they are killer (as usual). Paint is off. He found a hi-resolution closeup of the car and it is definitely an orange-red color. I may cast this one and re-do the paint on a resin. I haven't decided yet. No foil or aluminum parts painted yet either.

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Rear bumper is cocked as well. It moved when I put the body on the chassis. I just need to adjust the mounts.

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Need to make a few extra bodies😎

Looks great!!!

 

Gerald

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Got the decal sheet from Speedway. Very impressive work! Now I need to figure out the paint color and decide if I want to start all over or go with what I have.

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How does it look in the sun?  To me the gray or silver part looks much darker then the photo at the start of the thread. jmho. Shouldn't the "Allied Box" decal on the quarter panel be silver not gold?

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The gray is pretty close. It is the orange that is off. This was a hi resolution picture. The Allied Box and the 51 are gold. The Allied Box was probably gold leaf on the car and the 51 is gold paint.

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22 hours ago, DoctorLarry said:

The gray is pretty close. It is the orange that is off. This was a hi resolution picture. The Allied Box and the 51 are gold. The Allied Box was probably gold leaf on the car and the 51 is gold paint.

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Yes, this picture looks totally different then the one at the top of the thread. I'd say you're good to go with what you have . No repaint required.

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Paint did not suit me. It was too far off and the resin on the nose was doing funky things so it went into the purple pond. Start from scratch.

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16 hours ago, DoctorLarry said:

Paint did not suit me. It was too far off and the resin on the nose was doing funky things so it went into the purple pond. Start from scratch.

Was the resin not allowing the paint to dry in spots? I’ve had that weird thing happen a couple times

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Yes. it was gummy and soft. I sanded and scraped to no avail and the color was just wrong. So even though the paint was slick, it went into the strip tank. I hope to put the silver on my Cutlass tonight and decal it.

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Got the car repainted. Put the striping tape on and cleared it. Decals are on and I have a few things to do yet, Exhaust, breathers, battery wiring and windows. I also need to re-paint and install the bumpers. I need some advice on windows. Do you all use kit windows or make them for resin bodies?

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WOW!! That looks great! Love these unusual cars!

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Dude that’s killer looking!!! If it’s based on a johan cutlass Okey Spaulding still makes that glass I’m pretty sure.

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Actually it was a random resin I bought off EBAY. It was warped and I straightened it out and heavily modified it. Most of them are based off a JoHan Cutlass or a 1/24 diecast, I suspect. SMH Resins 77 Cutlass is too wide and the proportions are not the same as the Salvino Cutlass or JoHan so I suspect someone mastered it from a 1/24 diecast.

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I found an earlier post about him. Seems to be in and out of modeling and not too easy to find so I guess I'll have to make my own now.

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8 hours ago, DoctorLarry said:

I found an earlier post about him. Seems to be in and out of modeling and not too easy to find so I guess I'll have to make my own now.

He comes to swap meets by me but who knows when those will be “Allowed” again. Especially here in Crookinios

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