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Orchid Silk - 1965 Lincoln Custom


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Thanks to modelers ADHD, my Plymouth Satellite is on hiatus.  Several years ago, my wife bought me a can of Testor's Burgundy Purple Metallic. I was mostly using Tamiya sprays at the time, so it just sat on the shelf.  With both an increase in price and lack of availability of Tamiya spray paints, I've been returning to Testor's.  During the 60's, AMT had a metallic lacquer called "Orchid Silk".  I had an unbuilt AMT '65 Lincoln that I wanted to build as a custom,  so I thought I'd try to re-create the Orchid Silk color.  I decanted the Burgundy Purple into a bottle and added Testor's Metallic Silver until I had the color I wanted; this was airbrushed over a Metallic Silver base.

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This will be basically out of the box, with some modifications.  The wheels are from the AMT '64 Mercury; while thin white walls would be period correct, I thought they looked better with the wide white walls.  I didn't like the "cyclops look of  single headlights, so I used a spare set of custom headlights for dual headlights; lenses are parts box items.

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I had buyer's regret after purchasing some purple ignition wires, but they go well with this vehicle.

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That's it for now!

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"During the 60's, AMT had a metallic lacquer called "Orchid Silk".

I remember that AMT lacquer....I painted a Revell Road Agent with that when it came out.....like to try your formula.

 

 

 

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I made some headway on the Lincoln.  Engine was wired and installed - I still have to add the expansion tank.

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Interior is done - steering wheel and steering column are from the parts box, chrome courtesy of Molotow, orchid silk and Tamiya pearl white paint.

 

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Very cool, haven't seen one of these built in a while, and I bet we all have one! Looking really good, I think your color experiment was a huge success. Keep up the good work!

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I have always liked this kit. Looking really good, Front looks great. I love the color and tire wheel combo.

For future reference, the distributor goes to the drivers side more. You mounted where the radiator expansion tank should be mounted. Normal location on FOMOCO engines. Just an FYI tho....

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16 hours ago, Sledsel said:

I have always liked this kit. Looking really good, Front looks great. I love the color and tire wheel combo.

For future reference, the distributor goes to the drivers side more. You mounted where the radiator expansion tank should be mounted. Normal location on FOMOCO engines. Just an FYI tho....

 

Andy,

 

You're correct!  I think the original designer of the kit manifold took some artistic license with the distributor location.

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The stock manifold has the distributor in the correct location.  The driver's side portion of the custom air cleaner would interfere with distributor.  On the kit engine, the expansion tank is located on a spike that projects from the water pump.

 

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