Jump to content
Model Cars Magazine Forum

AMT '61 Ranchero - Cannonballer


Lunajammer
 Share

Recommended Posts

This is my entry into the 2022 Cannonball Run CBP.

I wanted a searchable record for this build so future curiosity seekers won't have to pool through 29-pages of Community Build. Also I'll be adding slightly more info that gets into stuff that might just hog space over there.

The CBP theme is "year of birth." I was inspired by revisiting a kit I built in my tweens sometime in the mid 70's. This was the first model I used spray paint on. I didn't love the kit so I never prized it, but I'm more nostalgic now and it's like visiting an old friend.

70sBuild1.jpeg.ba33a8a4af9446b9829d64eda3459d4c.jpeg

70sBuild2.jpeg.da1703a951e8050342a73dd45c8bd147.jpeg

My starting point. Talk about a timeless kit.

1471044990_StartingPic.jpeg.c1b25fca6a977c146c860c26fb634057.jpeg

 

Since this is supposed to be for a hypothetical cross country, outlaw race, I'm doing it as a street machine. First task, I'm hogging out the wheel openings and adding flares.

FenderRadiusMarked.jpeg.aee7b5943ceeef0bd835aeed1d853d01.jpeg

FenderRadiusCut.jpeg.97b4c2ffc55b96007d8833f25056a96b.jpeg

 

This is what I'm using for the flares.

EvergreenQtrRound.jpeg.0fb3bfc8ec03e0bbfa196231b5a87623.jpeg

FenderFlare.jpeg.f4c22812f885169767b234da5eda5c4c.jpeg

FenderFlareMockup.jpeg.c641fcf660d68cb940e803c79494fe09.jpeg

 

Edited by Lunajammer
Link to comment
Share on other sites

While I intended to use the spare Thunderbird 390 engine from the Lindberg '34 Ford pickup, I decided to keep it simple by sticking with the kit-provided engine, which is a 427 big block Chevy... ya know, the one with the hole through it. So that's the first thing to patch.

EngineHolesFilled.jpeg.40c4fbca1768b00660f7fc732fa35992.jpeg

I bought the kit at a swap and the engine halves and heads were glued on with no particular care. I'll live.

EngineWiringDrilled.jpeg.0ca3cfbeacb4079af6b4e899cffeeacc.jpeg

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I'm considering some five slot deep dish wheels from my vast parts box inherited from many over the years, but one rim is broken, so I tried to fix it with a spare ring.

980681327_WheelBeforeRepair.jpeg.9331336752948c7989f8f1c350f06313.jpeg

Broken rim is ground off and the ring is prepped.

961894468_WheelRimPrep.jpeg.9774c994ad015b58a7d4ae2ffd1750c1.jpeg

All four after repair and awaiting paint. Still undecided if these are what I really want to go with but that's where I'm at for now.

1795261309_WheelsBeforePaint.jpeg.3d22964adcd11d0b525cb86341c54748.jpeg

PartsPainted.jpeg.4e99848dd82b7e79a9db5e4e653df96e.jpeg

Edited by Lunajammer
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Primed and sanded.

BodyPrimed.jpeg.fdc76f0866acfbcb0e1280643f67f3f5.jpeg

 

Got some paint. It's a Krylon color called Celery. Discontinued, I bought it on sale some years ago and have been waiting for a project to use it on, wasn't even sure if it's still any good. 

BodyPainted.jpeg.681f3a98701700009c4d5e366cb5bfd1.jpeg

Also, I'm still undecided about the five slot mag wheels, so I did a mock up with some deep dish, six lug steelies that I cast a few years ago. Still undecided, but I'm getting the picture of where this is going.

MockupWithDeepRims.jpeg.43f02fad7193532cd5709a738074f2de.jpeg

 

After priming, the interior bucket was shot with camouflage tan from the big box hardware store. It's a fairly dark tan and is very flat. It has a micro fine texture, almost powdery.

InteriorPaint.jpeg.ebaa4c01526365e31f47817c15d02e87.jpeg

Edited by Lunajammer
  • Like 2
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Awesome build so far it's going to be a hard choice on those wheels i like both they both fit the build and what you did for the wheel wells looks great nice way to finish the body line off just perfect with the size tires nice.!!!

  • Thanks 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

I've had some Scale Motorsports decals for a few years and decided to give them a try. First order is to tame that flat tan with gloss so the decals will stick better.

SeatsWithGloss2.jpeg.bb7834859334fa8943a5e50430160d2e.jpeg

To create my pattern I taped over the seats and tried to get rubbings of the piping. Then cut out the pattern and lightly laid them over the sheet to cut the decals. I used painters tape. If you use this rather than light tack tape, I recommend rubbing it over your pants first to decrease the stick.

IntWithRubbings.jpeg.f21d7b817009672434e80a255f27111e.jpeg

IntWithTapeCutouts.jpeg.9b1abad10781bb1cc7ce5d6f62fdcc65.jpeg

IntWithScaleProSheet.jpeg.8cb8cbcdced58d00c74225d9871291b3.jpeg

 

Yikes! While it's not my intention for this to be looking so "Town-'n'-Country," it certainly looks like adding a tent and fishing rods ought to be next.

SeatsDecaled.jpeg.27dd8dfb95232b7536ab9b6aedd65cbb.jpeg

  • Like 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • 2 months later...

Had our first warm day of the season and I got a little impulsive to finally get that clear coat on the '61 Ranchero. Didn't think it through and put a coat of Testors One Coat lacquer over my Rustoleum green, which I think is acrylic enamel. The green almost turned white and obviously put on a finely crazed surface. I think this is the first time ever I've had to strip a body that I painted myself. Grr! 😠

InPurplePond.jpeg.7527376869aaa5dd1d134840d2cfa3fa.jpeg

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I used .08" quarter round strip.

I forgot to mention in this thread that I got some detail elements from Art Laski over at Scale Pro Shop. You can see the obvious problem with the dated interior bucket of the '61 Ranchero. I'm guessing the lack of hard edge, protruding door detail has more do with the state of molding in the early 60s than it does about anything else. Regardless, I'll build these old dinosaurs any day.

IntDetailMasterHandles.jpeg.8894b245814d9bec6cf86a077fe5384a.jpeg

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Like what you did with the body mods and the unusual color choices look good, feel bad about the paint results too. Real nice fix on the wheels.

  • Thanks 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Super Clean, or whatever it's called now, (purple pond) really did the trick. An overnight soak and a soft toothbrush cleaned it like a whistle. Nothing residual in the scripts or grooves. Very happy, so all I've lost is a little time, and I've got lots of paint left.

BodyStripped.jpeg.0530cf1b2c12eee3913a8f1701188e77.jpeg

 

Also I got the photo etch details onto the interior doors. Not liking the old-man-trousers look of the seats I grunged them up a bit with a careful wash and knocked down that gleaming white and spotless tan. Now it's more like vintage-thermos-found-in-a-shed.

InteriorDetailed.jpeg.1a982ae05a07d1c4e75464f2bfc46a42.jpeg

Link to comment
Share on other sites

On 4/24/2022 at 6:20 PM, Lunajammer said:

I used .08" quarter round strip.

 

I forgot to mention in this thread that I got some detail elements from Art Laski over at Scale Pro Shop. You can see the obvious problem with the dated interior bucket of the '61 Ranchero. I'm guessing the lack of hard edge, protruding door detail has more do with the state of molding in the early 60s than it does about anything else. Regardless, I'll build these old dinosaurs any day.

IntDetailMasterHandles.jpeg.8894b245814d9bec6cf86a077fe5384a.jpeg

Hmmm... looks very similar to what I need for a Maverick project......

 

 

maverick plaid.JPG

  • Like 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

 Share

×
×
  • Create New...