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Finally got the AMT ‘62 Thunderbird wrapped up. It’s a very detailed kit but had tons of fitment issues which needed to be addressed - probably not a build I would have been able to handle a year ago.  Thankfully, those issues were well documented in this forum so I was ready for it 💪🏽
 

The paint is all tamiya lacquer cans - racing white under gloss clear for the exterior and clear red over gloss aluminum for the interior (the seats were then cleared with matte and the rest with semigloss).  The body trim is BMF, which worked shockingly well (finally!).  Scratched a bunch of interior detail like the steering wheel cap/levers, dash/door/console trim, and gauge bezels and used the model car garage photo etch set for the scripts.  Also gave the engine bay a slight overhaul. The gauge bezels really make the dash pop and it was super easy to do with some aluminum tubing and styrene sheets…I’ll add some pics down down below. 
 

Fun kit all around, but requires patience and caaaalm nerves!27ACB703-0F30-4AF0-906D-7A1D43BBBE76.jpeg.fda4c8dc4e5cd65259e45cfc78998346.jpeg17FD3E01-7BAF-40C1-8CCF-CFD02C01A1BB.jpeg.c58036d88a7de0f83b596f3e3e491a85.jpeg55B8BFBC-1512-46CE-BA46-38AAE101D27D.jpeg.98d44454641c8f97bd4187aafdc6da58.jpegFFEE9D0D-1B23-438F-BFB5-1F4EA29F8E70.thumb.jpeg.3ca92ab0161ef1b3efb715c01d2f176a.jpeg6444A9D2-44ED-4524-8292-99FE1EFC2D7A.jpeg.735151160e532289d789e1d168fda357.jpeg7F0B0E12-278F-4C86-8087-5AE2E2D4703E.thumb.jpeg.52f7e83a6c63ed68af3b74cc6f994975.jpeg4D66C2ED-3F81-4812-AF23-2F0AA9AB7CC0.jpeg.d0d138c27e614f9b312a968f8c0a2143.jpeg6DF8A0DC-B10A-4F95-80EE-4D31585E0D39.thumb.jpeg.1f3a872453d9b75e1f3c4d480282fa4a.jpegC8CB64C6-068B-496E-8A87-0351B1E98D92.jpeg.f8c12541a336ed2eb8b7bf01e1eb612e.jpegA3005D2B-377B-4174-AB8C-D7BA5A3948F4.jpeg.0b26ebccd038a7bae9676a67a5295878.jpegA8F92D78-BC21-4785-B088-35347C547467.jpeg.ed035fcafe0606cd43da522b517dc82c.jpeg3E3622DE-85FC-4D5A-8CEA-821ED587E6CE.jpeg.682865c9366c94c1d88c80ba25febd4b.jpeg88C8E241-276E-43F1-A166-00126B8862E9.jpeg.06a4080e7dd7c4a1dc9a79f4b5665d50.jpegB914C20C-3254-4CB4-8421-FA1706CEB167.thumb.jpeg.08493330d7d96952a66715de0c05e1aa.jpeg

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Stunning results! Your foil work is immaculate and fine. The colors are beautiful, especially that red interior. The variation in the "chrome" surfaces on the dash and console add much realism. Engine bay looks like a showroom display. Overall, one of the nicest builds  ever seen of this model kit. VERY well done.

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20 minutes ago, bisc63 said:

Stunning results! Your foil work is immaculate and fine. The colors are beautiful, especially that red interior. The variation in the "chrome" surfaces on the dash and console add much realism. Engine bay looks like a showroom display. Overall, one of the nicest builds  ever seen of this model kit. VERY well done.

 

17 minutes ago, Safire6 said:

Wow that is beautiful! The red interior really pops and the BMF work looks fantastic. All around excellent job Ryan!

 

thanks guys - i'm super happy with this one

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Wow indeed! You knocked another one out of the park. That dash is exceptional in terms of it's detail. And you picked a great day to photograph that beauty. 

I've been debating purchasing one of these kits and I think I need to get one. 

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19 minutes ago, AMT68 said:

Wow indeed! You knocked another one out of the park. That dash is exceptional in terms of it's detail. And you picked a great day to photograph that beauty. 

I've been debating purchasing one of these kits and I think I need to get one. 

Thanks man - I definitely recommend grabbing one if you’re on the fence. Just know going in that you’re gonna need to do quite a bit of sanding, especially on the door panels and tonneau cover. I’d also suggest getting the photo etch set, since the body scripts and tbird emblems are annoyingly shallow - my original plan was to do foil under paint but it wouldn’t have looked half as good. The ‘62 bird is such a great looking car, it’s worth the kits minor headaches. 

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Yeap.....its official, its a Looker.  The traditional red & white looks so good.  Everything looks so clean and the attention to detail is second to none.  very well done

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13 hours ago, cobraman said:

Great looking model you got there.

 

12 hours ago, Zippi said:

Yeap.....its official, its a Looker.  The traditional red & white looks so good.  Everything looks so clean and the attention to detail is second to none.  very well done

 

12 hours ago, Nacho Z said:

Beautiful model, Ryan.  For me, the interior steals the show.  Great job!

 

11 hours ago, ea0863 said:

The interior photos look awesome. I thought I was looking at a 1:1 

 

11 hours ago, Tom99 said:

Very nice.

 

10 hours ago, happy grumpy said:

Outstanding build. The trim and interior makes me drool. The outside photos make it look authentic. Amazing engine details.👍👍

Thanks fellas 

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One beautiful looking T Bird. Great color combination and the rear seat cover always looked good on these. Excellent interior and engine details on this build as well.  

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Absolutely fantastic build of this T-bird - Bullet - bird!!! Great sense for detail you are very gifted with great skills👍👍👍

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