Watson Tribute '59 Thunderbird "The Pennsylvania Bluebird"

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...with apologies to Billy Gibbons.

My Larry Watson tribute '59 Thunderbird is finally done after what seems like forever. The first model I've actually completed since December '09. It's based on an original 1959 AMT "3-in-1" Customizing Kit. The front and rear bumpers are resin repros by Modelhaus of AMT '58 T-bird promo model pieces. The wheel covers are also Modelhaus repros of '59 Dodge caps, which were a custom option in an early '60s AMT kit (anybody remember which one?) Other than shaving the handles and emblems, the only other body mods was to open up the hood scoop and add a bit of the grill from a Monogram '58 T-bird. Considerable time was spent modifying the vent window frames and windshield pillars for a more accurate appearance. Hope you like it!

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View the whole saga here... http://public.fotki....59-thunderbird/

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AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So dang clean!!!!

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That is awesome!! I like a lot of that paint job!

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stunning work john.the paint work and details all added up to one killer model.

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This is maybe the coolest Thunderbird, I've ever seen. I really like Larry Watson style scalloops, and this has turned out awesome. Is that somekind of Semi-Gloss paintjob?

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That is both exceptionally pretty, and exceptionally well done. Beautiful pics as well......an absolute delight to see.

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That is just a beautiful T-Bird!!!! I remeber seeing cars like this in the old small Rod & Custom magazines I used to have! B)

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Nice!

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BEAUTIFUL!!!

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I watched this in the WIP section and was anxious to see it completed. I love the paint layout and colors. The build is exceptionally clean and well done. There is a lot of work involved here and it shows beautifully. Excellent work.

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Wow ...This is super nice job

to bad the pictures is so small, would like to print out and hang on the wall :)

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Wow! What a paintjob!

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Amazing work on that paint job! It must have taken forever! Great model.

Sam

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Awesome work on the taping and paint work

Beautiful interior work too

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Such a beautiful Bird!!!

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that is fantastic

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Wow, what a beauty!!

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I concur with all comments above, your paint work on this is first-rate and the color choices could not have been better. Mr. Watson would approve!!

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Beautiful work on your T-Bird John. The paint is superb and the styling is dead on. Well done Sir.

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Thanks very much for the comments, guys! I'm glad you like the 'bird and would like to think Larry would approve.

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Awesome barely scratches the surface on this one but its the best I can come up with right now. My jaw hurts from hitting the ground. :wub:

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Oh, I think Larry would approve! That is so clean and sweet!

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You did a beautiful job on that paint job, and the model turned out sweet. Congratulations.

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Fantastic! i can see how the paint job would require a lot of planning and careful masking to achieve!

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That's all kindsa rad, right there. Nice work.

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