1971 FORD THUNDERBIRD New Build

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I just finished this up and it was great fun. Model King reissue 71 Bird. I built it as a curbside so I could keep its 2V head motor for other projects. (1970 galaxie??) The kit comes with a engine plate so I detailed that and here she is. I also liked the 1970 Bird's painted front bumper so I kept that but other than that its a 71. I also added a soft top with some strip styrene and adding texture with holding the spray can at a distance. This forum is such a great resource, thank you members for all the tips, it made my first custom soft top a success!(I think) When I was researching the car online there were many slightly different ways I saw the soft top done. I had to go through a lot of pictures to find the right combo. The area that is louvered behind the back glass sometimes was part of the soft top and sometimes i saw it painted. I went with paint I liked the look better. Comments are welcome, enjoy!

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Very , very nice ! ! Your color choice turned out great .

We are probably in the minority , but I really like these Big Birds !

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Very nice, clean build. I love the color and a white top/interior fits the era perfectly. Even though they're not 'performance cars' like the earlier ones I too have a soft spot for the big birds.

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That is one you don't ofter see built stock, if at all!

Cool land yacht! B)

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Nice model!

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Very well done Sir !

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Ahhh your right I looked it over again. A 429 then with 2v heads? Also the engine was cast with a manual trans not a auto unit like the plate that also came with it, another reason besides scoring a nice motor was that fact. Thanks for all your comments!

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Beautiful Thunderbird ! !

I like the choice of color combination... :rolleyes:

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Looks nice. This was one of my favorite body styles for the Thunderbird.

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I'm so kicking myself in the ass for not getting one of these when they were reissued,now they're all but unobtainable!u did a fine job man!

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Very clean model of an unusual subject. I can't remember ever seeing a 71 Bird modeled. Nice job!

Sam

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Very nice build!

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Those colors look great on it.

Charlie Larkin

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Just lovely!

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What a classy colour combitnation , it looks perfect on that 'bird!

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I'm not a fan of the big Thunderbirds,but this build could certainly change my mind about them! Very nice build!

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Not one of my favorite cars, but you did an exceptional job on it.

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Very nice build of a classic...

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Thanks guys!

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Beautiful build! Wow!

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Very Clean

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Very Nice!!!!!

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Very nice build! Body color is just perfect for that era T-bird. Nice job!

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I love it. Big fan of the factory stock. Beautiful build of a limited subject.

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I'm so kicking myself in the ass for not getting one of these when they were reissued,now they're all but unobtainable!u did a fine job man!

I got super lucky, I really take my time sometimes buying models and this Bird was at a local independent HS for a while, no one bought it for a while, and every time I went there it stared me in the face! I finally broke down and I am glad I did! You Can still get them on Ebay. I found more for about the same price a found at my LHS. About 25.00 of course shipping extra! and there were about 5 or 6 I saw available.

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