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AMT 1966 Mercury Cyclone GT...restomod of a 43 year old AMT kit


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This is Stage 1 of the paintwork on the Cyclone. Two coats of Tamiya TS-74 Clear Red over three coats of TS-18 Metallic Red over Tamiya white primer. Pics were taken minutes after the final coat and before tape was removed from the front fender emblems and rear panel trim.

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It is a beautiful representation of Candy Apple Red in my opinion. It will spend the night in the dehydrator before I apply the white rocker panel stripes from a Fred Cady pace car decal sheet and top the whole enchilada with Tamiya TS-13 clear. The stripes look like this...

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Enjoy!!!

Marc @ MPC Motorsports

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Took the Cyclone out of the dehydrator after work tonight. I could not wait to put the Modelhaus bumpers on it and set it on the chassis.

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I masked the Cyclone GT fender emblems before painting so not to lose the detail. I would have shaved them but the character line would have been destroyed in the process.

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With a 427 SOHC and some gold leaf lettering it could pass for a street version of Dyno Don's Eliminator flopper.

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I just love playing with 43 year old styrene!!!

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The Cyclone remains the center of my attention at this time. It got six coats of Tamiya TS-13 Clear Gloss Friday night and after 12 hours in the dehydrator, I spent the afternoon wet sanding and polishing. This was a very tedious task as there are many sharp edges and peaks in the Cyclone's body work.

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All the chrome is just a mock up as it made a public viewing at tonight's club meeting. Next up is painting the taillight panel and engine compartment matt black. I'll apply BMF to the taillight trim and Cyclone script before painting.

Enjoy!!!

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Did some detail paint work on the Cyclone today. Masked off the engine compartment and rear taillight panel, broke out the airbrush and laid down some Tamiya XF-1 Flat Black. Spent about 90 minutes between BMF and masking for a 10 minute paint job.

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Before I painted, I applied from fresh BMF to the taillight panel trim and Cyclone script. After painting, I painstakingly removed the paint from the trim and script with a cotton swab soaked in 91% alcohol.

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Still have a little clean up of black paint around the bodywork. Digipics are good for seeing these things.

Enjoy!!!

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Marc-

That is looking fantastic. The paint is really sharp. Can you tell me what modifications were done to fit the wheels to the 19 and 23 inch sleeves or did they just slide right in? I like the mods on the intake set-up too.

Keep it up and I'll be watching.

Later-

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Not much progress this week on the Cyclone. Busy work week and back to school and college preparations with the kids have slowed my progress. I did manage to paint and detail the instrument panel today.

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The molded in gauge detail was removed before painting with Tamiya TS-67 IJN Gray. Then, BMF was applied, masked off and TS-29 Semi Gloss Black applied. Unmasked and wiped the cast trim panel with 91% alcohol. Gauges are decals from a Revell Honda Civic tuner kit. R&MofM Wizard's O's were applied for gauge bezels and Tamiya X-22 Clear applied to the faces.

That's all for now.

Marc @ MPC Motorsports

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Marc-

That is looking fantastic. The paint is really sharp. Can you tell me what modifications were done to fit the wheels to the 19 and 23 inch sleeves or did they just slide right in? I like the mods on the intake set-up too.

Keep it up and I'll be watching.

Later-

Thanks, Tom for the comments.

I had to remove the center ridge from the rims that hold the kit tires on. Once you do that, the wheels will slide into the Pegasus 23" sleeves and the fronts as they are will accept Pegasus tires. The front sleeves I used were custom made for me by Duane @ Arrowhead about 5 years ago.

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Whoooo,been a wile,eh Marc? Glad ta see ya back at it, an to start up with the Comet looks like your right back inna groove! She lookin REAL GOOD Daddy-O, that color jus goes with it! wat color is the interior? My MUCH older sister had a boyfreind with a Royal Blue/White interior GT/A with a 390. It was a NICE car. She ended up marryin his BROTHER -in- law!!!! B)

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Whoooo,been a wile,eh Marc? Glad ta see ya back at it, an to start up with the Comet looks like your right back inna groove! She lookin REAL GOOD Daddy-O, that color jus goes with it! wat color is the interior? My MUCH older sister had a boyfreind with a Royal Blue/White interior GT/A with a 390. It was a NICE car. She ended up marryin his BROTHER -in- law!!!! B)

Thanks, George!

Been awhile...you know how life gets in the way. The primary interior color will the same gray as the instrument panel. Seats will be tutoned with a lighter gray color and a dark charcoal flocking for carpet.

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After nearly a month, I'm getting a little bit of quality bench time this weekend. Got the interior of the Cyclone painted and flocked.

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Paint is Tamiya TS-67 IJN Gray and Testors Fabric Gray lacquer. Brushed metal door panel inserts are painted Tamiya AS-12 Bare Metal Silver. Flocking is from Ken's Fuzzi Fur.

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The front seats are from Reliable Resin and the rear bench is from an AMT '69 Torino Cobra as the Cyclone builder did not come with a back seat. Still to come are photo etch window cranks, resin arm rests and photo etch pedals.

Enjoy!!!

Marc @ MPC Motorsports

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I haven't really been at the bench since Labor Day until this weekend, when I managed to find a little time.

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Photoetched window cranks and pedals. Arm rests are GM A-body units that I resin cast. Steering column is scratchbuilt with a resin wheel cast from the custom unit in an AMT '66 Mustang Resto Rod kit.

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Here's a close up of the instrument panel.

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I painted the wheel to match the seats. Tonight, I begin painting the engine so hopefully I can continue what I've started and finish this sucker.

Enjoy!!!

Marc @ MPC Motorsports

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Thanks, George!

Been awhile...you know how life gets in the way. The primary interior color will the same gray as the instrument panel. Seats will be tutoned with a lighter gray color and a dark charcoal flocking for carpet.

That is a beautiful Merc,anyone repoping these in resin?one that you could actualy build?nice work!

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That is a beautiful Merc,anyone repoping these in resin?one that you could actualy build?nice work!

Thanks!!! I should have some updated pics later this weekend.

R&R is the only one I know of that has a complete '66 Cyclone in resin. Contact Steve Kolar @ Star Models via www.resinrealm.net.

Marc

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After a few day of on and off bench time, I've made significant progress on the Cyclone. I applied BMF to all the window trim. I'm out of practice so it took me a few sessions to complete. Also painted the headliner with Tamiya German Grey acrylic and the inside of the body with Testors Acryl Aircraft Interior Black.

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The interior assembly is complete. Shifter is the manual unit out of AMT's 1969 Olds 442 kit.

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Finally, began work on the engine assembly. Using the FE block from the AMT 1969 Torino Cobra and the heads from an AMT 1960 Starliner, it is painted to depict an aluminum FE motor. Cobra valve covers from AMT 1969 Shelby GT500 and the intake from the AMT Phantom Vicky kit. BMF was applied to the intake and valve covers prior to painting. There is a Cobra logo on the top of the intake too. Strictly a phantom engine, but cool nontheless.

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I'll give more details on the powerplant later in the week as I complete it.

Marc @ MPC Motorsports

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