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‘62 Pontiac Catalina Super Stock

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  • Member since
    April 2012
‘62 Pontiac Catalina Super Stock
Posted by nearsightedjohn on Saturday, September 15, 2018 2:35 PM

So much fun building these old AMT kits, a revisit to my totally happy childhood (not far from Lions DS) with my big brothers slapping these $1.29 kits together with the tube glue and crappy bottle paint. I love the look of these early stock drag cars with their bench seats, steel wheels and front white walls, the innocent low-cost crazy dangerous early days of drag racing... 

This one’s built pretty much OOB other than a little wiring under the hood. Assembly was smooth other than my poor windshield and back window assembly execution (next time dry fit twice, glue once, oh well). Paint used was Tamiya metallic blue rattle can lacquer over lacquer primer with Tamiya lacquer clear coat. All trim was masked and airbrushed using Alclad polished aluminum over Testors black gloss enamel. AMT decals went on really nicely.

Really loved building this kit, gotta do a few more before I get too old, enjoy, John


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Posted by nearsightedjohn on Saturday, September 15, 2018 2:49 PM

More pics,


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  • From: East Bethel, MN
Posted by midnightprowler on Saturday, September 15, 2018 3:27 PM

Very well done. One thing detracts from a stellar build, the plug wires. They should flow down the distributor and to the plugs rather than rising. Gravity would prevent them from rising. Other than that, she's a stunner.

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    May 2009
  • From: Poland
Posted by Pawel on Saturday, September 15, 2018 3:27 PM


It's lookin' very good to me! I don't know about the kit, but the finished model is high quality! Thanks for sharing and have a nice day


All comments and critique welcomed. Thanks for your honest opinions!

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    November 2008
  • From: Far Northern CA
Posted by mrmike on Saturday, September 15, 2018 3:52 PM

Ah, the good ol' days...400HP and no seatbelts! Lucky we lived to tell about it.

Nice build; thanks for posting!

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    April 2003
  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Saturday, September 15, 2018 4:00 PM

That turned out great.  I like the outdoor pics as well.  Bitchin color too!  



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    September 2017
  • From: western North Carolina
Posted by kensar on Saturday, September 15, 2018 4:59 PM

I love the color, too.  Would have liked to see a racier interior.



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    January 2015
Posted by PFJN on Saturday, September 15, 2018 6:51 PM


Your build looks great, especially the interior Smile


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    April 2012
Posted by nearsightedjohn on Saturday, September 15, 2018 7:20 PM

Thanks Midnightprowler - I totally agree.  I took a crack at beating my plug wires down - see pics below. Next time I think I’ll leave the metal filers in this PVC insulation to make them more bendable.

Would love any suggestions for a source for more-to-scale plug wire options, most 1/24 - 1/25 car builds I see look over scale to me ( including my own)

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    July 2012
  • From: Douglas AZ
Posted by littletimmy on Saturday, September 15, 2018 7:51 PM

That's a nice looking car ! 

I love the "Bone Stock " interior. That's the way most of them were.

 Dont worry about the thumbprint, paint it Rust , and call it "Battle Damage".




  • Member since
    June 2018
  • From: Ohio (USA)
Posted by DRUMS01 on Sunday, September 16, 2018 12:50 AM

Very nice work, great job on this one!



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