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AMT '59 El Camino--Engine Completed-10/17

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  • From: Corpus Christi, Tx
AMT '59 El Camino--Engine Completed-10/17
Posted by mustang1989 on Monday, October 01, 2018 8:39 PM

Okee Dokee guys. We're at it again here.

This one came out of nowhere but I'll be working on this one for a friend of my son. His name is Jonathan and he received this for a birthday gift a few months ago. He's been over to our house a time or two and has seen the stuff that I build and seemed interested. He's asked me kindly to build this one for him so here we go..

The kit:

 

 

Being really stupid IS "the new smart"!!

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  • From: Far Northern CA
Posted by mrmike on Monday, October 01, 2018 9:34 PM

Pulling up a chair, popcorn's on...I always enjoy following your builds, and this kit has been reaching out to me at Hobby Lobby. Looking forward to seeing what you do with it!

Mike

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    May, 2013
  • From: Indiana, USA
Posted by Greg on Tuesday, October 02, 2018 10:18 AM

mrmike
Pulling up a chair, popcorn's on...

Ha! Me too!

I was just thinking of you yesterday, Joe, and wondering if you'd start a WIP. This will be fun. Neat subject.

Maybe you'll spark some interest in building re your son's friend.

-Greg

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  • From: New Braunfels , Texas
Posted by Tanker - Builder on Tuesday, October 02, 2018 10:34 AM

Hi ;

 Hmmm , Gotchya ! That's a okay kit ! T.B.

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  • From: Corpus Christi, Tx
Posted by mustang1989 on Wednesday, October 03, 2018 1:54 PM

Thanks guys.

Been meanin' to post this one here for a while but time got away from me.

I talked with Jonathan about this build and he asked if I could put white wall tires on it. Soooo I figured I could go with some baby moon wheels. Initially he wanted to paint the car white. After explaining to him that I could paint it white but that the chrome would stand out more if I painted it a more contrasting color such as blue or maroon, he decided to go with maroon.

This is a good thing because after doing a little research on the internet I found this photo from Cal Car Cover. I showed the photo to him and he fell in love with it. So ............we'll be going with this theme.

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Being really stupid IS "the new smart"!!

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Posted by Greg on Wednesday, October 03, 2018 6:12 PM

That should be kewl, Joe.

-Greg

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Posted by Liegghio on Wednesday, October 03, 2018 6:40 PM

Hoo, another memory flashback!

This was the first car model kit I ever had. When my brother and I were kids living in Detroit in the ‘50’s we had been building airplane and ship kits. In 1959 an uncle in the auto industry had some of the original AMT 3n1 kits given to him and he handed them out to kids he knew including my brother and I. This was the first auto kit we ever saw and we were blown away by all the parts and options, and put it together without even painting it.

I suspect that the current release won’t have as many options as the original but I should pick one up just for the nostalgia. (No way I’m paying for an original one!)

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Posted by mustang1989 on Thursday, October 04, 2018 2:17 PM

Thanks Greg and Liegghio. I can't imagine what an original kit would go for right off the top of my head.

So.....I cleaned up the flash, ejector pin marks and seams from all the parts and bagged them all up in an organized fashion in the box i.e. chassis parts, engine parts, interior and so on.

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There was A LOT of clean up on this kit too.

The rear differential/ axle assy was probably the worst of it (aside from the plastic molded exhaust system which is always a pain in the butt to clean up and make look right  )

Here's after assembling the two halves together. Terrible over bite resulting in a seam on both sides of the assembly:

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After the initial cleaning up I put a line of super glue across the diff cover seam:

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After painting...……..

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Yeah I know...…………...why is my hand in the picture? Let's look a little closer at that diff cover and zero in on the reflection of my fingers in the dried paint.

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Last shot of the painted and semi glossed chassis before there are any parts installed on it...

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Being really stupid IS "the new smart"!!

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Posted by mustang1989 on Tuesday, October 09, 2018 11:49 AM

Got some chassis work done this morning …………...errr should I say...………..ALOT of chassis work done:

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Posted by Greg on Tuesday, October 09, 2018 3:14 PM

Chassis is looking good, Joe.

And the differential is very red and shiny. :)

I've yet to try the superglue on the seam trick. Looks like it works pretty ok.

-Greg

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Posted by GMorrison on Tuesday, October 09, 2018 11:39 PM

mustang1989

 

Yeah I know...…………...why is my hand in the picture? Let's look a little closer at that diff cover and zero in on the reflection of my fingers in the dried paint.

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If it was my WIP it'd be "look at my fingers in the dried paint". What a Kool subject. I recently bought a Round 2 AMT kit. What a horrible assembly... one forgets. Could not close the hood over the engine.

This is gonna be really nice. Jonathan owes you big.

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Posted by mustang1989 on Wednesday, October 10, 2018 12:00 PM

Greg: Thanks bud. The super glue trick works on all of the modeling paints that I've covered it with. It does NOT play well with automotive style paints however unless a good coat of primer is used and really light initial coats go on first and THEN applying the heavier gloss/ finishing coats. But then again....depending on how hot the paint is, there's not a whole lot of automotive paints that play well with plastic.

Bill: LOL! I appreciate the good word man. I hear you on the Round 2 gig. However bad they are, they still don't hold a candle to how bad the classic Revell automotive line up is. I've built SEVERAL of the older Revell kits and they are alot of work to turn a decent build out of.

I'm pretty much just being a nice guy and just building this for Jonathan at this point. I've tried to get him into it throughout the build and he's shown VERY little interest in learning. Don't get me wrong, I'm not half stepping this build by any means but he's just into the modeling gig. Hopefully he'll look at the finished product and something'll fire off in him to want to learn how to do this kind of stuff.

 

 

Being really stupid IS "the new smart"!!

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Posted by mustang1989 on Wednesday, October 10, 2018 12:15 PM

I did things a little backwards on this build. I'm still waiting on some parts and trying to figure out how I'm going to do the interior so I decided to lay down the initial color coat after ALOT of body work. I used Testors One Coat Lacquer "Mythical Maroon" , decanted and shot through a Badger 350 airbrush.

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  I found a set of PE "El Camino" emblems from the Model Car Garage so I got rid of the molded El Camino emblems on the side of the body.

Here goes:

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Posted by keavdog on Wednesday, October 10, 2018 2:09 PM

Cool!  Great subject

Thanks,

John

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Posted by JOE RIX on Wednesday, October 10, 2018 10:47 PM

This is a very cool subject and project Joe. The work you have done so far is superb. The color you've chosen sure is sharp looking. I hope you have some success in perking Johnathan's interest and that he a last gives building a try. It's certainly a noble effort on your part nonetheless.

Per your request here is a pic of the latest auto kits I've acquired.

  

"Not only do I not know what's going on, I wouldn't know what to do about it if I did". George Carlin

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Posted by mustang1989 on Wednesday, October 17, 2018 3:24 PM

Thanks guys.

Joe: Good lookin' scores man. Both look like da bomb to build. When are we gettin' started on these?

I chose to go with the Revell 348 for this bad boy because the AMT 348 was just that *** poor. Someone off of another forum donated one to me for the cause.

N E wayz.....I got it finished.



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Being really stupid IS "the new smart"!!

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Posted by keavdog on Wednesday, October 17, 2018 3:55 PM

Looking good!

Thanks,

John

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Posted by DUSTER on Thursday, October 18, 2018 12:11 AM

 

PUFF-puff-puff...pant, pant, pant Hi,  pant, pant I got here as fast as I could [BIG Inhale-Exhale]  whooo-eee  Glad I made it to the show. 

 

What did I  mi….oh, OK jus’ read it.

 

So, 59 El Co-mean-no, lookin’ good to date.   Great choice  for body color,.

 

And the work looks like this will be a thing of beauty soon.

 

Ding !   Ah, mi-cron- wave says,  the  popcorn is done.  

 

 

So On with the Show, Joe.    [geesh I crack me up]

 

Steve

Building the perfect model---just not quite yet  Confused

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Posted by PFJN on Thursday, October 18, 2018 10:05 AM

Hi,

Your engine looks great.

Pat

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