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Custom AMT '49 Mercury

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  • Member since
    October 2020
  • From: Tennessee
Custom AMT '49 Mercury
Posted by BUCKY on Saturday, October 17, 2020 7:40 PM

I finished this one last year:

I pancaked the hood and trunk lid, built the hinges, used a bit of body filler and a lot of sanding on this one! Paint is Tamiya with DupliColor clear. Interior and trunk was done with half-round styrene strips, and Tamiya tan paint.

Thanks for checking this one out!

Building models since 1963.

Taking up space on the bench: '53 Ford Pace Car, '58 Impala, '63 Boss Nova, '67 FOOSE Dodge, '67 Puma GT, '72 Dodge Van, '73 Mustang, Dodge V-100

  • Member since
    July 2014
  • From: Boise ID area
Posted by modelcrazy on Saturday, October 17, 2020 9:40 PM

Beautiful 

  • Member since
    April 2003
  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Sunday, October 18, 2020 12:42 PM

Nice Bucky.  Very cool color combo.  What is pancaking?  Never heard that term.  Did the kit come with an opening trunk?

Thanks,

John

Ain't no reason to hang my head, I could wake up in the mornin' dead 

  • Member since
    October 2020
  • From: Tennessee
Posted by BUCKY on Sunday, October 18, 2020 2:07 PM

keavdog

Nice Bucky.  Very cool color combo.  What is pancaking?  Never heard that term.  Did the kit come with an opening trunk?

 

Thanks for the comments! Yes, the kit has an opening trunk.

"Pancaking" is a customizer's term. The original trunk lid on a '49 Mercury has this shape:

I cut it apart as shown:

I added the vertical part to the body, leaving the deck lid "flat as a pancake":

This shows the body work during the filling and sandig process:

The hood has this shape:

I applied tape along the body contours and cut it apart, leaving a "pancaked" hood:

Another shot, showing the blending process:

Here's the "pancaked" hood in place during a mock-up:

I hope this helps explain my method on the "pancake" process. There may be other ways to do this that are easier, but I was able to get the look I wanted.

Thanks so much for your interest in this Mercury. I think it's a very good kit, no matter how one decides to build it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Building models since 1963.

Taking up space on the bench: '53 Ford Pace Car, '58 Impala, '63 Boss Nova, '67 FOOSE Dodge, '67 Puma GT, '72 Dodge Van, '73 Mustang, Dodge V-100

  • Member since
    August 2015
  • From: the redlands Fl
Posted by crown r n7 on Sunday, October 18, 2020 2:18 PM

   very cool mercury . I like the color combo and the over all build.

 

Nick.

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