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1966 Mercury Comet Cyclone

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  • Member since
    October 2020
  • From: Texas
1966 Mercury Comet Cyclone
Posted by MarkJK on Thursday, July 7, 2022 4:45 PM

This model depicts the car that won the 1966 Southern 500. I've been trying to build as many Southern 500 winners I can from the 50's and 60's. This car had a 390 bored to 405 cubic inches. It also sported 2 4-barrel carbs. AMT kit. P.P.P. tires and wheels. homemade laser decals using the ghost white toner cartridge. Brush painted using Vallejo acrylic paint in the little bottles. Polished with Novus polish, the second and 3rd formulas after wet sanding with 6000, 8000, and 12000 grit sanding cloths.

 

 

 

 

 

 

fox
  • Member since
    January 2007
  • From: Narvon, Pa.
Posted by fox on Thursday, July 7, 2022 4:56 PM

That is one very nice build! Beautiful paint job too! Yes Yes Yes

Jim Captain

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  • Member since
    June 2017
  • From: Winter Park, FL
Posted by fotofrank on Thursday, July 7, 2022 8:15 PM

1966, that's back when ya run what ya brung.

Darel Dieringer was one of my favorites.

A really nice build.

OK. In the stash: Way too much to build in one lifetime...

  • Member since
    August 2021
Posted by lurch on Sunday, July 10, 2022 4:17 AM

Great job. The color and decals are perfect.

  • Member since
    March 2012
  • From: Corpus Christi, Tx
Posted by mustang1989 on Sunday, July 17, 2022 8:34 AM

What a great turn out and this paint job looks killer!! That was brushed on?? 

You aint got any pictures of what's under the hood do ya? 

                   

 

  • Member since
    October 2020
  • From: Texas
Posted by MarkJK on Sunday, July 17, 2022 9:05 AM

mustang1989

What a great turn out and this paint job looks killer!! That was brushed on?? 

You aint got any pictures of what's under the hood do ya? 

 

 

Here you go, Mustang.

  • Member since
    March 2012
  • From: Corpus Christi, Tx
Posted by mustang1989 on Sunday, July 17, 2022 9:21 AM

Great job bud. Nice touch on making the air cleaner removable. Yes

                   

 

  • Member since
    October 2020
  • From: Texas
Posted by MarkJK on Sunday, July 17, 2022 12:03 PM

Thanks, Mustang. It seems a shame to hide the nice carbs. Those are the stock carbs that came on the 66 comet cyclone. I guess they didnt allow Holleys yet. you could only get the one carb set up from the factory . Nascar allowed 2 4 barrel carbs if you were running a wedge engine. Which this car had.

  • Member since
    April 2003
  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Sunday, July 17, 2022 1:24 PM

Turned out awesome.  Those classic stockers are so cool.  Nice job.

Thanks,

John

  • Member since
    October 2019
  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Sunday, July 17, 2022 3:01 PM

Say There!

      Would ya do me a favor Please ? As a fellow TEXAN it would be nice to enjoy those car pics on a white Background. You can do this, get a large piece of Craft Board for a backdrop! I could then really enjoy what looks to be fine work!

  • Member since
    October 2020
  • From: Texas
Posted by MarkJK on Sunday, July 17, 2022 5:22 PM

Tanker-Builder

Say There!

      Would ya do me a favor Please ? As a fellow TEXAN it would be nice to enjoy those car pics on a white Background. You can do this, get a large piece of Craft Board for a backdrop! I could then really enjoy what looks to be fine work!

 

 

Thanks, John. Tanker, I will probably go back to a gray background like I always use. I realize trying to get a mirror like background was a major fail but a white background would be too. Thanks for your input.

  • Member since
    August 2007
  • From: back country of SO-CAL, at the birth place of Naval Aviation
Posted by DUSTER on Sunday, July 17, 2022 6:25 PM

Real impressive build and photos.   

Steve

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

  • Member since
    October 2020
  • From: Texas
Posted by MarkJK on Monday, July 18, 2022 6:38 AM

DUSTER

Real impressive build and photos.   

 

 

Thanks , Steve. I appreciate the kind words.

  • Member since
    May 2013
  • From: Indiana, USA
Posted by Greg on Monday, July 18, 2022 7:57 AM

Very nice! YesYes

It's so cool that you brush painted Vallejo. That's proof of a couple things; That Vallejo hand-brushes well (still gotta know what you're doing, which you apparently do....I do not) and also that that tried and true multi-step sanding followed by Novus truly works.

I'm presuming you sealed the Vallejo with a clear coat? May I ask what you used?

-Greg

  • Member since
    July 2014
  • From: Franklin Wi
Posted by Bakster on Monday, July 18, 2022 9:25 AM

Very very nice! Yes

  • Member since
    October 2020
  • From: Texas
Posted by MarkJK on Monday, July 18, 2022 3:30 PM

Greg

Very nice! YesYes

It's so cool that you brush painted Vallejo. That's proof of a couple things; That Vallejo hand-brushes well (still gotta know what you're doing, which you apparently do....I do not) and also that that tried and true multi-step sanding followed by Novus truly works.

I'm presuming you sealed the Vallejo with a clear coat? May I ask what you used?

 

 

Greg, I used an old bottle of model masters acrylic clear over the vallejo. That is a must before you sand or polish.Tamiya also makes an acrylic clear but I will have to order that over the internet. The key to brush painting is to thin the paint at over 100% so it flows out after you apply it so the brush strokes flatten out before the paint drys. You have to trial an error it and use a paint pallette to mix the drops of vallejo paint with the thinner. I might even use a couple of drops of retarder next time to make sure the paint flows out smooth before drying. then I might not even have to use the sanding cloths, but go straight to the novus polish. After it drys and I apply the decals, I then use good old future floor wax which is just acrylic clear formulated for floors. They dont call it future anymore but you can still buy it. Its called pledge floor care or something like that and you can buy it at the grocery store. Hope that clears things up a little. The beauty of brush painting is you can do it where you build the model and you dont have to worry about orange peel or runs or caustic fumes. No fancy venting systems are required. And you can clean your brushes in the kitchen sink with Dawn dishwashing detergent. Makes modeling more enjoyable for me to take the spraying out of the equation.

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