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MPC 1975 Datsun Pickup - Used and Abused

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  • Member since
    December 2022
  • From: Canada
MPC 1975 Datsun Pickup - Used and Abused
Posted by Tcoat on Friday, December 9, 2022 8:40 AM

This is the model of a an actual truck I bought for for $75 back in '79. Mine was really a '73 but nothing really changed much in the couple of years so the '75 is close enough. It had already seen a hard hard life by the time I bought it from a guy that used it in a lime quarry so the paint was toast and much of the body had rust on the rust although there were very few actual holes. Being a single stage enamel paint job there was almost zero gloss left to it and the once vibrant red was more a really dark pinkish brown. I bought it strictly to drive on those frequent occasions when my '70 Coronet R/T was without an engine because I was rebuilding it yet again or to haul tools and tires to the strip (with a buddy driving it). It was a blast to drive though and soldiered on until I pushed it a bit hard one day after about 6 months and blew the head gasket. Then sold it for $100!

 

The kit shows it's age with a pile of flash and is sort of a mixed bag with a really nice engine, body and drivetrain but an interior that other than the dash is just sort of vaguely interior like. It went together really well though.

The main exercise of this project was to get the battered paint and rust just right. I am very happy with the results and it was a ride down nostalgia road through the whole project.

 

 

The weird interior. Not sure what version had those fancy seats but I wasn't bothered enough to scratch build the vinyl covered park bench that mine had.

 

 

The engine is a little jewel though!

 

  • Member since
    March 2003
  • From: Towson MD
Posted by gregbale on Friday, December 9, 2022 8:51 AM

Stellar work! YesBeerYesBeer

Always fun to recreate one of those fondly-remembered follies from our youth!

Greg

George Lewis:

"Every time you correct me on my grammar I love you a little fewer."
 
  • Member since
    December 2022
  • From: Canada
Posted by Tcoat on Friday, December 9, 2022 9:18 AM

gregbale

Stellar work! YesBeerYesBeer

Always fun to recreate one of those fondly-remembered follies from our youth!

 

Funny you say that as the eventual plan for this truck is as part of a diorama. Much of it's short life with me was spent as a work bench for the "spare" engine from my '70 Coronet R/T so down the road it will have a 440 with me working on it in the back. It will indeed be a recreated folly!

  • Member since
    May 2022
Posted by Eugene Rowe on Friday, December 9, 2022 9:41 AM

Excellent weathering job!

fox
  • Member since
    January 2007
  • From: Narvon, Pa.
Posted by fox on Friday, December 9, 2022 7:39 PM

Ditto! Toast Toast

Stay Safe.

Jim Captain

 Main WIP: 

   On the Bench: Artesania Latina  (aka) Artists in the Latrine 1/75 Bluenose II

I keep hitting "escape", but I'm still here.

  • Member since
    March 2012
  • From: Corpus Christi, Tx
Posted by mustang1989 on Saturday, December 10, 2022 5:45 PM

Man that turned out GREAT!!! WOW!!! Very convincing "wear and tear" on this truck! Nice!!!! 

                   

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    August 2021
Posted by lurch on Saturday, December 10, 2022 8:13 PM

Fantastic job . Great detailing. 

  • Member since
    August 2007
  • From: back country of SO-CAL, at the birth place of Naval Aviation
Posted by DUSTER on Sunday, December 11, 2022 1:26 AM

Great job. Mine was maroon with black interior---dang it now I've gotta get this model

Steve

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

  • Member since
    April 2003
  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Sunday, December 11, 2022 4:00 AM

Nice beater!

Thanks,

John

  • Member since
    December 2022
  • From: Canada
Posted by Tcoat on Sunday, December 11, 2022 8:04 AM

DUSTER

Great job. Mine was maroon with black interior---dang it now I've gotta get this model

 

You can't go wrong with this kit. I have second one in my stash to do the same truck  up as showrom new. 

  • Member since
    August 2007
  • From: back country of SO-CAL, at the birth place of Naval Aviation
Posted by DUSTER on Sunday, December 11, 2022 1:57 PM

Tcoat

 DUSTER

Great job. Mine was maroon with black interior---dang it now I've gotta get this model

 
You can't go wrong with this kit. I have second one in my stash to do the same truck  up as showrom new. 
 

 
Thanks for the recomindation.Yes It's not like I don'thave enough kits in my stash right now, so who would notice just one more? 

Steve

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

  • Member since
    December 2022
  • From: Canada
Posted by Tcoat on Sunday, December 11, 2022 2:30 PM

DUSTER

 

 
 

 

 
Thanks for the recomindation.Yes It's not like I don'thave enough kits in my stash right now, so who would notice just one more? 
 

  • Member since
    August 2007
  • From: back country of SO-CAL, at the birth place of Naval Aviation
Posted by DUSTER on Sunday, December 11, 2022 2:59 PM

  Yep to true.

Steve

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

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