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AMT Galaxie 500 Stock OOB

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  • Member since
    December 2022
  • From: Canada
AMT Galaxie 500 Stock OOB
Posted by Tcoat on Monday, January 30, 2023 8:15 PM

I was very happy to see this kit recently as this was my Grandfather's one and only new car purchase in his life. I can still remember him bringing it by the first time and just how proud he was. It was a fully loaded model and he took such care of it that when he passed 12 years later it was still in pristine, showroom condition.

This of course is the curbside kit from the old promo. The molds are very nice and most of the grand total of 24 parts (including 10 parts for wheels and axles) are extremely crisp.

The steering wheel sits at a weird angle and the door panel detail is a little blurred but as this was intended to be a quick weekend slap together and throw some paint and BMF on it weekend project as a break from my big builds I left them alone. 

The paint is Tamiya Italian Red lacquer and is bang on the sort of off red of the 64s.

Experimenting with backgrounds in the light box so please forgive the weird white sections. I will try to get some outside shots when there is no snow on the ground and we get daylight again.

 

Edit: Fixed pictures with better background and light diffusion. 

 

And since it is a promo and they actually left the base plate (not calling it a chassis) I decided to run with it. Pretty cool actually.

  • Member since
    April 2003
  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Monday, January 30, 2023 10:35 PM

The promo chassis is awesome!  Never seen something like that.  Nice job.

Thanks,

John

  • Member since
    December 2022
  • From: Canada
Posted by Tcoat on Tuesday, January 31, 2023 5:51 AM

keavdog

The promo chassis is awesome!  Never seen something like that.  Nice job.

 

Thanks. I thought it would be a little different and add some interest to the basic underside.

There were really a few ways I could have dealt with it.

Use the '60 Starliner kit for separate frame, floorboards, suspension and engine. This would mean opening the hood and some surgery to make it all fit removing it from the plan of a quick and easy weekend build.

Use the '63 Galaxie kit for an engine and bit more detailed chassis but not as extensive as the Starliner. Still more than I wanted to put into this project.

Paint the little "detail" that is there and remove all the promo script. This wouldn't have been bad but it is pretty plain underneath.

Just paint the base and leave the script alone which would have been almost unreadable.

Since it is rare that the script has remained on most of these promo molds I decided it would be fun to make it pop and boy did it work out well!

  • Member since
    July 2015
Posted by MR TOM SCHRY on Tuesday, January 31, 2023 7:58 AM

What a great build and tribute to your grandfather.  I always loved the Galaxy's taillights, because they looked like a rocket's booster.  Loved what you did with the chassis and I 've never run across a kit with that before.  Awesome build!

tjs

TJS

  • Member since
    December 2022
  • From: Canada
Posted by Tcoat on Tuesday, January 31, 2023 8:41 AM

MR TOM SCHRY

What a great build and tribute to your grandfather.  I always loved the Galaxy's taillights, because they looked like a rocket's booster.  Loved what you did with the chassis and I 've never run across a kit with that before.  Awesome build!

tjs

 

Not sure how common the script on the chassis was in the first place but no doubt many of the model companies scrubbed it off the molds before producing the kits.

  • Member since
    December 2022
  • From: Canada
Posted by Tcoat on Tuesday, January 31, 2023 6:38 PM

Car cabinet is filling up!

  • Member since
    July 2015
Posted by MR TOM SCHRY on Tuesday, March 21, 2023 9:33 AM

Beautiful mode and a great way to remember your grandfathe.  I love those early Galaxies, especially those "rocket ship" taillights.  Great job!

tjs

TJS

fox
  • Member since
    January 2007
  • From: Narvon, Pa.
Posted by fox on Tuesday, March 21, 2023 10:27 PM

Great build on a really good looking "Land Yacht".

Stay Safe.

Jim Captain

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