Here's an AMT '57 Chevy that I built when I'd have been about 14 used pretty much all the 3in1 custom body options that came in the box but I also pancaked the bonnet (hood) and moulded the leading edge of it into the front end.
Also cut a styling groove down the middle of the roof to insert a '58 Impala style... umm... box really as I didn't have a spare grille to put in there. Although I obviously used the AMT '58 Impala custom dash.
I remember being surprised that I didn't cut right through the roof with the box file I was using - AMT moulded these things pretty thick. The Moon discs were plastic discs designed to cover the screw heads in self assembly furniture which I may have borrowed from a kitchen cabinet.
Paint is a mixture of Humbrol metallics that I mixed by hand, from memory green, silver and pearl white. I think the roof insert was an attempt at chrome taping!
Frenched a licence plate into the boot (trunk)
Looks like I used some cotton thread for battery cables too! This one may get a rebuild in future as some the putty work wasn't very good.
Last Edit: Feb 11, 2010 17:50:11 GMT -5 by cycolacfan
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Here's an example of the kind of thing this thread is about...
One of my favorite Ebay finds ever; ths above-average build from the early '60s of AMT's then new '40 Ford Tudor sedan was built by Tom Greenberg of Decatur Illinois. I purchased it from his brother, who told me that he and Tom built a whole bunch of models together back then and started even more. They sold a lot of them online and there was some great stuff!
It came in its beautiful original box, with the unused '40 grill, '39 taillights, a fantastic set of early AMT pie-crust slicks with handpainted whitewalls, and the ubiquitous chrome AMT trophy cup.
The paint is probably Testor's or Pactra candy apple red over gold. The interior and running board have been cleanly brushpainted in white over the black plastic(!). When received the paint was somewhat dull, with some orange peel and dust. Because Tom used cement sparingly (as per instructions!) I was able to disassemble the model and polish out the original paint. The interior hardly needed cleaning as the model had been stored in its box since shortly after building.
Tom achieved that nice rake by adding a sprue spacer between the rear spring and frame and using the kit's dropped front axle. The paint on the wheels appears to be a light coat of root beer candy over silver. The model had the kit's chrome Moon discs on it; I removed them and detail painted the lugs and hubs. I also added the vintage NHRA decals, which are from the remains of a Monogram "Sizzler" Dragster decal sheet. The whitewalls were painted by Tom.
While I get tempted every now and then to strip and rebuild it, as it is here, this model remains one of the favorite pieces in my collection!
Post by Bernard Kron on Jan 30, 2010 15:14:13 GMT -5
I’ve posted this before but this seems like the right place for it… This is the only surviving model from my first incarnation in car modeling as a teenager. It's a classic 60’s FED with a blown SBC which looks like at least partially might have come from the AMT double dragster kit. My heroes were the Surfers out of California and Pete Robinson with his ultra-lightweight Chevy powered dragsters. I loved that stripped down look (still do)! I used to pile up quantities of unused bodies from those kits. The pics are (obviously) "as is". I’ve decided to leave this old glue bomb untouched. I may build a replica using modern techniques. My mom is the one who saved it and bought the plastic case for it. She also glued the tires to the base.
To get a long enough wheelbase I glued sections of both chassis from the Revell Tony Nancy double dragster kit. The trouble is that dragster wheelbases were getting longer and longer literally month by month. I remember building a later version with what must have been a 186 to 200 inch wheelbase with a blue chassis and a blown hemi. I think it took two of those double kits to get there! I remember it as being pretty fragile, too. Sadly, it's gone now. This earlier version has a 5.21 inch wheelbase which works out to just over 130 scale inches
The body panels are made from index card stock, there being no plastic material available then. This model once had a front wing which was airfoil shaped and which I also made from card stock. It was painted body color. The posts for the wing were radio aerials from my parts box. The little round stumps of these are still on the front cross member. I have no idea where the "Dominator" decal came from. It makes me laugh now, but I'm sure at the time it was the subject of many a fantasy on my part!
If memory serves me the Tony Nancy Dragster was a pretty new kit at the time, so I’d date this build at around 1963-1964.
1940 Ford sedan custom. I built this one about 1967. It was painted with AMT laquer and I used the old AMY body putty to do the body work. If I remember right I added the double blower setup a couple years later. I thought I had lost this model when I was in the Army, but found it and a few others stored in a barn in Nebraska, when I went with my brother to pick-up a real 39 Ford coupe that had a new 303 Olds engine in it and had been stored there for over 25 years! The farm belonged to the father of a close friend of mine that had a few models of mine that I had all but forgot about.
Post by Bernard Kron on Jan 30, 2010 19:24:09 GMT -5
Now that's a classic First Golden Age custom! Sectioned '40 Fordor with molded fenders and AMT Candy lacquer. It doesn't get any more period representative than that! Nice build and in great shape, too! ;D
Post by SteveMilberry on Jan 30, 2010 20:55:51 GMT -5
A few years ago I went in with a buddy of mine in buying a bunch of old builts from a co-worker of his. Here's a couple from that lot,,
AMT Willys coupe. I've been told that switching the tilt front to a more conventional seprate stock style hood was a common modification back then. Seriously thinking about a modern redo using most of the original parts but modern paint and detail.
With all the talk of the "Double Dragster" kit just being re-released I'm also really itching to redo this one. Thinking of using the Revell parts pack small block Chevy with the front mount blower and filling the hole in the hood. I've already had the grille and "hubcap" on the rear deck replated. Can't decide on a colour though ,, definitly not what it's painted now.
, , and lastly here's an unpainted AlaCart. I think it's an original ,, Don't know if it was reissued but if it was maybe it's a reissue.
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