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Lee Chambers

1/24 Hasegawa Ford Thunderbird 66

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Hi all, well considering how basic this kit was when I first looked it over, I think it has turned out looking pretty spiffy. The kit really was going to have to be super detailed to make it look convincing; I used a basecoat colour that I had mixed for a motorcycle tank I was respraying for a client. It was Suzuki Maui blue; it seemed to match the full size car's colour perfectly. Not one of Hasegawa's finest, there was some nasty fit issues, around the front fender, the lower valance did not want to fit, as well as the rear wheel covers. I had to replace the front windscreen and quarter side windows with some clear acrylic sheet as the kit one was starting to split and was too poor quality to really use anyway. Overall I am pleased I took the decision to convert the car into a convertible and save the kit from returning to the stash and probably never being built.

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I like that colour! Well done on the conversion.

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Fine looking T-Bird, I also like that blue very much. 

It was a wise decision to save it from the "forget forever" shelf

Marco F

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Not just a nice colour, but very well applied too - really does look as though it has a 'show' finish,

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Great save of a dodgy kit. Only nit I'd pick is to replace antenna with a thinner one.

Great 60's vibe  with the color. :)

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That is 'special' really nicely done, however I do agree with 'Codger' the radio aerial is too prominent. Bravo Zulu sir.

 

 

Ian.

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Oh dear.  Flashback time again.  I had reached the ripe old age of 16 when this car was new.  The mother of a friend of mine owned one.   He "borrowed" it one evening and asked me to go out "cruising" with him.  Picture if you will, a warm summer night in west central Florida.  Top down and the radio blaring while my friend proceeded to introduce me for the very first time to what it's like to travel down a dark, 2 lane road with the speedometer pegged at about 110 mph.  :frantic:

 

Somehow, magically, we survived.  I had my doubts we would.  :shrug:

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1 hour ago, uncletommy said:

Oh dear.  Flashback time again.  I had reached the ripe old age of 16 when this car was new.  The mother of a friend of mine owned one.   He "borrowed" it one evening and asked me to go out "cruising" with him.  Picture if you will, a warm summer night in west central Florida.  Top down and the radio blaring while my friend proceeded to introduce me for the very first time to what it's like to travel down a dark, 2 lane road with the speedometer pegged at about 110 mph.  :frantic:

 

Somehow, magically, we survived.  I had my doubts we would.  :shrug:

Great story ! Thanks for sharing the memories.

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I would describe the kit as being somewhat sub-standard and yet your model looks great. That takes talent.

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That's a thing of beauty!  I could look at it for ages.

Thanks for taking it on and producing such a stunning result.

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On 06/12/2019 at 03:05, kapam said:

That's a thing of beauty!  I could look at it for ages.

Thanks for taking it on and producing such a stunning result.

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Thanks !

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Lovely paint job. Just to show how my perverse mind works - how many illegal immigrants could you get in the boot (trunk) of one of those?😉

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