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Hmmmmmm,diecast,and plastic,together??

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Hmmmmmm,diecast,and plastic,together??
Posted by JEePgUy on Tuesday, June 9, 2015 1:35 PM
Hi,has anyone out there,tried building a part diecast,and part plastic model before?Ive been attempting to build a Gremlin Pro street/drag car,for awhile.However I could never get it all together,without running into problems..So I figured for SH&%#,& Giggles,I would try something weird.I took a 1/24th scale diecast AMC Gremlin,that I had sitting on my shelf,gathering dust,& tried fitting it together with a custom tubbed chassis,& roll cage that I built.Well to my surprise,other than a few small modifications,it really fit well.Of course I only used the Gremlin's body shell,& glass to build the car...Again,just curious if anyone else has tried this with any success.
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Posted by Snake45 on Tuesday, June 9, 2015 4:07 PM

I've built several part diecast, part plastic kits, including '55 Chevy, '68 Charger, '68 Mustang, and '68 Chevelle SS.

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Posted by Geno on Tuesday, June 9, 2015 7:06 PM

Yes, I've done a '64 GTO, '60 Sedan Delivery and am doing a '73 Super Duty T/A now.

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Posted by JEePgUy on Tuesday, June 9, 2015 7:13 PM
I mean I have tried this several times in the past,just never to this exact fit.And I just finished another cool 71Duster,that I took apart,and used all the go fast parts into the Gremlin.
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Posted by aussiemuscle308 on Wednesday, June 10, 2015 12:45 AM

Most diecast are metal body with plastic chassis. It won't be a problem until you need to cut the metal body. this is when you bring out your motor tool and cutting disks...

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Posted by mcmainstribe on Wednesday, June 10, 2015 5:42 AM

I have done the exact thing you are attempting twice.  I bulit a pro street Vega and a pro street Pinto using "Fresh Cherries" diecasts.  I took the "easy" way out and built both as curbsides, but both builds worked out fairly well.

Good luck with yours.



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Posted by JEePgUy on Wednesday, June 10, 2015 9:25 AM
Hey thanks Larry.And the Gremlin is a Fresh Cherries edition,as well.I also tried building the same Pinto as a prostreet car.Unfortunately I could never get that one right.
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Posted by oldcarguy on Friday, June 12, 2015 3:12 PM

Gees ! I wish I still had the car . I took a " Fresh Cherries " Pinto and turned it into a Pinto Squire Wagon with all the trim . I think that metal and plastic work fine .

 I am now working on a Franklin Mint 63 T-Bird ( resto with working soft top ) and a Ford F-350 Dually pickup or is that a Dodge ? Anyway I find them to be a fun challenge !

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Posted by peanutgallery on Saturday, June 13, 2015 10:03 PM



 I am now working on a Franklin Mint 63 T-Bird ( resto with working soft top ) and a Ford F-350 Dually pickup or is that a Dodge ? Anyway I find them to be a fun challenge !


There are some good deals on ebay for damaged Franklin and Danbury mint models. Especially if you are looking for a donor model to customize



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Posted by mishalah on Tuesday, August 11, 2015 12:45 AM

Here's an example of using the mixed media to create something that wasn't possible in all plastic. You might not be able to see it, but there are ghost flames under clear, a custom plastic interior, custom wheels, and a Viper engine so far.  It's been in a box for 9 years awaiting my schedule to loosen about 20 other projects I'm dying to get at.


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Posted by massmodeler on Tuesday, August 11, 2015 8:29 PM

For years, I have mixed diecast models and plastic models. I found that "Fix-All" glue works for both and also works with resin. The stuff is inexpensive if you search, at, I bought 13 tubes of it for $10 and free shipping.


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Posted by 01jeepxj on Thursday, August 13, 2015 7:38 PM

Testors makes a kit called Ultra Detail Platinum Series that's a prepainted metal body w/plastic parts ready for detailing, assy. 

I won a '41 Chevy street rod coupe last week at a D.A.V. get together. Can't wait to get it going! Tires are mounted on chrome mags, are pre white lettered BF Goodrich. Skill level 2, needs detail paint, glue & uses screws too. Should be interesting.

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Posted by HowardCohen on Sunday, August 16, 2015 6:41 PM

There are lots of people who combine plastic and diecast kits. Cliff and Larry Read are masters at it, check your model magazines for photos and articles about their builds. 

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Posted by FloridaBoy on Saturday, August 22, 2015 12:01 AM

Almost the entire model car building community considers Augie Hiscano our premiere builder of all times, and his resume reflects the highest suceess in model car contest history.  He won 2 Pactra contests back in the sixties, then went on a hiatus until the late eighties and early nineties and won every GSL Birmingham and Alabama contest he ever entered. Before his untimely death in MIami many years ago, he was a high exposure modeler who shared his techniques with every club down here at the time. His models were a pure combination of plastic, metal, diecast, resin, photoetch and aluminum. For example he had an iconic 34 Ford chopped 3 window coupe which had a plastic body and cast metal doors, frame, milled motor, wheels and chassis. When he invited you to pick it up, it was heavy to the feel.

I think the modeling community is slowly evolving toward the combination of materials in a car, combining the best qualities of each material to arrive at a brilliantly detailed model. I am old school and only use brass for reinforcement, door hinges, and structure, as I do not have the talent that most of the guys out there are developing. 

I say to you all to not worry about it, just go for it. Good contests will flex to accommodate a goood model everyday.

Ken "FloridaBoy' Willaman

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Posted by helipilot16 on Tuesday, August 25, 2015 1:20 AM

I have several Jag XK-120s which came with a white metal body and plastic chassis.  They're wonderful kits.

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Posted by HowardCohen on Tuesday, August 25, 2015 12:34 PM

At the model car contest in Toronto, the model is judged, not the material. The model is judged on quality, originality, fit and finish, the way a contest should be judged. I don't care if you build a model from bubble gum :) 

However, there are still some IPMS events, or events using that type of judging, that will not allow any type of diecast model, no matter how modified it is. There is a show in Ottawa that has banned a couple of people who have entered modfied diecast models, not even allowed in the door as a spectator! That is ignorant prejudice :( 

Other shows are talking about a separate class for diecast models. If you have a separate class for diecast, do you also have a separate class for resin, photo-etch, 3D printed, etc.,  etc., etc.. ? :) 

I guess it must be wrong to build a 'metal model of a metal car' :) 



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