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1959 Lincoln Continental - That is some tough plastic!!

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  • From: Oregon: Tree Country.
1959 Lincoln Continental - That is some tough plastic!!
Posted by Treehugger Dave on Monday, April 03, 2017 6:37 PM

Just got a fairly nice re-builder off Ebay, and it's been a while since I worked on one of these old kits. Got several '58's too but haven't touched them in a while. I forgot that the plastic is tough and brittle.

Gotta re-scribe some door lines and the trunk line and boy is that tough going. I'll get it, but it's going to take some time to get it right.

These guy's who complain about the new kits should have to deal with one of these old AMT kit's. There really nice, and have great detail, but sure are challenging

I like these old kits in a "Twisted sorta way" Smile, Wink & GrinSmile, Wink & Grin.

I feel better now after "whining" Laugh.

I love Mecum Auctions and Barrett/Jackson auctions.

I bought all the model stuff I wanted for Christmas because no one else would spend that much on me Laugh Laugh





  • Member since
    December, 2003
  • From: Nova Scotia
Posted by Bainford on Monday, April 03, 2017 9:07 PM

Interesting Dave, and thanks for the heads up. I just picked up a 59 Lincoln and six 1960 screw bottoms last month, all clean, unpainted, period builds. I've been eyeing up that Lincoln. 59 is not the prettiest Continental, but a cool cruiser nonetheless. The yellowed plastic has a brittle look/feel/sound to it, and I wondered if it actually was. There is a 1960 F-100 that I will be atacking first, so I'll see how it goes.

Power matters in the straights.
Lightness matters everywhere. - Colin Chapman


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    May, 2015
Posted by Goofy62 on Thursday, April 06, 2017 12:59 PM

The plastic can become a bit brittle on these old annuals, but they have their advantages.

The plastic is thicker & tougher & it doesn't have the tendancy to craze as easily.

I think most of the new kits would craze if you even set them in the same room with lacquer! Smile

Many times the detail like scripts & badges on the old kits are more defined & prominent as well.




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