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Projekt Skylark--WIP, NEW PICS 2/22

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Projekt Skylark--WIP, NEW PICS 2/22
Posted by Snake45 on Sunday, February 05, 2012 11:11 AM

Bought this sad, unloved, marginally abused AMT '66 Buick Skylark GS off eBay a couple years ago. "Only" paid ten or twelve times what the kit sold for when it was new, but the price was still only 1/6 to 1/10 or so of what a mint, original, unbuilt, virgin AMT Skylark kit would cost these days. So it was a bargain, I guess.

I believe this is the "Craftsman" issue of the kit, which was basically an unassembled promo. The hood is molded solidly in place, and there's an "engine plate" filling the hole where the engine should go in the one-piece chassis. The gaudy but not unattractive emerald green color is molded in.

It's not in horrible shape. The body's never been cut, filed, sanded, or painted, although it seems to be covered with some kind of thin film not unlike bathtub soap film that has proven resistant to Windex, alcohol, and Goo Gone. Looks like that will have to be sanded/polished off. The chrome's not in bad shape, and will be very usable with minor touch-up. The interior is compete and in good shape, marred only by the fact that someone glued (plastic) seat belts onto the bucket seats.

I'm finally in the mood to bring it back from the dead. Before I announce my intentions or post WIP pics, anyone care to guess what I plan to do with it? Or want to offer build ideas or suggestions? How would YOU restore or rebuild it?

The adventure begins......

 

 

Recovering aircraft modeler. "I can see me bound and gagged

Dragged behind the clownmobile...."

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Posted by A.R.C. on Sunday, February 05, 2012 12:24 PM

Such a cool car. If it were me I`d leave the body stock, put a super wide set of tires on it, around a 50 series with a 17 inch rim ( no rubber band profiles on 20+ rims, they just dont look good on these cars imo) and slam it into the ground with a 2 tone paint job...both dark blues.

To remove that "soap scum" try a bath in SuperClean. It will most likely remove it quite quick and easy. Just be sure remove all the chrome first.

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Posted by rasafyff on Sunday, February 05, 2012 3:15 PM

I have this model too.I also have the 3in1 kit.I would like to see it reissued.

The AMT 66 Wildcat motor is near perfect match.It's only 3/32" longer.The big difference is the dual quads.The 3in1 has a single carb and a single snorkle air cleaner.The exhaust manifolds are different too.

I consider this model a missing link.You can easily get the 66 Chevelle,GTO,and 442.

I can't wait to see what you do with it.I'm wondering if you"re going to use a 442 frame.

Good Luck

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Posted by gratch73a on Tuesday, February 07, 2012 6:40 PM

I'll take a guess @ reconditioning it to factory stock .

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Posted by Snake45 on Tuesday, February 07, 2012 8:39 PM

gratch73a

I'll take a guess @ reconditioning it to factory stock .

You're pretty close. Gonna try to restore it as an "enhanced promo," as I did the red '70 GTO a few months ago you might have seen. Gonna detail paint it and do the chrome trim and so forth. I'm even gonna try to save and polish out the funky emerald green plastic, even though it doesn't seem to match any mid to late '60s factory color I've ever seen. I just like it and think it looks cool. If I can't save it for some reason, will prolly paint it a dark metallic green, which was available on '66 Buicks.

Recovering aircraft modeler. "I can see me bound and gagged

Dragged behind the clownmobile...."

--Warren Zevon, "Hostage-O," Life'll Kill Ya, Artemis Record 2000

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Posted by aussiemuscle308 on Tuesday, February 07, 2012 8:58 PM

sounds like a good plan, snake.

"Not so tough without your gun, are you, Snake?" (Snake slaps Wiggum on the side of the face) "Ow! Oh! I guess you are."

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Posted by Snake45 on Tuesday, February 07, 2012 9:11 PM

aussiemuscle308
"Not so tough without your gun, are you, Snake?" (Snake slaps Wiggum on the side of the face) "Ow! Oh! I guess you are."

Funny you should say that! This is my avatar on boards where you can use them:

Recovering aircraft modeler. "I can see me bound and gagged

Dragged behind the clownmobile...."

--Warren Zevon, "Hostage-O," Life'll Kill Ya, Artemis Record 2000

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Posted by Space Cowboy on Tuesday, February 07, 2012 9:30 PM

Will be waiting for more on this great find and save. Keep us posted...............................

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Posted by Snake45 on Wednesday, February 08, 2012 10:42 AM

Got the thing pried apart and work has started. The glass is soaking in a pan of water to remove the decals. If that doesn't work, I'll have to scrape or sand 'em off and then repolish the glass, not a big deal.

Here's the chassis as-is. Note the "engine plate," which someone has painted silver. I just primed this item and will shoot the engine in Buick Red later. Looks like at some point the chassis has had headers or side exhausts, and traction bars of some kind, glued to the frame. I'll file the glue boogers off, then paint the whole mess semigloss black with steel exhaust. Not gonna put a whole lot of time into this promo-type underside.

Interior, disassembled. As I feared, prying off the glued-on seat belts revealed glue damage to the upholstery. Will try to fix the "glue divots" with putty and sanding. If it works, the interior will be painted white. If not, the guts will be tan or black.

Recovering aircraft modeler. "I can see me bound and gagged

Dragged behind the clownmobile...."

--Warren Zevon, "Hostage-O," Life'll Kill Ya, Artemis Record 2000

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Posted by Snake45 on Wednesday, February 08, 2012 10:45 AM

On to the body. Have now sanded and done some polishing on the roof, and have sanded but not yet polished the trunk area. This pic shows the contrast between the "filmy" (or possibly, micro-etched) plastic I'm starting with (on the hood area) and how I can clean it up with some work (roof). Gonna try to save the green plastic if possible--although it's not an authentic factory color, I'm growing very fond of it.

Here's a little better shot of the roughness on the hood.

Now here's little foible of the AMT Skylark body. Every issue of this kit--annual kit, promo, and dirt-tracker--are molded with an incorrect contour on the left side. The top of the fender/door line curved upward too much, mainly in the front of the door. If you have one of these bodies, take a look at the RIGHT side--that side is correct, and that line should be ALMOST straight, just a very slight upward curve. The LEFT side, shown here, has too much curve in this area (above the red line), which I'll be filing and sanding down to match the right side.

Also in this pic, note the white line. On the annual, promo, and Craftsman kits (but not on the dirt tracker), there are a couple raised lines in this area. This is NOT a chrome trim strip, these lines represent a pair of pinstripes that run down the body midline. On the original annual kits, molded in white, you could, after painting the body, polish, scrape, or sand these lines and end up with a couple of very neat white "pinstripes" showing through--very cool! Since this body is molded in green, I'm not sure how I'm gonna handle this yet--might try dry-brushing the raised stripes, or something of that nature. If I can't get them to look the way I want, I'll just sand and polish them off on this one.

As always, thanks for looking.

 

Recovering aircraft modeler. "I can see me bound and gagged

Dragged behind the clownmobile...."

--Warren Zevon, "Hostage-O," Life'll Kill Ya, Artemis Record 2000

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Posted by Space Cowboy on Wednesday, February 08, 2012 11:42 AM

Very nice pictures showing us the steps you are doing...Looks like it came apart quite well..Keep up the great work...................

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Posted by Snake45 on Friday, February 10, 2012 10:53 AM

The last two days' progress.

I now have all the body's horizontal surfaces (hood are, roof, trunk area) cleaned up an polished--basically everything except the body sides, which I expect will be easier. This is about four or five hours' work so far. Wednesday night I spent a solid hour working on the hood with fingernail polishing boards of the various grits while I watched American Idol, and last night did the same thing in the rear window and trunk areas. The rest of the time was in the body profile correction (see below) and then polishing the horizontal surfaces by hand with Weiman Silver Cream. It's not as smooth and shiny as one of my typical paint jobs, but considering what I started with, it'll pretty much "have to do." (Compare with "before" pics above.)

Recovering aircraft modeler. "I can see me bound and gagged

Dragged behind the clownmobile...."

--Warren Zevon, "Hostage-O," Life'll Kill Ya, Artemis Record 2000

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Posted by Snake45 on Friday, February 10, 2012 10:55 AM

Spent the better part of an hour working on that left side profile issue with a rat-tail riffler file (wonderful tool for this!), and then fine sandpaper. Didn't get it quite to where it SHOULD be but I think this is about as far as I can go without screwing other stuff up. Dunno if the difference will show up in this pic, but it looks different and much better to me.

The chassis is now finished (with the exception of the wheels/tires, with somewhere between one and two hours work. Filed off the glue boogers, primed the frame with Krylon Sandable Primer, then shot it with Krylon Satin Black from rattlecans. Engine plate also primed, then shot with Walmart Color Place Red, then the flat area of the plate around the engine brushed black with Tamiya acrylic. On the chassis, I've given the exhaust system and gas tank a quick brushing of Testor Steel. This is all I'm gonna do to it.

Used V, wedge, and flat riffler files to remove glue and glue-damaged plastic from the front seats, then shot 'em with a light coat of primer to see how they looked. Not perfect but not horrible--think I'm gonna try to drive on and paint 'em white and use 'em.

Weiman Silver Creme is included in the photo just in case anyone wants to know what to look for at Walmart. Great stuff for polishing plastic and paint. 

Recovering aircraft modeler. "I can see me bound and gagged

Dragged behind the clownmobile...."

--Warren Zevon, "Hostage-O," Life'll Kill Ya, Artemis Record 2000

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Posted by chucky on Friday, February 10, 2012 5:06 PM

Really nice so far, Snake! I must confess that I wouldn't have the vision to go with this one the way you have. Nice save of the body is enhanced by the corrections which you have made. The floor pan is looking really good, too. Thanks for sharing this project!

 

chucky

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Posted by justmike on Friday, February 10, 2012 8:41 PM

Once you get the chrome foil on there is no way anyone will know that is not painted.  Your work on the chassis looks great.  Too bad you couldn't keep the before version to show the work on the after version. lol  Sure is looking good.

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Posted by Snake45 on Friday, February 10, 2012 9:25 PM

justmike

Once you get the chrome foil on there is no way anyone will know that is not painted.  Your work on the chassis looks great.  Too bad you couldn't keep the before version to show the work on the after version. lol  Sure is looking good.

Well, that's what the pictures are for--before and after.

As to foil, I don't ordinarily use it. My preferred chrome methods are either a silver Sharpie, or airbrushing Testor Silver and masking that off before the regular paint. But I do think I'm gonna use foil on this one, just because of the chrome fake "grilles" on the hood and front fenders, which need black paint too. I think it will actually be easier, not to mention better looking, to do those in foil this time. If it doesn't work for me, I can always remove it and go back to "Plan B."

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Dragged behind the clownmobile...."

--Warren Zevon, "Hostage-O," Life'll Kill Ya, Artemis Record 2000

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Posted by SLUSHER on Saturday, February 11, 2012 12:51 AM

Snake the polishing on the top of your Buick is amazing. Great progress...Slusher

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Posted by Snake45 on Wednesday, February 22, 2012 8:34 AM

After getting the horizontal surfaces polished (finally), took a few days break before tackling the sides, which went quicker and were slightly less tedious to do. Didn't get 'em quite perfect but finally got to "good enough." Looks good to the naked eye, anyway, though you can see tiny flaws and scratches under an Opti-Visor.

Got the interior ready to start detailing. A little putty and sanding got the glue-damaged bucket seats to the "acceptable" point. I could prolly scrounge up a better set of original seats, but in these rebuild projects, I like to use as many original parts as possible, even if they're not perfect. Notice that I cut and filed that goofy slope off the front of the bucket seats, making them look much less toylike, though that might not even be visible in the assembled model. (Compare the front of the seats with how they looked in the earlier pictures.) One coat of Walmart Color Place gray primer, followed by three thin, light coats of Color Place Flat White, followed by two light mist coats of Krylon clear gloss lacquer for that vinyl look (maybe freshly Armoralled). I'm pretty pleased with how the white looks, now to paint the black areas and chrome trim. Background in this pic is an original 1966 Buick showroom brochure, which I'm using for detailing reference.

 

Recovering aircraft modeler. "I can see me bound and gagged

Dragged behind the clownmobile...."

--Warren Zevon, "Hostage-O," Life'll Kill Ya, Artemis Record 2000

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Posted by Snake45 on Wednesday, February 22, 2012 8:36 AM

Now, a quick set-together just to see if I like the white interior with the green exterior. I think I do. Kinda different, anyway. But first, a "before" pic I found on my hard drive. Must have taken this one when I first bought the thing a couple years ago, even before any cleanup. Seeing this pic reminds that I must have hit it with an Easy-Off treatment at the time; looks like it did have a little paint on the body originally.

Then:

 

Now:

Next: Detail painting the wheels, interior, and front and rear bumpers/grille/chrome. I am really dreading what comes after that, the foiling of the body. Won't be a fun job at all on this one, just a lot of tedious, extremely careful work with a high potential for disaster.

Oh, here's a "fun fact:" There was an original, mint, unbuilt AMT '66 Skylark annual kit on ePay last week with a starting bid of an eye-watering $299.00. No, I didn't put the decimal point in the wrong place.

Recovering aircraft modeler. "I can see me bound and gagged

Dragged behind the clownmobile...."

--Warren Zevon, "Hostage-O," Life'll Kill Ya, Artemis Record 2000

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Posted by gratch73a on Saturday, September 22, 2018 8:31 PM

Beers to you

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Posted by Bainford on Monday, October 01, 2018 12:49 PM

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