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AMT Shelby Cobra 289 Pics with the top on

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AMT Shelby Cobra 289 Pics with the top on
Posted by justmike on Wednesday, March 21, 2018 10:26 PM

I started the prep work in Jan of this year and its been an interesting little build. The detail is quite good in a lot of areas. The detail in the instructions regarding placement of suspension pieces is another story though. I will get to that. I chrome foiled the whole dash, put silly putty in the gauge faces and airbrushed. The technique was an experiment and it worked out not too bad.

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Posted by justmike on Wednesday, March 21, 2018 10:28 PM

I blackwashed the gauge faces and then scraped the paint residue off the numerals in the gauges. I would love to see how they get those numbers so legible despite how small they are!

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Posted by justmike on Wednesday, March 21, 2018 10:33 PM

I ran a bead of glue all along tub and firewall before joining the pieces, let it dry and then brush painted it after sanding down the joined area for a sorta seamless look. The wiring is brushpainted, as you can tell, and then some C.F. for the little brackets to hold the wires

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Posted by justmike on Wednesday, March 21, 2018 10:41 PM

This is where things got vague. The instructions say put the engine in after all the suspension bits are in but that was not gonna work! I glued the engine with lower rad hose attached to the engine and THEN started adding bits like the radiator and suspension components. The shocks just lean against the crossmember and are glued to the A arms via a tiny little notch in the shock bottom and the steering linkage can't be properly placed until the interior tub is glued to the frame, which I have yet to do. I don't know how many test fits I did making sure I had the whole thing right. 

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Posted by justmike on Wednesday, March 21, 2018 10:50 PM

I won't be adding parts # 33 and 34 until after the interior tub is glued in place. Thank goodness that the leaf springs butt up against the bottom of the tub at the rear and it looks like they will touch the fenders when they are tucked in through the holes in the fenders at the front or it would be a very weak set up that would barely hold the weight of the model methinks! The detail on the brakes is very good. The body is painted but not polished at this point.

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Posted by nottheband on Wednesday, March 21, 2018 11:48 PM

G'day Mike.  You're off to a flying start, and progress looks good.  Thanx for the clues on your dash experiment, the result looks pretty impressive to me on the Cobra's flat dash, probably more difficult with a complex '60s dash, but I intend to try it out on something soon.  Cheers.

Steve

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Posted by mrmike on Thursday, March 22, 2018 7:12 AM

Looking good Mike!  One thing I have noticed on many of the old AMT kits, is the lack of a positive mounting position.  I built this kit last year as the Honey West TV car and had to modify my assembly process versus the kit instructions.  Keep at it, my friend!

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Posted by justmike on Thursday, March 22, 2018 5:57 PM

I used model master acrylic for the dash and the paint was easy to scrape off the bmf with a toothpick even after the paint was dry. 

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Posted by Spencer Mopar Fan on Thursday, March 22, 2018 5:59 PM
Looking great so far Mike . Have you seen the new Barn Find Hunter on YouTube yet ?? A barn FULL of Cobras and some other "delicacies" ;-)
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Posted by justmike on Tuesday, April 03, 2018 7:44 PM

I don't go to you tube so nope, never saw that. But it sounds interesting. I am very happy with the way this little guy turned out. It was a neat little kit to do. I tried for a bit of contrast underneath 

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Posted by justmike on Tuesday, April 03, 2018 7:48 PM

The body on this kit is one of the easiest to take on and off a chassis I have ever encountered, which was good because I sure ended up doing that a number of times! I couldn't use the hood hinge set because it was wider than the inside fender wells and the hood just wouldn't sit right. Didn't figure that out until after I had it glued in place of course. Oh well

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Posted by justmike on Tuesday, April 03, 2018 7:52 PM

Those wheels were a chore. The way I glued the suspension in caused them to rub up on the wheel wells so I had to do some major trimming to the inside of the wheel where the metal axle was supposed to go in so that I could lower them a tad. Note to anyone building this: The A arms need to be lowered from a horizontal position by a fair bit to get clearance later. The rears were just fine 

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Posted by justmike on Tuesday, April 03, 2018 7:57 PM

I am so pleased with the masking job. Its ivory and then bronze; both Humbrol. I masked off for the ivory, airbrushed, let it dry for a week or two, removed the tape, gently sanded the tape ridge and then masked off the Ivory and then burnished the tape and burnished some more and when I thought I had done enough burnishing of the tape I burnished it some more. I didn't get one bit of bleed through and when I waxed the paint I couldn't even feel the transition from bronze to ivory!! 

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Posted by justmike on Tuesday, April 03, 2018 8:00 PM

I gotta say; these wire wheels look very, very good. I didn't have to put a wash in there or dress them up in any way whatsoever. The chrome is very nice in this kit also

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Posted by justmike on Tuesday, April 03, 2018 8:02 PM

Man I like that color!  lol  I am going to be doing the roof on it which is why I cut a new trunk line into it and moved the gas cap over to the fender. Despite the vagueness of the instructions regarding suspension bits the car sits square. Surprise surprise!

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Posted by justmike on Tuesday, April 03, 2018 8:04 PM

Feelings are like scents: The more they are analyzed, the worse they smell.
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Posted by nottheband on Wednesday, April 04, 2018 2:12 AM

G'day justmike.  Your bronze and ivory look great together, and the way you have applied them reminds me of the Austin-Healey two tone paint schemes.  She's a sharp build.  Cheers.

Steve

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Posted by mmthrax on Monday, April 09, 2018 1:15 PM

Nice work justmike.  I like the paint scheme and your work is nice and clean.  I have this kit too, and I thank you for sharing and making us aware of the inherent challenges with it.  Great job! Yes

Just keep picking away at it...

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Posted by justmike on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 9:07 PM

Thanks for the comments. I just love the way these Cobras look as a hard top. It seems to enhance the lines on the back of the car a lot. So this top that came with the kit seems to be a sorta ragtop/hardtop combination which is why I did it two tone. 

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Posted by justmike on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 9:09 PM

That rear window was a pain. I had to straighten it out in some very hot water to get it to match the curve of the roof. I didn't get any stress cracks thank goodness. So now its on to a Ferrari F430 kit that was given to me. I have the parts soaking in a tub right now and will be scrubbing them with the ol' toothbrush tonight. 

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Posted by shoop on Thursday, April 12, 2018 8:57 AM

Very cool looking Cobra, great results>

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Posted by MikeFo on Thursday, April 12, 2018 12:22 PM

Nice!

I love the two-tone paint job. Those colors really work well together.

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