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    April 2020
Amt surf wagon
Posted by 58volvoV8 on Wednesday, April 29, 2020 1:24 AM

So I started the amt surf wagon a couple days ago......ughBang Head ok it's got the all in one molded promo chassis....ok I'm building a drag wagon so igo through and remove all the parts I'm not using....which leaves like 10 parts lol.....i wanted it naturally aspirated so I discarded the blower which left two toy like intake manifolds...so I kit bashed in a weind tunnel ram from the amt nova and some cooler valve covers......now cleaning up parts I realize the hood don't fitBang Head....this has to be the lamest kit ever....and did I mention the flash on EVERYTHING......good thing it's got a nice body or I'd pitch it in the parts box. Amt should retool this thing with separate suspension and exhaust a more accurate motor and cleaner molds...id buy a half dozen myself....who don't love a dragon wagon....

  • Member since
    November 2004
  • From: UK
Posted by PatrickW on Wednesday, April 29, 2020 2:57 AM

I prefer the road version we don't see much drag racing in the UK, so prefer either circuit racers or road cars.

Although having built one or two of these would like to see your build.

Er shouldn't this be in the hot rod or race car forum.

  • Member since
    December 2003
  • From: Nova Scotia
Posted by Bainford on Wednesday, April 29, 2020 1:36 PM

The Revell 66 El Camino or Chevelle would provide a good chassis, and a better engine, too. 

"It would be unusual, if the unusual didn't occur."

- Steamboat Gariepy

Trevor

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    April 2020
Posted by 58volvoV8 on Wednesday, April 29, 2020 11:31 PM

Hum....the revell chassis fit right under it??? Do I need to cut the interior tub or anything?? 

And yea I'm a drag race ffan...grew up trailering my uncle's chevy monza to the strip at 10 yrs old. Had a 13sec 78 monte Carlo at one time and have a stalled gasser project car in storage.....there for every model car gets at least headers and slicks....its almost a givenLaugh

  • Member since
    December 2003
  • From: Nova Scotia
Posted by Bainford on Thursday, April 30, 2020 2:12 PM

58volvoV8

Hum....the revell chassis fit right under it??? Do I need to cut the interior tub or anything?? 

No idea, but it is the correct chassis and in scale, and much better than the AMT offering. Trimming and cutting to make it fit (if required) is the fun part.

"It would be unusual, if the unusual didn't occur."

- Steamboat Gariepy

Trevor

  • Member since
    April 2020
Posted by 58volvoV8 on Thursday, April 30, 2020 4:12 PM

another issue is if I get a 66 elco I'll want to build a street strip car out of it and not kit bash it.Confused

  • Member since
    December 2003
  • From: Nova Scotia
Posted by Bainford on Thursday, April 30, 2020 10:34 PM

58volvoV8

another issue is if I get a 66 elco I'll want to build a street strip car out of it and not kit bash it.Confused

 

...and so another model kit stash begins Wink

"It would be unusual, if the unusual didn't occur."

- Steamboat Gariepy

Trevor

  • Member since
    April 2020
Posted by 58volvoV8 on Tuesday, May 5, 2020 7:03 PM

The more I work on this thing the more i start thinking it would make a better trash can liner than shelf display. The interior tub sucks with the molded front seat and super shallow door panel detail....using rattle cans as I do you can't get paint between the seat and door panel without allot of coats which start to cover the lack of detail on the door panels. It's like everything that can go wrong on this build is.....first my silver sharpie died tip dried up after like 2 uses. Then I prime the interior and my can of semi gloss black stopped working mid first coat. Next day I take it back and get a replacement can, try to finish spraying and it's lifting and now needs to be stripped.....can says within 1hr or after 24....figured 18 was close enough...guess not .im about ready to call it a $30 loss and trash can this heap. Last build that went like this was an amt 55 vette....i snapped the wheels off threw um in the parts box crunched it up and in the kitchen garbage it went....sux I just finished a revell 69 Nova and had a ball building that one.

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    April 2020
Posted by 58volvoV8 on Tuesday, May 5, 2020 9:28 PM

Sorry for the last rant guys lol. I threw my interior parts in brake fluid. I think after I strip um I think I may box this thing up for awhile and do another kit..im getting irritated with this one.

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    April 2020
Posted by 58volvoV8 on Wednesday, May 6, 2020 4:20 PM

Decided to forge on.....scrubbed and double washed the interior parts....reprimed and painting now....decided to paint in satin espresso instead of black.....first interior I've ever done not black.......

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    April 2020
Posted by 58volvoV8 on Thursday, May 7, 2020 12:29 AM

and......the new espresso paint is lifting in a spot too.....not that bad so I'm gonna leave it but still......this one is just not meant to happen for me. Might be time to start the revell 68 chevelle or finish my old amt 66 Nova.

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    April 2020
Posted by 58volvoV8 on Saturday, May 9, 2020 12:10 AM

So tonight after work I actually made progress on this beast. Had flat blacked the chassis the other day...hand painted the exhuast aluminum and semi gloss blacked the rear end,rear control arms and front a arms....tonight I tamiya weathered the chassis very light and lightly rusted and gunmetal tinted the exhuast.....did my dash with a sharper and colored pencil.....started figuring how I'm gonna get plugwire boots around the header tubes.....then a wasp landed on my work light...ugh......now I can't squash it on my delicate light and can't spray it with my parts out......so I keep lurking around my model table covert style...lol if it ain't one thing it's another.

  • Member since
    April 2020
Posted by 58volvoV8 on Friday, May 15, 2020 12:40 AM

Well I sprayed the body and it came out surprisingly well other than the drivers side windshield post that has a small mold defect used duplicolor GM light blue metallic with 4 coats of clear. Kind of  wish I could figure out how to post pics. 

Now I haven't painted the hood tho....cause somebody just couldn't live without a snorkel hood scoop and has to try to smooth out putty which he ain't good at....wont mention names. Lol the kit one was too....moparish

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