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1962 Ford Thunderbird Sports Roadster
Posted by mrmike on Monday, April 10, 2017 10:31 AM

This is my new project with the goal of having it completed for the Classic Plastic Model Club Exposition Club Challenge on Sunday October 8, 2017.  The Challenge this year is Convertibles (1937 or newer) in 1/24th or 1/25th scale.  I am building the AMT '62 TBird Sports Roadster this year.

I was originally thinking of building the TBird stock, but changed my mind and will build it slightly custom with Testors One Coat Lacquer White Lightning with a Model Master Insignia Red interior and a lowered suspension.

Fellow Club member and friend Paul A. has already scrutinized the body for flaws and has marked them in pencil.  Plus, I have been warned by Paul and streetrod about fitment issues between the body, interior, and the windshield frame and I shall do mockups repeatedly before painting to make sure that everything goes together as it should.

More to come...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985 

On my bench-Foose Ford FD100 Pickup; 1969 Plymouth Road Runner

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Posted by High octane on Monday, April 10, 2017 11:20 AM

That '62 "Bullet Bird" is a great lookin' car and I built a number of those kits back-in-the-day. Don't have any built ups left of that car, however I do have an unbuilt kit in my stash. Maybe someday I'll get to build it again. Lookin' foward to see your build on this sweet roadster.

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Posted by mmthrax on Monday, April 10, 2017 12:57 PM
Very cool. I'll be watching this thread. A friend of mine had a '63 Coupe. Cool car. Good luck.

Just keep picking away at it...

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Posted by justmike on Tuesday, April 11, 2017 7:17 PM

Watch that rear bumper too. Try test fitting it before painting the body. Mine was a difficult fit issue on top of all the aformentioned fit issues

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Posted by mrmike on Thursday, April 13, 2017 7:11 AM

Thanks guys!

justmike

Watch that rear bumper too. Try test fitting it before painting the body. Mine was a difficult fit issue on top of all the aformentioned fit issues

 

Thanks for the heads up Mike!  I'll check that as I proceed.

One of the things I am considering for this build is a chopped windshield ala Chip Foose's Speedbird.

More to come...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985 

On my bench-Foose Ford FD100 Pickup; 1969 Plymouth Road Runner

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Posted by Ranchn62 on Thursday, June 15, 2017 8:58 PM

Hey there MrMike,

YOur friends are totally correct regarding the fitment issues on the 62 TBird.

I was building mine 2 weeks ago... ghreat paint, flocked and foiled, and nothing fit.

I wanted to throw it against the wall, but I bought another kit on-line. This time I'll be using the Jimmy FLintstone 62 Bird Flu Tbird body, and will make sure everything fits before I spend time doing all of thie little things that take so long..

 

Good luck with your build!

 

Dennis

 

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Posted by mrmike on Friday, June 16, 2017 8:09 PM

Thanks Dennis for the heads up!  I had to pull reasons why my fellow CPMC member threw his T-Bird against the wall since I wanted something more than a shoulder shrug.  Test fitting the interior with the body and the windshield frame is a must!

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985 

On my bench-Foose Ford FD100 Pickup; 1969 Plymouth Road Runner

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Posted by Bainford on Friday, June 16, 2017 9:30 PM

Nice subject choice Mike, and the colours sound good, too. I didn't realise this kit has such problems. I'll be watching along on this one.

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

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Posted by Ranchn62 on Saturday, June 17, 2017 3:02 PM

Anytime. Always glad to alert to potential problems. BTW   The Windshield fit fine.

I just got my Fintstone Bird Flu 62 body, and hve it all sanded, ready to be washed, and then paint.... The body is super sleek, but not a convertable, which you are doing.

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Posted by mrmike on Thursday, June 22, 2017 8:59 PM

Thanks Ranchn62!  I haven't looked at my T-Bird is almost a week and the body is nearly ready for paint.  Still thinking about chopping the windshield, especially if I want to get brave! WhistlingSurpriseSmile   

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985 

On my bench-Foose Ford FD100 Pickup; 1969 Plymouth Road Runner

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Posted by Ranchn62 on Friday, June 23, 2017 2:26 AM

Hi Mike,

Yeah... I am still working on the details as to how I'm going build this model. It's my 1st chop, on a '59 EWl Camino. I've increased the wheel wells, and done the chop, but I need to finish up on that aspect.

I'll post them eventually.

 

Best Regards,

Dennis

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Posted by mrmike on Tuesday, July 04, 2017 10:43 AM

Progress on the TBird has been slow to say  the least.  I got the wheels and tires assembled.  I didn't like the wide whitewall on the tire, so I used a black Sharpie on the insert and narrowed the whitewall itself.  Now I need to add a black wash to the wheels.

I got the front seats together, but I need to sand the edges before I paint them.

The engine has been assembled.  I have a distributor from MAD that I will be using for this build.

More to come...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985 

On my bench-Foose Ford FD100 Pickup; 1969 Plymouth Road Runner

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Posted by Moparlover64 on Tuesday, July 04, 2017 11:57 AM

Should be a fun build

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Posted by Ranchn62 on Saturday, July 08, 2017 9:37 AM

Hey there!

HOw's that TBird coming along?

I don't know where you are at, but there is an art chain store called Michael's, and the stock Krylon faux lethaer spray paint. I had forgotten about it, until I went thru my shelf of rattlecans,and found a coupkle of cans. Home Depot doesn't carry, DOn't know about Loew's... But it comes in various colors that leather would be dyed...

Just athought, as I'm looking forward to your completed car.

Mind you, the fitment issues I had came when I was marrying the body to chassis. The door panels fit the chassis, but would not allow the body to settle on the chassis. That was my biggest issue, as everything was already glued on the chassis.

 

Dennis

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Posted by Ranchn62 on Saturday, July 08, 2017 9:46 AM

BTW... Thanks to reading your posts, I now have a new source fo misc parts... Mogan Automotive Detail. I had never heard of them, but they are now bookmarked.      : )

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Posted by scalepeter on Monday, July 10, 2017 2:52 AM

Hi Mike.  Love seeing these turned into customs.  Whats going  on with the windshield? Are you chopping it?  I say chop it.  Question is though Do you modify the stock windshield frame or go with the foose inspired custom windshield? Another thought is a modified duvall windshield.  I'd base my choice on weather it's a traditional or modern theme to your custom.  

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Posted by mrmike on Monday, July 10, 2017 8:44 PM

Thank you Moparlover64, Ranchn62, and scalepeter!  

scalepeter, I still haven't decided on the windshield yet as I have been trying to define my issues with painting lately.  If I was to chop the windshield, I would probably chop the frame and the glass and lower the overall height by a couple of scale inches.  With that being said, I haven't made a decision yet, but it is still on my mind.   

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985 

On my bench-Foose Ford FD100 Pickup; 1969 Plymouth Road Runner

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Posted by mrmike on Wednesday, July 12, 2017 9:04 AM

I decided to paint the chassis to see what the Testors One Coat Lacquer White Lightning paint would look like.  I like it!

I got these bits from a Classic Plastic Model Club member (streetrod) long after he threw his TBird against the wall.  He trashed the body and used the engine in another model.  

I'll salvage the photoetch from the dash and seatbelts for my TBird.

More to come...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985 

On my bench-Foose Ford FD100 Pickup; 1969 Plymouth Road Runner

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Posted by mrmike on Sunday, July 16, 2017 6:34 AM

I got the body, hood, and rear seat cover (not shown) into primer in prep for paint.

Last night I painted parts of the chassis with Model Master Acryl Guards Red.

I painted the engine this morning.

More to come...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985 

On my bench-Foose Ford FD100 Pickup; 1969 Plymouth Road Runner

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Posted by Ranchn62 on Monday, July 17, 2017 3:44 PM

YOu make me laugh sometimes!  I see that "Throwing a model to the wall" strikes (pardon the pun) a common note among os modelers.

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Posted by Moparlover64 on Monday, July 17, 2017 3:48 PM

I've never done that if I get frustrated I trade the project to a friend for something else I'd like to build at least that's what I used to do lol but I have. Done a lot of cursing and repaints

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Posted by mrmike on Wednesday, July 19, 2017 7:14 AM

I am not the type of person who would throw a model against the wall because of some issue with it.  I would put it back in the box and walk away from it and work on something else.  I was very surprised when this CPMC member told me about his misfortune with his '62 TBird as he is an excellent modeler and I would have thought that he would set his project aside and walk away from it.  I guess we all react differently in a given situation.  I am now in possession of the remainder of his TBird and I'll use some of the photoetch from his project for mine.  I won't use any of his painted or glued pieces for mine. 

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985 

On my bench-Foose Ford FD100 Pickup; 1969 Plymouth Road Runner

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Posted by mrmike on Saturday, August 12, 2017 8:45 AM

I was able to spend some time on the TBird and got some things painted and detailed.  I added a wash to the wire wheels.

I painted the rear axle with Model Master Acryl Guards Red and the springs with Model Master Aluminium with a few drops of black.

I painted the steering wheel and column with Model Master Insignia Red and detailed the horn ring and the control stalks with my Molotow Liquid Chrome Pen.  The front springs were painted with the Acryl Guards Red and my Molotow Liquid Chrome Pen.

I have decided against chopping the windshield.  I don't think I could chop it correctly in the time I have left and have it look presentable.

More to come...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985 

On my bench-Foose Ford FD100 Pickup; 1969 Plymouth Road Runner

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Posted by streetrod on Sunday, August 13, 2017 12:58 AM

Hi Mike,

Those wheels and tires look really great. Fantastic job on the whitewalls and blackwash on the wheels. Just the right amount.

Barry

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Posted by oldcarguy on Sunday, August 13, 2017 8:25 AM

mrmike !

     I used to do that as a kid . Now I just box it up and go back later . Much later in some cases , and finish it out . I have less problems with Cars than say , Ships and Planes

   I do have one question . Where did you get those Wire Wheels ?

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Posted by mrmike on Sunday, August 13, 2017 10:18 AM

Thanks Barry!

oldcarguy

mrmike !

Where did you get those Wire Wheels ?

OCG, the wire wheels came in the kit.  They are the Kelsey-Hayes wire wheels.

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985 

On my bench-Foose Ford FD100 Pickup; 1969 Plymouth Road Runner

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Posted by oldcarguy on Tuesday, August 15, 2017 6:56 AM

Mrmike ;

 Nice job on them !

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Posted by oldcarguy on Tuesday, August 15, 2017 6:58 AM

Hi ;

 If my memory serves me right . Didn't that model have it's own little option .You know , the " Swing Away Steering Wheel " ? I believe so .

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Posted by mrmike on Tuesday, August 15, 2017 8:22 AM

Thank you OCG!  And, you are correct on the Swing Away Steering Wheel.  It was an option, although it may not be part of the kit, but a little ingenuity can create that option!

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985 

On my bench-Foose Ford FD100 Pickup; 1969 Plymouth Road Runner

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Posted by mrmike on Tuesday, August 22, 2017 6:40 AM

Last night I was able to paint the interior pieces. 

The Valve covers and the air cleaner base got a coat of Alclad II Chrome.

The interior floor got a coat of Model Master Insignia Red which brought out the spots on the floor where the embossing powder came off.  I'll have to re-apply the embossing powder and glue.

More to come...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985 

On my bench-Foose Ford FD100 Pickup; 1969 Plymouth Road Runner

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