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AMT "Super Spy Car"/"Man from U.N.C.L.E." Piranha.

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AMT "Super Spy Car"/"Man from U.N.C.L.E." Piranha.
Posted by cadillac on Thursday, April 30, 2015 11:26 PM

I never saw the Man From U.N.C.L.E. when it was new. Back then we had One, Black and White TV, Two Stations (ABC and CBS). NBC was UHF and it was unwatchable on a clear day. No Cable, Satellite or Internet. Forget about having a Remote for the TV. (Remote for the TV, HA!) On most TVs, the Channel Knob would break and people would have to use a pair of Pliers. I really learned to hate "Lucy". She was everywhere.                           I don't remember it ever being Rerun in the 70s, 80s or ever.

 A Neighbor is a TV and Movie Memorabilia Collector and I mentioned the Modified Reissue of this Model. He'd been looking for one for years.                                                                                                                                  He bought one and asked me to Build it. We discussed the particulars and he said "No Hurry". (Snicker).           The Problem. To Date, No One knows the Color or a good Match. I don't use an Airbrush. (It's Genetic). I've used Testors, Tamiya and Dupli-Color Lacquers successfully. I usually use Dupli-Color unless, it's a Factory Stock Color.

Any Ideas?

Next up. Resin 1957 Chevy 210 4 door.                                                                                                                    I need some help with Re-scribing the Panel Lines. I'll give a New and Complete AMT 57 Chevy Model Kit. The New Issue with the Opening Boot Lid.                                                                                                                      I bought the Resin 57 because, the Doctor's said my eyesight would return to normal. BZZZZZZZZZZZZZTT! Whoopsie, they were wrong.

Don't you just love it when you ask a Doctor why and they say "I Don't Know"?

My MAGNI-FOCUSER is my new favorite tool. Even when reading SAE.

I'm a bad monkey.

Aaaaaaaahhhhh insanity, It's not just for the insane anymore.

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Posted by Ron Hamilton on Friday, May 01, 2015 6:53 PM

There is a new network called Decades, that showed the episodes of The Man From Uncle,  which showed the car. I have a suggestion for you, as this is what I am going to do. It is also on the ME TV network, but they have not gotten to season 3 yet. I saw the episodes last weekend, and I got quite a bit of info for my build.

The car was shown towards the end of the third season of the show. Our library has DVD's of tv shows, and I may check that one out. Also, the DVD's can be bought from Amazon. i know one of the episodes was called "The Five Daughters Affair, which was in two parts.

Good Luck. I am not going to start mine, as I want to decide whether or not I am going to invest in the Paragraphix Photoetch set, which by the way looks excellent.

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Posted by gloozalot on Friday, May 01, 2015 7:48 PM

Cad, I know this is not correct but to my eye and from photos of the car and my antique memory, something close would be 1963 GM Silver Blue or Azure Aqua.  Again, I do not know the actual color but these look close for me.  I am sure some knucklehead is going to tell me I am wrong but I never said I was right.  I just don't know.  Napoleon Solo might know.

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Posted by spencer1984 on Saturday, May 02, 2015 8:04 AM

I was told by a collector/fan of the car that Model Master's "Ice Blue" was supposed to be a pretty close match to the original. That's what I used on this:

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Posted by ragtop63 on Saturday, May 02, 2015 1:34 PM

The car had two paint schemes. It was originally all light metallic blue, and at some point during the series the bottom half was resprayed silver. The original car (built by Gene Winfield) was recently restore with the blue / silver paint job.

Ragtop is now in Charlotte! Check out my builds!

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Posted by cadillac on Friday, May 29, 2015 8:20 PM

Thanks everyone.

It's this kind of help that makes SAE, the people working for the Magazine, and the Forum Members the best in the Hobby.

I'm a bad monkey.

Aaaaaaaahhhhh insanity, It's not just for the insane anymore.

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Posted by cadillac on Friday, May 29, 2015 8:22 PM

Thanks everyone.

It's this kind of help that makes SAE, the people working for the Magazine, and the Forum Members the best in the Hobby.

I'm a bad monkey.

Aaaaaaaahhhhh insanity, It's not just for the insane anymore.

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Posted by Wagonguy1989 on Saturday, May 30, 2015 11:30 AM

cadillac

 

Next up. Resin 1957 Chevy 210 4 door.                                                                                                                    I need some help with Re-scribing the Panel Lines. I'll give a New and Complete AMT 57 Chevy Model Kit. The New Issue with the Opening Boot Lid.                                                                                                                      I bought the Resin 57 because, the Doctor's said my eyesight would return to normal. BZZZZZZZZZZZZZTT! Whoopsie, they were wrong.

Don't you just love it when you ask a Doctor why and they say "I Don't Know"?

My MAGNI-FOCUSER is my new favorite tool. Even when reading SAE.

 

 

QUESTION, do you need the door lines just scribed? or you want them to open? wondering because i have done tons of them... PM me if you want.

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Posted by PatrickW on Sunday, May 31, 2015 3:26 AM

I've recently bought one of these and I suppose as you are in the USA you have the paint producers and all the colours. I live in the UK and don't have many choices of paints, Tamiya, Humbrol and Plasti-Kote is all we have so I'm going to have the same problem choosing a colour to match anywhere near. OR I can just gloss coat the plastic shell!

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Posted by cadillac on Sunday, May 31, 2015 9:43 AM

Thanks to he Members and Staff of SAE, I found this.

"http://www.expresspaint.com/automotivetouchup/pc/viewcoloroptions.asp?idYear=56&idMake=6&idModel=0". Past this into your Menu Bar.

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Posted by aussiemuscle308 on Tuesday, June 02, 2015 9:02 PM

thanks caddy, 1963 CHEVROLET All Models 918 (1963) Azure Aqua Poly?

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Posted by cadillac on Tuesday, June 02, 2015 11:31 PM

You should be able to put the "Year", "Make", "Model" in and find what colour you're looking for.

Here's another link to the same Site for GM Silver Blue Poly.

When I was painting my two "Conspiracy Theory" Movie Taxis, I went to another Site for the '79(?) Firebird "Tinkle" Yellow. I lost the "Google Bookmark" because, the B**t- Biscuits at Google "F I X E D" something. I was less than pleased.

 

 

"I guess I would be (Dead) if I weren't just *that* close to being an actual cartoon"!
Ernest P. Worrell 1993.

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Posted by cadillac on Thursday, March 30, 2017 11:01 AM

It took (Almost) a year, but she's done. (I thouhgt about taking up a new hobby... Drinking a lot.

Wheels and backs were too small for the tires. I found wheel backs in a Spares Bin and the Wheel Fronts were modified. The Kit supplied Rear axle was unusable and a metal one takes it's place. Body work was extensive. The paint was the easiest and most expensive part of the build. $25.00. The Enigine had to be taken apart. The Turbos, Intakes, Exhaust Plumbing and etcetera had to be downsized to get the hood to close. Some interior pieces were made from Plactruct Sheet Decals. A better Shifter was made too. Finally the Front Wheels were made to Roll.

The owner took delivery and called it a work of art. I called it something quite different and thanked him. I gave him all of the research too.

I'm a bad monkey.

Aaaaaaaahhhhh insanity, It's not just for the insane anymore.

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Posted by mrmike on Friday, March 31, 2017 9:47 AM

Sorry, but...

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

On my bench-1962 Chevrolet Sinkhole Corvette; 1962 Ford Thunderbird Sports Roadster; 1973 Ford Bronco

Classic Plastic Model Club 

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Posted by cadillac on Friday, March 31, 2017 2:20 PM

 I would add Images to this, but I don't know how. The Piranha is on Pinterest (https://www.pinterest.com/kingofazzholes/amt-piranha-super-spy-car-yeah-right/). If  an Actual Spy needed a car, the Piranha would be the furthest from his mind.

Not many people are building these as they are more of a pain. I realize how old the molds are. Are they worth the $25 and up? Even with all the Extras in the box, I have to say "No". Almost nothing fit. The Instructions say to fit the Roof and (I think) Doors before the Windshield. That's wrong. The Windshield needs plenty of trimming, centering and mounting before the roof is attached to the body and thats best done (In my experience) without the doors attached. The roof mounting holes in the upper body need to be adjusted to get the roof lined up with the doors and body. You've got to really plan several steps ahead for each step in the building process. That's why I had to dismantle the Engine/Trans to fit IT under the hood.

 I started an ESCI Mercedes 190e before the Piranha was finished (I needed a resbite) and am still working on it. The LT-1/Trans w/Spares Bin Diff. went in and under with little effort. I'm adding Kindig-It Design Door Handles. I Filled the Fuel Fill Door, made Custom Duel Exhaust w/Cherry Bomb Glass Packs, Hand made Fuel Cell, Chrochet Thread Door and Seat Inserts, Lowered it, Modified Dukes of Hazzard Brush/Grille Guards front and (maybe) rear, Black GM style Steel Wheels, Spares Bin Racing Seats with Photoetched Seatbelts, Custom made Seat Mounts and Roll Cage.

I've been thinking about adding a Pontiac type Shaker Hood Scoop. They're smaller than the FoMoCo and Mopar. It won't do anything for the LT-1's MPFI, but what the 4377. I've already modified a '70 Dodge Challenger rear Wing for it. It don't need to be pretty. NO, it's not a (Ahem) Rat Rod... They've been done to death.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted by mini man on Friday, March 31, 2017 4:01 PM

Spy car - scrapped it years ago! Devil

      So what do you think of the esci 190?

Will build most anything,love American cars muscle etc.Britishvehicles are a buzz too,trucks are great - want to do a jet truck,building parts up...

Nigel.

 

U.K.

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Posted by cadillac on Friday, March 31, 2017 5:41 PM

Well... It has a reasonable amount of detail. The plastic, could be better. The inner door panels don't like being flat and it seems the plastic on all of the interior is built up in layers. When cutting the Inserts out, it took two blades per side and a lot of cursing.     I don't know of any other 190E's with the same amount of detail. ESCI shared their Molds with other Manufacturers and did some updates. This example is (I believe) the First Generation.

I didn't see other Mercedes 190 E Model kits that wern't Curbside. I needed a four door for the right look.

It use to irk Hot Rodders to see a Four Door blow their doors in. I'm sure it'll irk plenty of Die Hard Mercedes people when they see a Bull Bar or two on mine. Not to mention a GM LT-1 under the hood.

I dropped the clear parts tree and the dog stepped on the rear window section, rendering it and the door windows Useless. Except as a Mold to Vacuum Form a New section. It will be a new trick for me.

Did you see it on Pinterest too? Just in case (https://www.pinterest.com/kingofazzholes/mercedes-190-elt-1xp/). I have a few on there.

Insanity, it's not for the faint of heart. Don't try this at home, I'm a professional.

I'm a bad monkey.

Aaaaaaaahhhhh insanity, It's not just for the insane anymore.

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Posted by Spencer Mopar Fan on Monday, April 03, 2017 10:05 AM

PATRICKW - Try Halfords car paints .

Also 'over here' ..."rodsnsods" (.com) has a great model page called "on the shelf" there might be some "locals" who could advise on our predicament !

 

Hi from Brighton !

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Posted by PatrickW on Monday, April 03, 2017 3:26 PM

Yes Spencer Mopar Fan, Hi from Buckingham in the centre of England!

Thanks for the paint info. When I get round to this kit, I'll take the colour info to Halfords in Milton Keynes, you know, Concrete Cows and a thousand roundabouts!

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