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1962 Ford Thunderbird Sports Roadster

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  • Member since
    August, 2005
  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
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-1962 Chevrolet Sinkhole Corvette; 1962 Ford Thunderbird Sports Roadster; 1973 Ford Bronco

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The name is Mike...mrmike!

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    March, 2010
  • From: Midwest
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.

High octane

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  • From: Plano (Dallas), Texas
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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  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
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-1962 Chevrolet Sinkhole Corvette; 1962 Ford Thunderbird Sports Roadster; 1973 Ford Bronco

Classic Plastic Model Club 

The name is Mike...mrmike!

  • Member since
    June, 2017
  • From: Mesa, AAZ
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

 

  • Member since
    August, 2005
  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
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-1962 Chevrolet Sinkhole Corvette; 1962 Ford Thunderbird Sports Roadster; 1973 Ford Bronco

Classic Plastic Model Club 

The name is Mike...mrmike!

  • Member since
    December, 2003
  • From: Nova Scotia
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

Trevor

  • Member since
    June, 2017
  • From: Mesa, AAZ
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.

Ranchn62

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    August, 2005
  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
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-1962 Chevrolet Sinkhole Corvette; 1962 Ford Thunderbird Sports Roadster; 1973 Ford Bronco

Classic Plastic Model Club 

The name is Mike...mrmike!

  • Member since
    June, 2017
  • From: Mesa, AAZ
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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