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AMT ‘36 Ford 3 Window Chopped Custom

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    May, 2017
AMT ‘36 Ford 3 Window Chopped Custom
Posted by Papajohn on Monday, April 15, 2019 12:26 PM

My latest fun build: AMT’s ‘36 Ford three window chopped top custom coupe from the early ‘60’s molds. Other than some plastic shimming and adjustments to provide a more flush fit of the rumble seat to rear deck, this old kit went together very nicely. I used Tamiya rattle can lacquer, Light Red Pearl (not PINK!!!) over fine Tamiya lacquer primer. Engine/ chassis/ interiors were airbrushed with various Tamiya acrylics. I used all the custom options except for the stock tail lights due to loosing one of them.

My two older brothers and I built AMT kits like this one when we kids in the early ‘60’s so it is fun to revisit my childhood but with some improvement in skills and, more importantly, a grown-up retired geezer hobby budget. Enjoy,




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    May, 2017
Posted by Papajohn on Monday, April 15, 2019 12:35 PM

More pics,


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    February, 2008
  • From: Seattle, WA
Posted by gbk1 on Monday, April 15, 2019 12:38 PM

One of the great classic kits that always rewards a stylish, clean approach like this one. Perfect choice of color. Bravo! Did you use an old issue kit or does the recent restored re-issue from Round 2 include the lakes pipes?

Bernard Kron Keep On Buildin'

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    May, 2017
Posted by Papajohn on Monday, April 15, 2019 12:52 PM

Thanks for your kind comments. I believe this is the Round 2 kit which included the lake pipes. These pipes exhibited horrendous parting line mismatch and flash so I did strip and redo the plating using Alclad Chrome over gloss black enamel. The other kit chromed parts, particularly the reverse chromed rims, look great IMO and didn’t require Alclad re-chrome. I generally don’t care for vacuum metallized chrome parts as they cry out “toy car” to my eyes but I made an exception for this kit for nostalgic reasons.

  • Member since
    March, 2017
  • From: Brighton England
Posted by Spencer Mopar Fan on Thursday, April 18, 2019 6:39 PM

beautiful Wetstergard style Kustom there John .

Those shin scraper nerf bars look cool ! 

I'd prefer it in Satin black myself , but thats just me LOL 

I've always loved the shape of a '36 ford with a chop & rear skirts . 

It would look lovely in a Diorama - parked up at a diner with a Carson topped '35 too . 

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    January, 2011
  • From: long island, new york
Posted by chucky on Friday, April 19, 2019 4:17 PM

Kool! One of my early builds, too! Thanks for the memories! Thumbs Up


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    January, 2017
Posted by RudyOnWheels on Monday, April 22, 2019 11:36 AM

Looks great! Timeless. I love the little nerf bars too.


       - Rudy 


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