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Vintage AMT 33 Willys Coupe FINISHED !!

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Vintage AMT 33 Willys Coupe FINISHED !!
Posted by damotheenglishman on Sunday, March 07, 2010 1:12 PM

Hi guys, finished this little beaut last nite, am very pleased with it, need to sort the flip front with better hinges to make it sit better but generally I love this model, love the way it sits & couldnt believe how well the front grill decal went on considering its 32 yrs old!

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Posted by Snake45 on Sunday, March 07, 2010 2:17 PM

Very nice! Clean build! And, as you said, the grill decal looks great! At first I thought it was photo-etch until I read your text.

One minor tip: If this is a pure drag car (and it seems to be, with the open headers), you'd want the narrowest front tires on it you can find, not the wider ones (less rolling resistance).

Recovering aircraft modeler. "I can see me bound and gagged

Dragged behind the clownmobile...."

--Warren Zevon, "Hostage-O," Life'll Kill Ya, Artemis Record 2000

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  • From: benwood, wv
Posted by kolbenschmidt on Sunday, March 07, 2010 2:50 PM

Cool build! love the old school shop decals!

It hurts to get your doors blown off by a volkswagen doesnt it!

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Posted by Anonymous on Sunday, March 07, 2010 2:56 PM

Wow!! That looks really nice! Thumbs UpThumbs Up Is this built straight from the box? I think I gotta have one of these old kits.

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  • From: East Templeton Ma
Posted by streetrod on Sunday, March 07, 2010 6:20 PM

Yes that is a very clean build. One question. Being originally from Michigan I'd really like to know where you got those neat Michigan plates?

Barry Fadden

Classic Plastic Model Club

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Posted by pontiackid72 on Sunday, March 07, 2010 9:34 PM
Love the Ole Willys coupes any year. That is one Sweet Build
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Posted by damotheenglishman on Monday, March 08, 2010 2:58 AM

Hi guys, thanks for your nice comments! 

Barry: the Michigan license plates are the original decals that came with the kit way back in 1979! as with the grill, they went on really well, I'll probaly go over them with a clear coat to seal them.  I not to keen on the headers but I thought these were better then the standard versions with the side pipes, I may see if I can modify a set from the spare box with some sort of side exit system.

Thanks again! Damian

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  • From: Southern Maine
Posted by surfnut on Wednesday, March 10, 2010 8:25 AM

 Great job on the finished Willys! That front grill decal went on beautifully.  Very clean build.

Classic Plastic Model Club.  Always watching for waves

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Posted by FloridaBoy on Wednesday, March 10, 2010 9:51 AM

First, great build.  I love these Willys's a lot, and even had one, but sold the unbuilt kit before I built it.  I saw one of these converted into a street rod, and went zuggo nutz and wanted to build one.  But I had other irons in my fire.  And new stuff coming out beckoned me more, so at a show I sold it, and have regretted it since. Add to that I have become more appreciative of the gassers of old.  

Kolbenschmidt, your tag line about getting your doors beaten off by a VW strikes a familiar chord with what happened to me last week.  I live in South Florida, which at this time of year has a lot of traffic congestion, thanks to visitors from up north.  My ride is a 97 Taurus SHO with a Yamaha V-8, quatrro valve, fuel injected, aftercoolers, and all of the trimmings and it is a monster, and even sounds like one.  So, I am at Deerfield Beach, and there is famous 2 lanes turn into 1 on the beach road, and it is always bottlenecked.  If only people believed in alternating cars, the traffic would go much quicker.  Well, here is my monster politely waiting in line for alternating to the single lane, and along comes this Smart (anything but) who wants to jam in before he should.  Needing a little entertainment we nudge and nudge ahead neither giving up, and all of a sudden this little tennis ball of a car just whoops it up almost buring rubber, to get ahead.  He did, but the guy in the car behind me was laughing almost as hard as I was.  The sight of this little Isetta wannabee was way too much to take!!!!!

Ken Willaman
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  • From: Virgina Beach, Va
Posted by Irocet305 on Saturday, March 13, 2010 10:59 AM

Any other building impressions on this one? Any other snags and niggles beside the front flip nose hinge? Also based on the box art the tires aren't quite right for a Drag car. I imagine these are a left over from a street freak reissue. Where did you source your slicks from? Model looks awesome BTW. I would like to build a Malco gasser out of this car to go with my SWC Willys and Mazimanian Willys. Slowly I am gasthering all the iconic gassers from that era and intent on replicating them all. Thanks for any feedback you have to offer. And again, great looking kit.

Build 'em if ya got 'em

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Posted by Snake45 on Saturday, March 13, 2010 11:21 AM

Irocet305
I would like to build a Malco gasser out of this car to go with my SWC Willys and Mazimanian Willys.

You're in luck, as this kit began life as a dedicated model of the Malco Gasser, and a fine one it was, too, for its day. I don't believe any subsequent reissue of the kit is missing more than a couple minor parts to still build the Malco out of it. If you can find decals (Fred Cady offered them for a while; dunno if Slixx or anyone else has done them), you shouldn't have any problem at all with such a project. (BTW, when you THINK you have a light enough blue, add about another 50% white to it--the real car was about the palest blue imaginable).

The Malco-ness of the kit is and always has been its weak point. Besides the chopped top, the front end of the car had several changes to it that weren't seen on other '33 Willys, even contemporary gassers. If you want to build anything other than the Malco car, you either have to do a lot of work, or end up with a model that's recognizable as the Malco Gasser, no matter how it's built.

BTW, if you want to compare any reissue of the kit to the original to see what might be changed or missing, here's a link to the instruction sheet of the original issue Malco Gasser:

http://public.fotki.com/drasticplasticsmcc/instruction_sheetsh/instruction_sheets/amt/amt-ohio-george-mon/

Recovering aircraft modeler. "I can see me bound and gagged

Dragged behind the clownmobile...."

--Warren Zevon, "Hostage-O," Life'll Kill Ya, Artemis Record 2000

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  • From: East Templeton Ma
Posted by streetrod on Saturday, March 13, 2010 3:13 PM

 Hi Guys,

I don't want to steal the "Englishman's thread but if you visit Dragcitycasting.com you will see that Ed Jr. has many resin pieces and bodies for the AMT '33 Willys including a stock type nose and a wider rear fender/runningboard unit for this kit. If you do visit his site then look under the gallery and you will see a Yellow Roadster "street rod" I built using his resin nose and the Malco kit.

Barry Fadden

Classic Plastic Model Club

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Posted by AlanNZ on Saturday, March 13, 2010 4:06 PM

Hi guys, Lovely build Damon. Very clean and precise. I have the original Malco gasser kit that I got for christmas when I was a kid, must've been about 1970. Unfortunately it had a bad moulding defect on the right front door (a good part of it was missing) I put it together with my usual haste (as you do when you're 10 years old...)

I found the kit in a box just recently and thought of turning it into a Willys Rat. Now I'm not so sure, especially after seeing Snake's instruction sheet.

Maybe I should restore it to the kit it should have been. There's a few parts missing now of course. I could grab a current issue of the kit and make both the gasser and a Rat I guess.

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  • From: Virgina Beach, Va
Posted by Irocet305 on Monday, March 15, 2010 6:07 PM

OK englishman your build inspired me to start mine. I have 2 of the new re-issues so I will be building the first on as a mock up so I know what to expect when I build the Malco version. Snake, thank you so much for the scan of the original instruction sheet. Pretty nifty look back in time. To bad they don't give you the paint tips now in the sheets like they did back then. Looking over it, I see the wheelie bar set up is going to be an issue. it's defintely gone form the re-issue. The re-issue has a trunk pan and a push bar. The only other obstacle I see is the bug catcher scoop, but I might be able to scratch build that. So far I have removed most of the mold seams and injection marks, and deepened the panel lines, and cleaned up the flash. Stripping a bit of chrome. This one looks real bad. Like the laquer was sprayed way to heavy. So I am gonna earn my way thru this build like I have previously with AMTs 37 Chevy gasser, and MPC's 57 Vette Gasser re-issues. Loved the way those turned out, but they were toughys on the skills for a bit.

Build 'em if ya got 'em

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  • From: roanoke, va
Posted by 2ndtimer on Monday, March 15, 2010 11:07 PM

Nice looking gasser. Love the color, and you've done a great job getting the details down. You have inspired me to get going on my "57 Chevy stepside gasser.

 

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  • From: East Templeton Ma
Posted by streetrod on Friday, March 26, 2010 12:23 PM

 Hi Damon,

Here is a variation I did a couple of years ago using the Malco kit and a more stock appearing nose piece from Drag City Casting Co.

Barry Fadden

Classic Plastic Model Club

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    March, 2010
  • From: Midwest
Posted by High octane on Friday, March 26, 2010 12:35 PM

Damian,

   A VERY nice job on the Willys.

High octane

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