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1969 Jo-Han Plymouth GTX

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  • Member since
    March 2006
  • From: Spring, Tx
1969 Jo-Han Plymouth GTX
Posted by modelcarjr on Sunday, April 5, 2020 5:40 PM

I'm not sure what I am going to do with this yet so I am going to put it here. I got this kit from a fellow modeler back in the late 80s form a collection he had procured. He said I could take what I wanted but I took just two kits as I didn't want to take too much. This was one of them. I didn't really look at it and I'm not sure why I chose this one as I think Jo-Han was still in business at the time. 

Upon further inspection I found that the hood was seriously damaged by a tire sitting on it for years. Ditto for some of the clear plastic windows so I have set it aside for years not wanting to tackle the repair work. In additon, there are sink marks in the body and the mold lines in the "B" pillar also need putty. Here's the body, kit and damage to the hood. 

If you cannot have a good time, what kinda time can you have? JR

Next on the bench:  Another 1970 Hemi 'Cuda, 1958 Chevy Impala, 1987 Buick GNX, 1950 Chevy Pick-up, Indy Reynard, 1965 Corvette, probably not in this order.

  • Member since
    March 2006
  • From: Spring, Tx
Posted by modelcarjr on Sunday, April 5, 2020 5:44 PM

Another challenge is the strip on the front That is broken. I'll need a little bit of strength there to hold the bumper even though one of the mounts is also broken. I think I got that fixed. 

If you cannot have a good time, what kinda time can you have? JR

Next on the bench:  Another 1970 Hemi 'Cuda, 1958 Chevy Impala, 1987 Buick GNX, 1950 Chevy Pick-up, Indy Reynard, 1965 Corvette, probably not in this order.

  • Member since
    March 2006
  • From: Spring, Tx
Posted by modelcarjr on Sunday, April 5, 2020 5:53 PM

The body worked out OK and the hood fits OK. The putty on the hood is coming along. I may use the body to replace an AMT kit body on another build as that AMT body is a bit big I think and the wheels are too far inboard.

  

If you cannot have a good time, what kinda time can you have? JR

Next on the bench:  Another 1970 Hemi 'Cuda, 1958 Chevy Impala, 1987 Buick GNX, 1950 Chevy Pick-up, Indy Reynard, 1965 Corvette, probably not in this order.

  • Member since
    March 2006
  • From: Spring, Tx
Posted by modelcarjr on Sunday, April 5, 2020 6:05 PM

Here's a possible use for the body since the interior bucket is poorly engraved and the frame is all one piece with slots for the metal axle holders.  But there is also a frame, engine, and interior for a flip body funny car so maybe I'll build that. Thanks for looking! Cool

If you cannot have a good time, what kinda time can you have? JR

Next on the bench:  Another 1970 Hemi 'Cuda, 1958 Chevy Impala, 1987 Buick GNX, 1950 Chevy Pick-up, Indy Reynard, 1965 Corvette, probably not in this order.

  • Member since
    December 2004
  • From: West Bloomfield, MI
Posted by steveracer on Sunday, April 5, 2020 7:16 PM

Awesome kit to have!  JoHan had the cleanest and nicest engraving and the proportions were quite accurate to the real cars.  I believe they had a great connection with the OEM that they did business with.  I have the Superbird built and one in the box and they look just right.  

 

Enjoy!

steelies, dog dishes and poker chips

  • Member since
    March 2006
  • From: Spring, Tx
Posted by modelcarjr on Wednesday, April 8, 2020 9:55 AM

Thanks, Steve! I appreciate your comment! 

Well, its done! Outdoor pics later! 

If you cannot have a good time, what kinda time can you have? JR

Next on the bench:  Another 1970 Hemi 'Cuda, 1958 Chevy Impala, 1987 Buick GNX, 1950 Chevy Pick-up, Indy Reynard, 1965 Corvette, probably not in this order.

  • Member since
    March 2006
  • From: Spring, Tx
Posted by modelcarjr on Wednesday, April 8, 2020 10:17 AM

Happy belated April's Fool! Obviously, that is a previous build from the AMT kit. 

Here is my dilemma: 

I finished the hood but noticed that the faux vents looked uneven so I sanded those down, removed the PLYMOUTH script as it wouldn't foil and gave it some primer. Maybe the primer is too heavy but the hood just doesn't look right. I'm sure that the putty in the center of the hood will shrink as it is just the Tamiya putty sold at Hobby Lobby. Its fine for sink marks but not large surfaces. In addition, if I built it as a funny car then I would have to eliminate the marker lamps, wipers, wheel opening chrome trim and possibly the GTX emblem on the body sides. It doesn't make sense to ruin this nice body like that. 

So I thought about it a couple of days and noticed that the hood from the AMT kit almost fits. In addition, the engine, chassis, and interior have much more detail and the engine compartment and engine can be detailed nicely. So I ordered an AMT kit from Hobby Lobby (since it is non-essential at the moment) and then hopefully can adapt that kit to this body. I can also build the funny car engine, frame and interior to adapt to another body! So I hope it all works out! Thanks for looking! Cool

  

If you cannot have a good time, what kinda time can you have? JR

Next on the bench:  Another 1970 Hemi 'Cuda, 1958 Chevy Impala, 1987 Buick GNX, 1950 Chevy Pick-up, Indy Reynard, 1965 Corvette, probably not in this order.

  • Member since
    December 2005
  • From: southeast Texas
Posted by texwardfan on Wednesday, April 8, 2020 11:03 AM

Wow, that looks Awesome. 

Also known as MarkJ

  • Member since
    March 2006
  • From: Spring, Tx
Posted by modelcarjr on Thursday, April 9, 2020 7:25 AM

Thanks, Mark! I appreciate your comment! 

I tried to start the funny car frame in this kit but pins break off. I tried to drill new pins but in the process the plastic breaks. The thin parts in this kit have just gotten too brittle over time and break. So I'll try to salvage what I can but I will combine the body with the AMT kit in the Muscle Car category and this WIP is discontinued. Thanks for looking! Cool

If you cannot have a good time, what kinda time can you have? JR

Next on the bench:  Another 1970 Hemi 'Cuda, 1958 Chevy Impala, 1987 Buick GNX, 1950 Chevy Pick-up, Indy Reynard, 1965 Corvette, probably not in this order.

  • Member since
    December 2005
  • From: southeast Texas
Posted by texwardfan on Thursday, April 9, 2020 11:41 AM

Ok, I need to read more closely. You completly april fooled me with the amt kit. But it does look awesome. especially that 3 tone paint job along with the stripe on the hood. Your lines between paint colors are super sharp and clear. And also straight. 

Also known as MarkJ

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