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Polar Lights Ecto-1 paint scheme

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    October, 2016
Polar Lights Ecto-1 paint scheme
Posted by RaivModeler2k16 on Saturday, October 01, 2016 4:45 PM

New subscriber to the magazine and new to the forums!  Wanted to introduce myself with a question for my fellow modelers. Recently picked up a skill level 1 Ecto 1 model. Now I swore years ago I would never buy a lvl 1, but I really wanted and Ecto and it was the only one I could currently afford. Anyway, my reason for this post is to ask a couple questions. First off, if anyone has a link for a paint scheme for the Ecto models, preferably using Testors enamels/Model Master paints. Second of all, anyone that has built the Polar Lights Ecto 1 model that would have some tips on getting some more detail to the kit. Would like to get some more detail in the cab, and also if there's anyway to spiffy up the back of the Ecto, maybe get some proton packs in there. And if it is possible to "hinge" the front and rear doors. Thanks for any input or tips in advance. Will keep it going with pics as the work progresses. Devil

  • Member since
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  • From: Upstate New York
Posted by spencer1984 on Wednesday, October 05, 2016 7:21 PM

Welcome to the forum!  I'm currently five Ectomobiles into the series, and the Polar Lights and AMT kits can both be detailed as much as you'd like.

The original Miller-Meteor had "Flite-Fin" trim, which had a diagonal color break from the front doors to the top corners of the rear nacelles, separated by a thin chrome strip. Inside the fins, the break should be perpendicular to the rear bumper, even with the joint where the nacelles meen the rear panel. You can see some good pics of it in a thread on the RPF here. Gloss White and Guards Red should be pretty close to the correct colors.

The easiest way to get a set of proton packs is to locate the Minimates "I Love this Town" set from Diamond Select. Though the characters look like overgrown LEGO minifigs, the packs are well done and almost perfectly scaled to the kit. You'll want the "I Love this Town" set because it's the only one with four removable packs (other sets have them permanently attached to the figures), and it also comes with some traps and a PKE meter.

Good luck on the build, I'm looking forward to seeing what you do with it!

  • Member since
    January, 2005
  • From: Bombala, Australia
Posted by aussiemuscle308 on Monday, October 17, 2016 3:10 PM

RaivModeler2k16
  if it is possible to "hinge" the front and rear doors

It's possible, but pretty involved and requires cutting up the body. i'd work on something a little less precious, in case you mess it up. buy a cheaper model kit to practice on first.

 

Good tips there from Spencer, who's done plenty of this. It took a long time to find a picture of the actual backpack for that set that he mentioned:

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    October, 2016
Posted by RaivModeler2k16 on Monday, October 17, 2016 4:54 PM

Prob true about the hinging. Would be a first time attempt for me. Concerning the little proton packs, if there's anyone out there that has the figures or just the packs alone and is willing to sell em, hit me up and let me know how much. Much appreciated! Devil

  • Member since
    December, 2005
  • From: Upstate New York
Posted by spencer1984 on Friday, October 21, 2016 6:57 AM

aussiemuscle308

It took a long time to find a picture of the actual backpack for that set that he mentioned

Sorry, brain fart - I didn't even think about including a photo. Thanks for posting that.

The cheapest I found the set (and where I got mine) was $15 on Amazon.com

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