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1961 Pontiac Catalina
Posted by smellyfatdude on Wednesday, September 26, 2018 9:54 AM

I finished this while on a recent break from work, the Moebius ' 61 Catalina. Box stock, aside from the wheels and tires, which are courtesy of AMT. The color is Krylon satin Bright White, over Rustoleum satin Seaside, and Tamiya TS-13 clear coat.

 

 

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Posted by smellyfatdude on Wednesday, September 26, 2018 9:55 AM

A few more.

 

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Posted by smellyfatdude on Wednesday, September 26, 2018 9:55 AM

The 1:1 interior photo I used for reference,  and my finished interior.

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Posted by chucky on Wednesday, September 26, 2018 7:22 PM

Nice! Crisp details and slick paint and color choices. The interior is as important on this era car as the exterior. The two-tone and tri-color interiors were a hallmark of the times and really make a build when replicated authentically. Great job, SFD!  Thumbs Up

chucky

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Posted by charger74 on Wednesday, September 26, 2018 8:44 PM

It is really nice,  really like your color choice

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Posted by nottheband on Wednesday, September 26, 2018 9:16 PM

Beautiful build of a beautiful car, great detailing and paintwork for the interior.  How is the Moebius kit, any issues or major problems?  I'm curious as to why you chose to replace the wheels.  Thanx, and cheers.

Steve

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Posted by justmike on Wednesday, September 26, 2018 10:06 PM

That is a very nice build. Its a great interior and the body color is nice. What also caught my eye is what I barely see; those windows look immaculate. Did you have to polish them or are they like that right out of the kit?

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Posted by smellyfatdude on Thursday, September 27, 2018 9:55 AM

Thanks for the nice comments on my Poncho, it's appreciated. There are definite fit issues with the way the front grill sits. The radiator support is a little too far forward, and I believe if I built another one I'd shave down the front edge of the inner fenderwells, to get it to sit further back. As it was, I had to do a lot of shaving to the back of the grill, and in this picture you can see just what a tight fit it is. Still, I did get it to sit just perfect. But even after lots of superglue and five minute epoxy, as well as holding it it in place so long that I couldn't feel my fingertips anymore, I went to bed thinking it looked just great. Of course before everything dried, it managed to ooze itself out of place a bit. Bang Head

I changed the wheels and tires simply because they suited the day two look I was going for, and because the choices in the Moebius kit were limited to the Pontiac 8 lug wheels, or poverty caps. The www in the kit also lacked any sidewall detail. I think the vintage Firestones and full wheel covers look much more suitable. Smile, Wink & Grin

By the time the windows were ready to install, after all the handling they'd received during foiling and test fitting, they were absolutely filthy from my fingerprints. So a good cleaning with a damp sponge, along with a good polish with a clean cloth were a must. Whistling

Thanks again, everyone!

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Posted by nottheband on Thursday, September 27, 2018 6:40 PM

G'day, sfd, thanx for the feedback on the kit, and also the reason for your wheel selection.  It's interesting to get builders' thought processes on why something is done a certain way, or particular options are used in the build.  We're all different, and want something unique in our builds. 

BTW I had to zoom in to see the grille gap, thanx for the heads up, it's not a major crapper in my opinion, and I'm gunna get one of these Pontiac kits.  Cheers, thanx again.

Steve

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  • From: Canberra, Australia
Posted by aussiemuscle308 on Thursday, September 27, 2018 7:06 PM
fabulous!
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Posted by Samiches on Thursday, September 27, 2018 8:28 PM

chucky

Nice! Crisp details and slick paint and color choices. The interior is as important on this era car as the exterior. The two-tone and tri-color interiors were a hallmark of the times and really make a build when replicated authentically. Great job, SFD!  Thumbs Up

 

I second this.  Well done SFD!

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Posted by litespeedsae on Thursday, September 27, 2018 8:33 PM

I triple it. Very clean build. Lot's of challenges with the delicate chrome areas. One of the lightest Catalina's in 1:1. A drage strip winner in the day.

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Posted by oldcarguy on Friday, September 28, 2018 2:57 PM

Now ;

 That's what I call an automobile . Yup ! Only my real one was a Ventura . Bonneville wheels , Blacked out grills and a slight drop forward . Custom glove leather in the original pattern only two shades of leather .

 389 Bored , Stroked and Balanced  with a custom manufactured Automatic ( so the wife could drive it ) and beefed up air suspension from Cadillac motor division . The two four barrel carburators are the biggest I had ever seen . Mileage ?  We won't go there .

 Burnouts , well , with the Auto it could be done with the Posi from a 3/4 ton Chevy truck . Interesting stripes , indeed ! That beautiful " Bubble-Top " look and fine lines said PONTIAC with flair !  Boy do I miss that car !  .O.C.G.     P.S. You've done a beautiful job on the  "Queen of the Road " 

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Posted by oldcarguy on Friday, September 28, 2018 3:04 PM

SFD ;

 The grill problem is not only yours . It was a stinker when it originally hit the model shelves years ago . What I did , was because of the grill design , was grind enough off the flat mesh in the back ( the vertical area ) was almost  gone . Replaced it with fine fishing net from a boat model . Still looked good though .The grill then fit perfect !

gjgeracci
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  • From: Spring, Tx
Posted by modelcarjr on Friday, September 28, 2018 3:37 PM

Looks good, SFD! Color choice is fantastic and applied well, as usual! I just bought the AMT 66 Pontiac and am looking forward to building it. Nice job on your 61! I may ge t that one too!  I hope this is not the last one you build this year! CoolThumbs Up

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  • From: Canada
Posted by smellyfatdude on Sunday, September 30, 2018 10:47 AM

Thanks everyone, glad you like it. Now, what kind of cornball adds the aerial after the build? Mmm . . . me, I guess. Whistling

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  • From: long island, new york
Posted by chucky on Sunday, September 30, 2018 6:30 PM

I guess you were waiting to see the "reception" from the group. Laugh

chucky

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