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1966 Mercury Park Lane
Posted by JayDubs on Tuesday, April 21, 2020 2:41 PM

This is the latest quarantine based addition to my collection. AMT's 1966 Mercury Custom, courtesy of the guys at Round 2 Models. According to ScaleMates, this kit dates back to as early as 1966, perhaps as an annual kit. It shows. Not so much in the quality of the moldings as that was quite nice -- with a few exceptions, but moreso in the detail. Perhaps being a reissue of an annual kit plays into that.

According to the box art and the instructions this is a 3-in-1, with options for stock, drag and custom. I had all intentions of doing the custom if for no other reason that to stretch my skills, but upon closer inspection I found that in order to replicate the box art all of the side body trim would need to be sanded off and there is a lot of side body trim. Needless to say, I switched gears and decided to do a very basic box/factory stock build.

Choosing a metallic red finish from scalefinishes I was off to the races. As is usual, Jameston's paints go on like a dream, although in the vien of full disclosure, I may have been a bit heavy handed since the final finish had lots of orange peel. It's a shelf kit anyway, so no worries on my part. I topped it off with their SuperClear which smoothe out the orange peel some. For some reason, I chose to try to freehand the body side molding. *sigh* I should have taped it off. 

The interior is very basic, old school tub style with molded in console, separate front buckets, dash, shifter and rear seat. I just shot it all in semi-gloss black and picked out the details with a combination of aluminum and grimy black wash. 

No pics of the engine, although the kit comes with the 428 c.i. Super Marauder motor. The kit motor is fine, but I did no detailing and lost the distributor to the whims of the tweezers as it was being detail painted!! It might make a nice swap for you FoMoCo hotrodders.

No pics of the undercarriage either. Nothing really to see. No separate parts, everying down to the exhaust, driveshaft and front & rear suspensions are all molded in place. I could have detail painted it, but for a shelf kit I didn't want to put in the time and effort.

I do like the hubcaps and the detailed finning on them along with the really nice whitewalls. The front and rear bumpers are quite nicely chromed too and took a grimy black wash like a champ. Sadly, many of the emblems were lost under the paint.

Anyway, I'd only give this kit a 5/10. The subject matter is different (for me) but the effort that would have to go into this to make it a decent shower (chassis swap probably being the biggie aside from the body work to go custom) lowers the rating IMHO -- of course your mileage may vary.

Thanks for reading.

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Posted by mrmike on Tuesday, April 21, 2020 4:20 PM

Looks good!  I have this kit (an older version) in the stash, but I'm not sure what colors I want to use.  To be decided much later...

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Posted by midnightprowler on Tuesday, April 21, 2020 4:44 PM

Very nice. Wish I hadn't traded mine.

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Posted by Bainford on Tuesday, April 21, 2020 7:46 PM

Good looking Merc. 
I have an older issue in the stash, bought it on a whim because the price was right, though at the time I figured there was a good chance I'd never build it. Yet every time I see one on the forums, they always look so handsom. Yours is no exception. 

I really should build mine someday. 

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Posted by charger74 on Tuesday, April 21, 2020 9:18 PM

Looks very good

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Posted by arcturus on Wednesday, April 22, 2020 5:43 AM

This looks gorgous in red. I must get myslef another one of these. Thanks for inspiring me.

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Posted by JayDubs on Thursday, April 23, 2020 6:19 PM

Thanks everyone for the kind words. Always makes me feel good to get good feedback, especially on a kit/project that I'm less than happy with.

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Posted by arcturus on Friday, April 24, 2020 3:18 AM

Bare metal your emblems after you've primiered it. Paint the body and then with a cutting compound rub where the emblems are, and they'll show through and look delicious.

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Posted by JayDubs on Friday, April 24, 2020 10:59 AM
Thanks. Feedback noted! Will definitely do that next go-round.

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