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PostSubject: '49 Mercury Eight coupe   Wed Nov 19, 2014 12:35 am

People love these first postwar-design Mercs for two reasons: James Dean (actually I'm not a fan but I see the handsome appeal) and because hot-rodders then loved to customize them, making Lead Sleds; lots of chopped rooflines. I prefer the coolness of the James Dean character's nearly stock black '49 in Rebel Without a Cause (the movie's overrated bunk but it looks cool; by the way, I think it's why Arnie wears a red jacket).

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Heresy: I like it better than the Danbury Mint one because it captures "the look," from the fender skirts to the low-slung body (not a lowrider but close). The more detailed, more expensive one rides too high off the ground and with its too-big whitewalls looks like Mickey Mouse should be driving, not a cool guy.

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Originally the Motormax car's seats, floor, dash, and door panels were yellowish-tan and the wheel black plastic, all unpainted. When I figured out I can dismantle these simple Motormax cars and paint the interiors, I went to town on this one, buying three shades of gray paint including a spray can, black and silver paint, and three brushes to re-create the movie car's interior. Luckily for me, the dash is actually well molded like a model kit's. It just needed to be finished.

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Also, gloss red paint for the taillights and I blackwashed the grille with black shoe polish.

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PostSubject: Re: '49 Mercury Eight coupe   Wed Nov 19, 2014 9:12 pm

Nice car!

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