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PostSubject: My AMT kit Christine   Mon Nov 24, 2014 10:03 pm

I just got the model-building bug again after dismantling and painting the interior of my diecast '49 Merc, so I was looking at the kit Christine (AMT's '58 Belvedere repackaged as a movie tie-in) online, and lo and behold, I found it at Michael's and got it today. I wanted the one molded in white because that's easier for hobbyists to paint but all they had was "molded in red" for the kids who don't want to paint them. Just have to be extra careful painting the roof: three coats, hours apart, like you're supposed to! Went all-out getting all the paint colors I think I need (even gloss red for the body so it won't look plastic), down to the more subdued metallic one for the grille and gold for the V on it.

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"Before." As is.

Even though it doesn't have the movie Christine's Fury engine, I like it because of the authenticity: the color scheme was a Belvedere's, not a Fury's.

Looks like my basement will be Darnell's garage for the next couple of days.

Looking forward to showing pictures of the result.

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PostSubject: Re: My AMT kit Christine   Mon Nov 24, 2014 11:26 pm

looking forward to seeing this done, i havent seen one assembled before Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: My AMT kit Christine   Tue Nov 25, 2014 12:26 pm

Cool. I would like to get one but I don't really buy from online and no stores ever carry anything like that here. Walmart around here finally started getting model kits again but they are the usual ones but a few Dukes Of Hazzard kits.


Someone gave me an Ecto 1A a few months ago.

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PostSubject: Re: My AMT kit Christine   Wed Nov 26, 2014 11:46 am

I'm impressed that you can (still) do that intricate (type) work Serge. I'd have to wear cheater readers the whole way through. When I wear them too much, I feel they mess my eyes up even more. I look forward to your build. Post lots of progress photos please...

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PostSubject: Re: My AMT kit Christine   Wed Nov 26, 2014 2:23 pm

"OK. Show me."

Darnell's garage:

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This is my second time spray-painting model-car parts. Did it with the body (not perfect but looked fine once the car came together), the roof, flat red for the interior, and metallic and flat-black parts.

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Looks like I'm this Christine's first victim: the X-Acto knife got me.

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Filed off the chrome on the bottom, painted the grille, blackwashed the grille with shoe polish, learned that petroleum-based shoe polish takes off paint of the same kind, and so I painted the grille again.

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The store didn't have dark red so sometimes you have to punt.

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One of several setbacks was having the chassis pop off the floor pan as I was wrestling the body onto it. Others included having my painter's tape take paint off the trim and having a part with glue on it fly onto the windshield, so I had to use my Turtle Wax headlight-restoration kit to get the blotch out. So the windshield isn't pristine but looks like it has some wear like a real car. Yeah, that's it. I meant to do that. The biggest challenge was getting naturally slightly warped plastic in the chassis frame to bend to my will. Here's hoping super-glue gel and rubber bands while the glue sets do the trick.

The only things holding the mufflers in place are the chassis frame and, trying anyway, the glue on the tailpipes.

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Had to refinish the roof AGAIN after a possibly thinner-tainted finger left a print. (I'd been using a clean, unused washcloth to hold the car but forgot.) Except for that, the antenna, and waiting for the glue and rubber bands to bend the chassis into shape, the car's done.

Something to compare this to: somebody made a decent AMT Christine to make a diorama of filming one of the movie's scenes.

Thanks, furvedere. Actually I have to take my distance-vision glasses off to do close work, so readers or bifocals are coming soon.

Update: A paper clip is holding her axle steady as more glue dries but she's done.

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PostSubject: Re: My AMT kit Christine   Wed Nov 26, 2014 6:16 pm

She's perfecto now! Yes, windshields were always a frustration for me too. Beautiful job Serge!

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PostSubject: Re: My AMT kit Christine   Wed Nov 26, 2014 6:38 pm

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She's perfecto now! Yes, windshields were always a frustration for me too. Beautiful job Serge!

Bob
lol! at Arnie Cunningham quote or reference. "She's perfecto now!" lol! also this true some models aren't painted red?

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PostSubject: Re: My AMT kit Christine   Wed Nov 26, 2014 7:14 pm

Well, the '57 and '58 Furys only came in cream with gold trim as you probably know. My 1:18 stock Fury is still on a shelf over my desk; Christine's on a "pedestal" in a corner of the room.

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PostSubject: Re: My AMT kit Christine   Wed Nov 26, 2014 8:23 pm

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Well, the '57 and '58 Furys only came in cream with gold trim as you probably know. My 1:18 stock Fury is still on a shelf over my desk; Christine's on a "pedestal" in a corner of the room.

I know buck skin beige. But I heard plastic models being blue. Sad

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PostSubject: Re: My AMT kit Christine   Wed Nov 26, 2014 8:27 pm

I've never seen a plastic Fury. I've seen lots of diecasts now all red because of Christine and in black too.

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PostSubject: Re: My AMT kit Christine   Wed Nov 26, 2014 8:32 pm

This model kit is only in red right? Loll

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PostSubject: Re: My AMT kit Christine   Wed Nov 26, 2014 8:55 pm

It comes in white or red, white being preferred by hobbyists because they like to paint everything to make it authentic. All my store had was the red one but that wasn't really a problem. I ended up putting four coats of spray-paint white on the roof.

My Christine has all the parts she came with except the front windows (I wanted to show off the interior) and fender skirts (I love 'em but Christine doesn't have them).

These models are intricate; they were a teenager's hobby in the '50s, hurt by the rise of video games and the Internet I guess. They can be VERY frustrating to build, especially if you're obsessive and perfectionistic like me (building the chassis and trying to fit the body on it were hell; lost one tiny piece, turning the room upside down to find it; another delicate piece broke in three, which I put back together). Good thing I not only stocked up on paint and brushes (which are probably wrecked from dried paint unless I soak them in trisodium phosphate) but have supplies great for hobby emergencies, from super-glue gel, paper clips (as clamps), and rubber bands to that headlight-restoration kit to save damaged model-car "glass" (basically you wet-sand the plastic with a special liquid and use rubbing compound before and after, hoping for the best; I got it to save diecast windshields, for which it works like a charm, better than on model-car plastic, which is thinner, more delicate).

Of course the appeal is you get to know the car really well. I saved the instructions I got online because they name all the parts (the kit instructions didn't; I guess the company's trying to go global by not using much English).

But I love diecasts; they have weight reminding you of real cars and they can be very well made. If you have a low frustration tolerance so building models is out of the question, or don't have time for that, they're the way to go.

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PostSubject: Re: My AMT kit Christine   Wed Nov 26, 2014 9:12 pm

I do. But my dad don't. I can get a bit annoyed. But sure if I am building a Christine I be more relaxed. Smile so what is this model made out of?

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PostSubject: Re: My AMT kit Christine   Wed Nov 26, 2014 9:15 pm

Plastic with rubber tires.

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PostSubject: Re: My AMT kit Christine   Wed Nov 26, 2014 9:17 pm

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Plastic with rubber tires.

Thanks. I wanna get two of these kits. Can't believe there is no English instructions. I bet all china models have English instructions. lol!

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PostSubject: Re: My AMT kit Christine   Wed Nov 26, 2014 11:33 pm

turned out good Serge Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: My AMT kit Christine   Sun Nov 30, 2014 8:17 pm

Thanks, JAG.

Tried to improve the finish — partly dismantled the rear and tried another coat of paint — but lesson learned. For big pieces being spray-painted, enamel is the worst. If I ever build model cars again, the body will get primer and lacquer.

Fixed her alignment by C-clamping one corner of the chassis and adding a "bar" to the frame for reinforcement, and by adding little plastic shims to the opposite front wheel.

Best discovery: Bare-Metal foil, as its slogan says, "the answer to modelers' prayers." It's super-thin and has adhesive that doesn't wreck your paint. You cut your piece, peel off the backing, lay it like tape, press it into place, then cut off the excess with an X-Acto knife. Truly chromed everything on the body that needed it, including, most important, the trim:

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The antenna kept breaking off so I shortened a pin and made the hole bigger to fit it.

Ended up costing me almost as much as a decent diecast and almost my sanity but there's some sense of accomplishment knowing the car inside out.

I'd give my Christine a C+ (problems with the finish; again, ignorance about the best kind of paint for the body); maybe an honorable mention in a model contest if anything. Looks cool lurking in her corner of the room, on her pedestal, waiting to strike next.

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PostSubject: Re: My AMT kit Christine   Sun Nov 30, 2014 8:42 pm

Serge, I think it still came out very well even with the problems you had. I think it looks fantastic! Was this a test run for your own full scale Christine? Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: My AMT kit Christine   Sun Nov 30, 2014 8:49 pm

Nice work on the model Serge! It should get the Arnie Cunningham seal of approval!

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PostSubject: Re: My AMT kit Christine   Sun Nov 30, 2014 8:52 pm

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Nice work on the model Serge! It should get the Arnie Cunningham seal of approval!

Yeah I like it very much.

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PostSubject: Re: My AMT kit Christine   Sun Nov 30, 2014 8:53 pm

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You're all very kind.

Definitely a test run for the real late-'50s-very early '60s car I want.

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PostSubject: Re: My AMT kit Christine   Sun Nov 30, 2014 9:33 pm

Excellent Serge, I think if one has the patience for a model car then one would have the patience for a full scale or real car. Every project has its up and downs. Patience is key Smile Do you have a car in mind or are you still looking for this beauty?

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PostSubject: Re: My AMT kit Christine   Sun Nov 30, 2014 9:48 pm

Still looking, pending employment (laid off a month ago; I'm a Web content copywriter and have been a newspaper proofreader). Right before I lost my job I found a metallic light blue '58 Bel Air (those Christine-like twin headlights; beautiful). Got to start her. Nice price too. But my Spidey sense told me to hold onto my savings.

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PostSubject: Re: My AMT kit Christine   Sun Nov 30, 2014 10:16 pm

Good call Serge, Its better to play it safe even if one finds a good deal. Sorry to hear about your job. Im sure you will find another. Ive been a busy guy at my job lately but as much as im at the VA all I can do is hope I can hang on to it. After serving over seas a few times and made it back both ive taken on some injuries. Specially with my back..not so good..

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PostSubject: Re: My AMT kit Christine   Sun Nov 30, 2014 10:28 pm

Thanks.

Sorry to hear that, Brian, and thanks for your service; I probably wouldn't have lasted a week but I wear a Navy/Marine brown leather flight jacket (no insignia since I didn't earn any) as a tribute to you guys.

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PostSubject: Re: My AMT kit Christine   Sun Nov 30, 2014 10:55 pm

Thanks Serge! Smile Very kind of you to say that.. Love the jacket. To be honest that's one of my favorites. I still have a lot of my fatigues. I did the airborne school which was the excelled course. So not at all like the ranger school. I could of never done that. That's a whole other breed. But I was a jumper! So I have my parachute wings or badge as some call it. But I do have a jacket very similar to that! I even have a pair of the bunny boots if your at all familiar with them! All for the jumpers!

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PostSubject: Re: My AMT kit Christine   Sun Nov 30, 2014 10:57 pm

82nd, 101st, or another?

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PostSubject: Re: My AMT kit Christine   Sun Nov 30, 2014 11:27 pm

I was in the 507th jump school out of Fort Benning Georgia. Then was attached to the 34th ID in MN or better known as the RedBull Division. Which usually again you were attached to a aviation unit. I had two shoulder patches. One of 101st and the other was the shield of the shooting star. Which was a support unit patch. And I think now it is more widely worn patch. I did at one time also wear the RedBull patch but later it was replaced with the shooting star patch when the military went under reorganization. Smile

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PostSubject: Re: My AMT kit Christine   Mon Dec 01, 2014 12:09 am

Thanks. I knew a PA National Guardsman who trained at Fort Benning. The revival of Army aviation is interesting. Lots of choppers of course and Army air is limited by law to protect the Air Force's turf. Still, after its independence, the Air Force was so enamored of its strategic (nuke) role with bombers and ICBMs that SecDef McNamara considered giving tac air back to the Army.

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PostSubject: Re: My AMT kit Christine   Mon Dec 01, 2014 12:31 pm

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