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Left home in the Lincoln, and came back with three more.

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Went out for a trip in the MKZ and ended up haunting a hobby shop in the area, one with a pretty good selection of new and out-of-production model kits. Since Lincolns in model kit form have never really been abundant, I thought it was time to stock up and nabbed this trio. The recently-reissued AMT '65 Continental convertible, an '80's reissue of the (ex MPC) AMT/Ertl '28 Lincoln Sport Touring, and a 1979 issue of the MPC '27 Lincoln Locke roadster. Some of you who were around in the '60's might remember the '65 as an "annual" kit from AMT, while the '27 and '28 were part of MPC's "Gangbusters" line of kits from the early '60's. In the mid '80's AMT/Ertl took over MPC so some of the old MPC kits were re-released later on as AMT/Ertl kits, like the Sport Touring version I have. Being an annual (promo-based) kit, the '65 is somewhat simplified and crude in spots, but the '27 and '28 kits (which obviously share many components) are extremely well detailed, even by today's standards. Eventually I'll get around to building them. 🙂

 

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Nice find

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Cool, why does the '65 look like a station wagon?

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On 10/15/2018 at 8:10 AM, MKZMark said:

Cool, why does the '65 look like a station wagon?

Because it comes with an optional custom wagon roof. The top of the box shows the two custom variants, the stock Continental convertible is shown on the side. It was fairly common for AMT box art of the era to highlight the custom version over the stock version. When the reissue came out I tried one as a wagon but kept the stock front and rear bumpers. I call it a "Continental Navigator" a concept car Lincoln might have tried to entice younger, upwardly-mobile family men back in '65. 🙂

 

39782637245_a836f7aa55_k.jpg1965 Lincoln Continental Navigator by Chuck Most, on Flickr

 

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You build a mean model car....very nice, although I'm not digging the Continental woody grocery getter!

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1 hour ago, MKZMark said:

You build a mean model car....very nice, although I'm not digging the Continental woody grocery getter!

I can't really blame you there, though to my credit I chose the more sedate version of the two wood grain patterns provided. 🙂

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Forgot about this one. It's based on the same '65 kit, just an earlier issue. Going off the idea that the Continental and T-Bird were related, and the fact that AMT makes a nice '62 T-Bird, I spliced the two to create a "what if" Continental Sports Roadster. The one I just bought might end up a little closer to stock than the two you've seen. 

21284997746_d31d12009d_z.jpg1965 Lincoln Continental Sport Roadster by Chuck Most, on Flickr

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How did you pant that one? Nice.

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3 hours ago, MKZMark said:

How did you pant that one? Nice.

That one was just sprayed with a rattle can, then polished out once the paint and clear had cured. It's Testors Mystic Emerald from their One Coat line- which is one of the few things Testors makes that isn't garbage. 

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The '28 is a done deal- I did it as a tattered old used car that was converted into a pickup in the late '40's, then used for a decade or so and tucked away in the barn. Apperently quite a few real luxury cars had more or less the same fate during WW2. So there it is... a Mark LT 80 years before the real one.

45682175311_36d852d48a_h.jpg1928 Lincoln Pickup Conversion by Chuck Most, on Flickr

🙂

 

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Perfect rat-rod.

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Pretty far from a rat rod.... but now I have an idea for the leftover touring car body. 

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Nice work!

I have a collection of plastic models accumulated over many years.  I was saving them for retirement.  I've never built any of them.  I'm sure some of them re worth something as they've been out of production for years.

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On 11/3/2018 at 2:15 PM, drolds1 said:

Nice work!

I have a collection of plastic models accumulated over many years.  I was saving them for retirement.  I've never built any of them.  I'm sure some of them re worth something as they've been out of production for years.

Some of them certainly might be. There are quite a few kits that were either only issued once, or haven't been reissued in 30+ years. That and a lot of it depends on subject matter. About ten years ago I snagged a mint, unbuilt '69 Continental "annual" kit by AMT for fifty bucks and I feel like I got it for a steal at that price. And yes, I did build it. There are guys who just collect unbuilt kits and, boy, does it ever rustle their jimmies when you actually build a rare oldie like that. 🙂

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I'll need to see if I can drag out a few of the other Lincolns I've got and get some pictures posted up. If you want to get into the modeling hobby and want to put a limit on your purchases a good way to do it would be to stick to readily-available Lincoln subjects. 😞

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3 hours ago, Smokestone10 said:

Some of them certainly might be. There are quite a few kits that were either only issued once, or haven't been reissued in 30+ years. That and a lot of it depends on subject matter. About ten years ago I snagged a mint, unbuilt '69 Continental "annual" kit by AMT for fifty bucks and I feel like I got it for a steal at that price. And yes, I did build it. There are guys who just collect unbuilt kits and, boy, does it ever rustle their jimmies when you actually build a rare oldie like that. 🙂

I'll have to drag them out of storage and take a look. 

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19 hours ago, drolds1 said:

I'll have to drag them out of storage and take a look. 

Judging by your screen name, I'm guessing at least a few of them are Oldsmobiles? 🙂 The old Johan Toros can fetch a surprising amount. Then again, almost any Johan kit will bring decent cash these days. 

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4 hours ago, Smokestone10 said:

Judging by your screen name, I'm guessing at least a few of them are Oldsmobiles? 🙂 The old Johan Toros can fetch a surprising amount. Then again, almost any Johan kit will bring decent cash these days. 

I wish.  I don't think so. 

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On 11/6/2018 at 3:04 AM, drolds1 said:

I wish.  I don't think so. 

Same here. I've wanted that Johan '66 Toronado kit for years... mostly because it's slightly more attainable and practical than a real '66 Toro would be. 🙂 Closest I have is the '70 Eldorado kit, which was a spin-off of the Toro kit. Just like the real cars, the kits share a lot of the mechanical components. Johan cut some corners though- the Eldorado still has the Olds V8- all they did was add Cadillac scripts to the valve covers. Maybe they could see into the future of the late '70's, when come Cadillacs were buitl with Olds powerplants. It was pretty common for kit manufacturers to change things like that... after all, they didn't think there'd still be interest in the subject matter 50 years down the road! Olds kits are pretty abundant- Revell just did an all new '50 coupe and '72 Cutlass Convertible  (both in two versions) and an '83 Hurst/Olds not too long ago. One of these days I'd like to take the AMT '66 4-4-2 and modify it into a four-door Cutlass like the one I used to have. 

Just for fun... here's a '70 Eldo I have. Yes, it's rare kit, and yes, I 'ruined' it by building it. 🙂I went with a "tattered Mary Kay special" theme. 

37088378264_783bc4c71c_k.jpg1970 Cadillac Eldorado by Chuck Most, on Flickr

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That's amazing!  Great job.👍

I do have a die-cast '70 Cutlass Supreme SX (which was a rare car) and a die-cast '69 Hurst Olds.

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I promised a few more Lincoln model photos, and today I finally dug a few of them out. I apologize for the dust on some of them. 

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This is the oldest one I have, a 1960 Continental annual kit by AMT, which I purchased years ago from a collector. I (re)built this one about ten years ago, and it's about due for another rebuild, due to it's condition and the fact my skills have gotten better in the years since. When I got it much of the interior was missing, and the side trim had been sanded off, so I went with a very mild custom style, and rebuild most of the missing interior components with parts from the common-as-dirt AMT '57 Chrysler kit. The boot came from a reissued '59 Imperial. 

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This '62 also began as a junker- it had been painted and partially assembled, then put away in the box for years. I stripped the paint, did some disassembly here and there, and did it as a modern custom. The original builder had converted it into a hardtop by clipping out the b-posts. I liked the look, so I kept it. If I remember, the copper hue I used was actually VHT header paint. 

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The '69, like the '60 and '62, began as an original AMT annual kit, but this was an untouched original kit when I got it. Kit collectors just love it when you actually build them. 😛 Again I went the mild custom route, with a matched padded top, lowered suspension, and Kelsey-Hayes mags from the '66 Mercury kit stuffed into the original 1969 tampo-printed Firestone narrow white walls. 

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This one is a tad embarrassing. I built it around 2006 as a hot rod, using the chintzy oversized wheels from one of the AMT/Ertl American Hot Rod kits, and a small block Ford V8, along with the "standard resto rod paint scheme" of cream and brown. Though the hood binds, the functional midship jump seats and foot rest sort of operate. 

 

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And finally... a beater '65 that was built from spares and finished a few days ago, and yet another original annual kit, this time a '68 in terrible need of a rebuild. IMG_7955.thumb.JPG.691957c42e44eba75a82a894e0c74bf1.JPGIMG_7960.thumb.JPG.27ed42e164674d2fcbd3c71ea2b69721.JPG

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You do amazing work!

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