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AMT/Ertl 1969 Plymouth GTX Hardtop
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Posted: Tuesday, June 02, 2020 - 10:53 AM UTC
So, while I was plugging away at the 1957 Ford Gasser & the 1974 Plymouth Valiant Scamp, this one was quietly being assembled in the background:


So far the kit has been very pleasurable (never thought I'd say that about an AMT kit), and the fit has been quite good with no major issues or flash. The plan is a bronze body with a tan interior. Here is where I am now.





Might paint the fuel tank a different color (like gray). Not sure yet.

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Posted: Tuesday, June 02, 2020 - 11:22 AM UTC
I'm so glad to see that I'm not the only one with multiple builds simmering along in the styrene kitchen Jim!

Very neat work so far, looking good.

I build this kit for the Demolition Derby Group Build back in 2010 and I recall it was a pretty good kit to work on.



The decals are from a mixed bag of spares I picked up from a swap meet. I had a quiet smile putting a Revell sponsorship decal on the AMT kit

Looking forward to more progress shots.

Cheers, D
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Posted: Tuesday, June 02, 2020 - 11:26 AM UTC
Thanks, D. Hopefully more progress this weekend.

That's a pretty cool looking GTX you've got there.

Jim
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Posted: Tuesday, June 02, 2020 - 11:45 AM UTC
Looking good so far Jim.
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Posted: Tuesday, June 02, 2020 - 12:50 PM UTC
Thanks, David.

Jim
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Posted: Tuesday, June 02, 2020 - 01:30 PM UTC
James. Nice work on your GTX, looks like a decent kit from AMT, i like to paint my gas tanks steel, just an idea.
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Posted: Wednesday, June 03, 2020 - 01:51 AM UTC
Jim,
I always liked the GTX series, and the 1969 car certainly an excellent choice. I did have a 1965 Pontiac LeMans, and the GTX certainly seems to have borrowed a good deal of it's looks in it's profile.

The chassis really looks good as does your treatment of the tires and wheels.

As far as the gas tank color goes, I'm pretty sure that on my LeMans it was undercoated right along with the entire chassis in what I always called Tar Black.

Looking forward to your next update for sure.

And D, the master of multi-builds, I've never been able to work on more then one kit at a time. Other wise I loose interest and focus, and nothing ever got done, or worse both kits were rushed and certainly looked the part.

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Posted: Wednesday, June 03, 2020 - 02:10 AM UTC
Thanks for the positive comments, guys. I appreciate it. Hoping to get more done this weekend.

Jim
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Posted: Wednesday, June 03, 2020 - 06:50 AM UTC
Super choice of model. The GTX is one of my favorites.
I have seen the tank in black as well as in a bare metal look. A grey color would certainly add some tonal variaty to the bottom, of the car.
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Posted: Wednesday, June 03, 2020 - 07:39 AM UTC
Thanks, Jesper. Glad you like it. Working on the interior now.

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Posted: Sunday, June 28, 2020 - 03:45 AM UTC
Just so you guys don't think I've been totally slacking on my GTX build (ok, I've been totally slacking!), here are a couple of progress shots of the interior. The colors are Tamiya TS-46 Light Sand with a gloss coat on the seats, Tamiya XF-52 Flat Earth for the dash & carpet, and Tamiya XF-68 NATO Brown for the floor mats. I used craft paint for the "wood grain" on the console & door panels. The gauges & radio are from Best Model Car Parts. Steering wheel will also be Flat Earth.





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Posted: Sunday, June 28, 2020 - 09:32 AM UTC
Jim,
The interior really looks great.

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Posted: Sunday, June 28, 2020 - 12:20 PM UTC
Thanks, Joel.

Jim
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Posted: Sunday, June 28, 2020 - 02:26 PM UTC
Looking good Jim. I really like the color combinations.
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Posted: Sunday, June 28, 2020 - 11:58 PM UTC
Thanks, David.

Jim
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Posted: Sunday, July 05, 2020 - 09:31 AM UTC
Managed to get the body for the GTX just about wrapped up. Just some chrome trim & final assembly to go.



The flat black stripes on the hood caused me a lot of stress, but I think they came out ok in the end.

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Posted: Sunday, July 05, 2020 - 12:48 PM UTC
Coming together very nicely Jim, I really like the body colour!

The flat black stripes are hard to pick up in the photo, not sure if it's just my monitor.

Cheers, D
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Posted: Sunday, July 05, 2020 - 01:05 PM UTC
Thanks, D. The color is Testors Extreme Lacquer Bronze. I think the flat black stripes might be difficult to see due to the angle of the photo. Once I get it completely assembled, I'll post some better photos.

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Posted: Monday, July 06, 2020 - 01:24 AM UTC
Jim,
The Metallic Bronze really turned out pretty darn good. Like D, I really can't see the black stripes on the hood from the angle that the picture was taken.

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Posted: Monday, July 06, 2020 - 01:39 AM UTC
Thanks, Joel. I like how the bronze came out, too. It's a little redder on the 1:1 inspiration, but it's different. Funny thing is, I actually picked bronze for this car to make sure that it looked nice for the bronze for the Oldsmobile 442 engine. Kind of backwards, I know.

Yes, I'm going to have to post some better photos soon.

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Posted: Tuesday, July 07, 2020 - 06:58 AM UTC
Jim,
Looking forward to your pictures for sure.

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Posted: Wednesday, July 08, 2020 - 04:09 AM UTC
Interior looks great James. The gauges, from Best model car parts, are they PE parts, decals or...? They look pretty amazing.

Love the body color. Nice and shiny.
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Posted: Wednesday, July 08, 2020 - 05:03 AM UTC
Thanks, Jesper. The gauges are actually printed on photo paper, then you just white glue them onto the dash. I've used them is several cars. Beats painting, I can tell you that! Here's a link to his eBay store: Best Model Car Parts

So, I'm calling this one done. Put the finishing touches on it last night. It was a really nice build.











I did add a rearview mirror from the parts box as one was not included in the kit, the Ploy-Glass GT tires are also from the parts box, and the 1969 California plates are from the Revell 1969 Chevrolet Nova SS kit. Seemed appropriate. A point of contention that I have, and maybe this is just me, but the model on the box clearly shows a driver's side door mirror; however, one is not included in the kit. Seriously! It is missing the horn from the engine bay. I don't know if I never had it, or I tossed it by accident, or what; but I'm not that concerned about it. What is a little concerning is that the tail light lenses that were in the box (I got this kit as an open kit from another modeler) were not the correct lenses for the kit. So, if anyone happens to have a spare set of tail light lenses for the AMT/Ertl 1969 Plymouth GTX I'd greatly appreciate the help. Oh, and a driver's side door mirror.

Thanks for looking!

Jim
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Posted: Wednesday, July 08, 2020 - 09:56 AM UTC
Jim,
the paint job with the Black stripes really shows up quite nicely now. I'd say for sure that you really nailed that finish.

What a shame that the tail light lenses and the side view mirror just went POOF

As a last resort, you could use Krystal Kleer with a drop or two of Red acrylic paint and slowly build up the lenses to the edge of the bezels. Wish that I could help you with the side view mirror, but I don't have one that comes close to what you need.

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Posted: Wednesday, July 08, 2020 - 11:35 AM UTC
Thanks, Joel. I don't think the side mirror was ever in the kit.

Jim