CC In Scale: A Look Inside Part 3 – American And European Cars

Okay, this time we’re continuing where we left off four weeks back, as we work our way through my main display area. Just try to ignore what’s in the back row behind these, I know it isn’t easy….

We’ve seen the Austin-Healey 100/6 before. This is an ancient Revell kit from the fifties, with a multi-piece body – the body sides glue onto the body top, trapping the chassis and interior inside. This can leave nasty (but prototypical) join lines along the front and rear fender tops. I went for an ‘idealized’ look and sanded the joints smooth. I’m sure the designer’s original sketch didn’t have visible joints;

The rest of these are modern kits. That means a single-piece body usually, except for opening panels. Maybe the pans under the bumpers might be a separate part, though the Japanese can usually mold those as part of the main body shell too.

Next up, a modern Porsche. Well, it was modern back when I built it.

This Cayman S is a fairly simple Fujimi kit, but I used colours to the max along with some weathering to enhance the molded-in detail and fool the eye into seeing more depth around the engine than is actually there. And a subtle custom orange metalflake, because silver is so overdone. I’m sure Porsche would have done a custom colour- for a whopper of a price, of course.

Now we come to some Mopars.

While some modellers have turned Revell’s excellent ’68-9 Dodge Dart kits into Aussie Valiant hardtops (different front fenders and grille, and RHD dash), that’s not a conversion I’ve tried.

Here’s a recent build, a yellow/white vinyl top GTS without stripes. In such a conservative colour scheme, it hardly looks like a GTS at all.

And here’s a blue ’69.

Just watch out for that 383. Hemi, you ask? Another time…

Where Darts lurk, can Dusters be far behind? Not around here! This one’s AMT’s street machine version, with a Viper-esque intake and wheels. Otherwise it’s the same (excellent) Duster 340 kit from around 2000.

And here’s a stock one. Well, apart from the paint, that is. And that interior – not a factory choice but it looks good to me. All done with colour.

I do like cars from the muscle era – something to do with getting my licence back then and having to drive the family Falcon. And dream.

So here’s a ’70 Torino Cobra, painted in a period Ford Australia green. We had so many cool colours back then it’s hard to keep them straight in my mind. I think this was Sherwood Green, as used on our Falcon hardtops (the Mad Max cars) which were like a 7/8-scale Torino.

One good Torino deserves another. This one’s a GT, again in a local Ford colour – Yellow Blaze.

There are others – for another time.

Returning to Mopar for our last car for the day, and it’s the ’71 Charger. Another great AMT kit from the nineties, this Super Bee (excuse the R/T doors) is lowered, runs the Hemi, and wheels from a (shh…) Toyota Prius!

Paint is Aussie Ford Wild Violet. Here’s another Charger this time a 440 R/T in a bright metallic pink.

Next time we’ll finish looking at the display before forging off in some other direction. See you then!