I Build Cars Also: The 1/25 Buick 1966 Wildcat
I have posted a lot of aircraft and armor lately so I thought it was time to change subject matter. Yes, I also enjoy building cars/trucks. I don’t build these as much b/c IMHO cars are the most challenging, especially when going for a showroom appearance. Capturing that perfect, high-gloss, paint job is a labor of love. Primer, Sanding, More Primer, Sanding, Base Coat, Sanding, More Base Coat, Sanding, Gloss coat, sanding, polishing, washing, waxing…you get the idea.
This past year I received a request to build a car model of a 1966 Buick Wildcat Muscle Car. I actually never heard of the Wildcat so I was anxious to get a look at what I was building. The young gentleman who commissioned the build then presented me with an older 1/25 AMT Buick Wildcat box. SO that is a Wildcat. I did my research and proceeded to build.
The kit was one of these semi-curbside kits meaning it had a basic engine but engine compartment suspension, and chassis was over simplified. It actually used metal rod axles so it would roll but not very realistic. The owner of the kit was satisfied with this limitation so I did not need to enhance the chassis and suspension aspect of this model. I did enhance the basic engine a bit and added some wiring. I also purchased aftermarket tires and Craiger rims. I also added some better sport seating from a Dodge Challenger kit.
The customer asked for a metallic maroon finish selected from a reference photograph. I did my best with the detail painting to bring out and enhance what little detail existed in this basic kit. Even with these basic modifications the build was fairly easy, and straight-forward compared to some of my other auto builds. The paint was the most challenging aspect and when it comes to building cars I have had more luck using a rattle can then my trusty airbrush. So for the paint on this car I used a spray can of Testors Lacquer, along with another can of Testors wet gloss. This was sprayed over a few layers of Testors grey lacquer primer. I was satisfied with the outcome so I cleaned up the paint, polished, and waxed. The Wildcat was good to go, and the customer very satisfied. Hope you enjoy the pictures.
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