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Ok, so I've made a major mistake. 20 years ago I used to build models constantly. Non-stop. Then I started to play with the "real" Pontiacs and haven't touched a model for 20 years. This weekend (Labor Day) I've really begun to clean out my work/storage area in the basement to get ready for some remodeling projects (ironic, huh?). I started to sort through hundreds of kits I purchased two decades ago. Wow, talk about stoking an old fire. Tons of neat stuff. I remembered having some photo albums of some of my old "builds" so I thought I'd make a section of toys and post the albums here. Came across a few I forgot I even had. Many made it overseas to a collector that I wish I had back too. I guess that happens no matter what scale Pontiac you might have. 1:25 or 1:1...sometimes you just wish you had 'em back. Enjoy!
I've been building model cars since I was knee-high to a grasshopper. I got to the point where no manufacturer was offering what I wanted to build so I started snooping around, gathered some info and started mastering and casting my own parts and kits. I'm no master by any stretch and don't have the time or resources to invest in all kinds of equipment but I've arrived at a point where I can cast some pretty neat stuff that nobody else does and get to build 'em too!
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A fellow Pontiac lover was interested in having a model built of a car he had when he was younger. Although I used to build constantly, it had been about 10 years since I sat down and really put one together. I was excited to jump back in and do another 64 Catalina. About 7/8 years ago I created a 64 Catalina conversion I cast in resin which was nice and I was proud of it but there were a few things I wanted to do better. 

For this conversion, I started with an original 1964 AMT Grand Prix for the body and chassis and a 1964 Impala for the roof and glass. With some careful measuring and marking, I cut out the rectangle for the new roof, giving it a nice tight joint. After removing GP emblems, I used styrene stock strip to create the Catalina side moldings. The tips were filed down to a point to mimic the stock trim. I resin cast rocker molding from a 64 Grand Prix and used it as my base for the forward fender lower trim and the lower quarter trim behind the rear wheels. 

For the interior, I used a resin casting from the 64 Grand Prix as a base. The seats from the 62 Catalina were split in two, shortened and re-joined to create the front and rear 64 Catalina bench seats. I also resin cast arm rest bases/pads and window cranks to bring the old flat AMT interior to life and give it some depth. 

The motor is a 64 GTO tri-power motor that was drilled for plug wires and heater hoses. Nothing too fancy but adds a little more interest under the hood. The stock AMT chassis was used and detail painted. 

Original AMT 8 lugs were used from the GP kit and the customer supplied these super-cool cheater slicks and whitewalls which look killer!

Painting was a nightmare. The materials I had been using successfully for years were not doing the job this time. The car was primed and painted 4 times total but the color coat would repeatedly wrinkle and pull up. Jim Stuempfle came to the rescue with his expertise and primer that worked like a charm! Finally the Plastikote Dark Red Metallic and clear stayed put. After some wet sanding with 1000 grit and polishing with some old Turtle wax chrome polish I had in the garage, it looks a mile deep. 
This one was noticed by the editor of Models Cars Magazine and he had it shipped to Hawaii for a photo shoot and cover story for the Magazine. It was so cool to see and quite an honor. I do think that someone will build this actual car someday. It's a natural fit.
Like most of us I can't leave anything alone. I created and resin cast 8 lug wheels for the 1:18 scale Catalina and I was thrilled with the way they turned out. I put them on my red '62 (Bloody Mary) and Ed Anello put them on his '59 that looks AMAZING. I also modified a black 62 Cat (El Gato Negro) with Torq Thrust wheels. Modifying the big diecast is a fun and quick exercise in hot-rodding toys!
Some of my favorite graphics can be found on the vintage model boxes of the 60s and 70s. This was when companies had an art department and actually created art to drive your excitement to build while standing in the isle at the 5-and dime. They counted on these wild graphics to cause you to start tugging on your mom's coat to "buy this model for me"!