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Resto Rods 1966 Ford Galaxie 500

June 2006
RELATED TOPICS: AMT | 1/25
1966 Ford Galaxie 500
AMT/Ertl No. 38379
Model Type: Injection-molded styrene
Molded Colors: Gray, clear
Scale: 1/25
MSRP: $13.95
Pros:Straightforward assembly
Cons: Front axle interferes with engine placement
This kit can be built in three versions: factory stock, street machine, or 1960s NASCAR stock car. I chose the newer street-machine version. With this version, you can use the 20-inch chrome rims and updated engine pieces that really give the kit a sleek, clean look.


I only encountered one problem during assembly, and that was with the front axle assembly. After installing the front axle, I found that the engine would not fit. There are two solutions: slot the oil pan or cut a section of axle so the engine fits properly. I found that the easiest method was to cut the axle. With that problem out of the way, the rest of the kit went together without a hitch.


The two major areas of assembly are the engine and the interior. These assemblies have the most pieces; however, if the instructions are followed, you will have no problem.


I painted the engine Ford Blue and painted the interior tan suede. The chassis only needs to have the rear differential and exhaust system glued on.


I chose to keep the chassis simple, so I painted the exhaust system silver, and used Testor's flat black and gloss black in areas that needed a little bit of additional detailing.


As with the 2006 Mustang kit, the plastic the model is molded from is a little soft. If you apply either the primer or color too heavily, crazing will occur; you have to apply light coats of primer and color.


I applied red-oxide lacquer primer to the body before applying the color coat. There was no problem with crazing while applying the primer; it wasn't until I applied the color coat that the crazing appeared.


I waited for the first coat of color to dry, then sanded the body lightly with 600-grit paper. After that, I applied a light coat and let that dry for a half an hour. I followed up with two wet coats of color. On the rest of the kit, I used Testor's paints, and had no problems with crazing of the plastic.


After allowing a day of drying time for the color coat, I applied Testor's Model Master foil to the areas that are supposed to be chrome. With that step finished, I applied three coats of urethane clear.


I gave the urethane clear at least two days of drying time before polishing the clear. When using urethane clear, you will only need 4000-, 8000- and 12000- grit paper.


Next I used Slick 'n' Smooth polish, supplied by Mike's Scale Speed Shop. It doesn't take too much time to have a highly polished model.


With the interior and chassis painted and assembled, and body painted and polished, it is time for final assembly.


The first step is to glue the glass into place. I then recommend painting the headliner to match the interior.
With the headliner painted, you can now attach the interior to the body. After piecing together the chassis, body and interior, all you will need to do is assemble the front and rear bumpers. The front bumper will need to have four headlights glued into place.


If you follow the instructions, you will have no problem piecing together the Ford Galaxie 500 kit. With time and patience, it will be a nice addition to your model collection.

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