A poll on whether to restore or leave alone
Posted 15 May 2016 - 02:40 PM
I have my MPC 1957 Corvette that every time I look at it I want to restore it as built. I even have a Testors muscle car color can of paint that's really close to original paint.
Then the other side of me says its only original once. Boy, the windshield got some serious glue damage.
What do you think. I have MPC model kit that I picked up to restore it now I wish I hadn't. What to do what to do?
Posted 15 May 2016 - 03:09 PM
Sounds like that's what you really want to do.
Posted 15 May 2016 - 04:23 PM
Personally, I would leave it alone as a "survivor", but I suggest you do what you would feel best about. It's what makes YOU happy that counts.
Posted 15 May 2016 - 05:06 PM
Seeing as you have another kit, how about leaving the original body as original, and duplicate it with the new kit?
Best of both?!
Posted 15 May 2016 - 05:40 PM
I have thought about that and it would be the easier way to go. I have a whole tray of body mount post from hard model type bodies off of other bodies that were trash.to adapt to the new body. I like challenges though. Some older guys once in awhile bring old restored slots and race them instead of their regular weekly classes they run at one of our local tracks.
Posted 15 May 2016 - 07:08 PM
I say just clean it up, put it in tip-top mechanical condition, & have fun running it on the track.
What have the older guys been doing to restore their old slots? You don't want to restore yours to a higher level than theirs, if you want to run with them,
If a chicken coop has 4 doors, does that make it a sedan?
Posted 15 May 2016 - 07:38 PM
I'd just clean it up if it were mine.
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Posted 15 May 2016 - 08:59 PM
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Posted 15 May 2016 - 10:20 PM
Some of the guys do a complete dare I say amateur restoration (they are really nice) Some guys tear them completely down clean and replace what parts that are common like brushes, give motor a cleaning/tune up maybe buy a NOS replacement motor if original missing, Ortman tires from Electric dreams if they fit their brand of car/rims. No foam tire replacement unless they came with them. Some repaint ,copying original paint scheme. Nothing too drastic. I have run a couple of my cox cars its fun because you really have to drive those old cars.
Posted 16 May 2016 - 02:24 AM
I'd cleaned it up and replace the windshield with the one from the kit.
This is what I was thinking.But clean and try to bring it back before going full resto.
Posted 16 May 2016 - 01:08 PM
They are only original once. Clean it up but don't alter anything.
Just my opinion
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Posted 16 May 2016 - 03:28 PM
To me it depends on the history of the car. If it is a famous racer, I leave it alone. Since none of my cars
are of historical value, I have been restoring them. Besides, I don't want anyone to see what a crappy
solderer I was as a kid.
Posted 18 May 2016 - 02:57 PM
Restore it for the fun of restoring it! Add the flair or quality of workmanship you dreamed of when you did it the first time!
Posted 18 May 2016 - 05:06 PM
I'm a modeler so I would do my best to make it look like Chris Clark had his way with it.
In other words... better than restore!
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Posted 18 May 2016 - 09:50 PM
Hey, thanks for all the opinions. I made up my mind after looking at every ones ideas and advise.(posts) I am starting on it this weekend and as soon as I am done I will repost some new pictures of it.