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AMT 55 Chevy Pickup – Street Machine Beater

November 4, 2011

by Iggy Perez

The first time I saw this kit was a real long time ago. My brother and I were still teenagers. We had picked the kit in one of our favorites stores back then. At home, we were really amazed about it. My brother built that one pretty much the same as shown on the box. A long time later, yet quite some years ago :) I bough the same kit and gave it a little twist. My idea was to build a patched or half fixed “Street Machine Beater”.

One of the tricks I kept in mind from that original build my brother made, was the grille. As in my build too, you can actually see through the grille. The original part of the kit is sort of massive. What I did, as my brother did back then, was to cut a slice of plastic from the back of the grille until the holes were open. Pretty simple, but you can’t do it in every scale model as the grilles are usually too thin for that trick. But there are my other tricks for grilles, as you know (foto etched parts, or some thin mesh, etc).
This build isn’t full of details – but at least some small ones. Below, you can see the open glove compartment with a “V8” emblem in it. The shape of the “V8” emblem on the fender is marke with some rust… as if the car had rusted behind the emblem (may actually happen… as I thought while building this model)
There is another emblem on the seat of the pickup. The seat is covered with some painted tissue, to make it look somehow generic. The driver side is kind of broken – but not much. Just “very well used”. The half down window is there to give the build a little more “life”. Sometimes, scale models have everything so much in place, that it almost look unreal. Other tricks to give the build more “life” is to position the wheels (and steering wheel) half turned, or a trunk or door that doesn’t close completely and so on.
The driver side of this 55 Chevy is sort of patched and half fixed. You can see how the front fender has been repaired and has some primer on it. Both rear fenders seem to have been replaced all together. The bumpers are like new too – but many other things are just rusty.
The passenger side, is where you can find most of the rust and weathering in this build. I put some special attention to the lower border of the door. Sometimes, these areas rust a lot, because water may get into the door, along with some dust and dirt. This makes a nasty, light mud that keeps the door wet from the inside.
I personally like the rims. I took them out of a 53 Ford Pickup from AMT, which is a great kit, by the way (lots of parts for bashing).
model car junky November 6, 2011 at 9:53 pm

how do i make rust look as good as yours at this wedsite and another question is can you please not make an ebook for this because i dont have a kindle or any of those things from your biggest fan.

my sources for model cars are in joplin mo and darrlington hobbies warren rhode island

Iggy November 7, 2011 at 7:40 am


you don’t need a kindle reader to read our ebooks. All you need is an ordinary computer and Adobe Acrobat Reader (to read PDF Files), which you can download for free at

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junkster November 7, 2011 at 1:02 pm

can you tell me how to make rust to well tell me how to make it look like yours does please make a page on this web site for us and what if you dont have a Adobe Acrobat reader thing your 65 ford galaxy has inspired me to get the next best thing a 66 ford fairlane gt-gta i love model junk cars and when i get my model cars done can i put them on this web site and can you tell me how if you let me

Iggy November 7, 2011 at 1:41 pm

Hey Junkster,

well, making the rust powder isn’t that hard at all. All you need is some steel wool (available at any hardware store). Then you need to tear appart the steel wool and put it in some kind of tupperware (you won’t be able to put food in it anymore after that). Then, fill the tupperware with water, add some salt (just a little bit) and maybe some vinegar – it is not a salad! so don’t eat it :) – salt and vinegar help the rusting process go faster. You shouldn’t close it completely, but just put the cover on (without pressing on it), so air comes in (without air, no rust)

You may have to wait a couple of weeks (and just add some plain water from time to time so the steel wool is always wet, but not necessarily covered with water). After some time, the steel wool will turn into some muddy goo in the bottom of the tupperware. Then, you leave the uncovered tupperware stand for a while until it dries completely. You may need to press the mud with something flat to make it powder. And there you go!

There is another weathering trick you may want to look into. A company called triangle coatings offers a two component rust paint ( You should buy the two bottle set (one bottle has some iron based paint and the other has a liquid that makes the iron based paint rust).

Have a nice day,


Brian Turner November 8, 2011 at 9:40 pm

Hi, My name is Brian and I’d like to speak with you about your blog, please email me at your earliest convenience.

junkster November 12, 2011 at 11:40 pm

hey guys it’s me agian junkster i have just finished my model 1955 chevy cameo and it is rusty there is no front windshield there are rust holes in the back fender wells well wish me luck on my next build.

Iggy November 17, 2011 at 7:30 pm

Hey Junkster!

thanks for following us and for posting so much on our blog!

By the way, we are took your request into account, when you said you wish to post pics on our blog. Sorry if we are a little slow – just need to find a way to make it possible and most of all, the time. We have more ideas than time :)


junkster November 13, 2011 at 12:07 am

cant wait till your guys next build

junkster November 15, 2011 at 10:15 pm

i was reading about the old texaco gas station on an older post and you seb said you are from the netherlands really cool!!

hayseed November 15, 2011 at 10:19 pm

that is not seb answering the questions

Iggy November 17, 2011 at 7:28 pm

That’s true, I’m not Seb – I’m Iggy. However, Seb also answers to the comments. So if you have any question to him, just drop a line!

Thanks for posting guys!



junkster November 20, 2011 at 6:50 pm

sorry iggy it was an accident that i called you seb

Iggy November 20, 2011 at 8:34 pm

Hey Junkster,

nevermind about that!

Thanks for following us!


junkster November 24, 2011 at 10:34 pm

you guys have the 55 chevy stepside well i have the cameo and it has a straight axle and i converted it to a 2 wheel drive truck with a axle in the front but no drive shaft i did this so i dont have to be afraid of the strait axle breaking off now the other axle looks like the rear on and it wont break

Riley April 15, 2012 at 3:00 am

I know a site that you at like for reference.
They have some cool stuff that I think would be good inspiration.

Riley April 15, 2012 at 3:02 am

I meant to say might like. I not good at typing on kindle.

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