Got the thing pried apart and work has started. The glass is soaking in a pan of water to remove the decals. If that doesn't work, I'll have to scrape or sand 'em off and then repolish the glass, not a big deal.
Here's the chassis as-is. Note the "engine plate," which someone has painted silver. I just primed this item and will shoot the engine in Buick Red later. Looks like at some point the chassis has had headers or side exhausts, and traction bars of some kind, glued to the frame. I'll file the glue boogers off, then paint the whole mess semigloss black with steel exhaust. Not gonna put a whole lot of time into this promo-type underside.
Interior, disassembled. As I feared, prying off the glued-on seat belts revealed glue damage to the upholstery. Will try to fix the "glue divots" with putty and sanding. If it works, the interior will be painted white. If not, the guts will be tan or black.
On to the body. Have now sanded and done some polishing on the roof, and have sanded but not yet polished the trunk area. This pic shows the contrast between the "filmy" (or possibly, micro-etched) plastic I'm starting with (on the hood area) and how I can clean it up with some work (roof). Gonna try to save the green plastic if possible--although it's not an authentic factory color, I'm growing very fond of it.
Here's a little better shot of the roughness on the hood.
Now here's little foible of the AMT Skylark body. Every issue of this kit--annual kit, promo, and dirt-tracker--are molded with an incorrect contour on the left side. The top of the fender/door line curved upward too much, mainly in the front of the door. If you have one of these bodies, take a look at the RIGHT side--that side is correct, and that line should be ALMOST straight, just a very slight upward curve. The LEFT side, shown here, has too much curve in this area (above the red line), which I'll be filing and sanding down to match the right side.
Also in this pic, note the white line. On the annual, promo, and Craftsman kits (but not on the dirt tracker), there are a couple raised lines in this area. This is NOT a chrome trim strip, these lines represent a pair of pinstripes that run down the body midline. On the original annual kits, molded in white, you could, after painting the body, polish, scrape, or sand these lines and end up with a couple of very neat white "pinstripes" showing through--very cool! Since this body is molded in green, I'm not sure how I'm gonna handle this yet--might try dry-brushing the raised stripes, or something of that nature. If I can't get them to look the way I want, I'll just sand and polish them off on this one.
Steel cuts flesh. Steel cuts bone. Steel does not cut steel. --Stephen Hunter, The 47th Samurai.
We will march on a road of bones. --Hunter S. Thompson.