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TV/Movie Car VI CBP 'Modeler Salvation' Ended 02/01/2011

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  • Member since
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  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Thursday, October 21, 2010 8:40 PM

Wise move, Mark!  The interior color looks great!

More progress on Mannix Dart.  The motor is complete and back in the chassis.

I mounted the rear spoiler and started puttying.  This may take a while!

I started on the hood by adding strips of styrene to recess for the chrome inserts.  I'll sand these down and shape to fit the bulges and then putty the seams.

Mannix will return.....

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302; '67 Foose Dodge Coronet

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Posted by spencer1984 on Thursday, October 21, 2010 10:00 PM

 Looking good, guys!  I remember painting the tartan interior of the Lotus, it was definitely an interesting project.

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  • From: Melbourne, Fl.
Posted by rickr442 on Friday, October 22, 2010 2:58 AM
Mike, that hood looks way better than the other one. One thing, the small triangular scoops are about an inch in front of the base of the stock bulge, and the openings are almost vertical but the flat area at the tip of the bulge continues to the top of the opening. It makes sense if you see the real car. Nice work as always!

www.fueledbythefallen.com

'Peggy, call the insurance agent... The cars got some bullet holes!'..... Joe Mannix

Yeah, but half an inch to the right, he woulda missed me altogether!'.....Jim Rockford

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Posted by mrmike on Friday, October 22, 2010 6:28 AM

Thanks Rick!  The scoops are a bit of a concern at the moment as I am unsure as to how to proceed with them.  Just off the top of my head, I'll need to use some thin sheet styrene to make the scoops.  I'll have to think about it for a little bit though.  I may continue with the bulges first and tackle the scoops last.

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302; '67 Foose Dodge Coronet

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Posted by rickr442 on Friday, October 22, 2010 11:48 AM
I did the hood for one a few years back and did the frontal extension by making it from putty, squaring it at the front, and drilling a small hole to simulate the opening. It was just 'okay' and back then nobody knew what the car was. Mannix (and his car) is way cooler now that he was a decade ago...

www.fueledbythefallen.com

'Peggy, call the insurance agent... The cars got some bullet holes!'..... Joe Mannix

Yeah, but half an inch to the right, he woulda missed me altogether!'.....Jim Rockford

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  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Sunday, October 24, 2010 9:19 PM

I got the coves on the hood bulges filled in and shaped.

This next part has got me at a standstill as I am figuring out how to proceed next.  One of the two procedures that I could come up with, this seems to be the best, but I do want some opinions of the other members.  I would cut into the forward edge of the bulge just as it begins to narrow.

I would then slice and remove the forward edge of the bulge, thereby creating a hole to the engine compartment as is on the 1:1 Mannix Dart GTS. 

I would then add a piece of styrene from the end of the bulge out to 1 to 2 mm from where the bulge originally ended shaped like the bulge and beveled slightly at it's forward edge. 

Opinions anyone?

Mannix will return.....

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302; '67 Foose Dodge Coronet

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  • From: I'm feelin' Califonia, but I'm lookin' Minnesota
Posted by crazyhorse on Sunday, October 24, 2010 9:48 PM

Hi all, here are some progress pics of the interior.

But, now I have a dilema, I watched the movie again, and from what I can see it looks as if the movie car has bucket seats. And an automatic trans.

So, do I break into two other kits to solve this, or should I just build it out of the box and let it go?

I have a set of buckets in an unopened AMT '62 Impala kit.

And, an automatic in an unopened Revell '64 Impala kit.

I'm asking for opinions guys, what do you all think?

" I love it, I need it, I seed it, 8 cylinders all mine, alright, hold tight I'm a highwaystar"

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  • From: Melbourne, Fl.
Posted by rickr442 on Sunday, October 24, 2010 10:30 PM
Nice work on the interior! I worked with movie cars for a few years, and can say with authority that the vast majority of movie cars have automatics... lots of actors come from New York City and have a frightening aversion to driving... The other ones would get all confused trying to say lines and move their feet end hands at the same time......

www.fueledbythefallen.com

'Peggy, call the insurance agent... The cars got some bullet holes!'..... Joe Mannix

Yeah, but half an inch to the right, he woulda missed me altogether!'.....Jim Rockford

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Posted by Cycolac Fan on Wednesday, October 27, 2010 5:27 AM

 I hope to post some progress soon, had a bunch of work issues and health issues (called an ambulance for myself last week and spent a day in the emergency room) plus I'm starting a business. that's all getting in the way.

I'm still here though under this big pile of dusty plastic!

Kudos to all of you who  are getting on with your builds, I'm seeing great work.

Mike "Good hands, bad taste in cars." Yes I'm a grown up 'playing' with toys but a lot of adults my age drink beer or play computer games - and I've got something to show for the time and money I've spent...
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Posted by mrmike on Wednesday, October 27, 2010 7:00 AM

Mike, I hope you are OK!  It does sound like you are quite busy and starting a business can be quite challenging and time consuming.  I wish you the absolute best of luck in starting your business. 

I have put the Mannix Dart temporarily aside until I can get a better idea on how to tackle the hood scoops.  The scoops is something I don't want to mess up! 

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302; '67 Foose Dodge Coronet

Classic Plastic Model Club

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  • From: I'm feelin' Califonia, but I'm lookin' Minnesota
Posted by crazyhorse on Wednesday, October 27, 2010 12:37 PM

I hope your feeling better mike, and hang in there!!! I wish you much success in your business venture.

 

mrmike, would your hood issues be helped along if you were to start with a flat hood?

And from there, cut out the bulges from your existing hood?

Just a thought, I just saw a flat resin Dart hood listed on EBay, if that's an option you'd consider.

BTW, I've decided to break into both of my unopened kits to get my build as close as possible.

" I love it, I need it, I seed it, 8 cylinders all mine, alright, hold tight I'm a highwaystar"

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  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Wednesday, October 27, 2010 6:15 PM

crazyhorse

mrmike, would your hood issues be helped along if you were to start with a flat hood?

And from there, cut out the bulges from your existing hood?

Just a thought, I just saw a flat resin Dart hood listed on EBay, if that's an option you'd consider.

No, actually the hood issues would double!  If I was to transfer the bulges from the stock hood to a flat hood, nothing would be gained as I would end up with another stock hood.  The problem is not so much that of the hood, but with me.  I want to be sure of what I am doing first before diving in.  I want to have a plan that I can follow instead of just cutting and hacking and making a mess out of the new hood that I acquired.  This is where a lot of builders get into trouble, by not having a plan, they end up ruinning a kit because they didn't think through a process first.  Thanks for the idea, but I'm afraid it wouldn't work for me.     

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302; '67 Foose Dodge Coronet

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  • From: I'm feelin' Califonia, but I'm lookin' Minnesota
Posted by crazyhorse on Wednesday, October 27, 2010 7:05 PM

Ok mrmike, I'm with You there, in fact I've been guilty of it myself!!

LOL!!

" I love it, I need it, I seed it, 8 cylinders all mine, alright, hold tight I'm a highwaystar"

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Posted by spencer1984 on Wednesday, October 27, 2010 7:52 PM

 Hope you're feeling better, sounds like it's been a rough week!

 RE: the Mannix hood,  I agree with the concept of cutting it where you have marked and then adding the forward part of the scoop, but I'd probably try it out of aluminum rather than styrene.  I think a small square of metal from a tea/seltzer/soda can will be thinner while retaining the shape better than plastic.  I've done similar modifications in the past and have been very happy with the results.

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Posted by mrmike on Wednesday, October 27, 2010 8:57 PM

Spencer, I wish I had thought of using aluminium for the scoop before!  That is a great idea and one that I'll have to investigate tomorrow.  I had even considered reworking the original hood if I couldn't come up with a decent way of adding the scoops.  Thank you my friend! 

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302; '67 Foose Dodge Coronet

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  • From: Melbourne, Fl.
Posted by rickr442 on Friday, October 29, 2010 12:04 AM
But if you simply use putty or strip plastic to extend the front of the scoop a few scale inches, keeping the contour of the hood bulge consistent, and square the leading edge you can form a surface from which to open the scoop. The trick to this feature is that it's subtle... one of few times that could be said of GB's work, and one of the only 'less-obvious' bits of his body of work that is still being discussed here over four decades later.

www.fueledbythefallen.com

'Peggy, call the insurance agent... The cars got some bullet holes!'..... Joe Mannix

Yeah, but half an inch to the right, he woulda missed me altogether!'.....Jim Rockford

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  • From: Bradford, On. Canada
Posted by Dvdicvs on Friday, October 29, 2010 4:09 PM

  Here I go again, trying to do things Censoredbackwards. I should have painted the seat centers,door trim insert, and console first. And then paint the rest dark gray. Stripped the paint off yesterday, and primered them today. I think I'm going to try my new Paasche H this weekend and try not to screw up the job to badly.

Mark

 

On the Bench: 76 Mustang Cobra II,  99 Ford F150 Lightning, 68 Mustang GT

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Posted by mrmike on Saturday, October 30, 2010 7:01 AM

Mark, that's is all part of building,  I do things out of sequence all the time! Confused

I've been giving some thought towards the scoops on the Mannix Dart.  I have a couple of ideas rolling around in my head and I am going to do some experimenting before I actually start on the hood itself. 

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302; '67 Foose Dodge Coronet

Classic Plastic Model Club

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  • From: Bradford, On. Canada
Posted by Dvdicvs on Sunday, October 31, 2010 4:45 PM

  Hey, Happy Halloween everybody. Well I found the time to try my airbrush for the first time this weekend. I got the seats taped up and painted this afternoon. It took longer to clean up after I was finnished than it did to paint the stuff. But at least I got some practice with it. I will give the red a couple days to gas out and then get things ready for the gray paint.

Mark

On the Bench: 76 Mustang Cobra II,  99 Ford F150 Lightning, 68 Mustang GT

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Posted by spencer1984 on Sunday, October 31, 2010 10:08 PM

 So far so good, good luck with the gray!

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Posted by mrmike on Monday, November 01, 2010 1:56 PM

Looking good, Mark!  The more you practice and use your airbrush, the better you'll get with it!  Keep it going!

After much thought, I decided to tackle the hood scoops for the Mannix Dart.  I removed the forward bulges from the hood and gave the area a quick sanding with a sanding stick.  I cut a small piece of flat styrene 4 mm x 6 mm and carefully bent it in the middle.  I trimmed the edges to fit the width of the bulge and glued it on.

It doesn't look like much right now.  I need to sand the scoop a bit more and then skimcoat it with putty and sand it again.  And again.  And again.  Big Smile

Mannix will return.....

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302; '67 Foose Dodge Coronet

Classic Plastic Model Club

  • Member since
    December, 2005
  • From: Upstate New York
Posted by spencer1984 on Monday, November 01, 2010 6:02 PM

Seems like it's the little things that take the most time on some of these builds.  Looks like you've got a good start there!

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Posted by mrmike on Tuesday, November 02, 2010 7:34 AM

Thanks Spencer!  I got the second scoop on and I am giving thought to removing the first scoop as it seems to be a little bit undersize and replacing it.  I think this project may test my patience! ShockAngry

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302; '67 Foose Dodge Coronet

Classic Plastic Model Club

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    August, 2005
  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Thursday, November 04, 2010 3:52 PM

A little more work done on the Mannix Dart hood.  Both scoops are on and have been puttied and sanded.

The ends of the rear spoiler needed more putty.  I'm going to let this dry for a day or so to get the most shrinking out of the putty.

Mannix will return.....

A Note From The Director-

I have to admit that I am losing some of my enthusiasm for this build.  As much as I wanted to do this, the extra bodywork needed has zapped me some.  Other than cleaning and prepping a body and other parts for paint, I hate doing bodywork!  As I work on the Dart, I keep having visions of my Spenser For Hire '87 Mustang GT which required a lot of bodywork because of the lousy kit I had to work with. 

This lack of enthusiasm seems to be extending itself into running the CBP, too.  I haven't been using the role of Director like I have in the past CBP's and this isn't fair to the rest of the fine builders...sorry, actors, who are doing some fabulous work here.  My apologises to you all as I am starting to feel like I have, in a way, let you down.  I will try to do better!  Now, if the other actors who wanted to particapate in this CBP would come back, or at least give us some indication that they want to still be a part of this CBP, that would go a long way to making me feel better.

Don't worry guys, I am in this to the end of production.  If there is one thing about me, it's that I stick with something until it is completed!  So, as your Director, let's get to the next scene!  Actors to their marks!  Lights, sound, camera, ACTION!!!!!

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302; '67 Foose Dodge Coronet

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  • From: New England
Posted by daikins on Thursday, November 04, 2010 10:19 PM
Don't give up! Just give it some perspective! I have completed the front end of the prop car and modified the front rocket launcher panels and front gas gun grille to the closed positions. I'll admit that I completed the prop car headlights before looking at the pictures. The car never had that clear glass in front of the head lights! I really want the Black Beauty #2 to have the dual Infra-Green headlights that could rotate into view. I need to fill the model headlight and then create tiny replacements. Almost ready for those vehicle shots!
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Posted by mrmike on Friday, November 05, 2010 6:01 PM

I'm looking forward to your completion of the Black Beauty #1 and #2, Dean!  These are coming along very nicely!  And yes, I am putting perspective on my situation.  I am getting back into working on the Mannix Dart GTS convertible and I hope to have some progress to show soon.  Thanks Dean! 

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302; '67 Foose Dodge Coronet

Classic Plastic Model Club

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    December, 2005
  • From: Upstate New York
Posted by spencer1984 on Friday, November 05, 2010 8:01 PM

The Beauties are looking good, Deane - nice work!

My biggest challenge lately has been waiting for the clearcoat to dry enough so that I could do something besides look at it through the walls of its drying case.  Tonight it felt dry enough to handle, so I added the rest of the front hardware, finished the engine, and added the exhausts.  All that's left are finding & installing a set up backup lights, installing the mirror glass, adding the license plate, and giving it a final (light) polishing.  Of course, I forgot my camera tonight, but I hope to get some shots this weekend.

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Posted by rickr442 on Sunday, November 07, 2010 1:31 AM
Went to SEMA this week, had a great time, saw 1000s of cars, including one of the 3 surviving Black Beauty Imperials from the new Green Hornet movie, they're gonna be cool cars but utterly opposite ends of the movie car spectrum from the Jeffries and IMO not as well-rendered. I was especially disappointed by the grilles, which were flat. Suicide doors were a neat touch though...

www.fueledbythefallen.com

'Peggy, call the insurance agent... The cars got some bullet holes!'..... Joe Mannix

Yeah, but half an inch to the right, he woulda missed me altogether!'.....Jim Rockford

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Posted by Cycolac Fan on Sunday, November 07, 2010 6:21 PM

 I'm still here mrmike! Not making much progress but I still check in - but I don't like to just post words without pics if I can help it.

If you're still have trouble with the Dart could you direct me to some pics of the 1:1 car? It's hard to visualize those scoops having never seen the car and only ever a couple of episodes of the show.

 

Mike "Good hands, bad taste in cars." Yes I'm a grown up 'playing' with toys but a lot of adults my age drink beer or play computer games - and I've got something to show for the time and money I've spent...
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Posted by spencer1984 on Sunday, November 07, 2010 7:25 PM

 Well, it fought me more than once and isn't my best work, but I finally wrapped up the Corvette tonight.  Overall I'm pretty happy with it, hopefully I'll get a chance to get more photos tomorrow during daylight:

 

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