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Miss Mighty Mopar Barracuda

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    February, 2008
Miss Mighty Mopar Barracuda
Posted by cunnanm on Tuesday, January 02, 2018 11:08 PM

My wife gave me a Slixx decal set for a model I always wanted as a teenager. I'm not sure how accurate the original kit was, but I want to use the Christmas present before they get too old. I'm a great start but never finish type. I have 100 plus models around the house. Mostly just opened the box to look and never did anything more. I want to change that as I'm getting into my 50's now. Enough about my problems. I want to build this model and was wondering what I should do to make it look more authentic. I was planning on using the 69 amt kit and make it look like a 68 on the outside. Does anyone have any other suggestions?

  • Member since
    September, 2017
Posted by Big Gary on Wednesday, January 03, 2018 3:18 AM

Among the differences in 67-69 Cudas was tail lights.  I had a 67 and noticed the other two years had different lights.  There are probably other external differences.

  • Member since
    March, 2017
  • From: Brighton England
Posted by Spencer Mopar Fan on Wednesday, January 03, 2018 8:18 AM

The 67 & 68's had a grille centre with a double " O > < O " and circular side lights , the '69 only had the top of the centre >< the lower half completely vertical , and rectangular sides . 

If I remember correctly .... there is a resin site that does '68 parts .... Google is your friend

Big Smile

Good luck with the model , pop up some pictures !! 

  • Member since
    January, 2015
  • From: arlington, tx.
Posted by rusty32rod on Wednesday, January 03, 2018 9:23 AM

    As stated above, the front grills are different, as well as the tail lights and side markers. i noticed the '68 has the front fender emblems located between the tire and door, whereas on the '69, they're between the bumper and tire just above the marker light. the trunk trim also appears to be different although i'm sure there may be different package options on this. another noticeable aspect is the rear valance. the '68 has no backup lights in it, but the '69 does. i'm not 100% on all of this, just some things i noticed while googling images of each. hope this helps you.   

  • Member since
    May, 2008
Posted by Wild Bill 426 on Wednesday, January 03, 2018 7:12 PM

The original kit was the MPC Cuda.  More important than taillights, you need that big hemi hood scoop and of course a hemi.  The newgen Revell HemiDart would be a great donor kit for the scoop and drivetrain and probably a lot of interior stuff.  I'd definitely have that kit to cannibalize.  Good luck,we need pix when you're done.

Wild Bill "Plastic cars are better than real cars cuz' they're a lot cheaper to fix. You don't even need duct tape and wireties"
  • Member since
    March, 2010
  • From: Midwest
Posted by High octane on Wednesday, January 03, 2018 7:50 PM

If you're worried 'bout the decals getting too old, don't be as you can always spray the decal sheet with a couple light coats of clear lacquer and let it dry for 24 hours before using. This will keep the decals from "breaking up" when you soak them in water.

High octane

  • Member since
    January, 2018
Posted by cunnanmm on Wednesday, January 03, 2018 11:11 PM

Thanks for all the tips. I know I can modify the outside of the 69 model pretty easily.

The inside I can do as well by cutting the rear seat bottom out. The Hurst Barracudas had no front script or marker lights with the fiberglass fenders. The kit has the proper scoop and Hemi. I am most concerned with the grille and tail lights. I did not find anything on the usual resin sites about a different body. I'll keep looking as someone suggested. I'm not sure about the interior, but I'm pretty sure the console will have to go as well as the kit seats as they had the A100 ones. Thanks. I'm looking forward to start finishing models again. It sure was easier to create these kits in the 70's when I was growing up! I'm so glad for the second chance

  • Member since
    January, 2018
Posted by cunnanmm on Tuesday, February 06, 2018 11:48 PM

Thanks for the tips. I have sanded all the uncorrect details off the body and primed it without the rear marker lights yet, I sanded off all skripts and I am ready for the white paint tomorrow. I still rattle can even though I have an airbrush system. I'm just not good enough to use it. I think I'll try it with the blue on this model. I'll post some pics to keep this post alive. I have googled this project to find the correct seats and the new model only includes a 383 big block with a few Hemi parts. I'll have to hit the parts stash. Only to find that I have other models I want to update.

  • Member since
    August, 2016
Posted by mini man on Wednesday, February 07, 2018 5:45 PM

Practice with the a/b first,buy a CHEAP kit and try it - dont matter if you mess up - better to mess & learn on a $3 aircraft than yr beauty!Big Smile

 

Nigel.

 

  • Member since
    September, 2008
  • From: East Templeton Ma
Posted by streetrod on Wednesday, February 07, 2018 10:02 PM

Model Car Wrld has the seats in resin (#INT-05) or you can use the seats from the Little Red Wagon if you have one. The MCW seats are cast from these seats.

Barry Fadden

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