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Revell 2006 Mustang GT WIP
Posted by PotatoCam on Thursday, November 09, 2017 1:19 PM

Hello all, 

 

This will be a WIP post for a 1/25 Revell 2006 Mustang GT kit. This is the first car I have built in over 8 years, and my first post of my work on the Scale Auto site.

I was reluctant to post pictures of my work, but then I realized I actually like the way it's turning out, and letting others see my work might get me some tips to improve my work, or maybe might even let others learn something from me. Who knows? Anway, on with the show...

Before going further, thank you to mrmike for his reply in the Community Assistance forum regarding posting photos from imgur.

I decided I'd try something new and clean up all the parts then mount them on sticks in order to prime and paint in as few sessions as possible. I used to prep/prime/paint as assemblies as I came to them in the instructions, and wanted to see if this turned out faster.

Welp, that's my three pics for this post, more to follow...

Thanks for viewing!

 

PotatoCam

 

 

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Posted by PotatoCam on Thursday, November 09, 2017 1:30 PM

This build is also my first time using Alclad paints. I forgot I had these and when I found them, I thought they might work nicely for the engine and exhaust, etc.

Engine assembly painted with Alclad Aluminum.

Mostly completed engine, missing hoses, oil fill tube, and painted with Alclad and Tamiya lacquers and acrylics.

Intake in progress with BMF for clamp bands, steering rack in progress.

More on the way...

 

PotatoCam

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Posted by PotatoCam on Thursday, November 09, 2017 1:37 PM

Radiator completed. I used Alclad and Tamiya lacquers, then tried a Tamiya acrylic wash for the radiator screen detail. I think it came out ok. I normally use oil washes with "odourless" thinner, but as I hadn't used a wash over Alclad before, I thought acrylics might be safer.

More to follow, and thanks for looking.

 

PotatoCam

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Posted by PotatoCam on Thursday, November 09, 2017 1:47 PM

This build actually has a few firsts for me in terms of techniques used; first time using Alclad, first time using a new prep/paint system (works well, but I've got to agree with mom and dad, I'm just slower than molasses going uphill on a cold day), acrylic washes...oh, and using embossing powder for carpeting.

So I learned something here: when the suggestion was to do ONE section at a time, I should have guessed that meant the entire section, not, for example, one half of the speaker/package shelf. There's actually a bit of a ridge where the paint slightly overlapped the edge of the previously powdered section. Just a free bit of humble advice from Professor Newb here, but I'd suggest when using embossing powder to carpet a model, that the glue or paint or whatever you are using be applied in such a manner that no new adhesive/paint is applied where the joint would stand out. Seems obvious to me NOW, lol...

Thanks again for looking.

 

PotatoCam

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Posted by PotatoCam on Thursday, November 09, 2017 1:57 PM

Here's some shots of the interior progression.

Starting to mock up the interior and checking fit before final interior assembly. Double checking my reference photos showed that I had incorrectly painted the door latch and lock knob recess black; they should have been the same colour as the surrounding door panel in the grey Mustang interior in 2006, which is shown corrected in a later picture. I'm not necessarily going for contest quality, just trying to satisfy my OCD, hehe.

Dash in progress, door panels prior to paint correction.

Nearly completed dash with BMF on instrument and vent bezels, minus the instrument decal.

I'll be back with more...

 

PotatoCam

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Posted by PotatoCam on Thursday, November 09, 2017 2:06 PM

The interior is completed and awaiting installation. I debated adding seat belts, but to be completely honest, as it has taken me much longer than I'd like to get to this point, I opted to skip them and keep this build completely box stock.

Ever read the instructions or posts with tips on using Micro Sol or Solvaset? When they say not to touch the decal until dry, yeah...DON'T DO THAT. I wasn't happy with how well the pony decal on the steering wheel was flattening out, tried to coax it, and now I have a result for my OCD to enjoy! Still, I don't think it's all that bad. Lesson learned. I hope...

More to follow, thanks for looking.

 

PotatoCam

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Posted by PotatoCam on Thursday, November 09, 2017 2:18 PM

Before beginning assebly of the chassis, I thought it might be wise to test fit everything together (body, interior, chassis, wheels) in order to set ride hight. I read lots of reviews of this kit saying the ride hight was much too high, so I trimmed here and there (before painting), and found out I was pretty much where I wanted to be, with the possible exception of a tweak or two.

I thought the chrome on the kit wheels was too shiny and bright to represent those wheels as they left the factory, so I treated them to an Easy Off bath and resprayed them with Alcald Aluminum over Tamiya Semi-gloss black lacquer; I didn't want them too shiny. *Word to the wise from Professor Newb: When using Easy Off or any other casutic agent to remove kit chrome, please, please, PLEASE WEAR GOGGLES OR OTHER GOOD EYE PROTECTION. Turns out regular glasses are not always adequate. Ask me how I know...Bang Head

Almost to the end of my current progress...

Thanks for looking!

 

PotatoCam

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Posted by PotatoCam on Thursday, November 09, 2017 2:39 PM

Alright, so I'm nearly caught up to where I left off on this build. I'm much slower builder than I'd like (so many projet ideas, SOOO little time!), but I hope to have more progress pics up in the next week or so, depending on work. What you've seen so far is a couple months work, sorry to say. By the way, I've decided on using Tamiya Deep Blue Metallic for the body since it was the closest colour I had on hand to a 2006 Mustang factory colour, and I didn't feel like ordering new paint, hehehe.

This is my first attempt at representing overspray on the underside of a chassis. I would have used my airbrush, but I had a little of the colour left in an old can of Tamiya TS-53 Deep Metallic Blue, so I just gave 'er. I'm not really pleased with the result (I would have gotten much better results with an airbrush since I'm more used to using an AB than rattle cans), although to be honest, it doesn't look quite as bad in the photo as it does in person...Anyway, I find that the overspray effect is too heavy and grainy for my liking, and I'm debating whether to respray the chassis; I'm just not sure if I have enough left of the custom mixed colour I used to paint it in the first place. I may strip and repaint. I'll think on it...

Also, if you look at the front of the chassis, you will notice two flat spots with holes at the engine mounts. These areas are curved right out of the box, but I knocked about 3/32 of an inch off those rounded bits, allowing the front end to ride lower. In the back, the stock pinion snubber, I guess you'd call it, has been ground down to allow the pumpkin to sit higher in the chassis, and the rear shocks have been trimmed of one coil each.

That's it for now. Thank you for looking!

 

PotatoCam

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Posted by Glue Crew Drew on Thursday, November 09, 2017 10:53 PM

Looking good PotatoCam; Let me guess - Vista Blue Metallic?  Nice work; looking really clean!

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Posted by PotatoCam on Friday, November 10, 2017 12:19 PM

Yes, Glue Crew Drew, Vista Blue Metallic is the colour I'm trying to represent. Thank you for the compliment! I hope to have more progress posted within a week's time. 

 

PotatoCam

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Posted by justmike on Saturday, November 11, 2017 5:53 PM

First build in 8 yrs and your bmf looks that good?!?  Nice work. In my book three months is not slow at all for that level of detail. I think you are correct to redo the chassis. New cars don't have overspray anyway, its a waste of paint for the manufacturer.  I have still to try embossing powder. I have always used flocking.  Looking forward to the finished build

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Posted by PotatoCam on Monday, November 13, 2017 12:11 PM

Thank you for the compliment justmike! I appreciate it. Regarding the BMF, this may be my first car in 8 years, but I have used BMF several times in the last several years. I use it for masking aircraft canopies (although not exclusively), as well as other detail uses.

As for the overspray on the Mustang chassis, I think you are largely correct, but while doing research for this build (I'm a bit of geek and research most of my builds, hehe), I found several photos of 2006 Mustangs with what appeared to be overspray on the chassis, so that's why I'm doing it. I can't guarantee that these photos are of cars that are unmolested since leaving the factory, but they sure do appear genuine.

I have progress pics but will have to post later as the computer I'm on seems to be having "issues". Nope, no operator error here...couldn't be...

 

PotatoCam

 

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Posted by PotatoCam on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 1:49 PM

Alright, so I have some progress pictures ready to go.

The repainted chassis...

Aaand with a touch of overspray added. I consider this an improvement, so I'll take it.

More to come.

Later all!

 

PotatoCam

 

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Posted by Moparlover64 on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 2:04 PM

Id say you havent lost your touch. The bezels and dashcare my next hurdle so get over cant dry brush any more shake to much but man engine painting with a. Brushx and thee shakes castiron finis is whAt i can do now lol

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Posted by PotatoCam on Monday, November 20, 2017 7:08 PM

Thanks Moparlover! While I shake just a tad bit more than I did when I was in my teens and twenties, what really gets me is my vision. I do almost everything with my Optivisor on, hehe.

 

Anyway, I have a progress update. I managed to get some more progress done on the chassis. I'm calling it complete unless I've totally forgotten something. I'm rather pleased with the result, but when I do another late-model Mustang, I think I'll darken the primer colour for the chassis.

I added a dark grey for the wheel well liners, as the 1:1 cars rarely look actually black, to my eye, anyway. I think I may have gone a tad too light for this grey, but oh well, I like the contrast.

 

More coming right up...

 

PotatoCam

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Posted by PotatoCam on Monday, November 20, 2017 7:14 PM

Here's some more pics of the finished chassis. 

Aside from finding the chassis colour a bit pale, I find that the silver painted lines on the left side of the chassis (right hand as you view the picture) don't really pop as much in the photos as they do in person. Still, I'm not displeased with the overall result.

Thanks for looking, and I hope to have more soon.

 

PotatoCam

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Posted by justmike on Monday, November 20, 2017 11:02 PM

That looks fantastic. Nice work on those lines and I sure am impressesd with the interior of your build.  

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Posted by mmthrax on Tuesday, November 21, 2017 12:17 PM
Hello Potato. I just went through your build. I think you are doing a great job. I agree with your redo of the chassis, and I think that the overspray respray went very well. Looks much better. Thanks for the tip on the chassis ride height. I have the same kit and I want to do it as a convertible to match my nephew's 1:1 car. Thanks for documenting your build.

Just keep picking away at it...

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