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1969 Dodge Super Bee WIP

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  • Member since
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  • From: Spring, Tx
1969 Dodge Super Bee WIP
Posted by modelcarjr on Thursday, September 19, 2019 8:07 PM

The model room is just about back together now and although Immelda is pouring rain upon us, I am starting a new WIP. Don't know when I'll get a chance to paint it but I started by cleaning up the body getting rid of the mold lines on the "C" pillar. I also took off the chrome moldings around the marker lamps as I didn't see any on the pictures that I looked at. I also attached the rear taillight panel, which was a separate piece and also glued on the hood scoop. I also thought this would be a good subject for a vinyl roof so I used some two inch tape and got that done as well. Now its a waiting game for paint! Thanks for looking! Cool

If you cannot have a good time, what kinda time can you have? JR

Next on the bench:  Another 1970 Hemi 'Cuda, 1958 Chevy Impala, 1987 Buick GNX, 1950 Chevy Pick-up, Indy Reynard, 1965 Corvette, probably not in this order.

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Posted by mclovin on Thursday, September 19, 2019 9:27 PM

I'm sure this will be another great build from you!,using tape for the roof is good,but aren't you worried over time the tape will lose it's stickiness and peel away?.

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  • From: East Bethel, Mn
Posted by midnightprowler on Friday, September 20, 2019 5:25 AM

If anything it will become harder to remove. The paint will make sure of that. Interesting. May have to try this. Looking forward to this. What's the color scheme? I have a rebuild of this kit in the works.

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Posted by modelcarjr on Friday, September 20, 2019 7:14 AM

Thanks, McLovin and Prowler! I appreciate your comments! To answer your question I don't worry about the tape lifting because when I tape something down it stays down! LaughLaughLaugh

But seriously, it has not been my experience that the tape lifts over time. i use a Scotch/3M brand tape and since the tape is not really holding anything there is no pressure on it to lift. Also I paint with flat black and then seal with a light coat of clear to give it a semi-gloss finish which also helps seal the tape. Here's a model I built at least 10 years ago and the top is still in perfect shape. Thanks for looking! Cool 

If you cannot have a good time, what kinda time can you have? JR

Next on the bench:  Another 1970 Hemi 'Cuda, 1958 Chevy Impala, 1987 Buick GNX, 1950 Chevy Pick-up, Indy Reynard, 1965 Corvette, probably not in this order.

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Posted by mrmike on Friday, September 20, 2019 7:28 AM

This is looking good, Jr!  While I am not a fan of vinyl roofs, you seem to be on the right track for making them for a model.  Keep up the good work and I hope that you dry out really soon!

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  • From: Spring, Tx
Posted by modelcarjr on Friday, September 20, 2019 12:16 PM

Thanks, MrMike! I appreciate you comment! Yes, I think the tape method is a very efficient and looks very realistic to me. I've also glued a strip of .020" rod to the bottom of the "C" pillar that will be foiled with the rest of the trim. Unfortunately, it is raining again today but I'm ready to go! 

Prowler, I forgot to answer your question on colors. I think I am going with Tamiya Light Blue Metallic with a black interior. Got to check the color chart to see if there is a light blue for this year. I've done a few white interiors lately and maybe this time go with black. Thanks for looking! Cool

If you cannot have a good time, what kinda time can you have? JR

Next on the bench:  Another 1970 Hemi 'Cuda, 1958 Chevy Impala, 1987 Buick GNX, 1950 Chevy Pick-up, Indy Reynard, 1965 Corvette, probably not in this order.

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Posted by htown2 on Friday, September 20, 2019 9:23 PM

Looking good! Mopar made a bright blue interior for 69 Super Bee's.  Fyi, the pillars between the rear side windows and the rear window are "C" pillars.  "B" pillars are between the front and rear side windows, so not present on a hardtop.  "A" pillars are between windshield and front side windows.

 

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Posted by modelcarjr on Saturday, September 21, 2019 7:20 AM

Thanks, Prowler and Htown! I appreciate the color charts, Prowler. Htown, thanks for correcting me. I temporarily lost my mind and thought the one in the middle was window trim erroneously. I have corrected my previous texts. 

So I painted the top in between rain showers today. Still humid but not concerned about orange peel on a vinyl roof. I carried it in right after the light clear coat so as to avoid clouding. Thanks for looking! Cool

If you cannot have a good time, what kinda time can you have? JR

Next on the bench:  Another 1970 Hemi 'Cuda, 1958 Chevy Impala, 1987 Buick GNX, 1950 Chevy Pick-up, Indy Reynard, 1965 Corvette, probably not in this order.

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  • From: Spring, Tx
Posted by modelcarjr on Sunday, September 22, 2019 9:07 PM

Painted the body today although it was really too humid. But if I wait for a day with low humidity I will be waiting quite awhile. The first picture is after 1 coat which is quite blochy. But after a second coat and a couple of coats of clear it looks pretty good. I'll rub it out and then see if I can add another coat of clear on a less humid day! Thanks for looking! Cool

If you cannot have a good time, what kinda time can you have? JR

Next on the bench:  Another 1970 Hemi 'Cuda, 1958 Chevy Impala, 1987 Buick GNX, 1950 Chevy Pick-up, Indy Reynard, 1965 Corvette, probably not in this order.

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  • From: Spring, Tx
Posted by modelcarjr on Tuesday, September 24, 2019 6:48 PM

I had a couple of blotchy areas on the  left side of the trunk. One spot is dark and the other is lighter. I don't know if you can see it but I thought I would give it another coat and see if I could eliminate it. And after it dried for a few hours I rubbed it out and it is all good! Thanks for looking! Cool

  

If you cannot have a good time, what kinda time can you have? JR

Next on the bench:  Another 1970 Hemi 'Cuda, 1958 Chevy Impala, 1987 Buick GNX, 1950 Chevy Pick-up, Indy Reynard, 1965 Corvette, probably not in this order.

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Posted by High octane on Wednesday, September 25, 2019 11:07 PM

Your Bee is lookin' real good so far and I like that B-5 blue as it is the same color I made my stripe delete '69 R/T a couple of years ago. I just love dem Mopars!

High octane

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Posted by midnightprowler on Thursday, September 26, 2019 5:11 PM

Great color choice!

1 Corinthians 15:51-54
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

Ask me about Speedway Decals

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Posted by modelcarjr on Friday, September 27, 2019 8:14 PM

Thanks, High Octane and Prowler! I appreciate your comments! 

Finished rubbing out the body and have foiled it. Starting to look pretty good! Thanks for looking! Cool

If you cannot have a good time, what kinda time can you have? JR

Next on the bench:  Another 1970 Hemi 'Cuda, 1958 Chevy Impala, 1987 Buick GNX, 1950 Chevy Pick-up, Indy Reynard, 1965 Corvette, probably not in this order.

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  • From: Spring, Tx
Posted by modelcarjr on Monday, September 30, 2019 6:32 PM

Finished the interior and there isn't much to it. I decided to paint it blue, same as the exterior, then added foil and paint. I used decals for the speedo and tach from the decal stash. I'll build the engine and chassis next and then on to final assembly. Thanks for looking! Cool

If you cannot have a good time, what kinda time can you have? JR

Next on the bench:  Another 1970 Hemi 'Cuda, 1958 Chevy Impala, 1987 Buick GNX, 1950 Chevy Pick-up, Indy Reynard, 1965 Corvette, probably not in this order.

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Posted by homeroV8 on Tuesday, October 01, 2019 8:37 AM

Great build! I´m also a BEEliever in this vinyl top method with styrene srips as trim mouldings.

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  • From: long island, new york
Posted by chucky on Tuesday, October 01, 2019 8:06 PM

Coming along nicely, JR! A lot of muscle cars had vinyl roofs and your addition really works well on this one. Of course, you can't go wrong with the body color. I find that I can tint the body color in a couple of directions away from original to get the slight variations in interior color. I also apply the color to the "metal" part of the dash very dry to simulate the non-reflective factory finish and a bit of dullcote on the vinyl portions helps to differentiate the plastic, vinyl and painted areas of the interior. Of course, that's by airbrush. Naturally you will be more limited with rattle cans. Can't wait for the outdoor photos. Smile

chucky

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Posted by modelcarjr on Friday, October 04, 2019 12:46 PM

Thanks, Homero and Chucky! I appreciate your comments!

I also try to differentiate the interior/exterior colors by using a base coat of silver on the exterior and just gray primer on the interior. Lacquer over gray primer does work as it looks much duller and doesn't sparkle like the exterior with rubbed out gloss coats. The interior is dull but the pictures make it look bright. I did add some dullcote on the interior and as suggested did add it to the dashas well. I also resprayed the package shelf to get rid of some bloches. 

Finished the engine and the wheels and tires. I made a rookie error when wiring the engine. I just started drilling holes and wiring the engine and then couldn't mount the exhaust manifolds correctly. So after I looked at a super bee engine compartment realized that the spark plug wires should come from under the exhaust manifolds. So I modified the exhaust manifolds (notice the rounded tops are gone)to provide more room and then re-wired the engine. Since I had already cut the wires they are probably too tight on the manifolds and valve covers on the left side but I'm out of pre-wired distributors so I'll have to live with it. The engine is not very good. No separate oil pan, starter, fuel pump, a hollow oil filter (that I knocked off severl times), fan belt assembly that looks too small and three carbs that look like square blobs of plastic. Other than that its fine. 

Here are a couple of pics. Thanks for looking!  Cool

If you cannot have a good time, what kinda time can you have? JR

Next on the bench:  Another 1970 Hemi 'Cuda, 1958 Chevy Impala, 1987 Buick GNX, 1950 Chevy Pick-up, Indy Reynard, 1965 Corvette, probably not in this order.

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Posted by justmike on Friday, October 04, 2019 2:37 PM

What carbs?  lol  That aircleaner hides a lot.  I have always liked those vinyl tops. My Challenger was that blue with a white top.  

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  • From: long island, new york
Posted by chucky on Friday, October 04, 2019 3:58 PM

Really looking good, JR! Just to be clear, I wasn't picking on your interior: it's gorgeous. I was just mentioning my process since I get questions about colors on other forums. For example, I used a mix of metallic turquoise  and silver metallic (decanted Dupli-Color) to make the body color for a recent Dodge 330 build. I used slightly different proportions of the same colors to do the carpets, hard surfaces, vinyl and headliner without needing to buy additional paint. Just trying to show that on a budget you can still get the look you want. Eagerly awaiting your outdoor photos!  Smile

chucky

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  • From: Spring, Tx
Posted by modelcarjr on Wednesday, October 09, 2019 8:50 PM

Thanks, Mike and Chucky! i appreciate your comments! Chucky, I didn't think you were critiquing my interior I just wanted to add that I too try to change the color a bit but its harder to do with a spray can. sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't.  I did appreciate your comment on the dash as I only owned one Mopar in the 70s and I don't even remember what the dash looked like. 

I've been gone for a few days on a long weekend so not much done. I did get started on another body today since the weather is so nice right now! I prepped a body and put it in primer. Looks familiar! Thanks for looking! 

If you cannot have a good time, what kinda time can you have? JR

Next on the bench:  Another 1970 Hemi 'Cuda, 1958 Chevy Impala, 1987 Buick GNX, 1950 Chevy Pick-up, Indy Reynard, 1965 Corvette, probably not in this order.

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