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1968 Plymouth Roadrunner WIP - Finished; Outdoor Pics!

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1968 Plymouth Roadrunner WIP - Finished; Outdoor Pics!
Posted by modelcarjr on Thursday, October 10, 2019 5:22 PM

Just started this 1968 Pymouth Roadrunner and couldn't decide what color to paint it looking at the color chart. So I bought this can of Krylon Short Cuts Turquoise but I'm gonna call it Hawaiin Blue, a 1968 Plymouth color. It was beautiful yesterday but a little humid today. I've got a little bit of orange peel to sand out tomorrow before I can clear it. 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 Goofy62 on Thursday, October 10, 2019 5:29 PM

Interesting color choice.

One you don't see every day.

I'm a sucker for more unusual color combos.

It's easy to get bored with the same old stuff.

 

 

Steve

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Posted by modelcarjr on Friday, October 11, 2019 8:16 PM

Thanks, Steve! I'm with you! I could have painted it light blue metallic like the Super Bee I'm building, or red or bronze but I wanted to try a different color but still stay with what might have been possible for a Plymouth for that year even if the color is a little bit different. 

Worked yesterday and this morning rubbing out the paint on this one while it was raining.  Some of the edges were exposed so this afternoon I spritzed (this a technical modeling term that I made up - meaning a fast light pass of paint) some paint onto the exposed edges. I let it dry and then added three coats of clear late this afternoon while the weather had turned windy and cold. Hard to take the pictures without the color washing out but it looks pretty good and should rub out OK tomorrow. 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 Monday, October 14, 2019 6:56 AM

Wow, great color choice! Have you decided on interior color? And wheels and engine/trans?

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Posted by modelcarjr on Monday, October 14, 2019 3:11 PM

Thanks, Homero! No, I haven't decided for sure on the interior color, maybe black. I'll probably just go with what is in the box which is a 426 Hemi and the stock keystone wheels. 

I've worked quite a few hours trying to get the body straightened out. I rubbed out the body and exposed some edges. So I had to re-paint several areas, clear them again, rub them out and try to make sure that I had a smooth, flat and shiny surface. Finally that process is done. This ordeal reaffirmed my opinion on Krylon paint. Their flats and satins are good on interiors and other parts but their gloss is terrible on bodies. I normally use Testors or Tamiya lacquers on bodies and my preference of these paints on bodies has been reaffirmed. 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 midnightprowler on Monday, October 14, 2019 4:05 PM

Great color. I'd go white interior. Btw, the stock wheel are not keystones but rather magnums.

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Posted by modelcarjr on Saturday, October 19, 2019 5:42 PM

Thanks for the correction, Prowler! I'm not too good at wheels and I just quickly looked in the box and haven't really gotten started on any of the other parts. I've been working on the Dodge Super Bee and haven't gotten back to this one yet. 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 aussiemuscle308 on Saturday, October 19, 2019 6:39 PM

modelcarjr
Thanks, Homero! No, I haven't decided for sure on the interior color, maybe black. I'll probably just go with what is in the box which is a 426 Hemi and the stock keystone wheels.

i'd suggest if you have some, go with color matched steelie rims and chrome hubcaps. it would work nicely with the pastel paint.

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Posted by modelcarjr on Friday, October 25, 2019 5:30 PM

Thanks, Aussie! I will see if I have some Mopar steelies in my parts box. I usually use them if I have them in a kit but not in this one. 

I always knew that paint was a "skin" but this photo proves it. I have to remove the paint from the hood as I screwed it up trying to touch it up. Krylon takes a lot to remove it and after a few days in oven cleaner I was able to remove the clear coat in practically one piece! Now it will only take another day or two to get the paint off. 

I finished the foil on the body. I foiled the rounded marker lamp spots and then dotted them with some turn signal paint. The foil may be a little hard to see in this lighting on the light blue background. The moulded trim on the body is not very prominent. 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 modelcarjr on Friday, November 1, 2019 6:30 PM

Before it got cold I managed to get everything painted for this build. The last few pieces may have been affected by the cold but its not noticeable. No dash decals, so I dry-brushed some silver, toothpicked the red indicators and then used my molotow pen to trim the edges and the buttons. Foiled the radio and blackwashed. Not too much detail on this dash so I think it will do. 

I also repainted the hood including the black on the hood vent area. And finally, the interior is ready for assembly in flat black and satin black using some foil on the door panels. Everything is ready for 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 midnightprowler on Saturday, November 2, 2019 6:17 AM

Nice job on the gauges!

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Posted by ejc34710 on Saturday, November 2, 2019 6:32 PM

Lookin good!  I'm also diggin the color.  One of my favorite muscle cars.

Eric C.

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Posted by aussiemuscle308 on Sunday, November 3, 2019 3:22 AM

Interesting color choice. some dog dish steelies would go well with it. Stick out tongue

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Posted by 60Buick on Sunday, November 3, 2019 7:42 AM

Wow! Another masterpiece in the making. Love that color.

Jeff

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Posted by chucky on Sunday, November 3, 2019 11:45 PM

Hi, JR! Nice re-do on the hood paint and blackout treatment. The interior, and especially the dash are looking great! Be forewarned that the taillights on this kit are a little off and don't seem to fit well without a bit of fiddling. I've seen several builds of this kit with the taillamps upside down (swapped side for side). Make sure the reverse lamps aren't "looking down".  Looking forward to the outdoor photos, as usual. Smile

 

chucky

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Posted by modelcarjr on Monday, November 4, 2019 6:34 PM

Thanks, Prowler, Eric, Aussie, Jeff and Chucky! I appreciate your comments and suggestions! 

Finished the interior, engine compartment (except for heater hoses), chassis and glass in the body. Now I to see if I can find some steel wheels and start 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 midnightprowler on Monday, November 4, 2019 6:54 PM

Speedway Decals has a set for this kit that includes decals for the tail lights. They look great.

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Posted by American185 on Tuesday, November 5, 2019 8:41 PM

Another fantastic job as always !! Great color choice for both the exterior and interior. Your models always 'Pop' !!! Can't wait to see the outdoor pics !!!

'There is a special feel in an Oldsmobile, more than the luxury ride its the feeling of pride that you get inside !!!Wink'

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Posted by modelcarjr on Wednesday, November 6, 2019 5:01 PM

Thanks, Prowler and American! I appreciate your comments! Prowler, I already have these taillights painted but will keep Speedway Decals in mind in the future! 

I found some Mopar wheels from a 68 Dodge Charger kit and some redline tires and dog dish hubcaps in my tire stash. I am out of the Krylon turquoise paint but I found a bottle of Testors light blue (square bottle) and it is only a tad darker. So I brush-painted the wheels and assembled them and its on wheels now.

  

On the taillights, I first painted the black around the backup lights, taped that off and then sprayed Tamiya clear red on the chrome taillights. Once dry, i used a Molotow chrome pen to outline the edges of the taillight. I confess I didn't pay attention to the parts numbers when I took them off the tree (right and left side) but I tried both ways and this seemed to be the only way they fit right. The backup lights might be looking down a bit butI think the problem is that there is not an equal amount of red taillight top and bottom of the backup light. The backup light is not in the center and there is no way to fix that. 

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 Thursday, November 7, 2019 10:09 AM

Looking good Jr!  I believe that Missing Link Resin has a set of '68 Plymouth taillights.  Fury3 set me a set many years ago for my '68 Hemi Roadrunner.  I remember having to sand them down since they were quite thick, but they were much better looking than the kit taillights.

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

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Posted by modelcarjr on Friday, November 8, 2019 7:44 AM

Thanks, MrMike! I appreciate your comment! Although these taillights are a bit thick (I should have sanded them down some) and are not symmetrical, I am going to leave them as is. I try to make the best of what I have in the kit and not let perfect be the enemy of the good. If that is the only thing that detracts from the build it is fine with me. 

Finished adding some Keith Marks decals and finished the engine compartment. I found an unnumbered piece on the chrome tree that looked more like a winshield wiper motor than what was indicated in the instructions. The piece indicated in the instructions looks more like a horn. So I swapped the pieces, added the heater hoses and the air cleaner.

Outdoor pics when it stops raining and the sun comes out! 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, November 8, 2019 1:25 PM

Yes, the instuctions are wrong.  There is a horn indicated in the instructions to use instead of the wiper motor which would be the correct item to use.  Good call, Jr!

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

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-'1965 Buick Riviera; 1953 Studebaker Starliner

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Posted by chucky on Friday, November 8, 2019 2:15 PM

Looks great, JR! Nice underhood detail, too! That mistake in the instructions fooled a lot of builders. That wiper motor represents the optional  variable-speed assembly that is mandatory with the Hemi, Six-Barrel and Air-Grabber equipped cars in the 1:1 world. The motor is angled flush with the firewall as opposed to the standard wiper motor which sticks straight out from the sloped mount and interferes with the back of the air cleaner. You achieved a nice overall look and captured the "essence" of this street sweeper. 

chucky

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Posted by nottheband on Friday, November 8, 2019 3:53 PM

She's a beaut build, JR, and I agree witrh the other comments.  Your black detail around the grille and headlights is what really caught my eye, it looks very accurate.  Cheers

Steve

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Posted by midnightprowler on Friday, November 8, 2019 4:20 PM

Well done. Yep the so called in the instructions wiper motor is the "beep beep" horn.

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

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Posted by modelcarjr on Friday, November 8, 2019 7:07 PM

Thanks, Mike, Chucky, Steve and Prowler! I appreciate your comments! Somehow I lost the horn when I removed it and put in the right windshield wiper motor so I just used one of the other horns that were included in the kit.

I don't know if we are going to get a reprive from the cold and rain before the Artic Vortex hits next week but if we do, I'll get some outdoor pics! 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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Posted by charger74 on Friday, November 8, 2019 11:24 PM

It looks very good

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Posted by modelcarjr on Sunday, November 10, 2019 6:09 PM

Thanks, Charger! I appreciate your comment.

Here are some outdoor 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 modelcarjr on Sunday, November 10, 2019 6:12 PM

A few more:

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 chucky on Monday, November 11, 2019 4:52 PM

Very cool, JR! You definitely captured the original intent of the Roadrunner: a bargain musclecar. Great bang for the buck. Got to look closely to see that it's a Hemi which added to the surprise factor of the 1:1. 

chucky

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