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1970 Dodge Charger WIP - Finished; Outdoor Pics!

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1970 Dodge Charger WIP - Finished; Outdoor Pics!
Posted by modelcarjr on Thursday, July 23, 2020 5:49 PM

I bought this Revell kit last week and started it a couple of days ago. I looked through a few photos and found an iterior that looked a little like leather. I also found my embossing powder and its a similar color. So I used a can of Red Oxide primer and it matched the powder. I did a vinyl top with masking tape and painted the body Go Mango. I think these two colors will work nicely with each other. So here we go! 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 amt68 on Thursday, July 23, 2020 8:23 PM

Where did you purchase your embossing powder? When I search places like Michaels the colors that would be used for scale cars seem limited. Nice job on the carpet Jr. as it looks just like the old twist pile carpeting used on these cars. 

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Posted by modelcarjr on Thursday, July 23, 2020 9:41 PM

Thanks, amt! I'm pretty sure I bought this at Michaels years ago. I recently found it in one of my drawers. As I remember they used to have a large selection of this stuff when scrapbooking was a rage but like so many things the selection suffers nowadays. This stuff is PearLustre brand and the color is indicated as "Carnelian". Never heard of it so your guess is as good as mine! I would have painted it but didn't have to! 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 IBuild1/48 on Thursday, July 23, 2020 10:22 PM

Like the color scheme. I'm following. 

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Posted by modelcarjr on Saturday, July 25, 2020 8:07 AM

Thanks, IBuild! I appreciate your comment!I cut down some 2.5 mm plastic strip to trim the rear of the roof line and foiled it. I have a couple of edges that I have to touch up but I think I can do that with a brush. I'll finish the foil and then touch up the body. 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, July 25, 2020 10:01 AM

Beautiful work as usual.

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Posted by modelcarjr on Monday, July 27, 2020 9:09 PM

Thanks, Prowler! I appreciate your comment!

The interior is finished. I used the decal in the kit for the dash but had to cut it in 5 pieces as it was a bit big. The surface must be a little rough with the primer that I couldn't sand down but it won't be seen in the big picture. Paint is almost the same color as the wood grain decal but I still like it more than black. Need some blackwash in the steering wheel spokes. It all turned out pretty well and went together nicely. 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 charger74 on Monday, July 27, 2020 10:17 PM

Thats a nice project, i really like the color combo

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Posted by Bainford on Tuesday, July 28, 2020 12:25 PM

Nice looking Charger, Jr.

amt68

Where did you purchase your embossing powder?

AMT, try this link https://rangerink.com/collections/embossing-powders . A decent range of colours there.

"It would be unusual, if the unusual didn't occur."

- Steamboat Gariepy

Trevor

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Posted by spencer1984 on Tuesday, July 28, 2020 4:05 PM
This is looking good, I really like the colors you went with!
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Posted by amt68 on Tuesday, July 28, 2020 7:15 PM

Bainford

Nice looking Charger, Jr.

 

 
amt68

Where did you purchase your embossing powder?

 

 

AMT, try this link https://rangerink.com/collections/embossing-powders . A decent range of colours there.

 

 

Thanks Trevor. Yes, the selection from that site far exceeds the hobby stores.

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Posted by modelcarjr on Wednesday, July 29, 2020 8:57 PM

Thanks, Charger, Trevor and Spencer! I appreciate your comments! 

Its on wheels! Only a few more pieces and decals and it will be done! 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 Thursday, July 30, 2020 4:54 PM

Yes

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

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Posted by mclovin on Thursday, July 30, 2020 6:50 PM

Awesome!!!

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Posted by modelcarjr on Friday, July 31, 2020 2:59 PM

Thanks, Prowler and Mclovin! I appreciate your comments! 

Here are the final outdoor photos. A couple of building points. I left off the side scoops as I think they take away from signature darts on the doors indicative of a Charger. Also, the door handles were molded as an offset on the chrome tree so I cut them off carefully and carved the offset into a pin, drilled a hole in the door and pinmounted them. Plug wires were also added. 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, July 31, 2020 3:03 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 FJSigma on Friday, July 31, 2020 3:51 PM

Really nice job! It looks great! Congrats!

 

 

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Posted by modelcarjr on Friday, July 31, 2020 7:48 PM

Thanks, FJ! I appreciate your comment! 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, August 1, 2020 7:34 AM

Well done sir.

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

Ask me about Speedway Decals

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Posted by amt68 on Saturday, August 1, 2020 11:49 AM

Obviously a great build as always and I'll be attempting your vinyl top method that you described to me in the near future. I believe Hobby Lobby has this kit and I intend to pick one up eventually as I've always liked this body style.

You mentioned mounting the door handles by carving the offset into a pin. Is there a way to create a pin for mountable door handles in the event there isn't an offset? It may seem like a dumb question but I like the idea of gluing the handle from behind the painted and polished areas. I have a number of Revell kits that have mountable door handles and it would make life easier. 

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Posted by modelcarjr on Saturday, August 1, 2020 4:22 PM

Thanks, Prowler and AMT! I appreciate your comments!

And yes, AMT, there is a way to pin door handles. Not a dumb question at all!  Here's what I do:

First, you have to have the tools and materials. I use picture hanging wire (from any hardware store), my sprue cutter, a #72 drill bit and pin vise. The drill bits and pin vise came from Micro-mark. My older set of drill bits are marked as Rogers Drill Stand, Colorado Springs, CO but my newer set is unmarked so I am not sure of the manufacturer, probably a Chinese knock-off. The drill bits are a bit pricey at about $25 and my latest set is not the quality of my older set (meaning they break easier) but are well worth the investment. 

Second, cut about a 1" piece of wire. I use a 1" piece of wire because its easier to handle and the door handle is less likely to be lost once the wire is glued in.  Since I am left-handed I cut with my left hand and hold the piece that I am cutting off with my right hand (not pictured) so that the wire doesn't fly into my eye, most importantly, or end up in the carpet to be found with my bare foot at some later time. Safety glasses might be a good idea as well if you chose to use something harder than picture hanging wire, for instance, a straight pin. 

Next, I find the center of the back of the door handle and drill a small hole using the #72 drill bit. Use the same bit to drill drill through the body where you want to place the door handle before installing the interior. You can enlarge the hole a bit with your number 11 blade but don't make it too big! You can then cut the wire down (holding the handle so it doesn't fly away), insert it into the hole in the body and glue it from the back if you wish. I usually just put a small amount of CA in the hole and hold the handle for a few seconds once in place. 

I once knew a modeler who created his own pins for every part that wasn't pinned in the kit. He could assemble an entire engine (probably an entire kit) without glue using pins. I haven't gone that far but pins are very useful in building and mating a flat surface with a flat surface. Just using glue usually doesn't end very well when visible. Hope this helps! 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 amt68 on Saturday, August 1, 2020 6:16 PM

Thanks Jr for the detailed response.

One of the few tools I don't own is a pin vise but that along with the bits seem readily available after a quick online search. I'll keep in mind your advice on not making the hole too large in the body. And I've never used CA glue but I'm assuming it's a much quicker set than ordinary styrene glue. 

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Posted by modelcarjr on Sunday, August 2, 2020 8:21 AM

Thanks, AMT! I haven't tried any of the hardware or big box stores for the pin vise or drill  bits but maybe some place like Harbor Freight might have these tools also. 

CA glue is very caustic so you need to be careful with it, meaning don't get it in your eyes or on your fingertips. I use a mild CA called Extreme Power (store brand generic, I think) in the green label that is sold at Hobby Lobby for $2.99 in the small bottle. I use it for all assembly except chrome pieces that might haze, and clear plastic like windshields, taillights, and headlights. It is very mild and although it might haze on painted surfaces if too much is used, I haven't had many issues with it.  The trick is to use it sparingly. I use a small bottle because the tapered nozzle becomes brittle over time and once you cut it down its hard to get a small applicator tube in it even with a tape bushing.

I use Bob Smith Industries CA Glue Applicator PTFE Tubing that I buy online. It comes in 2' packages for about $2.00. I buy two packages and with shipping that costs about $10 but it lasts at least a couple of years even as qluickly as I build. I use a short piece of Tamiya tape around the tubing as a stopper or bushing. Here's what it looks like:

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 amt68 on Sunday, August 2, 2020 9:19 AM

Wow, thanks Jr. I didn't realize the applicator was a small piece of tubing. I do remember you mentioning from past posts that using the CA sparingly and not moving the piece after the glue was applied was important. 

The more I look at your Charger it increases the desire to build one. Revell makes great kits.

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Posted by midnightprowler on Sunday, August 2, 2020 9:28 AM

CA glue is commonly called crazy glue, and if you do glue your fingers together you will need acetone to seperate them lol.

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

Ask me about Speedway Decals

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Posted by modelcarjr on Sunday, August 2, 2020 11:49 AM

Thanks, Prowler! Yes, that is true! There is also a product called Z-7 Debonder that is useful in separating parts glued together with CA but it needs to soak in a bit before trying to separate parts, although I don't use it very often. I also forgot to mention that I insert a straight pin into the CA tubing to insert it into the bottle and then when I remove it I also insert the straight pin and use a small pliers to pull it out. I clean off the straight pin and re-insert it into the CA tubing to store it and put the cap back on the glue. 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 KWT on Sunday, August 2, 2020 1:54 PM

Famdancy Charger you got there

Time well wasted, is not time wasted - John Lennon

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Posted by mrmike on Monday, August 3, 2020 11:39 AM

Great looking Charger Jr!  I built mine using a different approach.

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Posted by modelcarjr on Monday, August 3, 2020 4:08 PM

Thanks, KWT and MrMike! I appreciate your comments! 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 charger74 on Monday, August 3, 2020 11:51 PM
It looks very good

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