This is my first work in progress online so sorry if my progress is a bit slow. I got the recently re-released big scale General for my birthday in April, and have now been working on it for about a month. This kit has a lot of problems because it is based of of a nascar kit ( not sure why!!!!!!!!!!!!! ) so I have had to do numerous modifications and this is my first real experience scratch building. It has been a bit frustrating so far, but I am happy with my results and I plan to take this to the NNL West show next year, hopefully it comes out good enough. I plan to make this as realistic as possible so hear it goes and thanks for looking!
This is about how it will sit, but not exactly because the body is only sitting on the chassis. As you can see there hasn't been any body work yet.
The kit has the exhaust incorrectly end at the headers, so I had to make my own out of 1/8 inch steel rod. The shocks are 1/8 inch OD aluminum tubing with snug fitting aluminum rod slipped inside. The kit has two shocks for each side which is also not correct for a stock 69 charger and the kit ones were rough at best. I figured it would look a lot better if I made my own. The tank straps were made by cutting strips from the frame holding some old photoetched parts and bending them into shape.
In contrast to the rest of the kit, this motor is probably the best I have ever worked with. It comes with easy to use plug wires and even the hoses to plumb the motor. I do think the distributor may be a bit out of scale but for me that is as small issue that I am not very conserned about.
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I had to make somewhat of a cuppler to ease the transition from the headers to the scratchbuilt exhaust. Not the best scratchwork but not bad for my first attempt. There is no oil pan yet because the motor isn't glued in yet and I didn't want to damage the pan's paint during handling.
The kit came with no back seat so I am in the process of making my own. Just before this photo I tested the interior color so that is the sloppy paint.
Thanks for lookin everyone and all comments, suggestion, and questions are welcome.
Looks great so far.
Thank you 351gt! I hope to have the interior painted by tomorrow and I will try to post some pics.
i've built one and stuck in some scratchbuilt factory items too. to help out, here is my back seat:
if you need more inspiration, here's my entire build
Well guys I got the interior parts painted. I used testors model master tan and sprayed it through my airbrush.
side interior panels, dash, and started rear seat.
Front seats are painted
And finally, the interior part of the chassis piece is painted. Please ignore the terrible masking job.
Aussiemuscle308, thank you for posting that link. I took a look and your general is absolutely incredible and I will definately be using it for reference. I didn't realy know what to do for the back seat so I tried having my mom needle and thread the patter onto a piece of felt and then gluing it on the seat, but once she started it became clear that it wasn't going to look right; not because of something she did, just because the idea wasn't very bright. I think I will go with your method for the back seat. I don't know what round 2 was thinking when they made this kit. I expected it to be a bit inacurate and rough, but nothing like this! I am still enjoying the build though and I hope it comes out as excelent as yours.
Thanks for lookin and all comments and such are always welcome.
waiting to get one ,i have alot of 1/16th stock mopar patrs
Would that happen to include a back seat and fire wall?
Here's something you might like:
How to build a realistic General Lee. However, it is in 1/25, but still useful. On that same site, they also have a couple of built General Lee's in 1/16 that made a great referance when I built my 1/25 General. BTW, N.A.G.L.F.C. is the North American General Lee Fan Club (they have the 'Model-Building Division )...
Hope this helps. Rock On!
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SupernovaSS, thank you for posting that link. I have actually seen that tutorial before and it is very helpful so thank you for showing it to me. I didn't realize that people had posted their builds on there so that is something I will definately be looking at for reference. Thanks again.
I hope to have the interior assembled sometime in the next few days. The back seat is taking a while and still doesn't look good but it is about as good as it will get. I still need to finish it and do some research for the detail painting so it may be a few days. I am going on vacation for a few days on Wednesday though so It may be a while before an update if I don't get the interior done by then. As always, thanks for lookin!
I was hoping that they would have addressed the concerns with this kit and re-worked the molds to make it less "Stock Car" and more "Factory Stock"... I won't be wasting the cash on this one this time around.You have done an amazing job on it considering what you had to start with.
Thank you D.Baker, this is definately a rough kit and anyone who plans on building an accurate one like I am is in for some trouble. This is my first kit above 1/24 scale though so I am learning as I go along and I think the bigger scale is a perfect way to learn scratchbuilding techniques. You just have to make the most of it. I never saw the original kit, but I think that all of the pieces molded in white such as the body, hood, and guages are new tooling because they seem much better than the rest of the kit.
Yes, I think that the kit used to be molded in orange, but Round 2 got enough umm, calls from modelers that they wanted it molded in white, so that's what they got. The car is lookin' good so far! It's always nice to see people building accurate General Lee's.
There is actually a couple of these kit's at my LHS, along with a Revell 1/12 '57 Chevy. I thought about it, but I think I'll just be happy with my 1/25 General. If I think about it, I might post some pictures of my General Lee...
Very good job so far, especially the engine. I´ll keep an eye on this one.
I´m building one myself but very slowlly, here a pic of what I made in the body..
Thanks guys! I am working on scratching the center consol right now so that shouldn't take too long. I have the back seat done, but it isn't nearly as good as the one previously posted. I'll try to put some pictures up by tomorrow.