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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 Wednesday, December 19, 2012 5:01 PM

I've heard nothing but bad things about this AMT Plymouth Roadrunner so I was expecting a one-piece chassis and one-piece interior bucket.  But that is not the case. The side bulges may be less pronounced than they should be and the engraved badges are too faint.  But I have decals for the badges so I will sand off the molded on badges. I have a bottle of Mist Blue Metallic that is a proper color for 1968. What I like about the 68 Roadrunner is that it is very simple and plain - just a muscle car without any frills. Bench seat, no console, body lines that are pretty straight forward, grill and tail panel that are not fancy, nice wheels and raised letter tires!  So its time to get started!

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 Chris2 on Wednesday, December 19, 2012 6:05 PM

sounds like a cool build! I actually really loved this kit when it was first released..think I built 4 of these in a matter of months when it came out..20 years ago i was much less picky about a kit than I am today however.

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Posted by 70CudaTJ on Wednesday, December 19, 2012 6:07 PM

Looking forward to seeing what you do with this one  JR.

I have one of these that is mid-rebuild and I consider it to be a well detailed kit (if not terribly accurate), besides the badging.

Cheers

TJ

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Posted by Dimebolt on Wednesday, December 19, 2012 7:18 PM

Look forward to seeing this one.

I've built several of these, and even as a kid the only real issues I ran into with it were errors on my part as far as building them. Sure it's not "the perfect kit", but it is a fairly good representation of the actual car.

The one thing that helps this kit out alot is to widen the front track width by making the mounting bosses longer. Also you can flip the wheel mounting bosses upside down for a slightly lower ride height.

Corey

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Posted by Space Cowboy on Wednesday, December 19, 2012 9:28 PM

I like the kit and you have a good start on it..........................

(I Love It When A Plan Comes Together) Hannibal Smith.

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Posted by SLUSHER on Thursday, December 20, 2012 12:51 AM

Looking forward to your build JR. l have the 69 sitting around painted waiting for me....Slusher

IT TAKES A LIVING SAVIOR TO SAVE A DYING WORLD....

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Posted by modelcarjr on Thursday, December 20, 2012 3:32 AM

Thanks, everyone, for your encouragement!  I bought this about 20 years ago and never got aroound to building it! Now is the time! Its suppose to be windy and cold today so I don't know if I will be able to paint today but I have some work to do getting rid of the mold lines, scripts and badges and sorting parts for paint. Thanks! Cool

I think this is sort of what I want to build!

1968 Plymouth Road Runner Image

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 CarGuy1963 on Thursday, December 20, 2012 3:33 AM

Another great start jr.

Its only plastic until you add imagination! CG63.

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Posted by modelcarjr on Thursday, December 20, 2012 4:35 PM

Thanks, CarGuy!  I managed to get everythiing in primer despite the wind and cold by stepping out the door, waiting for the wind to subside, spraying very quickly and stepping back indoors. Not the best way but got the job done. Spent quite a bit of time on the body before paint, sanding off the scripts and badges. I also sanded the entire body with 400 grit sandpaper to take of the edges that seemed a bit too sharp and also flattening the door and trunk lines that seemed a bit beveled. Re-scribed the door and trunk lines and then sanded again. Everything looks good so far! I may get a silver base coat on tomorrow and then color on Saturday if the weather cooperates! 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 70CudaTJ on Thursday, December 20, 2012 11:18 PM

Good work so far JR, it sounds like you've spent a bit of time "working" this body. Should pay off in the end.

Here's where I got with mine, going with a Pro-Tour build:

Cheers TJ

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Posted by modelcarjr on Friday, December 21, 2012 4:40 AM

Thanks, TJ!  Looks like you spent some time on the body as well. I like the side scope! Good luck with yours as well! 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, December 21, 2012 6:49 AM

A great project JR! Are you going to correct the rear wheel arches as they are misshapened. I can send you a tracing of the wheel arches from the Johan '69 Roadrunner that I used on my '68 Roadrunner that I built last year. Send me a PM with your address and and I'll get it out to you if you want it. Also, be sure to fill the score line under the hood since that MCW lacquer paint will eat its way through it and ruin the top of the hood. Trust me, I know from experience! Here's the link to my WIP if you need any referencing.

http://cs.scaleautomag.com/sca/modeling_subjects/f/29/t/100235.aspx?sort=DESC&pi209=1

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

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302; Aston Martin DB4; Range Rover Police

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Posted by modelcarjr on Friday, December 21, 2012 5:43 PM

Thanks, Mike!  I'll send you a PM tomorrow. Got to run to dinner! I have a Johan 69 GTX. Do you think I should use those arches to correct it? I did fill the score line under the hood. In the meantime I have added a vinyl top. Once I had my 2" tape cut for the top I just made a loose skirt to tape off the rest of the body and then painted the top. Used my finger rubbed over the top to give it a little sheen but may add some clear later. 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 Dimebolt on Saturday, December 22, 2012 3:34 AM

Looking good so far jr.

Keep up the good work.

Corey

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Posted by modelcarjr on Saturday, December 22, 2012 5:50 AM

Thanks, Corey!  And thanks to MrMike's keen power of observation I am attempting to correct the rear wheel well body arch. I took a tracing from the Johan 69 GTX that i have on hand and made this template. I cut some plastic at each end of the opening making it a little wider.

 

 

Then I cut a two slivers of plastic from 1/16" or 3/32" (not sure which) to flatten out the arch.  One to go behind the opening and one to fit in the opening. You can see one sliver in the picture and the spot that I am attempting to flatten out indicated by the green card stock sticking beyond the arch.

Once I have those glued in place I puttied up the face of the arch. Once it dries I will sand out and probably have to add a second application. In the meantime I will start taping up the vinyl roof with some card stock to avoid putting tape over tape as much as possible. I am hoping to get this process completed and maybe have a silver base coat on by the end of the day so I can paint the color coat 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 modelcarjr on Saturday, December 22, 2012 7:25 AM

I think this looks much better! One more application of putty and this side should be done!  Thanks, MrMike! Moving on to the other side. Thanks for looking! Cool

My sander makes short work of the rough sanding on this body. Finish with 400 grit sandpaper.

Looks like I need to round the corners and the flat side a bit.

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 SLUSHER on Saturday, December 22, 2012 9:13 AM

Nice work Jr, love the top also. l have a 69 body painted waiting its turn....Slusher

IT TAKES A LIVING SAVIOR TO SAVE A DYING WORLD....

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Posted by modelcarjr on Saturday, December 22, 2012 11:23 AM

Thanks, Slusher!  Will be waiting to see the 69 you're building!  Finished both fenders so base coat aluminum later today!  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 Saturday, December 22, 2012 7:23 PM

Base coat is done and hopefully color tomorrow if it doesn't rain. 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, December 23, 2012 11:58 AM

Color on today and my favorite color - Blue!  This is almost a match for Nassau blue metallic. Used the whole 1 oz. bottle since there were so many pieces to paint. Interior will be two-tone with a medium blue. Didn't have enough paint for the frame floor so maybe Nassau blue metallic or black. Got done just in time for the Texans game!  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 smellyfatdude on Sunday, December 23, 2012 12:07 PM

Nice! Should be another beauty when it's done, jr!

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                                                                                          sfd Smile, Wink & Grin

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Posted by modelcarjr on Sunday, December 23, 2012 5:27 PM

Thanks, SFD!  But I screwed up!  I know I should run my knife between the paint and the tape at the vent window and all pillars and I actully did on the back pillars but I forgot to do it in front and pulled some paint off with my tape in a V shape right at the vent window!  I managed to put the paint back in place, rubbed it in place a bit and brushed on some paint. Maybe tomorrow after it has dried overnight I can rub it out a bit more. Its a good place for a mirror! Bang Head

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 BandC253 on Sunday, December 23, 2012 5:41 PM

Very Nice Jr, I always have enjoyed watching your builds through the transformation. It is very inspiring to see your work. After a two year break looks like I got some learning to do with my skills!!! Your off to another awsome build!!! Brian

I do it for the love of the cars.Captain

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Posted by SLUSHER on Sunday, December 23, 2012 9:07 PM

Color looks great JR, l had an 80 dodge truck just about that same color. .....Slusher

IT TAKES A LIVING SAVIOR TO SAVE A DYING WORLD....

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Posted by modelcarjr on Monday, December 24, 2012 12:45 PM

Thanks, Brian and Slusher!  I appreciate your comments! 

I'm getting this one rubbed out and foiled as best I can and there is still a little bit of a discoloration at the vent window.  I am anxious to get the foil on so that I can add a mirror on the left side and then claim that it is just the shadow of the mirror!  Laugh

 

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 smellyfatdude on Monday, December 24, 2012 1:00 PM

Good strategy, jr. A well placed accessory can hide so many boo boos. That's basically what I used decals for as a youngster. Laugh

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                                                                                                 sfd Smile, Wink & Grin

introducing a leaner, fresher smellyfatdude 

Next builds:

Dunno

 

 

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Posted by SLUSHER on Monday, December 24, 2012 6:45 PM

JR, l hope this does not sound strange, l use Tamiya masking tape mostly. if l use masking tape l always stick it to my jeans rub over it so it cuts the bit so it will not pull paint. l pulled paint off once with it and after l started stcking it to my jeans first never has happened again.....Slusher

IT TAKES A LIVING SAVIOR TO SAVE A DYING WORLD....

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Posted by modelcarjr on Tuesday, December 25, 2012 11:15 AM

Thanks, SFD and Slusher!  I appreciate your comments!  The mistake I made was getting the tape onto the painted service at the top of the door so that the body and tape had paint on them at the vent window.  I should have left a slit just above the top of the door on the vent window.

Now I worked on it somemore and screwed up the paint royal! I am not a perfectionist but sometimes very anal! I dont want to pull off the vinyl roof, the hood and trunk and tops of the fenders look fine, so I am going to take another route and paint the sides a different color sort of in a Sox and Martin pattern. I am going to use Krylon Global Blue as I have tested it with the interior for combination and I think it will match and not clash with the lighter Mist Blue. So it will be a two-tone body and two-tone interior with the same colors. 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 Tuesday, December 25, 2012 12:43 PM

OK, here it is! Now I'll go to Christmas dinner and let it dry overnight. I'll maybe add a pinstripe for color separation but this is how its going to stay! 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 smellyfatdude on Tuesday, December 25, 2012 9:01 PM

Wow, another nice recovery! I think the two tone blue looks nice, jr. And hey, we're the only ones who know that wasn't your original plan. Mistake? What mistake? Whistling

                                                                                                Regards,
                                                                                                      sfd Smile, Wink & Grin

introducing a leaner, fresher smellyfatdude 

Next builds:

Dunno

 

 

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