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1970 Monte Carlo SS w.i.p.

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1970 Monte Carlo SS w.i.p.
Posted by smellyfatdude on Sunday, March 17, 2013 1:24 PM

Winter's kind of a bad time for me to build stuff. Ironically, that's when I feel like doing it the most, it's just harder for a lot of reasons to actually accomplish. While I have several bodies painted up prior to the start of the cold, and projects I probably should be working on, sometimes I need to find something different to keep my interest peaked. If I have the kit, and the paint, and a couple of good ideas then all it takes is some inspiration, and off I go! That all came together unexpectedly yesterday, so here's what's next. The color is Tamiya TS-12 orange, and this Monte's gonna get dressed up a bit. I did the scripts with foil prior to painting Saturday, then cleaned them off with lacquer thinner today, before I added the clear coat. The script on the back panel isn't quite correct, however. There should be a small SS badge below the Monte Carlo script. So, to make up for AMT's shortsight, I'm going to add some photo etched SS badges not only to the center of the back panel, but on the front fenders as well. I'm thinking I'll put some black stripe decals on the hood and trunk, haven't quite decided yet. The interior will be white seats and panels, with black woodgrain dash and console.

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                                                                                                      sfd Smile, Wink & Grin






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Posted by smellyfatdude on Sunday, March 17, 2013 1:24 PM

Here's all the rest of the kit pieces painted up, and ready for detailing. I had a marathon session of painting and clear coating yesterday, and after about eight hours with no break to speak of, got everything done up. I'm also about to crack open my last sheet of foil, so I had to pick a project that wouldn't use up too much. I may wire the engine, probably will 'cause I need the practice, lol. When I get a chance to paint, gotta grab it 'cause we're not getting any early spring this year. I snapped this pic outside this morning while it was, of course, snowing. You can see the path that had to get dug last week, so the phone repair guy could get to the pole in the back lane. Also, note the neighbors van, literally buried up to the door handles in snow. Needless to say, outdoor painting isn't gonna be happening any time soon.
Thanks fer lookin' !

                                                                                            Regards,
                                                                                                  sfd Smile, Wink & Grin



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Posted by willieman on Sunday, March 17, 2013 1:33 PM

Alright ! My favorite yr. Monte, always wanted one done in triple black............Never happened.

Yers is lookin' real nice, will be watchin' this one !

Wiliie

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Posted by MannyVCGResins on Friday, March 22, 2013 3:14 PM
cool so far nice color for it also! will be watching this one.
manny

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Posted by hemi hunter on Friday, March 22, 2013 7:50 PM

nice color will b following Thumbs Up

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Posted by The Mad Dooby on Friday, March 22, 2013 8:13 PM
You wouldn't happen to live in Edmonton would you? We just got a massive dump of snow on the first day of spring. How ironic. Anyway, looking really good so far!
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Posted by smellyfatdude on Sunday, March 24, 2013 7:02 PM

Thanks willieman, Manny, hemi and Dooby!
After a dry polish with 4000 micromesh, then a wet polish with 4000, Tamiya coarse polishing compund, wet polish with 6000, dry polish with 8000 and 12,000, and some micro gloss, the shine came out pretty nice. Plus it's got some stripes on. I used decal sheets from two different ' 69 Camaro kits.
Thanks fer lookin' !

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                                                                                                          sfd Smile, Wink & Grin

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Posted by hemi hunter on Sunday, March 24, 2013 7:05 PM

looking awesome

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Posted by SLUSHER on Monday, March 25, 2013 2:46 AM

The body has an excellent shine SFD, and l like the stripes. that is a very nice touch...glad to see you posting omcm forum. l am over there mostly................Slusher

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Posted by felhasznaaloo on Monday, March 25, 2013 4:19 AM

Holy sheetmetal, that is some great WIP! SFD succeeds again fighting the forces of nature and orange peel. Laugh Will be watching this one! Dinner

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Posted by smellyfatdude on Monday, March 25, 2013 11:30 AM

   
Thanks hemi, slusher and felhasznaaloo! So far it's shaping up pretty good, just how I'd pictured one of these in my noggin'. Got the underhood area painted black last night, plus the engine is built. No wires, couldn't make it work with my tired eyes, and fatter fingers. Still searching for the perfect wheels, though. Hmm
Any suggestions?

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                                                                                                           sfd Smile, Wink & Grin

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Posted by modelcarjr on Monday, March 25, 2013 1:56 PM

Really nice shine on that paint, SFD!  I really like that Tamiya Orange as it is a very bright color and of course the Tamiya paint goes on so nicely. Glad to see you overcame the elements to get this one going! CoolThumbs Up

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 guidematic on Monday, March 25, 2013 1:57 PM

That's a great kit to build, and one of my favourite cars. I fell in love with the car when I snagged the 1971 brochure in the fall of 1970 when I was 10. The centrefold shows a dark blue metallic SS with the black vinyl rood. I had to build that car. But I did a bit of the COPO thing on it. Upgraded to the LS-6 with a 4-speed. I still have that brouchure.

Yours is a completely differant approach with the colours. In true 1970 muscle car fashion with the wild colour and graphics as opposed to my gentleman's hot rod.

Great work, and I'll be watching this one.

Mike

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Posted by smellyfatdude on Monday, March 25, 2013 2:31 PM

Thanks jr and guidematic, I appreciate the feedback. I guess since it debuted in 1970, the Monte Carlo was in time to enjoy that one year of a 454, with an SS package. Of course the following year came all the downgrading in engine power, and the beginning of the end from Detroit as far as muscle cars go. That's why I very often end up letting my imagination wander a bit, and do these "what if" kinds of builds. I have a friend from years ago that I very often send pics of my finished builds to. Of the muscle cars and street machines, he looks at nearly every one and says the only thing that'd make it look nicer is if it had some fun fur in the interior. I'm not going to cater to his strange taste in cars on this build, either. No fun fur! Just going to do up this Monte Carlo my way, and add some fun! Mischief

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                                                                                                sfd Smile, Wink & Grin

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Posted by RAMBENNA on Monday, March 25, 2013 5:25 PM

looks great, i also love the big monte

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Posted by guidematic on Monday, March 25, 2013 10:03 PM

The beginning of the end was 1970. GM pulled out all the stops for that one year. The biggest engines with the big power. Compression ratios dropped across the board at GM and for most all engines at Ford and Chrysler for 1971, but they still had some big guns. Power wasn't off as much as most people think. The Monte Carlo SS454 lasted through 1971. The 454 was reinstated for 1973 for all Monte Carlos, but would be gone again after 1974.

Looks like you are having fun with that one. And isn't that what this hobby is all about?

Mike

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Posted by hemi hunter on Tuesday, March 26, 2013 3:20 AM

engine and compartment lookgreat . as for wheel maybe some cragar ss ?

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Posted by smellyfatdude on Tuesday, March 26, 2013 12:12 PM

hemi hunter
as for wheel maybe some cragar ss ?

That's usually my first thought, though sadly I don't have a set left. If I did, I'd probably use 'em. But then I thought, why not some Keystone rims? They look great when they're detailed, so I did a quick mockup.
Nothing's set in stone yet, but they would look nice. Dinner

                                                                                                     Regards,
                                                                                                           sfd Smile, Wink & Grin



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Posted by Lowlife ! on Tuesday, March 26, 2013 12:32 PM

Hey SFD the monte`s coming along really nice.. Ive been building a lowrider version for over a year now so its nice to see a different take on it....I love the shape of these, yours looks awesome with the stripes, nice choice on the rims too..... Lowlife ! !

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Posted by CarGuy1963 on Tuesday, March 26, 2013 5:01 PM

Lookin sharp as usual SFD.

Its only plastic until you add imagination! CG63.

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Posted by SLUSHER on Friday, March 29, 2013 1:14 AM

The Keystones will look great on your monte carlo SFD..................Slusher

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Posted by hemi hunter on Friday, March 29, 2013 4:44 AM

looks good

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Posted by modelcarjr on Friday, March 29, 2013 7:24 AM

I like the keystones too!  NIce combination! CoolThumbs Up

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 Anonymous on Friday, March 29, 2013 11:39 AM

Smelly, You just got me convinced. That color is killer!  I've got two '70 Monte resin rags, and have been eyeing em' up for a fitting color.  The orange is ideal for the one!  The other, I was thinking metallic black w/red gut!.  Just checking, but are you going to BMF, the widow frames, wheelopenings, door handles and rain gutters???  Not a trouble maker, just curious! You know me! That last pict, looks nice. But up here in the Nickle ity, It's a dusting..  Regards., --S56> :)

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Posted by smellyfatdude on Sunday, April 14, 2013 4:54 PM

Snork56
Just checking, but are you going to BMF, the widow frames, wheelopenings, door handles and rain gutters???

But of course, my good friend snorkasaurus, and here it is so adorned! Finally got back to this one the last couple of days, and got the foil all done. Just have to do the minimal hood ornament, and paint the side marker lights, as well as add a black wash to a couple of the ridges on the bottom trim. Got a family dinner tonight, but that should all be taken care of after I get back home. I'm on two weeks vacation as of yesterday, so should hopefully wrap up the Monte before then. Tomorrow I'll get cracking on the interior.
Thanks fer lookin' !

                                                                                                       Regards,
                                                                                                             sfd Smile, Wink & Grin

Snork56
Not a trouble maker, just curious!

Are you certain about that? I'm not sure I'm convinced . . . . . . Laugh

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Posted by NYNS-Franky on Sunday, April 14, 2013 6:23 PM

SFD, this has got to be one of your best paint jobs!  The paint looks amazing!  What did you use for the clear coat?  Pardon me if I missed it in an earlier post, but I sped through to see more pics :-)  Looks great so far!

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Posted by smellyfatdude on Sunday, April 14, 2013 8:49 PM

Thanks for the compliment, Franky. The paint did turn out pretty good, mostly because I took my time polishing it out. Since most of the stuff I build is factory stock, and older cars to boot, I don't usually find it necessary to try and give the paint a mirror finish. I made an exception in this case, and the rest was just luck.
The paint and clear are Tamiya, and as far as clear goes, that's all I have available right now. Rustoleum seems to have discontinued the clear lacquer I was using before. The store shelves at Wal Mart and Canadian Tire have something from them that they're selling as a clear coat, but it's in a different looking can and nowhere on the can does it say it's lacquer based. So, I'll stick with the Tamiya for now, and perhaps try the Duplicolor stuff sometime soon.

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                                                                                                        sfd Smile, Wink & Grin

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Posted by Scalper on Sunday, April 14, 2013 8:53 PM

Wow the paint is awsome. looks super nice.

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Posted by modelcarjr on Monday, April 15, 2013 8:22 PM

Paint and foil look great, SFD!  My father in law used to have one of these in the classic bronze that I like and I always thought it was too cool for him and would have been way cool for me! Yours looks great! CoolThumbs Up

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 Tuesday, April 16, 2013 8:37 AM

Foil looks great SFD, very nice progress................Slusher

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