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1970 Plymouth 'Cuda 383 Is Completed

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1970 Plymouth 'Cuda 383 Is Completed
Posted by mrmike on Friday, January 24, 2014 7:01 PM

When Revell announced that they would be releasing a 1/25 scale '70 'Cuda, I was overjoyed!  And, that the kit came with the dual scoop hood made me even happier.  But, the only engine option was the Hemi.  Now, don't get me wrong, I love the Hemi!  It's my favorite four-letter word, but I wanted something a little different.

I did a little research to confirm what I thought I knew...the standard 'Cuda engine was a 383 CI 4-barrel big block!  This would make my 'Cuda different from anyone else's.  I dug through my decals and found some leftover Keith Marks 1/25 scale 'Cuda decals.  Then, I dove into my parts box and found a 440 from a Revell '69 Charger Daytona that will pass as a 383 since the size difference in scale is hardly noticeable.  I have some Shabo Tire Graphics for the unmarked tire sidewalls.

My goal is to build a standard 'Cuda that had a few options on it.

The kit is Revell's '70 Hemi 'Cuda #85-4268.

My leftover Keith Marks decals.

My paint will be Model Master No. 28118 Green Go aka Sassy Grass Green.

More to come...

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

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-'67 Foose Dodge Coronet; 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302

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Posted by modelcarjr on Friday, January 24, 2014 7:28 PM

Looks like a good plan, MrMike! I'm just hoping to find it soon at HobbyLobby! Good luck! 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 The Mad Dooby on Friday, January 24, 2014 9:22 PM
I saw the dual scoop hood in my kit too and was hoping someone would come up with something other than a hemi! Too bad the AAR hood isn't in there too.
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Posted by chucky on Friday, January 24, 2014 11:27 PM

Sounds like a good plan, Mike! This kit has so many possibilities with a little parts swapping. The "Cuda was available with multiple engine sizes with and without the shaker hood and the aftermarket support for decals is a bonus. (Not to mention the bumper choices.) I'm sure we'll be seeing a wide variety of build versions of this kit. Looking forward to seeing your  progress on this one.

chucky

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Posted by DAYTONA on Saturday, January 25, 2014 5:04 AM

...exciting build.........white interior ?

...many people forget the 383 was the base engine, a 340 was an option as were the larger engines...I haven't opened mine yet, but is a column shift AT a possibility, "radio delete", "Dog Dish", no stripes, "el cheapo"

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Posted by mrmike on Saturday, January 25, 2014 10:50 AM

I have been lead to believe that there could be other versions of this kit in the future, but that all depends upon the success of this kit.  If this kit is successful, other versions like the AAR or different engine options or even drag and Trans Am race car versions could be had.  I can even see a Foose version of his Terracuda being kitted.

DAYTONA

...exciting build.........white interior ?

...many people forget the 383 was the base engine, a 340 was an option as were the larger engines...I haven't opened mine yet, but is a column shift AT a possibility, "radio delete", "Dog Dish", no stripes, "el cheapo"

Larry, as teenager, I was probably more interested in the 440 or Hemi engines (bigger is better) at the time.  Wouldn't the white interior require white stripes on the body?  I have black stripes so my interior will be black.  And,  "el cheapo" straight out of the box?  No.  But, the aftermarket could supply the hubcaps and the wheels could come from the '68 Charger R/T kit.  If you are good at some scratch building, then the column shift AT could be sourced from the AMT '71 Charger and radio delete is possible with some filing and a piece of flat styrene.  The stripe decals can be left in the box.

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

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-'67 Foose Dodge Coronet; 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302

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Posted by AquaMach on Saturday, January 25, 2014 11:09 AM

Off the subject just a bit, but does Keith Marks still sell decals? I have noted that he has not listed anything on ebay in some time now. Perhaps he's sick of the crappy ebay and paypal fees.....speculation only, of course. Does he sell from his website? He is a great  contributor to our hobby and it would be a sad thing for him to leave it.

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Posted by mrmike on Saturday, January 25, 2014 1:06 PM

Yes, Keith Marks still does sell decals.  I will not speculate as to why he doesn't sell on eBay anymore.  He does sell from his website, but it is best to contact him first for pricing and shipping.  You can contact him here- mofobow@hotmail.com

It may take a few days before he replies to your email as he does have a regular job and a home life.  Be patient.

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

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-'67 Foose Dodge Coronet; 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302

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Posted by DAYTONA on Saturday, January 25, 2014 2:44 PM

...stripes were an option, not every one purchased them

...I once owned an F6 Green Daytona with white interior and a black tail stripe, you will have a black dash, carpets, package shelf, etc to off set the black stripe if you should choose, but I agree, the interior should match the stripes

...I bet the next variation of the kit will be an AAR, hope so !!!

...anxious to see this one in build

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Posted by gulftarpon on Saturday, January 25, 2014 3:14 PM

This story may be apocryphal, but I read one time that Chrysler's quality control was so poor at the time that cars were coming off the line with all sorts of weird combos of interior and stripes. The story said that often the workers would be told to just put stuff on even if it didn't match.  I saw a picture of an unrestored barn-find that had the nameplate on the back upside down. My dad looked at a new one on the dealer lot one time that had a full hand-print in the paint on the door.

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Posted by wabatuckeun on Saturday, January 25, 2014 4:39 PM

Mike I honestly know this will be a beautiful build! Looking forward to your "Base" 'Cuda!
StaceCool

On the 8th day God created the HEMI and all the Bosses and Rats ran away!!!!
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Posted by AquaMach on Saturday, January 25, 2014 8:06 PM

Thanks Mike on your input regarding the decals. I too look forward to your build.  

I have this kit as well and am thinking about doing it up as a grand coupe with the strobe stripe.

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Posted by CarGuy1963 on Sunday, January 26, 2014 3:08 AM

I have yet to get one of these or the new Shelby vert, but I too have some ideas on what to do with one. So many models, not enuff time. LOL. But I know this one will be sweet mrmike!

Its only plastic until you add imagination! CG63.

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Posted by mrmike on Sunday, January 26, 2014 12:14 PM

Thanks for watching guys!  I have heard stories over the years about the poor quality of the E-bodies and some of their various shortcomings from the factory.  I'm sure the restored quality of an E-body today is 100% better than the day they were built.

I washed the body parts this morning and while that was drying, I went and assembled the engine.

The engine will be painted with Mopar Street Hemi Orange Engine Enamel.

Once the body parts have dried, I'll coat them with Tamiya primer and then paint them with Model Master No. 28118 Green Go aka Sassy Grass Green.

More to come...

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

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-'67 Foose Dodge Coronet; 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302

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Posted by mrmike on Sunday, January 26, 2014 3:41 PM

And finally for this afternoon, I painted the 'Cuda Sassy Grass Green.

I'll let this gas out for a few days and then go from there.

More to come...

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

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-'67 Foose Dodge Coronet; 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302

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Posted by wabatuckeun on Sunday, January 26, 2014 3:46 PM

OOO PRETTY!!!!! ME LIKEY MIKEY!!! Now where's my cookies?????
StaceCool

On the 8th day God created the HEMI and all the Bosses and Rats ran away!!!!
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Posted by mrmike on Sunday, January 26, 2014 4:13 PM

Thanks Stace!  And, Momma said no more cookies for you.  So, I ate them!!!Big SmileLaugh

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

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-'67 Foose Dodge Coronet; 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302

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Posted by mrmike on Monday, February 10, 2014 6:43 PM

DAYTONA

...I bet the next variation of the kit will be an AAR, hope so !!!

I read that the next version of this kit will be the Sox and Martin drag car coming out in the second quarter.

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

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-'67 Foose Dodge Coronet; 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302

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Posted by mrmike on Thursday, February 13, 2014 7:52 PM

I got a little time this afternoon to work on the 'Cuda.  I stripped the chrome off of the carb and alternator and then I painted them up.

I drilled out the distributor, added my wires, painted the distributor and then mount it on the engine.

More to come...

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

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-'67 Foose Dodge Coronet; 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302

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Posted by 70CudaTJ on Friday, February 14, 2014 1:04 AM

Nice to see another '70 Cuda being built...well in my eyes anyway.... and it looks like you have got this one looking N.I.C.E already Thumbs Up

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Posted by Rik_Biel on Friday, February 14, 2014 6:23 AM

Looking good Mike

I'll be picking this kit up if they do the AAR version!!

Cars and Star Wars, that's what I like making and painting!!!.

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Posted by Too Old on Friday, February 14, 2014 6:41 AM

Looks pretty nice Mike !   The color is beautiful and I really like seeing a 383 instead of another Hemi !

TooOld

A.K.A.  BOB.

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Posted by wabatuckeun on Friday, February 14, 2014 10:30 AM

HEy Mike it's looking GREAT! I'm thinking of doing a slant 6 version....never know. Looking forward to more of your work!!!
StaceCool

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Posted by mrmike on Sunday, February 16, 2014 1:12 PM

Thanks Bob and Stace!

As usual, I forgot about the side view mirrors when I painted the body and hood.  A search through the box found only the passenger mirror and no driver's door mirror which seems to have fallen off the part sprue when the kit was put together.  I placed an order through Revell's excellent part replacement service and received the new mirror in 10 days.  I hope other builders do not abuse this service and only use it when a part is missing from the kit or was damaged at the factory!

Save for a few touchups and painting the transmission, the engine is mostly complete.  I need to add the air filter with 383 Super Commando pie plate decal.

More to come...

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

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-'67 Foose Dodge Coronet; 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302

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Posted by Anonymous on Sunday, February 16, 2014 10:02 PM

Looking great.  Your plug wires look correct to scale, that's a nice touch.  Sometimes it seems they are as big as heater hoses.

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Posted by mrmike on Monday, February 17, 2014 7:53 PM

I have seen some wiring that does look like heater hoses!  While I do give the builder props for adding ignition wiring, they do look toy-like.

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

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-'67 Foose Dodge Coronet; 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302

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Posted by funeralxempire on Monday, February 17, 2014 8:07 PM

"I saw the dual scoop hood in my kit too and was hoping someone would come up with something other than a hemi! Too bad the AAR hood isn't in there too."

Agreed. Personally if/when I build a Cuda it has to be an AAR small-block Cuda. Then again, for me pony cars only come with small blocks and aggressive suspensions for road racing.

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Posted by funeralxempire on Monday, February 17, 2014 8:10 PM

"HEy Mike it's looking GREAT! I'm thinking of doing a slant 6 version....never know. Looking forward to more of your work!!!"

One other option I saw in Grassroots Motorsports, although it was on a Scamp and not on a Cuda, was a Toyota 2JZ turbo I6. When guys hear the inline 6 they won't imagine it has more power than their big block V8. Makes a nice sleeper although it does make the car a bit of a mutant.

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Posted by burlllee on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 7:20 PM

  It's looking fantastic Mike Yes

  A lot of people may not realize it but the Barracuda's and Challenger E bodies could be ordered with any Mopar engine including the slant six.

  Good luck Mike,

  Earl Smile

burlllee Mt. Airy, North Carolina, USA
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Posted by 454chevelle on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 8:43 PM

Revell has done an outstanding job with the "NEW" `70 Hemi Cuda car. Like may of us in the car modeling hobby I am grateful to all the "behind the scenes people" who worked very hard to get this iconic muscle car into the hands of us modelers.  That said,Mr. Mike who do we have to kidnap, assassinate or extort to get a 1/25 "AAR" 340 Cuda in the pipeline...just kidding.

What are the chances of Revell issuing a 1/25 scale 340 "AAR" Cuda in this millennium?

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