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Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry Charger - Finished Pics

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Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry Charger - Finished Pics
Posted by spencer1984 on Sunday, April 13, 2014 8:10 PM

Another one that has long been on my "to do" list, the '69 Charger R/T from Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry. I'm using Revell's kit, and have started work with the interior:

I removed the head rests, and changed the center console to an automatic shift. I also did some work on the chassis:

I'm aiming for well-maintained but used factory stock, since this was a 5-year-old car when the movie came out.  I went with black for the chassis (and will be doing the engine bay the same color) to indicate the original factory color before its Citron Yella repaint.  As always, any comments/criticisms are welcome!

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Posted by zebra 3 on Sunday, April 13, 2014 10:04 PM

Great start!  Looking good!

MATT

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Posted by Samiches on Monday, April 14, 2014 1:40 AM

I'm liking the detail work on the front suspension Cool

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Posted by Charger01 on Monday, April 14, 2014 10:10 AM

I have the same on my bench to do one day but some problems with the exact color of it, anyway, another great work from you.

Joaquim

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Posted by Scooter261 on Monday, April 14, 2014 4:11 PM

This will be cool no doubt. Movie cars are always fun,,nice job

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Posted by spencer1984 on Monday, April 14, 2014 8:47 PM

Thanks, guys!  Joaquim, I'll be using ScaleFinishes Y3 Citron Yella (www.scalefinishes.com/hiimpact.html), which should be pretty accurate.  I used their paint for my '73 Eleanor, and was very happy with the quality of their paint:

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Posted by Charger01 on Tuesday, April 15, 2014 11:40 AM

Thanks Bill, I will see that but at the moment I´m working on the AAR Cuda from the last Fast And Furious, which it will, probably, appear in the next one.

Joaquim

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Posted by dhackett on Tuesday, April 15, 2014 1:40 PM

I'm looking forward to this build. I think I have sourced the right tires and wheels for my build so it will be nice to check back here as you get closer to see what your plan is. Thanks for the link for the correct paint as well. That interior looks great.

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Posted by OrangeR/T on Tuesday, April 15, 2014 6:22 PM

This will be a cool build, i love the Dirty Mary Crazy Larry Charger!! Looks good so far! Are you modifying the front and rear suspension to correct the the overly long wheel base and nose high stance issues? It's been many years since i built one of those Revel '69 Charger kits, maybe those issue's have already been resolved. Looking forward to seeing the progress on this build!!

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Posted by spencer1984 on Thursday, April 17, 2014 9:40 PM

Thanks, guys!  OrangeR/T, I did make the usual suspension mods (the one real weak point in an otherwise great kit).  The front posts have been cut off and will be pinned at the right height, and the rear axle has been moved forward:

dhackett, these are the wheels I'll be using, out of AMT's '32 Ford Phaeton (I think they were also in their old Vicky kit). Tires are from Revell's '37 Ford:

I installed the dash and finished the center console, so all that's left inside is the radio on the back seat and a set of pedals. The steering wheel was from AMT's '70 Coronet, and the shift lever was scratcbuilt:

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Posted by OrangeR/T on Sunday, April 20, 2014 11:57 AM

Cool, yeah i'd to see how you did the front spindals. I have the '68 Charger R/T kit on my bench right now that i'm tinkering with, i already did the same mod to the rear suspension, but i'm debating how to do the front spindals and keep them even. I did cut the posts off and mounted them up a hair higher, but i'm not real happy with how they came out, not much post left for mounting the wheels, so i'm gonna re try with some longer posts, keeping them even it the tricky part! I did these mods many years ago on a General Lee i built, but i don't remember how i did it!

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Posted by spencer1984 on Tuesday, April 29, 2014 7:28 PM

Getting close now!  The body is painted and clearcoated, I'm just waiting for it to finish gassing out so I can polish & decal it. The engine/chassis/interior is done save for a few details that have to wait until the body is mounted:

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Posted by skmodelcars on Tuesday, April 29, 2014 7:45 PM

Cool build so far!

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Posted by SLUSHER on Wednesday, April 30, 2014 5:17 PM

Impressive work so  far..........Slusher

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Posted by BirdWatcher on Wednesday, April 30, 2014 10:49 PM

Nice Paint!...I may have to check out scale finishes too.

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Posted by aussiemuscle308 on Friday, May 02, 2014 5:28 AM

i agree, paint looks good. pity scale finishes can't post internationally..

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Posted by Charger01 on Friday, May 02, 2014 1:30 PM

Really nice paint, keep the good work!

Joaquim

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Posted by danman6677 on Friday, May 02, 2014 3:57 PM

the actual color of the charger is Limelight.

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Posted by marcusadam on Friday, May 02, 2014 4:40 PM
Here we for again! the colour is citron yella
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Posted by marcusadam on Friday, May 02, 2014 4:40 PM
Here we go again! The colour is citron yella
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Posted by bboogie on Friday, May 02, 2014 7:25 PM

Looks Beautiful.

I like the wheel and tire combo but, I don't mean to criticize it's just that the movie car was set up more like a NASCAR than a hot rod and had the same size tires front and back.

Excellent work. Great detail. Love that interior.

I do have mechanical, apptitude I can screw up anything! Geeked

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Posted by marcusadam on Saturday, May 03, 2014 5:50 AM

tyres look different to me...

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Posted by Sev-Tai on Saturday, May 03, 2014 4:59 PM

I dunno, looking at this one they look the same all round: http://tinyurl.com/nl346kl

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Posted by spencer1984 on Sunday, May 04, 2014 7:58 AM

Thanks, guys!

marcusadam is right, Citron Yella/Curious Yellow is the correct color for the DMCL car.  I think people assume it must have been a factory-correct color, and CY wasn't available in '69.  But this was a custom job, and they used a later color with the racing stripe for the extra "wow" factor.

b-boogie, I appreciate the feedback. My understanding was that they were 15" x 7" (front) and 15" x 9" (rear), and you can see the different offsets in the film (I know I got that wrong, but I didn't want to narrow the front wheels for such a small difference). Several shots of the car look like it's also wearing larger diameter rear tires:

...though considering some of the things the crew did (like mocking up a '69 rear on the '68 stand-in), it wouldn't surprise me to find out that it used 4x same sized tires several times during filming.

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Posted by bboogie on Sunday, May 04, 2014 10:02 AM

To me the tires look the same in this picture. Although the rims look a little deeper in back. It  just goes to show how different people see things differently. I have done no research and was just going by memory.

We know what memory can do though. I wouldn't be surprised if  there were several cars and configurations. Again, I was basing my comments on memory. Particularly the scene in witch  Rourke "the mechanic" was changing the front tire after the wreck. Seemed to me they  were the same size.  

Great work either way. can't wait to see the finished product.

I do have mechanical, apptitude I can screw up anything! Geeked

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Posted by spencer1984 on Saturday, May 10, 2014 9:21 PM

Thanks, and please do point out anything else you see - more than one of my builds has been saved by help from this forum.  Got a little more done today, including finishing off the two-way in the back seat courtesy of AMT's '70 Ford Police Interceptor:

I also installed the glass, painted the inside of the body and engine bay, and started adding BMF trim:

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Posted by OrangeR/T on Saturday, May 10, 2014 10:16 PM

Looks great!! BMF really came out good, nice work! Where are you going to get the stripe for the side, anyone reproduce them?

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Posted by spencer1984 on Sunday, May 11, 2014 8:09 AM

Thanks!  I made my own decals for this one, but Keith Marks also has them available.

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Posted by montelsc on Sunday, May 11, 2014 9:35 AM

Love the movie body looks great !!!!!!!!

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Posted by AquaMach on Monday, May 12, 2014 7:37 PM

Spence, nice job on the DMCL, I'm looking forward to seeing it completed. I'm curious though, why did you elect to paint the inner fender wells black rather than Curious Yellow? Mopars carry the body color over into the engine bay. Not saying it is right or wrong, as the movie car was custom painted and for all we know what you have done may be correct. It may interest you to know, if you don't already know, that in one scene where the trunk is opened up, it looks like the trunk area is black, meaning they used a black Charger.    

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