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70 Plymouth Cuda WIP - Finished! Some outdoor Pics!

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  • From: Spring, Tx
Posted by modelcarjr on Monday, January 30, 2017 6:00 PM

Finished the suspensions, got the wheels on, added Fireball Modelworks Goodyear F-60-15 decals finished the engine bay except for decals and paint detailing the cowl. Its sitting on all four wheels so it almost all over but the shouting! Hardware and decals next! Thanks for looking! Cool

I painted the wiper bottle halfway up with clear blue but its hard to see on this blue body color!

Partial view of dash and steering wheel.

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 midnightprowler on Monday, January 30, 2017 6:40 PM

Looking great.

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Posted by justmike on Monday, January 30, 2017 11:03 PM

Those last pics really show off the great job of foiling you did on the fender wheel arches. The edges look very cleanly cut and its obvious your paint fix ended up super smooth too. 

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Posted by modelcarjr on Tuesday, January 31, 2017 6:47 AM

Thanks, Prowler and Mike! I appreciate your comments!  I did have to spend some time trying to save this build without removing all the paint. First, I ran a toothpick around the beveled edge of the wheel opening to flake off all the loose paint. Then I wet sanded the beveled edge with 400 grit sandpaper followed be 4000 and 6000 grit cloth, all of which took 3-4 hours. I worried about having a surface that was partially gray primer and silver and blue paint leaving a blochy finish. But the fast pass method seemed to work and give me a nicely blended surface.

When I blended in the hood, I did add a light coat of paint to the whole body and then two coats of clear. Everything worked out! For the foil I always eyeball the width I want and cut each 2 3/8" piece from the same length (2 1/4 - 2 3/8" always seems to work) and then wrap it around the edge using my tweezers to pull and my thumb and a toothpick to rub down. That way its all one piece and all the same width.

Here's a pic of the one I built in 2014 and the current build so that you can see the difference in stance. The purple one is quite a tail-sitter(still won a 1st and 2nd at two different IPMS shows). I used the same stock suspensions on both but on the current build I removed 1/16" from the spring pad where the axle mounts on both springs, making it flat with the spring surface. I have another in the closet and I may use MrMike's method next time and lower the front end to match the rear on the purple one. 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 mustang1989 on Tuesday, January 31, 2017 11:30 AM

 Man the detail is great on this build! I really like that shade of color as well JR!

Being really stupid is the new smart!! 

    Joe

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Posted by modelcarjr on Tuesday, January 31, 2017 8:17 PM

Thanks, Mustang! I appreciate your comment!

Worked a few hours on this one today but don't feel like I got much done. Worked on the grill picking the red line with Testors bottle red and thinning some Testors bottle flat black for the grill. Added the light buckets and lens, elastomeric bumper and fog lights. I dideen't know much about the elastomeric bumper so I did a little research and found out that they were actually a metal structure covered with urethane. GM came out with them first as the Enduro bumper for the 68 Pontiac GTO. Plymouth used the elastomeric bumper on the 70 and 71 'Cuda.

Here's a couple of pics:

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 Thursday, February 02, 2017 5:28 PM

Working on the hood pins and I like using the Detail Master working hood pins. I started by drilling a hole in the inset for the pin before I painted. Now I have added the PE plate in the inset and tested it with the hood pin (actually a small needle) to make sure the head would pass through the hole in both the plastic and PE. With the hood in place I drilled a hole into the radiator support below the hood.

Then I inserted the pin through the hood and the hood support. I can use the full length of the pin except for about 1/8". I would prefer to do that as I can put some super glue on the bottom of the pin, pass it through the hole in the support and effectively have two glue joints one at the bottom of the pin and one in the hood support. But first I have to cut off about 1/8" off of both pins.

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 Thursday, February 02, 2017 5:45 PM

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 Friday, February 03, 2017 8:04 PM

Almost finished! Just a few more decals. I should be able to take some outdoor pics 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, February 04, 2017 10:42 AM

Finished! Outdoor pics when the sun comes out! I wanted to add the hockey stick decal with a 440 emblem. Keith Marks has a set but you have to buy the whole set which would have cost me $17 for the whole sheet and I only needed the hockey sticks. So I have a set of Mike's Speed Shop Dodge decals and there is a 440 Six Pack decal on the sheet. So I cut out the 440 and used it with the kit Hemi hockey stick decal. Looks good to me! Thanks for looking! Cool

I painted the back-up lights a little wider than they should be but I like them better that way!

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 smhardesty on Saturday, February 04, 2017 12:50 PM

Looks really nice, Jr. Well done!

Steve

On the bench - Right now, a mess.

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Posted by Gary Davis on Saturday, February 04, 2017 3:48 PM
Man Mark...you really did a GREAT job on this build. Your fab work and attention to detail is tremendous. It was a pleasure watching this build come together from the start.
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Posted by modelcarjr on Saturday, February 04, 2017 4:30 PM

Thanks, Steve and Gary! Here are some outdoor pics. I thought we would get a little sun today but it remained cloudy all day. But I took a few pics anyway! The first pics are full size so don't click on them as they will not close properly and kick you out. 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, February 04, 2017 4:36 PM

A few more:

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 chucky on Saturday, February 04, 2017 8:11 PM

Looks great, JR. I like the direction you took with this. The stance, color and stripes are perfect, too. Very nice! Thumbs Up

chucky

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Posted by mrmike on Saturday, February 04, 2017 8:50 PM

Jr, you did a fantastic job on this 'Cuda!  Love the color!

 

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985 

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Posted by modelcarjr on Sunday, February 05, 2017 9:32 AM

Thanks, Chucky and MrMike! I appreciate your comments! 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 smhardesty on Sunday, February 05, 2017 11:54 AM

modelcarjr

A few more:

 

Might be redundant on my part, but you really did a good job on this build. Your engine compartment detailing is really neat and clean. It just stands out as extremely realistic. I, for one, would appreciate maybe another shot or two under-hood to see the detail a little more closely.

I’ll be using this thread along with Tim Boyd’s article when I build mine. Between you guys I should be able to produce something kinda decent. It’s probably not said often enough, but guys like me REALLY benefit from threads like yours. Thanks again for taking the time to share your ideas and photos! Thumbs UpThumbs Up

Steve

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Posted by OrangeR/T on Monday, February 06, 2017 12:51 AM

Another excellent build man, love it! Great colors, great detail work, and it sure does build up into an impressively realistic model! I have that kit spread out on work bench right now but haven't done anything with it yet (and getting started on it doesn't look good anytime soon), but i'm amazed at the detail inclued in the kit! My only gripe is that there is no option included for a rear spoiler (or Go-Wing), but that's not a big deal.

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Posted by Garry on Monday, February 06, 2017 1:27 AM

good the moment before it takes place, she includes. In this black  Wedding Photographers in Bangalore  in a hr of buffer time into your routine. The absolute worst nice. 

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Posted by modelcarjr on Monday, February 06, 2017 8:12 AM

Thanks, Steve and Orange R/T! I appreciate your comments! Garry, I'm not sure!

Steve, you can look back at page 1 if you have any questions on the engine as I think described it pretty well, including the little bits I used for the detail, most of which came from the Morgan Automotive Detail pre-wired distributor package. But here are a few notes about the engine and the rest of the engine bay. If you have any specific questions, let me know I will be glad to share what little I know. I make no claim that any of this is factory correct.

  1. I used the 440 from an AMT 69 GTX. I substituted the intake manifold and two carb set-up from the 70 Cuda Hemi. Paint is Testors Hemi Orange lacquer. See page 1 for other engine detail.
  2. The steering box was a bit of a chore. I kept knocking it off the frame rail when meeting the body with the frame. I left it loose in the engine bay until I had the body glued to the frame rails. Then I turned the steering box into the right position in the engine bay with my tweezers and glued the other end to the firewall to hold it in place. If I were to do it again I would deepen the notch in the frame so that the inner fender liner wouldn't knock it off the frame rail.
  3. The firewall has a box in the center that I painted black along with the molded in wire. I painted the heater core silver. The booster on the brake master cylinder was painted flat black. The master cylinder was intially painted silver but I then painted the base of it Metalizer gunmetal and brass on the cover with a brush.
  4. The single horn is from the AMT 69 GTX, I think. I couldn't figure out how to attach the 70 Cuda kit horns and they looked like they would interfere with the engine.
  5. The clear wiper bottle was taped off on the top and the inside of the bottom was painted with some clear blue spray. Pulled the tape and painted the cap black leaving the top of the bottle clear.
  6. The upper radiator hose is Detail Master 2.5" simulation radiator hose. I left the bottom hose off as there was no way to hook it up once the engine and body were installed. I should have installed it on the engine before assembly and then tried to nudge it into the hole in the radiator.
  7. Heater hoses and decals in the engine bay are from the kit. I cut only 3 white decals from larger heater hose decal and applied them individually as the whole decal would have been a nightmare to align and snug down.
  8. I shortened the shaft on the 4 blade fan on the 440. When I installed the radiator and shroud I pushed the center of the radiator support forward a bit to slip the shroud around the fan then glued the radiator to the support at the top and each corner of the bottom.
  9. I had to shave both the front and back sides of the hood latch to get it to fit. I probably should have installed it to the radiator support before installing the radiator support as there is no way to slip the back into the bottom of the hole in the support once it is in position.  I was also concerned about the two hooks that should sit on the edge of the front panel as they might affect the closure of the hood. So I shaved both the front and back until it would fit snugly then added glue to the radiator support and front panel edge and put it in place with a handy-tacked toothpick.

Hope that helps, Steve! Let me know if you have any questions! 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 rusty32rod on Monday, February 06, 2017 8:40 AM

      Great looking build! i really like the underhood detail. nice and clean.

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Posted by Gary Davis on Monday, February 06, 2017 4:11 PM

This really looks GOOD JR. You did a great job on the stance and that paint color sure goes with the car. Those outside shots sure make it look real...

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Posted by modelcarjr on Tuesday, February 07, 2017 3:41 PM

Thanks, Rusty and Gary! I appreciate your comments! Having computer problems again so I don't know if I can get additional outdoor pics posted but I'll try in a day or two. 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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  • From: Podunk, Illinois
Posted by smhardesty on Wednesday, February 08, 2017 12:29 PM

Thanks so much for the specific tips! Along with the photos and the other info you already supplied in the thread this is going to help a BUNCH! I really do appreciate it when guys like you provide your tips and tricks in the threads. Newbies like me can add the threads to our “Favorites” and pull them up as needed. Really nice job on the car. I’ll be hoping I can just get close to what you did. Thanks, thanks, thanks!

Steve

On the bench - Right now, a mess.

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Posted by modelcarjr on Friday, February 10, 2017 6:49 AM

You're welcome, Steve! As my high school teacher Mr. Mimis A. Antonopoulus used to say "You have a great thing in this country called Learning by Doink".  I hope to see your builds soon! 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 midnightprowler on Friday, February 10, 2017 4:19 PM

She's a beauty sir.

1 Corinthians 15:51-54
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

Ask me about Speedway Decals

jaw
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Posted by jaw on Wednesday, February 15, 2017 8:27 PM
Wonderful build! I like everything about.
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Posted by modelcarjr on Thursday, February 16, 2017 4:16 AM

Thanks, Prowler and Jaw! I appreciate your comments! 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 Retro Joe on Friday, February 17, 2017 11:58 AM
I have followed this build, but finally got around to commenting. Spectacular job as usual! One thing I am falling behind on in my collection is Mopars. I seem to do a lot of GM cars, and not many Fords either. Anyway, congrats on another big success, and I was impressed by all the work you put into saving the paint job. I probably wouldn't have been so lucky or persistent!

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