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  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
McNally, Boston PI 2009 Challenger SRT8
Posted by mrmike on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 9:50 AM

A new project and the return of McNally, Boston PI!  The story is only to show what is driving this build of Revell's '09 Challenger SRT8.  The people in this story are not related to anyone living or deceased.

The Story

Homeward Hit

After a hectic weekend of chasing down a murder suspect, McNally, Boston PI relaxes at home watching the Red Sox take on the Yankees on TV.  The doorbell rings and he makes his way to the front door to see his ex-girlfriend Tracy Balidon.  It's been over a year since he last saw her and their greeting was short and sweet.  Tracy is returning to Boston to restart her business when it showed that she wasn't going to make a profit in the Las Vegas' job market.  They tell each other that they are not seeing anyone which gives them hope that they can restart a relationship together.

Meanwhile, two men get off a plane that had landed at Logan Airport from New Jersey.  They rent a car and drive to a secret location to receive money, guns, and instructions for a hit on a person of interest...McNally, Boston PI. 

The Build

I am using the Revell '09 Challenger SRT8 Kit #85-4220 for this build. 

The body will be painted with Dupli-Color Forest Green Pearl and is not a stock color for this car.  My influence for this color comes from the Mustangs used in the movie Bullitt and the TV show Spenser For Hire and the Mannix Dodge Darts and Plymouth 'Cudas.  I'm hoping to use the optional tires from the Revell '65 Chevelle SS396 Z-16 kit instead of the truck-like tires in the Challenger SRT8 kit.

McNally will return...

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

On my bench-1962 Chevrolet Sinkhole Corvette; 1962 Ford Thunderbird Sports Roadster; 1973 Ford Bronco

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Posted by justmike on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 10:15 AM

You're building my favorite car and combining it with McNally? How can I not watch? If that kit has the same little issue with the rear bumpers sides not lining up with the side body panels like mine did, it will help to add some little tabs to the inside of the rear sides bumper to hold the bumper in position better, plus you get a stronger join.

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Posted by mrmike on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 12:41 PM

Having built one of these back in 2010, I had to review my WIP and I did not have any issues with the rear bumper not lining up.  I will watch for this as I move forward with this build.  Thanks for the heads up, Mike!

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KWT
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Posted by KWT on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 6:00 PM

I believe I'll follow along with it here too... It's kinda like DVR lol

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Posted by trainwreck on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 8:53 PM

Stalled on my build of this kit, maybe your build will inspire me to continue. Build on MrMike. Trainwreck.

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Posted by mrmike on Thursday, March 02, 2017 10:38 AM

Thanks guys!  Keep watching or viewing or...whatever! lol

The Story

As McNally drives into Boston, he notices he is being followed by a silver Ford Taurus.  He zips down a back street towards the warehouse district and the occupants in the Taurus start shooting at him in his 1997 Ford Exhibition and the right rear tire explodes and goes flat followed by the left rear tire.  He stops and the back of the big SUV is starting to smoke and flame heavily as he gets out and runs to the side of the road under the cover of the smoking Exhibition.  The men in the Taurus get out and continue shooting at the Exhibition and McNally returns fire from his hiding spot on the side of the rode, killing both shooters.

The Build

I got the Challenger into primer.

I painted most of the engine parts with Model Master Aluminium Plate Metalizer and sealled with a good coat of Alclad II Klear Kote.

McNally will return...

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

On my bench-1962 Chevrolet Sinkhole Corvette; 1962 Ford Thunderbird Sports Roadster; 1973 Ford Bronco

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The name is Mike...mrmike!

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Posted by mrmike on Thursday, March 02, 2017 10:51 AM

The Story

McNally sits in the visitors chair in front of Lt. Det. Troy's desk at BPD Homicide later in the afternoon and finishes writing out a report on his "incident".  Adam returns to his office and says, "You seem to be cleaning up the city of some of its criminals."  McNally replies, "It's a dirty job, but somebody's gotta do it."  They discuss the hitmen who were from New Jersey and so far they have no leads on who hired them.  McNally will start looking for answers to who put the hit out on him and Adam Troy tells him to keep in touch.

The Build

The body has been painted with Dupli-Color Forest Green Pearl.

Engine assembly has begun.

McNally will return...

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

On my bench-1962 Chevrolet Sinkhole Corvette; 1962 Ford Thunderbird Sports Roadster; 1973 Ford Bronco

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The name is Mike...mrmike!

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Posted by justmike on Thursday, March 02, 2017 6:20 PM

Duplicolor sure makes some nice paint, I've used it a few times and the paint jobs are always smooth. Yours is looking very good.

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Posted by mrmike on Friday, March 03, 2017 7:26 AM

Thank you Mike!  Dupli-Color has some really nice automotive colors, but you have to be a little cautious as it is a hot paint.

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

On my bench-1962 Chevrolet Sinkhole Corvette; 1962 Ford Thunderbird Sports Roadster; 1973 Ford Bronco

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Posted by smhardesty on Saturday, March 04, 2017 1:46 PM

I believe I'll trail along with you guys too. I've got a 2010 Challenger Showroom Replica on the bench right now. It's my first build and I've already gone into a lull. Maybe watching your build will inspire me to get a little more active. Nice color paint. Very interesting. 

Steve

On the bench - Right now, a mess.

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Posted by mrmike on Sunday, March 05, 2017 11:03 AM

Thanks Steve!  Please do follow along and I hope I can inspire you to get back to building your Challenger.  

The Story

McNally hops off the T and walks the half block to Vic's Auto Sales and Service which was recently refurbished into a modern dealership for selling and servicing used cars.  He sticks his head into Vic's new office and greats his old Army buddy and they both walk out to the back lot where the remains of McNally's Exhibition is stored.  The burnt out hulk was totalled as McNally searches for his equipment bag which was burnt as well and the only thing inside that was salvagable was his kevlar vest.  Vic helps finds McNally a new vehicle which happens to be sitting in his showroom-a 2009 Dodge Challenger SRT8 with low miles and in a gleaming dark green paint job.  After a test drive, Vic starts the paperwork on the Challenger for McNally.

The Build

The extra tires from the Revell '65 Chevelle are a tight fit, but look a lot better than the truck tires that come in the kit.

They are smaller in diameter and width.

The engine is in-progress.

McNally will return...

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

On my bench-1962 Chevrolet Sinkhole Corvette; 1962 Ford Thunderbird Sports Roadster; 1973 Ford Bronco

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The name is Mike...mrmike!

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Posted by mrmike on Friday, March 10, 2017 2:49 PM

The Story

After a day of renewing old contacts and many business meetings, Tracy decides to stop at McNally's house on her way home.  She pulls up to the curb in front of his house in her Chevy Impala rental car and stops the engine.  She reaches over to grab her purse from the passenger seat and her cellphone from the console as a dark colored sedan pulls along side and machine gun fire erupts from the sedan blowing out all the windows of the rental.  When the gun fire stops, the dark colored sedan quickly pulls away down the road and the neighbors look out their windows to see what the noise was all about.  One neighbor comes out of his house and walks over to the rental and sees Tracy's lifeless body inside.  He pulls his cellphone from his pocket and calls the Police.

The Build

I wet sanded the Challenger today and burned through the paint in a few spots.  I'll either touchup the spots or add another coat of paint to the body.

The chassis and the interior are in progress.

I painted the rest of the components for the Challenger.

McNally will return...

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

On my bench-1962 Chevrolet Sinkhole Corvette; 1962 Ford Thunderbird Sports Roadster; 1973 Ford Bronco

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The name is Mike...mrmike!

KWT
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Posted by KWT on Friday, March 10, 2017 8:10 PM

Looking awesome! and the story... SWEET!

Time well wasted, is not time wasted - John Lennon

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Posted by justmike on Friday, March 10, 2017 10:58 PM

She better not be dead!!  Seriously though, if you do spot touch ups, whats your method for getting a decent blend? Do you do a light airbrushing? I was under the impression that metallics don't do well with spot painting? I would have thought I would have no choice but to redo the whole paint job

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Posted by mrmike on Saturday, March 11, 2017 12:16 PM

justmike

She better not be dead!!  Seriously though, if you do spot touch ups, whats your method for getting a decent blend? Do you do a light airbrushing? I was under the impression that metallics don't do well with spot painting? I would have thought I would have no choice but to redo the whole paint job

 

Unfortunately, she is.  Her death will drive McNally over the edge and he may do some things that is just outside of the law.

Touching up metallics and pearls can be tough to do.  If the flaw is fairly good sized, I'll strip and repaint.  If it is quite small, I'll try to touch up with paint sprayed from a can into a small cup and check the amount of metallic/pearl in the paint.  If it is just right then I go ahead and do the touch up.  It not a perfect setup, but it seems to work for me. 

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

On my bench-1962 Chevrolet Sinkhole Corvette; 1962 Ford Thunderbird Sports Roadster; 1973 Ford Bronco

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Posted by justmike on Sunday, March 12, 2017 8:33 PM

Thanks for that. Trying to get the metallic to match would definitly not be easy.

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Posted by mrmike on Monday, March 13, 2017 9:59 AM

No problem Mike.  

The Story

McNally gets a call from Lt. Det. Troy summoning him home.  When he gets there, he is told about Tracy and he takes it very hard and heads back out to the streets looking for answers.  He stops to see his informant Zachy who says he'll keep his ears open for any information that he can pass on to McNally.  Around midnight McNally stops at a drive-thru for a coffee and a couple of donuts then drives over to a closed mall parking lot to think.  A police cruiser pulls up to him and he recognizes the officer driving.  

They chat briefly and after the cruiser drives away, McNally remembers when he met the cop and the case that they were investigating.  A small-time hood that he had testified against and sent to prison may have put a hit out on the Boston PI for sending him up.  At least it's a direction to go in...

The Build

The chassis is finished.

I've started on the interior.

McNally will return...

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

On my bench-1962 Chevrolet Sinkhole Corvette; 1962 Ford Thunderbird Sports Roadster; 1973 Ford Bronco

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The name is Mike...mrmike!

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Posted by mrmike on Monday, March 20, 2017 8:05 AM

The Story

McNally calls Lt. Durassie of Burglary Division at home and wakes him up.  Lt. Durassie recalls the case, but doesn't know the whereabouts of the small-time hood that is also known as Jack Simcole.  McNally apologizes for waking the Lieutenant at that late hour and let's him go back to sleep.  McNally's informant, Zachy calls and he tells McNally that the contract had come out of no-where and was untraceable, but was immediately picked up by an assassin from South Boston by the name of Tate Bodderan.  Tate is a good assassin, but still very much a small-time killer of low level people.

The Build

After looking over the body, I found mold lines that the hot paint had brought out and I decided to sand them out.

This was the worst of the mold lines and required sanding down to the plastic to remove it.

Now it's back to the paint booth for another respray!

McNally will return...

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

On my bench-1962 Chevrolet Sinkhole Corvette; 1962 Ford Thunderbird Sports Roadster; 1973 Ford Bronco

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Posted by justmike on Monday, March 20, 2017 11:33 AM

Now this repair I gotta see! I just had the exact same issue on a paint job but I fluked out and had only done a couple of light covering coats with the color to find the flaws. I am amazed how well some flat white primers can hide problems, then you hit it with a color coat like you did and "pop" go the mold lines, sink marks and whatnot. They detail on the chassis of these newer kits is sure good, isn't it?

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Posted by mrmike on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 10:21 AM

I'll show you the repair when I get to it later in the week.  Right now, I am distracted by another model project that I am trying to put off until later and a home project that really needs my attention.  I'm not sure if it was the primer that hide the mold lines or the hot automotive paint bringing out the mold lines because I didn't go deep enough or a comination of both.  I do agree that the detail on these recent kits from Revell is very good and I hope that they continue bringing more detail in the future.     

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

On my bench-1962 Chevrolet Sinkhole Corvette; 1962 Ford Thunderbird Sports Roadster; 1973 Ford Bronco

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Posted by mrmike on Friday, March 24, 2017 9:39 AM

The Story

McNally knows of a warehouse that Jack Simcole uses from time to time and heads there with the hope of finding Tate Bodderan there.  He arrives at the warehouse and walks into the Employee entrance which leads into the warehouse itself and starts wandering around with his Smith & Wesson Model 4506 and a flashlight drawn.  Suddenly two shots ring oput and one shot hits the wall behind him and the other hits a stack of empty pallets.  He sees a person running in the opposite direction that he presumes is Tate who runs towards the receiving dock and a man door to the outside.  McNally runs through the door after Tate and down an alley which leads to a deadend.

Tate stops and turns around to shoot at McNally who has already stopped and is aiming his gun at Tate and squeezes off two rounds at the assassin hitting him in the chest.  McNally runs over to the body and kicks Tate's gun away and feels his neck for a pulse.  He then stands up and pulls his cellphone from his pocket calling Det. Lt. Troy of Homicide telling him of his situation.

The Build

I repainted the Challenger this morning and it looks really good!  I'll let this dry for a while and start polishing and then masking for the trim.

McNally will return...

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

On my bench-1962 Chevrolet Sinkhole Corvette; 1962 Ford Thunderbird Sports Roadster; 1973 Ford Bronco

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The name is Mike...mrmike!

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Posted by mrmike on Tuesday, March 28, 2017 10:30 AM

The Story

Det. Lt. Troy arrives at the warehouse that McNally told him about on the phone and he finds the Boston PI in the back alley standing near the body of the deceased assassin.  Adam takes a brief statement and releases McNally from the scene.  As McNally is getting into his Challenger, his cellphone rings and the caller ID shows Zachy's name, his confidential informant.  Zachy relays the one piece of information that McNally has been looking for, the address of the person responsible for putting the hit out on him...Jack Simcole at 379 Bickerall Street in Mattapan, Mass.

The Build 

After a lot of masking, I painted the trim on the Challenger with Tamiya TS-29 Semi-Gloss Black.

McNally will return...

 

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

On my bench-1962 Chevrolet Sinkhole Corvette; 1962 Ford Thunderbird Sports Roadster; 1973 Ford Bronco

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The name is Mike...mrmike!

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Posted by mrmike on Thursday, March 30, 2017 11:45 AM

The Story

McNally calls Det. Lt. Troy and tells him to meet him at 79 Bickerall St. in Mattapan and Adam grabs Det. Darvell to with him.  McNally arrives at what appears to be an old boarded up storefront and he parks a few doors down from the address.  With his Smith & Wesson Model 4506 in his hand, he approaches the boarded up door and puts his ear to it and listens and then he kicks the door open and runs in.  Det. Lt. Troy and Det. Darvell arrive a few minutes later and just in time to see a man crashing through a window and landing on the sidewalk.  Adam says, "That's our cue," as he and Det. Darvell run for the front door.

The Build

I have started assembling the body.  The decals for the grille and the taillight are way too small!

I was worried that the hood decal would disappear against the dark paint and that didn't happen!

McNally will return...

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

On my bench-1962 Chevrolet Sinkhole Corvette; 1962 Ford Thunderbird Sports Roadster; 1973 Ford Bronco

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The name is Mike...mrmike!

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Posted by mrmike on Friday, March 31, 2017 8:33 AM

The Story

Just as Det. Lt. Troy and Det. Darvell get to the storefront door, a second figure crashes through another window and they hear a commotion inside.  McNally is seen fighting with a man by throwing hard punches at him with Jack Simcole struggling to get up behind him.  The man goes down and McNally turns in time to see Jack stand up with his fists raised and McNally throws a hard right into Jack's face sending him back down to the floor again.  He stands over an unconscious Jack, pulls his Smith & Wesson Model 4506 and aims it at him with Lt. Troy coming over and standing next to him, telling him to not shoot Jack.  "Let me take him into custody and we'll testify against him and put him away for a long time."

McNally looks at Adam and says, "He had Tracy killed and he wants me dead!"  Adam replies, "Tracy wouldn't want this.  Don't do it.  Give me your gun."  With a tear in his eye, McNally hands his gun over to Adam.  "Now go wait for me next to your car," says Adam and McNally walks out of the store and waits by his car.  Det. Darvell looks at Adam and Adam says, "Don't worry, he'll wait for me outside."  Adam walks out of the store later and goes over to McNally, tells him that Jack is under arrest and with all the evidence they have, Jack will be a very old man when he gets out of prison.

The Build

McNally's Challenger SRT8 is nearing completion!  The body, interior and chassis are installed as one unit.  I still have to install the rest of the glass and lenses, air filter housing, and the exhaust tips along with touchups.

McNally will return...

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

On my bench-1962 Chevrolet Sinkhole Corvette; 1962 Ford Thunderbird Sports Roadster; 1973 Ford Bronco

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The name is Mike...mrmike!

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Posted by mrmike on Sunday, April 02, 2017 7:21 AM

Disaster has struck!  During my attempt to add the headlight lenses, the left headlight bucket popped out and disappeared on me.  After looking around on the floor, I looked at the model and found it wedged between the engine and the chassis.  I carefully removed the chassis from the nearly completed model and removed the headlight bucket and in the process, I lost the headlight lens...completely gone...as the carpet gremlins have received another offering!  But, this was only the beginning as the windshield didn't want to fit, even after filing down the edges to get a better fit.  The windshield now has a couple of scratches and a glue spot on it and I have been polishing it to get the offending marks out.  Speaking of glass, the side windows didn't want to stay in place even after gluing and letting the body sit for an hour and now those need a really good cleaning and polishing.  And, of course, the side mirrors got knocked off!  The paint is a mess and I have started trying to clean that up!  I think, I'll set this aside for a day or two and work on something else.

McNally will return...I hope...

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

On my bench-1962 Chevrolet Sinkhole Corvette; 1962 Ford Thunderbird Sports Roadster; 1973 Ford Bronco

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The name is Mike...mrmike!

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Posted by justmike on Sunday, April 02, 2017 8:58 AM

Oh man!  This is one of your detective stories in reverse; you're getting further away from solving the missing headlight case. I cannot begin to imagine the frustration you must be feeling. Wait! I  build models too, so yes I can. You'll get the better of it

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Posted by mrmike on Sunday, April 02, 2017 3:47 PM

Frustration...YES!!!  I was hoping to finish the Challenger today, but that is not going to happen.  So, until I can figure out what to do with the various componants of the Challenger, it'll sit on the side for now.  

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

On my bench-1962 Chevrolet Sinkhole Corvette; 1962 Ford Thunderbird Sports Roadster; 1973 Ford Bronco

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Posted by Spencer Mopar Fan on Monday, April 03, 2017 9:57 AM

[quote user="mrmike"]

Frustration...YES!!!  I was hoping to finish the Challenger today, but that is not going to happen.  So, until I can figure out what to do with the various componants of the Challenger, it'll sit on the side for now.  

 Mike , I empathise with your small scale predicaments .!
I too have had my fare share of "patience tests" with the final stages of the build .
"These things are meant to tes....."
OH JUST SHUT IT , NOT HELPING AT ALL !  LOL
Seriously , good luck I hope this Challenger doesn't er.... challenge !
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Posted by mrmike on Monday, April 03, 2017 8:28 PM

Ok Spencer with a "C"! Wink  You did bring a smile to my face with your posting!  Yes, I will finish the Challenger later in the week as I have embarked on working on my 2015 Mustang and my '62 Sinkhole Corvette as a distraction.  Now, about your name...  HmmGeeked

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

On my bench-1962 Chevrolet Sinkhole Corvette; 1962 Ford Thunderbird Sports Roadster; 1973 Ford Bronco

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Posted by Classic Plastic on Tuesday, April 04, 2017 7:33 PM

MrM, I know your die-lema well...But you do have a super sweet deep paint job...love the color & flake!

Kevin

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