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General Lee - 15 year project

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    August, 2015
General Lee - 15 year project
Posted by vince311 on Saturday, March 11, 2017 9:47 PM

Been working on this model for 15 years. Stop and start, stop and start.

Slowly getting closer. maybe 2017 is the year

I found nothing in the AMT general lee kit worth using. Maybe the 1/16 scale is better?

For my build, the roll bar, push bar and antenna are scratch built. Vector wheels are resin from Fireball Modelworks. I created the decals. Body gets a coat of orange in the Spring.   

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    April, 2013
Posted by Retro Joe on Sunday, March 12, 2017 8:30 AM
The Revell Charger kit is the way to go for accuracy in 1:25. The MPC 1:16 kit is a NASCAR body, with incorrectly shaped fender wells.
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    August, 2015
Posted by vince311 on Sunday, March 12, 2017 9:17 AM
Thx Joe! I had seen your work years back on a DOH site. I figured as much on the 1:16. Sigh. Say, what do you recommend for the "general lee" decals?
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    December, 2007
  • From: Quebec,Canada
Posted by mikemopar70 on Sunday, March 26, 2017 10:48 AM

That's a relly cool project, keep it on!!

http://public.fotki.com/Mikemopar70/

 

Let's keep on building!!!

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    August, 2015
Posted by vince311 on Monday, April 17, 2017 11:22 AM

I had painted this model years ago...but wasn't happy with it. I ended up sanding it a bit and repainting. below is the parts ready for respray:

 

And here are the body parts painted. I used Duplicolor engine orange. It's much better than my previous paint job. Not perfect though...which is ok...as the real General Lees were never perfect.

  

Also started adding paint detail to the vector wheels. These are tough...as the aluminum highlights are super small. 

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    April, 2013
Posted by Retro Joe on Monday, April 17, 2017 12:04 PM
Looking great!
KWT
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    July, 2015
  • From: Middle TN
Posted by KWT on Monday, April 17, 2017 5:13 PM

That's looking pretty good! Keep it up..

Time well wasted, is not time wasted - John Lennon

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    August, 2015
Posted by vince311 on Tuesday, December 26, 2017 9:29 PM

Got some actual progress. Decals are going back on. Thank Retro Joe for your help!

Decals are mix of water slide and custom vinyl. Custom antenna is nearly done. Wheels are painted and mounted to tires. motor installed in chassis. just realizing i need an actual CD radio...ugh. i'm sure they are out there. 

Just about ready to mount the body. 

Tags: General Lee , vector , 1:25 , CB
  • Member since
    September, 2017
Posted by Big Gary on Wednesday, December 27, 2017 4:05 AM

The Revell "Goonies" car from the Batman movies was also released earlier as a Dukes of Hazzard cop car and has a CB radio in it. 

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    January, 2008
  • From: Plano (Dallas), Texas
Posted by mmthrax on Wednesday, December 27, 2017 1:50 PM

Good progress.  Looks like it is coming together.  Carry on sir.Smile

Just keep picking away at it...

  • Member since
    August, 2015
Posted by vince311 on Friday, June 15, 2018 11:24 PM

Finally, my first model completed in 25 years. I've been working on and off on this one for 15+ years. 

What an amazing humbling craft this is. Repainted twice, broke the body as well as other misc pieces...body to frame final fit was a nightmare. This one is not perfect, but it's presentable in person. I have half a dozen other models on my shelf, ready to be assembled. Hoping it won't take as long on those ;-)

Quick run down:

  • used 69 Charger Revell kit as base
  • custom decals (waterslide and vinyl)
  • scratch built push bar
  • scratch built roll bar
  • orange is Duplicolor engine paint
  • wheels are resin from Fireball
  • scratch built antenna 
  • not one piece used from an actual General Lee kit...

  • Member since
    November, 2003
  • From: East Bethel, Mn
Posted by midnightprowler on Saturday, June 16, 2018 6:10 AM

Beautiful job! No worries on taking 15 years lol. I have a 55 Chevy I started in 1994 not completed yet.

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

Ask me about Speedway Decals

  • Member since
    March, 2010
  • From: Midwest
Posted by High octane on Saturday, June 16, 2018 9:40 AM

Very nice job on that General Vince, as I need to build one someday for myself. A couple of years ago I had finished a model that I had started 17 years ago, so I know how that goes. I just love dem Mopars!

High octane

  • Member since
    March, 2017
  • From: Brighton England
Posted by Spencer Mopar Fan on Saturday, June 16, 2018 10:16 AM

Bow Looks great !

" Better late than never "  Vince Smile, Wink & Grin 

I'd love to do a Cooters Garage scene myself .

A pile of old nerf bars ,front wings & K frames piled up in the ' to the scrapyard ' area Laugh

i saw this superb one ( & MANY othersTongue Tied ) on pintrest a while ago ,

Not my work , but I truly appreciate the detailing ..... 

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    January, 2008
  • From: Plano (Dallas), Texas
Posted by mmthrax on Thursday, June 21, 2018 10:30 AM

Really excellent job sir.  I especially like the whip antenna base.  Super realistic.

Super rendition of an iconic car.  Bravo !! Yes

Just keep picking away at it...

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    November, 2017
Posted by Gluecipher on Thursday, June 21, 2018 11:51 AM

Very nice build, of one of the rare muscle cars i really like. 

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    July, 2014
Posted by tachyonbb on Friday, June 22, 2018 6:34 PM

Great build.  Very clean. 

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