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1970 Hemi'Cuda Finished!!

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1970 Hemi'Cuda Finished!!
Posted by OrangeR/T on Monday, July 24, 2017 8:00 PM

I'm really enjoying this new Revell kit, been working on it since the spring. Great detail in this kit and so far the parts all fit together with out much hassle! I went with Testors "Purplelicous" lacquer base with Testors Ultra Gloss Clear over top. The Purplelicious looks almost the same as Testors actual Plumb Crazy Purple, however neither one of them is a perfect match to Chryslers PCP to my eye. So far the body is polished out, chassis is finished, and so is the interior. Working on the big Shaker topped Hemi now! Here's some pics of it so far!!

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Posted by big-e-models on Monday, July 24, 2017 8:18 PM

Wow that finish is as smooth as Perry Como , nice clean work . love it 

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Posted by Bainford on Monday, July 24, 2017 8:20 PM

That is some mighty fine looking work there, Mr R/T.

Power matters in the straights.
Lightness matters everywhere. - Colin Chapman

Trevor

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Posted by rickr442 on Tuesday, July 25, 2017 1:14 AM

Looks great! Excellent paint!

 

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  • From: Brighton England
Posted by Spencer Mopar Fan on Wednesday, July 26, 2017 2:57 PM

The white interior and the " PCP " are a perfect combo ! The Hemi orange will pop in the bay too . Slightly biased me though LOL . An old friend had a " Real " ... 1:1 '70 convertible PCP/white top HEMI over here in the UK .... many years ago , sold it and brought a house . And a Harley .. or two.... LOL

TnT
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Posted by TnT on Wednesday, July 26, 2017 4:52 PM

Really nice. Looks like it will hit the ground running.

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Posted by justmike on Wednesday, July 26, 2017 11:13 PM

Great job on that interior.  The paint job is a real eyecatching smoothy

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Posted by OrangeR/T on Thursday, July 27, 2017 7:22 PM

Thanks guy's!! Slowly but surely more work to come!

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Posted by Onekabu on Sunday, July 30, 2017 1:34 PM
Wow!!! Perfect combo. Love it!!!!!
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Posted by OrangeR/T on Wednesday, August 02, 2017 7:04 PM

Thanks Onekabu!

Been foiling the 'Cuda the last couple nights, by far one of the most difficult foil jobs i've done, and i can't say it's my best work unfortiounatly. If there is one gripe about this kit it is the lack of sharp definition of the trim, makes it a nightmare to foil especially around the side windows and front windshield. 3 nights and i still have the tail panel and wheel lips to do!!

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Posted by OrangeR/T on Saturday, August 26, 2017 10:08 PM

And, the HEMI!!! Added fuel lines and carb linkages, tho i know it's not 100% "correct" so to speak. I usually go with yellow plug wires so that they really pop and they kinda remind me of the aftermarket Accel plug wires. For the Shaker bubble, i used Testors Light Gray Metalic, looks spot on to me for Argent Silver.

TnT
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Posted by TnT on Sunday, August 27, 2017 2:42 AM

That looks great. Super nice work.

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Posted by Spencer Mopar Fan on Sunday, August 27, 2017 11:00 AM
Beautiful ! ..........I think that just about covers it ! LOL
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Posted by 195X on Monday, August 28, 2017 12:12 AM

Drool!

My favorite color is clear. I am also ambidexterous, I can screw up equally well with either hand. I am 53 years old and been building for most of that time. :)

On the bench... somewhere. Pink Panther show car, 1978 Dodge Magnum Charger Daytona Midnight edition SE 300. Mongrel T.

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Posted by justmike on Monday, August 28, 2017 1:25 AM

No question about it, the wiring makes the engine pop! The foiling looks very good, even without the definition around the windows and whatnot. I always did like those yellow Accel wires, but man they weren't cheap! Those and a set of MT valve covers were the perfect combo

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Posted by modelcarjr on Monday, August 28, 2017 3:02 PM

Looks great, Orange R/T! This is my favorite kits for several reasons:

  1. It really goes together well
  2. It has some great detail and detail can be added to make it look even better
  3. I've won first place awards with two different build of this kit. 

 Yours looks great and could be a first place winner too! You could add working tie downs from Detail Master and that adds a lot too!

Nice work!  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 OrangeR/T on Tuesday, August 29, 2017 7:03 PM

Thanks for the compliments guys!!

modelcarjr, yes this kit is awesome, so far i love the fit and ease of how it all goes together! Hopefully the body and interior pan slips right over the chassis with out much fuss! Just wish the window moldings were a little more heavily molded for easier foiling! 

Speaking of foiling, did the rear tail panel tonight, boy that was fun....lol Not sure but i may re-do the bottom lip foil as it looks just a bit on the thick side to me...

  

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  • From: Brighton England
Posted by Spencer Mopar Fan on Tuesday, August 29, 2017 7:41 PM
If the kits similar to the '71 Cuda ( DUH Spen... ! ) which I have , the rear fenders can be a tad on the tight side regarding getting the chassis in . Slow & steady LOL
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Posted by modelcarjr on Sunday, September 03, 2017 12:09 PM

Rear looks great to me, Orange! Those taillights look good and painting them is a lot of fun too! Nice work! Cool Thumbs 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 OrangeR/T on Thursday, September 07, 2017 7:23 PM

Well here's a few teaser pics of the 'Cuda! The body/interior/frame are now one with each other! Went pretty smooth, couple minor issues, moslty builder caused lol. Anyway, now all the fine details and touch ups start, and i have to monkey with the Shaker base a little bit becuase the hood doesn't quite close all the way. I've read, and seen, this kit tends to sit kinda high in the front end, but i used the "custom" lower K-frame with the stock rear springs, and i'm using AMT's pre-printed Goodyear Polyglass GT tires, F60's front and L60's rear for that big'n'little look. I think the stance is just right, slight rake up at the rear end!! Work will continue next week, stay tuned!

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Posted by chucky on Thursday, September 07, 2017 9:05 PM

Almost there! Looking great coming down to the wire. I totally agree with your call on the stance. Looking forward to the final photos. Thumbs Up

chucky

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Posted by modelcarjr on Friday, September 08, 2017 4:36 PM

Orange, I seem to remember the same issue with the hood. I can't remember if there were pins in the bottom of the air cleaner but it there were I removed them scraped the bottom of the air cleaner a bit and then put a small piece of handy tack there. When the hood is closed you can put the shaker anywhere on the carbs to fit the hood. When its open you can position it in place with the handy tack. Problem solved!

Your build is looking fantastic! Cool Thumbs 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 OrangeR/T on Friday, September 08, 2017 8:43 PM

Thanks modelcarjr!! Yes there are two posts on the bottom side of the aircleaner. I shaved them both down, but wouldn't ya know now the base hits the plug wires, so it still won't close all the way. I'll get it one way or another, and I already planned on painting the "raisin bran" hood too just to change up the look if I want too. 

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Posted by modelcarjr on Saturday, September 09, 2017 11:01 AM

Orange, I think I would find a way to push down the wires or shave the air cleaner down inside the shaker to remove some depth from where it mounts to the bottom of the shaker. Not sure what you're referring to about the hood but I wouldn't touch it. It looks great already! Cool Thumbs 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 OrangeR/T on Saturday, September 09, 2017 12:00 PM

Yeah I'm gonna get the Shaker to work one way or another. The other hood I was was referring to is the twin scoop 'Cuda hood that comes in the kit as an option for the "custom" 'Cuda build. It got the nickname "Raisin Bran" hood because of the 'two scoops'. 

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  • From: Brighton England
Posted by Spencer Mopar Fan on Saturday, September 09, 2017 2:51 PM

Sweet looking 426 detailing . I will reference the fuel / throttle areas as I have done one with the wires ( currently sitting on my workspace in a fordor A convertible!!!)  . Way back in the '70's over here in England ,  there was a t-bucket called Andromeda (Google it !) . Mad paint & a 426 nearly as big as the cabin ! I fancy doing a fendered "family" version ! LOL

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Posted by OrangeR/T on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 7:59 PM

Thanks Spencer!!

After some trimming and carefully re-bending the plug wires, i got the hood and the Shaker fitting just right!!

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Posted by modelcarjr on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 8:46 PM

Sweeet! Your 'Cuda is looking sharp! Cool Thumbs 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 OrangeR/T on Tuesday, September 19, 2017 11:27 PM

The finish line is near!! 

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Posted by OrangeR/T on Wednesday, September 27, 2017 7:26 PM

The car is basically finished, but i decided to add a rear spoiler (i think the tail end of the Cuda looks a little naked with out either a spoiler or Go-wing). The only spoiler i could find in my parts box was a to wide and a bit to flat, so i cut a little over an 1/8" out of the middle of the spoiler, and shaped the bottom a little to fit better. Just painted it tonight, will be on by the weekend at which time i will try to get some out door pics of the car!! Un the meantime...

So here's the finished engine bay!! I even went so far as to paint the end of the negative battery cable orange like the came from the factory (- cable was already installed when the engines were painted!

Hang in there, it'll be done soon!!

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