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1971 Dodge Charger and other WIPs

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1971 Dodge Charger and other WIPs
Posted by modelcarjr on Saturday, August 26, 2017 11:52 AM

While its raining, I am going to get several bodies and other parts ready from several kits hoping for a good day to paint sometime this fall. I bought this 71 Dodge charger at the local contest and vendor show a couple of weeks ago. It was a kit in a bag for $10. The only thing missing is the decals. I haven't built this one before and I wasn't much of a fan of this year as it always looked big and clunky to me. But for $10 I'll give it a shot!

So I am preping the body. There are a couple of sink marks in the top, one over the interior dome light and one two on each side of where the interior mirror would mount. So I am filling those and also removing the Charger R/T lettering from the front fenders and the 440 Magnum lettering from the hood. Both are very faint and I have decals from Mike's Scale Speed Shop I can use. I don't have the stripes but I can live without them.

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.

TnT
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Posted by TnT on Saturday, August 26, 2017 12:06 PM

I would that all day for 10 bucks. Any colors in mind?  

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Posted by 195X on Saturday, August 26, 2017 5:03 PM

I have an extra sheet with the stripes if you want them. :)

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 modelcarjr on Saturday, August 26, 2017 6:17 PM

Thanks, TnT and 195X! I appreciate your comments! TnT, I think I am going to paint it Plum Crazy but I might change my mind. I think I might dechrome the bumper/grill/taillight panels and paint the bompers body color. I think its the heavy chrome surround of the bumpers that is unappealing to me.

195X, I might take you up on the decals, but I'll wait until the rain bands from this hurricane are gone so that they don't get soaked in the mail. I'll PM you next week! Thanks! 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 195X on Saturday, August 26, 2017 6:24 PM

Aha! Did not see that you were in Texas. Hope you're keeping safe and dry.

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 Spencer Mopar Fan on Saturday, August 26, 2017 7:58 PM
Looking forward to this Plum Crazy Charger . Stay safe in the weather MCJ !
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Posted by modelcarjr on Wednesday, August 30, 2017 5:28 PM

Thanks, 195X and Spencer Mopar! I appreciate your thoughts! My wife and I made it through the Hurricane and I feel lucky and blessed while at the same time sad that so many people lost everything and it was all a matter of chance. Couldn't do anything about it so I will make a donation to one of the charities and hope it helps.

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 195X on Wednesday, August 30, 2017 6:43 PM

In my younger days I would have headed out to Texas to join the effort, but with my back injury, I'd be more of a liability these days. I am praying for all the victims of this tragic event. But I beleive it's been said (in different words) That Harvey picked on the wrong state! Texans have a unity, especially in a crisis, that's rarely matched anywhere else. :)

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 Spencer Mopar Fan on Wednesday, August 30, 2017 9:15 PM
Well said195x ! I'm English , we as a nation winge & whine about our weather as if its obligatory then we see such terrible circumstances around the world and shut our sorry cakeholes ! , glad you're ok MCJ. Thinking of everyone affected here in Brighton .
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Posted by 195X on Wednesday, August 30, 2017 9:45 PM

Spencer Mopar Fan
Well said195x ! I'm English , we as a nation winge & whine about our weather as if its obligatory then we see such terrible circumstances around the world and shut our sorry cakeholes ! , glad you're ok MCJ. Thinking of everyone affected here in Brighton .
 

I forget who it was.. maybe one of the Doctors, who said that Englands national color was "damp". Well by golly Texas is REALLY damp right now! I will be looking for a reputable donation site so I can offer at least a little help.

Modelcarjr, let me know when you want those decals. I'll send two sets because they seem to be a little translucent so you may want to double up on them. :)

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 modelcarjr on Thursday, August 31, 2017 7:24 AM

Thanks, Spencer Mopar and 195X! I appreciate your comments! 195X, I'll send you a PM in a couple of days concerning the decals. Thanks again!

I'm working on my second kit to prep for paint. I won this kit in the contest raffle a couple of weeks ago. I picked this AMT 70 Challenger off the table because I've built several of the Revell kits but not the AMT kit. I was also intrigued by the box art:

As you can see the vinyl top doesn't meet the windshield frame but they took the picture anyway. I have to remember this was the ERTL era and anything flew back in those days. After testing the top on the body several times it was clear that it would be very difficult to glue it down correctly so this on will be a convertible.

The hood was also warped badly. I put it through a series of hot water treatments. Here are before and after shots:

Before:

After first treatment:

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, August 31, 2017 7:37 AM

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 TarheelRick on Thursday, August 31, 2017 8:48 AM

I had that Challenger once, after seeing the fiasco of the '65 GTO which came out about the same time, I traded the Challenger.  I think I got a pet rock, not a bad trade.  Looking forward to what you do with these.  Sounds like you have a pretty good handle on both of them.

I build models because I can't afford the real thing!

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Posted by 195X on Thursday, August 31, 2017 11:53 AM

Not to tell you how to build your models, but in my opinion you'd be better off filling those gaps with sheet or strip plastic and filing them smooth. Putty should be used as sparingly as possible for cosmetics. I'm subscribed to the thread now, can't wait to see how these turn out. Rock on!

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 Spencer Mopar Fan on Thursday, August 31, 2017 1:21 PM
I have to agree with you on the box art photo . That fit is almost as bad as Donald's Trumps hairline !! LOL
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Posted by 195X on Thursday, August 31, 2017 1:48 PM

Spencer Mopar Fan
I have to agree with you on the box art photo . That fit is almost as bad as Donald's Trumps hairline !! LOL
 

Ba-dum-bum-kish!

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 Bainford on Thursday, August 31, 2017 2:02 PM

TarheelRick
I traded the Challenger. I think I got a pet rock, not a bad trade.


hahahahahahaLaugh

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

Trevor

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Posted by modelcarjr on Thursday, August 31, 2017 6:57 PM

Thanks, All!  I appreciate your comments! Rick, I think you are right. Although the putty helped in the corners and you can't really see most of it as it is behind the panel, it didn't fully close the gap so I am going to add some plastic strip and see how that goes.

In the meantime, I am going to use the Hemi from the 70 'Cuda because its a much better block. Unfortunately, I used the intake manifold and the carbs already on a 440 block for the 'Cuda. So I found both in the parts box but I might try to find some better looking carbs. The shaker is already painted! 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 Friday, September 01, 2017 3:53 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 OrangeR/T on Friday, September 01, 2017 8:18 PM

Cool!! That exact Challenger kit was the very first model i ever built!! I was maybe 12 or 13 years old, needless to say it was an epic glue bomb! Brings back memories! Can't wait to see your progress on it, looks like a great start!

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Posted by modelcarjr on Friday, September 01, 2017 9:32 PM

Thanks, Orange R/T! I appreciate your comment! Since this one was your first, you were probably too young to be disappointed! But I'm going to try to fix this one the best I can.

Next, although I'm not a foreign and exotic car builder, I bought this Tamiya kit in a bag for $10 at the last contest and vendor show (i've only built 3 Tamiya kits as I won't pay retail. All the ones I've built I've bought like this one). So I'll be getting this one ready for paint next. I've never had a MARcedes or even sat in one!

I also bought some Plum Crazy today and as soon as I can paint I'm painting the 71 Charger and the 70 Challenger. I'll paint both the same color and that will be the end of that can! 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 mclovin on Friday, September 01, 2017 11:55 PM

Tamiya kits are expensive,but worth every penny!

"to love it ,is to live it"

 http://public.fotki.com/convertible-fan/

 

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Posted by modelcarjr on Saturday, September 02, 2017 3:18 PM

Yes, I agree, McLovin! Unfortunately, they"re just not within my budget!

Painted both the 71 Charger and 70 Challenger this morning in Testors Plum Crazy lacquer. Two coats of paint and 2 coats of Krylon Clear Lacquer over a base coat of Krylon Aluminum. Still hot today but the air is a little dryer so I went for it. Almost forgot to paint the firewalls but they are in primer. Now I can move on to preparing the MB 500SL. Thanks for looking! Cool

The 70 Camaro is lurking in the background waiting for Balwin Motion decals so I can complete it as well.

One more pic. I just removed the paint on the foil over the Challenger script.

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 195X on Saturday, September 02, 2017 3:28 PM

A Perfect Purple Pair. (Ew, don't try to say that five times fast. It's not difficult but you'll spit all over yourself)

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 Spencer Mopar Fan on Saturday, September 02, 2017 5:29 PM

[quote user="195X"]

A Perfect Purple Pair. (Ew, don't try to say that five times fast. It's not difficult but you'll spit all over yourself)

 

Good job they weren't Plymouths then ! 

(or Pontiacs ..just incase theres some GM fans reading Whistling

Love them Dodge twins !

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Posted by Moparlover64 on Saturday, September 02, 2017 5:51 PM

Lol you've gone plumb crazy

Moparlover64

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Posted by modelcarjr on Monday, September 04, 2017 9:03 AM

Thanks, All! yes, I have gone plum crazy! Spent a good part of yesterday rubbing out the bodies. I'll be moving on to the MARcedes next. Here are a few pics of the purple craziness:

I had to replace my magnifying lamp and they are now all LEDs.

As much as I would like to continue on with both of these and start foiling, I am going to paint the SL today with Tamiya Gloss Aluminum. I doubt that I will two-tone it as I don't think it looks good that way.  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 OrangeR/T on Monday, September 04, 2017 12:38 PM

Oh yeah, the Plumb Crazy Purple Pair is lookin' really good so far!! I'm a little surprised by the Krylon Clear, i bought a can of that a year or 2 ago to try and didn't have very good luck with it! I was going to use it just for clearing chassis and small parts rather than using regular Testors lacquer clear, save a little money. But the stuff never seemed to fully cure, even after a month, felt slightly sticky and was easy to mare up while putting the chassis together. My bodies always get Testors Clear, i did get a can of Rustoleum Lacquer Clear, but i haven't tried it yet. Glad you are getting good results, cars look great!

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Posted by modelcarjr on Monday, September 04, 2017 1:03 PM

Thanks, Orange! I appreciate your comments!  I hope you didn't confuse the Krylon Clear that they sell in WalMart, which is an acrylic, with Krylon Special Purpose Clear Lacquer. The only place I can find it is in Michaels or Sherwin-Williams paint store. Its a little pricey at about $7.50 but with a Michaels coupon its about $4. At a Sherwin-Williams I paint about $10 but I only did that once. I haven't tried Rustoleum Lacquer Clear but I think Rustoleum owns Testors so it might be the same thing.

I painted the 500 SL with Krylon Aluminum because I wanted a little brighter color. Trouble is that I know if I clear it it will turn to a slate gray. So I'm hoping I can rub out the paint without a clear without changing the color or putting scratches or toher blemishes in it. There is a bit of a orange peel to all the Krylon paints (see below). Does anyone have any other ideas?  Thanks for looking! Cool

You may be able to see the orange peel in this photo.

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 Monday, September 04, 2017 1:19 PM

Ahhhhhh, yes i believe you may be correct! I picked up the Krylon i used at a hardware store, cheap stuff, and it is an acrylic lacquer i think. Never realized there was a difference, or higher end Krylon paints, good to know! I will shoot a junk hood with the Rustoleum Clear and see how it works one of these day's, i'll let ya know my results!

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