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2015 Dodge Challenger WIP - Finished - Outdoor Pics, Page 3!

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2015 Dodge Challenger WIP - Finished - Outdoor Pics, Page 3!
Posted by modelcarjr on Tuesday, January 02, 2018 7:18 PM

So Happy New Year everyone! While we are all in the deep freeze I thought I would attempt some modifcations to the 2009 Revell Challenger kit. Yes, I am going to attempt to build a 2015 Dodge Challenger from the 2009 Revell kit to replicate my current 1:1.  Mine is an SXT Plus which means that it has a 300-hp six cylinder with a sport/track package. Basically, beefed up suspension and some bells and whistles. I bought it because I wanted a ride in B5 Blue, but not the expense of an RT or SRT.

So the basic difference in appearance between the 2015 and the 2009 and 2013 kits are the grill and taillight panels. I'm sure there are some other differences, for example in the interior but those are minor.  So here's pics of both:

So the first thing I am going to do is remove the grill using the back side of a No 11 blade. Here's a pic just starting:

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 Tuesday, January 02, 2018 7:25 PM

Next, I built the two boxes from strip styrene on sheet plastic. And I cut out the Challenger script from the original grill. I foiled it while I cut it out so I could see it! Although it is not exactly to scale I think it will look passable once it is painted and the boxes foiled. Using the script decal might also diminish its sight dominance. The taillight panel will be more challenging. I may have to sleep on that 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 OrangeR/T on Tuesday, January 02, 2018 7:58 PM

Very interesting project, i'll be following this one for sure!! This sure isn't a build for the faint of heart, getting the front and rear facia's right will be tricky! Nice start on the grille, looks good! I have a 2010 Challenger R/T Classic (Hemi-Orange with white stripes, hence my screen name lol), the AMT 2010 kit was the build that re-sparked my intrest in model building! I'm supprised they haven't come out with a Hellcat kit yet, that would be on my list of future builds!

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Posted by mrmike on Tuesday, January 02, 2018 8:10 PM

Well, there's a Challenge for you!  Sorry, bad pun!  I'll behave!  The grille looks pretty good so far.  The rear panel will be more Challenging!  Sorry, I just couldn't resist that!  WhistlingBig Smile  

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Posted by Spencer Mopar Fan on Wednesday, January 03, 2018 8:37 AM
Good luck MCJ ! Love the B5 Blue - A friend "over here " has just restored a bench seat / column shift 440-4bbl Superbird in that very colour . Looks great in the English sunshine . all 3 days of it .
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Posted by mmthrax on Wednesday, January 03, 2018 9:21 AM

Watching this space.  This should be good. Smile

 

Just keep picking away at it...

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Posted by modelcarjr on Wednesday, January 03, 2018 10:32 AM

Thanks, Orange and MrMike! I appreciate your comments! Orange, I am sure that they will come out with a 2015 or 2016 Challenger Hellcat right after I finish this build! I had a 2010 in red that I traded in for this one. the 2010 was a great car but the 2015 has all the bells and whistles including heated and cooled seats, heated steering wheel, navigation, and custom wheels. MrMike, I always enjoy and good Challenger and a good pun!

So I slept on it and got busy finding some parts to complete the rear panel. You might recognize the taillight bezels. They are from the Revell 69 Camaro. But a couple of other parts were sourced from some older kits. The taillight lenses are from the awful MPC 69 Camaro Convertible. I turned them around backwards to have a flat surface and shaved them down to fit the bezels. The center piece is a beveled piece of plastic that I found in spare parts from the 63 Ford Galaxie Customizing kit or Prestige kit. Remember that one? There are some custom parts in those old kits that adapt nicely to other applications. I cut the beveled piece down a bit to use as the center piece between the two taillights. A piece of strip styrene will serve as the backup light in the center of each taillight. I'll paint it with some pearl white to look more like white glass.

Its not exactly to scale. The tailights are 24 inches on the actual car which means that they should be about 1 inch in scale. However, they are only about 13/16" so the center is a little bit wider than the actual car. The Camaro taillights are not rectangular on each end but they fit nicely so I will leave them as is and draw a black line through the middle of each line to simulate the trunk opening. Finally, although the center is wider, it does fit the Mike's Speed Shop Dodge decal that I cut down a bit. I will sacrifice 100% accuracy for ease of implementation!

Now I'll remove the chrome from the buckets and see if I can get everything glued in cleanly. I am hoping I won't need any putty but we'll see! 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 Wednesday, January 03, 2018 10:44 AM

Thanks, Spencer and mmThrax! I must have been writing while you were posting! 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 mclovin on Wednesday, January 03, 2018 6:37 PM

Amazing conversion work so far!, i believe there is a resin caster in Japan named Plamoz who's working on a hellcat conversion,he does great work,i'm still saving my penny's for his 2014'Z28 Transkit and 2013'Mustang Gt500 Transkit'

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Posted by chucky on Wednesday, January 03, 2018 7:55 PM

I'm glad to see you tackle this one, JR! Your 1:1 is a nice-looking ride and that six-cylinder is no slouch. My wife just bought a 2018 Grand Cherokee with the 295hp six and 8-speed automatic and I can't believe how quick it is. This GC weighs quite a bit more than our 1999 4.0L but there is no comparison in comfort and ride. (I get better mileage with my 2016 Ram Crew Cab 5.7 with 3.92 gears.Smile) With this winter starting off the way it is, those heated seats and steering wheel are easy to get used to! I still love my "base model" Mopar A-bodies, but for every day driving, you can't beat the safety and comfort of the new cars. As you mentioned, there are so many option packages available on the Challenger that there is something for everyone. (Same goes for the Mustang and Camaro.) I like your approach to the taillamp fitment and your grille conversion. I'll be following along, as usual. 

chucky

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Posted by modelcarjr on Wednesday, January 03, 2018 9:18 PM

Thanks, Mclovin and Chucky! I appreciate your comments! Yes, Chucky, the Challenger is a great ride. Be careful up there in New York. Don't think I would make through winter with the weather you're having!

I removed the chrome from the taillight buckets. I glued them in along with the middle piece of plastic. There were several cracks or spaces between the buckets and additional middle piece of plastic so I decided to putty the entire assembly. I probably will need a second application but I'll try to put a little primer on it to see any low spots, cracks, etc. 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 Thursday, January 04, 2018 8:33 PM

So I finished several sessions of putty and sanding and now have a decent rear panel without seams and cracks. Next, I get the body glued together and ready for paint. A couple of years ago I built a replica of a fellow modeler's 1:1 2009 Hemi Challenger SRT pictured below. So I purchased another can of Mopar paint. The color is described as B5 Blue Pearl on my car's actual sticker but the touch-up can of paint is labeled Surf Blue, which is what I used before. We might have decent weather this weekend so maybe I can get some paint on it! 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 mmthrax on Thursday, January 04, 2018 9:57 PM

That tail end is coming along nicely.  I can appreciate the fabrication work here.  Really great stuff.  Yes

Just keep picking away at it...

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Posted by OrangeR/T on Thursday, January 04, 2018 11:26 PM

How close is that paint to your actual B5 Blue?? Ever had any issues with it crazing even over a good primer?? I've run into trouble in the past with touch up paints (mainly Dupli-color and Plastikote), I'm curious about the Mopar brand paint. Progress looks good so far Jr, looking forward to seeing more!!

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Posted by modelcarjr on Friday, January 05, 2018 7:26 AM

Thanks, mmthrax and Orange! I appreciate your comments!

Orange, the Mopar touch-up spray can is excellent! The color matches very well and it goes on like any other good lacquer. Besides the one above in B5 blue I have also used it for my previous ride which was a 2010 Challenger XT (six cylinder) below. I modified an AMT kit (gas door and other modifications). That color is Inferno Red (Flame Red). I painted it several years ago and it still looks good!  I haven't haven't had any problems with the Mopar paint and it rubs out well too! Its a lacquer so it is compatible with the Krylon Clear lacquer that I use on each model. Its a little expensive at about $18, with tax, for a 5 oz. can but still cheaper than MCW.

I tried to do the same thing with GM paint for a Camaro but that paint was a thin, blochy mess. I prepared the paint the same way as I always do by shaking it well and heating it in hot water before painting. I painted just a couple of parts and saw that it was not going to work so I took it back to the GM Parts counter. The Parts Manager told the counter guy to give me my money back because he had the same experience with their touch-up paint on his 1:1! He said it was crap! I haven't tried Ford but I don't build many of them. 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, January 05, 2018 6:21 PM

Working on body prep and the body has pesky mold lines on all four fenders right in the middle of the fender tops. In addition, there are two faint sink marks on the right fender caused by mounts on the inside of the body. After I get everything sanded and puttied, I'll wash it and glue the body parts on. The chassis will fit with both the front and rear fascias glued in.

I also had to lengthen the slots for the hood hinges in order to push the hood closer to the windshield posts to make the hood fit inside the front fascia. I'll also sand all four sides of the hood to allow for paint. I painted the flat black areas on the front fascia after taping it off and will now tape over the black paint before primer on the rest of the body. I plan on gray primer, silver base coat and then the Surf Blue. But first I'll also paint black on the bottom of the body after primer. 

Whew! I'm glad I wrote that down! Now I know what to do next! Here are the progress 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 midnightprowler on Saturday, January 06, 2018 5:37 AM

That's some great conversion work.

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Posted by Spencer Mopar Fan on Saturday, January 06, 2018 8:02 AM

Looking great Jr . I had the same mold line problems with my 2012 "classic" ( Er.... OK?? ) Challenger ( I thought your R/T decals looked awful for a moment there LOL) ... I also had a "75% finished problem ", Its had a 'Bright Silver' 2012 colour coat to see if all looks flat & tidy- it passed with flying colours- then it lemminged off of the "do not touch " high up shelf ( the axles work well then !) and the hood has completely vanished !!! Un-freaking-believable !!... Its with the singular sock I expect ... " So near & yet so far ! "Embarrassed

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Posted by modelcarjr on Monday, January 08, 2018 10:14 AM

Thanks, mmthrax and Spencer! I appreciate your comments!

Although we do not have the winter weather like the Northeast, the rainy, cool weather here is preventing me from getting much painting done. So I am taking my time with with primer and flat black on several pieces. I have painted the black on both the front and rear pieces and the bottom of the body. I have taped them off, applied the primer, and will glue everything together for silver base and surf blue. But it might be a few days.

Does anyone know if these wheels exist in 1/25th scale? I didn't like them at first and the dealer wouldn't swap them for regular five spoke wheels. But they grew on me.  I tried Pegasus but they don't have them. The MPC Dodge Dart Sport have a fancy sort of wheel that is close but not exactly like these. They are described as 20" Hyper Black Aluminum Wheels on the sticker but thats all I got. Any ideas?

 

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 justmike on Monday, January 08, 2018 11:18 AM

Loving what you are doing. I sure would like to see your method for masking off the black around the headlights. It looks mighty complicated in there around those corners.

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Posted by mini man on Monday, January 08, 2018 5:24 PM

Try Hiroboy.

https://www.hiroboy.com/shop.php?p=category_products&category=36&page=1

 

Nigel.

 

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Posted by modelcarjr on Tuesday, January 09, 2018 8:51 AM

Thanks, Mike and Nigel! I appreciate your comments. Nigel, I try your suggestion and let you know if I find them. Mike, I just use the Tamiya 6mm tape and cut it with the No. 11 blade and scissors. I normally have to cut the 6 mm in half by using a seam in my workbench and put the tape over the seam and cutting it in half. I also round the ends with a scissors until I get the right edge. I tried some Tamiya 1mm masking tape but its more like electrical tape than masking tape and doesn't work well. Might work for a side stripe but that's about it.

Busy taping everything off in the engine bay and painting the flat colors while waiting for the weather to cooperate. I painted the radiator fill tank (I think that what it is) and tried to color it a redish pink at the bottom of the tank, Then tape everything off to paint the black area. I built and air box on the left side and will try to create an engine cover so that you can't see the engine to determine if its and 6 or 8 cylinder. Then I'll run ducting from the air box to under the engine cover. I messed up the battery connection box paint so I have to re-paint it and then tape it off, pull the other tape and paint the base silver and then Surf Blue. Lots of detail work.

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 Tuesday, January 09, 2018 7:50 PM

Finished the inner fenders for the engine bay. A lot of detail taping so I'm glad I'm done with that. Still waiting for a drier, warmer day for painting the body. Guess I'll start on some interior and chassis pieces next. No luck on Hiroboy for wheels. May have to go with the Dodge Dart Sport wheels if they fit. 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 Tuesday, January 09, 2018 10:35 PM

Nice job on the masking,for the wheels Amt's new 2017 Camaro SS 1LE has a similiar looking wheel.

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Posted by mmthrax on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 12:44 AM

That detailing looks great JR.  Yes

Just keep picking away at it...

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Posted by modelcarjr on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 6:02 PM

Thanks, Mclovin and mmthrax! I appreciate your comments! Look at the 2017 Camaro that you referenced, Mclovin and not close enough for me to buy the kit for the  wheels. I'll keep looking! Cool

Glued the front and rear fascias onto the body. I discovered a nasty seam at the top of the rear fascia. So that required a little persuasion.

So I re-taped the rear and now am waiting for the dull, wet, cold cloudy weather to go away.

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 justmike on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 7:12 PM

I remember that engine bay. It is detailed on the fenders. I used silly putty to mask a lot of those areas

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Posted by modelcarjr on Thursday, January 11, 2018 10:02 AM

Thanks, Mike! I appreciate your comment! I tried Silly Putty before but I guess I haven't mastered the technique. Using Tamiya tape is easier for me.

Well, I didn't like the way the rear panel looked after I glued the piece in as it created a dip in the panel instead of looking flat across the top of the trunk edge under the spoiler. I'm afraid that I inadvertently created that dip when I modified the taillight panel. Here's the issue:

So I cut a piece of sheet styrene about .10 mm thick and glued it into the slit.

After I glued the tailpiece in I threw a little putty on it. I now have the opportunity to sand it out again and repaint the black and primer. My favorite chore - NOT! Bang Head

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, January 11, 2018 7:48 PM

Finished the putty on the rear. Re-scribed the trunk lines and sanded everything out again. The taillights still fit! Raining again today! 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 mmthrax on Thursday, January 11, 2018 8:48 PM

Brilliant save jr.  Great job.  You would never know.  Really coming along. Yes

Just keep picking away at it...

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